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FDA rejects call to ban bisphenol A but continues safety research
Food Production Daily
U.S. federal authorities said they dismissed a call from the National Resource Defense Council Friday to ban bisphenol A in food packaging because the petition failed to provide concrete scientific evidence the chemical posed a health risk. More
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Burger King reinvents itself with new food, new look
USA Today
Burger King Monday will reveal a future that's decidedly less focused on young, hungry guys and more culturally directed toward mothers, families and boomers. In the next 12 months, Burger King and its franchisees will spend about $750 million fixing the menu, revamping marketing, tweaking operations and updating the look of a chunk of its 7,204 U.S. stores. A vastly changed menu, with a record 10 new items, rolls out nationally today. More
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Target plans new food distribution center in Ohio
The Associated Press via WDTN-TV
Target Corp. says it's building a new food distribution center in central Ohio that will employ up to 150 people when completed after construction begins this spring. The center will handle produce as well as refrigerated, frozen and packaged foods, part of the company's move to add fresh foods to hundreds of stores around the country. More
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Santorum defies mounting pressure to bow out
The Washington Post
"I'm not talking about this anymore," Rick Santorum said Sunday in Wisconsin before a gaggle of media. "We're just focused on doing well here in Wisconsin." What Santorum doesn't want to talk about is what so many others want to talk about: how long he will stay in the contest for the Republican presidential nomination. More
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Gender gap propels Obama over Romney in battleground states
The Hill
President Barack Obama is trouncing GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney in 12 battleground states because of a double-digit advantage with women. Obama leads Romney 51 to 42 percent in the latest USA Today/Gallup poll of 12 swing states that was released Monday. More
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McConnell: Economy will remain big issue in fall election
The Wall Street Journal
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Sunday there are signs a modest recovery is underway, though he expects the economy to remain an important issue in this fall's presidential election. More
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Bill introduced to require labeling of beef additives
Des Moines Register
A Democratic congresswoman from Maine has introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives that would require labeling at the point of consumer sale of any lean textured beef trimmings, or the so-called "pink slime" that became a national sensation in March.

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  • AFA Foods files for bankruptcy over 'pink slime' (Thomson Reuters )
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    FET repeal bill introduced; plan replaces it with higher diesel tax
    Truckinginfo
    Legislation to repeal the 12 percent federal excise tax on truck and trailer purchases and replace it with an increase in the diesel fuel tax has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Reps. Jim Gerlach, R-Pa., and Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore. The bipartisan bill, H.R. 4321, has been referred to the House Ways and Means Committee. More
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    USDA brings charges against New York man
    The Spectator via Hornell Evening Tribune
    A Scio, N.Y., man who allegedly sold unsanitary meat and lied to investigators could face up to eight years in prison and/or a $260,000 fine if convicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Friday. More
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    Indiana laws target perishable loads, local road funds
    Land Line
    Two new laws in Indiana are designed to help ensure food safety in commercial vehicles and to provide another funding source for local road work. Gov. Mitch Daniels signed into law a bill to allow the Indiana State Police to inspect commercial vehicles transporting food products to make sure loads comply with health rules or certain health requirements. More
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    Opinion: Cattle vaccine for E. coli needs political boost
    The Globe and Mail
    In Canada, another ground beef recall related to a possible E. coli contamination has focused attention on how to stop the bacteria from spreading. One solution is an innovative cattle vaccine developed by Belleville, Ontario, company Bioniche Life Sciences Inc. that prevents cows from shedding E. coli in their manure. More
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    IFT predicts functional food trends: Nutrition, not supplements
    Food Ingredients First
    The top 10 functional food trends of 2012 point to more consumers favoring getting their vitamins and minerals from the foods they eat and beverages they drink instead of supplements, according to research presented at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 12 meeting. More
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    NASFT: Consumers spending more on specialties
    Supermarket News
    Demand for yogurt, energy bars, nut and seed butters and coffee drinks helped fuel a 6.9 percent increase in retail and food service sales of specialty foods and beverages last year, according to research from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade. More
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    Appeal filed against Los Angeles Wal-Mart building permits
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    A Los Angeles community group has filed an appeal against the building permits granted to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to build a new store in the city's Chinatown neighborhood. More
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    US Foods acquires specialty importer
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Food distributor US Foods has acquired Sparta Imports Inc., of Columbia, S.C. Sparta is an importer and distributor of a variety of Greek-, Italian- and Middle Eastern-style products. More
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    McCain Foods plans to double business in India
    The Economic Times
    McCain Foods today said it will increase its product offerings in India and enhance manufacturing capacity accordingly as it looks to double business every year. More
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    Marvell Foods enters store brand market with Lovella Cuisine
    Progressive Grocer
    Marvell Foods, a Florida-based, woman-owned food trading, food sales and food brokerage company — said it launched Lovella Cuisine, a line of value-oriented frozen foods available for private labeling and for food service operations. The launch marks the company's entry into the store brand market. More
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    Frozen Food Express Industries outlines plan for profitability
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Frozen Food Express Industries Inc. has announced plans to restore profitability during fiscal 2012. In addition, the motor carrier announced fourth-quarter and fiscal 2011 financial results. More
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    Frozen food company sees double-digit revenue jump in China
    PRNewswire via MarketWatch
    American Lorain Corporation, an international processed snack, convenience and frozen foods company in the Shandong Province, China, has reported a nearly 16 percent year-over-year increase in revenues, with a 7.5 percent jump in gross profit. More
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    Family Dollar adds to consumables offering
    Supermarket News
    Family Dollar Stores said it plans to continue to increase the assortment of consumables at its stores to drive sales. More
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    Texas firm recalls 26,000 pounds of chicken apple sausage
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After consumers complained of finding plastic pieces in their product, Eddy Packing Co. Inc. is recalling approximately 26,136 pounds of chicken apple sausage.

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    Misbranded chicken products recalled
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Taylor Farms New Jersey Inc., of Swedesboro, N.J., is recalling approximately 187 pounds of chicken products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens — wheat and milk — that are not declared on the label. More
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    Canada: La Vecchia Fattoria sausage recalled
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume certain La Vecchia Fattoria brand Cacciatore dry cured sausages because the product might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. More
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    Markets in transition: Managing outrage, 'icky' pallets, safety
    Pallet Enterprise
    Whether talking about brominated flame retardants on plastic pallets or lab reports of bacteria or chemical treatments causing odor issues with respect to wood pallets, pallet sanitation has become a media flashpoint. More
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    Research links pig health and food safety
    Food Safety News
    Visceral lesions, or visible signs of infection or organ damage, are linked to Salmonella contamination on pig carcasses, according to new research published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research. More
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    Ripeness-varying Salmonella behavior could lead to produce food safety boost
    Food Quality
    The changing behavior of Salmonella on ripe and unripe tomatoes could lead to the improvement of measures against the attachment and survival of the pathogen on tomatoes, U.K. researchers have claimed. More
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