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China becomes largest grocery market in world
USAgNet
China has overtaken the United States as the world's largest food and grocery retail market, according to the latest research published by IGD. More
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'Pink slime' labeling controversy continues
msnbc
As consumers clamor for more transparency about the beef product dubbed "pink slime," federal agriculture officials have agreed to allow several meat producers to list the stuff on package labels. Dirk Fillpot, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's food safety branch, said Tuesday he could not identify the firms that sought labeling changes or even say how many were involved.

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    What's inside the 26-ingredient school lunch burger?
    NPR
    Thiamine mononitrate, disodium inosinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride: Why are these hard-to-pronounce ingredients added to everything from a burger served in schools to veggie burgers in the frozen food aisle of the grocery store? This edition of "Tiny Desk Kitchen" tries to answer that question. More
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    Romney wins Wisconsin, Maryland, DC primaries
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney captured presidential primaries in Maryland, the District of Columbia and battleground Wisconsin, the biggest prize of the day, to complete a momentum-building, three-contest sweep Tuesday that cemented his status as the almost certain Republican nominee and put new pressure on rival Rick Santorum to reassess his candidacy.

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    Santorum might drop out rather than lose home state primary
    The Hill
    The possibility of a loss in his home state of Pennsylvania might force Rick Santorum to drop out of the Republican primary sooner than he planned, say GOP strategists. More
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    Democrats fight US Chamber of Commerce by going local
    POLITICO
    Senate Democrats are putting the "all politics is local" mantra to the ultimate test as they bid to undercut the powerful U.S. Chamber of Commerce in a handful of elections that could determine control of the Senate. More
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    New food rules felt on the farms
    Star Tribune
    Concern about human resistance has led to a push to limit antibiotic use in livestock. New FDA guidelines have the attention of Minnesota farmers. More
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    EPA approves CARB rules, sets May 4 implementation
    Federal Register
    EPA is taking final action to approve a revision to the California State Implementation Plan submitted by the California Air Resources Board. This revision concerns two regulations that reduce emissions from in-use, heavy-duty diesel-fueled trucks, buses and drayage trucks. The federally enforceable rules take effect May 4. More
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    FMCSA shuts down Utah-based carrier
    Fleet Owner
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has ordered Utah-based Reliable Transportation Services to cease all transportation services immediately, declaring the trucking company and its principal, Jay Zachary Barber, an imminent hazard to public safety. More
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    Greenberg: China 'eager to begin talks' on free trade pact with US
    Insurance Journal
    China is eager to begin talks on a free trade pact with the United States, and key leaders seem willing to step away from the state capitalism Beijing has been pursuing, a senior U.S executive with access to China's leadership said Tuesday. More
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    Mexico presses for quick entry in Trans-Pacific talks
    Reuters via Chicago Tribune
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon, set to leave office this year, pressed Monday for a swift decision on his country's bid to join free trade talks with the United States and eight other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. However, a group of lawmakers protested Mexico's antidumping practices in the poultry industry, sending a letter to U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk urging full resolution of the antidumping situation before TPP talks are finalized. More
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    USDA adds 13 new sections of preferred products
    Federal Register
    In compliance with the recent presidential memorandum "Driving Innovation and Creating Jobs in Rural America through Biobased and Sustainable Product Procurement," the U.S. Department of Agriculture is adding 13 sections to designate product categories within which biobased products will be afforded federal procurement preference. More
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    'Nature's bar code' tells story of foods' true origin
    NPR
    Until now bar codes, certification seals and electronic ID chips have been the main tools to cement consumers' confidence in food products. But as recent fish and olive scandals show, they're far from foolproof. Enter the "optical stable isotope analyzer," a not-too-sexy name for a device that could provide a lot more certainty about a product near the end of its long journey to the consumer. More
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    Food contamination breeding ground: Reusable grocery bags
    Science Daily
    Reusable grocery totes are a popular, eco-friendly choice to transport groceries, but only 15 percent of Americans regularly wash their bags. Most users inadvertently create a breeding zone for harmful bacteria, according to a new survey by the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) and ConAgra Foods. More
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    Burger King to offer stock again on New York Stock Exchange
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Burger King, the hamburger chain in the midst of overhauling its menu and stores, says it expects to be relisted on the New York Stock Exchange within the next three months. More
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    Michigan firm recalls stuffed potatoes because of misbranding
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Al Baghdadi Food Inc. is recalling approximately 5,400 pounds of a stuffed potato product with beef filling because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.

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    Permira's sale of Iglo Foods boosted by court ruling
    Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal
    The prospective sale of Iglo Foods received a boost late Tuesday when the U.K. Court of Appeal ruled in favor of companies that had bought interest rate swaps from Lehman Brothers and said that these companies, including Iglo, aren't obliged to make any payments on the contracts. More
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    Salmonella outbreak could be linked to sushi
    Food Safety News
    An outbreak of illnesses caused by Salmonella Bareilly poisoning, possibly linked but not confirmed to be associated with sushi, has sickened 90 people in 19 states and the District of Columbia as of Monday, according to sources within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More
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    UK group: E. coli caused 8,000 deaths in 2011
    Meat Trade News Daily
    The U.K.'s Soil Association estimates that 750,000 to 1.5 million people in the U.K. contracted an E. coli infection in 2011, resulting in nearly 40,000 cases of blood poisoning and nearly 8,000 deaths. The group points to antibiotic usage in food animals as a chief culprit. More
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    Consumer trends: Coupon strategy and consumer response
    PR Newswire via Food Manufacturing
    A report from Valassis shows consumer packaged goods coupons reached a value of $470 billion last year — topping the highest annual volumes of coupons since before the Great Recession. More
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