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Food risk rises as import reliance makes US safety harder
Bloomberg Businessweek
Imported food and drugs in the U.S. have tripled in the past decade, making it tougher on regulators to police the safety of products that Americans consume, according to a new report from the Institute of Medicine.

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    Iowa leaders seek congressional hearing on pink slime critics
    Food Safety News
    According to several sources, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad are pushing for a congressional probe into what many in the meat industry are calling a "smear campaign" against lean finely textured beef, a formerly obscure component commonly used in ground beef now known to the public as "pink slime." More
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    USDA whistle-blower affidavits: HIMP plan a threat to food safety
    Food Integrity Campaign
    Today, the Government Accountability Project is releasing evidence it has gathered from whistle-blowing federal poultry inspectors about the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to fully implement a high-speed poultry production model known as the HAACP-Based Inspection Models Project, or HIMP, designed by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, that allows greater corporate "self-policing" of the poultry industry.

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  • Milbank: Plucking inspectors from plants not safe (Lubbock Avalanche-Journal)
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    GOP freshmen face tough future
    POLITICO
    The House Republican freshmen — raucous, unpredictable, unmanageable and hell-bent on changing Washington — are about to face their biggest test: becoming sophomores. More
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    Independents are abandoning Romney (or not)
    The Washington Post
    New numbers from a USA Today/Gallup poll of 12 swing states suggests former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is losing support quickly among independent voters — a voting bloc considered the crown jewel of the 2012 election. More
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    Romney: Obama running a 'hide-and-seek campaign'
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney took a sharper line of attack against President Barack Obama Wednesday, accusing the Democratic incumbent of waging a "hide-and-seek campaign" that disguises his intentions and offers no solutions for the country's most intransigent economic problems. More
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    Poll: Romney takes the lead in Pennsylvania
    The Hill
    Mitt Romney has overtaken Rick Santorum in his home state of Pennsylvania, putting him in position to score a decisive primary victory that could end the GOP race. More
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    Salmonella outbreak puts rules in spotlight
    The Wall Street Journal
    Federal and state health officials are focusing on sushi as a possible cause of a widening Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 93 people during two months, as food safety advocates call on the Obama administration to speed up new standards that might help avoid future foodborne infections. More
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    Poll shows support for soda tax to fight obesity
    San Francisco Chronicle
    Nearly 3 out of 5 California voters would support a special fee on soft drinks to fight childhood obesity, according to new poll numbers released Wednesday. More
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    GFSI launches program for food production
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    The Global Food Safety Initiative is proud to share its "Global Markets Program for Primary Production," which complements its manufacturing program. These comprehensive, step-by-step outlines guide businesses and producers through a continuous improvement process in their food safety management systems, thus facilitating local market access and creating mutual acceptance along the supply chain. More
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    General Mills releases 2012 global responsibility report
    CSRwire
    This year marks General Mills' 42nd annual report and the first that adopts the Global Reporting Initiative's guidelines for environmental, social and governance performance. More
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    Kraft lifts lid on foods spinoff
    The Wall Street Journal
    Kraft Foods Inc. is giving investors the first glimpse of what its North American grocery business will look like after it is separated from the company's snacks business. More
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    Foreign-backed beef processor almost open after years of delays
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    A long-delayed South Dakota beef processing plant given new life when Korean investors took over in 2009 is nearly set to begin operations — more than six years after it was first proposed. More
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    Project using egg shells to make plastic packaging
    Food Production Daily
    U.K. researchers have unveiled prototype technology that recycles egg shells used in food processing into a filler to bulk up a raft of virgin and recycled plastics for packaging. More
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    Settlement talks fail in Maryland poultry pollution case
    meatingplace
    In the latest turn in the long-running case against family poultry growers for Perdue Farms, the judge acknowledge settlement talks had failed and scheduled a phone call with counsel April 18 in hopes of setting a trial date. But he also questioned the motives of the plaintiffs, Waterkeepers Alliance. More
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    Report: Russia to cut Brazil meat permits on sanitary rules
    Bloomberg
    Russia likely will reduce the number of Brazilian plants certified to export meat to the eastern European country as it raises sanitary standards, Valor Economico reported. More
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    The price of 'free' foods
    Tribune Newspapers via Sun Sentinel
    "Free-from" food products, whether they're labeled sugar-free, fat-free or gluten-free, are fast becoming a trendy lifestyle choice, regardless of allergies or intolerance. Products labeled gluten-free and dairy-free have shown the most growth. But "free-from" processed foods aren't necessarily better choices. More
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    PCR-based Salmonella detection kit expands in egg testing
    PR Newswire via Daily Markets
    Life Technologies Corporation today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has extended its recent method equivalency finding of the Applied Biosystems TaqMan® Salmonella Enteritidis Detection Kit to test poultry eggs for additional use on environmental samples at production houses where the breakfast staple is handled and packaged. More
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    Phenomenex, AB SCIEX address food safety in India
    The Medical News
    AB SCIEX, a global leader in life science analytical technologies, and Phenomenex, a global leader in separation science techniques, today announced a new workflow solution specifically tailored for laboratories in India to ensure the safety of spices, teas, fruits, vegetables and other food products for domestic and export markets. More
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    UK: How to get a job in food manufacturing
    Mirror
    It's the U.K.'s largest manufacturing sector — with a turnover of $127 billion a year — so it's a great place to launch a career. And the Mirror's "Get Britain Working" campaign uncovered more than 18,000 jobs in the food and drink manufacturing sector. More
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