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Ammonia used in many foods, not just 'pink slime'
Reuters
Surprise rippled across America in April as a new wave of consumers discovered that hamburgers often contained ammonia-treated beef, or what critics dub "pink slime." What they may not have known is that ammonia — often associated with cleaning products — was cleared by U.S. health officials nearly 40 years ago and is used in making many foods, including cheese.

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    Debate over poultry inspection intensifies
    Food Safety News
    If you listen to both critics and proponents of a new U.S. Department of Agriculture proposal to expand a pilot poultry inspection program, you might wonder if they're talking about the same thing. Critics say privatization puts consumers at risk; FSIS says modernization will prevent illnesses and save tax dollars. More
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    How the weak economy is changing the food industry
    American Express OPEN Forum
    The economic crunch of the past few years has changed the food and beverage industry. Diners are particular about the restaurants they frequent and have their own ideas about what constitutes a value meal. More
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    Obama leads among 'swing independents'
    POLITICO
    Independents like President Barack Obama better but feel ideologically closer to Mitt Romney, according to a new poll of a dozen battleground states released Monday. The survey, conducted by Global Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic think tank Third Way, homed in on the attitudes of "swing independents" who express views of Romney or Obama that are neither strongly favorable nor unfavorable. More
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    Gingrich all but concedes race to Romney
    The Wall Street Journal
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who once led the polls in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, all but conceded the race Sunday to his rival, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. More
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    Dick Lugar: Too mild to be memorable?
    The Washington Post
    The lead story in the morning paper had delivered just the latest kick in the shins to Dick Lugar in the hottest Senate primary in the country. Yet a far worse sign for Lugar, who turned 80 this week, was that nobody at the Rotary Club luncheon where he was speaking asked him about the story — or about the controversy over whether he has a legal address in Indiana, where he last owned a home in 1977.

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    Both parties wooing seniors
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama and Democrats are counting on regaining support from older voters who switched to the GOP in 2008 and 2010 by attacking Republican plans to revamp Medicare. But Mitt Romney is proving to be a formidable competitor in this battle. More
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    Food labeling agenda to be set before Codex group meeting
    Federal Register
    The Office of the Under Secretary for Food Safety, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration are sponsoring a public meeting April 18 to set U.S. agenda and positions in advance of the Codex Committee on Food Labeling summit May 15-18 in Canada. More
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    North Carolina food safety rules to match stricter federal code
    The Charlotte Observer
    Cold food will have to be kept colder. Restaurant employees who have certain symptoms won't be allowed to work. And cooks will touch ready-to-eat food only with gloves, deli paper or tongs instead of bare hands. These are just a few of the changes that will accompany North Carolina's expected adoption of federal FDA guidelines that will replace a much-amended set of regulations dating from 1976, state and local officials said. More
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    'Bad Bug Book' second edition available
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition has updated and released the second edition of its "Bad Bug Book," which offers general information about foodborne pathogens for practical use. More
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    Third Mexican carrier gets pilot project operating authority
    The Trucker
    A third Mexico-domiciled motor carrier has been granted authority to participate in the cross-border demonstration program. Meanwhile, northbound border crossings from Mexico that are part of the pilot project now total only 13, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported, compared with 1,934 northbound crossings as released by the Mexico Secretariat for Communications and Transportation. More
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    FSIS clarifies rules for overtime, holiday inspections
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is reissuing a notice to clarify that FSIS charges establishments for reimbursable overtime service or holiday inspection service, regardless of whether the inspectors providing the services are employed on an intermittent, part-time or full-time basis. More
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    Beijing tightens food safety controls with lifetime ban
    Bloomberg
    Beijing plans to ban people convicted of food safety crimes from investing in and operating related businesses as China's government steps up measures against such violations. More
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    New substances approved for food product usage
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has added several substances to the list of safe and suitable ingredients used in the production of meat, poultry and egg products, issuing a newly revised list that replaces the previous version released in January. More
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    Update on Codex group decisions, plans
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Several Codex committees have been meeting throughout the spring to address issues related to nearly every level of the food chain, with more meetings on the agenda in April and May. The groups have tackled topics ranging from the economic impact of food production to labeling requirements. USDA has offered a complete update of Codex progress. More
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    McDonald's pursuit of perfect fries risks overpromising
    Bloomberg via Yahoo Finance
    Biting into a McDonald's Corp. French fry should be like "walking on freshly fallen snow," according to Barbara Booth, the company's director of sensory science, while presiding over the fast food giant's semi-annual French Fry Evaluation — a contest among McCain Foods Ltd., ConAgra Foods Inc.'s Lamb Weston and J.R. Simplot Co. to cook perfect versions of McDonald's "World Famous Fries." More
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    Grocer tests Facebook-only pricing strategy
    Supermarket News
    A Hy-Vee store in Marion, Iowa, that has its own Twitter and Facebook accounts used social media to promote "mystery sale" prices that will be available only on its Facebook page. More
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    Spelling out honesty to gain consumers' trust
    Retail Leader
    Increasingly, as consumers demand to know more about the foods they consume, the food industry is grappling with how much information manufacturers and retailers should be required to provide and in what form. More
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    Ruby Tuesday to acquire Lime Fresh Mexican Grill
    RestaurantNews.com
    Ruby Tuesday has announced plans to acquire Lime Fresh Mexican Grill for a purchase price of $24 million. More
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    Neogen CEO Herbert builds on biotech dream
    Lansing State Journal
    In June 1982, Jim Herbert founded Neogen Corp. with $75,000 and a dream to practice biotechnology before biotechnology was cool or even largely understood. The company — with $44.9 million of total revenue in the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 — now can detect foodborne diseases at the molecular level. More
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    Misbranding forces recall of pork buns
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Quality Food Distributor, a Las Vegas-based establishment, is recalling approximately 50,820 pounds of steamed, barbecue-flavored pork buns because the product contains monosodium glutamate, which is not declared on the label.

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    Canada: Ground beef recalled on Salmonella worries
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Intercity Packers Ltd. are warning distributors, retailers and consumers against Intercity's 80-20 beef burger mix after an outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses in Ottawa and southern Ontario. More
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    Founder of Herr Foods dies
    Progressive Grocer
    James S. "Jim" Herr, founder of Nottingham, Pa.-based snack manufacturer Herr Foods Inc., died April 5 at the age of 87. More
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