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FDA to study consumer response to symbols on labels
Office of the Federal Register
With the increased public interest in identifying healthier foods, U.S. food processors have been adding nutritional information in the form of nutrition symbols to food labels. The Food and Drug Administration, in a report to be published Wednesday, plans to conduct a study that measures consumers' reactions to food labels that have more than one type of statement (for example, text-based nutrition charts as well as symbols or front-of-pack statements). More
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US halted total of 30 orange juice shipments in probe
Bloomberg
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has detained 30 orange-juice shipments since January after samples tested positive for a banned fungicide. More
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DeLauro urges USDA to label mechanically tenderized beef
Food Safety News
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is keeping the pressure on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to label mechanically tenderized beef "before another grilling season comes and goes," she wrote in a letter to USDA officials last week. More
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Rick Santorum to suspend presidential campaign
USA Today
Rick Santorum is suspending his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination, speaking to reporters Tuesday afternoon in Gettysburg, Pa. More
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Obama holds key leads on Romney, as economy looms
The Washington Post
With the general election campaign beginning to take shape, President Barack Obama holds clear advantages over Mitt Romney on personal attributes and a number of key issues, but he remains vulnerable to discontent with the pace of the economic recovery, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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    Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee. Now what?
    The Washington Post
    One fight for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is finished. He will be the Republican presidential nominee this fall. But now a bigger challenge awaits. More
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    Canada to counter-appeal WTO ruling on US COOL
    Manitoba Co-operator
    A World Trade Organization panel's ruling criticizing the U.S. government's country-of-origin labeling law now is under appeal from both sides of the table. The WTO last week reported receiving formal notice that Canada, like the U.S., plans to appeal parts of last November's ruling.

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  • USDA plans webinars for country-of-origin labeling (USDA Agricultural Marketing Service)
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    USDA scientists developing rapid Salmonella test
    Food Product Design
    Salmonella causes more than 1 million cases of illness each year in the United States; however, scientists at USDA's Agriculture Research Service are working on quick, easy and reliable detection of Salmonella and other foodborne pathogens with the use of "surface-enhanced Raman scattering" technology, or SERS. More
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    Research aims to detect, prevent food fraud
    Diets in Review
    In light of growing concerns regarding food safety, the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention has compiled a public database with reports on food fraud and economically motivated adulteration of food, which is the first of its kind. More
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    Britain joins countries to fight landmark ban on BPA
    The Independent
    Britain and other EU member states are opposing a new law that would ban a common chemical that has been linked to breast cancer, heart disease, obesity and other conditions. The U.K., the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy, Slovenia and Spain have objected to a French plan to ban bisphenol A, or BPA, from food packaging by 2014. More
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    Opinion: Sushi poisoning points to need for food system help
    Bloomberg
    Eating a spicy tuna roll shouldn't make you sick. Nor should eating cantaloupe, cold cuts, peanut butter or onions, all of which were linked to food poisoning that sickened and killed people in the U.S. within the past five years. More
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    Wal-Mart springs into action against hunger
    Progressive Grocer
    Wal-Mart and the Walmart Foundation have enlisted country artists The Band Perry, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley and four of the United States' largest food companies — General Mills, ConAgra Foods, Kraft Foods and Kellogg Co. — to do battle against hunger this spring. More
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    US raises forecasts for soybean exports
    The Wall Street Journal
    U.S. soybean exports will increase as a disappointing South American crop continues to steer buyers to the U.S. this year, the federal government said Tuesday. More
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    Fast casual prototype convenience store to open in Florida
    Supermarket News
    Wawa will unveil a revamped store prototype built around fast casual food and convenience when the convenience store chain debuts this summer in Florida, its president and chief executive officer said in a recent speech. More
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    'Hygienically Clean' certifications now available from TRSA
    Infection Control Today
    TRSA has launched its "Hygienically Clean" certification program to recognize textile services companies' commitment to cleanliness through third-party, quantified biological testing and inspection. The certification process eliminates subjectivity by verifying that textiles cleaned in these facilities meet hygiene standards appropriate for any type of business that uses garments, linens, towels, floor mats, mops and other professionally laundered items. More
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    DOT: Mexican border crossings chart upward progress
    Transport Topics
    The number of trucks that crossed into the United States from Mexico and Canada rose 1.7 percent from 2010, with the Mexican border seeing a larger increase as manufacturers continue to move operations to Mexico from Asia, the Department of Transportation said. More
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    Frozen vegetable dish recalled on undeclared ingredient
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Rajbhog Foods of Flushing, N.Y., is recalling some frozen, ready-to-eat vegetable biryani because the product contains undeclared cashews, posing a danger to people with tree nut allergies.

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    Chicago food processor recalls 300 pounds of taco meat
    WGN-TV
    Pablo's Tacos, a Chicago food processor, has recalled 300 pounds of fried pork taco meat after state inspectors discovered the pork used in the product was cooked off-site and therefore not eligible for sale. More
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    PMMI: FSMA a game changer for packaging machinery design
    Food Production Daily
    The Food Safety Modernization Act has changed the game for U.S. packaging machinery manufacturers by obliging them to rethink their design strategies, PMMI's Jim Pittas said during Anuga FoodTec. More
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    Aquaponics business takes over former meat plant
    The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
    It's on the third floor of an old meat packing plant in Chicago's Back of the Yards neighborhood: a humid hothouse, of sorts, filled with rows of greens and sprouts, even exotic white strawberries. Nearby, in large blue barrels, lurk tilapia. It's all part of the fledgling world of urban "aquaponics," vertical farms set up in old warehouses, where plants and fish are raised symbiotically. More
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