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What 'pink slime' tells us about industrial food safety
The Washington Post
Whether "pink slime" is safe or not, it's a symptom of broader health concerns surrounding industrial meat production.

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    Food safety starts on ground floor
    Food Processing
    The design, materials and maintenance of plant floors can play a much larger role in food safety than one might suspect. Proper flooring provides no safe harbor for bacteria. More
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    FDA: Washington company will keep cheese off market
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says a Washington state cheese processor has agreed not to sell its products until they are proven safe for consumption. The FDA said in a statement Monday that Del Bueno of Grandview, Wash., had agreed to terms of a consent decree April 3.

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    Obama, Romney campaigns turn attention to November election
    The Hill
    The general election has begun for Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama. Both are beginning the general election phase of the campaign on new ground. More
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    Romney's ambitious agenda for first day in office not easy
    The Washington Post
    It's Jan. 20, 2013, and this is the agenda for President Mitt Romney's first day: Demand that Congress cut corporate income taxes. Demand that Congress slash $20 billion from the budget. Then: Allow states to escape parts of the health care law (if it still exists). Rewrite the way all federal regulations are issued. Call out China for cheating on international trade. More
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    FDA: Stop giving antibiotics to animals
    USA Today
    The government wants meat and poultry producers to stop giving antibiotics to their animals to make them grow faster. The reason: Dangerous bacteria that can kill people have been growing resistant to the drugs, which can leave humans at risk of getting infections that can't be controlled. The announcement Wednesday by the Food and Drug Administration asks producers to make the change voluntarily. More
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    GOP leaders ask White House to halt regulations until November
    POLITICO
    The top two Republicans in Washington are asking President Barack Obama to stop issuing new regulations as the 2012 election season approaches. More
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    CFIA proposes change to meat inspection rules in Canada
    Better Farming
    Canada's meat processors are getting their first look at proposed new federal regulations that will give them greater flexibility in how they meet requirements and make it easier for plants to obtain federal registration. More
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    Groups urge Congress to protect nutrition programs
    USAgNet
    More than 90 national and regional hunger relief, public health, faith-based and other advocacy organizations sent a letter to Congress urging the Senate and House Agriculture Committees to strengthen and protect nutrition programs in the 2012 farm bill. More
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    Maryland set to become first state to ban arsenic in chicken feed
    The Washington Post
    Maryland is about to become the first state to ban the use of additives containing arsenic in chicken feed, a practice already prohibited by Canada and the European Union. The state's House of Delegates and Senate approved the legislation last week and placed it before Gov. Martin O'Malley Monday. More
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    Do McDonald's burgers and fries belong in hospitals?
    USA Today
    Nearly two dozen hospitals that host McDonald's restaurants just got a letter from an advocacy group asking them to evict their fast-food tenants and to "stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health." More
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    Salt intake a health challenge for aging populations
    Food Navigator
    Industry efforts in salt reduction appear to be on trend with the health challenges of an aging population, which this year is a priority issue for the World Health Organization. More
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    Fresh Del Monte claims court victory against Del Monte Foods
    Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal
    Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. said it was victorious in a false advertising and breach of contract lawsuit against Del Monte Foods Co. and Del Monte Co., winning $13.2 million in the case and affirming its exclusive use of its namesake with certain products. More
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    Consumers weigh in on best french fries
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    For the second year in a row, Alexia Foods and celebrity chef Tyler Florence invited consumers nationwide to choose the next french fry flavor in the brand's "Reinvent a Classic" campaign. The winner, Bruschetta Waffle Fries, was created by blogger Farihah Ali of Spice's Bites and will be available in stores nationwide beginning in 2013. More
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    Retail container traffic predicted to jump in April and keep rising
    Truckinginfo
    Import cargo volume at the nation's major retail container ports is expected to increase 3.2 percent in April compared with the same month last year. Year-over-year gains should continue through the end of summer, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker from the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. More
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    IFC lends $6.5 million to boost cold chain in India
    VC Circle
    International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank, is lending $6.5 million to Snowman Logistics to help the food supply chain company expand its cold storage facilities in various locations in India. More
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    Truckers delivering better fuel efficiency
    Los Angeles Times
    With diesel prices topping $4 a gallon, some companies have upgraded to fuel-efficient diesel, natural gas, electric and hybrid rigs. Others are changing driver habits or using software to minimize idling. More
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    Helping shape the future of food
    The Denver Post
    Sterling-Rice Group, a 140-person shop in Boulder, Colo., revolves much of its expertise around helping companies thrive in the tough world of the food marketplace. Founded by a pair of guys who worked for Hain Celestial Group, SRG has made its name as a company fluent in broad consumer trends. More
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