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Study: 48 percent of packaged chicken in small sample has E. coli
The New York Times
A recent test of packaged raw chicken products bought at grocery stores throughout the country found roughly half of them were contaminated with the bacteria E. coli, according to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which conducted the sampling. More
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Domino's school lunch program's participation triples
PizzaMarketplace.com
Domino's Pizza continues growing its Domino's Smart Slice school lunch program, which meets the recently revised USDA nutrition standards for school lunch. The program has nearly tripled the number of participating schools in the past year. More
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ConAgra petitions for whole grains health claim
FoodBusinessNews.net
ConAgra Foods Inc. has filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration indicating there is "ample scientific evidence" to make a health claim about the relationship between whole grain consumption and a reduced risk of Type II diabetes. More
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Hilary Rosen throws Mitt Romney a lifeline in 'war on women'
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney was losing the so-called "war on women." Badly. Until Democratic operative Hilary Rosen appeared on CNN Wednesday and seemingly derided his wife's decision to stay at home and raise the couple's five boys. More
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Poll: Holes in Mitt Romney's GOP base
POLITICO
Mitt Romney has to mend gaps in the Republican voter base among Midwesterners, young voters, the highly religious and conservative Republicans, according to a Thursday Gallup poll. More
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Union super PAC unveils plans
POLITICO
The AFL-CIO's super PAC announced Thursday that it plans to strike out on its own in 2012, rather than support specific candidates or the Democratic party. More
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Mixed reviews for new FDA guidance
Drovers Cattlenetwork
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance Wednesday on the use of antibiotics in livestock production, drawing mixed responses from livestock organizations and groups opposed to antibiotics in agriculture.

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  • Opponents' claims of excessive antibiotic use in livestock challenged (National Hog Farmer)
  • Copy of FDA guidance document (Office of the Federal Register)
  • Recommendations: Aligning feed guidance with livestock water guidance (Office of the Federal Register)
  • Veterinary feed directive (Office of the Federal Register)
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    EFSA: Genetically modified maize safe for health, environment
    Food Navigator
    The European Food Safety Authority has found that Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize poses no risk to human health or the environment, based on data from the 2010 growing season. More
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    Alaska to ease restrictions on farmers market foods
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
    The issues surrounding Alaska state Rep. Tammie Wilson's far-reaching food safety bill appear to be resolved, at least for now. The North Pole Republican indicated earlier this week that efforts to pass a bill to remove most of the state's oversight on certain foods sold at farmers markets will be put on hold as the state rolls out a new set of more relaxed standards. More
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    Canada's food safety inspectors face severe budget cuts
    Calgary Herald
    Canada's food safety inspection force will shrink by as many as 100 inspectors — cuts the workers' union says will have an effect on the safety of food purchased by Canadians. More
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    State agencies to get funding for federal truck safety study
    Federal Register
    In an effort to better understand the safety performance of heavier vehicles, the FMCSA and the FHWA are partnering to implement the Specialized Heavy Vehicle Inspection Study Cooperative Agreement, which provides funding to state agencies responsible for large truck roadside safety inspections. The purpose of the study is to collect safety data from roadside inspections on vehicles exceeding certain weight levels to determine if there are any associations between higher vehicle weights and motor carrier safety violations, particularly those with out-of-service conditions. More
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    Opinion: Industry needs to champion food processing
    Food Navigator
    Industry needs to boast about achievements in food processing as it provides a key role in sustainability and nutrition, food science and technology professor Tiny van Boekel urged at the 2012 Annual Symposium of the International Life Sciences Institute Europe. More
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    Trade gap in US narrows more than forecast as imports drop
    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    The trade deficit in the U.S. narrowed more than forecast in February as imports fell by the most in three years, reflecting the smallest amount of crude oil purchases in 15 years and a drop-off in demand for Chinese goods. More
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    McDonald's in franchising deal with Russia's Rosinter
    Reuters
    McDonald's Corp. will franchise out restaurants in Russia for the first time after picking Rosinter, the sector's largest restaurant holding company, as its partner in the fast-growing market. More
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    Frito Lay plant snags environmental prize
    Food Engineering
    The Clean Water America Alliance awarded PepsiCo Frito-Lay a 2012 U.S. Water Prize for its Casa Grande, Ariz., snack food manufacturing facility. More
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    ServSafe food safety program upgraded
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    The National Restaurant Association is rolling out the next generation of its ServSafe Food Safety manager program this month to meet the evolving needs of the restaurant and food service industries. More
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    ConAgra processors save 300 million gallons of water
    EON
    ConAgra Foods Inc. said its 2012 Sustainable Development program, which awards employees for tangible results in sustainable production, reduced overall water usage by 300 million gallons, lowered carbon emissions by 43,600 metric tons and eliminated 61,000 tons of landfill waste and 4,800 tons of packaging material. More
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    E. coli forces recall of ground beef
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Town and Country Foods Inc. is recalling roughly 1 ton of ground and tenderized beef products, including burger patties, stew meet and sirloin filets, after regular testing indicated a potential for E. coli contamination. All products were produced April 4-10 and shipped to wholesale and retail outlets in Maine.

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    Washing, storage conditions key to prevent salmonella rebound
    The Grower
    Salmonella can rebound in produce in humid storage before or after washing, according to a study in the April edition of "Foodborne Pathogens and Disease." More
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