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Obama's budget would rely on facility fees, call for HIMP expansion
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The Obama administration's fiscal year 2014 budget proposal reaches again for unpopular facility registration and import user fees to finance the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, while also continuing to push the USDA's HACCP-based Inspection Models Project.
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US retail sales fall 0.4 percent in March — most in 9 months
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Sales at U.S. retailers fell in March from February, indicating that higher taxes and weak hiring may have made some consumers more cautious about spending. Retail sales declined a seasonally adjusted 0.4 percent last month, the Commerce Department said Friday.

Related: Wholesale price index falls in March (USA Today)

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A new frontier in genetically engineered food
KUNC
At least 20 states have introduced bills over the past year that would require labeling of genetically modified food. The common point of contention is the pervasiveness of grains that have had their DNA altered. But some of these proposed laws take aim specifically at genetically engineered meat or fish.
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Rubio throwing support behind bipartisan immigration bill
The Washington Post
Look for Marco Rubio to throw his full support — and star power — behind the bipartisan immigration compromise bill that could be announced in the next several days. The question is, will his support alienate the conservative wing of the party or cement his position as a front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination?

Related: Centrist Democrats stress 'reasonable' pathway to citizenship (The Hill)

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John Boehner on hot seat as Senate acts
Politico
House Speaker John Boehner is once again trapped in a tough position: If he doesn't move on Senate-passed gun and immigration compromises, the House risks looking like it is obstructing the will of the American people.
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Poll: US in best mood since 2007
Politico
Half of Americans approve of the state of the country for the first time since 2007, a new poll says. According to a CNN/ORC poll released Friday, 50 percent of Americans say "things are going well in the country" — but an equal percentage says the opposite.

Related: Poll: Economic fears eclipse other problems (The Wall Street Journal)

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Japan, US agree on Tokyo joining Trans-Pacific trade talks
Reuters
Japan and the United States have agreed on a deal to allow Tokyo to join talks on a U.S.-led Asia-Pacific free trade pact that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making a keystone of his strategy to open Japan's economy and spur long-sought growth.
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'All natural' beverage verdict seen as warning to class action attorneys
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Trial lawyers had better tread carefully the next time they file a lawsuit against a company that makes "all natural" claims on its labels: That's the lesson to be learned from a 13-page order issued March 28 by Judge Richard Seeborg of the U.S. District Court for Northern California.
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WHO outlines variety of salt reduction strategies across Europe
Food Navigator
The World Health Organization has released a new report outlining European salt reduction strategies — and while most countries are following EU guidelines, there are still big differences between policies.
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Big eyes for wholesale club food
Supermarket Guru
If Vice President Joe Biden has fun with food at Costco, could the rest of the country far behind? It turns out he's far from alone in having big eyes for wholesale club food, where it often looks bountiful — and where shoppers know the retailers push themselves and suppliers hard on matters of food safety.
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Packaged Facts: Mixed trends drive meat growth
Progressive Grocer
Although meat consumption in the U.S. has been on the decline for nearly a decade, the market continues to post growth in overall dollar sales. The consumption decline is only relative: Per capita meat consumption in the U.S. ranks second globally and weighs in at nearly three times the global average, according to the latest U.S. Meat and Poultry Trends research from Packaged Facts.
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Unilever's Fruttare frozen fruit bars to debut in US
Unilever
Fruttare Fruit Bars will debut in the U.S. this spring with two types of frozen fruit bars in four flavors each. The products will be made available in grocery and convenience stores nationwide.
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Chile fills seasonal gap in fresh blueberries
Blueberry Council
To keep menus fresh and interesting all year, chefs count on shipments of South American blueberries. Chile is the world's second-largest producer.

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10 retailers urged to pull potentially toxic products
USA Today
Health and environmental groups launched a national campaign Thursday to prod 10 major retailers to eliminate products with hazardous chemicals.

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Time to read draft guide on what 'natural' means
Food Navigator-USA
The National Organics Program is frequently cited in civil litigation to support claims that certain foods do not qualify for "natural" labeling.

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Food processing 2013 capital spending outlook: Slow and cautious
PotatoPro
"Cash-rich and shovel-shy" may best characterize food and beverage companies' current approach to capital projects. Macroeconomic factors and market uncertainty continue to argue for a take-it-slow approach to plant expansions and improvements.
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Trinity Frozen Foods invests $15 million in new processing facility
The Laurinburg Exchange
Trinity Frozen Foods is expected to create 149 jobs and invest more than $15 million in Pembroke, N.C., as it builds a 150,000-square-foot processing facility. The plant will produce sweet potato fries and is expected to begin operating July 1.
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Millard diversifying cargo at Alabama facility
Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer
Millard Refrigerated Services said Thursday it is dedicating substantial resources to developing its Theodore, Ala., operation, a 300-acre facility with a 1,600-foot wharf and rail, interstate and barge access.
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Mettler Toledo creates salt determination guide
Food Product Design
Mettler Toledo has created an extensive guide for salt determination in food to assist food industry operators with the global effort to control salt content in food items.
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Survey: Moms misinformed when buying 'all-natural' and 'hormone-free'
Meatingplace
According to Common Ground's new Gate-to-Plate survey, American mothers may be building their grocery lists based on misinformation about how their food was grown and raised.
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Wegmans recalls fruit juices with mold byproduct
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
Wegmans Food Markets is recalling two fruit juice products because they may contain unacceptable levels of a byproduct of mold. The grocery chain says some Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Apple Juice and Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Cranberry Juice Blend may contain patulin.
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Report: Regulations drive growth of global RFID cold chain market
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
A new study from Reportlinker shows food safety regulations are spurring growth in the global radio frequency identification cold chain market, and the technology is evolving in response.
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Meat supply chain has 'shocking blind spots'
Food Navigator
The European meat supply chain still contains "shocking blind spots," a supply chain management firm is asserting after Dutch authorities revealed 50,000 tons of meat supplied by two Dutch meat traders may have contained horse meat.
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UK retailer Tesco revamps, with fresh food focus
Reuters
After a decade pushing its non-food business, Tesco — Britain's biggest retailer — is changing, and a conspicuous focus on fresh produce greets shoppers at its newly styled superstores.
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