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'Pink slime' controversy stokes clash over US agriculture
Reuters
The recent furor over so-called "pink slime" beef filler underscores how social media have given activists and consumers a powerful weapon to influence that process. Using tools such as Twitter and the threat of spending boycotts, consumers and activists pressured retailers to abandon Beef Products Inc's ammonia-treated lean, finely textured beef. More
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Tuna linked to salmonella outbreak in 20 states
The Associated Press via Fox News
A yellowfin tuna product used to make dishes like sushi and sashimi sold at restaurants and grocery stores has been linked with an outbreak of salmonella that has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states and the District of Columbia, federal health authorities said. The Food and Drug Administration said 116 illnesses have been reported, including 12 people who have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. Moon Marine USA Corp. of Cupertino, Calif., also known as MMI, is voluntarily recalling 58,828 pounds of frozen raw yellowfin tuna. More
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Dole recalls 756 cases of bagged salad because of possible salmonella contamination
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Dole Food Co.'s fresh vegetables division is recalling 756 cases of bagged salad because they could be contaminated with salmonella. The bags of Seven Lettuces salads were distributed in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. More
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Obama still has electoral advantages despite much-changed map
The Washington Post
This year will not be like 2008, at least as far as the electoral map is concerned. Four years ago, then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., swept to an eye-popping 365-electoral-vote victory — and a nearly 10 million popular-vote edge — with wins in places where a Democrat hadn't won a presidential race in decades, such as Indiana, North Carolina and Virginia. Today, the expanded map of 2008 has shrunk somewhat, with states including Indiana and Missouri almost certain to go Republican and longtime Democratic strongholds such as Michigan and Wisconsin looking more tenuous than in the recent past because of the continuing struggles of the manufacturing economy. More
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Obama's March fundraising haul: $53 million
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama raised $53 million last month for his reelection, a substantial increase from the month before. In February, Obama raised $45 million from 348,000 donors. This month he upped his total by $8 million, and increased his donor pool to 567,000. More
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Tea party support stable, but interest is waning
The Washington Post
More than three years after its inception, the tea party continues to attract support from more than four in 10 Americans. But a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds waning interest in the political movement and a drop in the number of women giving positive reviews of its message. More
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Hill Poll: Voters expect personal finances will improve, not economy
The Hill
Likely voters are fairly confident that their personal financial situation will improve this year, even as 39 percent of them say they are less confident that the economy is improving, according to The Hill Poll. Just over half of respondents — 52 percent — said they expect their personal finances to improve either a little or a lot over the next year, while 44 percent said they anticipated a downslide. More
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Sounding the sugar alarms
Los Angeles Times
Worried about trans fat or salt? That's a little old school. If you want to stay current on dietary villains, you'll want to start thinking about sugar. Lots and lots of sugar — as in 77 grams, or nearly 20 teaspoons. That's how much added sugar the average American consumes every day, according to a 2011 scientific report, and that's not even factoring in the sugars naturally found in fruits, vegetables and milk. More
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US, Colombia free-trade agreement to be implemented in May
The Hill
U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Sunday that the United States and Colombia will enter into their trade agreement May 15, an announcement which comes as President Barack Obama concludes his visit to Colombia for the Summit of the Americas. More
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China, ROK, Japan eye co-op on food safety
China Daily
China, Japan and South Korea agreed on Sunday to work together to ensure food security and enhance their trade of agricultural products. The three neighboring Northeast Asian countries signed the agreement at a trilateral meeting on Jeju Island of South Korea attended by their agriculture ministers. More
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CTA report tackles driver shortage questions, solutions
Canadian Transportation and Logistics
The Canadian Trucking Alliance has released a new report focusing on the shortage of qualified commercial drivers, touting it as "arguably the most comprehensive and honest" attempt to tackle both questions surrounding the shortage as well as solutions for fixing the problem More
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Food safety overhaul ordered in schools across China
The Sun Daily
A food safety overhaul will be carried out in primary and secondary schools and kindergartens across China to screen for safety hazards, a move prompted by a recent string of food poisoning incidents in schools. The nation's food safety watchdog, the State Food and Drug Administration, posted a statement on its official website Monday announcing that the SFDA and the Ministry of Education have ordered their local agencies to examine school cafeterias in their respective jurisdictions, Xinhua news agency reported. More
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NC to match stricter federal food safety rules
The Associated Press via Claims Journal
North Carolina residents can express themselves on new restaurant regulations aimed at making meals safer, a move much of the industry supports. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the state public health division held a public hearing to determine whether to adopt federal food guidelines. The rules would require cold foods be kept colder, order sick restaurant workers to stay home and prohibit cooks from touching some foods with bare hands. More
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Union slams inspector cuts, lack of food safety
Postmedia News via canada.com
Canadian food safety may be compromised as the federal government plans to "download" inspection oversight to at least three provinces, says the head of the public service's agriculture union. More
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California confronts incurable, insect-borne tree-killer that makes citrus bitter
The Wall Street Journal
California's $2 billion citrus industry is bracing for the spread of a crop-killing disease after an infected tree was discovered in the yard of a suburban Los Angeles home. Huanglongbing, or citrus greening, attacks the vascular system of citrus trees and clogs the flow of nutrients. The bacterial disease prevents fruit from fully forming and makes it bitter as it destroys the tree. More
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Dark meat getting a leg up on boring boneless breast
The Wall Street Journal
Poultry companies that spent decades breeding top-heavy birds to satisfy America's craving for chicken breasts are hunting for solutions as consumers cluck for more dark meat. Demand for legs and thigh cuts is climbing as diners tire of white meat and TV cooking shows tout dark meat's richer flavor and softer texture. More
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Tennessee strawberry crop looks strong despite recent frosts
Clarksville Online
Thanks to a mild winter and a warm, sunny spring, Tennessee's famous strawberry crop looks good despite the recent frosts. "We had a pretty good frost in many areas of the state," says Tammy Algood, fruit and vegetable marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture. More
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Small businesses hit by rising freight costs
The Globe and Mail via CTV News
When a decent road finally reached Goose Bay in Labrador, Newfoundland, 13 years ago, it brought with it the potential to boost local business. Companies that had relied on sea shipping could suddenly order smaller deliveries year-round. There were no more huge deliveries in the fall before the shipping channel froze, no more warehouses filled with stock that might not sell. Today, however, those warehouses are slowly filling up again, as rising fuel prices drive up the costs of trucking. More
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Organic farmers hope for boost with rivals' labels
Bloomberg Businessweek
Robert Burns, an organic farmer in eastern Connecticut, is candid in describing his business interest in state legislation requiring that genetically modified food be labeled. "If you're an organic producer now, you should get ready for an increase in sales," said the grower of lettuce, mung beans, red winter wheat berries and other vegetables. Consumer demand for labeling is rising and producers will have little choice but to comply, he said. More
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Steve Banker: Inbound transportation can be complex
Logistics Viewpoints
Transportation Management Systems were initially designed to handle the complexities of outbound shipments. And to this day, companies are still far more likely to implement a TMS to reduce outbound freight costs than to manage inbound or international moves. More
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2 new Walmart Markets nearing completion in Springfield, Mo.
KY3-TV
Walmart is putting the finishing touches on two of its new Neighborhood Market stores, which have been under construction for the past several months. They're located on S. Glenstone at Bennett, and West Republic Road at Golden. Both stores are set to open in the coming weeks, and may be completed by the middle of May. More
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