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Editorial: 'Pink slime' distracts from food safety fight
USA Today
After the product formerly known as "lean finely textured beef" came to be known as "pink slime," it quickly became unwelcome in many grocery stores, school cafeterias and fast-food chains. Opponents of the filler enjoyed their media moment, but when the slime settled, so to speak, the victory seemed pretty empty: Even food safety advocates readily admit that pink slime is probably safer, if less appetizing, than the rest of raw ground beef. More
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Food processors to benefit from cheaper grain prices
Fox Business
Food processors such as Kellogg Co. and General Mills Inc. are expected to benefit from cheaper grain prices this year as retail prices continue to rise. Flattening prices for grains, particularly wheat, should boost margins as companies look to grow profits rather than pass on savings to consumers. More
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Food stamps, federal pensions face GOP cuts
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Republicans controlling the House are targeting food stamps, federal employee pensions, tax breaks for illegal immigrants and subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care law in a multifaceted drive to swap cuts to domestic programs for big Pentagon cuts scheduled next year. More
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House Democratic committee outraises Republicans
USA Today
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $9.8 million in March, besting the committee charged with electing Republicans for the fifth month in a row, according to numbers released today. The National Republican Congressional Committee brought in $9.3 million last month, but ended March with a greater stockpile of cash, $27.1 million to the Democrats' $22.8 million. More
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DCCC preps $32 million TV blitz against 26 GOP incumbents
POLITICO
The fall campaign just started. POLITICO has learned that the House Democratic campaign arm is reserving more than $32 million in broadcast TV advertising after Labor Day, the first real signal of the party's strategy for winning back control of the House. The ad buy, the earliest in Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee history, stretches from the Northeast to the Mountain West and covers dozens of congressional districts in 14 states - most of them key presidential battlegrounds. More
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A favorable turn in Romney's favorability rating
The Wall Street Journal
A new CNN poll has good news for Mitt Romney: His favorability rating has rebounded, a welcome development for him after a contentious primary campaign that showed signs of tarnishing his image. In the survey, released Tuesday, 44 percent of adults said they had a favorable opinion of Romney, up 10 percentage points from February. More
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Voters like President Obama to lead but prefer Romney on economic issues
The Hill
A smattering of new polls shows an important divide developing: Voters like Mitt Romney on the economy but not much else. Meanwhile, they like President Obama on everything else but not nearly as much on the economy. More
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FDA goes multilingual with food safety
The Packer
As part of its pursuit of an international operating model to ensure food safety, the Food and Drug Administration now offers publications in five foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish. The agency's Office of International Programs began offering the foreign language versions in early April, according to an agency news release. The intent is to enable the FDA's foreign counterparts and industry to better understand the agency's laws and practices. More
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Contaminated fish in California? FDA goes after 2 processors
California Watch via The Huffington Post
Government health and food safety officials are seeking to close down two fish processing plants in California, citing concerns over the spread of bacteria and toxins in contaminated products. So far, there have been no illnesses associated with the two plants. However, government inspectors detected the toxins that cause botulism and listeriosis on products tested at the plants. More
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Public policy expert to speak on agriculture 'culture war'
Cattle Network
Robert Paarlberg, the B.F. Johnson Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and adjunct professor of public policy at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, will visit Purdue University on April 18 to speak on international agricultural policy. More
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Studies question the pairing of food deserts and obesity
The New York Times
It has become an article of faith among some policy makers and advocates, including Michelle Obama, that poor urban neighborhoods are food deserts, bereft of fresh fruits and vegetables. But two new studies have found something unexpected. Such neighborhoods not only have more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than more affluent ones, but more grocery stores, supermarkets and full-service restaurants, too. More
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Nestle is near deal for Pfizer infant unit
The Wall Street Journal
Pfizer Inc. is close to selling its infant-nutrition business to Nestlé SA for at least $9 billion, people familiar with the matter said, in what would be one of the largest deals so far this year. Nestlé, the Swiss food giant, appears to have triumphed in an auction for the business over Groupe Danone SA and Mead Johnson Nutrition Co., which had explored a joint bid for the business. Pfizer and Nestlé are expected to announce a deal as soon as next week, the people said. More
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Most shoppers make impulse buys
Progressive Grocer
Consumers continue to go shopping armed with a list, but new research finds that doesn't stop them from straying. Nine out of 10 shoppers still purchase items not on their lists, according to The Checkout, on ongoing shopper behavior study by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research. Of those who admitted to shopping off list, 66 percent cited a sale or promotion, 30 percent cited they found a coupon and 23 percent said they wanted to pamper themselves. More
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Winning recipe at Yum won't last forever
The Wall Street Journal
Colonel Sanders has become as much a culinary phenomenon in China as General Tso's chicken is in the U.S. That has helped shareholders in Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants, multiply their investment more than tenfold in 12 years. The eateries' popularity isn't likely to show any signs of waning when Yum on Wednesday reports first-quarter results. More
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Nestle recalling 16,890 pounds of Stouffer's lasagna frozen entrees
WLEX-TV
Nestlé Prepared Foods Company, a Gaffney, S.C., establishment, is recalling approximately 16,890 pounds of Stouffer's lasagna frozen entrées that may instead contain stuffed peppers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Tuesday. The stuffed peppers contain Worcestershire sauce made with anchovies, a known allergen that is not declared on the lasagna labels. More
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ConAgra to buy breakfast sausage maker
Reuters
ConAgra Foods Inc on Tuesday said it agreed to buy breakfast sandwich and sausage maker Odom's Tennessee Pride, the latest in a series of deals aimed at expanding the company's reach. More
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Sushi-linked Salmonella outbreak reaches 141 cases
Food Safety News
A multistate outbreak of Salmonella Bareilly infection has sickened at least 141 people, up from the 116 confirmed cases reported last week, while the related recall has expanded to include all frozen raw yellowfin tuna product - called Nakaochi Scrape - distributed by Moon Marine USA Corp. More
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White tuna or white lie? Misleading labels rampant among sushi products
KCAL-TV
Something fishy is going on in restaurants and frozen food aisles across the Southland. KNX 1070's Pete Demetriou reports a new study found over half of seafood products sold in Los Angeles stores and restaurants may be misidentified. More
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Nutrition programs debated
Ag Week
Healthy eating advocates and anti-hunger groups are mounting vigorous campaigns to maintain food stamp benefits and programs to increase access to fruits and vegetables and other nutritious foods in the farm bill, but they differ on whether quality of foods or benefit levels should be the highest priority. The nutrition groups’ success or failure could have a major affect on the farm bill in general, since nutrition programs make up about 75 percent of U.S. Department of Agriculture spending. More
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Individually quick frozen herbs available for food processors
Food Processing
Van Drunen Farms now offers Quick Frozen IQF Basil, Cilantro and Parsley to food processors. The fresh culinary herbs are grown on Van Drunen Farms' fields in Illinois. After harvesting the herbs, they are washed, quick-frozen, then sized for completion. Acording to the company, this method produces a convenient, micro-tested ingredient that is available in multiple sizes. The IQF herbs are offered in both conventional and organic forms. More
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Study: Lightweighting to become the new packaging trend
FoodBev.com
Brand owners, retailers and packaging suppliers are responding to consumer pressure to improve environmental credentials, according to new research. Lightweighting will become much more sophisticated, forming part of more comprehensive advancements in product packaging which address the resource efficiency throughout the lifecycle of the product and its packaging. More
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Burger King's new menu reviewed
The Huffington Post
It took the royal touch (and a lot of money) of the self-proclaimed king of burgers to commandeer celebrities to endorse a new food product line. If you've seen Jay Leno, Mary J. Blige, Salma Hayek, Steven Tyler, Sofia Vergara, or even international heartthrob David Beckham use their fame-fueled influence in a new ad campaign for Burger King, you know something at BK is aiming to be more buzzworthy than the mere addition of mushrooms on a Whopper. For the first time in its 58-year history, BK has expanded its offerings broader than ever before, with 10 new items that strive to better diversify their menu - akin to burger competitor McDonald's. More
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