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Key FSMA rules languish at OMB months after deadline
Food Safety News
It has been well over a year since the monumental Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law, and so far implementation has been riddled with speed bumps, not to mention funding woes.

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    Leahy urges passage of Food Safety Accountability Act
    VTDigger
    Following the announcement by the Food and Drug Administration that raw tuna from a California supplier has sickened more than 100 people in 20 states, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., again is urging the House of Representatives to consider the Food Safety Accountability Act, a bill that will hold accountable those who knowingly violate food safety standards and place tainted food products on the market. More
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    Is 'tuna scrape' the next 'pink slime'?
    Newser
    First came "pink slime," the processed beef too dubious even for McDonald's. Now "tuna scrape" might be poised to become the seafood equivalent.

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    Facing likability gap, Romney argues for competence
    The Hill
    Mitt Romney faces a huge likability gap against President Barack Obama — and that means he must turn the presidential election into a contest of policies, not personality. More
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    Is tea party still relevant?
    The Washington Post
    Is the tea party breaking up? After playing a dominant role in a number of elections in 2010 — Christine O'Donnell, anyone? — there is growing evidence the power (and visibility) of the movement has faded. More
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    McCaskill takes fight to super PACs as Missouri swings right
    The Washington Post
    As one of the U.S. Senate's most endangered Democratic incumbents, Missouri's Claire McCaskill knows she's a top target of the new conservative super PACs that have reordered the political landscape radically in 2012. More
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    Freshmen face 2012 dilemma
    POLITICO
    House Republican freshmen swept into office on a wave of anti-incumbent sentiment, and they promised to rein in spending, repeal the health care law and get the excesses of Washington under control. But now they are the incumbents, spending hasn't exactly been reined in, the health care law is still in place (for now) and the Washington of 2012 operates a lot like the Washington of 2010, putting some of the freshmen in a tough spot when it comes to making their pitch to voters. More
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    FSIS offers compliance guide for residue prevention, testing
    Office of the Federal Register
    In the Wednesday edition of the "Federal Register," USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will release a compliance guide for preventing unapproved residues in livestock slaughter establishments. More
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    Nanotechnology in food: FDA proposes rules for safety
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
    Regulators are proposing that food companies that want to use tiny engineered particles in their packaging may have to provide extra testing data to show the products are safe. The Food and Drug Administration issued tentative guidelines Friday for food and cosmetic companies interested in using nanoparticles. More
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    New study will eye indirect costs of school food program
    Federal Register
    USDA is beginning a new study, "School Foodservice Indirect Cost Study," to examine the extent to which school districts identify, treat and charge indirect costs attributable to their food service operations. More
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    FMCSA withdraws sleep apnea proposal
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration apparently jumped the gun with its Friday announcement that it proposed to adopt the recommendations of two advisory panels for tougher sleep apnea guidelines. More
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    Panama Canal proposes July toll hikes
    Journal of Commerce
    The Panama Canal Authority board of directors late Friday approved a proposal to raise tolls on multiple vessel types, including container ships, in stages during the next two summers. More
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    USDA allows more time for comment on poultry rules
    USDA Blog
    USDA on Thursday announced an extension to the public comment period for a proposed rule that would modernize the poultry slaughter inspection system. More
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    Opinion: China food safety rumors getting out of hand
    Business Insider
    When you hear of bona fide food safety problems every day, you tend to jump on every rumor out there. But is China becoming too reactionary in its approach to food safety? More
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    Opinion: Why Canadian bureaucrats stalled on HACCP
    Agri 007
    In 1989, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency was a world leader in studying the application of HACCP — Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points — in meatpacking plants. What happened? More
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    Taiwan legislature to review draft acts related to US beef ban
    The China Post
    Taiwan's legislature will begin Monday another round of reviewing draft amendments to a food safety act related to lifting a ban on imports of U.S. beef containing the leanness-enhancing drug ractopamine, a long-running row between the two countries. More
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    Wal-Mart faces crisis in wake of Mexico bribery investigation
    The Washington Post
    An explosive investigation into bribery allegations in Wal-Mart's Mexico subsidiary has prompted something of an unexpected response: Many say the news is no surprise, because bribery simply is how business is done in Mexico. More
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    How making food safe can harm wildlife and water
    NPR
    Environmental advocates say a single-minded focus on food safety has forced California's growers of salad greens to strip vegetation from around their fields, harming wildlife and polluting streams and rivers. More
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    Misbranding forces recall of sausage products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Old Style Sausage of Denver is recalling approximately 3,000 pounds of sausage products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

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    Michigan firm recalls calzone products on Listeria concerns
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Albie's Foods is recalling approximately 311 pounds of pizza calzone products because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The food was shipped to institutions in Indiana and Michigan. More
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    Global pork production expanding
    USAgNet
    World pork production is expanding. USDA's Foreign Agriculture Service is predicting this year's world pork production will be up 2.7 percent from 2011. More
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    Kellogg lowers 2012 guidance on weak first quarter
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Kellogg Co. is lowering its full-year 2012 guidance because of a weaker-than-expected performance during the first quarter. The company now expects its full-year earnings per share to be in the range of $3.18 to $3.30 per share. Overall, the company said the decline was driven by its European business, initial weak volume growth in some U.S. categories and the desire to continue to invest in future growth. More
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    Yum brands, McDonald's see earnings spike
    Journal of Commerce
    A continuing Chinese love affair with American fast food is translating into solid earnings for Yum! Brands and McDonald's. Net income at Yum! Brands rose 73 percent year-over-year to $458 million, equal to 99 cents per share on the common stock, in the first quarter ended March 24. This compared with income of $264 million, or 56 cents per share, in the same period a year ago. More
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    Jamie Oliver: 'Government inaction' worsens obesity
    Food Manufacture
    The U.K. government is deepening the obesity crisis by allowing flagship academies to lower national nutritional standards, warns Jamie Oliver. More
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