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Opinion: Time to revisit food deserts
The New York Times
Some new studies have questioned whether food deserts are as pervasive a problem as the government and other researchers have long believed. The studies also challenge whether efforts to increase access to supermarkets in low-income areas will achieve the ultimate goal of these policies: reducing obesity and other diet-related diseases among the people who live there. More
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Senate panel delays farm bill action
The Hill
The Senate Agriculture Committee late Tuesday postponed a markup for a new farm bill set for Wednesday. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., head of the panel, made the announcement hours after saying she would plow forward. She said lawmakers had "a few outstanding issues" to work out.

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    USDA addresses mad cow case
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    USDA officials Tuesday confirmed the fourth case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy — commonly known as mad cow disease — in a California dairy cow. USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. John Clifford addresses the case.

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    Obama: Climate action, global warming will be key issue
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama is vowing to make the case for action on global warming during the 2012 campaign. "I suspect that over the next six months, this is going to be a debate that will become part of the campaign, and I will be very clear in voicing my belief that we're going to have to take further steps to deal with climate change in a serious way," Obama told "Rolling Stone" magazine in a newly published interview. More
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    Romney marches toward GOP nomination
    The Wall Street Journal
    Mitt Romney claimed victory in the Republican presidential nominating contest Tuesday after decisively sweeping five East Coast primaries, saying his triumph marked "the beginning of the end of the disappointments of the Obama years." More
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    Newt Gingrich to suspend campaign
    The Washington Post
    Newt Gingrich is expected to suspend his presidential campaign within the next week and endorse former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a spokesman said. More
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    Jason Altimire, Tim Holden fall in Pennsylvania primaries
    POLITICO
    Two conservative Democrats who voted against the president's health care plan went down in defeat Tuesday, falling victim to primary opponents who cast them as far out of step with their party. More
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    Americans' cholesterol levels shrink as waistlines expand
    NPR
    A curious — and good — thing has happened on the road to "Obesity Nation": The share of the U.S. adult population with high cholesterol has dropped. More
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    Mexico presses for US answer on TPP
    Reuters
    Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Tuesday gave an impassioned defense of free trade as Mexico waits for the United States and others to decide whether it will be allowed to join talks on a trade pact in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    FSIS to publish poultry slaughter inspection Q-and-A
    Office of the Federal Register
    In a document to be published Thursday in the "Federal Register," USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service offers a question-and-answer review of the dozens of comments it received on its proposal to modernize poultry slaughter inspection, along with FSIS' responses to industry concerns. More
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    CFIA fails food giants on nutrition label clarity, accuracy
    The Windsor Star
    Some of the world's biggest food brands and leading organic labels have understated the amount of bad nutrients — such as fat, sugar and sodium — in their products or overstated the good ones. Kraft, Frito Lay, Unilever and Heinz are among the big names with a product that flunked Canadian Food Inspection Agency testing, conducted to see if nutrition claims on labels live up to their billing. More
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    FMCSA tightens rules of practice
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a final rule amending its regulations. Under the new guidelines, carriers no longer can avoid an admission of liability by paying civil penalties for infractions, and new procedures will be enforced for issuing out-of-service orders for businesses FMCSA determines are reincarnations of other entities with a history of noncompliance. More
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    Transport experts: Public must push Congress on highway bill
    Truckinginfo
    Congress can't do its job on the highway bill, so the public is going to have to take the lead, says a group of infrastructure experts that includes five former Secretaries of Transportation. More
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    Remodeled Target stores to feature more fresh food
    Progressive Grocer
    Fresh food selections will be expanded at 90 Target stores across the United States, scheduled to be completed in late June. These stores will be the second of three cycles of remodels for Target this year. More
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    85 percent say price must be right before they shop
    Progressive Grocer
    Price trumps sales and special deals, customer service and convenience as a factor in deciding where to shop for the majority of U.S. consumers, according to The NPD Group, whose Economy Tracker's mid-March survey found 85 percent of U.S. consumers say price will be an "extremely important/important" factor in deciding where to shop in the near future, 10 percent more than those who feel sales and special deals are important. More
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    Wal-Mart lobbied to amend anti-bribery law
    The Washington Post
    Wal-Mart, the giant retailer now under fire over allegations of foreign bribery in Mexico, has participated in an aggressive and high-priced lobbying campaign to amend the long-standing U.S. anti-bribery law the company might have violated. More
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    Grocery 'smart cart' suggests better food choices
    Discovery News
    A British collaborative called the Change Project that uses technology to nudge consumers into more responsible behavior has come up with a smart grocery cart attachment. More
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    Burger King pledges to end use of caged pigs, hens
    Reuters
    Burger King, the third-biggest U.S. hamburger chain, has pledged to end the use of the cramped chicken and pig cages targeted by animal welfare activists. The chain committed Wednesday to serving 100 percent cage-free eggs in its U.S. restaurants by 2017 and to buy pork only from suppliers with documented plans to end their use of gestation crates for breeding sows. More
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    Pizza Hut adds cheeseburgers to crust in Middle East
    WCAU-TV
    Pizza Hut, which seems never to tire of cramming disparate foodstuffs into its pizza crusts, has launched the most over-the-top yet: a pizza surrounded by cheeseburgers and topped with beef, lettuce and tomatoes. More
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    Colorado changes cantaloupe growing practices
    Food Safety News
    The few Colorado farmers who grow the same brand of cantaloupe implicated in last year's Listeria outbreak — the most deadly outbreak of foodborne illness in the U.S. in decades — are falling into line with growing and packing reforms that originated in California. More
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    Intelleflex partners with DeltaTRAK on cold chain solutions
    RFID Ready
    Intelleflex announced a strategic solution partnership with DeltaTRAK Inc. By partnering with Intelleflex, DeltaTRAK will extend its family of cold chain solutions for the food, pharmaceutical and processing industries by offering the Intelleflex XC3 Technology-based tags and readers under the DeltaTRAK brand. More
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    Leading the way with QR codes on seafood
    The News Journal
    Handy International of Salisbury, Md., is the nation's first food producer to include a code on seafood products to enable customers to trace their origin and freshness. More
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    Landec acquires GreenLine Foods
    USAgNet
    Landec Corp., which develops and markets patented products for food, agricultural and biomedical applications, announced that its wholly owned food subsidiary Apio Inc. has acquired GreenLine Foods Inc. More
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    Refrigerated warehouse systems target efficiency
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Storage system manufacturer and provider Hannibal Industries Inc. has introduced new systems designed to enhance storage capacity and reduce costs in refrigerated warehousing. More
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