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Lawmakers to USDA: Educate consumers about pink slime
Food Quality News
Dozens of U.S. Congressmen have come out in force to demand further efforts to educate consumers on the quality of lean finely textured beef, commonly known as "pink slime." In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, 30 members of Congress called for USDA to counteract the "tremendous amount of simply incorrect information" presented to consumers.

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    Farm bill markup proceeds despite Southern opposition
    The Hill
    The Senate Agriculture Committee began marking up a five-year farm bill Thursday despite opposition from Southern senators worried about how the bill could hurt peanut and rice farmers. The markup initially was delayed to try to work out differences, but lawmakers forged ahead Thursday and expect to report on the bill by the end of the day. More
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    China aims to double food output by 2015
    China Business Watch
    China has issued the 12th five-year plan for its food industry, aiming for output of $1.9 trillion by 2015, the National Reform and Development Commission and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a joint statement. More
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    Big Labor's big moment
    POLITICO
    For years Big Labor has been looking small, but it doesn't feel that way now. "The labor movement has huge momentum in terms of electoral politics," said Robert Reich, former Clinton administration labor secretary. More
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    Obama plans first 2 big rallies of general election campaign
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama will hold his first two major political rallies of the general election campaign next weekend at colleges in Ohio and Virginia, staking a claim in two of the most closely watched battleground states of the year and continuing his dialogue with student voters, whose energy and enthusiasm were crucial to his victory four years ago. More
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    Poll: Lugar trails by 5 points
    POLITICO
    Indiana Sen. Dick Lugar has fallen behind state Treasurer Richard Mourdock by five points, according to a new poll released Thursday that places Mourdock at 44 percent and Lugar at 39 percent. Nearly 17 percent remain undecided with just 12 days to go until the Indiana Senate primary. More
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    Chinese trade data show impact of global woes
    The Wall Street Journal
    China's current-account surplus, the broadest measure of its trade balance with the rest of the world, more than halved in the first quarter on weaker export growth. The quarterly trade data further confirmed a trend already suggested by monthly data on both trade and foreign direct investment of a general slowdown in the Chinese economy amid worsening global economic woes. More
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    Global Food Protection Institute plans safety conference
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
    The Imagined Food Futures Symposia, an initiative of the Global Food Protection Institute, today announced its inaugural conference, "Ensuring Safe Food in Dynamic Food Systems," May 1-2 at the McCamly Plaza Hotel in Battle Creek, Mich. More
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    ATA, OOIDA square off on EOBR debate
    Truckinginfo
    In advance of the upcoming conference committee meetings on the surface transportation bill, the American Trucking Associations and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are urging passage or rejection, respectively, of the Senate's EOBR requirement. More
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    Berries may slow memory loss
    WebMD
    Eating berries at least once a week may protect the brain from age-related memory loss, according to a new Nurses' Health study that included more than 16,000 women. More
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    Indonesia bans imports of US beef
    The Wall Street Journal
    Indonesia has suspended imports of U.S. beef following the discovery of a new case of mad cow disease in California this week, Vice Agriculture Minister Rusman Heriawan told Dow Jones Newswires Thursday. More
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    Higher costs crimp PepsiCo's earnings
    The Wall Street Journal
    PepsiCo Inc.'s snack business is going strong, but the company continues to struggle to halt rival Coca-Cola Co., which has been taking away U.S. soda market share. Worldwide snack revenue grew 7 percent in the first quarter year-over-year, PepsiCo said, but beverage sales expanded just 2 percent, and commodity costs continued to weigh on results. More
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    Report: Distribution centers, ports rank high in ozone pollution
    The Journal of Commerce
    Use of diesel fuel in ocean vessels, cargo handling equipment, trucks and locomotives contributes to higher levels of air pollution in port cities or distribution hubs: The ports and inland distribution centers of Los Angeles-Long Beach, New York-New Jersey, Houston, Dallas and Atlanta rank among the 25 most polluted cities in terms of ozone, according to the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2012" report. More
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    McDonald's to test new premium burger
    meatingplace
    McDonald's plans to test market a new premium burger called the Clubhouse Angus, offering it this summer in Southern California, a company spokeswoman said. More
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    Canada's first Whopper Bar finds home in Calgary
    Marketwire via MarketWatch
    Burger King Restaurants of Canada Inc. has opened its first Canadian WHOPPER™ Bar restaurant, debuting it in the Calgary International Airport. The location highlights the new BK® 20/20 global restaurant design and offers guests and travelers an innovative, premium restaurant experience and customizable menu as part of the signature HAVE IT YOUR WAY® brand offering.

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    US beef industry profits from fast-growing exports
    The Associated Press via The Press-News
    Exports are big business for the U.S. beef industry, which shipped a record $5.4 billion worth of beef abroad last year. It was the first year sales surpassed those in 2003, when exports to Asia collapsed amid the first U.S. mad cow disease scare. More
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    Consumer Reports chooses Subway's egg sandwich
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Consumer Reports has named Subway's egg white and cheese flatbread sandwich the tastiest, with better nutrition ratings than competing products at other major fast food chains. More
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    Wisconsin finds Salmonella outbreak strain in sushi tuna
    Food Safety News
    A sample of raw yellowfin tuna and a sample of sushi made with yellowfin tuna were contaminated with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Bareilly that has sickened at least 160 people, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. More
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    El Monterey develops new frozen burritos
    PRWeb
    El Monterey has introduced HD Burritos (Hearty & Delicious), healthier breakfast and dinner burrito options for institutional and commercial food service. More
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    Asmak counts on frozen seafood processing to boost revenue
    AMEinfo.com
    Asmak International Fish Farming Holding Co. PJSC, a pioneer in aquaculture and seafood manufacturing and distribution, announced it will further strengthen its frozen seafood product offering to increase its revenue. More
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    TrigPoint launches mobile service hours module
    Marketwire via MarketWatch
    TrigPoint Solutions Inc. has launched its PROMPTT® System hours of service module to ensure full compliance with hours of service regulations. Once again, TrigPoint is combining the efficiency of radio frequency identification technology and mobile technology with unique interactive user applications. More
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