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Senate plan seeks $22 million boost for FDA, rejects new food fees
Food Safety News
The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday approved a $22 million bump in discretionary funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for fiscal year 2013, giving the agency $2.54 billion. Of the increase, $12.5 million is designated specifically for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act, according to a summary released by the committee. More
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Farm plan seeks deep subsidy cut
The Wall Street Journal
The Senate Agriculture Committee approved a proposed five-year farm bill Thursday that seeks to make steep cuts to subsidies while expanding government crop-insurance programs.

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    FDA to publish new FSMA produce rule
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is about to publish a new produce safety rule and will extend the comment period on it to 120 days, according to Michael Taylor, FDA's deputy commissioner for food. More
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    Lawmakers already talking of punting big issues to 2013
    The Hill
    Lawmakers are growing increasingly anxious about the overstuffed lame-duck session, when they likely will be confronted with a slew of major decisions on taxes and spending. More
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    PAC clout to be greater on Capitol Hill than Pennsylvania Avenue
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama's re-election campaign likely will have more money than any presidential campaign in history. Republican Mitt Romney's campaign, when you factor in the super PACs supporting him, could have even more money than that. More
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    Nebraska battle complicates GOP effort to retake Senate
    The Hill
    The Senate Republican primary in Nebraska has turned into a proxy war between conservatives and establishment Republicans that could complicate efforts to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats. More
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    Rove: Obama leads electoral college
    POLITICO
    Republican strategist Karl Rove gives President Barack Obama the advantage in his first Electoral College Map polling memo, citing 18 states where he has a solid lead — as opposed to 15 states in which Mitt Romney shows to be leading. More
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    Rule on child farm workers pulled
    The Wall Street Journal
    Under pressure from conservatives and farm-state lawmakers, the Labor Department Thursday evening withdrew a proposed federal rule that would have tightened restrictions on the kind of work children can do on farms. More
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    Rule proposes cash incentive for school lunches that meet new nutrition guides
    Federal Register
    School lunches that comply with nutrition requirements set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act could be eligible for a cash incentive of 6 cents per lunch, beginning Oct. 1. The new nutrition rules take effect July 1. More
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    World food prices jump — but likely not for long
    Radio Free Europe
    A new report by the World Bank shows global food prices have risen 8 percent since the start of this year, with analysts blaming rising energy costs, increased demand and bad weather. But the production outlook for food crops is strong for the rest of this year and for 2013, which could keep the upward pressure on food prices in check. More
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    What the rare mad cow case means for US consumers
    PBS NewsHour
    For the first time in six years, a case of mad cow disease surfaced in the U.S. this week. But there's no need to fear the beef aisle.

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    Trans-Atlantic trade dispute on beef hormones comes to end
    Food Ingredients First
    An agreement on autonomous tariff quotas for high-quality beef imports could bring to an end the longstanding trade dispute between the EU, U.S. and Canada on the use of hormones in beef. More
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    Highway bill conferees face tough issues, share common ground
    Truckinginfo
    The House and Senate have chosen their conferees for negotiations on the highway bill. They have until June 30 to work out a deal or pass another extension. The conferees' toughest challenge will be to agree on the duration and funding of the bill, but their portfolio includes numerous important policy issues, including truck safety and program reforms at the Department of Transportation. More
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    Inspection rule pits chicken industry against unions
    The Hill
    A proposed rule that would speed up inspections at poultry processing plants has enraged unions. Chicken and turkey producers support the proposal, saying it could modernize outdated inspection procedures. But those in labor organizations are seeking to modify the rule, arguing it would shift too much responsibility to plant owners and endanger the safety of the food and workers.

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    Opinion: How to get food on every table
    Slate
    The problem of hunger can be solved. The planet creates more than enough food to meet everyone's needs. But there are still about 925 million hungry people in the world, and nearly 180 million preschool-age children do not get vital nutrients. More
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    Special report: How Washington went soft on childhood obesity
    Reuters
    In the political arena, one side is winning the war on child obesity: The side with the fattest wallets. At every level of government, the food and beverage industries have won fight after fight during the past decade. More
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    CEO: Patterson Vegetable will close in June
    The Modesto Bee
    Patterson Vegetable Co. will close on or about June 24, putting about 350 people out of work, its chief executive officer announced Thursday. The frozen food operation will end after the spring harvest, about four months past the initial closure date of Feb. 20, CEO Eric Schwartz said. More
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    Report: Pizza segment set to double revenue in 5 years
    Pizza Marketplace
    According to a new report from market research firm IBISWorld, pizza businesses successfully navigated a slow away-from-home food environment in the past 5 years, and revenue growth in the next 5 years is expected to jump nearly 3 percent every year. More
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    200 now sick in Salmonella sushi outbreak
    msnbc
    At least 200 people in 21 states and Washington, D.C., now have been sickened by raw scraped tuna contaminated with not one but two rare strains of Salmonella, government health officials reported Thursday.

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    Research available: Consumer trends in frozen food
    just-food
    Datamonitor's "Consumer and Innovation Trends in Frozen Food," now available, reports the frozen food category is making positive strides towards representing a more attractive and relevant proposition to a wider range of consumers. More
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    Photos show toxic chemicals shipped with meat from Canada
    Kolb NetWorks Inc.
    Food & Water Watch received photographs from an import house in Niagara Falls, N.Y., showing 22 drums of toxic chemicals in the same shipping container as meat products. The shipment was refused entry by USDA inspectors and sent back to Canada. More
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