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Food safety rules in limbo at OMB
The Washington Post
More than a year after President Barack Obama signed a landmark food safety bill, the key provisions are hung up at a unit of the White House that is in charge of reviewing proposed policy changes. The delay at the Office of Management and Budget baffles consumer advocates and industry groups, which joined forces to lobby for passage of the legislation and press for its funding. More
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Chicago schools strike a deal with lunchroom workers
WMAQ-TV
A new labor deal could affect what Chicago kids eat at school. After two months of negotiations, lunchroom workers reached a contract agreement with Chicago Public Schools to serve fresh-cooked food in cafeterias. More
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FSIS updates E. coli policies, HACCP systems validation
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service Wednesday updated its compliance guidance and testing policies in various settings. The agency is releasing updated details on labeling beef trimmings, as well as procedures for STEC testing and traceback and recall policies for raw beef products. In addition, FSIS has updated its guidance outlining compliance with HACCP systems validation. More
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Romney ties Obama in 2 big swing states
The Washington Post
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has caught up with President Barack Obama in Ohio and Florida while Obama maintains his lead in Pennsylvania, according to new Quinnipiac polls.

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    Democrats in a convention box
    The Wall Street Journal
    Democrats are struggling to raise money for the party's national convention this summer in Charlotte, N.C., in part because they've barred corporations and lobbyists from contributing. More
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    Poll: Lugar clinging to small lead
    POLITICO
    The latest poll out of Indiana shows Dick Lugar's 35-year Senate career is in serious jeopardy. A Magellan Strategies survey released Tuesday finds the six-term senator clinging to a 2-point edge over challenger Richard Mourdock, 44 percent to 42 percent, ahead of next week's GOP primary.

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    Final rule outlines policy for notifying FSIS of meat, poultry recalls
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food makers now have access to the final rule FSIS is implementing to set the procedures for notifying officials of meat and poultry recalls. More
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    California lawmaker urges USDA to investigate 'meat glue'
    KABC-TV
    California state Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the use of meat glue and its possible dangers. The white powder known as transglutaminase is used to rebuild steaks from pieces that otherwise would be discarded. More
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    Supporting the Joint Institute for Safety and Applied Nutrition
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration is making grants available to support the Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the University of Maryland, College Park. Applications are due June 1. More
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    Experts: China pursues free trade in Korea to block US
    The Korea Times
    China is more active in initiating the negotiations of the Korea-China free trade agreement than Korea in order to prevent the United States from increasing its presence on the Korean peninsula, experts say. China and Korea Wednesday declared a start of free trade negotiations, with the first round expected to take place this month. More
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    Health Canada: Streamlining reduces food safety 'red tape'
    Food Quality News
    The Canadian government has taken steps to streamline its food safety laws — reducing the "red tape" that currently delays safe products entering the market. More
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    Garlic compound fights source of foodborne illness
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Researchers at Washington State University have found that a compound in garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting the Campylobacter bacterium. More
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    Infrastructure upgrades in Mexico likely to benefit US producers
    Agri-View
    A new project underway along the Gulf Coast of Mexico could reap windfall gains for U.S. farmers and agribusinesses, according to the U.S. Grains Council. The government-funded project, known as the Southern Gulf-Guatemala Strategic Corridor, will provide a key link between ports, distribution outlets and Central America in the form of improved and modernized four-lane highways, port expansions and the development of a rail spur to connect the ports to the mainline. More
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    Largest private carrier to replace more than 3,000 trucks
    The Journal of Commerce
    Schneider National, the largest privately owned truckload carrier, begins replacing a third of its trucks — equating to 75 new trucks per week this year — in a bid to expand and diversify its services. More
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    German group: NIR food quality device coming to smartphones
    Food Production Daily
    Smartphones equipped with innovative near infrared technology no bigger than a sugar lump could open the door for rapid food quality testing of a host of products, said the Fraunhofer Institute. More
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    Alternatives to antibiotics in animal health
    Agricultural Research
    Exploration of alternative strategies to mitigate the use of antibiotics is needed in view of growing concerns about antibiotic resistance to certain strains of bacteria and increasing restrictions on their prudent use in animals. More
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