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Nutrition, gluten labeling could see shake-up under FDA plan
Food Navigator-USA
The Food and Drug Administration has issued a new strategic plan for food and nutrition during the next four years, including new initiatives related to food labeling and collaboration with industry on public health goals. More
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Reprieve from criminal charges ending for food executives?
Food Safety News
Atlanta attorney William H. Kitchens, whose practice focuses on food and drug law and government investigations at the law firm of Arnall Golden Gregory, says the lack of recent prosecutions for major food safety issues "is an enigma." More
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Chef ditches frozen for fresh, local in school food menu
WHBQ-TV
A chef overseeing school food in Memphis, Tenn., has canceled the bulk of frozen orders from manufacturers, opting instead for made-from-scratch food using local sources. More
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Optimistic Romney team faces narrow path to 270 electoral votes
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney faces a narrow path to the presidency, one that requires winning back states President Barack Obama took from Republicans in 2008 and that has few apparent opportunities for Romney to steal away traditionally Democratic states.

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  • Poll: Obama leads Romney as campaigns converge on Virginia (The Washington Post)
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    Dick Lugar's political peril growing
    The Washington Post
    Republican Sen. Dick Lugar has been a conservative target for more than a year. But only for the past month has the senator started to fight back against state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. More
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    GOP voters want Santorum, Rubio for vice president
    The Hill
    Republican voters would like to see Rick Santorum or Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., standing at Mitt Romney's side this fall, according to a Reuters-Ipsos poll released Thursday. More
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    Highway bill enters legislative home stretch
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Defying expectations, Congress has reached the homestretch on a major overhaul of federal transportation programs that is critical if the nation is to avoid steep cutbacks in highway and transit aid. More
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    Upcoming report: Links between animal health, food safety
    Hoosier Ag Today
    A team of experts have examined the relationship between the health of agricultural animals and consumers' increasing demand for safe food. The report will be released Monday in Washington, D.C., by Scott Hurd, associate professor of veterinary medicine at Iowa State University and former deputy undersecretary for food safety for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More
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    Chicago considers soft drink tax
    UPI
    A Chicago plan to fight obesity by taxing sugary beverages has met with opposition from retailers and praise from health advocates, hearing testimony indicates. More
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    Soaring meat consumption in China has global implications
    China Business Watch
    More than a quarter of all the meat produced worldwide is now eaten in China, and the country's 1.35 billion people are hungry for more. More
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    COOL: Canadian pork producers fight for open border
    ThePigSite
    The World Trade Organization has completed its hearing on the United States appeal of the WTO's ruling on country of origin labeling as it applies to imported livestock, specifically Canadian hogs and beef cattle. A decision is not expected until June. More
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    PepsiCo recalls Tropicana juice in UK after dispatch error
    Food Quality News
    PepsiCo-U.K. has initiated a recall of Tropicana Kids Orange Juice Drinks over fears the cartons contain potentially hazardous water rather than the typical orange juice blend.

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    Undercooked chicken forces recall of ready-to-eat meals
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    H-E-B has issued a voluntary and precautionary recall for certain Asian ready-to-eat meals because of the possibility of undercooked chicken in those meals. The recall involves 19 entrees and meals sold in 40 stores in Texas. More
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    Rare Salmonella strain outbreak grows as investigation continues
    Food Safety News
    The outbreak of a rare, typhoidal Salmonella strain that originated in North Carolina's Buncombe County grew to 40 confirmed illnesses Thursday as the state and county health departments continue their investigation and anticipate additional infections will surface by the day. More
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    High Liner Foods to close 2 plants in Canada, US
    Reuters
    Frozen seafood processor High Liner Foods Inc. said it will shut two plants in the United States and Canada because of overproduction at several factories and the acquisition of a more modern plant last December. More
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    Inventure Foods reports record first quarter
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    According to its recently released first-quarter financial report, Inventure Foods Inc. generated record net revenues of $47 million for the first quarter, an increase of 28.3 percent year-over-year, attributable to strong performance in both the snack and frozen segments. More
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    Kraft profit up 1.8 percent on stronger revnue, weaker margins
    The Wall Street Journal
    While some might still wish they were an Oscar Mayer wiener, the iconic Kraft Foods brand recently realized it had some work to do with its full lineup, which includes bacon and lunchmeat.

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    Sealed Air debuts new food service portfolio
    Perishable News
    At the 2012 National Restaurant Association Show, Sealed Air is showcasing its solutions for the food service industry, ranging from cleaning products, dispensing systems, equipment and tools and its Cryovac brand food packaging solutions expertise. More
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    Australian grocer pledges locally grown frozen vegetables
    ABC Rural
    Coles has decided to source all of its home-branded frozen vegetables from Australia, saying Australians want to buy local. The supermarket chain admits there are fewer Australian-grown and processed frozen options for shoppers than there used to be. But spokeman Jim Cooper says the decision shows the chain is committed to offering local produce. More
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