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Meat industry fights off concerns about 'meat glue'
Forbes
Mad cow, "pink slime," "white slime" and now "meat glue" — the meat industry continues to fight off attacks from mainstream media and the blogosphere. More
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The ABCs of beating obesity
The Wall Street Journal
Obesity is so entrenched in the U.S. that it would take an intense push by schools, employers, doctors and others to reverse an epidemic that accounts for billions of dollars in annual health care costs, concluded a report released Tuesday.

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    FSIS clarifies HACCP requirements
    Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has set forth a clarification of its HACCP system requirements and issued a revised draft guidance to help establishments validate their HACCP systems; public comment is sought in advance of a public meeting that will be held before a final rule is implemented. More
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    Carville warns Democrats: We could lose
    USA Today
    A lot of President Barack Obama's backers are super-confident about the race against Mitt Romney — but James Carville is not among them. More
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    Gas prices fall and Obama gets a boost
    POLITICO
    Gasoline prices no longer appear to be headed for $5 per gallon, but that doesn't mean Republicans plan to stop using them to attack President Barack Obama. More
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    'Mature suburbs' are 2012 battleground
    The Washington Post
    Everyone knows the suburbs are a central battleground of the 2012 campaign. But because of the data and graphics gurus at "The Washington Post" we now can refine what, exactly, we mean when we talk about the the swing suburbs. More
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    Lugar loses primary nomination to conservative challenger
    The Washington Post
    Republican Sen. Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, a 35-year member of the Senate and one of Washington's leading experts on U.S. foreign policy, lost his bid for re-election Tuesday after a conservative backlash inside the GOP denied him his party's nomination for a seventh term.

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    Colorado bill to ban trans fat in schools reaches state House
    Education News Colorado
    Colorado Senate Bill 12-068, which would ban added trans fats in some school foods, was to have its first House floor debate Monday. There's not a lot of lawmaker enthusiasm for this measure, but it has been significantly watered down in order to reduce opposition.

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    Petition: FDA nanotechnology draft offers 'marginal progress'
    Food Quality News
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration draft guidance on the use of nanotechnology in food and food contact substances represents only "marginal progress" toward regulation of the technology, a petition group has claimed. More
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    Open funding opportunities in food protection
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is accepting applications for new Food Protection Rapid Response Team grants as well as Innovative Food Defense Program grants. Both programs ultimately aim to protect America's food supply. More
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    Connecticut nixes labeling from GM food bill
    New Canaan Patch
    Connecticut might have become the first state to require labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms. But concerns about lawsuits led lawmakers to revise the bill, removing the mandate to label GM foods. More
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    EFSA chair resigns over conflict of interest
    European Voice
    The European Food Safety Authority has demanded that Diana Banati resign as chair of its management board because she is rejoining the board of the International Life Sciences Institute Europe, a research and advocacy organization for food science. More
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    EU: Rejecting GM could boost food ingredient prices
    Food Manufacture
    Food manufacturers and retailers will find it increasingly difficult to source GM-free ingredients at reasonable prices if Europe continues to reject the controversial technology. More
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    Marubeni weighs $5 billion deal for US grain handler
    The Wall Street Journal
    Japanese trading company Marubeni Corp. is in final talks to buy the U.S.'s third-biggest grain handler, Gavilon Group LLC, for around around $5 billion including debt, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday. It could make a decision as early as this week. More
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    Kraft Foods fined for mislabeling weights
    USAgNet
    The Illinois-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. has agreed to pay nearly $37,000 in fines and penalties for violating weights and measures inspections after the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture found 24 instances of false representations of quantity in its products. More
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    New technology to track supply chain temperature
    Food Production Daily
    A bar code that can be scanned by a mobile phone will enable food processors to monitor their products temperature quality throughout the supply chain, claims its developer. More
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    Improved metal detection plays role in new food safety systems
    Food Processing
    One of the earliest broad applications for metal detection technology helped military personnel of the early 20th century avoid, detect and defuse land mines. In food manufacturing, metal detectors have for many years helped companies avoid the business equivalent of a land mine: the dreaded recall. More
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    Researchers develop 'model mouth' for NPD, product evaluation
    Food Navigator
    A newly developed "model mouth" could have industrial applications as a product development and evaluation tool for food companies, say researchers. More
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    Trucking executives warn shippers on costs
    The Journal of Commerce
    Trucking executives sounded a clear warning about rising costs Tuesday at the National Industrial Transportation League's Freight Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. From driver wages to fuel and tractor prices to health insurance premiums, costs are rising at a steady pace, putting pressure on carrier margins and shipper budgets. More
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    Unilever CEO on sustainability: 'Uncomfortable targets' needed
    Brand Channel
    Unilever introduced its 10-year Sustainable Living Plan in 2010 and just released its first progress report to regulators, organizations and other partners. More
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    Martin-Brower acquires Keystone Foods distribution, logistics
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    The Martin-Brower Co. LLC has completed its purchase of certain assets of Keystone Foods LLC's North American distribution businesses and acquired interests in its distribution and logistics businesses in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific from Marfrig Alimentos S.A. More
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    Phillips Foods to close Baltimore plant
    The Baltimore Sun
    Seafood company Phillips Foods Inc. will be closing its Baltimore manufacturing and distribution facility in July and cutting 100 jobs, about 13 percent of its Maryland workforce. More
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    Diamond Foods names ex-Hostess chief as CEO
    Reuters
    Diamond Foods Inc. named Brian Driscoll, the former leader of Hostess Brands, as its new CEO in a bid to help turn around the snack company after an accounting scandal tarnished its reputation and caused the ouster of top management. More
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