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Expert: All hands on deck to implement FSMA in 2012
Food Navigator-USA
PricewaterhouseCoopers, a professional services firm working with food industry clients, has warned the U.S. food sector that 2012 will require "all hands on deck" to implement the provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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Corn prices plunge on record yield forecast
The Associated Press
Corn prices plunged Thursday after the government predicted corn production would set a record this summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture forecasts corn production at 14.8 billion bushels, compared with 12.4 billion bushels a year ago. More
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IFIC 2012 survey: Americans OK with existing label laws
PRWeb
The International Food Information Council's "Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology and Sustainability" survey shows Americans remain highly supportive of existing federal rules for labeling foods produced through biotechnology, and very few cite biotechnology as an information need on the food label. More
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Poll: Economic mood grows darker
POLITICO
Economic pessimism is on the rise as Americans predict the unemployment rate will start ticking upward and expect a deterioration in their household finances during the next year, according to a new survey Friday. More
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Both parties brace for tight race in Ohio
The Hill
The increasingly tight Senate race in Ohio is pitting the man who hasn't been around long enough against the man who has been around too long. New polling shows state Treasurer Josh Mandel, who Democrats say is woefully unprepared for the Senate, is nipping at the heels of Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, who Republicans say has little to show for his 20 years in Congress. More
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New Democrats try to redefine 'moderate'
POLITICO
Meet the New Democrat Coalition, a group of House Democrats trying to redefine what it means to be a moderate in a hyper-polarized environment. More
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North Carolina lawmaker stands up to 'unfair' I-95 toll
U.S. News & World Report
Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C., has introduced the No Tolls in North Carolina Act of 2012 in response to a state plan to impose toll fees on drivers who use Interstate 95.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is referenced in this article as a supporter of H.R. 4174, which would prevent the imposition of new tolls that would increase the cost of food transportation.
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FMCSA to withdraw EOBR rule for hours of service compliance
Office of the Federal Register
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is rescinding its final rule requiring electronic on-board recorders as part of overall hours of service compliance. According to a report to be published Monday in the "Federal Register," the EOBR mandate is being dropped after a decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. More
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Mica: Highway bill negotiations ongoing; meeting with Boxer next week
The Hill
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., said Thursday that negotiations to hammer out a deal on a new federal highway bill were "making great progress." More
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Codex panel begins work to prevent residues of 8 animal drugs
Food Chemical News
The Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food, meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has agreed to submit a plan to the Codex Commission to begin work on preventing residues of eight animal drugs in food. More
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FDA: Food additive petition can't be used to fight GE salmon
Food Chemical News
Food & Water Watch and other consumer advocacy groups can't use the food additive petition process to challenge the safety of genetically engineered AquAdvantage® salmon, the FDA said this week in a letter to Food & Water Watch. More
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Health Canada mulls prebiotic labeling, advertising rules
Food Navigator-USA
Health Canada is considering new rules for the labeling of prebiotics in foods, which could force some food companies to drop or modify existing health claims, the agency has said. More
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Wholesale prices drop in April on falling gas prices
The Associated Press via USA Today
A big decline in gas and energy costs drove a measure of wholesale prices lower in April. But outside that drop, inflation was tame. The Labor Department said Friday the producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, dropped 0.2 percent in April. More
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Consumers losing enthusiasm for store brands
Progressive Grocer
The number of consumers purchasing store-brand foods and beverages continues to rise. But U.S. consumers are losing their enthusiasm for such products, explains a new report from The NPD Group of Port Washington, N.Y. More
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Fast food study: Participants paid to eat nothing else for 3 months
The Huffington Post
A study by Washington University in St. Louis is recruiting participants to eat nothing but fast food for three months. They'll be paid $3,500 and enrolled in a weight loss program when the study finishes. The researchers want to find out why some overweight people develop diabetes and other diet-related cardiovascular risk factors while other people don't. More
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FoodNet shares lessons from more than a decade of data
Food Safety News
FoodNet, a collaborative, 10-state surveillance program, took a step back from its annual "Vital Signs" report to fill an entire supplemental issue of the journal "Clinical Infectious Diseases" to examine more than a decade's worth of data. More
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Fast food chain amps up value meal
Business Wire via MarketWatch
Jack in the Box® fast food locations this week added four new products to the chain's value menu, including chicken nuggets comprising all-white-meat chicken.

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    Supervalu to close Ohio distribution center
    Supermarket News
    Supervalu said Thursday it plans to close its distribution center in Xenia, Ohio, and consolidate the business with a larger facility in Fort Wayne, Ind. More
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    Packaging that reduces food waste snags top award
    DuPont Packaging
    Innovative vacuum packaging that reduces food waste by keeping meat looking and staying fresh longer took top honors in the 2012 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. More
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    ConAgra Foods awards employees for sustainability efforts
    GreenBiz.com
    In 2011 ConAgra Foods — the U.S. packaged foods company behind such well-known brands as Hunt's® Ketchup and Reddi-wip® — saved millions of dollars while dramatically cutting its energy consumption. It accomplished this not by relying on major process changes or heavy investments, but by turning to its employees. More
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    New research spots freight truck rollover locations
    Truckinginfo
    The American Transportation Research Institute has produced a database of locations with the highest frequency of freight truck rollovers, using more than 50,000 crash records. The database, part of a three-part research effort aimed at mitigating costly accidents, covers 31 states. More
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    Pennsylvania firm recalls chorizo
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Euro Food Inc., which also operates as Citterio USA Corp., issued a recall notice for more than 5,100 pounds of a chorizo product because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

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    Report: Mothers confused about popular food topics, trends
    USAgNet
    CommonGround, a volunteer group of farm women dedicated to creating conversations about farming and food, wants to help provide mothers with facts about some of the biggest food myths that exist in America. The group's recent Gate-to-Plate survey shows confusion is widespread. More
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    London: Food service operators urged to stock up for Olympics
    Eat Out
    The British Frozen Food Federation is urging caterers and other food service providers to stock up on frozen food in order to sidestep potential delivery disruptions during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. More
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