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FDA aide urges industry to push for FSMA
Bloomberg News
Food companies, consumer groups and even a senior administration official working behind the scenes are pressuring the White House to announce new food safety regulations that were mandated by law to be released more than four months ago. Food companies such as General Mills Inc. and consumer groups are joining forces to lobby President Barack Obama's administration to implement provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which would increase oversight of the U.S. food chain. More
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Colorado bans trans fat in school food
National Automatic Merchandising Association
A bill banning all "industrially produced trans fat" in any food or beverage in Colorado schools was passed by both branches of the state legislature and sent to the governor Wednesday. Although USDA-approved school meals are exempt, vending machines and concession stands — except those being operated by students, teachers or parents as fundraisers — are not.

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    Drawing party lines on food policy
    FoodMinds
    When it comes to food policy issues, there are clear party lines between Democrats and Republicans. FoodMinds' third "Food Temperance in America" survey found 75 percent of Democrats think more time should be spent on food policy topics within presidential debates and in overall discussions about government policies, while only 39 percent of Republicans agree. More
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    House Republicans maintain cash lead
    The Wall Street Journal
    The House Republicans' campaign arm maintains more money in the bank as campaign season ramps up than its Democratic rival, according to numbers released by both committees Friday.

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    Romney ad: 'What I'd do on day 1'
    The Wall Street Journal
    Mitt Romney has plans aplenty, from those to cut the budget and reduce taxes to other proposals that seek to boost troop levels, crack down on currency manipulators and pare federal regulations. The problem: Many voters don't know that. So it should come as no surprise that the Romney campaign unveiled a new ad Friday telling voters what the candidate would do on his first day as president.

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    2012 political TV ads: The rush is on
    POLITICO
    With nearly six months left before Election Day, national party committees already have reserved more than $72 million in television airtime for a fall campaign that's shaping up as a Super Bowl-like spectacle of political advertising. More
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    Judges halt NLRB regulations
    The Hill
    Lawsuits have succeeded in shutting down the only two regulations put forward by the National Labor Relations Board during the Obama administration. The NLRB has proposed two controversial rules since President Barack Obama took office: one that would require employers to post notices explaining collective bargaining rights to workers, and another that would speed up union elections. More
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    FDA meeting eyes international food safety, per FSMA
    Office of the Federal Register
    As part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the Food and Drug Administration is charged with developing a plan to build international capacity for food safety. The FDA has set its first public meeting on that requirement for June 19, with free online registration required. More
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    USDA reopens comment period for proposed mad cow rules
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is reopening the comment period to allow more feedback on proposed rules that would bring U.S. regulations on bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, in line with worldwide standards. The new deadline on the proposal, which was introduced in March, is June 14, according to a document slated for publication in the "Federal Register" next week. More
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    Proposal set to require electronic stability control systems
    Office of the Federal Register
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will publish a proposed rule next week in the "Federal Register" requiring electronic stability control systems on heavy vehicles, including truck tractors. The administration plans to hold public hearings on the matter this summer. More
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    FDA: Korean shellfish at risk for feces exposure
    Bloomberg News
    The U.S. is curbing shellfish imports from South Korea after food safety regulators determined that inadequate sanitation may have exposed oysters, mussels, clams and scallops to human fecal waste. More
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    US Customs continues transition to ACE system
    Office of the Federal Register
    The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is seeking approval to continue the transition to its Automated Commercial Environment system, a trade processing system that will replace the Automated Commercial System currently used for moving goods across the border. More
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    Consumer Federation holds food policy conference
    C-Span
    The Consumer Federation of America's annual Food Policy Conference, held today in Washington, D.C., features FDA Deputy Food Commissioner Michael Taylor and is focusing on two pieces of legislation: the Food Safety Modernization Act and the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. More
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    Misbranding forces recall of 10 tons of halal lamb entrees
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    August Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 20,520 pounds of lamb kofta, sold as Saffron Road Lamb Koftis, because the labels fail to list milk, a known allergen.

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    Tuna scrape-related Salmonella outbreak sickens 316 people
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    An outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses has sickened 316 people to date, in 26 states plus the District of Columbia. Investigators agree that a frozen, raw yellowfin tuna product known as Nakaochi Scrape from Moon Marine USA Corp. is the likely source of the outbreak. More
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    Lifeway Foods announces major retail expansion
    Perishable News
    Lifeway Foods Inc., a leading supplier of frozen and refrigerated kefir products, announced an agreement nearly tripling distribution of its kefir line in Target stores as well as adding new Lifeway products to Target's dairy cases. More
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    Packaging project aims to cut food waste 75 percent
    Food Production Daily
    A European industry-driven collaboration is aiming to develop groundbreaking sustainable food packaging materials with built-in active and intelligent technology to extend shelf life, boost food safety and cut waste by 75 percent throughout the supply chain. More
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    Wegmans opens new warehouse, creates new jobs
    Republican Herald
    Wegmans has opened a $70 million facility in Pennsylvania that will handle fresh and frozen products and add more than 200 new job to the region. More
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