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USDA streamlines meat, poultry label approvals
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service today launched a new Web-based label approval system that will streamline the agency's review process for meat, poultry and egg product labels. More
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California teens eating fewer calories in school
Reuters
High school students in California, a state that limits the junk food sold in vending machines, eat fewer calories in school than students in states without such regulations, according to a new study in the May edition of "Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine." More
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FDA updates industry on FSMA questions
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA has posted new information about the Food Safety Modernization Act's requirements for food facility registration, answering two frequently asked questions: Does the Food Safety Modernization Act require a food facility to submit additional information to FDA in order for the facility to receive a food facility registration number? Will food facilities already registered with FDA under section 415 of the FD&C Act be required to renew their registrations during the October – December 2012 registration renewal period? More
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Romney, Obama in tight money race
POLITICO
Big donors have vaulted Mitt Romney into a neck-and-neck arms race with President Barack Obama's formidable fundraising machine.

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    Poll: Obama, Romney on 3 top issues
    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama gets the edge on handling health care costs, Mitt Romney is stronger on the budget deficit and the two are tied on dealing with unemployment — the three most important economic issues facing the United States, according to a new survey Monday. More
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    Chamber of Commerce may spend more than $50 million on elections
    USA Today
    Tom Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, indicated Monday that reports the business group would spend $50 million on the 2012 elections are too low. More
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    FSIS, beef industry praised for preemptive E. coli action
    Food Quality News
    The U.S. beef industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service have been showered with praise after showing "strong initiative" in their efforts to prevent E.coli contamination during processing, according to a report from the Office of Inspector General. More
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    Editorial: The fatter the nation is, the more you pay
    USA Today
    Ever wonder why health care costs keep rising faster than inflation? One major contributor is America's struggle with weight. Estimates of the cost of treating obesity-related conditions run from $150 billion to $190 billion a year, the majority of which is passed on to others in the form of higher insurance premiums and government expenditures. The fatter the nation is, the more you pay. More
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    Bill would raise minimum wage, fines for unfair labor
    Press Associates Inc. via Workday Minnesota
    A raise in the minimum wage, seven days of paid sick leave and creation of a national infrastructure investment program are a few highlights of a comprehensive jobs bill two House Democrats introduced in mid-May. The Rebuild America Act, by Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, also includes — among other things — $20,000 fines on employers for each case of unfair labor practices. More
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    3 more Mexican carriers in line for cross-border service
    Truckinginfo
    Three additional Mexican carriers have cleared a preliminary safety audit for long-distance service across the border and are waiting for authority to join the three carriers already operating. More
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    Cash-strapped G-8 looks to private sector in hunger fight
    Reuters
    Buffeted by the eurozone crisis and distracted by political problems at home, the leaders of the world's industrial powers turned to the private sector Friday to help fight hunger and malnutrition for up to a billion people struggling with shortages, droughts and rising food prices.

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    Cautious optimism for highway bill negotiations
    Land Line
    Lawmakers involved in negotiating a final version of a national transportation bill say they're cautiously optimistic about getting a bill passed before a pending June deadline threatens to deliver a setback. More
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    Codex group proposes mandatory nutrition labeling
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After meeting May 15-18 in Canada, the Codex Committee on Food Labeling has proposed requirements for mandatory nutrition labeling. That and other recommendations by the group are being advanced to the Codex Alimentarius Commission for adoption. More
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    Missouri compromises on 'ag gag' rules
    Food Safety News
    With the clock ticking down to adjournment, the Missouri Senate pulled a surprise late Thursday by not bringing up the so-called "ag gag" bill but instead passing an omnibus agriculture law with some changes in law that look like an ag gag compromise.

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    FSIS considering testing lymph nodes for Salmonella
    Food Chemical News
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it intends to begin examining internal lymph nodes of cattle for the presence of Salmonella within the next few years in response to a report from USDA's Inspector General released last week. More
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    Michigan fruit industry reels from crop loss as prices soar
    The Detroit News
    The loss of 80 percent of its tart cherry crop is rippling through Michigan's food processing industry, shrinking supplies, raising prices and causing some fruit companies to go outside the state to get the fruit they need. Brad Wendzel, president and industrial sales manager of Coloma-based Coloma Frozen Foods, said the situation is likely worse than previously estimated. More
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    Metagenomics used to discover new viruses in poultry
    USAgNet
    In a search to find better ways to control viral enteric diseases in birds, U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have unearthed a treasure trove of previously known and unknown viruses in poultry by using a powerful new molecular tool called metagenomics. More
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    Kellogg launches historic rebranding
    Progressive Grocer
    Kellogg Co. has undertaken the biggest makeover of the venerable Kellogg's brand in company history. The update is showcased the brand's completely redesigned website, which has launched in the United States and Canada. More
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    GEA consolidates US-based business
    H&V News
    GEA Refrigeration Technologies has consolidated its U.S.-based companies into GEA Refrigeration North America Inc. and has created a central sales organization headquartered in York, Pa. More
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    More than 15,000 pounds of turkey burger misbranded, recalled
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    California's Foster Farms is recalling approximately 15,040 pounds of a turkey burger product because the product contains a seasoning mix with hydrolyzed soy protein, a known allergen, not declared on the label.

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    Misbranded steakhouse burgers being recalled
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    J&B Group is recalling approximately 456 pounds of steakhouse burgers because the product contains a seasoning mix with hydrolyzed soy and wheat proteins, known allergens, not declared on the label. More
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    Salad recall widens after Listeria contamination suspected
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC of Salinas, Calif., is expanding its voluntary recall of retail and food service bagged salads, because they have the potential of being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Products under this recall were distributed throughout the United States and Canada in various sizes, packaged under the brand names of River Ranch and Sysco. More
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