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Opinion: How to wean America from its dangerous food addiction
The Week
The nation's obesity epidemic is as much about brain chemistry as it is poor diet and laziness — a fact we must realize if we're going to treat obesity effectively. More
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Poll: Government should help ensure access to fresh, local foods
Los Angeles Times
A vast majority of Americans say they eat more whole grains and fresh produce than they did five years ago, but many believe the federal government needs to do more to ensure greater access to locally produced fresh food, according to a new survey.

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    Congressman says pizza not a vegetable; introduces SLICE Act
    Los Angeles Times
    The SLICE Act, for School Lunch Improvements for Children's Education, has been introduced in response to congressional action last fall ensuring that 2 tablespoons of tomato paste slathered on pizza could continue to be classified as a full vegetable serving in the federal school lunch program.

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    Quinnipiac poll: Mitt Romney leads in Florida
    The Washington Post
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads President Barack Obama by 6 points among registered voters in Florida, according to a new Quinnipiac survey, a marked change from two months ago that, the poll suggests, could be linked in part to Obama's recent statements in support of gay marriage. More
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    GOP discovers Mitt Romney could win
    POLITICO
    Top Republicans, long privately skeptical about their presidential prospects, are coming around to a surprising new view: Mitt Romney may well win the White House this November. More
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    Why the 2012 election will be closest since Bush vs. Gore
    The Washington Post
    A review of the past year's worth of national polling makes clear that not only is the electorate almost equally divided between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, but also people are equally split on which of the two men is better equipped to handle the economy — which, of course, is the only issue that matters to a majority of voters.

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    Boehner tops Pelosi with $70 million
    The Hill
    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has raised more than $70 million for Republicans since winning the gavel, easily topping his fundraising haul for the previous two years in the minority. More
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    US ag groups back 'WTO-plus' rules in TPP trade pact
    Food Chemical News
    Some 19 U.S. agribusiness trade associations are urging the forthcoming Trans-Pacific Partnership to adopt stronger rules to prevent member countries from using food safety regulations as thinly disguised import barriers.

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    FSIS: Chemical residue can lead to entire carcass condemnation
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has told inspectors to condemn an entire carcass if a sample analyzed under the National Residue Program returns a positive result for any chemical that does not have an FDA- or EPA-established tolerance for its residue in muscle. More
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    FDA calls meeting to discuss import requirements
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration has called a meeting for July 18 in Des Plaines, Ill., to discuss import requirements for any product regulated by the agency, as well as technology that applies to brokers and forwarders. More
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    CDC offers $500,000 in FSMA-related grants
    Grants.gov
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week opened a grant opportunity, capped at $500,000, for cooperative agreements to fund up to five Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence. More
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    FMCSA clarifies on-board recording device rule
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is issuing regulatory guidance to clarify that a co-driver may make entries to an automatic on-board recording device while a commercial vehicle is in motion. The prohibition against making entries to the device while the vehicle is in motion pertains only to the current driver. More
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    USDA sets meeting to plan for Codex Alimentarius Commission
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA officials have announced a June 5 meeting to draft U.S. positions in advance of the Codex Alimentarius Commission summit slated for Rome this summer. Attendees are welcome in-person and via conference call. More
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    US, Mexican officials to identify needed border-crossing projects
    Hispanic Business
    U.S. and Mexican officials are coming together today to figure out where new border crossings and connecting roads may be needed in the region. Representatives at the first Border Master Plan meeting will work on identifying projects needed in the future, setting priorities and developing timelines for them.

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    7 bad foods that are good for you
    The Washington Post
    Are you shying away from bad foods that actually are good for you? With all the hoopla about healthful eating, it's hard to separate fact from fiction. Nutrition consultants realize there is no shortage of surprises and superstitions in the world of nutrition. Here are reasons to enjoy some of your favorites. More
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    'Pink slime' author unapologetic to industry, consumer concerns
    The Associated Press via The Christian Science Monitor
    As three BPI plants prepare to close their doors for good Friday, the author of the term "pink slime" — former USDA inspector Gerald Zirnstein — makes no apologies for the role his phrasing played in the media uproar over lean, finely textured beef. More
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    Wal-Mart's 10 percent increase in first quarter beats estimates
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Wal-Mart reported a 10.1 percent increase in first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates. The company's re-emphasis on low prices drove bargain-hungry U.S. shoppers into its stores. The world's largest retailer also offered an upbeat profit outlook for the current quarter. More
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    Oregon company recalls lettuce amidst Listeria concern
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The Pacific Coast Fruit Co., based in Portland, Ore., is recalling its bagged lettuce that was sold to Fred Meyer stores in the Northwest and distributed to a pair of companies that stock vending machines. The recall was triggered by Monday's recall issued by River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, Calif.

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    Analyst: Article 13 appeal in global functional food market
    Food Navigator
    Growth rates across the global functional food market have contracted but product development remains high and companies increasingly are focused on general health claims, covered under article 13 of the EU nutrition and health claims regulation, according to Leatherhead analysts. More
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    Scientific breakthrough in fighting food industry pathogens
    Food Navigator
    Scientists have come closer to tackling Campylobacter in the food industry in a groundbreaking discovery that could have implications for fighting other foodborne pathogens. More
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    Texas school food allergy guidelines set to take effect
    Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
    School food allergy guidelines in Texas were published Monday, the result of a dedicated effort by children, parents, educators, health care professionals and policymakers to ensure schools are prepared to care for students with potentially life-threatening food allergies. More
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    World Poultry 2012: Meeting consumer, retailer needs
    The Poultry Site
    Opening the World Poultry 2012 conference in Brussels Tuesday, conference chairman Peter Bradnock highlighted some of the strengths of the poultry industry in feeding the growing global human population sustainably.

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    Ralcorp posts higher sales, sharply lower profit in second quarter
    MarketWatch
    Ralcorp Holdings Inc.'s second-quarter results show net sales increased 16 percent, largely because of the addition of Sara Lee Corp.'s refrigerated dough business. But its earnings fell 69 percent on charges related to plant closures, a legal settlement and merger costs. More
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    Alltech brings new brand to the table
    The Lane Report
    During Alltech's 28th Annual International Symposium this week, company founder and President Pearse Lyons unveiled the new Lyons Farm brand, which will offer consumers natural, high-quality foods — beginning with a new line of beef and poultry. More
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    Price Chopper saves $64,000 by using LED fixtures in warehouse
    Times Union
    Price Chopper's 152,000-square-foot freezer warehouse in Rotterdam, N.Y., is realizing $64,000 savings annually in the wake of upgrading its lighting system to an automated LED program. More
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    Grow Green launches food safety, shelf life enhancements
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Grow Green Industries Inc. and P.L. Thomas & Co. Inc. announced today they will introduce a new line of natural food safety and shelf life enhancement products at the Institute of Food Technologists Annual Meeting and Food Expo in Las Vegas in June. More
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    McCain hopes breakfast will thaw India's resistance to frozen food
    The Globe and Mail
    Canadian food giant McCain has turned to breakfast items in an attempt to carve out a place for its frozen food products in a market where the company has no natural foothold: India. More
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    Seafood distribution center earns BRC certification
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Morey's Seafood International Distribution center in Golden Valley, Minn., has earned the British Retail Consortium certification, with an "A" rating, under the Global Standard for Food Safety. More
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    Nevada firm recalls misbranded lasagna products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    West Best Foods Inc., based in Las Vegas, is recalling approximately 13,776 pounds of lasagna products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

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    Salmonella testing leads to spinach recall
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    After random testing by USDA inspectors, Taylor Farms Retail Inc. of Salinas, Calif., is initiating a voluntary recall of its organic baby spinach because of potential Salmonella contamination. More
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