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Survey: Easier to understand taxes than healthy foods
Food Insight
Most Americans — 52 percent — have concluded that figuring out their income taxes is easier than knowing what they should and shouldn't eat to be healthier, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation's 2012 Food & Health survey. More
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Soured hopes for sweet crop
The Wall Street Journal
The fields along the Pacific Ocean are world-famous for producing vegetables, but in the past two years strawberries have toppled lettuce as the area's biggest crop. The switch has left many farmers with more cash — and a big headache. They say a pesticide ban threatens their source of income. More
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Immigration, labor issues still dog industry
From Field to Fork
Even though almost everyone believes nothing will happen on comprehensive immigration reform in this election year, the agricultural produce industry continues to suffer from lack of labor. More
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Poll: Small lead for Obama in battlegrounds
The Wall Street Journal
A new set of polls finds President Barack Obama holding a slight lead over Mitt Romney in three of the states that could well decide the November election: Florida, Ohio and Virginia.

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    Republican freshmen thrive in primaries
    POLITICO
    In the fall, it looked like more than a few members of the celebrated House GOP class of 2010 wouldn't even make it through the primaries, let alone win in November. But it turns out the Washington outsiders were a little better at the inside game than they were given credit for. More
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    Eye on 2013 Senate majority, McConnell lets Boehner lead
    The Hill
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has let House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, take the lead in recent political battles with President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats. More
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    Poll: Brown, Warren tied in Massachusetts
    The Wall Street Journal
    Sen. Scott Brown, R., Mass., and Elizabeth Warren, his presumed Democratic challenger, are running neck and neck in a new poll, despite a prolonged flap over Warren's claims of Native American ancestry. More
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    Bill would give lawmakers greater access to draft trade deals
    National Journal
    Unhappy with the details released about a draft Asia-Pacific free trade deal, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., introduced legislation Wednesday that would require the executive branch to give members of Congress greater access to information about pending trade deals. More
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    FSIS to inspectors: Make sure food makers know new rules covering misbranding, recalls, HACCP before deadlines
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food safety inspectors have been instructed to keep all establishments updated about new requirements for notifying USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service about adulterated or misbranded products, developing written recall procedures and documenting HACCP plan reassessments. FSIS has set a June 7 deadline to comply with the adulterated or misbranded product process and the HACCP plan reassessment documentation. More
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    HACCP verification required when using high-pressure processing
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA food safety inspectors have been given new instructions for verifying an establishment's intended use of high-pressure processing, and FSIS also is requiring inspectors to perform HACCP verification in those establishments that use HPP antimicrobial treatment as a process step. More
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    APHIS seeks to extend National Poultry Improvement Plan
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is asking the Office of Management and Budget to extend the National Poultry Improvement Plan for another three years. More
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    ATA asks Congress to mandate CSA changes
    The Journal of Commerce
    The American Trucking Associations is stepping up its campaign to force changes in the Compliance, Safety, Accountability, or CSA, program, asking Congress to require the Department of Transportation to make key changes to its safety initiative. More
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    Inspectors to conduct weekly meetings at egg products plants
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has advised its inspectors at egg products plants to conduct — and document properly — weekly meetings with plant management. More
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    NOSB: USDA not protecting organic industry from GMOs
    Food Chemical News
    "USDA's actions on genetically engineered crops have been insufficient to protect the organic industry," the National Organic Standards Board charges in a letter it unanimously approved Wednesday to send to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. More
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    Pre-stamping limited for meat, poultry imports
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is advising its inspectors of tighter limits on the practice of pre-stamping meat and poultry imports. More
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    USDA announces improvements to market access program
    USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
    USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service Wednesday announced changes to the regulations governing the Market Access Program that will clarify and streamline program requirements in areas ranging from application procedures to project evaluations. More
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    Heinz pares outlook for long-term growth
    The Wall Street Journal
    H.J. Heinz Co. scaled back its long-term growth rates slightly as it plans to invest more into its business amid a challenging global environment. More
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    A genetic cure for tomato rot
    The New York Times
    A study published online this week in "The Plant Journal" details how tweaking the genes of experimental tomatoes significantly reduced the number of fruits with blossom end rot.

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    Celiac group suspends gluten-free rating after Domino's backlash
    Pizza Marketplace
    After Domino's Pizza announced its launch of a gluten-free pizza crust earlier this month, many people with celiac disease raised a red flag. Domino's had earned the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness' "Amber Designation," which NFCA now has suspended in the wake of growing concern in the restaurant sector about cross-contamination. More
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    Software updated to ensure full FSMA compliance
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    SYSPRO, a developer of enterprise resource planning software for on-premise and cloud-based utilization, announced this week that SYSPRO ERP enables food manufacturers and distributors to comply fully with the newest rules stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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    Hormel Foods earnings rise 17 percent on Jennie-O sales
    Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal
    Hormel Foods Corp.'s fiscal second-quarter earnings rose 17 percent on strong demand for turkey burgers, which helped offset lower sales of refrigerated foods. More
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