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Flurry of FSIS directives take effect today
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a flurry of directives Friday, all set to take effect today. FSIS gave its inspectors instructions on: In addition, FSIS offered a new compliance guideline on Lebanon bologna. More
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Opinion: Does food facility profiling help or harm food makers?
Food Safety News
FDA would like food/feed facilities to submit additional profile information voluntarily through the Food Facility Registration Module. While FDA states it expects only half of those registering to complete the profile information, does it actually see the voluntary aspect as a precursor or trial to mandated submission of profile information? More
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Food makers rethink Europe
The Wall Street Journal
Strapped consumers in economically racked southern Europe are changing their shopping habits — prompting global food companies to use some of the sales tactics they developed for emerging markets. More
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Obama struggles with campaign theme
The Hill
President Barack Obama's campaign has yet to find a clear 2012 re-election slogan that carries the heft of 2008's "Change You Can Believe In," raising worries among his supporters — and hopes among Republicans — that he is having trouble articulating a concise case for a second term. More
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Gallup: Romney tops Obama with veterans
USA Today
As the presidential candidates honor Memorial Day, a new Gallup Poll gives Mitt Romney a big election edge over President Barack Obama among veterans. Romney leads Obama 58 percent to 34 percent among veterans, who make up about 13 percent of the electorate, Gallup reports. More
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Intrigue in House primaries in Texas
POLITICO
The oldest member of the House faces one of his toughest re-election fights in three decades against a tea party-backed upstart. A former Democratic congressman swept away by the 2010 Republican tidal wave makes a play for his old seat. And an up-and-coming, 37-year-old Latino state legislator with a Harvard law degree sets his sights on Washington. More
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More USDA inspectors question poultry plan as comments due
Food Integrity Campaign
Today, the Government Accountability Project is releasing several additional affidavits from federal poultry inspectors/whistle-blowers, all of which challenge the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed modernization of poultry inspection — based on the piloted poultry inspection system known as the HAACP-Based Inspection Models Project, or HIMP.

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    FSIS confirms June 4 start date for E. coli testing
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has submitted documents to the Office of the Federal Register confirming a June 4 start date for implementing routine verification testing for six Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, in addition to E. coli 0157:H7, in raw beef manufacturing trimmings. More
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    Labor officially withdraws child farm worker proposal
    Federal Register
    Effective today, the Department of Labor has officially withdrawn its proposed rule that would amend child labor regulations to prevent youths from working in agricultural settings. More
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    Egg standards bill introduced in Senate
    The Poultry Site
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and a bipartisan group of seven senators introduced a bill late last week to set federal housing standards for egg-laying hens, again sparking protest from both pork and beef producers as well as other animal rights activists who are calling it the "rotten egg bill."

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    US and China set for a trade war?
    PressTV
    Heads of the G20 member states pledged in an April 2009 meeting they would "not repeat the historic mistakes of protectionism of previous eras." But as a member of the group of 20 industrialized nations, the United States has imposed tariffs on importing products in several cases.

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    New containers to be used in raw beef E. coli testing
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food safety inspectors must use Whirl-Pak™ bags with a fill line when collecting samples of ground beef, beef manufacturing trimmings, bench trim and other raw ground beef components for E. coli testing. FSIS is instituting this requirement to correct and avoid inconsistent or incorrect sample weights and numbers. More
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    Pinnacle Foods Group to close Delaware factory
    Food Production Daily
    Pinnacle Foods Group has announced it is to close one of its U.S. food production plants by the end of the year. The company said it will close its Millsboro, Del., site to improve supply chain efficiency, moving those operations to a plant in Michigan. More
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    Is Burger King poised to retake second place from Wendy's?
    Advertising Age
    Wendy's upended the industry last year when it overtook Burger King as the No. 2 burger chain in the U.S. Now it looks like Burger King is turning the fast food tables.

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    Unilever launches seductive nutrition approach to menus
    QSR
    Unilever Food Solutions' latest World Menu Report, "Seductive Nutrition." finds U.S. restaurant guests want the choice of eating healthier when dining out, but those good intentions do not always translate into action. More
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    In China, Kraft craves snacks business
    The Wall Street Journal
    Kraft Foods Inc. is hoping Ritz crackers that taste like beef stew and Oreos that taste like birthday cake will help it reverse its trailing position with the world's largest population of snackers: the Chinese. More
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    Hannaford rolls out store-wide sustainable seafood policy
    Progressive Grocer
    Maine-based Hannaford Supermarkets has implemented a sustainable seafood policy encompassing the entire store, from fresh fish and shellfish to canned and packaged items to frozen products, according to published reports. More
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    Reformulation: A healthy exercise
    FoodBev.com
    The food industry is working hard to ward off the threat of tighter regulation and taxation by reducing the salt, fat and sugar content of products. More
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    Frozen dinners for foodies
    Forbes
    Pop-Up Pantry offers gourmet meals in a subscription-model club for food lovers. They deliver three-course, restaurant-quality dinners created by top chefs. More
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    Turning good food into good business
    United Press International
    A U.S. group is working with restaurants to help consumers wade through the trans fats and giant portion sizes in search of healthy alternatives. The United States Healthful Food Council is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization being developed by technology executive Lawrence Williams to help people make informed choices about where to spend their dining dollars. More
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    Separator pads prevent damage, increase safety, save money
    Food Logistics
    Damage can happen to glass at any point along the supply chain, from manufacturing to installation. However, breakage most commonly occurs at three touch points: loading, delivery and unloading. Increase safety with adhesive and non-adhesive glass separator pads designed to offer protection to architectural glass, mirrors and easily scratched metals. More
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