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Use of US groundwater presents food security worries
United Press International
The depletion of groundwater for agriculture in dry regions of Texas and California could threaten food security in the United States, researchers say. More
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Pink slime controversy could abate during grilling season
USA Today
Ground beef producers are hoping the summer grilling season will provide a bounce-back from customer revolt this spring centered on a product dubbed "pink slime" but known in the beef industry as lean, finely textured beef. More
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FDA allows more time for comment on nutrition label study
Office of the Federal Register
In December the Food and Drug Administration proposed a study that would list the amount of added sugars on food labels and gauge consumer reaction to the added sugar notation rather than reaction to the declaration of vitamins and minerals. The study was to commence after an initial 60-day comment period, but in response to industry requests, FDA is extending the comment period on the proposal and is withdrawing its original study timeline. More
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Romney: Win secures GOP nod
The Wall Street Journal
Mitt Romney Tuesday night claimed his win in the Texas primary gives him the requisite number of delegates to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. "I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates" to be the GOP nominee, Romney said in a statement. More
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GOP groups plan record $1 billion blitz
POLITICO
Republican super PACs and other outside groups shaped by a loose network of prominent conservatives — including Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Tom Donohue of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce — plan to spend roughly $1 billion on November's elections for the White House and control of Congress, according to officials familiar with the groups' internal operations. More
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Tea party challenger forces runoff in Texas GOP Senate race
The Washington Post
In the latest pitched fight of the GOP establishment against the party's conservative base, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst couldn't knock out a challenge Tuesday from former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz for the Republican nomination to the U.S. Senate. More
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Reviewing state, local food safety and defense capacities
Office of the Federal Register
In accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act, FDA proposed a new review of state and local governments' food safety and food defense capacities. After receiving six comments on the proposal, FDA is moving forward with its FSMA-mandated study. More
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USDA: US food poses no pesticide residue safety concerns
USAgNet
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service has posted data from the 2010 Pesticide Data Program Annual Summary. The 2010 PDP report confirms that food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues. More
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Canada to relax meatpacking rules
The Western Producer
Canada's federal government is proposing to relax meatpacking plant regulations to make compliance less expensive and to make it easier for provincially registered plants to seek federal registration.
 The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says food safety standards would not be affected.
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FSA offers whistle-blower invitation
Food Manufacture
The June issue of "Food Manufacture," released today, features an invitation from the Food Safety Agency's chief scientist to report food manufacturers that jeopardize safety by cutting corners. More
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Opinion: Testing for new E. coli strains finally set to begin
msnbc
Barring any last-minute delays, U.S. food safety inspectors will begin testing Monday for six new strains of potentially deadly E. coli bacteria to be banned from certain cuts of raw beef. The move implements long-delayed federal regulations aimed at a group of E. coli bacteria collectively known as the "Big Six," bugs capable of causing severe infection and death. More
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AFDO issues guidance on cottage foods
Food Safety News
With so many state lawmakers willing to throw out the rulebook when it comes to cottage foods, the Association of Food and Drug Officials has decided it's time to draw the line. More
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Consumer confidence plunges in May
The Associated Press via CBS MoneyWatch
Americans' confidence in the economy fell in May to its lowest level in eight months as consumers fretted about slow hiring, a big stock market drop and the global economy, says a private research group. More
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Bob Evans to close 2 Ohio plants in 2013
The Columbus Dispatch
Bob Evans Farms plans to close two Ohio food production plants — in Springfield and Bidwell — in late summer 2013, part of a series of moves it's making to focus on higher-growth opportunities. The company will invest up to $26 million to add lines to its plant in Sulphur Springs, Texas, focusing on packaged side dishes and convenience foods. More
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Food safety products industry poised to boom
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
U.S. demand for food safety products is forecast to reach $4.5 billion in 2016. Solid gains will be the result of increased public awareness, the enactment of more stringent government regulations and industry initiatives that will provide a strong impetus for companies to improve their food safety practices. More
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Could HPP be secret weapon in battle to reduce sodium?
Food Navigator-USA
High-pressure processing is emerging as a powerful weapon in the fight to reduce sodium, enabling formulators to eliminate or cut sodium-containing preservatives in prepared foods and clean up product labels, claims one expert. More
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Cantaloupe grower files for bankruptcy protection
The Denver Post
Jensen Farms, the southeastern Colorado cantaloupe growers who were the source of a deadly Listeria outbreak in 2011, filed for bankruptcy last week. Lawsuits from the outbreak, which caused at least 32 deaths and dozens of hospitalizations, are prominent in the filing. More
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Maglio expands transportation fleet
Fresh Plaza
Maglio & Co. announced today the expansion of its transportation fleet to include 13 new trucks that will be managed by a dedicated team of logistics experts at Blackhawk Transport. More
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Tips to navigating key trends in the hourly worker landscape
Pizza Marketplace
By understanding the trends affecting the hourly landscape — health care reform, Facebook for your business, minimum wage standards and more — and knowing how those trends affect hiring, you can recruit, hire and retain the best talent. More
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Radioactive bluefin tuna crossed the Pacific to US
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
Across the vast Pacific, the mighty bluefin tuna carried radioactive contamination that leaked from Japan's crippled nuclear plant to the shores of the United States 6,000 miles away — the first time a huge migrating fish has been shown to carry radioactivity such a distance. More
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