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Nutrition advocates: Turn farm bill into 'healthier food bill'
Food Navigator-USA
The Environmental Working Group and about 70 food and nutrition experts have urged Congress to turn the 2012 farm bill into a "healthier food bill" by cutting crop insurance subsidies and investing in nutrition programs, among other measures.

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    Recall fatigue prompts concern
    Gannett via USA Today
    U.S. regulators, retailers and manufacturers are growing increasingly concerned that a surge in the number of products being recalled is resulting in public "fatigue" — increasing the chance that consumers could ignore or miss a recall that ultimately could endanger their health. More
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    European food giants stand strong in shaky times
    The Wall Street Journal
    In recession-hit parts of Europe and in the U.S., where the economic recovery looks to be weaker than expected, investors are seeking the safety of European food giants. Shares of Nestle, Unilever and Danone have seen strong interest in recent months, as they are likely to outperform the market in tough times. More
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    Poll: Democrats twice as likely to back soda ban
    The Hill
    Democratic voters are more than twice as likely as Republicans to back a proposal by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to ban supersized sugary drinks in the Big Apple, according to a new poll for The Hill. More
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    More newbies to take Capitol Hill
    POLITICO
    In January, the Capitol will be home to one of the least-experienced Congresses in decades, as the chambers will be filled with rookies and sophomores unbound by the institution's traditions while having virtually no experience doing serious legislative work. More
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    Poll: Romney backed by 35 percent of union workers
    POLITICO
    A strong majority of union members support President Barack Obama, but about one-third back Mitt Romney, a new survey released Monday reveals. Indeed, 57 percent of union workers would vote for Obama, while 35 percent support Romney, according to a Gallup Poll. More
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    GAO targets catfish program
    The Washington Times
    In unusually blunt language, Congress' top auditor told the federal government last week to scrap plans for a special catfish inspection program being established by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, saying the new office lawmakers approved just a few years ago is turning out to be a waste of money. More
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    Opinion: The soda ban — and a lack of exercise
    The New York Times
    New York City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito writes, "Frank Bruni applauds Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's proposed ban on the sale of certain sizes of sugary soda to address our obesity epidemic. But a poor diet is just part of the problem. Lack of exercise is a leading cause of obesity and its related illnesses." More
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    Coalition: USDA 'significantly underestimated' cost of traceability
    meatingplace
    If implemented, the USDA's Animal Disease Traceability program would cost the cattle industry $1.3 billion annually, according to a coalition of ranchers and farmers, who sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget urging the agency to conduct a thorough cost analysis. More
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    FDA to allow laser etching on citrus fruit
    Federal Register
    Effective today, the Food and Drug Administration is amending its food additive regulations to provide for the safe use of a carbon dioxide laser for etching information on the surface of fresh, intact citrus fruit. This action is in response to a petition filed by Durand-Wayland Inc. More
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    Comment period reopened for avian flu restrictions
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is reopening the comment period concerning the importation of bird and poultry products from regions where any subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza is considered to exist. More
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    Antidumping duty order for Vietnam shrimp adjusted
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration is amending its antidumping duty orders related to some shrimp imports from Vietnam in the wake of rulings from a federal court of appeals, according to a document slated for publication in tomorrow's "Federal Register." More
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    APHIS seeks extension on animal welfare documentation
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking to continue its ongoing study of animal welfare conditions, asking the Office of Management and Budget to extend its monitoring system to ensure the humane handling, care, treatment and transportation of animals. More
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    Officials decry 'burdensome' food safety regulations
    The Daily Courier
    Brian Supalla went before the Yavapai County, Az., Board of Supervisors recently with new food safety regulations expecting a rubber stamp. Instead, he found himself under fire. Supalla, county health program manager, was holding a "courtesy public hearing" intended to introduce the board to the 2009 FDA Food Code — safety regulations which the Yavapai County Community Health Services Board of Health wants the supervisors to adopt. More
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    What is Kraft looking for from potential partners?
    Food Navigator-USA
    Natural colors that remain vibrant in acidic beverages, ingredients that improve blood glucose control, technology to improve the flavor of coffee, ingredients that provide sustained energy and new approaches to tackling fat bloom in chocolate: These are just some of the things Kraft Foods has asked potential partners to bring to the plate as its open innovation project steps up a gear.

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    Eating fruits, vegetables helps smokers kick the habit
    Food Product Design
    Smokers trying to kick the habit might want to think about reaching for fruits and vegetables the next time they get a nicotine craving, according to a new study published in the journal "Nicotine and Tobacco Research." More
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    Freeze the freshness: When frozen food is the right option
    Caterer and Hotelkeeper
    From an operational viewpoint, the benefits of using frozen foods in delivering a menu are hard for today's catering industry to ignore, especially in these tough economic times. More
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    On-Cor food plant to ramp up production, add workers
    Kane County Chronicle
    A recently opened frozen food factory in Geneva, Ill., soon could boost its workforce. Earlier this spring, Aurora-based OSI Group LLC, the parent corporation of the On-Cor Frozen Food brand, among others, opened its new production plant in Geneva. More
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    California processor ready to reopen production plant
    Contra Costa Times
    Far West Meats, a family-owned meat processor founded in 1922, plans to open its rebuilt production plant in Highland, Calif., next month. In July 2010 a fire ravaged the plant, forcing the owners to move the business into smaller, temporary quarters in Colton. With the new, larger plant — and its state-of-the art equipment — the plan is to recapture lost retail shelf space and grow, said Tom Serrato, president and chief executive officer. More
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    US packaging firm to upgrade US plant, close Canadian site
    Food Production Daily
    Spartech Corp. has announced it will upgrade its food packaging manufacturing facility in Indiana later this year but will close a plant in Canada by 2013. More
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    Korea free trade deal opens door for food barley export
    USAgNet
    The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement has enabled Korea to begin buying U.S. barley for food use. More than a dozen local buyers have registered for the allocation of new duty-free tariff rate quotas of 2,500 metric tons (115,000 bushels) for this year. More
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    Importers keep inventory lean; containerized shipments down
    Truckinginfo
    U.S. containerized imports dropped 2 percent in April year-over-year to 1.27 million TRUs as retailers responded to a slowing economy by keeping inventories lean, reports Mario O. Moreno, economist for The Journal of Commerce/PIERS. More
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