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More deadlines missed as FSMA rules remain stalled at OMB
Food Safety News
Food safety advocates remain frustrated and confused as central Food Safety Modernization Act rules have failed to advance more than six months after they were sent to the White House Office of Management and Budget.

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    Soda makers begin their push against New York City ban
    The New York Times
    Confronting a high-profile attack on its fizzy products, the American soft drink industry is beginning an aggressive campaign to fight New York City's proposed restrictions on large servings of sugary drinks. More
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    Food inflation data shows most prices stabilizing
    Tulsa World
    For the first time since the Great Recession started in 2007, shoppers, supermarket owners and economists are observing that food inflation for groceries is following a healthy and predictable course, increasing 2.7 percent between May 2011 and May 2012, according to the Consumer Price Index. More
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    Obama campaign call affirms money anxiety
    The Washington Post
    Leaked details of a plaintive phone call from President Barack Obama to some of his biggest donors this weekend offered a rare and revealing look into the typically private rituals of big-dollar campaign fundraising. The pitch also affirmed the campaign's anxiety about lagging behind in the money race.

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    Romney campaign, at odds with GOP, says mandate not a tax
    The Washington Post
    An adviser to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney broke from the messaging of other Republicans Monday, arguing that the health care mandate in the Affordable Care Act is not a tax.

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    Gains in congressional approval could undermine Obama election strategy
    The Hill
    The congressional approval rating has ticked up steadily during the past six months, and Republican leaders hope this will undermine President Barack Obama's plans to run against the unpopular institution. More
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    WTO rules against US COOL requirement
    The Washington Post
    Coming less than two months after its controversial decision on the "dolphin-safe" label, the World Trade Organization ruled Friday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's mandatory country-of-origin label has a "detrimental impact on imported livestock." More
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    Agriculture secretary presses House on farm bill
    The Associated Press via The Hawk Eye
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Friday urged the Republican-led House to vote on a long-term farm policy bill, saying failure to act could leave livestock producers exposed to disasters and other farmers uncertain about the future. More
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    USDA updates call for national food program vendors
    USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service on Friday updated its master solicitation for vendors who want to supply commodities for USDA food initiatives such as the National School Lunch Program. The updates apply to food shipping and to invoices and payment processes. More
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    Opinion: The harm in reducing agricultural research
    The Washington Post
    Roger Lawson, a retired national program leader in USDA's Agricultural Research Service, says a safe and affordable food supply can't be provided without adequate funding for research and development. More
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    Opinion: Will taxing junk food make us healthier?
    Lake News
    The nationwide focus on obesity has led legislators to propose that sin taxes be expanded to include specific foods or ingredients. The goal is to make these unhealthy foods more expensive so people will buy less of them. More
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    EFSA criticizes poultry inspection practices
    Food Quality News
    European poultry meat inspection methods are not sufficient to fully address the most relevant biological hazards such as Campylobacter and Salmonella, the European Food Safety Authority has suggested. More
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    Fruit As It Should Be!

    Wawona demonstrates passion for food quality, delivering the best fruit from the orchard to your freezer. Wawona remains a family owned business with principles on quality, innovations and excellent customer services.
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    Nutrition data on front label effective
    United Press International
    In-store promotion and nutrition information on the front label of food packaging helps shoppers make healthier choices, U.S. researchers say. Dennis Milne, director of business relations at the American Heart Association, presented research showing that when a tag was put on the grocery store shelf showing a product had the Heart Check mark indicating a heart-healthy food, sales increased 1.5 percent to 6.7 percent, depending on the group of shoppers. More
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    Study: Junk food diets worse than saturated fats
    UNC News Service via The Herald-Sun
    A diet based on American junk food could lead to more obesity-induced inflammation than a diet high in animal fat, according to a new study by researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The study was published in June in the journal PLoS ONE. More
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    New antimicrobial ingredient targets booming natural demand
    Food Navigator-USA
    Grow Green Industries and PL Thomas showcased a new natural antimicrobial ingredient at the recent IFT event, introducing a product intended to enhance food safety and increase shelf life across a wide range of applications. More
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    What's next for pest management in food plants?
    Pest Control Technology
    Between the Food Safety Modernization Act and GSFI, safety inspections and the auditing landscape are changing quickly. How can PMPs keep up? More
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