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Groups urge action on food safety law
The New York Times
Ten consumer groups that helped promote the Food Safety Modernization Act, a landmark food safety law passed in 2010, say the Obama administration is holding up the rules that would put it into effect — a delay they say could cost money and lives this summer, the peak season for food contamination outbreaks.

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  • Families, health advocates want Obama to act on food safety (Reuters)
  • Delays in food safety regulations cause frustration (USA Today)
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    Produce safety testing program spared
    The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
    USDA spokesman Justin DeJong said Monday the Microbiological Data Program will continue operating through December, using existing agreements with the states to keep testing for Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria during the next six months. More
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    US drought reaching levels not seen in 50 years; prices spike
    The Washington Post
    A drought gripping the Corn Belt and more than half the United States has reached proportions not seen in more than 50 years, the government reported Monday, jacking up crop prices and threatening to drive up the cost of food. More
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    Why Democrats are willing to walk off the fiscal cliff
    The Washington Post
    Less than 24 hours after Democrats publicly pronounced their willingness to jump off the so-called fiscal cliff later this year if Republicans refuse to drop their opposition to ending tax cuts for certain income levels, they got a bit of good news: The public is on their side. More
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    Can Heather Wilson win over New Mexico's Latino voters?
    The Washington Post
    Heather Wilson is one of the best Republican candidates, running one of the best campaigns for the Senate anywhere in the country, the experts say. But the former congresswoman faces long odds in her quest to return to Washington because the politics and demographics of her state are stacked against her. More
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    Romney's vice presidential hopefuls fan out for fundraising
    POLITICO
    Veteran GOP presidential strategists insist that fundraising prowess won't be the top factor in Mitt Romney's decision on a running mate. Nevertheless, the vice presidential nominee instantly becomes one of the biggest fundraising draws in the party because at the very least, the nominee means the campaign can be in two places at once. More
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    Opinion: The government wants you to eat cheese
    The Washington Post
    Not many foods contain more saturated fat than cheese. And the average American consumed 33 pounds of it in 2010, three times as much as he or she did in 1970. From fast food restaurants to the school cafeteria, cheese is ubiquitous, and the country's appetite for it reflects U.S. policy. More
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    FSIS releases first batch of information on non-O157 tests
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    A month and a half after USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service began testing beef trim for the presence of six non-O157 serotypes of E. coli, the agency has released its first round of test results. More
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    More than 60,000 sign petition against New York soda ban
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    The coalition New Yorkers for Beverage Choices has issued a petition opposing a proposed soda ban, collecting 62,344 signatures and counting in advance of a July 24 public hearing on the proposal. More
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    FDA seeks comment on animal generic drug user fees form
    Federal Register
    As part of the Animal Generic Drug User Fee Act, the FDA is seeking comment on an information collection form that will require applicants to share information so FDA can determine the amount of any required fees and track them. More
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    Opinion: Food policy is food politics in election year
    Scripps Howard News Service
    Food policy is food politics in an election year. The future of food is even on the ballot in California in November, when voters will be asked whether producers should be required to label genetically modified food. More
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    Opinion: Our coming national food fight
    St. George News
    Food for thought: Who should bear the primary responsibility to ensure the food we eat is safe? This isn't merely an academic question, but a growing area of concern for anyone unwilling to hand over control of our food supply to bureaucrats. More
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    Industry commitments help Fairtrade sales grow
    Food Navigator
    Fairtrade product sales rose 12 percent worldwide in 2011 because of ethical sourcing commitments from the food and drink industry and increased consumer awareness. More
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    Unilever campaigns to cut 100 calories from top sellers
    QSR
    Join Unilever Food Solutions in its commitment to remove 10 million calories from top restaurant menu items in North America by pledging in the Seductive Nutrition Challenge. By pledging, restaurant chefs and operators agree to reduce a top menu item by 100 calories and enhance the menu description of the dish to make it more appealing to guests. More
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    Study: Trans fat ban improves consumers' health
    The Associated Press via Daily Journal
    New York City now has hard evidence that its ban on trans fat in restaurant food made a meaningful dent in people's consumption of the artery clogger and wasn't just replaced with another bad fat. The findings being published Tuesday have implications beyond heart health, suggesting another strategy to curb the nation's obesity epidemic fueled by a high-calorie, supersized environment. More
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    Cramer calls for a Heinz split
    CNBC
    Analyst Jim Cramer is calling for H.J. Heinz to break up its business, saying its frozen food arm is preventing its stock from achieving a higher valuation. More
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    Coca-Cola profits slip on higher costs
    Reuters
    Coca-Cola Co. reported slightly lower quarterly profit Tuesday, hurt by higher costs. More
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    Assessment clears shop towels of toxicity claims
    TRSA via Food Manufacturing
    An initial health risk assessment of laundered reusable shop towels by the international environmental engineering firm ARCADIS indicates that using laundered reusable shop towels creates no health hazard. More
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    Nielsen's blueprint for embracing multicultural opportunity
    The Gourmet Retailer
    World-class research firm Nielsen will deliver insights into how organizations can reach Hispanic consumers more effectively through a better understanding of what they watch and how they buy; these insights and more are part of the Hispanic Retail 360 Summit next month. More
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    Gates Foundation invests $9.8 million in GM research
    Food Ingredients First
    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $9.8 million to the John Innes Center for a project that aims to help cereal grain crops access nitrogen from the air to improve yields and boost food security throughout the world. More
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    New device makes cleaning leafy greens easy, economical
    USAgNet
    A simple and inexpensive device to wash leafy produce, created by students at the University of Houston, may provide a convenient way for small farmers to clean produce before market. More
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    Opening of new South Dakota beef processing plant on hold
    The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
    The long-awaited opening of a $110 million beef processing plant in northeastern South Dakota has been delayed. Northern Beef Packers officials had hoped to open the Aberdeen plant Saturday. Laure Swanson, a spokeswoman for the company, said a new opening date has not been set. More
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    UK: Iceland Foods plans online grocery launch
    just-food
    U.K. retailer Iceland Foods plans to launch an online grocery service next year. The company, which predominantly sells frozen food, provides free home delivery through which consumers can have their shopping taken to their home from its stores. More
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    Robotic packaging boosts productivity, food safety
    Robotics Online
    Adept Technology Inc. will be demonstrating to China's food industry professionals how robotics, when integrated within high-speed automated packaging applications, can help increase productivity and food safety. More
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