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FDA funding boosted through lobbying effort
The Washington Post
An unusual alliance of consumer advocates and industry groups won a victory this month when they helped persuade Congress to boost funding for the Food and Drug Administration, while most other programs paid for by a newly passed agriculture spending bill had their money slashed.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute's (AFFI) support to increase funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's critical food safety functions through general congressional appropriations, rather than new industry user fees, is referenced in this story. A copy of an advertisement AFFI and a coalition of trade groups utilized to promote increased FDA funding can be viewed here.
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Opinion: Toward better school lunches
Los Angeles Times
Well-meaning federal officials got too wrapped up in measuring minutiae when they should have been drawing a bigger conceptual picture of what a good lunch looks like. More
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Chilean blueberry production set to skyrocket
FOODNEWS
Chile's blueberry crop is expected to grow in volume, setting new records for 2011-2012, according to the Chilean Blueberry Committee. Exports are expected to peak at 78,000 tons, with more than three-quarters of the total volume to be shipped to the U.S. More
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Romney struggles to find strategy to combat Gingrich's surge
The Washington Post
All along, everything has gone according to Mitt Romney's plan. But his strategists didn't count on a late and strong rise by Newt Gingrich. More
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Romney ramping it up in Iowa
The Washington Post
If there were any remaining doubts about the extent to which Mitt Romney is competing to win the Iowa caucuses, they now can be erased. More
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In Ohio speech, Cain shows no signs of giving up campaign
The Washington Post
Herman Cain gave no indication Wednesday afternoon that he is planning to drop out of the presidential contest over an allegation he carried on a long-term extramarital affair, despite having said earlier in the day that he was "reassessing" his candidacy. More
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Influence industry: Congressional incumbents attract 'super PACs'
The Washington Post
Each of the top presidential candidates already has at least one super PAC raising unlimited funds to support his or her campaign. Now some members of Congress are getting in on the action, too. More
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Schumer: Democrats can gain Senate seats in 2012 election
The Hill
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., says the political landscape has shifted dramatically from the 2010 election and predicts Senate Democrats will hold their majority and might even expand it next year. More
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Labor board approves controversial union election rule in 2-1 vote
The Hill
The National Labor Relations Board voted Wednesday to move forward with portions of a controversial union election rule after the board's lone Republican member showed up to register his opposition.

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    NRC opens door to online posting of FSIS inspection data
    Food Safety News
    Posting the results of government meat, poultry and egg inspections and testing data could have "substantial benefits" to food safety, according to the highly respected National Research Council.

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    Happy Meal ban flops
    National Review Online
    San Francisco's ban on McDonald's Happy Meals goes into effect today. But because the law bans giving away toys with certain meals deemed too high in fat, salt or sugar, restaurants are set to comply with the law by selling the toys. More
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    Hearing raises political profile of hours rule
    Truckinginfo
    A new piece of information emerged from yesterday's hearing on the pending hours of service rule. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration chief Anne Ferro said preliminary estimates show a possible uptick in truck-related fatalities, from 3,360 in 2009 to "approaching 4,000" in 2010. More
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    FAO calls for less reliance on fossil fuels to boost food production
    Food Navigator-USA
    The global food system needs to become less dependent on fossil fuels and shift to "smart energy" in order to meet a growing demand for food, according to a new report from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. More
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    Arsenic and apple juice: Round 2
    Food Product Design
    Here we go again — it's Round 2 of the arsenic and apple juice debate. A report released today by Consumer Reports revealed 10 percent of its juice samples, from five brands, had total arsenic levels that exceeded federal drinking water standards.

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    NPA to FDA: Ditch product-specification notifications
    Nutra Ingredients-USA
    The Food and Drug Administration's draft guidance on new dietary ingredients can be salvaged, but only if the agency is willing to rewrite the offending document substantially, the Natural Products Association has argued. More
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    Vilsack to moderate historic panel of former ag secretaries
    USDA Blog
    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will moderate a plenary panel of former Secretaries of Agriculture at the 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, Feb. 23-24. At least six of the past eight secretaries will participate on the panel. More
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    US trade envoy criticizes China's controls on economy
    The Associated Press
    A U.S. trade envoy has accused China's government of increasing its role in the economy in violation of its free trade pledges, and he appealed to Beijing to reconsider its embrace of "state capitalism." More
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    W.K. Kellogg commits $3 million to fresh food financing
    USA Today
    The W.K. Kellogg Foundation this week announced a $3 million commitment to provide capital for financing retail, production, processing and distribution of fresh food to reach lower-income communities in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and Louisiana. More
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    Smaller beef cuts being made available for consumers
    USAgNet
    State beef councils are joining with the national Beef Checkoff Program in support of a new retail beef marketing campaign that has the potential to increase U.S. beef sales significantly. More
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    Horse meat soon could be processed in US
    Eat Drink Explore
    Horses soon could be butchered in the United States for human consumption, since Congress lifted a ban on funding horse meat inspections — a move that has outraged animal rights groups. More
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    Prices stay high in difficult times
    The Meat Site
    It seems the pig and beef sectors around the world are seeing fewer slaughter numbers and higher prices — and these trends look likely to continue for some time, particularly as they have been affected by reductions in the pig and cattle herds. More
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    New front emerges in cloning wars
    The Wall Street Journal
    The European Union is preparing restrictions on the sale of meat derived from cloned animals, opening another front in the battle over food engineering with modern farm powerhouses like Argentina, where farmers increasingly clone prize pigs, cattle and sheep. More
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    Carbon dioxide-based container refrigeration system debuts
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Carrier Transicold debuted its container refrigeration system that uses the natural refrigerant carbon dioxide at the Intermodal Europe Show recently, one year after the company announced it had developed and begun testing the technology. More
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