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Consultant: Foreign facilities falling behind on FSMA
Food Navigator-USA
A large number of foreign food facilities likely will not be in compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act re-registration guidelines when the deadline passes at the end of the year, according to Ben England, principal in the consulting firm FDAImports.com. More
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Just Label It campaign urges Congress to dump biotech rider
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
A national campaign to defeat the biotech rider in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill now before Congress has been launched by Just Label It, the national coalition spearheading federal labeling of genetically engineered food. More
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Progress seen as farm bill leaders meet
POLITICO
The big four House and Senate farm bill leaders met Tuesday amid real signs of progress in resolving their differences over the commodity title. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., was described as "very positive" about the direction taken in the talks. And perhaps more important, there were signals from the typically cautious House that a deal could be in the works. More
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Why House Republicans may thwart a fiscal cliff deal
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama has hit the road to make his case to voters on his plan to avert the "fiscal cliff," in hopes they will lean on their members of Congress to support a deal. But while Republicans have sounded a more conciliatory tone since their election loss a month ago, we know little about what House Republicans are thinking right now. More
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Poll: Majority backs Clinton 2016 bid
The Hill
Fifty-seven percent in a new poll say they would support a presidential bid by Hillary Clinton in 2016. The nationwide ABC News/Washington Post poll finds Clinton has stronger support for a 2016 bid among women, with 66 percent of women saying she should run for president compared to 49 percent of men backing a Clinton-2016 candidacy. More
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Report: Sheldon Adelson to double donations
POLITICO
Sheldon Adelson, who spent more than $100 million this election cycle largely on GOP campaigns, says he expects to "double" his future donations, according to a Wall Street Journal story posted Tuesday night. "I'll spend that much and more," the casino mogul said. "Let's cut any ambiguity." More
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Fiscal cliff warnings yet to faze Wall Street
The Washington Post
In Washington, debate over the fiscal cliff is cloaked in apocalyptic warnings of soaring tax rates and a crashing economy. On Wall Street, the tone is different: All will be fine. The stock market has been little changed in the past three weeks, with few wild swings. More
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In food stamp test, Booker pines for caffeine and eggs
The Wall Street Journal
Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker is an avowed vegetarian with a love for Ben and Jerry's ice cream and diet soda. But he has temporarily given up both — along with coffee, eating out and any kind of traditional breakfast — as part of a challenge to live on food stamps for a week. The Democratic mayor has already started to have regrets about his shopping choices. More
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US must comply with WTO meat labeling ruling by May
Reuters
The United States must bring its country-of-origin meat labeling rules into compliance with an earlier World Trade Organization ruling by May 23, 2013, according to a WTO decision Tuesday, the Canadian government said. More
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FSIS issues order to reassess HACCP plans in poultry firms
Office of the Federal Register
Following recent Salmonella outbreaks associated with turkey products, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is setting a 90-day deadline for poultry processors to reassess their Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points plans, according to a document slated for publication in the Dec. 6 Federal Register. More
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CARB deadline looms in California
Truckinginfo
The California Air Resources Board is reminding truck and bus owners to check now to see if their vehicle fleets are among those that will have new rules to follow as of Jan. 1, 2013. As the new year begins, heavy-duty trucks and buses (more than 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating) with 2000-2004 model year engines will likely need diesel soot filters as required by the state's Truck and Bus Regulation. More
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School food program cooks up a success story
Observer & Eccentric
There was some hesitation when the Plymouth-Canton, Mich., Board of Education decided to bring its food service program back in-house, ditching the contract with a popular vendor in the process. But the program saw a 2 percent increase in breakfast participation, a 9 percent hike at lunchtime and fed students more than 1.7 million meals in 2011-2012, according to statistics provided by the district's director of food services, Kristen Hennessey. More
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Opinion: A new opening for US exports to Russia
POLITICO
In joining the World Trade Organization, Russia has pledged to cut tariffs for manufactured goods coming into Russia and to open its service sector to foreign competition. This means growth in U.S. exports to Russia could accelerate. But to realize these benefits, we first have to establish permanent normal trade relations with Russia. More
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New York City to receive $13 million in food aid
The Epoch Times
The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a request to bring $13 million in Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program aid, or food stamps, to parts of New York City following Hurricane Sandy. More
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Nestle: Locavores, changing consumers top 2013 trends
Business Wire via MarketWatch
From fresher frozen meals to food trucks for dogs, consumers can expect to see a variety of interesting trends to tickle the tummy in 2013. Nestle, a leading nutrition, health and wellness company, today issued some predictions destined to please the palates of all family members. More
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McDonald's seeks to stay relevant in changing industry
Medill Reports
McDonald's might have once been the place for a grab-and-go Quarter Pounder, but at any given time these days, the global fast-food giant's restaurants are now filled with families at lunch, young people stopping for a signature McCafe coffee or a businessmen ordering a new premium menu sandwich. The company is working to become the option between fast food and fast casual dining. More
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FDF launches sustainable food ingredient sourcing guide
Food Manufacture
The Food and Drink Federation has launched a five-point guide to sustainable ingredient sourcing to help manufacturers manage risks throughout the supply chain. More
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Cholesterol-lowering bread developed with whole grain oats
Bakery and Snacks
A new way to produce heart-healthy bread from whole grain oats could help industry create a new area of functional bread products backed by EU health claims, according to new research. More
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Unique wastewater system saves Ohio processor $10 million
Meatingplace
A first-of-its-kind treatment system designed by an Ohio State University researcher has saved Whitewater Processing Co. $10 million. The poultry farm slaughters and processes up to 3 million pounds of turkey in an average month. More
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Scientist: 'No way back' from natural color trend
Food Navigator
The trend toward natural colors for foods, drinks and sweets is here to stay — but it raises huge technical challenges, according to Steve Tolliday, principal product technologist at Nestlé's Product and Technology Centre in the U.K. More
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Uninspected beef and cheese pies recalled
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Cantina Foods of Buffalo, N.Y., is recalling 2,375 pounds of ready-to-eat beef and cheese pies because they were produced and distributed without federal inspection.

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Listeria contamination leads to recall of veggie burgers
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company LLC, following a recall by Veggie Patch, announced it removed from sale packages of ultimate meatless burgers due to possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. More
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