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FSIS delays label enforcement date by 2 months
The Office of the Federal Register
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has agreed to delay its meat and poultry nutrition labeling enforcement by two months rather than the six months requested by industry trade associations, according to a document scheduled to be published in Friday's Federal Register. More
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Study: Toy giveaway limits don't lead to more healthy menu items
Medical Xpress
A new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine provides the first insights into how fast food restaurants might respond to legislation intended to prevent restaurants from using toys to make unhealthful food items appealing to children. More
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USDA finalizes antitrust rule for meat companies
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday will release a new but stripped-down antitrust rule regulating meat companies that's far less sweeping than initial reforms that ran into strong opposition from businesses and Congress. More
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Big liberal money might skip moderates
POLITICO
The Senate Democratic majority might hinge on the re-election of vulnerable moderates like Ben Nelson, Claire McCaskill and Jon Tester, but deep-pocketed liberal groups say they won't go to the mat for them in 2012. More
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Romney launches coordinated assault on Gingrich
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney's presidential campaign launched a coordinated assault Thursday on former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's leadership, temperament and commitment to a conservative agenda. More
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Polls show Gingrich gaining on Obama
The Wall Street Journal
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich would be competitive against President Barack Obama in three likely battlegrounds, according to a Quinnipiac University survey of voters in Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania released Thursday. More
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In Washington, partisanship no longer something to hide
The Washington Post
In a Congress crippled by partisan gridlock, each side increasingly is transparent about its political motivations. It used to be that the various press operations would spin and the leaders would at least pretend to lead. But in recent years, all pretense has fallen away. More
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US, Canada finalize plan to accelerate border flow
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Wednesday endorsed a broad plan to integrate North American security efforts and accelerate the flow of trade across the border, a move that also could ease rising trade tensions between the two countries.

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    USDA awards another $10.4 million in food safety grants
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded 17 grants totaling $10.4 million for university research projects designed to boost food safety. Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said the funds are being divided among universities in 13 states.

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    FDA agrees to determine safety of BPA
    The Washington Post
    The Food and Drug Administration must come up with a decision by March 31 on whether to ban a chemical that's widely used in plastics and the metal linings of food containers, according to a court settlement reached Wednesday between the agency and the Natural Re­sources Defense Council. More
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    House GOP to take on farm dust
    The Hill
    House Republicans are set to take up legislation Thursday that blocks the Environmental Protection Agency from tightening farm dust regulations, a bill the Obama administration calls unnecessary and argues could threaten clean air protections.

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  • Opinion: EPA must stop playing in the dust (The Washington Examiner)
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    Coalition asks for hearing on renewable fuel standards
    USAgNet
    In a letter to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, a coalition of the U.S. livestock and poultry industry associations requested a hearing to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard's impact on the economy. More
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    GOP lawmakers seek more power over regulations
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    The Republican-run House has voted to give Congress greater power to approve or reject federal rules the GOP calls "job-killers." More
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    Lettuce from 1 farm blamed for E. coli outbreak
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has determined that romaine lettuce from a single farm likely caused an E. coli outbreak in Missouri and nine other states, sickening 60 people. More
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    10 food business trends to track in 2012
    Small Business Trends
    No matter how tough the economy is, people still need to eat. Beyond food trucks, burgers and beer, what are some of the hot food trends for 2012? More
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    McDonald's lovin' 7.4 percent rise in key sales
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    McDonald's said Thursday a key revenue figure rose 7.4 percent in November on strong demand from markets throughout the world. More
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    Frozen leafy vegetables cubes introduced
    Foodnews
    Italian frozen food company Orogel has introduced a new line of leafy vegetables, frozen into cubes. More
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    China: Ushering in new era of cold-chain logistics
    China Economic Daily
    The construction and planned construction of 100,000-ton cold storage facilities have led China's cold chain logistics into a new stage of prosperity. More
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    Self-propelled microrockets detect bacteria in food
    Nanowerk
    Taking a novel approach to isolating pathogenic bacteria from complex clinical, environmental and food samples, researchers have developed a nanomotor strategy seeks out pathogens in raw biological samples without preparatory and washing steps. More
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    Report: Food service distributors solidify power
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Even as the overall economy languished, the largest US food service distribution companies managed to grow and solidify their position at the top of the industry, according to a new report from Technomic. More
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    Fabulous food plant: Hormel's Progressive Processing
    Food Engineering
    Hormel's Progressive Processing plant is built for the long haul. A quarter-century had passed since Hormel Foods had commissioned a new production facility. In designing its Dubuque, Iowa, plant, engineers aimed to create a facility that would be contemporary for the next 25 years. More
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    Sanitation strategies: Keep it simple
    BakingBusiness.com
    A basic tool can be the difference between a sparkling food plant and one with sanitation problems. More
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