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Opinion: FDA's excuses on FSMA delays are unconvincing
Food Safety News
The saga of the missing FDA food safety regulations continues with a new government filing in a lawsuit challenging FDA's failure to promulgate regulations implementing three critical programs that Congress established in the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011. More
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Students winning school lunch battle
The Associated Press via GOPUSA
The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing more grains and meat in students' meals. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains.

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    Packaged Facts: Hispanic market set for more aggressive growth
    Food Navigator-USA
    The Hispanic food and beverage market is "expected to embark on a more aggressive growth pattern from now through 2017" as firms pump more dollars into innovation and marketing, predicts market researcher Packaged Facts. More
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    Time running out on fiscal cliff deal
    The Washington Post
    The contours of a deal to avert the year-end fiscal cliff are becoming increasingly clear. But progress has been slow, and time is running out for leaders to seal an agreement and sell it to restless lawmakers who so far have been given little information.

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    Hill Poll: Majority says deficit talks are doomed
    The Hill
    A clear majority of voters expect President Barack Obama and Congress will fail to reach a deal to prevent spending cuts and tax hikes on millions of households next year, according to a new poll for The Hill. More
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    Battleground Poll: No obvious 2016 GOP leader
    POLITICO
    Republicans lack a national leader who is liked by the majority of Americans. A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are viewed favorably by, ironically, 47 percent of likely voters.

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    Hamburg meets Durbin, Blumenthal on energy drink safety
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    After a meeting Thursday with FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., are warning energy drink makers not to think they've "escaped regulatory oversight," because FDA is now taking seriously the concerns they've raised about the safety of these products, including labeling issues. More
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    Canada's XL foods cleared for US beef sales
    Feedstuffs
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday Alberta beef processor XL Foods Inc. has been cleared by American authorities to resume exporting beef to markets in the United States. More
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    Study: COOL has little effect on meat purchases
    Supermarket News
    U.S. country-of-origin-labeling rules have not led to increased demand for beef, chicken or pork products covered by the law, according to a study by researchers at Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University. More
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    McDonald's: Sales rebounded in November
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    McDonald's said Monday that a key sales figure rose in November following a decline in October, first drop in McDonald's key monthly sales gauge in nearly a decade. The company said global sales at restaurants open at least 13 months rose 2.4 percent for the month ended Nov. 30. More
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    Albertsons to feature gluten-free pizzas from Better4U Foods
    Drug Store News
    More than five dozen Albertsons stores in the West will start selling gluten-free frozen pizzas this month. Better4U Foods said Friday that 63 stores in Albertsons' Intermountain West Division,l which includes Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, would stock the pizzas. More
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    Brazil government denies reports of 2010 mad cow case
    Reuters
    Brazil's Agriculture Ministry said Friday the country has not registered any case of mad cow disease, denying reports on some local media websites that said the disease had cropped up in the southern state of Parana two years ago.

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    Del Monte net up 72 percent on pet products demand
    The Wall Street Journal
    Pet foods and pantry staples company Del Monte Corp.'s fiscal second-quarter profit jumped 72 percent as new pet products drove improved results, though volume declines for existing pet and consumer products offset some of those gains. Like other food makers, Del Monte is grappling with rising commodity costs and budget-conscious consumers who are keeping a sharp eye on prices in the grocery aisle. More
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    Food processing plant to put wind turbine to work
    The Sacramento Bee
    A 55-meter wind turbine soon will be generating half of the power needed to operate Superior Farms' Dixon food processing plant, the company announced. The 1-megawatt turbine is expected to go online around the first of the year. More
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    Food manufacturing, safety strategies shaping the industry
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    The 3rd Annual European Food Manufacturing & Safety Summit program has been researched to present exclusive insights into the improvements of productivity, achieving continuous improvement and maximizing food safety and quality while reducing costs. More
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    Sonoco: 2012 performance not what we expected
    Food Production Daily
    Sonoco has revealed it has been a tough year, with performance below expectations — but added it remains optimistic going into 2013. More
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