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What could the fiscal cliff mean for food safety?
CNN
Despite sweeping reform of food safety laws intended to make what we eat less dangerous, the number of Americans falling ill or dying from contaminated food has increased 44 percent in the past two years alone, according to a recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. More
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Former BPI employee wants 'justice,' files lawsuit
KTIV-TV via KWWL
Two months after Beef Products Incorporated filed a lawsuit against ABC News, one of its former employees is doing the same. "We were all making a great living. And then this comes along and blows us right out of the water," said Bruce Smith, BPI's former environmental health and safety director. More
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China, US to continue food safety cooperation
The Packer
he U.S. and China will continue to cooperate on food safety matters. The Food and Drug Administration has renewed a 2007 agreement with China's food safety agency to enhance cooperation between the two countries. More
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Both sides edging toward deficit deal
The Hill
Congressional Republicans and the White House on Tuesday appeared to edge closer to a deficit-reduction deal that would raise new taxes on the wealthy but also reform entitlement programs. More
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Poll: Obama has a mandate to raise taxes
POLITICO
Almost two-thirds of Americans say the November election results give President Barack Obama a mandate to raise taxes on the wealthy, according to a new survey. A new Bloomberg News national poll finds that 65 percent of those surveyed — including 45 percent of Republicans — say Obama campaigned, ran and won on his pledge to hike taxes on income brackets over $250,000. More
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Labor's plan to fight back
POLITICO
Labor unions, stung by an unexpected setback in Michigan, where Republican Gov. Rick Snyder signed a right-to-work law Tuesday limiting their ability to collect dues, are eyeing a large-scale counteroffensive against the conservative state leaders who have slashed away at union power since the 2010 midterm elections.

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    Corporate taxes on table in cliff talks
    The Wall Street Journal
    The White House has told Republicans it would include an overhaul of the corporate tax code as part of any deal to reduce the deficit, people familiar with the talks said, a move to court business groups as budget negotiations intensify. More
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    Farm bill talks stumble, milk prices at risk
    POLITICO
    House and Senate farm bill leaders are to meet again Wednesday in what has become a political roller coaster that risks tossing Congress into a flood of overpriced milk come Jan. 1. More
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    As developed world struggles, talk of US-EU trade deal intensifies
    The Washington Post
    The United States and Europe have flirted for years with the idea of taking the world's largest trade relationship to the next level. With growth lagging on both sides of the Atlantic, the concept is getting a fresh look. In coming weeks, a joint White House-European Union committee is due to report on whether it is politically realistic to try to create a massive U.S.-EU free-trade bloc. More
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    Canada joins US in food safety modernization
    Food Product Design
    Canada's food law regime is about to undergo a radical transformation thanks to the Safe Food for Canadians Act. It not only consolidates the authorities of several different statutes, the law provides better control over imports, strengthens food traceability and allows for higher penalties governing activities that endanger consumers.

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  • Poll: Food safety a top priority for Canadians (Beacon News)
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    Beef's raw edges
    The Kansas City Star
    The beef industry increasingly relies on a mechanical tenderization process, increasing E. coli risks. Meanwhile, doctors and USDA say antibiotic overuse is leading to resistant bacteria in humans. And with consumption down, beef is fighting back with efforts to influence U.S. dietary guidelines. More
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    Brazil works to minimize reaction to mad cow incident
    Food Safety News
    Brazil continues to downplay its first and belated report of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease, and its strategy may be working. Except for Japan, Brazil's 2010 mad cow incident is not resulting in trade bans against its beef. More
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    CEOs step up push for compromise on fiscal cliff
    Reuters
    A group of high-profile chief executives urged President Barack Obama and Republican congressional leaders Tuesday to strike a deal to avert the fiscal cliff that could include raising tax rates on the wealthiest Americans. More
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    Drought, pink slime made consumers think twice in 2012
    Marketwire via Sys-Con
    In a year dominated by news of political elections, the economy and the Olympic Games, food-related stories still rank among the most significant of 2012. According to the annual Food News Study commissioned by Hunter Public Relations, 81 percent of Americans felt coverage of food products and the companies that make them are of equal or greater importance than other news stories this year. More
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    EC: Do private labels cut consumer choice, industry innovation?
    Food Navigator
    The European Commission has said it intends to conduct a study on whether expanded use of private-label food and beverage products has restricted consumer choice and industry innovation. More
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    Nestlé recalls Buitoni frozen pizza
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Nestlé Canada Inc. are warning the public not to consume certain Buitoni brand pizzas described below as they may contain pieces of metal.

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    Food waste mops up heavy metal
    Food Production Daily
    Onion and garlic waste from the food industry could be used to absorb hazardous heavy metals, including arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead, mercury and tin in contaminated materials. More
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    Tate & Lyle takes on new protein ingredient technology
    Food Navigator-USA
    Tate & Lyle has signed an agreement with Nandi Proteins Ltd. to develop an early-stage protein ingredient technology for use in food texturants. More
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    Horse meat a hidden ingredient in frozen food?
    Horse & Country
    European consumers may be eating horse meat without realizing it, thanks (in part) to inadequate labeling, a recent survey for the Humane Society International revealed. More
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    Partnership aims to assess nanomaterial safety
    Food Production Daily
    The Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are working together in a research effort to assess the potential impact of nanomaterials on people's health and the environment. More
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    CEO: Cost advantage of plant-based food over dairy will grow
    Food Navigator
    The economics of supplying plant-based foods and beverages over dairy will become increasingly compelling "because the cow is a relatively inefficient converter of grain into protein," says the chief executive of WhiteWave Foods. More
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