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Consumers ignore government's food advice
USA Today
Most Americans are failing to follow the government's dietary guidelines with more of their income being used to purchase fatty foods such as pizza and french fries at the expense of healthier fruits, vegetables and whole grains. More
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Rabobank: Global beef prices to reach record levels in 2013
Food Production Daily
The final quarter of 2012 has seen the beef market characterized by slightly larger global supply, driven mainly by the natural recovery of herds in South America and Australia. But Rabobank predicts soaring prices throughout 2013. More
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Dozens of senators sign letter urging farm bill, fiscal cliff package
Farm Futures
More than 30 senators signed a letter Thursday urging their colleagues to consider rolling the farm bill into a potential fiscal cliff package. Led by Sens. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., the group of 33 senators stressed that their senate-passed farm bill provides $23 billion in deficit reduction "while making smart, common-sense reforms that ensure the farm safety net works for both the American taxpayer and the American agricultural producer."

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    Republicans race to be rebuilder-in-chief
    The Washington Post
    It didn't take long after the 2012 election for Republicans to decide they needed a new way forward. Now, several high-profile GOP figures likely to give a 2016 presidential campaign a close look are jockeying for a position at the forefront of the party reboot. More
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    A Scott Brown comeback?
    The Washington Post
    If Republicans think Sen. Scott Brown, Sen. John Kerry's GOP counterpart in Massachusetts, will waltz back into the Senate a few months after losing his seat to Democrat Elizabeth Warren, they've got another think coming. More
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    Immigration waits in the wings
    POLITICO
    Immigration reform is waiting quietly in the wings. President Barack Obama promised top Latino leaders on a conference call Tuesday afternoon that once a deal is reached on the fiscal cliff, he'll throw the full force of the White House behind overhauling the country's immigration laws. More
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    Connecticut legislator pushes for GMO food labeling
    The Hartford Courant
    Connecticut state Rep. Phil Miller, a Democrat who is leading a task force studying the issue of food labeling, said he hopes Connecticut will pass the first GMO food labeling law in the nation when the legislative session begins Jan. 9. More
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    Senator pushes for rule on beef labels in wake of news series
    The Kansas City Star
    A U.S. senator from New York who is a member of the Agriculture Committee urged a federal agency Thursday to expedite a proposed rule requiring labels on mechanically tenderized beef products. "I firmly believe prompt action is required in order to protect the health of American consumers from serious foodborne illness," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a Democrat, wrote in a letter to the Office of Management and Budget. More
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    It's official: 222 general function approved health claims in EU
    Food Navigator
    From today food and supplement products marketed in the EU's 27 member states must comply with the article 13, permitted list of health claims or face prosecution for misleading marketing. More
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    Legislative audit questions Louisiana restaurant inspections
    Food Safety News
    A new report published by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor questions whether inspection of restaurants and other retail food establishments are doing enough to prevent foodborne illness in the Bayou State. More
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    Celebrating the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act two years later
    USDA Blog
    It's been two years since President Barack Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 into law. This coming year will be a busy one as we continue to make program updates that help us fight both child hunger and obesity. More
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    FSIS verifies rules for risk material noncompliance records
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    This notice reminds inspection program personnel in beef slaughter and beef processing establishments that they are to check all appropriate paragraphs of 9 CFR 310.22 for every specified risk materials noncompliance record. More
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    FMCSA plans surveys on EOBR harassment
    Truckinginfo
    Federal safety regulators are preparing surveys to learn whether electronic onboard recorders might be used to harass drivers. The surveys of drivers and carriers are part of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's preparation for a proposed new EOBR rule, due next July. More
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    Kroger, Wal-Mart reported to be among Hostess bidders
    Bloomberg
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kroger Co. are among the bidders for assets being sold by Hostess Brands Inc., the bankrupt maker of Wonder bread and Twinkies, said a person familiar with the matter. More
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    Food makers use natural antioxidant blends to beat price spikes
    Food Navigator
    Food manufacturers looking to extend shelf life with natural antioxidants have started using blended ingredients in an effort to deal with spiraling raw material costs, according to Frost & Sullivan. More
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    Study: Seafood fraud rampant
    Oceana
    Oceana and others recently found shocking levels of seafood mislabeling in the New York (39 percent), Boston (48 percent), Los Angeles (55 percent) and Miami (31 percent) areas. More
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    Wyoming restaurant closes for cleaning after norovirus outbreak
    Casper Star-Tribune
    The Golden Corral restaurant in Casper, Wyo., is closed until at least dinnertime Friday after a suspected foodborne virus outbreak at the location affected more than 150 people, according to David Giesen, president of franchisee Golden DBL Inc. of Denver. The restaurant was closed Thursday afternoon. Giesen said the shutdown is voluntary while staff members clean and disinfect the restaurant and the Natrona County Health Department continues its investigation.

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    OSHA proposes $128,000 fine for cooked meat manufacturer
    Meatingplace
    The Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Wednesday cited Five Star Custom Foods Ltd. in Fort Worth, Texas, with 25 serious violations, the agency announced. Proposed penalties total $128,000. OSHA opened an investigation in June under its emphasis program on process safety management for covered chemical facilities. More
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