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Inspector general faults FDA outsourcing of state inspections
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's increasing reliance on state and local officials to conduct boots-on-the-ground inspections of food facilities may leave consumers vulnerable, a Health and Human Services Inspector General report states. More
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FAO: Global meat consumption to jump 73 percent
MeatPoultry.com
The rapidly growing world population will be consuming two-thirds more animal protein by 2050 than it does today, according to a new Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations study titled World Livestock 2011. More
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China toughens trade stance with tariffs
Reuters
China has fired a warning shot with its decision to impose tariffs on imports of sport utility vehicles and other large cars from the United States as both countries gear up for increased trade friction next year. More
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American public to Congress: Get out. All of you.
The Washington Post
The American electorate is primed to throw out record numbers of incumbents in the 2012 election, according to new polling from the Pew Research Center. More
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Gingrich's general election prospects look bleak
The Washington Post
If former House Speaker Newt Gingrich manages to win the Republican presidential nomination, he could jeopardize his party's chances of ousting President Barack Obama next November, according to several new national polls released this week. More
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Congress set to throw in the towel
POLITICO
Congressional leaders are sneering at each other across the aisle and from one end of the Capitol to the other, locked in yet another year-end death match over massive bills that have real-world implications for every American. More
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Democratic campaign group wipes out $19 million in debt
POLITICO
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has erased a $19 million debt months ahead of schedule, a major achievement for a party committee that was reeling from electoral disaster in November 2010. More
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A new hiring guide for America's agriculture employers
U.S. Department of Labor
Agricultural businesses large and small rely on seasonal workers. When U.S. workers are not available, employers can utilize the H-2A program to hire temporary foreign workers to perform certain types of agricultural work. More
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Senate Commerce Committee passes truck safety bill
Truckinginfo
In a contentious session yesterday, the Senate Commerce Committee cleared the truck safety section of the pending highway bill.

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  • Industry associations support trucking (PRNewswire via The Sacramento Bee)
  • Partisan politics come into play during Senate highway bill markup hearing (Land Line)
  • Kraft pushes for 'bridge wreckers' (Bloomberg)
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    Obama taps 2 for NLRB posts
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama will nominate two new members of the National Labor Relations Board, the White House announced Wednesday. More
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    EPA approves hydrocarbon refrigerants
    Supermarket News
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has added three hydrocarbons as acceptable alternatives in household and small commercial refrigerators and freezers through EPA's Significant New Alternatives Policy program. More
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    Clarifying the GIPSA rule implementation
    Pork Magazine
    One week ago USDA filed the final version of the GIPSA rule, but there remains some confusion regarding what lies ahead. Now, there's the issue of whether funding is available to move forward. More
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    GFSI: Getting started
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Your largest customer just told you that in order to continue doing business with them you need to have a plan in place within three months to commit to a Global Food Safety Initiative scheme — and you must become certified to that scheme within nine months. What do you do? More
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    Kraft, Kellogg and more sue egg companies for antitrust breach
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Kellogg Co., General Mills Inc. and units of Kraft Foods Inc. and Nestle SA are suing Cal-Maine Foods Inc. and 10 more egg producers for allegedly conspiring to control prices and supplies in violation of antitrust laws. More
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    Rich's announces strategic global realignment
    EON
    Rich Products Corp. is splitting its current two business groups into five regional business units led by one universal group in 2012, the company announced. More
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    As ConAgra Mills sows, so does it soar
    Industry Week
    As one of the largest millers in North America, grain producer ConAgra Mills is tasked with staying as close as possible to its customers, most of whom are small food producers and bakers who need to react quickly when their customers' baked goods preferences change. More
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    How many vegetarians are there?
    Progressive Grocer
    With numerous groups pushing Meatless Mondays, Tofurky Tuesdays or other campaigns to cut back on meat one meal or day per week, the Vegetarian Resource Group wondered how often Americans are eating vegetarian meals. More
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    Equipment issues: Dealing with 2012's uncertainty
    Food Manufacturing
    Jeff Owens, president of Advanced Technology Services, discusses how his company — a provider of outsourced production equipment maintenance, information technology assistance and repair — is handling the uncertainties facing food manufacturing in 2012. More
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    Food plants: Inspection checklist syndrome
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Are we becoming so checklist dependent that we no longer recognize significant issues in our food plants? More
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    Frito-Lay rolls out all-electric delivery trucks in Boston
    FoodBev
    PepsiCo's Frito-​Lay North America division says eight new electric trucks will be rolling out in the Boston area as part of the company's sustainability initiatives. More
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    Technology: The competitive differentiator
    Food Logistics
    For the eighth consecutive year, Food Logistics has identified the top 100 technology and solution providers to the food industry. More
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    Suffolk Cold Storage takes 'HighJump' into efficiency
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Suffolk Cold Storage has achieved impressive results from using HighJump Software's warehouse management system and its TrueCommerce electronic data interchange system. More
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    UK scientists step up efforts to cut down salt
    The Grocer
    A group of leading U.K. food scientists have been appointed by the industry to spearhead work reducing salt levels across a range of household favorites as food makers continue to warn they may fail to hit salt reduction targets for 2012. More
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    Vietnam vegetable, fruit exports to top $600 million
    Viet Nam News
    Vietnam's fruit and vegetable exports are expected to fetch $600 million this year, easily surpassing the target of $470 million, according to the industry business grouping. More
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