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Report finds 'significant weaknesses' in FDA food safety oversight
Food Production Daily
An influential U.S. government office has criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for failings in overseeing state food facility inspections, stressing that it paid for inspections that didn't take place and failed to ensure that "systemic problems" were addressed. More
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Lawmakers want cost-benefit analysis on child food marketing restrictions
The Washington Post
A long-delayed Obama administration proposal that would restrict the types of foods and drinks that are marketed to children suffered another setback when Capitol Hill demanded a cost-benefit analysis. More
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Obesity rate falls for New York schoolchildren
The New York Times
The number of obese New York City schoolchildren fell by 5.5 percent over five years, federal and city officials said, offering a glimmer of optimism about one of the country's intractable health scourges. More
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Poll: Majority say Obama's got to go
Politico
For the first time, a majority of Americans say President Barack Obama should be voted out of the White House next year, despite a small increase in the number of people who say the country’s economic outlook is improving, a new poll shows. More
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Gingrich and Romney on the defensive in GOP debate
The Washington Post
Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney found themselves on the defensive in the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses, with Gingrich challenged on whether he can defeat President Obama and Romney questioned about his consistency on social issues. More
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South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorses Romney
The Washington Post
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney for president, landing the former Massachusetts governor one of the most coveted endorsements in the presidential race. More
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USDA unveils free online food safety tool for fruit and vegetable farmers
The Washington Post
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has unveiled a free online tool aimed at helping farmers lower their risk of contamination on the farm by generating customized food safety plans. More
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Senators ask for appeal of WTO COOL decision
Farm Futures
Nineteen U.S. Senators have asked the Obama administration to appeal a World Trade Organization panel decision that, while validating the U.S.'s authority to have Country of Origin Labeling for meat products, strikes down the Country of Origin Labeling regulations which implement the law. More
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Watchdog report mirrors whistleblower concerns regarding state food safety inspection
Food Integrity Campaign
Discomforting news was released in a report regarding inadequate food inspection by FDA and contracted state officials … though it's nothing terribly shocking given what whistleblowers have told GAP in recent years. More
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FSIS delays nutritional labeling regulation
World Poultry
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is delaying the effective date of the final regulations that require nutrition labeling of the major cuts of single-ingredient, raw meat and poultry products and ground or chopped meat and poultry products. More
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World trade body adds Russia as member
The Associated Press via USA Today
The World Trade Organization agreed to allow Russia to become its newest member, giving a critical boost to the ailing economy of its biggest trading partner, the European Union. More
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Study outlines top food trends for 2012
Packaging Digest
Food and nutrition forecasters at Publicis Consultants USA have released a study revealing the top food trends for 2012. More
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3M launches new pathogen detection device
Food Safety News
Manufacturing conglomerate 3M Company announced the release of the newest product from its food safety division: The 3M Molecular Detection System, a device designed to help food and beverage producers and laboratories detect foodborne pathogens. More
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Frozen meatloaf under recall
WLTX-TV
A Charlotte-based company is recalling approximately 130 pounds of individual serving meatloaf entrees sold at Harris Teeter because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. More
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Safety concerns linger around genetically modified salmon
NPR
After 15 years of deliberation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has yet to decide whether it will approve a genetically modified salmon for human consumption. More
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Poultry stays No. 1 in Mississippi
TheMeatSite
Despite a tough economy, poultry remained the top commodity in Mississippi, with a preliminary estimated value of $2.4 billion for 2011. More
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Ecology coatings develops coatings safe for direct contact with food products
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
Ecology Coatings, Inc., a leader in the discovery of ultraviolet-curable advanced coatings, announced that it has developed bio-based generally recognized as safe UV-curable materials for coatings. Because these components are GRAS, they can be used to make coatings that are safe for human consumption and can be placed in direct contact with food and food packaging. More
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14 ill in salmonella outbreak linked to ground beef
Food Safety News
Fourteen people are confirmed infected with an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella in an outbreak that has led to a recall of ground beef from a Northeastern chain of grocery stores. More
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Meat traders in uproar over frozen meat seizure
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Meat traders are protesting what they called the "unwarranted confiscation" of imported frozen meat by the National Meat Inspection Service. More
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Fats and oils gaining a more positive reputation, says market researcher
Food Navigator
Consumer perception of fats is undergoing a transformation, opening myriad opportunities for new product development, according to a new trend report from the Center for Culinary Development and market research organization Packaged Facts. More
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