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New rules for food safety languish for years
Des Moines Register
Congress and the White House moved aggressively to bring food safety into the 21st century after thousands of Americans fell ill from a series of high-profile outbreaks several years ago involving staples such as lettuce, peppers, peanuts and eggs. But two years after President Barack Obama signed a sweeping food safety bill into law, the rules at the heart of the largest food safety overhaul in more than 70 years have yet to be put in place, blocked by their sheer length, growing complexity and a White House that critics contend has delayed their implementation for political gain. More
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Report: National brands gaining on private label
CPGmatters
National brand manufacturers have developed strategies to protect their brands from private-label encroachment by offering new value, quality and innovation. These efforts have been producing results, evidenced by private-label share losses across many CPG categories and channels during the past two years. That is the key finding from research by SymphonyIRI and presented in a new report: "Reversal of Fortune: National Brands Pick up Gains on Private Label." More
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As fiscal cliff approaches, advocates worry about food safety
Food Safety News
The nation is just two weeks away from going off the so-called fiscal cliff — a combination of significant, automatic budget cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts. Most economists agree this Washington-made crisis will be bad for our slowly recovering economy, but what about food safety? More
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Poll: Gloomy voters say US on wrong track, kids will be poorer
The Hill
A mood of economic gloom hangs over the nation as President Barack Obama and Republican leaders scramble to strike a deficit deal that avoids automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, according to a new poll for The Hill. More
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Rubio, Clinton top Iowa wish list
POLITICO
President Barack Obama hasn't even been sworn into his second term but already Iowa is looking toward 2016. The Sioux City Journal surveyed Republican and Democratic party leaders from Northwest Iowa and found that Marco Rubio and Hillary Clinton are the early favorites. More
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Nikki Haley appoints Rep. Tim Scott to Senate
The Washington Post
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced Monday that she will appoint fellow Republican Rep. Tim Scott to the Senate. Scott will replace Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., who is leaving the chamber in January to head up the conservative Heritage Foundation. More
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Scott Brown no shoo-in as John Kerry successor
POLITICO
With Sen. John Kerry expected to be nominated for secretary of state, it's assumed just-vanquished GOP Sen. Scott Brown will run in another special election for the Massachusetts seat. What's a lot less certain is that Brown can pull off a repeat of his 2010 stunner.

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    Expanding young students' role in nutrition
    Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles Unified School District seeks to add nutrition education to the curriculum and give students more of a voice in what's served — and more time to eat. More
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    Snacks in Chicago vending machines getting a makeover
    Chicago Tribune
    Chicago Park District vending machines have ditched their candy bars for granola bars and exchanged fried potato chips for veggie chips. More
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    Study: Farm bill has international trade impact
    Farm Futures
    With the Farm Bill wrapped up in rumors of fiscal cliff bundles and seemingly no passage in sight, ag economists Bruce Babcock of Iowa State University and Nick Paulson of the University of Illinois have a little more time to comb through potential issues with the proposed bill.

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    Court schedules oral arguments in hours of service case
    Truckinginfo
    Oral arguments in the lawsuit challenging the hours of service rule will be held March 15 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It typically takes the court two to three months to rule following arguments, which means it should hand down its decision before the new HOS rule is scheduled to take effect in July. More
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    French fry makers agree: No GM potatoes for China
    PotatoPro
    In a rare joint statement the world's three largest french fry manufacturers spell out that they do not use genetically modified potatoes for their french fries in China. The Chinese subsidiaries of McCain Foods, Conagra Foods Lamb Weston and Simplot released their statement in response to incorrect reports in the Chinese press. More
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    Canada: Food handlers facing new regulations in 2013
    Materials Management & Distribution
    Any company that handles, stores or transports food better be prepared for major changes to government regulations regarding food safety, even if nobody is entirely sure exactly what those changes are going to be. Speakers on a food safety and transport panel delivered that message to one group of attendees to the 2012 Transportation Conference. More
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    Regional themes will highlight 2013 flavor trends
    Food Business News
    Regional American and regional Mexican and Latin American flavors will be among the top flavor trends in 2013, according to Bell Flavors & Fragrances. More
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    Breakfast foods sector to reach $15.7 billion by 2017
    Food Product Design
    Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the old adage says, and it looks like U.S. consumers are growing more conscious of the importance of a healthy start to the day. The breakfast foods category has experienced solid growth during the recession, with a 20 percent increase in dollar sales from 2007 to 2011. The market is expected to grow by nearly 26 percent from 2012 to 2017 to reach a predicted $15.7 billion, according to a new report from Mintel. More
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    Top three pizza chains among most-searched food companies
    Pizza Marketplace
    Google released its 2012 Zeitgeist list last week, highlighting the top searches in different categories and countries around the world. The list of most-searched food companies in the U.S. was topped by Costco. Pizza chains dominated the next three spots, starting with Pizza Hut, then Domino's, followed by Papa John's. More
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    Canada's Cardinal Meat recalls burgers on E. coli concern
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Cardinal Meat Specialists Ltd. are warning the public not to consume certain Cardinal Select brand prime rib beef burgers after testing was initiated as a result of a recent E. coli outbreak investigation.

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    Virginia firms recall 2,650 pounds of misbranded mortadella
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Fiorucci Foods Inc., a South Chesterfield, Va. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,650 pounds of mortadella because the product contains pistachio nuts, a known allergen, that are not declared on the label. More
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    Loblaw hamburger recall expands in wake of E. coli investagation
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The public warning issued last Thursday has been updated to include additional products from Loblaw Companies Ltd. All of the recalled products are beef burgers, being recalled as a result of an E. coli outbreak investigation. More
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    Salmon recalled on Listeria fears
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC is voluntarily recalling 371 cases of ready-to-eat cold smoked salmon products because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. The products were sent to distribution centers in 12 states. More
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    For some, the end may signal a new beginning
    Supermarket News
    As 2012 draws to a close, it might look like the end of the world for some industry brands — Tesco's Fresh & Easy comes to mind, not to mention Hostess Twinkies — but 2013 is right around the corner, potentially signaling a Ragnarok-style rebirth. More
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    Mintel: European economic woes stifled 'real innovation'
    Food Navigator
    Major food and drink brands are producing fewer truly innovative new products as recessionary mindsets and behaviors continue throughout Europe, according to Mintel director of innovation and insight David Jago. More
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