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Backlog for food safety regulations includes FDA and USDA
Food Safety News
Everyone knows about the food safety rules held up by the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. But it's not just the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that is waiting; the U.S. Department of Agriculture also has food safety rules on hold. More
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DeLauro plans to introduce bill for new food safety agency
Bloomberg Businessweek
Rosa DeLauro, a Democratic congresswoman from Connecticut, says she will introduce a bill as soon as January to create an agency with the sole mission of protecting food safety, and she'll press for more funding to prevent foodborne illnesses. More
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Study: RTE meals score higher in nutrition than TV chef recipes
Food Navigator
Industry-produced ready meals have come out on top in the nutrition stakes after researchers in the U.K. found recipes produced by TV chefs are, on the whole, "less healthy" than supermarket-bought, private-label foods, according to the British Medical Journal. More
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Obama, Boehner move closer to deal; Boehner has backup plan
The Washington Post
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Tuesday that he will introduce legislation — opposed by Democrats — to raise taxes only on households earning $1 million or more, as a backup plan for avoiding the fiscal cliff if his attempts to forge a broader spending agreement with the White House fail.

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  • Fiscal cliff deal could hurt the economy (The Washington Post)
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    Top Senate committees set for changes
    The Wall Street Journal
    The news of long-serving Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii's death after a short illness could lead to a change of leadership at several of the most important senatorial committees with top ranking lawmakers potentially exchanging gavels. More
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    Poll: Chris Christie best-rated in 2016 field
    POLITICO
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tops the GOP 2016 presidential field in favorability ratings, according to a poll out Tuesday. Christie has a 55 percent favorability rating among registered voters, followed by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., with 46 percent and Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., with 45 percent, according to a national poll from Fairleigh Dickinson University. More
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    Colleen Hanabusa favorite for Daniel Inouye seat
    POLITICO
    After Sen. Daniel Inouye's death, attention is expected to focus quickly as Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa as his possible successor. More
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    Labor relations board loses voice of dissent
    The Wall Street Journal
    The National Labor Relations Board quietly became a partisan group Monday, a day after its lone Republican member's term expired at an agency charged with settling labor disputes in private-sector workplaces. The departure of Republican member Brian Hayes will likely heighten the criticism by Republicans and business groups that the current board favors unions over employers. More
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    Starting a global conversation about school lunch
    The RIWI Corp. via The Huffington Post
    In a study exclusively for the Huffington Post, The RIWI Corp. set out to find out exactly how public high school lunches compare in six countries: U.S., U.K., Canada, France, Spain and Italy. More important, we wanted to find out what the students thought of their food: taste-wise and health-wise. More
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    FSIS updates documentation rules for E. coli testing
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has provided new instructions to inspection program personnel for verifying and documenting the sample source (beef, veal or mixed) in the Public Health Information System when collecting raw beef samples under FSIS's verification testing programs for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. More
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    NACMPI to discuss safe processing of veal
    Office of the Federal Register
    In a notice slated for publication Wednesday, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is announcing a meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection. The two topics on the agenda are safe processing of veal and categorizing FSIS regulations as public health rules. More
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    USDA hopes to speed up poultry production lines
    McClatchy-Tribune via The Spokesman-Review
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is poised to finalize major changes to the poultry slaughter inspection process that critics warn could threaten food safety and harm workers. But proponents say the changes could save taxpayers $90 million over three years while modernizing a system that hasn't been overhauled since the 1950s. More
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    Food ingredients: Many routes to safety approval
    Food Safety News
    The Nutrition Facts label can be the conscious consumer's best friend, but it often leaves shoppers more confused than informed. More
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    EU to stop testing all cattle at slaughter for BSE
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    European Union member-states, except Bulgaria and Romania, have a green light from the European Commission to stop routinely testing healthy cattle for BSE at slaughter, a move that will save the EU an estimated $47.5 million per year, EU Food Law reports. More
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    UK risk report eyes EU-wide standards
    Food Standards Agency
    Recommendations on the transparent use of risk assessment in decisions on food safety have been welcomed by the U.K.'s Food Standards Agency. The report, agreed by the Heads of National Food Agencies in Europe, looks at how to ensure that risk assessments are used consistently and transparently in decisions on food safety in the EU. More
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    Expert: Innovation key ingredient in cost-cutting recipe
    Food Navigator
    Food companies are looking for new ways to appeal to frugal consumers while cutting their own costs — and ingredient companies are coming up some innovative answers. More
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    Frozen food firms continue buy-and-build strategy
    Farming UK
    The mature European frozen foods market is characterized by modest growth and challenged by growing consumer preference for fresh products. Still, the European A-brands, the and specialized private-label producers have been able to improve their return on capital, according to a new report from Rabobank. More
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    What to expect in the pizza segment in 2013
    Pizza Marketplace
    Predictions are pouring in about what trends will shape the restaurant industry in 2013. Here is what's showing up in PizzaMarketplace.com's crystal ball (in no logical order). More
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    Food safety, prices concern consumers in 2012
    Supermarket News (subscription required)
    Within the Fresh Market section of Supermarket News, the top stories of 2012 included the online uprising against so-called "pink slime," the impact of the drought on food prices and the improvement of the food safety net. More
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    Survey: CFOs expect growth, technology investments in 2013
    Pizza Marketplace
    A majority of the 200 U.S.-based chief financial officers and senior finance executives surveyed said they plan to invest in their companies to drive growth in 2013 and expect to achieve higher revenues and profits in the New Year. The new survey was sponsored by American Express. More
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    E. coli contamination top issue for Canadians
    Food Quality News
    E. coli contamination is top of the agenda for Canadians, ranking above all other food safety issues, including GMOs and pesticide use, according to a survey. More
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    Report: Hispanic shoppers more optimistic
    Supermarket News
    Hispanic consumers tend to be more optimistic about their financial prospects than non-Hispanics, with 32 percent expecting their household income to increase during the next year, according to research released Monday. More
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    Neogen upgrades Salmonella test
    Food Quality News
    Neogen Corp. has upgraded its rapid lateral flow test for Salmonella Enteritidis targeting faster results for the poultry industry. More
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    Pilgrim's Pride faces fines for hazardous chemical exposure
    The Lufkin News
    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Lufkin, Texas, with three repeat and four serious violations following a June inspection as part of the agency's Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities national emphasis program. Proposed penalties total $99,000. More
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