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White House clears HOS rule; publication expected Thursday
The Trucker
The White House has cleared the final rule on hours of service and sent the regulation back to the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, presumably for the scheduled release Thursday. More
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Budget cuts continue to erode public health readiness
Food Safety News
Federal and state budget cuts are taking a measurable toll on the food safety system, according to a new analysis by the Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. More
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DOL announces minimum wage rates for foreign farm laborers
The Office of the Federal Register
The Department of Labor has announced its 2012 Adverse Effect Wage Rates, which set the minimum pay for temporary foreign farm laborers. A state-by-state minimum listing is available, and the notice is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register in early 2012. More
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Ron Paul becoming serious contender in GOP presidential race
The Washington Post
As the first votes in the Republican presidential race approach, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, has become a serious force with the potential to upend the nomination fight and remain a factor throughout next year's general election campaign. More
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Iowa threatens to cloud, not clarify, GOP race
The Wall Street Journal
The electoral forecast for Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses is cloudy with a chance of fog. Campaign veterans view this year's Republican primary as one of the most unpredictable in memory. More
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Super PACs: The bad cops of 2012
POLITICO
The bad cops of 2012 are here. Super PACs with ties to Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum launched a negative advertising blitz this month in Iowa that has let the candidates — with ties to the groups — stay above the fray while the outsiders do the dirty work. More
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Labor board finalizes union election rule
The Hill
The National Labor Relations Board announced Wednesday that it has adopted portions of its contentious union election rule. More
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California food handler card law enforcement coming Jan. 1
Nation's Restaurant News
The Jan. 1 deadline for enforcement of the new food handler card requirement in California is approaching, and restaurant and retail operators should be prepared for health inspectors to ask if their workers are certified. More
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Do FDA rules discriminate against imports?
The Packer
Do FDA rules discriminate against imports? The Fresh Produce Association of the Americas submitted a thought-provoking comment to the FDA on the issue of "Food Safety Modernization Act: Domestic and Foreign Facility Reinspections, Recall and Importer Reinspection User Fee Rates for Fiscal Year 2012." More
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USDA researches food stamp users' purchases
The Office of the Federal Register
The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is continuing to examine the reasons behind the shopping decisions at farmers' markets among recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. The agency is seeking public comment on the research. More
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What's behind the fluctuation in SNAP participation?
The Office of the Federal Register
The USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking public feedback on its proposed research to understand what makes people enter and exit the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. More
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Legislation would ban arsenic in feed
ThePoultrySite
A proposal to ban the use of arsenic as a feed additive will be introduced again in the upcoming session, supported by a new report detailing the health risks. More
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Efforts continue to stop farm labor regulations
Farm Futures
As the U.S. Department of Labor pushes to restrict the ability of youth to do farm work, those close to the land are continuing to fight back.

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    Vilsack wants to grow some respect for USDA
    POLITICO
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack wants to spread the message to anyone who will listen: The U.S. Department of Agriculture isn't just about farming anymore. More
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    Food safety laws: A lot of stick, little carrot
    Southeast Farm Press
    With the Colorado-based cantaloupe Listeria debacle in the news, growers at the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association convention listened intently to Jim Gorny, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's senior adviser for food safety, explain how the Food Safety Modernization Act will change the FDA's mission. More
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    Australia issues new draft of guidelines for 'healthy eating'
    Food Navigator-Asia
    Australia's National Health and Medical Research Council announced new draft guidelines it hopes will encourage better nutrition for Australians. The key emphasis is on vegetables, fruit, whole grains, lean meat, poultry, fish and eggs. More
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    FSA: No risk for ink, oils in food paper packaging
    Recycling Portal
    The Food Standards Agency has published the results of its survey looking at the migration into food of selected printing ink components from printed carton packaging materials. More
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    Wendy's stages a palace coup
    The Wall Street Journal
    Burger King, the perennial No. 2 in the burger wars, is about to be beaten out by a pigtailed girl. Wendy's Co. is poised to pass Burger King Holdings Inc. in U.S. sales, trailing only industry behemoth McDonald's Corp., in the first reordering of the industry-leading trio since Wendy's was founded in 1969. More
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    McDonald's: Mainstreaming sustainability?
    Sustainable Business Forum
    About 64 million people visit McDonald's every day. They'll see changes in the year ahead, some driven by a renewed sustainability push at the $24 billion fast food giant. More
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    2011 year in review: Prescription for health
    Supermarket News
    Food retailers continued to home in on health and wellness in 2011 by making nutrition rating systems available to all. More
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    Food market analysts: 2012 a year of 'heavyweight deals'
    Food Navigator
    Is there appetite for mergers and acquisitions activity in 2012? Food market watchers predict the sector could see some heavyweight deals next year despite the ongoing credit lending challenges. More
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    5 foods Americans will be eating in 2012
    Time
    Every year, food writers make predictions that are about as reliable as the photos on a dating site. The one thing all of them seem to misjudge is Americans' appetite for exotic foods. More
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    Kraft, Asian suitors eye United Biscuits amid split rumors
    Food Navigator
    U.K.-based United Biscuits may have attracted bidders from Asia and major companies like Kraft and PepsiCo amid rumors the company has split its operations into a snacks and biscuit division, according to an analyst. More
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    Ground beef Salmonella outbreak spreads
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The outbreak of Salmonella-related illnesses stemming from contaminated ground beef from Hannaford Supermarkets has spread to 16 people in seven states. More
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    Fresh jalapeno peppers recalled on Salmonella worries
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning the public not to consume certain jalapeno peppers imported from the U.S. because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. More
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    Clemson scientist earns grant to help children avoid food illness
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    A Clemson University food safety scientist has received nearly $543,000 to study conditions for the spread of Norovirus in the elementary school environment. Norovirus sickens millions of Americans annually who come into contact with contaminated foods, surfaces and individuals. More
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    Organic Prairie, Lorentz Meats forge partnership
    MeatPoultry.com
    Organic Prairie and Lorentz Meats have forged a partnership that will allow Organic Prairie to consolidate regional production, increase capacity and sustain its standards of product quality. More
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    Sealed Air announces secondary offering by selling stockholders
    Business Wire via The Street
    Sealed Air Corporation has announced that CD&R Friends & Family Fund VIII and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice Fund VIII have agreed to sell more than 14 million shares of its common stock in an underwritten offering. More
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    New Zealand, China, Italy, US vegetables flood Australian market
    The Advertiser
    Cheap, overseas-grown vegetables have scored a hit with Australian consumers battling rising cost-of-living pressure. A record amount of vegetables — processed and fresh — were imported during 2011, officials said. More
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    Cold pasteurization gains in popularity, applications
    Food Manufacture
    High-pressure processing, the technique for cold pasteurization using pressure to sterilize, is becoming more popular with food and drink manufacturers — and it's being used in new ways, according to industry experts. More
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