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Food safety topics should headline inspection meetings
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a directive this week emphasizing the importance of weekly meetings between inspection program and import inspection personnel and the establishments they inspect. More
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Food Safety Working Group: A progress report
The White House
The Food Safety Working Group created by President Barack Obama in 2009 has issued a progress report calling for federal agencies to work collaboratively to protect consumers and the global food system.

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    Opinion: 'Nasty, rotty stuff'
    The Wall Street Journal
    "Nasty, rotty stuff" — that's the verdict from student Mayra Gutierrez on the new healthful menu introduced this year by the Los Angeles Unified School District. And she's not alone, according to the Los Angeles Times. More
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    Campaigns capitalize on Facebook
    POLITICO
    Ron Paul is averaging $2 million a day. Newt Gingrich is putting his supporters to work making online phone calls. And President Barack Obama and other candidates have embedded Facebook into the very DNA of their campaign websites. Is this the cycle in which presidential campaigns finally figure out how to use Facebook effectively as a campaign tool? More
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    Romney takes aim at Obama again
    The Wall Street Journal
    An increasingly confident Mitt Romney is looking beyond his Republican rivals and again focusing his attacks on President Barack Obama, using a three-day swing through New Hampshire to frame his candidacy as a choice between the president's "entitlement society" and the "merit society" Romney envisions. More
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    Romney begins final pitch to New Hampshire voters
    POLITICO
    Mitt Romney began making his closing argument to voters in his adopted home state on Wednesday. More
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    Retailers fret as NLRB rule becomes final
    Supermarket News
    The National Labor Relations Board said Wednesday it had adopted a final rule to speed the union election process, drawing howls of protest — and a lawsuit — from retailers and other business groups. More
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    Senators ask labor secretary to withdraw 'misguided' child farming regulations
    The Hill
    Thirty senators are calling on Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to withdraw — immediately — proposed federal rules that would limit the work young people can perform on farms. More
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    New alliance to develop preventive controls training
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    FDA, in cooperation with the Institute for Food Safety and Health, has created the Food Safety Preventive Controls Alliance to develop training courses and materials to help industry, particularly small- and medium-sized companies, comply with the upcoming preventive control rules. More
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    Japan halts beef imports from 1 US meat plant
    Reuters
    Japan halted beef imports from a Nebraska-based packing plant after finding material prohibited under rules to control the risk of mad cow disease, the government said Wednesday. More
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    Schumer urges stricter seafood rules to level playing field
    Times Herald-Record
    Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, praised the innovative work being done at Continental Organics and vowed Wednesday to level the field of competition between U.S. fish farming operations and China. More
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    Senate considers Clean Ports Act
    Truckinginfo
    A bill that would give ports more authority over drayage operations has been introduced in the Senate. Among other things, the bill would clear the way for ports to ban owner-operators and require all drivers to be employees of companies. More
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    EU antibiotics legislation threatens US exports
    AllAboutFeed.net
    To maintain country-to-country relationships, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to meet requests from the European Union to confirm the safety of U.S. products.

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    European Food Safety Authority approves GE corn for cultivation
    Food Chemical News
    The European Food Safety Authority has given Syngenta's genetically engineered GA21 corn variety the green light for cultivation, Agra Europe reports.

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    Staph rules to relax in China
    The Economic Observer
    The Economic Observer has reported China's Ministry of Health plans to introduce a new food safety standard for certain kinds of frozen food, slightly relaxing zero-tolerance restrictions on golden staph. More
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    Top worst supermarket foods revealed
    Food Product Design
    The authors of "Eat This, Not That! All New Supermarket Survival Guide" have released their list of the worst supermarket foods. Coming in at No. 1 was Marie Callender's Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie, which contains 1,140 calories and 72 grams of fat. More
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    Looking for a bigger 'pizza' the action
    Quick Frozen Foods International
    Cono Italiano, the exclusive license holder for North American distribution and manufacturing rights to the "pizza cono," has completed a plant for production of another frozen product be launched in January 2012. More
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    Land O' Frost to buy Nebraska sausage maker
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    The nation's largest privately held packaged lunch meat processor, Land O' Frost, Inc., said it expects by the end of January to complete a purchase of Wimmer's Meats, a specialty sausage and hot dog processor in West Point, Neb. Terms were not disclosed. More
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    UK survey: Growth in frozen food accelerates
    Talking Retail
    The latest market data shows surging year-on-year growth for the U.K.'s frozen food retail market, which is up by 5.2 percent in value, according to the British Frozen Food Federation. More
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    Nestle, Danone flee Shanghai
    The Economic Observer
    Danone has just closed its Shanghai yogurt plant, Nestle says it's going to shut down its local ice cream factory and Pepsico has sold off 24 bottling plants in China. What's forcing foreign food makers out? More
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    Amy's Kitchen to delay conversion of former Sara Lee facility
    BakingBusiness.com
    Amy's Kitchen, a maker of natural and organic convenience foods, said it is delaying the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Greenville, S.C., for a few years. More
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    10 packaging machinery trends for 2012
    Packaging World
    With the North American economy beginning to show some positive signs, there is a pent-up demand for new packaging, new products, new acquisitions and new technologies to increase packaging line productivity. More
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    Pepper recall expanded
    Canadian Food Inspection
    A recall of fresh jalapeno peppers has been expanded to include Serrano peppers as well, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency warned. More
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    Economist sees modest pork industry expansion
    USAgNet
    Ron Plain, University of Missouri agricultural economist, says hog producers enjoyed record hog prices this summer, which he believe has caused some modest herd expansion. More
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