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Minimum wage increases for workers in 8 states
CNNMoney
While some workers are worried about smaller paychecks next year, more than 1.4 million low-income earners will see their wages go up on New Year's Day. More
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Concerns grow over Salmonella that survives antibiotics
The Denver Post
The frequency of outbreaks linked to antibiotic-resistant Salmonella is rising, causing concern among consumer groups and food scientists. More
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4 ways to serve food labels
Star Tribune
The quest for understandable and accurate nutrition labeling has produced many approaches.

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    Iowa: Who will survive?
    POLITICO
    No matter who wins, Iowa will reshape the Republican presidential race one week from today — almost certainly in ways that don't adhere to any semblance of a traditional political script. More
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    Gallup: Obama job approval surges
    POLITICO
    According to the latest Gallup tracking poll, more Americans approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing than disapprove for the first time since this summer. More
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    Lack of new campaign rules adds to outside spending groups' 2012 influence
    The Hill
    The lack of government regulation in the wake of the Citizens United decision has campaign-finance experts worried that outside groups will be spending like they never have before. More
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    Ron Paul's House record marked by bold strokes, futility
    The Washington Post
    The passage of House Resolution 2121, in fall 2009, unfolded without drama. It allowed for the sale of a customhouse in Galveston, Texas. The House debate took two minutes, and the vote took eight seconds. The ayes had it. But something historic was happening. On his 482nd try, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, had authored a bill that would become law. More
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    For Obama, Merkel holds key
    The Wall Street Journal
    As the election year beckons, President Barack Obama finds himself in this odd position: The most important figure in his re-election effort may well be German Chancellor Angela Merkel. More
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    It's World War III at the NLRB
    POLITICO
    Business and labor are at war over the troubled National Labor Relations Board, a site of many such previous clashes but now the flashpoint for unprecedented contentiousness. More
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    FMCSA submits hours of service final rule for publication
    Federal Register
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has submitted its final rule concerning hours of service, mandatory rest periods and other issues pertinent to the trucking industry for publication in the Federal Register. The report details all the changes to the existing rules and outlines effective dates. More
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    California reminds truck owners of Jan. 1 emissions deadline
    Truckinginfo
    The California Air Resources Board is reminding owners of heavier diesel vehicles that new emission-reducing regulations go into effect Jan. 1, 2012, and many businesses might need to report compliance online. More
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    EPA reopens comment period on effluent rules
    Federal Register
    On Oct. 26, EPA published its final 2010 Effluent Guidelines Program Plan and announced its 2011 Effluent Guidelines Reviews, as required under the Clean Water Act. Since publication, the agency has received several requests for additional time to submit comments. EPA therefore is reopening the comment period and will accept public comments on both actions for an additional 60 days. More
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    Congressional recess means end of US tariffs on ethanol
    USAgNet
    For the first time in three decades, the United States market will be open to imported ethanol as of Jan. 1, without protectionist measures. More
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    The role of trade in food security
    The Atlantic
    Olivier De Schutter, the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, wrote a report sharply criticizing greater trade liberalization, one goal of the World Trade Organization. More
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    US hopes to discuss beef issue after Taiwan's election
    Focus Taiwan
    The United States has expressed hope that Taiwan will take more substantive action on the dispute over imported U.S. beef after its Jan. 14 presidential election, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs official said Tuesday. More
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    Understanding the new food safety laws
    InsuranceNewsNet.com
    The Food Safety Modernization Act is the greatest expansion of food safety requirements and the FDA's powers over food safety issues in nearly 75 years. Anyone who handles, buys or sells food, and certainly anyone who prepares and serves food to consumers, needs to know a great deal about the FSMA. More
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    FDA seeks nominations for Food Advisory Committee
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration is requesting nominations for members with expertise in epidemiology, pediatric development, and analytical chemistry or food science to serve on the Food Advisory Committee, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Regulations, Policy, and Social Sciences. More
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    Cantaloupe calamity top news of 2011
    The Packer
    What a difference one year — and one huge foodborne illness outbreak — can make. The positive stories of 2010 seem like a distant memory in the wake of 2011's Colorado cantaloupe catastrophe. More
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    Fair-trade proving anything but in growing $6 billion market
    Bloomberg
    Fair-trade labels are proving to be anything but fair in a world climate that is putting corporate profits above a mission-driving movement. More
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    Questions, perception prompt burger chains to ditch product
    Sioux Falls Business Journal via Sioux Falls Argus Leader
    McDonald’s and two other fast-food chains have stopped using an ammonia-treated burger ingredient that meat industry critics deride as "pink slime."

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    Recalls span fresh spinach, sprouts, cheese
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Recent food recalls include fresh bagged spinach, alfalfa sprouts, cheddar cheese and more. More
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    Norovirus outbreaks lead to warning about food safety
    Radio Iowa
    The Iowa Department of Public Health has received reports of several medium to large outbreaks of probable Norovirus in at least five Iowa counties. The IDPH says three groups of people became ill after eating at a restaurant where several food handlers also had been sick. More
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