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FDA, FSIS, CDC to unveil food safety analytics plan
Federal Register
The three government agencies comprising the Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration will hold a public meeting Jan. 31 to introduce IFSAC's draft strategic plan and discuss efforts to advance triagency understanding of food source attribution. More
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Ben Nelson retiring from Senate
POLITICO
Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska announced his retirement from the Senate Tuesday, delivering a serious blow to Democratic efforts to retain the majority in the chamber in November.

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    NAM: New HOS rule will cause delays, cost economy
    Truckinginfo
    National Association of Manufacturers has come out against trucking's new hours of service rule, saying the rule will have a negative effect on manufacturers' supply chains, distribution operations and productivity. More
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    Paul holds slim lead over Romney in first post-Christmas Iowa poll
    The Hill
    With the Iowa caucuses one week away, Ron Paul is standing his ground in Iowa, according to a Public Policy Poll released Wednesday. More
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    For GOP candidates, worries about party's brand
    The Washington Post
    Iowa is awash in presidential candidates right now, and for the next week they will be focused on turning out their voters for the caucuses. But a larger worry should be part of their calculation: how to reverse the damage the Republican brand has suffered during the past year. More
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    'Young Gun' PAC dissolves
    POLITICO
    A joint fundraising committee formed to raise money for three "Young Gun" Republican lawmakers has disbanded. More
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    Mitt Romney in striking distance of Iowa win
    POLITICO
    Don't look now, but Mitt Romney suddenly seems like the Iowa front-runner. More
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    Obama to ask Congress to raise debt ceiling by $1.2 trillion
    The Hill
    The Obama administration will be asking Congress to increase the debt limit later this week, two senior administration officials have confirmed. More
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    Washington's year of drama leaves little done about debt
    The Washington Post
    Reid Ribble, a Wisconsin roofing contractor-turned-Republican lawmaker, has helped change the way Washington talks about the national debt. That's not to say he has done much about the debt itself. More
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    Bacteria 1, FDA 0
    The New York Times
    A disturbing trend has emerged that is unmistakable: Our meat supply frequently is contaminated with bacteria that can't readily be treated by antibiotics. More
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    FSIS directive counters temporary alteration of Listeria safety practices
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Recognizing that some establishments might make temporary changes to their routine safety practices when they know FSIS testing will occur, the Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued directives to help inspectors gain important information about the ongoing sanitary conditions of an establishment, particularly in regard to investigations concerning Listeria monocytogenes. More
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    Supermarket checkout lanes to get more health-conscious
    Supermarket News
    Hy-Vee is adapting more than 100 checkout lane fixtures in 105 stores to accommodate fresh fruit, nuts, baked chips, bottled water, milk and other healthy snacks to replace sugary food and drink. More
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    Egg producers get final guidance on safety rule
    Western Farm Press
    The Food and Drug Administration has published final guidance for egg producers to help them further comply with the FDA egg safety rule. More
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    Consumer confidence improves
    Supermarket News
    Consumers' outlook for the economy improved in December, according to the latest Consumer Confidence Index, published Tuesday by The Conference Board. More
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    Ralcorp plans Post cereals spinoff
    FBR
    U.S.-based food manufacturer Ralcorp Holdings is separating its Post Foods cereals business as part of its plans to transform the brand into a stand-alone public company. More
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    A&W chain acquired by A Great American Brand
    USAgNet
    A&W Restaurants Inc., founded in 1919 — making it the oldest fast food company in the world — has been acquired by A Great American Brand LLC, a partnership of domestic and international A&W Restaurant franchisees. More
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    Food safety becoming more critical to convenience stores
    CSNews
    The Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Jan. 4, already has begun to leave its mark. However, convenience store operators can expect it to become much more prevalent in 2012. More
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    Allied Blending launches food-grade powder to lower pathogens
    Food Ingredients First
    U.S.-based Allied Blending & Ingredients has launched SecureFlo pathogen inhibitor technology, a food-grade powder designed to lower the number of pathogens in a finished food product — even after packaging has been opened by the consumer. More
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    In Beijing, cool profits from cold storage
    SmartPlanet
    Cold storage facilities are being installed at a staggering rate throughout China, with 8 million facilities built nationwide this year, according to Li Wanqiu, head of Zhongde, a cold storage consultancy based in Beijing. More
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    New food trend: 'Conscious cuisine'
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    When it comes to food, there's an emerging trend of "conscious cuisine," offering consumers a path toward pleasure while preserving their health and the health of the earth. More
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    UK: Mild weather could spell vegetable shortages
    BBC News
    Mild autumn weather means U.K. vegetable growers could be struggling to meet demand in the spring. More
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