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Scab check for poultry to be scrapped under food safety rule
Bloomberg Businessweek
Under a proposal presented today, USDA would increase oversight of poultry processors' sanitary practices and contamination controls instead of visually checking each chicken and turkey for scabs and sores, saving the industry $250 million a year.

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    Top meat antitrust regulator quits
    The Associated Press via CBS News
    A top federal antitrust regulator for meat companies is stepping down. J. Dudley Butler will end his tenure next week as head of the Grain Inspection Packers and Stockyards Administration, two people familiar with the matter said Thursday. More
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    US Conference of Mayors launches food policy task force
    NPR
    Food policy can sound like a dreary enterprise best left to Washington, D.C. But big-city mayors are starting to see local food policy as a key step in getting healthy, affordable food to their constituents. At the U.S. Conference of Mayors this week, the group launched its own food policy task force. More
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    Obama reaches 3-year mark with big wins — but much undone
    USA Today
    President Barack Obama reaches the three-year mark of his presidency today with a mixed record of historic achievements and unfulfilled promises. More
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    GOP hopefuls rally South Carolina voters before key primary
    The Washington Post
    Republican presidential contenders fanned out Friday through South Carolina on the last full day of campaigning before a primary that could solidify Mitt Romney's front-runner status — or leave it up for grabs. More
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    Gallup chief: Romney support 'collapsing'
    USA Today
    Democrats are touting comments by Gallup's editor-in-chief that Mitt Romney's national support is "collapsing." More
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    Romney crushing in South Carolina spending
    The Washington Post
    If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney loses South Carolina Saturday, it will be a very expensive loss: From Jan. 16 through the Saturday primary, he and his super PAC supporters have spent more than any two of his rivals combined, according to a Republican media buyer. More
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    Study: Sodium targets incompatible with rest of dietary guide
    Food Navigator-USA
    An ahead-of-print article from the American Journal of Preventive Medicine asserts that meeting government targets for low sodium intake while also complying with the rest of the 2010 dietary guidelines is impossible to do without wholesale changes to eating patterns. More
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    Australia, New Zealand crack down on orange juice
    Food Quality News
    Food safety authorities in Australia and New Zealand have taken steps to ban the sale of orange juice containing carbendazim, mirroring measures taken in the U.S.

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  • Orange juice rallies as Texas finds citrus disease (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Tropicana returns to Florida-only oranges (Food Navigator-USA)
  • Don't worry about your orange juice (FDA Voice)
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    Logisitics groups oppose bill banning independent truckers
    Truckinginfo
    The International Warehouse Logistics Association joined other logistics industry associations in writing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., urging him to oppose a bill that would close U.S. ports to independent truck owner-operators. More
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    Troubled cantaloupe grower fined for worker housing
    KMGH-TV
    The Colorado cantaloupe grower facing multiple lawsuits stemming from a deadly Listeria outbreak has been fined by the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division for failing to provide adequate migrant worker housing. More
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    New immigration registration deadline for Salvadoran workers
    Federal Register
    The Department of Homeland Security has updated the dates for immigrants from El Salvador to re-register to obtain employment authorization under the Temporary Protected Status designation. The re-registration deadline is March 12. More
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    Comment period extended for immigration appeal process
    Federal Register
    The Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review has offered the public an additional 30 days to submit feedback on its proposed process for appealing the decision of an immigration judge. The new deadline for comment is Feb. 21. More
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    Oregon State gains exclusive license for blackberry, raspberry
    Federal Register
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service is granting Oregon State University an exclusive license to the Onyx blackberry and the Vintage red raspberry. More
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    New Hampshire tries to exempt food from federal safety laws
    New Hampshire Business Review
    A bill that would exempt foods produced and sold in New Hampshire from federal food safety regulations is running into opposition from some of the very groups the bill is intended to help. More
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    Lactic acid treatment could ease trade concerns
    TheMeatSite
    Moves by the European Commission to relax the regulations surrounding the use of lactic acid as a treatment to decontaminate beef carcasses could avert another trade dispute between the EU and the U.S. More
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    EPA, USDA, Minnesota sign ag-based water quality pilot
    Pork Magazine
    USDA, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Minnesota are developing a new state program for farmers designed to increase voluntary adoption of water conservation practices. The program generally is viewed as a pilot project for a possible larger federal strategy. More
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    Food inflation outlook might get a trim
    The Wall Street Journal
    U.S. Department of Agriculture economists are mulling whether to trim their 2012 food price inflation outlook following an unexpectedly sharp rise in U.S. grocery prices in December. More
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    Wal-Mart makes executive changes; woman to head Sam's Club
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Wal-Mart Stores, the world's biggest retailer, said Friday it has named Rosalind Brewer CEO of Sam's Club — the first woman and the first African-American to hold a CEO position at one of the company's business units. More
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    Frozen meal line targets sodium-conscious, diabetic consumers
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Meals to Live, a frozen food line designed specifically for those living with diabetes, has tackled the problem of salt intake by ensuring all of its eight entree choices contain 480 milligrams or less of sodium. More
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    Meat consumption habits changing worldwide
    TheMeatSite
    Consumption of meat in the U.S. is expected to be 12 percent lower this year than in 2007, according to a report from Danish Crown and Food and Culture. Similar shifts are being seen in almost every developed nation. More
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    CDC keeps mum about fast food chain in Salmonella outbreak
    Food Safety News
    A recent outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections, reported in 10 states but centered in Texas and Oklahoma, sickened 68 people who ate at a Mexican-style fast food restaurant chain in October and November, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said while omitting the chain's name from its report. More
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    Mars seeks approval of 'spirulina blue' food coloring
    Federal Register
    Mars Inc. has filed a petition to include "spirulina blue" as a safe food coloring. The extract is made from the biomass of Anthrospira platensis. More
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    Anonymous grant promotes community-based food production
    Ag Journal
    Vermont Law School has received a $1.25 million grant to support its new Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, which advocates for community-based agriculture throughout the United States. More
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    Earthbound Farm launches fruit division
    Fruitnet.com
    One of the leading organic food brands and suppliers in the U.S. has established an organic fruit subsidiary. More
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    Nestle's packaging design aims for easy use by all
    Reuters
    Nestle is adapting the packaging of some of its products to ensure consumers of all ages can use them without difficulty. More
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    Applegate introduces family-size chicken nugget pack
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Applegate, a producer of organic and natural food, is offering a new family-size package of frozen chicken nuggets. More
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    Online tracking follows food from port to freezer to final customer
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Preferred Freezer Services has introduced a logistics offering to assist its cold storage customers with the storage and final delivery of goods. More
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    Cryogenic technology aims for poultry process improvements
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Linde is challenging food processors to "shake up" production with a range of cryogenic freezing and chilling technology to boost yield and processing line throughput — including the world's first hygienic IQF tunnel freezer with rolling-wave action. More
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    Kemin earns Global Food Safety Initiative certification
    FoodBev
    Nutritional ingredient maker Kemin has earned FSSC 22000, a Global Food Safety Initiative certification. More
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    Stevens Transport boosts refrigerated truck capacity
    Truckinginfo
    Dallas-based Stevens Transport has purchased 1,200 3000R refrigerated trailers from Utility Trailer Manufacturing Co. More
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    Ox Box develops recyclable, weatherproof shipping containers
    Recycling Today
    Ox Box has developed a line of recyclable shipping containers and pallets that are FDA-compliant for direct food contact; the products incorporate recycled plastic water bottles and are weatherproof, freezer-friendly and durable. More
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    ShopRite earns first GreenChill Gold status in Pennsylvania
    Progressive Grocer
    ShopRite's Hatfield, Pa., store has been awarded the GreenChill Gold Certification by the Environmental Protection Agency, a distinction that recognizes food retailers who have implemented sustainable cooling systems, thereby reducing refrigerant emissions and decreasing their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. More
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    McDonald's works on sustainability in supply chain
    TheMeatSite
    McDonald's Corp. has released its 2011 Sustainability Scorecard and says it has reinforced its commitment to mainstreaming sustainability for customers through the company's actions and collaboration with suppliers, experts and the food industry as a whole. More
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