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Governors urge consumers to rethink 'pink slime'
The Associated Press
Three governors and two lieutenant governors plan to tour Beef Products Inc.'s plant in South Sioux City, Neb., Thursday to show their support for the company and the several thousand jobs it creates in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota and Texas.

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    Food inspectors, consumer groups to protest poultry plan
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    Federal food inspectors represented by the American Federation of Government Employees will join with consumer watchdogs and concerned citizens for an April 2 rally to protest proposed changes to the poultry inspections process they fear could put the American public at risk. More
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    Survey: 70 percent support immigration reform for farm workers
    USAgNet
    In a groundbreaking new survey on the public's views of agriculture and immigration, 70 percent of voters surveyed said they would support a streamlined and sensible guest worker program allowing immigrant farm workers to come into the country legally. More
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    Obama, Romney challenged in getting blue-collar voters
    The Hill
    The battle for the Republican Party's presidential nomination looks as if it's almost over, but the quest for the support of white, blue-collar voters in November is just beginning. More
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    Marco Rubio endorses Mitt Romney
    The Washington Post
    Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., endorsed Mitt Romney for president Wednesday, becoming the latest big-name Republican to throw his support behind the likely Republican nominee. More
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    Santorum's 'win-or-go-home' states
    The Washington Post
    When does Rick Santorum quite simply not have the ability to keep the pirate ship afloat? Where can Mitt Romney deliver the knockout blow? More
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    Michigan steps up food inspections after trucking incident
    WOOD-TV
    Transporting food safely is an area taken seriously by the Michigan State Police, and they're working with state health officials to step up enforcement. On March 21, a delivery truck was pulled over after it tried to bypass a weigh station; authorities found spoiled food in the unrefrigerated trailer. More
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    Tyson, AMI: FSIS' proposed electronic export fee 'illegal'
    Food Chemical News
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will be in violation of the Federal Meat Inspection Act and the Poultry Products Inspection Act if it moves forward with its proposed plan to charge meat and poultry exporters a fee for using a new electronic export certification system, two industry groups say. More
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    House to vote on highway bill to avert road project shutdown
    Bloomberg News
    The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today on a bill to extend highway programs through June 30 that if passed would avert a shutdown of construction projects and the furlough of 3,500 federal government workers. The House Rules Committee approved a resolution Wednesday calling for today's vote in the Republican-led chamber. More
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    Iowa's Braley introduces bill to ban packers from owning livestock
    The State Column
    Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, introduced legislation Wednesday making it unlawful for a meat packer to own or feed livestock intended for slaughter. The move is an effort to combat vertical integration and anti-competitive behavior. More
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    Group accepts school ground beef safety recommendations
    Food Safety News
    The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods, an interagency committee with outside experts, held a conference call Wednesday to discuss ground beef purchasing requirements for federal food and nutrition assistance programs — and unanimously accepted recommendations on safety questions raised by USDA's Agriculture Marketing Service. More
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    Vets back responsible antibiotic use in food animals
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    The American Veterinary Medical Association has reaffirmed its support of the responsible use of antibiotics in food animals in response to a federal court ruling that demands the U.S. Food and Drug Administration start proceedings to withdraw approval of certain uses of antibiotics used in food production. More
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    Smithfield says no to Sara Lee; Tyson hints at expansion
    meatingplace
    A Smithfield Foods executive slammed the door on the possibility of buying Sara Lee's meat business and played down the possibility of other acquisitions while a Tyson Foods executive indicated Tyson might be in the market to expand its prepared foods business, both speaking at this week's J.P. Morgan Global Protein Conference. More
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    Sofina acquires Santa Maria Foods
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Sofina Foods Inc., a private-label producer based in Ontario, Canada, and Chicago-based private equity firm Wind Point Partners have purchased Santa Maria Foods ULC, a Canada-based frozen foods processor. More
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    Heinz emerging markets executive to retire
    Pittsburgh Business Times
    Mike Milone, the man in charge of H.J. Heinz Co.'s fast-growing emerging markets segment, is set to retire this year after working for the ketchup maker for more than 30 years, the company said Wednesday. More
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    Tyson: Multi-protein business the right approach for success
    Globe Newswire via NASDAQ
    Donnie King, senior group vice president of poultry and prepared foods for Tyson Foods Inc., told investors Wednesday at the JPMorgan 2012 Global Protein Conference that its multi-protein business model is the right approach because the four operating segments — chicken, beef, pork and prepared foods — need not provide normalized returns all at the same time for the company to be successful. More
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    Brasil Foods: An emerging titan with hefty expectations
    Seeking Alpha
    While it is a good thing to be the second-largest food company in Brazil and one of the 10 largest in the world, Brasil Foods' current valuation practically demands excellence if shareholders are going to see market-beating returns from this point. More
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    Carriers slightly less hesitant to add capacity
    Truckinginfo
    The Transport Capital Partners' first-quarter 2012 Business Expectations Survey found that while carriers still seem hesitant to add capacity, they are less hesitant than last quarter. More
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    Future of food: Test-tube burgers and skyscraper farms
    EUobserver
    Recent food price spikes have intensified existing efforts to rethink food production in the face of rapidly escalating demographic and environmental challenges. Here are four of the candidates — two well-established and two recent arrivals — to lead the technological revolution and become the face of futuristic food. More
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    Pathogen-fighting ultrasound wash an organic alternative?
    Food Production Daily
    Organic processors could be set for a "significant improvement" in the protection of produce against pathogens through the development of new wash system practices using ultrasound. More
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    India: Industry demands common laws for all food products
    SME Times
    Captains of India's food and beverage industry said Wednesday all food laws and regulations should be brought under one bracket and implemented on all brands — international or local — to ensure quality and safety of food products. More
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