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AMA calls for tougher rules on antibiotic use in food animals

The U.S. government should take action to prevent the use of antibiotics in food animals used to promote growth because the practice contributes to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to the American Medical Association.
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Report claims FDA inspects only up to 2% of food imports

According to the report, the federal regulator has been unable to deal with the rising food product imports in the United States, because it has been forced to operate under a tight budget.
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AFGE warns lawmakers against USDA poultry inspection reform

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is asking lawmakers to support the industry in its attempts to stop the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from implementing reforms that it claims might put the nation's food safety at risk.
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Researchers use 'magnetized' yeast to produce sparkling wine in less time

A European research team has engineered a new process that drastically reduces the time required to remove waste yeast from sparkling wine.
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Tyson, Pilgrim's Pride make bids to acquire Hillshire Brands

Tyson Foods Inc. and Pilgrim's Pride are engaged in a multi-billion dollar bidding war for sausage company Hillshire Brands.
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Egg company execs face criminal charges over Salmonella outbreak

Two executives of egg producer Quality Egg LLC have been charged with a misdemeanor and the company is facing two counts of felony in relation to a 2010 Salmonella outbreak.
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'Pink slime' back on market as beef prices soar

As prices of U.S. beef continue to go up, the beef processing industry is witnessing the comeback of the filler known as "pink slime."
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CDC: Salmonella rates drop, Campylobacter infections on the rise

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has published its annual report on the progress made in attempts to reduce foodborne diseases in 2013.
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New cross-industry partnership to support Idaho's food processing industry

A cross-industry Food Science and Manufacturing Center of Excellence has been proposed to support the state's food processing industry by providing grants, training and research.
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USDA awards $24 million in research grants to control food contamination

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced 35 research projects totaling nearly $24 million have been selected for funding to improve food safety by helping control microbial and chemical contamination in various foods.
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