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News for January 13, 2010

USDA Opens Public Comment on Deregulation of Genetically Engineered Corn Modified for Insect Resistance

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Sample of Nestlé Cookie Dough Has E. Coli Bacteria

Nestlé USA said Wednesday that two samples of its Toll House refrigerated cookie dough made at a Virginia factory tested positive for E. coli bacteria this week despite rigorous safety measures put in place after a recall of the product last summer.

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Organic. It's Worth it in Schools.

GREENFIELD, Mass., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Reading, writing, arithmetic, and now, the fourth R: real food. This spring, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is helping schools access and offer students more organic food with a national contest to award a winning school with an organically grown garden or an organic vending machine.

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New FDA deputy to lead food-safety mandate

A year ago, Michael Taylor was sitting in his office at George Washington University, considering a basic mission of the federal government: making sure food is safe. He'd devoted his career to food safety, working in and out of government, and he was finally in academia where he could think deeply about what was wrong and how to fix it.

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USDA SCIENTISTS, COOPERATORS SEQUENCE SOY GENOME

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2010 -- U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are part of a team that has sequenced the majority of the soybean genome, providing an unprecedented look into how this important legume crop converts four critical ingredients--sunlight, water, carbon dioxide and nitrogen--into protein and oil, the basic building blocks for many consumer products. The research team from 18 federal, state, public and private organizations published their research today in the journal Nature.

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National Organic Program: Proposed Amendments to List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (Crops)

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Notice: Draft Environmental Impact Statement available for Monsanto's Genetically Engineered Alfalfa

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Notice: Petition for Determination on Nonregulated Status for Genetically Engineered, Insect-Resistant Corn: Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc.

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Advocates of raw milk consumption state case

Jefferson City -- The movement to consume raw milk instead of pasteurized dairy products is as much about personal freedom as the supposed health benefits.

That was the message raw milk advocates gave the Missouri State Milk Board during a meeting Tuesday in the capital city.

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Raw milk supporters take their fight to the Missouri State Milk Board

SPRINGFIELD --Carey Raymond loves milk, but there's only way she'll drink it: raw. It's unhomogenized, unpasteurized and comes straight from the farm

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