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News for January 18, 2010

Haitians Fleeing Capital In Search Of Food, Safety

Thousands of Haiti quake victims are struggling to board buses to flee hunger and violence in the shattered capital, hoping that food will be easier to find in the countryside.

But both gasoline and food are scarce in Port-au-Prince, and bus drivers have hiked fares, forcing some to pay more than three days' wages for a seat.

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Pressure's on for Obama to fill 'food czar' job at USDA

Calls from consumer advocates and politicians are growing louder for the Obama administration to name an undersecretary for food safety at the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, a position unfilled for more than a year.

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China: Nearly 30% dried, pickled foods fail safety inspections

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Nearly 30 percent of dried fruit and pickled vegetables on the market do not meet food safety standards, as they contain excessive levels of additives, a Taipei City health official said Monday.

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USA - Trying to get food safety right seems impossible

While Congress is in the process of developing and passing legislation that will modernize the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to regulate and inspect the segments of the food industry it has authority over, including seafood and produce, meat and poultry trade association officials are concerned about aspects of the bill that may impact their industry, which is regulated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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