The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.23

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The salmonella outbreak linked to peanut butter reveals the complexity of the modern food system. (New York Times)

The Obama administration puts the breaks on the USDA's new country-of-origin labeling. Critics say the new regulations could still allow some foreign meat to make it into meat label domestic. (Bloomberg)

New Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack discusses his wishes for Americans to eat healthier -- and acknowledges he wouldn't have been Michael Pollan's first choice for the job. (Des Moines Register)

Stricter inspections will cause a shortage of foods that are a traditional part of next week's Chinese New Year celebrations. (San Jose Mercury News)

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