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What's in store for FSMA in 2014?
Food Safety News
This past year was a big one for the Food Safety Modernization Act, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration proposing six of its seven major rules. Now, there are a number of deadlines facing the agency in 2014.

Related: FDA announces changes to FSMA (Agri-View)

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Euromonitor on packaged food in 2014: Battling industry fatigue, private label
Food Navigator-USA
Packaged food companies continue to see mid-range market share stolen from an increasingly sophisticated store brand segment. So they'll look to stay relevant with continued focus on convenience and popular messaging like high protein.
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Burger King arms for $1 menu rumble
Burger Business
Burger King has signaled its acceptance of making value menus a battlefield during the year ahead. The No. 2 burger chain expanded its budget lineup and rechristened it the King Deals Value Menu.
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What small business owners want from Washington in 2014
The Washington Post
Congress made headway on several major pieces of legislation this past year, but it fell short of actually passing much of anything. Heading into the new year, small business owners are hoping they finally push some of those bills across the finish line.
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Democrats can't count on economy to save them in midterm elections
The Hill
Even though there has been a raft of positive economic news recently, experts in crucial battleground states caution that other issues, notably Obamacare, could loom even larger than the economy.

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    The 10 most controversial regulations of 2013
    The Hill
    The debate over federal regulation exploded in 2013, as President Barack Obama leaned on his regulatory authority to pursue key policy goals in lieu of congressional action. Republicans responded by making their push against Obama's "job killing" regulations one of their most visible causes.

    Related: 2013's top economic stories (The Hill)

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    Exclusive 3-part interview examines FSIS proposed poultry rule
    Meatingplace
    Meatingplace has presented an exclusive three-part interview with USDA Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety Brian Ronholm on the controversial proposed new poultry slaughter inspection system based on its 15-year pilot program called the HACCP-based Inspection Model Project, or HIMP.
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    Bill Marler on foodborne outbreaks and food safety law
    The Global Dispatch
    Food safety attorney Bill Marler offers his perspective on some of the biggest foodborne illness outbreaks of 2013.
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    Iowa changes safety regulations for prepared foods
    Occupational Health & Safety
    The Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals has drafted new food safety standards that took effect Jan. 1, according to an article from ABC News. The new standards, which affect any business serving prepared foods, aims to protect Iowa residents from foodborne illnesses.
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    FDA unveils FSMA proposal for food defense
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA on Friday proposed a rule, Focused Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration, that would require the largest food businesses in the U.S. and abroad to take steps to prevent facilities from being the target of intentional attempts to contaminate the food supply.
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    Study finds food choices influenced by social cues
    Medical News Today
    Research published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests that what other people eat influences our own food choices.

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    10 important food packaging trends for 2014
    FoodBev.com
    Claire Phoenix, managing editor of FoodBev Media magazines, outlines what she sees as the 10 most important trends related to packaging for the food industry in 2014.

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    Food safety rules delayed on farmers' concerns
    Bloomberg
    Two core rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 that were proposed in January will be rewritten and resubmitted "by early summer," the FDA said in December.

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    Frito-Lay granted patent for reduced oil potato chip process
    Food Production Daily
    Frito-Lay has been granted a U.S. patent for its low pressure processing method to make reduced oil potato chips.
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    Japanese frozen food producer issues mass recall in pesticide alert
    Food Production Daily
    Maruha Nichiro Holdings, a supplier of frozen food such as frozen pizzas and corn cream croquettes, has recalled up to 6.3 million packages allegedly tainted with pesticide in Japan.

    Related: Food recall in Japan may involve foul play (UPI via iStock Analyst)

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    Campbell recalls 300 cases of Italian sauce on risk of spoilage
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Campbell Soup Co. is voluntarily recalling approximately 300 cases of 24-ounce jars of Prego Traditional Italian sauce because of a risk of spoilage.
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    Sigma IPO seen boosted on joint bid for Campofrio
    Bloomberg
    Alfa SAB's plan to sell stock in its Sigma Alimentos food unit is getting a boost from a $970 million joint takeover offer with a Chinese partner for Spanish meat processor Campofrio Food Group SA.
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    Common sense science: The studies we didn't cover in 2013
    Food Navigator
    Every day, FoodNavigator scans the scientific journals to bring you the most interesting developments in food science — but there are many that make us wonder why they were conducted in the first place.
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    Speed remains biggest customer demand
    Food Quality News
    Speed was and will continue to be a major factor for customers in food testing, according to Northland Laboratories.
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    Innovation and technological trends in the agrifood sector
    Basque Research
    At the IV Knowledge Transfer Seminar, recently held at the National Centre for Food Technology and Safety, it became clear that technological and innovation tendencies in the agrifood sector are aimed at the certification of food safety products and industrial procedures.
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