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The FSMA's hidden land mines
FSM: eDigest
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act was enacted Jan. 4, 2011. At the time, few food importers noticed a potentially devastating land mine buried within the statute, subsection 107(a)(1)(A). That subsection, deep within a larger section ominously entitled "Authority to Collect Fees," can be avoided by those importers who step carefully, but it could explode under those unaware of the danger.

Editor's note: Need help navigating the new food safety landscape? The fourth in a series of in-depth FSMA webinars offered by the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is set for Feb. 8. AFFI member companies are eligible for a discounted registration rate. For more information, or to register, please click here.
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Foodborne illness costs: $78 billion per year
Food Navigator-USA
The cost of foodborne illness in the United States is almost $78 billion per year, according to Robert Scharff, an Ohio State University assistant professor and former Food and Drug Administration economist — slashing in half his previous, widely cited $152 billion estimate. More
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FSIS sends traceback proposal, compliance guide to OMB
Food Chemical News
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service appears to be moving forward on a long-promised pledge to create new traceback policies. More
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2012 Iowa caucus: Primary campaign ends with candidate attacks
The Washington Post
After months of talking and thousands of words, the Republican campaign in Iowa reached its terminal phase Tuesday. There was only time for insults. More
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Iowa hopefuls vie for top spot in final hours
The Wall Street Journal
With hours to go before Iowa voters pick winners and losers among the Republican candidates, the hopefuls raced around the state Tuesday giving voice to their last-minute arguments and attacks. More
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Iowa Republicans expecting high voter turnout for tightly contested caucus
The Hill
A down-to-the-wire campaign with no clear front-runner has Iowa Republicans predicting a record turnout in Tuesday's caucus. More
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Opinion: New rules strike the right balance
USA Today
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood writes, "As I looked around the Christmas dinner table, I was reminded why safety is our top priority at the Department of Transportation. Whenever one of my nine grandchildren — or any American's grandchild — travels in a car, bus, train or plane, the people who love them deserve to know they will reach their destinations as safely as possible." More
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Childhood obesity and the future of school lunches
WNYC-AM
Tony Geraci, executive director of child nutrition for Memphis City public schools, where 17 percent of high school students are obese, and Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition at New York University and author of "Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety," discuss the challenges of feeding children in schools. More
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NLRB postpones rights posting rule to April 30
National Labor Relations Board
The National Labor Relations Board has agreed to postpone the effective date of its employee rights notice posting rule at the request of the federal court in Washington, D.C., hearing a legal challenge regarding the rule. The new implementation date is April 30. More
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Structured Product Labeling training schedule released by FDA
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
A series of Structured Product Labeling training opportunities is being offered to individuals responsible for the preparation and submission of information to be provided in SPL format to FDA. More
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FDA sued because of lack of nanotech petition response
Food Navigator-USA
A coalition of consumer advocacy groups has filed a lawsuit against the Food and Drug Administration, demanding it respond to a 2006 petition to require labeling of nanotech ingredients in consumer products and asking for extra health and environmental assessments. More
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Bumpy path to food safety
Food Quality
The year 2012 promises to be a pivotal one for improving the security and safety of the U.S. food supply. By June, the FDA plans to have issued and finalized the regulations by which it will exercise the broad new enforcement powers granted by the Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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China issues zero-tolerance ban on ractopamine
AllAboutFeed.net
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced the country has banned the production and sale of ractopamine, a controversial feed additive used to promote lean meat growth in food animals. More
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Report: Natural flavors ruling to have significant effect
Food Navigator
EC regulations implemented last year that require natural flavoring substances to be identical to something found in nature will affect the industry significantly, according to a report assessing the new regulation. More
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Texas case spotlights rare danger of salt poisoning
Food Safety News
Hannah Overton, 34, is serving life without the possibility of parole at a maximum security women's prison near Waco, Texas. Her crime: capital murder for salt poisoning by omission or failure to act. More
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Livestock, egg industry at odds over Humane Society deal
ThePoultrySite
Major livestock groups are urging Congress to reject the historic deal struck between the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers on egg production, but egg producers are not backing down. More
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The changing face of consumer food culture
Food Product Design
In its Hartbeat Newsletter, the Hartman Group offers 12 consumer culture trends to keep in mind this year. The company says the way Americans eat continually changes, and it's in the best interest of the food industry to stay in step with these shifts in consumer behavior. More
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Russia lowers pork, poultry imports
USAgNet
The Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union has lowered the amount of pork and poultry meat that will be imported into Russia this year. More
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Taking the junk out of children's snacks
The Plain Dealer
Maybe the extra time you got to spend with your children during the holiday break from school has shown you — yet again — how marketing affects what they want to eat. More
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National Registry of Food Safety Professionals earns ANSI accreditation
PR Newswire
The National Registry of Food Safety Professionals has become the first food safety manager certification program to be accredited by the American National Standards Institute based on the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 standard for conformity. More
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Manage the extreme cold chain
Food Quality
Increased globalization and remote sourcing in the food industry have brought options and convenience closer to home for many consumers. Yet the boost in imports and exports of commodities has created new challenges for suppliers, shippers and retailers. More
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Top 10 food label tricks to avoid in 2012
The Huffington Post
Too often, misleading food labels prompt Americans to purchase items we think are good for us but really aren't. Here are 10 common labeling tricks to be aware of as you beef up your diet in 2012. More
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Food issues: Cultivating collaboration
Chemistry World
A new network aims to bring the power of interdisciplinary innovation to bear on global food issues. More
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DuPont sells bag-in-box operation
Food Production Daily
DuPont has sold its flexible bag-in-box subsidiary Liqui-Box to U.S. private equity outfit The Sterling Group. More
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Brazil looks to buy more ethanol from US
USAgNet
As a protectionist ethanol tax expired in December, American farmers' fears of being swamped by sugar-based tropical biofuel seem unfounded. With Brazil's ethanol industry struggling to meet booming local demand, it's U.S. producers instead who are shipping millions of gallons to the south. More
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Cold plasma shows potential for Listeria reduction
Food Quality News
Cold atmospheric pressure plasma treatment shows potential in reducing Listeria monocytogenes contamination on the surface of prepackaged ready-to-eat foods, according to new research. More
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Green Valley recall expands
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Green Valley Food Corp. is recalling approximately 35,159 cases of a variety of products because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. More
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UK: Charity reveals 'troubling' findings on calorie awareness
Eat Out
A "troubling" lack of understanding about the calorie content of everyday food has been revealed in a survey commissioned for World Cancer Research Fund. More
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