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FSMA Update: Staying ahead of the curve
Food Engineering
Comments are in for the proposed Produce Safety Rule and Preventive Controls, but final rules have not been issued, leaving processors time to explore audit and certification alternatives.
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Groups to Obama: Keep your promise on GMOs
The Hill
A group of House Democrats joined more than 200 companies and organizations Thursday in pressing President Barack Obama to keep a seven-year-old campaign pledge to impose mandatory labeling requirements on genetically engineered foods.
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Study: Fast food not major cause behind childhood obesity
ANI via Yahoo News
A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has found that poor all-day-long eating habits — not fast food consumption alone — may be the major factor in the rapid increase in childhood obesity.
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House approves bipartisan spending bill
Politico
The House approved and sent to the Senate a landmark $1.1 trillion spending bill that fills in the blanks of December's budget agreement and sets a new template for appropriations for the remainder of President Barack Obama's second term.
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Obama fighting perception that time's up to make progress on priorities
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama is touting 2014 as a "year of action," but it might just as easily be called the year of "measured expectation." With the midterm elections and bitter congressional division casting a long shadow over his sixth year in office, Obama and his senior aides are fighting the perception that they are out of time to make progress on his priorities.
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Retirements hurt Democrats' House prospects
Politico
The Democratic quest to win the House majority has always been something close to mission impossible. A procession of lawmakers opting for retirement is pushing the prize even further beyond the party's grasp.
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Farm bill: Lawmakers cutting deals on farm bill
Politico
From small Western towns to Holstein cows, deals are being cut this week to try to give the farm bill a fighting chance when Congress comes back from its mid-January recess.

Related: Hoeven: Farm bill deal could be reached this week (Reuters)

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Sparks fly after WikiLeaks exposes TPP's environment chapter
The Huffington Post
WikiLeaks published a leaked draft of the environment chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Wednesday, and environmental groups are lining up to take a swing.

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  • GOP set to fast-track 'new world order' pact (WND)
  • Opinion: Free trade and the loss of US jobs (The Washington Post)
  • US should bring NAFTA neighbors into EU trade pact, pols told (Law360)

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    FSIS releases first edition of Salmonella control guide for pork producers
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The first edition of new guidelines for controlling Salmonella in market hogs has been added to the FSIS Compliance Guide Index. In keeping with is priority to reduce the risk of foodborne pathogens, FSIS's Compliance Guideline for Controlling Salmonella in Market Hogs offers best practices for every step of the slaughter process. FSIS is accepting comments on the first edition until March 7.
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    EU agrees on rules to curb food speculation
    Food Navigator
    The European Commission has agreed new rules to curb speculation in food commodities, in order to avoid a repeat of the global food price spikes seen in 2008.
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    Study: Visual cues boost healthier shopping
    Food Navigator
    Shoppers are more likely to buy healthy foods if they are given strong visual prompts in-store, according to a new pilot program called Healthier Choices.

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    5 risk management tips for the food industry
    Food Processing
    Comprehensive risk management can not only save the life of a business, it also can help increase profitability and long-term success.

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    Fast food biz desperate to kill dollar menu
    Time
    Cheap menu items undoubtedly draw in fast food diners. Yet many fast food franchises would like dollar menu deals to disappear anyway.

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    Smithfield CEO: Is your chicken safe to eat?
    Bloomberg
    Consumers Union Food & Product Safety Campaign Director Jean Halloran and Smithfield Foods President & CEO Larry Pope discuss food safety and why chicken has the most disease-causing bacteria of all the foods we eat.
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    Leveraging early case assessment for food industry litigation
    Food Product Design
    Many food and beverage manufacturers are facing threats from governmental agencies and consumer fraud class-action suits for the alleged ill effects of their products on health, obesity or for questionable labeling claims. With foresight, companies can help control and reduce their costs stemming from the ever-increasing tide of litigation.
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    Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year: OSI Group
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    OSI Group — named the 2014 Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year by Refrigerated & Frozen Foods — is a customer-centric organization that brings scale, flexibility and brand integrity to the table.
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    UK frozen food sales up 2.5 percent in 2013
    Retail Times
    The U.K. frozen food market has again shown positive value growth — 2.5 percent year-on-year — during a time when the retail industry is struggling to achieve any growth.
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    Scientists unveil 'comprehensive' test to detect genetic modification in foods
    Food Navigator
    A new comprehensive test that combines two well-known genetic analysis methods into a single test could help enforce stricter regulation of genetically modified foods in the future, say researchers.
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    Food industry coming up with salt(less) solutions
    Newswise
    In the January issue of Food Technology magazine published by the Institute of Food Technologists, David Despain writes about the new low sodium solutions that are entering the food market.
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    Bynum joins Schwan's as president
    Enquirer Herald
    Trevor Bynum will join The Schwan Food Company on Jan. 27 as president of Schwan's Food Service Inc., bringing proven leadership, general management and marketing experience from the food industry.
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    Apollo Global to buy Chuck E Cheese parent for about $1 billion
    Reuters
    Apollo Global Management LLC will buy CEC Entertainment Inc, the parent of Chuck E Cheese restaurant chain, for about $1 billion, the Financial Times reported.
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    Food processing firm fined $19,000 for ammonia release
    Food Production Daily
    SunOpta Foods, a producer that specializes in organic packaged foods and ingredients, will pay $19,000 for failure to properly report an ammonia release at its processing facility in Allentown, Pa.
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    Pennsylvania loses 650 jobs as poultry processor closes plant
    Lebanon Daily News
    A Fredericksburg, Pa., chicken processing plant that employs more than 600 people will close in March. BC Natural Chickens will close on or shortly after March 14, according to a news release from Maryland-based Perdue Farms, BC's parent company.
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    Misbranding forces recall of beef franks
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    North Dakota-based Cloverdale Foods Co. is recalling approximately 2,664 pounds of beef franks whose newly designed labels failed to declare the presence of milk, a known allergen.

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    Friends of the Earth: Meat industry needs radical rethink
    Food Navigator
    Diet is a political choice and the way we produce and consume meat and dairy needs a radical rethink, according to a new Friends of the Earth report.
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    Salmonella biofilms incredibly resistant to powerful disinfectants
    Food Ingredients First
    Once Salmonella bacteria get into a food processing facility and have an opportunity to form a biofilm on surfaces, it is likely to be extraordinarily difficult, if not impossible, to kill it, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
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    Technology improves meat and poultry processing
    Food Engineering
    Meat and poultry processors have new equipment options to bolster productivity, including chilling systems that introduce liquid nitrogen from the bottom, a heat exchanger system redesigned for higher efficiency, and coding/labeling equipment robust enough for washdown without removal from the line.
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    Combatting Listeria positive in finished product
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    There are five words no one in the food industry ever wants to hear: "Listeria positive in finished product."
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    US cost of living increases by most in 6 months
    Bloomberg
    The cost of living in the U.S. climbed in December by the most in six months, led by gains in fuel and rents that indicate inflation is making progress in moving toward the Federal Reserve's goal.
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