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FDA: FSMA foreign supplier verification rules coming 'soon'
Food Navigator-USA
The Food and Drug Administration missed its Jan. 4 deadline for publishing details of how it will regulate imported food under the Food Safety Modernization Act but says it will update the industry "soon." More
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Organic, local food not always safer
The Associated Press via azcentral.com
Shoppers nervous about foodborne illnesses may turn to foods produced at smaller farms or labeled "local," "organic" or "natural" in the hopes that such products are safer. But as sales for food produced on smaller operations have exploded, a new set of food safety challenges has emerged. More
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Wholesale prices in US took unexpected dip in December
Bloomberg via The Washington Post
Wholesale prices in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in December, consistent with the Federal Reserve's assessment that inflation remains tame. More
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Poll: Electorate sharply split over Obama
The Washington Post
As President Barack Obama prepares to give his third State of the Union address next week, he faces a dispirited and polarized electorate that is sharply divided over his record, worried about the pace of the economic recovery and deeply pessimistic about the country's trajectory. More
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Rivals vie to battle Romney from the right — alone
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney's rivals tried to shove one another aside Tuesday in an effort to consolidate support for a single conservative alternative to the former Massachusetts governor. More
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Fractious House GOP tries to unify
The Hill
House Republican leaders Wednesday began the process of rallying their fractious conference behind an agenda for 2012. More
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Obama's not-so-super PAC
POLITICO
Last spring, Sean Sweeney — a co-founder of Priorities USA Action, Barack Obama's not-so-super super PAC — rode an elevator to a donor's office atop a Chicago skyscraper, hoping to ride down with a big check. More
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USDA to provide aid to states
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
The nation's top agriculture official is expected to announce Wednesday more than $300 million in emergency assistance to 33 states and Puerto Rico to help recovery efforts after an unusually intense year for natural disasters. More
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Export requirements, eligible plants lists updated
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has added cold storage facilities to the list of establishments eligible to export beef to Japan, as well as the eligible plant list for Mexico and the list of Brazilian companies certified to export meat to the U.S. In addition, FSIS has updated the residue testing requirements for exports to the European Union. More
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EFSA issues guidance for complying with feed additive rules
European Food Safety Autho
The European Food Safety Authority has issued a guidance document to help manufacturers comply with rules governing how to list nutritional additives in food animal feed supplies. In addition, EFSA offers guidance for keeping workers safe when handling animal feed additives. More
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FSA backs lactic acid in meat processing
Food Production Daily
U.K. food safety authorities have backed a European Commission proposal to authorize the use of lactic acid as a decontamination treatment in beef production. More
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Beijing invests millions in laser writing for pork products
SmartPlanet
Pork is China's most popular meat, and Beijing alone will consume nearly 30,000 pigs a day during the country's upcoming New Year period. The government has instituted a laser writing procedure to help maintain a safe food supply. More
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From fancy salt to gourmet trucks, an appetizing look at 2012
USA Today
This year's Winter Fancy Food Show offered a glimpse into the possible future of the grocery cart or dinner table. More
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Global snack foods market to top $334 billion by 2015
PRWeb
A new study by GIA shows the global snack foods market will be driven primarily by continuous improvements in tastes and flavors, with growth surging in Asia-Pacific regions. More
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Research: LED lights extend meat's shelf life, save money
PhysOrg.com
A switch to LED lights in refrigeration units could save the retail meat industry millions of dollars each year, according to research from Kansas State University. More
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Kraft to lay off 1,600 workers in preparation for split
UPI
Kraft Foods said Tuesday it would lay off 1,600 workers in North America in 2012 to position the company for splitting its grocery and snack operations. More
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Ralcorp outlines Post cereals spinoff
The New York Times
Ralcorp Holdings, the food conglomerate, announced Tuesday that its board had approved the spinoff of its Post cereals business and offered new details on the structure of the separation. More
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ConAgra to acquire Del Monte Canada
Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal
ConAgra Foods Inc. has agreed to acquire Del Monte Canada Inc. from an affiliate of private equity firm Sun Capital Partners Inc., as the packaged food company looks to grow its core businesses and improve its international presence. More
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Fair Trade USA unveils new certification label, policy changes
PR Newswire
Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, today unveiled a newly redesigned certification label and significant revisions to its Multiple Ingredients Product Policy. More
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Section of Interstate 5 to become Shorepower corridor
Truckinginfo
This year, Interstate 5 through California, Oregon and Washington will become the first Shorepower corridor, with six additional locations offering the anti-idling technology.

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    Survey: Driver pay should exceed $60,000
    Truckinginfo
    A survey of fleets shows that even though the number of unseated trucks is down slightly, more carriers believe driver pay needs to be more than $60,000. More
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    Price Chopper recalls stuffed clams
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on gourmet stuffed clams from its seafood departments because of undeclared allergens. More
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    Thermo Fisher Scientific targets fungicide in juice
    PharmiWeb.com
    Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. has activated its global Food Safety Response Center, located in Dreieich, Germany. Scientists there are working to develop a method for detecting the fungicide carbendazim in orange juice. More
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    IFF sets up scientific advisory board to speed innovation
    Food Navigator-USA
    International Flavors and Fragrances has established a scientific advisory board, with the aim of broadening its scientific knowledge and accelerating innovation in functional health and nutrition. More
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    Intermec finds 99 percent accuracy in food traceability tool
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Intermec Inc. has announced new food traceability initiatives designed to not only reduce operational costs, but also ensure accuracy and safety measures in the event of time-sensitive product recalls. More
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    Integrating safety into quality management systems
    Food Safety Magazine
    Organizations in the food industry dedicate the bulk of their financial and human resources to food safety compliance, leaving little to improve other important aspects of quality such as waste elimination, improvement of product attributes and customer value. However, a shift in paradigms may be in order. More
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    New polypropylene resin developed for food packaging
    Plastics News
    Milliken & Co. and Language Petrochemical, a subsidiary of PetroChina, have developed a polypropylene resin for thin-wall injection molding as an alternative to disposable EPS food packaging. More
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