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Are you ready for FSMA? AFFI's FSMA Readiness Self-Assessment Tool is ready for you
American Frozen Food Institute
Food safety is the frozen food industry's highest priority. Throughout every facet of the frozen food industry, companies are preparing to navigate the new food safety landscape forged by the Food Safety Modernization Act. AFFI is here to help, launching its all-new "Food Safety Readiness Self-Assessment Program."

Related: AFFI launches food safety self-assessment program (Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer)

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Opinion: Growing wealthy on the farm
The Washington Post
Farming no longer resembles the hardscrabble family enterprise of years past. Much of it is dominated by large operators supplying not only the U.S. dinner table but also far-flung export markets. Notwithstanding a major drought, net farm income for 2012 reached $112.8 billion, according to the Agriculture Department, down only slightly from the previous year's record of $117.9 billion in 2011. USDA expects farm income to hit a post-1973 high of $128.2 billion in 2013.
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Calorie labels are 'wildly misleading' claim experts
Food Navigator
Calorie labels are misleading consumers by underestimating the energy content of processed foods and exaggerating that of raw ingredients, experts have warned. Failures to update calorie counting systems in light of modern science could lead to errors of up to 30 percent, according to an international group of nutritionists speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.
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Senate retirements mount quickly, could reach 40-year high
The Washington Post
Less than two months into the 2014 election cycle, six senators have already announced their retirement, continuing a trend of increasing retirements in the greatest deliberative body in the world.
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Obama says sequester would take 'meat cleaver' to government
The Hill
President Barack Obama warned Tuesday that allowing $85 billion in automatic spending cuts to go forward would take a "meat cleaver approach" to reducing the deficit.

Related: GOP leaders slam Obama sequester speech (POLITICO)

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Rubio, White House spar over immigration
The Hill
White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday disputed Sen. Marco Rubio's, R-Fla., claim that nobody in the White House had ever contacted the lawmaker or his aides about the push for comprehensive immigration reform.
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Vilsack quiets buzz, says he will not seek Senate seat
The Des Moine Register
Tom Vilsack has ruled out running for U.S. Senate in 2014, clearing the way for the early Democratic front-runner, U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, to press forward and raise money for what's expected to be one of the most fiercely competitive races in the country.
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An Atlantic trade opportunity
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The biggest challenge will be avoiding bad regulatory habits.
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Colorado lawmaker to announce federal GMO labeling bill
The Times-Call
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., this week will announce his introduction of a bill that would require food containing genetically modified organisms to be clearly identified. Polis, the lead co-sponsor of the GMO Labeling Bill, will hold a news conference announcing the proposal at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday in Boulder, Colo.

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  • GMO labeling back before Vermont lawmakers (WCAX)
  • GMOs sprout debate in British Columbia (Vernon Morning Star)
  • GMO-Free Prescott hosts lecture in Arizona (The Daily Courier)

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    Nevada lawmaker proposes fast food fee
    KXNT-TV
    A bill introduced in the Nevada legislature would impose a 5-cent fee on food items with at least 500 calories. It's sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Munford, who says its goal is to fight childhood obesity.

    Related: Watchdog group blasts Nevada fast food tax proposal (KTNV-TV)

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    Some school districts opting out of National School Lunch Program
    WTXF-TV
    The costs of healthy eating are too much for several school districts that want out of the federal school lunch program. Rick Leventhal reports that smaller portions and more fruits and vegetables are not going over well with schoolchildren, and some schools are saying they can't afford to serve food that students will not buy or eat.
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    UK physicians call for 20 percent tax on sugary soft drinks
    Mirror
    A group of U.K. doctors have called for fizzy drinks to be hit with a 20 percent tax to raise money in the fight against obesity. The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges accused the government of failing to deal with the problem and drew comparisons with the ­clampdown on smoking.

    Related: Junk food ads to be banned after 9 p.m. (TopNews)

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    Wisconsin leaders plan 'obesity mapping' in public health initiative
    Leader-Telegram
    Allowing small urban livestock, comparing neighborhoods by obesity rates and writing stricter smoking laws are included the first draft of a new chapter for a comprehensive plan in Eau Claire, Wis. Since fall, city planners have been researching ways local government can work to improve public health, and the initial draft of the health chapter was released in late January.
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    Opinion: A better deal than minimum wage
    The Washington Post
    Liberal firebrand Paul Krugman backs President Barack Obama's plan for a phased-in 25 percent increase in the minimum wage, to $9 per hour. But he is still economist enough to note that raising it to $20 "would create a lot of problems" — among them, presumably, pricing low-skilled workers out of the job market. There must be some level beyond which the minimum wage does more harm than good, and no one really denies it.
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    FDA to discuss FSMA at Food Labs Conference
    PREWeb via Albany Times Union
    Food Safety Tech, the organizers of Food Labs Conference, which will be held in conjunction with Pittcon 2013, March 19-20, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, announces the agenda of speakers for the two-day event.
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    Heinz deal feeds chatter on food industry consolidation
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    The $23 billion Heinz sale will make food industry consolidation a hot topic at an annual consumer-product conference.

    Related: SEC probes suspected Heinz stock trades (USA Today)

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    Cambpell and Smucker sales rise; Kraft struggles after spinoff
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    In the latest quarter, Kraft Foods Group Inc. saw sales slide amid some stumbles related to its recent spinoff from Mondelez International Inc., while Campbell Soup and J.M. Smucker Co. eked out some sales growth.
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    Consumers willing to pay more for fresh, sustainable packaging
    Progressive Grocer
    Regarding food and beverage packaging, consumers are likely to pay more for value-added features that relate to freshness and sustainability, according to a global study conducted by Ipsos InnoQuest. When asked which potential packaging features would motivate them to spend more, consumers indicated "Packaging that keeps food fresh longer" (55 percent) and "Packaging that is environmentally friendly" (55 percent).
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    Nestle finds horse meat in beef pasta meals in Spain, Italy
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Nestle SA has withdrawn beef pasta meals from sale in Italy and Spain after tests found horse DNA. Horse meat has found its way into ready-to-eat meals sold across Europe in a meat mislabeling scandal that has shaken the food industry.

    Related: UK government official meets with food businesses (Food Ingredients First)

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    Hardee's, Carl's Jr. serve up fast food first: Fish that's not fried
    Advertising Age
    It's one of the biggest menu innovations in fast food, but it didn't come from McDonald's or Burger King. Carl's Jr. is offering a fast food first: a fish that isn't fried.
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    McCormick's 2013 flavor forecast targets global food trends
    CPGmatters
    Will Japanese Katsu, a tangy cross between barbecue and steak sauce, and Cajeta, a Mexican caramel, delight the taste buds of American consumers this year? They might, says McCormick & Company.
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    Restaurant industry sees net growth for first time in three years
    PRWeb
    Food service database and analytics company CHD Expert reports that for the first time in three years, the U.S. is seeing a net increase in restaurant openings. This trend is consistent in California, Texas and New York, which indicates that as the economy begins to recover more people are willing to dine out.
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    Burger King results top analysts' estimates
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Burger King's fourth-quarter net income nearly doubled, in part because of lower expenses and strong results in the U.S. and Canada. The hamburger chain's adjusted earnings and revenue topped Wall Street's expectations.
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    Mexican chain plans to double presence in 2013
    Meatingplace
    Costa Vida, a Baja-inspired Mexican restaurant concept, says it will nearly double its North American presence this year. The Lehi, Utah-based brand currently has 49 locations operating in 10 states and Canada. Costa Vida has an additional 217 restaurants in development.
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    Nevada lawmaker proposes fast food fee
    KXNT-TV
    A bill introduced in Nevada would impose a 5-cent fee on food items with at least 500 calories. It's sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Munford, who says its goal is to fight childhood obesity.

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    Dean Foods to close up to 15 percent of its plants
    Food Business News
    Following the spinoff of WhiteWave Foods and the sale of Morningstar Foods, Dean Foods is emerging as a much different company, focused on leveraging scale and driving efficiency.

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    Will Buffett deal help Heinz offload frozen food?
    Food Navigator-USA
    The move to private ownership under Berkshire Hathaway and 3G could make it easier for Heinz to do some spring cleaning, notably selling off its "troubled" U.S. frozen food business, analysts say.

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    Tyson acquires assets of Don Julio Foods of Utah
    Food Ingredients First
    Donnie Smith, president and CEO of Tyson Foods, says its subsidiary, Tyson Mexican Original Inc., has acquired the assets of Don Julio Foods in a bid to expand its snack portfolio.
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    Smithfield Foods, Kansas City Sausage to partner on packaged meats
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Smithfield Foods Inc. says it plans to form a joint venture to help grow its packaged meats business. The pork producer said Friday it has signed a letter of intent with Kansas City Sausage Company and its sister company Pine Ridge Farms. Smithfield CEO C. Larry Pope says the move will provide a growth platform in the breakfast and dinner sausage categories and expand its product offerings.
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    CPG brands must innovate to prevent decline in market share
    CPGmatters
    As the economy limps out of the doldrums, makers of consumer packaged goods might feel reluctant to predict robust sales growth. The reason is simple: Private brands are gaining more traction in the marketplace.
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    UN: More research needed on endocrine-disrupting chemicals
    Food Production Daily
    The United Nations' Environment Program and the World Health Organization have issued a report calling for more research on endocrine-disrupting chemicals, saying current knowledge is only the "tip of the iceberg."
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    Gills Onions owner cites 'extensive' food safety changes
    The Packer
    The owner of Gills Onions said he was surprised to receive a January warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration after several months of inspections, facility upgrades and ongoing communication with the agency in relation to Listeria-related recalls in 2012.
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