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Food manufacturers told to prepare for FSMA whistle blower protection
Food Safety News
Employment and labor law firm Littler Mendelson is advising food manufacturers to be prepared for new whistleblower protections under the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Related: Worker sues Brothers International for FSMA retaliation (New York Law Journal)

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Investment firm Cerberus to buy Safeway for $9 billion
USA Today
Safeway, the nation's No. 2 supermarket chain, is being sold for $9 billion to an investment group led by private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management.
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From Daft Punk to food labels
Politico
The architect of the biggest change to nutrition labels in two decades is the founder of a pop culture and arts magazine that lists Daft Punk and David Bowie as contributors.
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Are national parties dying?
The Washington Post
Are we looking at the end of the national parties as we know them? There's some reason to think the answer to that question is "yes."
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GOP up-and-comers seize CPAC spotlight
Politico
Each year since Marco Rubio's 2009 breakout speech, CPAC has offered a shortlist of ambitious conservatives across the country the opportunity to present themselves for consideration to thousands of the hardest of hard-core activists.

Related: The 2016 comeback kids? (The Hill)

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Do regulators listen to public? Study says yes
The Wall Street Journal
A trio of math and finance professors has created a computerized program to test whether regulators listen to the public when crafting new regulations. The simple answer: Yes.
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States veto food stamp cuts as $8.6 billion deal fades
Bloomberg
Congress last month passed a revamp of agriculture and food policy that was supposed to save the U.S. government $8.6 billion in food stamp costs over a decade. That may not happen now that some states are finding a way to avoid the cuts.
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Opinion: Food industry's grip on FDA safe-ingredient list slipping
Law360 (subscription required)
For nearly two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has allowed food makers to label additives as "generally recognized as safe" without prior approval, but new pressure from consumer groups and increased scrutiny from the agency is threatening to upend the controversial policy.
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Growing list of states challenge controversial California egg law
Gannett Washington Bureau via Des Moines Register
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad joined a lawsuit Thursday opposing a California egg-production law, arguing it is unconstitutional and discriminates against Iowa and other egg-producing states. Branstad, along with five other states, said California's egg-production law violates the commerce clause.
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How fast is 175 birds per minute? See it here
Food Poisoning Bulletin
Many consumer and food safety advocates are angry about the proposed HAACP-Based Inspection Models Project for poultry inspection. That model shifts responsibility for inspecting poultry from government to corporations and bumps line speeds from 140 birds per minute to 175 birds per minute. A poultry line simulation from the Food Integrity Campaign demonstrates that speed.

Related: 100+ groups ask Obama to ditch new poultry rules (Food Safety News)

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China seeks its own GMO-food path
The Wall Street Journal
China is trying to get in the GMO market but is keener to develop its own technologies to meet rising agriculture demand, the country's agriculture minister said Thursday at the national parliament.
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G8 could open door of opportunity for food safety
Food Navigator
The World Health Organization's director of the department of Food Safety and Zoonoses, Dr. Kazuaki Miyagishima, is helping to put food safety on the G8 agenda with a rapid alert system topping the list.
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Padlock the milk! FDA's push to safeguard the food supply
Harvest Public Media via KUNC
Intentional contamination of bulk liquids is a key focus for the FDA as it pushes to implement uniform procedures aimed at protecting the U.S. food supply from terrorist acts.
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Idaho restricts pig movements
The Pig Site
Idaho State Department of Agriculture has issued an administrative order for pigs entering the state in order to exclude the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus in a move similar to Washington state at the end of last month.
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15 under 35: Food entrepreneurs
Specialty Food Magazine
These innovators may have youth on their side, but they also have a vision that has propelled their companies to success by shaping how we view and consume specialty foods.

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How will future labeling impact frozen foods?
AFFI
The FDA's recently announced plan to update nutrition labeling could have major implications for packaged food makers including members of the frozen food industry.

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Non-GMO beats organic among health-conscious
MediaPost
The "non-GMO" food/beverage claim has for the first time surpassed "organic" in importance among health-conscious consumers, according to an annual survey.

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Ingredient manufacturers helping food processors with PHO alternatives
Food Processing
With a ban on partially hydrogenated oils looming, bakers that have not yet switched structuring oils need to get on the bus.
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Midwest company ready to meet meat demand
KETV-TV
Makers of so-called "pink slime" — a beef product once taken off some store shelves — say their company has unused capacity, and it could do well in this economy.
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Twitter-tailored Oreo cookies to sweeten SXSW
The Wall Street Journal
Starting Friday, attendees at the South by Southwest conference will be offered free Oreos created with high-tech vending machines that assemble the cookies in less than two minutes based on their choices.
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California farmers may need genetic engineering to fight citrus pest
The Fresno Bee
Despite public concern about genetically engineered food, citrus growers should not be deterred from using the technology in the fight against a deadly disease known as Huanglongbing, several experts said Thursday.
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Forecaster: El Nino could strike as early as summer
Reuters
The much-feared El Nino phenomenon, the warming of sea surface temperatures in the Pacific that can trigger drought in Southeast Asia and Australia and floods in South America, could strike as early as the Northern Hemisphere's summer, U.S. weather forecaster warned Thursday.
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Study reveals growing global reliance on handful of crops
Food Navigator
Global per capita food supply has increased over the past 50 years — but it has become more similar among countries, increasing reliance worldwide on a narrow range of commodities.
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Yum seen cooking tasty profits as bird flu fears ease
Investor's Business Daily
Yum Brands stock rose on prospects that its rebound in China, where it gets about half of its revenue and 40 percent of operating profit, will gain momentum.
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Jobs report highlights: From bad to merely sluggish
The Wall Street Journal
Highlights from the February employment report show job growth picked up from the prior two months with an increase of 175,000 jobs.
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Southern supermarket giant bets big on kosher
Jewish Times
Stroll past the kosher section of most large supermarkets in America and you could be forgiven for thinking that Jewish diets consist mainly of jarred gefilte fish, unsalted matzahs and Tam-Tam crackers. Not so at a growing number of Winn-Dixie supermarkets.
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Cargill meat testing thinks outside the box
Food Production Daily
When Cargill Media Solutions needed to test a significant number of samples, they opted for ready-to-use liquid culture media to save time and effort.
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Frito-Lay: Eyes are on snacks, so transparency and cooperation are critical
Bakery & Snacks
Governments and consumers want more transparency and regulatory bodies are closely eyeing snacks, so it is more crucial than ever to come together as an industry, warns Frito-Lay's chief marketing officer.
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4 things to look for in the frozen food section
Health
In a column in Health magazine, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, points out "some hidden gems" in the freezer section "that are worth a spot in your cart."
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GFSI extends its reach
Food Processing
While many within the industry are aware of third-party audits carried out against GFSI-recognized schemes, to GFSI board members it is about instilling a food safety culture, incident prevention and a continuous improvement in food safety management systems.
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Associated Grocers of New England plans expansion to warehouse
Concord Monitor
Associated Grocers of New England this week announced a 105,000-square-foot expansion to its Pembroke, N.H., warehouse. It will bring the total size of the space to nearly 500,000 square feet.
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Top 5 packaging trends in 2014
Food Production Daily
Brand owners are constantly innovating to keep up with the changing demands and requirements of consumers, as well as to stand out in an increasingly competitive environment.
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Tetra Pak makes progress toward environmental targets
Packaging Europe
Tetra Pak® says it made strong progress in 2013 toward its 2020 environmental targets, focusing on developing sustainable products, reducing environmental footprint across the value chain and increasing recycling.
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Robots with an appetite for food
Robotics Online
If there was ever a dull, dirty and dangerous job ripe for robotics, food processing earns the spoils. The work can be uncomfortable and tedious at its best.
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