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Digesting the Food Safety Modernization Act
Deloitte
Deloitte's food safety practice has developed a series of papers focused on the major provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act, providing insights from experienced professionals to help companies address the needs of dynamic food safety programs and prepare for the changing food safety landscape. More
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Q-and-A with Elisabeth Hagen: Poultry, 'pink slime' and labeling
Food Safety News
"Food Safety News" continues its conversation with U.S. Under Secretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen. More
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Organic import certificate ready for June 1 deadline
Office of the Federal Register
In preparation for the June 1 implementation of a U.S.-EU agreement on organic products, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has set forth labeling instructions, including a new National Organic Program Import Certificate. More
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Illinois primary: Romney wins GOP contest
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney won the GOP presidential primary in Illinois Tuesday, walloping rival Rick Santorum in a key state whose voters are a bellwether for Republicans nationwide.

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    Obama has money edge — for now
    POLITICO
    The Republican primary has become a massive money vacuum, while giving President Barack Obama time to stockpile a huge war chest. But Obama's advantage at the moment doesn't mean the eventual Republican nominee will be at a major financial disadvantage. More
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    Kinzinger win is latest victory for anti-incumbent super PAC
    The Wall Street Journal
    The freshman upset of a 10-term member in a key Republican Congressional primary in Illinois has given the new anti-incumbent super PAC, the Campaign for Primary Accountability, another notch on its belt. More
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    Senate Democrats stop short of saying they'll reject short-term highway bill
    The Hill
    Senate Democrats stopped short Wednesday of saying they would not accept a short-term extension of the highway bill if it is approved next week by the House. More
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    OSHA revises chemical labeling standards in workplace
    U.S. Department of Labor
    Employers whose workers handle chemicals, flammable liquids and other hazardous materials will need to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's revised Hazard Communication Standard, which is aligned with the United Nations' global chemical labeling system. The new standard, slated for publication in the March 26 "Federal Register," is expected to prevent an estimated 43 deaths and add $475.2 million in enhanced productivity for U.S. businesses each year. More
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    House budget seeks steep spending cuts
    Food Safety News
    Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service could face cuts under a new budget proposal put out by House Republicans Tuesday. More
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    CARB urges truckers to report vehicles before March 30 deadline
    Truckinginfo
    The California Air Resources Board is reminding California-bound truck owners that the deadline to report information regarding their fleets has been extended to March 30. CARB provided a two-month extension from the original Jan. 31 reporting deadline to give fleet owners more time to submit their information before widespread enforcement of the regulation begins. More
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    FSIS prepares for expected rise in rulemaking petitions
    Office of the Federal Register
    An anticipated increase in the number of rulemaking petitions being filed has prompted USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to amend its existing information collection that governs the process.

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    FSIS reminds inspectors of beef trimming collection rules
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service has clarified its instructions for inspectors, offering details of how to randomly select beef manufacturing trimmings for testing. FSIS specifically states that product to be ammoniated is subject to sampling at the slaughter establishment before it is sent elsewhere. More
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    Safe Food Coalition wants more time for HIMP comments
    Food Chemical News
    The 10 groups comprising the Safe Food Coalition have asked USDA Under Secretary for Food Safety Elisabeth Hagen to extend the comment period on a proposed expansion of the HACCP-based Inspection Models Project. More
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    FSIS clarifies E. coli inspection for school lunch beef products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a detailed reminder for inspection personnel to ensure E. coli safety measures are verified at establishments that produce raw beef product for the National School Lunch Program &mash; even if the same establishment already provides samples for testing through the Agricultural Marketing Service program. More
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    Meeting examines US stance on drug residue in food
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA and the Food and Drug Administration are sponsoring a public meeting April 23 to discuss the United States' position on veterinary drug residue in food, in advance of the Codex Committee conference on the same topic. Antibiotics in food animals has been a hotly debated issue worldwide, and input for the U.S. position is sought via in-person attendance at the April 23 meeting or electronic feedback. More
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    Export sales reporting rule for pork withdrawn
    Office of the Federal Register
    Proposed requirements to add reporting for pork (fresh, chilled and frozen box/primal cuts) and distillers dried grain to the Export Sales Reporting Requirements is being withdrawn. More
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    Export requirements change for Canada, Japan
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Export requirements have been updated for processors who ship food to Canada and Japan. Canadian requirements now include a stamp on boxed pork meat to ensure Trichinella-free certification and additional product markings, including "for further processing." Requirements for Japan include extra vigilance in working with cold storage logistics providers. More
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    Humane Society lodges SEC complaint against Seaboard Foods
    Pork Magazine
    Maintaining its focus on pork production and gestation stalls, the Humane Society of the United States filed a legal complaint Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging Seaboard Foods is violating the federal securities law in making statements about its pork production system. More
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    Canada looks to strengthen poultry traceability
    USAgNet
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has called for feedback on proposed changes to the Health of Animals Act intended to strengthen livestock and poultry traceability in Canada. More
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    EU: MEPs reject objection to list of food health claims
    European Voice
    Members of the European Parliament's environment committee today voted to keep list of health claims that can be used on food labels. More
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    Kraft names its new, separate snack business Mondelez
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Kraft Foods announced Wednesday its new global snacks company will be named Mondelez International. The company says the name (pronounced mohn-dah-LEEZ) was inspired by the suggestions of two Kraft employees. More
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    Meat processing plant closes in wake of E. coli outbreak
    Calgary Herald
    The frozen beef products affected by a growing E. coli-related recall in Canada all came from a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, food processing plant that has since stopped operations, a government official said Tuesday.

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    General Mills shares sink after third-quarter profit report
    Forbes
    Higher commodity costs and Yoplait yogurt acquisition hurt General Mills' fiscal third-quarter profit, the company said today. The food retailer earned $391.5 million, or 55 cents adjusted earnings per share, a 0.2 percent drop from a year ago. More
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    TreeHouse Foods acquires Naturally Fresh
    Food Manufacturing
    TreeHouse Foods Inc. today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Naturally Fresh Inc., a Georgia-based maker of refrigerated dressings, sauces, marinades, dips and specialty items in a wide array of packaging sizes. More
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    SunAmerica Imports adopts HarvestMark
    Fruitnet.com
    SunAmerica Imports is demonstrating its commitment to food safety by placing the HarvestMark sticker on imported melons from Guatemala, making it the first melon shipper from Central America to do so. More
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    Ports and the cold chain
    Food Logistics
    Imports and exports of food products are driving expansion of cold chain infrastructure. Ports throughout the nation are gearing up for steady growth in the years ahead.

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    Intelex hosts FSMA webinar
    PRWeb via Virtual Strategy Magazine
    In the midst of a dramatically changing landscape in American food safety, Intelex will present a webinar Thursday to help food and beverage companies better understand revolutionary new regulations. More
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