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Help your business stand out: Become an AFFI Advantage Partner
American Frozen Food Institute
Business success is driven by innovation and attention. Companies that continually strive to better their products, services and offerings are more likely to grow and succeed. Yet that ingenuity can all be for naught if your company doesn't stand out from the crowd. For companies serving the frozen food sector and endeavoring to make their mark, AFFI can help increase your exposure before the audiences you're most keen to connect with through the AFFI Advantage Partner Program.
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Consumers as 'kill step': Another look at industry reliance on cooking
Food Poison Journal
The Farm Rich-related E. coli outbreak, with 24 ill in 15 states (including one case of HUS), is reason enough to re-examine the frozen food industry's reliance on consumers to make a bad product — i.e. food contaminated by E. coli — good.

Related: Pew: Slow government response at fault in Salmonella outbreak (World Poultry)

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Meat industry to reboot labels to help consumers
The Associated Press via Delawareonline
Meat counter confusion isn't good for sales. So after nearly two years of consumer research, the National Pork Board, the Beef Checkoff Program and federal agriculture officials have signed off on an updated labeling system that should hit stores just in time for prime grilling season.
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Obama's second-term challenges come into focus during a single day
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama continues a swing through the western part of the country today. Day one of his trip neatly encapsulated both the top priorities and early complications of his second term.
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Obama presses donors to help return Pelosi to Speakership
The Hill
President Barack Obama returned to the fundraising trail Wednesday night with an eye on winning a House majority next year, telling donors in California it would be a "whole lot easier to govern" if Democrats controlled both chambers of Congress.

Related: Obama expects to win back the House (Politico)

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Rand Paul to speak in New Hampshire
USA Today
If you're "seriously considering" running for president like Sen. Rand Paul says he is, then paying a visit to New Hampshire is probably not a bad idea. Paul, a Republican from Kentucky, will speak next month at the New Hampshire Republican Party's first Liberty Dinner. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will also be there.
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Business balks at immigration deal
Politico
A deal between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and labor groups on visas for low-skilled workers was supposed to clear a path for an immigration reform package in the Senate. Instead, some business groups are grumbling about the deal and gearing up for a lobbying battle on Capitol Hill, where powerful interests helped doom immigration reform over the same issue before.

Related: Study finds high economic cost of immigration system (The Wall Street Journal)

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First lady plans new White House 'Kids' State Dinner'
USA Today
The first lady has launched another healthy recipe challenge for kids, to culminate in a second "Kids' State Dinner" at the White House this summer.
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GOP bill would freeze NLRB as fallout over appointments continues
Newsmax
The actions of the National Labor Relations Board would be frozen under a bill Republican legislators seek to push through the House when Congress returns from recess next week. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe of Tennessee, would immediately freeze all of the board's activities that require a quorum, The Hill reports. The bill could be considered as early as Thursday.
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New York City fast food workers plan second strike for more pay
The New York Times
Fast food workers in New York City plan a walk-out Thursday to call for higher wages. The movement's leaders are predicting twice as many workers — more than 400 — will engage in this second strike at 60 to 70 McDonald's, Domino's, Taco Bell and other fast food restaurants.
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Advocacy group coalition urges USDA to defend COOL against critics
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
As an April 11 comment deadline looms for USDA's proposed regulatory fix of country-of-origin labeling, a coalition of 229 farm, rural, faith, consumer and environmental organizations from 45 states this week delivered a one-page letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, urging the department to protect the integrity of labeling for meat products.
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FDA offers more regulations for gaining food additive approvals
Office of the Federal Register
The FDA is issuing new regulations that are designed to help clarify the process a food producer must follow in order to gain government permission to use a food additive that isn't currently allowed.
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EPA to study pesticide limit on plants, animals bound for food chain
Office of the Federal Register
The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing limits for the amount of a specific pesticide residue — flumioxazin — that will be allowable for products bound for the food chain.
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TRENDING ARTICLES
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    Farm Rich recall continues to expand (USDA)
Food Sentry: China, US top food safety violators; pesticides No. 1 problem (PRWeb)
Yes, healthful fast food is possible — but is it edible? (The New York Times)

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Phosphate study prompts EC request for safety reassessment
Food Navigator
The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority to reassess the safety of phosphates as food additives, after researchers suggested excessive phosphate consumption could be damaging to health.
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FDA uses video testimonial to illustrate food poisoning consequences
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration posted three videos featuring people affected by foodborne illness Wednesday in an effort to educate food retailers on the potentially devastating effects of an outbreak.
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Report: 71 percent of consumers think green when purchasing
Environmental Leader
A record-high 71 percent of Americans consider the environment when they shop, up from 66 percent in 2008, according to research from Cone Communications.
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Kraft meets with blogger but says dyes will stay in mac & cheese
Food Navigator-USA
Kraft officials spent an hour Tuesday with blogger Vani Hari (aka the Food Babe ) discussing a petition urging the company to stop using artificial colors Yellow #5 and #6 in its macaroni and cheese, but the company says it is satisfied the food coloring is both safe and legal.
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Company takes unique approach to local food
Earth911
Phoenix-based Farmyard uses a new business model in the local food movement: planting and caring for backyard gardens.

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Lineage Logistics acquires Seattle Cold Storage
Lineage Logistics
Lineage Logistics, an AFFI Advantage Partner, has acquired Seattle Cold Storage and its facilities in Washington.

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FSMA whistle-blowers bat zero in fiscal year 2011-12
Food Product Design
Based on the early data, so-called "whistle-blowers" have not fared well under the new Food Safety Modernization Act.

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13 ways to painlessly improve profitability in 2013: Refrigeration
By Jay Fiske
How many refrigeration systems do you have in your store? You might be surprised. Start off with the walk-in cooler and freezer in your storeroom and add in the merchandising refrigerators and freezers, ice machines and drink machines. It's easy to understand why 55 percent your energy load is devoted to refrigeration. Following are some tips that may help you take the energy bull by its horns.
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Researchers ask: What's left to discover about trans fats?
Food Navigator
Further research on artificial trans fat and heart health is not necessary, claim the authors of a new review — but there is a need for more research in several other areas related to trans fat.
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