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What FSMA really tells us about the focus of food safety
Food Safety Magazine
The FSMA strategy recognizes the food industry has the primary responsibility and capacity to produce safe food, but it calls for a new definition of public and private roles on food safety and a new framework for regulatory oversight, integration of government food safety efforts and public-private collaboration.
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GMOs: Connecticut will label, New York will not — and Ben & Jerry's will avoid
MediaPost
The winds on the genetically modified organism front are blowing every which way but static, as seed and pesticide producers and most food marketers and retailers in the U.S. — but not all — stamp at brush fires in every direction.

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    Wal-Mart's food safety efforts yield lower costs, fewer recalls
    Food Business News
    Two years after full adoption of GFSI across its private label suppliers, Wal-Mart has found through an internal study a 34 percent reduction in the number of recalls it executed across the same supplier base.
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    Senate Democrats see farm bill, rural voters as key to 2014 election
    The Hill
    Senate Democrats hope to pass a five-year farm bill this week and bolster their appeal with rural voters, who they see as crucial to retaining their majority in 2014.
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    Democrats' 2014 strategy: Own Obamacare
    Politico
    Scarred by years of Republican attacks over Obamacare, with more in store next year, Democrats have settled on an unlikely strategy for the 2014 midterms: Bring it on.

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    House Republicans broken into fighting factions
    The Washington Post
    The vote to avert the fiscal cliff marked a breaking point for House Republicans, who have disintegrated into squabbling factions, no longer able to agree on — much less execute — some of the most basic government functions.
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    Immigration bill set for Senate floor next week
    The Wall Street Journal
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D.-Nev., said Tuesday that he intends to bring the immigration bill to the Senate floor to start debate next week, saying the legislation "is not a perfect bill, but we've never had" a flawless bill coming to the Senate before.
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    Senate largely rebuffs Obama plan for food aid reform
    Reuters
    The U.S. Senate voted Monday to make only a minor change in the main U.S. global food aid program, rebuffing President Barack Obama's call for the biggest reform of the hunger relief program since the Cold War.
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    US food manufacturers push for end to sugar-to-ethanol program
    Reuters
    Food manufacturers and big sugar buyers said Monday they believe a proposed U.S. sugar-to-ethanol program will cost twice as much as a government estimate and urged Congress to repeal it as part of broader changes in sugar policy.
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    Have you got a grip on your supply chain?
    Food Manufacture UK
    Supply chain traceability has soared up manufacturers' list of priorities after the horse meat scandal that rocked Europe. A summit takes a closer look.

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    Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries
    ABC News
    The Food and Drug Administration has linked a five-state outbreak of Hepatitis A to a frozen organic berry mix, sold nationally at Costco.

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    Monsanto to end GM activities in Europe
    Food Navigator
    Monsanto plans to halt lobbying and new applications for its genetically modified crop varieties in Europe, the ag and biotech giant confirmed.

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    US demand for foreign cars, cellphones worsens trade deficit
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    The U.S. trade deficit grew to more than $40 billion in April, as exports continued to lag and American consumers' demand for foreign-made goods caused an 8.5 percent jump in imports.
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    Will Whole Foods dilute the brand with a lower-cost chain?
    Adweek
    Whole Foods Market, the upscale purveyor of organic and local food, is opening a new store in economically struggling Detroit this week as part of its repositioning as a go-to grocery store for everyday staples for shoppers on any budget.
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    In the high stakes food game, Wal-Mart, Costco step up their game
    MarketWatch
    Now more than ever, food is the bait big retailers are using to reel in cautious shoppers, who they're hoping will snap up a few other items while pursuing their next meal. Among those moving deeper into the grocery game: Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp.
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    ConAgra helps food insecure children
    The Dunn County News
    On April 18 ConAgra Foods' Menomonie employees did their part to help nourish the food insecure children who live in the Menomonie community. Employees packed 27,000 meals that will be donated to local families in need.
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    Food manufacturing activity steps up in May
    Food Production Daily
    The Institute for Supply Management reported that while overall U.S. manufacturing activity contracted during the month, the food and beverage sector showed some positive signs in May.
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    In fight for grocery share, Wal-Mart offers fresh produce guarantee
    Reuters
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Monday it is offering a money-back guarantee on the fruits and vegetables it sells at its U.S. stores as it tries to gain more ground in the grocery business.
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    Lineage Logistics to open new cold storage warehouse in California
    Lineage Logistics
    Lineage Logistics announced Tuesday that it will begin construction of a new 420,000-square-foot multiuse cold storage warehouse ("Agua Mansa") in Colton, Calif., this summer, with plans for the warehouse to be operational by May 2014.
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    Tyson acquires Circle Foods assets
    Meat & Poultry
    Tyson Foods Inc. acquired the assets of Circle Foods LLC, a producer of frozen and refrigerated handheld Mexican foods, uncooked tortillas and Indian flatbreads.
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    When sales slump at McDonald's Japan, fry, fry again
    The Wall Street Journal
    McDonald's Japan is letting french fries play center stage. Late last month, the chain began sales of the "Mega Potato," a helping twice the size of a large order.
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    Poultry contamination on farm linked to contamination at processing plant
    Medical News Today
    Researchers at the University of Georgia, Athens, have identified a strong link between the prevalence and load of certain foodborne pathogens on poultry farms and later downstream at the processing plant.
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    Functional food: Formula for healthy product sales
    Food Product Design
    In this free download, Food Product Design examines functional food from a variety of perspectives — starting with the market potential of the category.
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    Food service directors call for common codes
    Supply Management
    A group of leading food manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and operators believes plans to adopt common standards in the supply chain could generate potential savings of nearly $153 million over the next five years.
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    PathoGenetix unveils tech for rapid food pathogen identification
    Food Production Daily
    PathoGenetix recently demonstrated its Genome Sequence Scanning technology, which facilitates the rapid serotype identification and Salmonella strains in food.
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    The definition of wellness is shifting
    Food Product Design
    A shift is occurring in how wellness is defined as more than half of consumers changed their views on health and wellness and added more vitamin D to their diets, while almost one-third have consumed functional beverages in the past 30 days, according to a new survey from consumer market research company The Hartman Group.
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    Study: Honeybee food may contribute to colony collapse
    Reuters
    Beekeepers' use of corn syrup and other honey substitutes as bee feed may be contributing to colony collapse by depriving the insects of compounds that strengthen their immune systems, according to a study released Monday.
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    Research: Children who watch TV drink more sweetened beverages
    Food Product Design
    A new study published in the International Journal of Public Health suggests children who spend a lot of time watching television and who are exposed to TV advertisements have increased consumption of sweetened beverages.
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    Misbranding forces recall of 2,000 pounds of lasagna
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Kansas City-based Vocci Italian Food Products is recalling approximately 2,025 pounds of lasagna products because one ingredient (bread crumbs) contains egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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