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Produce safety testing program on chopping block
The Washington Post
Congress is poised to scrap funding for the only program that consistently tests select vegetables and fruit for pathogens — an initiative that led to about 30 recalls since 2009. The Agriculture Department, which runs the Microbiological Data Program, says getting rid of it is a necessary belt-tightening measure during tough fiscal times. More
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FDA should rein in request for preventive controls, hazards in new facility form, industry says
Food Chemical News via American Frozen Food Institute
The food industry is pushing back on FDA's proposal for facilities to disclose food safety plans and other information to the agency through an online food/feed facility profile to help it enforce the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. In one of a handful of letters submitted before FDA's July 10 comment deadline, Donna Garren, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Frozen Food Institute, says information on hazards and preventive controls would not be helpful to FDA before inspectors are inside a plant.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story urging FDA to amend its facility information collection proposal.
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Harnessing gene codes as sleuths of food illnesses
The New York Times
A new public database aims to catalog the genetic codes of 100,000 types of bacteria found in food, vastly increasing the amount of data scientists can use to trace the causes of foodborne illness. The free database, being set up at the University of California, Davis, will enable scientists to pinpoint not only what food carries the bacteria responsible for a given outbreak, but also what country it came from. And while responses to such outbreaks typically have taken weeks, the new database is expected to reduce that to days.

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  • FDA aims to track foodborne bacteria's genetic codes (The Wall Street Journal)
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    Ethics investigations factor in battle for control of Congress
    The Hill
    Ethics probes have become a factor in the fight for control of Congress. Democrats are fighting to keep control of the Senate in a difficult cycle in which they are defending more seats than Republicans. More
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    How safe is the GOP House majority?
    POLITICO
    With four months to go until Election Day, the White House and the Senate are up for grabs but Democrats don't appear to be within striking distance of taking back the House.

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    Gallup poll: youth less excited about voting
    The Hill
    A much lower percentage of young registered voters are enthusiastic about voting this fall than they were in 2008, according to a new Gallup poll. The figures are a clear danger sign for the Obama campaign, which benefited from young voters four years ago and is counting on them again in 2012. More
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    House agriculture panel threatens California animal safety laws
    Los Angeles Times
    Taking aim at California's efforts to bolster animal safety, the House Agriculture Committee has moved to block states from imposing their own standards for agriculture products on producers from other states.

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  • Biotech riders in proposed farm bill stir controversy (Food Safety News)
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    Child obesity blamed on legislators, food marketing, parents
    Ventura County Star
    Obese children are at risk of leading shorter lives. It's the revelation that hits Selfa Saucedo hard in an obesity crisis that means, according to one study, about half of the children in some Ventura County, Calif., communities are overweight or obese. More
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    That fresh look, genetically buffed
    The New York Times
    A small company is trying to bring to market a genetically engineered apple that does not turn brown when sliced or bruised. But it has much of the rest of the apple industry seeing red. More
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    Opinion: Food quality as important as safety
    Food Safety News
    Food safety is important, but it is not the only consideration when choosing foods. A clear distinction should be drawn between unsafe products and unsafe practices. More
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    FMCSA posts EOBR questions, revisits cost-benefit analysis
    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicates it will re-examine the costs-benefits of mandatory electronic onboard recorders in a new list of frequently asked questions it posted this week on its website. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has criticized the FMCSA's efforts to mandate automated driver hours-of-service logs, saying such a mandate would impose a $2 billion penalty on the trucking industry. More
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    FDA, Mexico announce cooperation on fresh, frozen shellfish
    Federal Register
    The FDA is issuing a statement of cooperation with the Secretariat of Health of the United Mexican States to ensure the safety and sanitary quality of fresh and frozen molluscan shellfish harvested from aquacultured and wild populations that are now or may be exported into the United States. More
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    Opinion: The hidden ingredient in rising food costs
    The Huffington Post
    The U.S. is the largest exporter of corn in the world, but the latest USDA estimates are that we will be exporting 300 million fewer bushels due to tight supply and higher prices. What is the hidden ingredient in rising corn prices? More
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    Opinion: Global warming adds to food inflation risk
    Reuters
    The United States has just had its hottest first half-year ever. The corn crop is suffering, corn prices are soaring. Extreme weather is also hitting Russian wheat. Is global warming threatening a repeat of the destabilizing 2011 global food price shock? Probably not this year. But the longer-term threat is troubling. More
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    US wholesale prices climb 0.1 percent in June
    MarketWatch
    U.S. wholesale prices rose slightly in June as higher costs of food, trucks and appliances offset another decline in energy costs, the Labor Department said Friday. The producer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.1 percent last month, after economists had predicted a 0.2 percent decline. More
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    Chickens may fight cancer
    USAgNet
    The common barnyard chicken could provide some very uncommon clues for fighting off diseases and might even offer new ways to attack cancer, according to a team of international researchers that includes a Texas A&M University professor. More
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    BCFN calls for more effort in preventing food waste
    PR Newswire
    Effectively tackling food waste demands political action as much as consumer awareness, according to a new study presented in Brussels Thursday by the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition entitled "Food Waste: Causes, impacts and proposals." More
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    High Liner Foods brings whole-grain seafood products to schools
    Business Wire
    High Liner Foods Inc. announced Thursday that it has introduced a new line of whole-grain seafood products that will help school districts enhance their healthy meal offerings to meet new U.S. Department of Agriculture nutritional standards. More
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    Food processing: Intelligent maintenance best practices
    Food Engineering
    Reliable parts databases with cross references to alternative replacements and a clear understanding of expected performance from premium-priced components: Is that asking too much? More
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    Ryder offers companies free test drive of natural gas trucks
    Food Logistics
    To promote the benefits of natural gas vehicles, Ryder is offering companies to test drive an alternative fuel vehicle for free. More
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    Hand hygiene: Preventing 'glove juice'
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    "Proper hand hygiene is the food processing plant's first line of defense against food contamination," said Gojo Food Processing Sales Manager Jim Grubb. In fact, Grubb said, citing former European Food Safety Authority Chairman Patrick Wall, two of the leading causes of foodborne illness are inadequate hygiene facilities for staff and poorly trained and supervised staff. More
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    Guide to packaged meat labels
    Connecticut Post
    Just as ordering coffee has gone from asking for "regular, sweet and light" to "half-caff soy-milk grande latte, no foam, fair-trade, shade-grown only," buying chicken or other meats has become complicated as a result of more knowledge, more options and more considerations. More
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