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USDA: Media misrepresented IT malfunction in meatpacking plants
Food Safety News
The story of a two-day computer system failure within the U.S. Department of Agriculture earlier this month has been exaggerated by The New York Times and does not accurately represent the state of meat inspection during system downtime, according to the inspection administrator for the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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Cyclospora outbreak hits 20 states; 600 infected with parasite
Food Safety News
In the 52 days since the CDC first announced an outbreak of the single-celled parasite known as Cyclospora cayetanesis, the confirmed cases have nearly tripled while the number of states involved have quadrupled. But it's unclear whether health officials are dealing with a single-source outbreak or several smaller ones.
Could your company be the 2013 Frozen Food Processor of the Year?
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine is now accepting nominations for their 2013 Frozen Foods Processor of the Year award. Food companies, A/E and design-build firms, suppliers or others qualified to provide a detailed rationale for a particular company or facility. Entries are due Sept. 1, and additional information on eligibility and selection criteria is available here.
Lawmaker pressed on immigration reform at town hall meeting
Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., faced off against more than three dozen immigration reform advocates at a packed town hall meeting at the Augusta County Government Center Monday evening.
Editor's note: Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., will be a featured speaker at the AFFI Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. For more information, or to register, please click here.
Forget Congress — Some states show how to pass tax reform
The Washington Post
Love it or hate it, North Carolina this year achieved something the federal government isn't expected to do any time soon: tax reform.
Lamar Alexander draws GOP primary challenger
Veteran GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee has drawn a challenger on his political right. State Rep. Joe Carr announced Tuesday that he'll run against the two-term senator and former Tennessee governor, Cabinet secretary and presidential candidate.
Opinion: Ethanol mandates creating an economic car-wreck
The Washington Post
A 2007 federal law mandating ever-greater ethanol consumption remains on the books, and it is starting to create the economic equivalent of a multi-car freeway pileup.
Sugar could hold up trade deal
To seal a blockbuster trade deal that would let the United States export rice to Japan and dairy products to Canada, free trades advocates say, the Obama administration must concede at least one sweetener: More sugar imports from Australia.
Are foods labeled 'natural' misleading consumers?
In the never-ending quest to woo the health conscious consumer, food manufacturers are serving up "natural" versions of favorite products. But several lawsuits accuse companies of making an empty promise.
Pepperidge Farm wants GMO suit paused as FDA mulls labeling (Law360)
What should the criteria be for whole grain labeling statements? (Food Navigator-USA)
GMO labeling supporters outspend foes in Washington state (KUOW)
China: A taste for politics of meat industry
Who would have thought that pigs would play an important role in deciding the future of economic cooperation between China and the United States?
Using the proposed imported food safety rules as a risk management tool
Food Safety Magazine
Imported food suppliers should recognize the ultimate benefit of the FDA's proposed regulations as a potential risk management tool that will mitigate the potential for the significant liability that can result from the importation of hazardous food products.
The future of the risk universe (Dr. David Hillson)
Culture shift: Managing risk now synonymous with food safety (Food Safety Magazine)
Smithfield sets vote on China firm's takeover
Gannett Washington Bureau
The $4.7 billion purchase of Smithfield Foods by Chinese meat processor Shuanghui International Holdings could move a step closer to completion when shareholders of the world's largest pork processor and hog producer vote on the merger next month.
Opinion: The skinny on the freshman 15
The transformation of the college campus into a movable feast does more than just threaten the health and well-being of students, a columnist asserts.
Australia: Families choose frozen food over fresh to thaw cost-of-living stress
In Australia, supermarket freezer sections have emerged as the fastest-growing grocery aisle as shoppers seek to thaw cost-of-living pressures. Frozen vegetables are the most popular item.
Related: Frozen sector to expand further but reality for firms is different (Foodnews)
Top 10 changing consumer habits
Food Production Daily
Food manufacturers and retailers need to be aware of the shift in today's food culture, which is impacting consumers' expectations for grocery products and packaging, according to Greener Package.
Food giants making fat profits
When you walk into a supermarket, what do you see? Walls of highly calorific, intensely processed food, tweaked by chemicals for maximum "mouth feel" and "repeat appeal" (addictiveness). This is what most people actually eat. Pure science on a plate. The food, in short, that is making the planet fat.
Processed saltwater solution effective against STECs, research suggests
Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that a processed saltwater solution may be an effective intervention against a variety of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli strains.
TraceGains: Balancing safety, security, profitability and the supply chain
Manufacturing Revival Radio
Will Pape, co-founder and executive vice president of TraceGains, discusses how logistics services can help food and beverage manufacturers ensure that raw ingredients are compliant with their specifications and with supporting documentation for the ingredients.
Influence as the new TV ad: Marketing a brand through thought leadership
Television ad effectiveness isn't what it used to be. But the marketing landscape has changed enough to give the most forward-thinking companies a fighting chance. The answer? Thought leadership.
Images examine America's complex relationship with fast food
From nutritional information to sourcing, Americans are obsessed with examining where our food comes from. Now, a photography series, "Fast Food," takes a closer and sometimes uncomfortable look at the fast food we eat.
Companies transforming temperature control for food industry
Process and Control Today
Temperature control specialist ICS Cool Energy has recently supplied temperature control solution to a highly innovative manufacturer of food spraying applications, Saturn Spraying. The equipment will improve on production efficiencies across the business, which is at the very forefront of spinning disc spraying technology in the food production industry.
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