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Sneak peek at AFFI-CON 2014: You ain't seen nothin' yet!
AFFI
In celebration of our commitment to continued frozen food industry innovation and growth, the theme for AFFI-CON 2014 is "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet." AFFI-CON 2014 kicks off Saturday, Feb. 22, and runs through Wednesday, Feb. 26. Visit the AFFI-CON 2014 teaser website to sign up — ensure you're among the first to know when AFFI-CON registration opens!
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Undeclared allergens top reason for Q2 recalls
Food Safety News
Undeclared allergens — not pathogens involving bacteria, viruses or parasites — are driving the overwhelming majority of recalls, according to the most recent quarterly findings.

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Opinion: Rushed deadlines on FSMA will lead to disaster
The Heritage Foundation
By setting up artificial and unrealistic deadlines in FSMA, Congress has effectively ensured that the regulations will be rushed and poorly considered. According to the FDA, it is required to "prepare more than 50 rules, guidance documents, reports and studies within strict timeframes."

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    Obama's economic bind, in three charts
    The Washington Post
    It's (still) "the economy, stupid." The famous words coined by Clinton strategist James Carville for the 1992 presidential campaign ring true these days for President Barack Obama, whose approval rating is most heavily influenced by what Americans think of his economic stewardship, according to data from Gallup.

    Related: Recession's pain reaching deep into economic recovery (The Washington Post)

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    RNC raises $5.9 million; DNC has $18.5 million in debt
    The Hill
    The RNC also has significantly more cash on hand than the Democratic National Committee. It had $12.3 million in cash on hand and no debt at the end of July, while the DNC had $4.1 million in cash on hand and nearly $18.5 million in debt — an increase from the end of June.
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    Unlikely allies seek to limit Obama trade powers
    Politico
    What could conservative Republican Reps. Michele Bachmann and Walter Jones and liberal Democratic Rep. Rosa DeLauro possibly agree on? They all want to limit President Barack Obama's ability to "fast-track" international trade deals.
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    Obama enlists new lieutenants in second-term push
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama has assembled a new cadre of lieutenants to enact policy shifts through regulation during his second term. Many of the agency heads and top-ranking officials will be tasked with implementing scores of federal rules that will help shape Obama's legacy.
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    More kids skip school lunch, but breakfasts are up
    USA Today
    Fewer kids ate school lunch last year after new nutrition standards put more vegetables and fewer french fries on their plates. But breakfast consumption at schools rose as more places started offering the meal in creative ways — and often at no charge.

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  • Boston politician launches crusade against expired school food (The Boston Globe)

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    FDA acknowledges problems obtaining Chinese visas for new inspectors
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Congress may have given FDA extra funding to staff up its China post this year, but the agency has yet to secure Chinese visas for the new inspectors, according to Christopher Hickey, head of FDA's China office.
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    Northeast farmers protest proposed food safety rules
    The Barre Montpelier Times Argus
    Farmers from Vermont and New Hampshire told federal officials Tuesday that sweeping food safety rules could sweep them out of business.
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    AFFI Government Action Summit: Register today!
    AFFI
    AFFI's annual Government Action Summit, Sept. 10-12, offers you a voice with policy makers. Register today and advocate for the industry!

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    Opinion: Ethanol mandate causing economic wreck
    The Washington Post
    A 2007 federal law mandating ever-greater ethanol consumption is starting to create the economic equivalent of a multi-car pileup.

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    Cyclospora outbreak: 20 states; 600 infected
    Food Safety News
    Since the CDC announced an outbreak of Cyclospora-driven illness, the confirmed cases nearly tripled while the number of states involved quadrupled.

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    Analysis: Obamacare, tepid US growth fuel part-time hiring
    Reuters
    U.S. businesses are hiring at a robust rate. The only problem is that 3 out of 4 of the nearly 1 million hires this year are part-time, and many of the jobs are low-paid.
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    Nationwide tally for Cyclospora cases now at 613…and counting
    Food Safety News
    The CDC reported seven more Cyclospora infections Tuesday; while state health departments are reporting slightly different numbers, all authorities agree the outbreak has continued to spread.

    Related: Texas lawsuit blames Taylor Farms greens, taco stand (News.Gnom.es)

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    Manfluence : How men are changing meat shopping — or are they?
    Meatingplace
    New research by Midan Marketing shows more men are doing the grocery (and meat) shopping, but it also found there are fewer difference between male and female shoppers than you might think.
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    Is Salmonella the beef industry's biggest new challenge?
    Food Safety News
    Scientists have realized they may have misidentified the source of Salmonella in beef cattle. They now realize it may be in the lymphatic system of cattle, making it harder to prevent than E. coli.
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    Food firms need cleaner hands
    Food Production Daily
    A sanitation products company is challenging food industry professionals to check their hand hygiene and ensure it's up to snuff.
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    Hyperloop and the future of air/sea shipping
    Justin Stoltzfus
    The Internet is buzzing with reports of Tesla Motors co-founder Elon Musk's plan for a new kind of tube-based rail transport — the Hyperloop. The technology would lead to a lot of changes in many industries.
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    Subway targets Europe with up to 1,000 new outlets in 2014
    Bloomberg
    Subway, the closely held restaurant chain with more outlets than McDonald's Corp., plans to pick up the pace of openings in Europe by adding as many as 1,000 new locations in 2014.
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    NAPMN projects nearly 23 percent drop in North Dakota potato crop
    PotatoPro
    Bruce Huffaker, publisher of the North American Potato Market News, is projecting a 22.6 percent production drop in the North Dakota Potato crop this fall. If accurate, that would be 5.7 million less hundredweight than in 2012.
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    Euromonitor: Solid sales value growth in US savory snacks market
    PotatoPro
    Sweet and savory snacks have experienced a 4 percent current value growth in the United States, according to research from Euromonitor International. Such growth is a positive for snack makers, as the category is expected to exceed $38 billion by 2017.
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