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Opinion: FSMA delay spurs curious partnerships and pleas
Food Safety News
In an industry traditionally anxious to be self policing and opposed to regulation, the tide has turned. As the delays with FSMA-proposed rules have continued through 2012 and now move into the ninth month, we have continued to see pressure from the industry in conjunction with consumer groups literally begging for regulation. More
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Millions get tossed around in food fight
Waste & Recycling
Opponents are building a substantial war chest to fight an initiative on California's November ballot that would require foods produced using genetic engineering to be specially labeled. If passed, Proposition 37, known as The California Right to Know Food Act, would make California the first state in the U.S. to require labeling of genetically engineered foods and foods made with GE ingredients.

Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations working to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.

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    Debate: Is organic food worth the expense?
    The New York Times
    Is there a place for organic farming in a world with severe food shortages and rising food prices? A panel of experts tackle the issues involved in bringing organic food to market. More
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    Among likely voters, Obama-Romney close
    The Washington Post
    Last week's Democratic National Convention helped President Barack Obama improve his standing against Republican Mitt Romney, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, but did little to reduce voter concern about his handling of the economy. More
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    Romney campaign pins hopes on cash advantage, late ad blitz
    The Hill
    Mitt Romney's campaign is pinning its hopes that its big cash advantage will help the GOP nominee against President Barack Obama, who is leading in the polls. More
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    Todd Akin: 'I'm not getting out'
    POLITICO
    GOP Rep. Todd Akin doesn't sound like someone who's about to end his Senate bid. With a dropout deadline just two weeks away, the Missouri congressman said he's "totally in" the race and will not drop his bid despite calls from top Republicans and conservative pundits that he immediately do so. More
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    Ethanol mandate waiver: Decks stacked against petitioners
    GlobalWarming.org
    The governors of Georgia, Texas, Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, New Mexico and North Carolina, along with industry groups, have petitioned EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to waive the mandatory ethanol blending requirements established by the Renewable Fuel Standard. The petitioners hope to lower and stabilize corn prices, which recently hit record highs as the worst drought in 50 years destroyed one-sixth of the U.S. corn crop. But the regulatory decks are stacked against them. More
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    Congress expected to OK stopgap spending in quickie session
    The Associated Press via Detroit Free Press
    Congress returned to Washington Monday for an abbreviated pre-election session in which it appears likely to do the bare minimum: making sure that the government doesn't shut down. More
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    Peterson: Farm bill passage not likely
    Independent
    U.S. House Rep. Collin Peterson's optimism for a new, five-year farm bill is fading faster than summer. Peterson, the veteran Democrat who represents Minnesota's 7th Congressional District, said Monday that he's been told Republican House leader John Boehner of Ohio will probably put the farm bill on hold for this year. More
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    Center for Food Safety petitions against GE apples
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    The Center for Food Safety has started a petition asking USDA to not approve the Arctic apple, which doesn't turn brown when cut. The organization says this genetic engineering could "cause contamination of nearby organic or conventional apple orchards." More
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    Japan raises cow age limit to allow more US beef imports
    Food World News
    Japan may be easing certain restrictions on imports of beef from the U.S. In 2003, after a single case of BSE, or mad cow disease, Japan placed a ban on all beef from the U.S. But, after much deliberation, the food safety authority of Japan, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare may decide to make changes in the restriction, including a lifting of the age of cows slaughtered for the meat. More
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    Kraft CEO outlines plans in advance of grocery split
    Advertising Age
    The CEO of Kraft Foods' new standalone North American grocery business on Friday set lofty goals for the company, pledging to pour more advertising behind top "power" brands while slashing overhead to create a more nimble corporate culture. More
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    Study: Picture comparison can predict children's food preferences
    Food Navigator
    Children's liking of specific foods can be accurately assessed by asking them to compare pictures on a computer screen, suggests new research that could help manufacturers in their development of new child-friendly foods. More
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    Are you hungry for change?
    Supply & Demand Chain Executive
    With a growing list of recalled perishables, not to mention the 24-hour news cycle that shines a light on the impact recalls have on public safety and health, consumers are more aware of quality issues that can arise at any step in the supply chain. Manufacturers and produce companies need to step up to the plate to meet FDA regulations and ensure safe precision in their supply chain. More
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    Food safety poses challenges for heartland
    The Packer
    Wholesalers and retailers in the heart of America can't keep up with demand for locally grown produce, but a lack of growers isn't necessarily the problem. Rather, a lack of growers with adequate food safety programs is the biggest challenge to meeting orders for local produce according to several sources in the central U.S. More
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    Innova Market Insights: Meat snacks going global
    Food Ingredients First
    The U.S. salty snacks market is the largest and one of the most diverse in the world, encompassing some types of product that may not be included in the bagged snacks category in other countries or may be relatively undeveloped in scope. Meat snacks are a good example. More
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    Monogram Food Solutions buys corn dog maker
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Monogram Food Solutions LLC has acquired Hinsdale Farms, Bristol, Ind., a manufacturer of corn dogs primarily for retail private label businesses. The acquisition includes Hinsdale's 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility, and Monogram raised $12.5 million in new equity to finance the acquisition. More
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    3M molecular detection assay for Listeria environmental testing receives AOAC-PTM approval
    Business Wire
    3M Food Safety has earned AOAC-PTM certification for the 3M™ Molecular Detection Assay Listeria for Environmental Testing from the AOAC Research Institute's Performance Tested MethodsSM program. More
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    High meat prices weigh on Hilton Food Group
    Reuters
    British meatpacking company Hilton Food Group reported a flat profit for the first half of the year as higher meat prices weighed on the company. More
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    National TV Dinner Day celebrated Monday
    KyPost.com
    Freeze! September 10 is National TV Dinner Day. If you're too tired to cook and just feel like vegging out in front of the TV, you're not alone. More
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    Scots entrepreneurs win place on US trade mission
    Scotland of Food & Drink
    An ingenious Scots invention that warns when food or other products are about to expire has won a coveted place on a trip to meet some of the most influential investors in the U.S. UWI Label is one of 13 "clean tech" firms that won a Europe-wide competition to earn a place on the high-profile business tour of Boston, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. More
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    UK: Recycle label hits 150 participants
    MRW
    A food packaging recycling label scheme has signed up its 150th company. London-based Geeta's Foods, which supplies Indian cooking sauces, has joined the list of firms that display the on-pack recycling label launched by the British Retail Consortium in 2009. Coca-Cola Enterprises joined the scheme in August. More
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