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The ROI of food safety and quality assurance technology
Food Safety News
Food withdrawals, rejections and recalls cost the food industry $7 billion annually. Increasingly, these losses are being spread across all participants in the supply chain, including suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, retail/services sellers, third party labs and auditors. More
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Opinion: GMOs — let's label 'em
The New York Times
It's not an exaggeration to say that almost everyone wants to see the labeling of genetically engineered materials contained in their food products. And on Nov. 6, in what's unquestionably among the most important non-national votes this year, Californians will have the opportunity to make that happen — at least in theory — by weighing in on Proposition 37.

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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    New study: Sodium a concern for children
    The Wall Street Journal
    Children and teens on average consume as much sodium as adults, and that may be putting those who are overweight or obese at particular risk of high blood pressure, according to a new study in the journal Pediatrics. More
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    The story Romney hoped to avoid — and how to get past it
    The Washington Post
    The Romney campaign came face-to-face Sunday with just the story it was hoping to avoid: a report of dissension within the campaign ranks — much of it directed at media consultant and Romney political svengali Stuart Stevens. More
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    Will Obama win? Wide gap between preference and prediction
    The Washington Post
    National polling suggests the American public is deeply divided about whom it wants to be the next president of the United States. More
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    GOP super PACs ramp up spending in House races
    POLITICO
    With 50 days and counting until Election Day, a pair of outside political groups supporting House Republicans is unleashing $7 million of TV ads in contested congressional districts. A pair of related groups linked to House GOP leadership, the American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund, is launching a fresh $3 million advertising campaign targeting races in the Midwest, California and one in Texas. More
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    Emulsifying Protein Enhances Frozen Sauces
    OptiSol® 1000 is a superior emulsifying protein providing freeze-thaw stability while improving overall quality in reduced fat sauces and spreads for frozen prepared foods. A natural, clean-label emulsifier, OptiSol 1000 improves flavor and mouthfeel, as well as enhances viscosity, cling and opacity. Get reduced fat with full fat quality at a lower cost than oil. Call Tim Harried at 608-316-8526.




    US files trade complaint against China over auto subsidies
    The Washington Post
    The United States and China filed dueling complaints at the World Trade Organization on Monday, sharpening what has become a steady trade skirmish even as the nations' leaders pledge to expand economic cooperation between the world's two largest economies. More
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    FSIS makes revised Listeria guidelines available
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is making available "FSIS Compliance Guide: Controlling Listeria Monocytogenes in Post-Lethality Exposed Ready-to-Eat Meat and Poultry Products." The updated guidance outlines the inspection procedures and compliance responsibilities that have replaced the previous rules, which had last been updated in 2006. More
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    Minnesota wins $600,000 in grants to boost food safety
    Food Production Daily
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has won $600,000 in grants from the FDA to enhance the state's food safety capabilities, especially a traceability initiative. More
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    STEC testing procedures amended
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Inspection personnel have been given additional clarification for the procedures they should use when collecting raw ground beef samples for STEC testing. The latest guidelines call for the 2-pound samples to be collected in their final packaging and submitted for testing along with the packaging. More
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    Salmonella, Campylobacter testing program explained
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After discovering some slaughter establishments have been inadvertently excluded from testing, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is offering more detailed guidelines about what types of products and facilities should be included in its carcass-based Salmonella and Campylobacter testing program for young poultry. More
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    Clock is ticking on HFCS petition submitted to FDA
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    The clock is ticking for FDA to respond to a citizen's petition questioning the safety of blends of high-fructose corn syrup containing more than 55 percent fructose. More
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    EPA sets bio-based diesel volumes for 2013
    USAgNet
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency took action Friday to establish the amount of biodiesel products required to be included in diesel fuel markets in 2013. More
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    Teamsters approve deal with Hostess brands
    The Associated Press via IMPO
    Workers belonging to Hostess Brands' biggest union on Friday narrowly approved new contract terms, raising the possibility that the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread will stay in business. But another group of employees rejected the contract terms that Hostess says are needed for it to survive. More
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    Heinz measures shopper behavior to spur traffic, sales
    CPGmatters
    By deploying sophisticated video analysis, Heinz has uncovered key insights about traffic flow and shoppers' behavior, especially as it relates to the condiment category and the frozen food aisle. More
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    Trucking operational costs continue to rise
    Truckinginfo
    The average marginal cost per mile for 2011 was $1.71, the highest rate since 2008. This data comes from the American Transportation Research Institute's findings in its 2012 update to An Analysis of the Operational Costs of Trucking. More
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    Report: Food industry franchising profitability on the rise
    Pizza Marketplace
    According to a new report by Franchise Business Review, franchise operators in the food service industry are experiencing increased profitability and higher satisfaction. More
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    Foreign materials found in recalled chicken strips
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Roughly 2,250 pounds of frozen chicken strips have been recalled by Indiana-based Serenade Foods Inc. after two consumer complaints of plastic particles in the product.

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    Canada recalls ground beef on E. coli worry
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for ground beef made from products voluntarily recalled by XL Foods after possible E. coli contamination. The ground beef products were being distributed under Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kirkland and Calahoo brand names. More
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    Are you getting enough Potassium? Probably not
    PotatoPro
    A study published in the September edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that only 2 percent of the U.S. population is meeting its needs for potassium. More
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    Unilever closing 4 plants in UK
    Food Navigator
    Unilever has confirmed its plans to close four plants in the U.K., eliminating 500 jobs. Factories in Swansea and Slough will close, along with a distribution center in Wales, as Unilever consolidates and streamlines operations. More
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