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Defense of US food supply: What is USDA doing?

United States Department of Agriculture
National Preparedness Month is a good opportunity to reflect on progress toward ensuring the security of the nation's food supply. The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers defense of the food and agriculture sector critical — all the way from farm to fork. More
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Obama push for TAA extension doesn't calm organized labor on free-trade deals

The Hill
President Barack Obama's push for renewed assistance for workers who lose their jobs due to trade isn't diminishing organized labor's opposition to the three trade deals he wants Congress to approve. More
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Packaging takes center stage in food waste strategy

Food Production Daily
Packaging has been placed at the heart of a European blueprint to cut the millions of tons of food wasted each year. More
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Centrist Democratic group wants super committee to go small, not big

The Hill
A centrist Democratic group is trying to pump the brakes on the push to have the deficit-reducing super committee "go big." More
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Republican front-runners Mitt Romney, Rick Perry come from different worlds

The Washington Post
The Republican Party has produced as front-runners for the presidential nomination two men just three years apart in age but who otherwise seem to be as different as possible — in style, substance, biography and their appeals to voters. More
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Extra US E. coli testing to cost $10 million

Beef Central
The cost of producing ground beef and some other beef items in the U.S. inevitably will increase, following the widely anticipated USDA announcement last week that six additional variants of E. coli bacteria will be declared as adulterants in ground beef. More
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Inspection fees opposed by meat, poultry, egg groups

Food Safety News
Meat, poultry and egg industries — represented by 20 separate organizations — all agree they don't like the prospect of paying food safety inspection fees, which they then will try to pass on to their customers.

Editor's note: AFFI was a signatory on the Sept. 13 letter.
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Opinion: A pro-trade agenda for US jobs

The Wall Street Journal
If there is a single issue on which Republicans and Democrats in Washington should be able to agree, it is that expanded trade is vital for U.S. economic growth and job creation. More
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Restaurants, farmers square off over ethanol

The Hill
National restaurant chain companies have targeted ethanol tax subsidies for slashing by the powerful group of lawmakers tasked with reducing the national deficit by at least $1.5 trillion. More
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Raising the safety bar for food and beverage manufacturers

Industry Week
Last month the FDA released its "Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science" calling for a sweeping modernization of the science used in developing and evaluating products critical to the nation's health, economy and security. More
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G20 nations turn to agricultural research for food security

USAgNet via Wisconsin Ag Connection
The G20 group of major global economies for the first time has put international agricultural research on its agenda, in an effort to take a long-term view on the fight for food security. More
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New research group to set freezing, chilling guidelines

Food Manufacture
Drawing up fresh guidelines for processors leading to a more efficient freezing and chilling of foods is the aim of a new research group formed by Air Products and the Grimsby Institute. More
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Del Bueno recalls cheese over Listeria concerns

Food Safety News
For the third time in a year, an Eastern Washington cheese maker is recalling cheese because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is organizing a series of instructional food safety webinars with leading experts to examine topics and issues related to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To register, or for more information, please click here.
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Ralcorp unwilling to start talks on ConAgra takeover bid

FBR
Ralcorp has not contacted ConAgra Foods about its $5.2 billion takeover offer and likely will not do so before the offer expires today, according to people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reported. More
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Birds Eye aims to shake up frozen veggie status quo

MediaPost
With the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new MyPlate icon driving home the message that healthy eating means making vegetables and fruits half of each meal and first lady Michelle Obama aggressively promoting her "Let's Move" initiatives to stem childhood obesity, Birds Eye sees an unprecedented opportunity to get more of its frozen vegetables onto Americans' plates. More
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Discussion with food safety Under Secretary Elisabeth Hagen

Twin Cities Daily Planet
Elisabeth A. Hagen, under secretary for food safety in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, views her job through a mix of lenses: the lens of the scientist, the bureaucrat and the mother. More
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Edible carrot films display food packaging potential

Food Production Daily
Barrier properties exhibited by carrot-based edible films demonstrate potential for use as packaging for a variety of food types, according to recent research from China. More
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Feral in the fields: Food safety risk from wildlife

Food Safety News
Last month's announcement by the Oregon Health Authority confirmed deer droppings were the source of E. coli O157:H7 contamination in strawberry fields linked to 15 human illnesses, including one death. More
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New technology could make pectin from orange peel waste

Food Production Daily
New microwave-based technology could allow the generation of valuable food ingredients from food and drink processing waste, including thickening and gelling agents. More
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Butterball closing Colorado plant

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Turkey processor Butterball LLC, of Garner, N.C., said it will close its Longmont, Colo., facility, effective Dec. 31. More
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Firms chosen to manage I-55 corridor freezer site

Refrigerated Transporter
Commercial real estate services firm Grubb & Ellis recently was selected to provide property management and leasing for a 300,000-square-foot freezer/cooler building in the Interstate 55 distribution corridor. More
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