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Opinion: FDA's budget hike request must succumb to reality

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Testifying before Congress in March, FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg, M.D., tried to justify the 11.6 percent spending increase proposed for her agency weeks earlier by President Barack Obama. In today's budget climate, however, the president and Hamburg might have to swallow a budget that's at best flat with the 2011 fiscal year. More
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Lawyers: Listeria outbreak might be deadliest in US history

FoodBev.com
Listeria attorneys at Marler Clark, the law firm representing victims of foodborne illness, are warning consumers that the current Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe may become one of the most lethal food poisoning outbreaks in U.S. history.

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    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. More
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    Vilsack kicks off new nutrition guide

    USAgNet via Wisconsin Ag Connection
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in California on Monday with an important message: Eat your fruits and vegetables. More
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    Senate agrees to deal that would avert government shutdown

    The Washington Post
    Senate leaders agreed to a deal Monday evening that is almost certain to avert a federal government shutdown, a prospect that had arisen unexpectedly when leaders deadlocked on disaster relief funding. More
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    Blunt eyeing Senate leadership run

    The Washington Post
    Don't call it a comeback, because Roy Blunt never actually left Capitol Hill. But three years after he stepped down as House Republican whip, the freshman senator from Missouri has nudged his way back into the spotlight. More
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    Sarah Palin, second-tier candidate

    The Washington Post
    Amid the "will she or won't she" speculation about former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's 2012 presidential plans, one important thing seems to be getting lost: Palin simply is not a top-tier candidate. More
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    Reagan Library speech fuels talk about Christie entering presidential race

    The Hill
    With speculation rampant that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is eyeing entrance into the Republican presidential primary, those in the political world will be watching a speech Tuesday at the Reagan Library with keen interest. More
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    Pelosi, Reid at odds with Obama over trade

    The Hill
    The White House and Democratic leaders in Congress are at odds over three pending trade deals that President Barack Obama is poised to send to Capitol Hill. More
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    Study: Going without animal ID will be costly

    Food Safety News
    If rural America kicks the lite version of animal identification to the curb just as it did the National Animal Identification System, an economic study shows export markets for U.S. beef and pork will shrink significantly.

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    Academic: Potassium, sodium targets incompatible

    Food Navigator
    Further evidence that government healthy eating guides would benefit from a reality check was unveiled at the American Dietetic Association's annual conference in San Diego this week, where delegates were told that targets for potassium and sodium are mathematically "incompatible." More
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    Food Technology & Safety Exchange™ set for November

    Food Safety News
    IQPC announces the Food Technology & Safety Exchange™, a meeting for organizations in the food sector, bringing together R&D, innovation, marketing, branding and safety thought leaders. More
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    Retailers told training key to manage UK labeling change

    just-food
    U.K. retailers need to focus on training to lessen the impact the phasing out of food sell-by dates could have on how they manage their inventory, software supplier SAS has said. More
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    River basins could double food production

    Reuters via Eco-Business
    Major river basins in Africa, Asia and Latin America could sustainably double food production in some of the poorest parts of the globe in the next few decades, water experts reported Monday. More
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    Auburn University tapped for food safety training center

    Montgomery Advertiser
    The Food and Drug Administration has selected Auburn University's Food Systems Initiative as a national food safety training center, as a way to standardize training and create certifications for food inspectors at all levels.

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    Danisco introduces natural yeast, mold killer in US

    Food Ingredients First
    With the launch of Danisco's new BioVia YM 10, manufacturers can meet market demand for natural, clean-label products without compromising their shelf life and food safety standards. More
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    Kerry Foods launches frozen meal range

    PRWeek
    The U.K.'s Kerry Foods will launch a new range of frozen meals in October, calling the new line "Made for You" and targeting "time-poor adults." More
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    Vadilal bets big on frozen food business

    Business Standard
    Dairy and food products maker Vadilal Industries Ltd. is looking to strengthen its presence in the frozen food segment by expanding its market reach in India, while continuing to export its frozen products to the U.S., Europe and Australia. More
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    Publix recalls spinach dip over Listeria worries

    MarketWatch
    Publix Super Markets is issuing a voluntary recall for spinach dip because it may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. More
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    Pennsylvania company recalls pureed pork products

    The Associated Press via Canadian Business
    Federal authorities say H. Keeps Inc., an eastern Pennsylvania company, is recalling approximately 5,550 pounds of pureed pork products that may contain foreign materials. More
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    Spotting food trends at Expo East

    The Gourmet Retailer
    The Gourmet Retailer's Anna Wolfe attended Natural Products Expo East in Baltimore last week and reports back on the top trends in food, including notable new frozen products. More
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    Savannah port to get $4.75 expansion for cold storage

    The Associated Press via The Republic
    The Georgia Ports Authority is expanding the Port of Savannah's refrigerated storage space for poultry and other cargo that needs to be kept cold. More
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    Ralcorp appoints Stiritz as CEO of Post Holdings

    FBR
    Ralcorp Holdings, a U.S.-based manufacturer of cereals and private-label food brands, announced its chairman, William Stiritz, will serve as chief executive officer of its cereal business spinoff, Post Holdings.

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    PepsiCo to promote brands of other companies

    DBR
    PepsiCo is scaling its options to use its resources for marketing products of other companies through tie-ups in India. More
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    New service ensures explosive food processing safety

    Food & Drink News
    TUV SUD Product Service, an international expert in product safety testing, today launched its ATEX Safety Service to help food manufacturers that operate processing facilities in their efforts to comply with the European ATEX Workplace Directive. More
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    Millennials sexier but boomers still the prize

    Supermarket News
    At food and beverage conferences these days, there is a lot more discussion about segmenting shoppers: which ones are more valuable than others and why it is critical to market specifically to them. More
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    Flavor-tripping protein: Novelty sweetener potential?

    Food Navigator
    New research unraveling the mechanisms behind the "flavor-tripping" effects of a rare fruit protein could help to develop novelty sweeteners — but experts are split on its long-term applications. More
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    CryoPort to open European operations center

    EON
    CryoPort, Inc. announced Monday that it has signed an agreement with MediRent BV to open a European operations center in Leiden, The Netherlands. More
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    'The Chew' brings food to daily network television

    The Plain Dealer
    Monday's premiere of ABC's "The Chew" — the first daily network television show devoted to food and its endless facets — squeezed a lot into its first hour on network television. More
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    8 ways to prevent cargo theft

    Food Logistics
    With the cost of food increasing, cargo theft can pose a serious threat to both the company and the economy. More
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    Bosch packaging chief bullish on Western economic outlook, predicts strong growth in China

    Food Production Daily
    In an interview at Pack Expo 2011 in Las Vegas, Bosch packaging chief Friedberg Klefenz said talk of another economic downturn has failed to dent the company's buoyant order books, and he also forecasts strong growth in its Chinese operations. More
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