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Food facility registration delayed
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced late Friday that its required biennial food facility registration process, slated to begin Monday, is delayed. The agency has not set an expected window for the registrations to commence. Please check FDA's website at a later date or sign up for FSMA updates to be informed when it becomes available.

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    Prop 37: Food transparency or increased organic food sales?
    Food Processing
    Contributor David TerMolen proposes California's upcoming food transparency measure is about increasing sales of organic food products at the expense of conventional foods.

    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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    'Trash cams' considered as students toss fruit, vegetables
    Orlando Sentinel
    This year, prompted by changes in federal school lunch rules, Central Florida students are not allowed to turn down healthful produce, much of which can end up in the garbage. The issue has caught the attention of Lake County school leaders who say they want staff to use surveys or even trash cams — cameras mounted on cafeteria garbage bins — to study what's being thrown away.

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    Cool Lumens Inc.
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    Obama, Romney in tight race nationally as first debate looms
    The Washington Post
    On the eve of their first presidential debate, President Barack Obama leads or is at parity with Mitt Romney on virtually every major issue and attribute in what remains a competitive general election, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

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    Battleground poll: Race still tight
    POLITICO
    The presidential race is tight enough nationally that a strong performance in Wednesday's debate by Mitt Romney could put him in the lead. A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll of likely voters shows President Barack Obama ahead 49 percent to 47 percent, a point closer than a week ago and still within the margin of error.

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    Money and map make GOP firewall in House
    POLITICO
    Democrats — barring a drastic change in the political environment between now and Nov. 6 — are still unlikely to win the House. It's a reality that Democratic higher-ups don't admit publicly. More
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    Opinion: Voting 6 weeks before election way too early
    USA Today
    The election is six weeks away. Except, of course, it really isn't. Thirty states have already begun some form of early voting, mostly by accepting absentee ballots. Five, including the battleground state of Iowa, have set up in-person polling stations. Ohio opens polls Tuesday. By Election Day, Nov. 6, roughly a third of voters are expected to have cast their ballots. 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 or tharried@glanbia.com.




    PCC joins push for law requiring GMO labeling in Washington
    The Seattle Times
    A Seattle-based grocery chain said it will spend $100,000 to help collect signatures in support of Washington state's Initiative 522, which would require labeling of food with GMOs. The company also has launched an in-store signature-gathering campaign. More
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    Industry out front with food safety programs
    Supermarket News
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's food safety rules — in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act — have not yet been published, but the produce industry shows little concern because the industry has been working on its own with government agencies to improve food safety programs that are in place.

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    Food testing course helps countries build trade capacity
    Food Safety News
    After its first year of operation, the International Food Safety Training Lab is doing exactly what it was founded to do: train foreign scientists in leading food testing methods. But, like all fledgling programs, IFSTL has also adapted with experience, opening its classrooms to trade policymakers and industry professionals, all as part of its goal to improve the safety of food traded to the U.S. and abroad. More
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    EFSA sets Friday deadline for GM corn review
    European Food Safety Authority
    The European Food Safety Authority will deliver its preliminary review of a new study that states concerns over the potential toxicity of a herbicide containing glyphosate and of glyphosate-tolerant GM maize NK603. Authorities say the EFSA announcement will take place before Friday. More
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    FBI: America's food supply vulnerable to terrorists
    Contingency Today
    The FBI has warned that terrorists consider America's agriculture and food production tempting targets. According to the FBI Bulletin magazine, terrorists have noticed the U.S. food supply is among the most vulnerable and least protected of all potential targets of attack. More
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    Fruit As It Should Be!

    Wawona demonstrates passion for food quality, delivering the best fruit from the orchard to your freezer. Wawona remains a family owned business with principles on quality, innovations and excellent customer services.
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    Arby's seeks to drop fast-food image
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. is introducing a new advertising campaign aimed at drawing customers away from the Subway sandwich chain and convincing diners it is a destination for fresh food. More
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    In US, 8 percent of children have food allergies
    UPI via Big News Network
    Many U.S. parents are unaware that 8 percent of children have a food allergy — and more than 15 percent of them have an allergic reaction at school, an expert says. More
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    XL Foods recall continues to expand
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency broadened its recall of products traced back to XL Foods beef, issuing expanded warnings Saturday and Sunday and saying the ongoing investigation into E. coli-tainted products could lead to even more recalls. More
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    Peapod expands virtual grocery shopping
    Supermarket News
    Online grocer Peapod has expanded its virtual grocery store billboards to more than 100 commuter rail stations in the markets where it operates in Chicago and the Northeast. Shoppers can use their mobile devices to download the Peapod shopping app and then scan the bar codes displayed with the products on the billboards. More
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    Hungry? Just heat it and eat it
    The Nation
    The pressures of urban life are making ready-to-eat meals the food of choice for an increasing number of Thai people; they cater to popular tastes, are cheaper, hygienic and simply convenient. More
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    Calorie counts on the menu: How burgers stack up
    Access Atlanta
    When McDonald's made the decision to begin listing calorie counts on its menus, food watchers throughout the country collectively licked their lips. Then the calorie counts revealed themselves to be, well, far from great — but in the grand scheme of things, not that bad. More
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    Smart Fog aims to boost food safety for produce
    PRWeb via Midland Daily News
    This week Smart Fog is introducing a new line of food safety and disinfection solutions for material distribution equipment. Smart Fog enables complete produce decontamination with low to no residue chemicals. The low-maintenance units come complete with data retention for food safety regulatory audit requirements. More
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