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Food safety fees opposed by growing industry coalition

Food Safety News
The supercommittee charged with cutting at least $1.5 trillion from future federal spending should not count on any new food safety taxes or fees, says a growing coalition of food and agriculture organizations.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) took the lead organizing the coalition of food associations that signed the letter opposing new facility user fees and food taxes referenced in this story. AFFI's signature on the letter is noted in the story.
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FDA: FSMA import reinspection invoices delayed until January

Food Chemical News
Industry trade associations and others fighting to block import reinspection fees that FDA had planned to start collecting Oct. 1 appear to have gotten a reprieve for now, reveals an FDA guidance document issued Friday. More
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Study: Food ads have more clout than parents

MSNBC
Food ads have more clout when it comes to children's food selection than even an involved parent, a new study in The Journal of Pediatrics suggests. The findings came as a surprise to researchers who were trying to determine the impact of commercials on kids' diets. More
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Perry's $17 million fundraising total appears to lead Republicans

The Washington Post
Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry appears to have raised more money than his GOP rivals in the first six weeks of his campaign, suggesting the Texas governor remains competitive despite a series of major stumbles that have hurt his standing in the race. More
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Nevada GOP sets caucuses for Jan. 14; other primaries could move to December

The Washington Post
Nevada's Republican Party has set its presidential caucuses for Jan. 14 — a move that could increase the chances of the 2012 GOP nominating contest beginning in 2011. More
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Palin says she won't run for president, ending speculation

The Washington Post
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin ended her months-long flirtation with a presidential bid Wednesday, announcing in a letter to supporters that she will use her influence next year to help elect Republicans from statehouses to the White House. More
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China: US policy, not currency, to blame for economic woes

The Washington Post
The view from Washington, as seen by proponents of the China currency sanctions bill, seems clear: China's government keeps its currency artificially low. But the view from China — taken from official comments, newspaper opinion pieces and interviews with economists — often is the opposite.

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  • US intensifies criticism of China's yuan policy (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Graham paves way for Senate passage of China currency bill (The Hill)
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    Opinion: The national security case for free trade

    The Wall Street Journal
    On Monday, President Barack Obama submitted three critical free trade agreements to Congress and asked both chambers to advance them expeditiously. Passage of these agreements is a matter not just of economic and commercial opportunity but also of national security. More
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    House votes to delay controls on toxic pollution

    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The Republican-controlled House has passed the first of two bills that would delay rules to cut toxic air pollution and mercury from cement plants, solid waste incinerators and industrial boilers. More
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    NLRB poster requirement postponed

    HR.BLR.com
    The National Labor Relations Board has postponed the implementation date for its new notice-posting rule by more than two months. The new effective date of the rule is Jan. 31, 2012. More
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    5 states increase minimum wage

    HR.BLR.com
    Five states with annual minimum wage adjustments have increased the minimum rate in their states. Effective Jan. 1, workers in Colorado, Montana, Ohio, Oregon and Washington will be due for a raise. More
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    USDA awards $55 million in grants to boost specialty crops

    United States Department of Agriculture
    Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan announced Wednesday that USDA will be investing in 55 specialty crop block grants that will fund 740 initiatives to strengthen the market for specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, horticulture and nursery crops. More
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    Unrefrigerated food trucks show need for transportation training

    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Food transportation — often ranked as one of the most vulnerable links in the food chain — is being targeted by a new training course from the Center for Agriculture & Food Security & Preparedness, a member of the Food and Agriculture Protection Training Consortium. More
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    UK: Revised carbon footprint standard could help food processors

    Food Production Daily
    The British Standards Institute has said food processors will be able to calculate the carbon footprint of their manufacturing and supply chains more accurately under revamped eco-guidelines. More
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    Pillsbury launches new line of frozen breakfast products

    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Pillsbury is launching a line of frozen breakfast dishes, including Pillsbury® Egg Scrambles™ and Grands!™ Biscuit Sandwiches. More
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    Sara Lee selling North American Fresh Bakery

    FBR
    Food giant Sara Lee said it is finalizing discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice to sell its North American Fresh Bakery business to Grupo Bimbo, a Mexican bakery. Sara Lee will retain the right to sell its branded frozen desserts and some other products. More
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    Hershey announces warehouse, distribution alliance

    Food Ingredients First
    The Hershey Company has entered into an alliance with The Ferrero Group in North America through a joint warehousing, transportation and distribution initiative; the move is part of ongoing productivity efforts to improve supply chain efficiency and enhance competitiveness. More
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    Hain Celestial buys vegetable brand from Smucker

    just-food
    The Canadian subsidiary of Hain Celestial has acquired the Europe's Best vegetable brand from U.S. food group J.M. Smucker. More
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    Takasago launches new culinary center

    Food Ingredients First
    Brian Buck, senior vice president and general manager of Takasago Americas, announced the opening of a state-of-the-art culinary center in Rockleigh, N.J., which will house an experienced team of savory professionals. More
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    DD Williamson changes brand, logo

    Food Business News
    D.D. Williamson has launched a new brand image as its new logo — "DDW" — replaces "D.D. Williamson." More
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    Friendly's files for bankruptcy protection

    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    The parent of the Friendly's restaurant chain is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and says it already has closed 63 of its stores. More
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    Journal: Some segments more vulnerable to foodborne disease

    Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
    In developed countries such as the United Kingdom and the United States, between 15 percent and 20 percent of the population show greater susceptibility than the general population to foodborne disease. More
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    Study: Maturing consumers' needs not being met

    FoodBev
    Retailers and manufacturers are failing to meet the specific needs of the massive, growing and global aging population, according to new research. More
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    Flawed packaging designs cost millions

    Food Manufacture
    Millions of dollars are wasted each year because new packaging designs are not compatible with existing machinery. More
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    Breakthrough performance in differential ion mobility spectrometry

    Labmate Online
    AB Sciex SelexION™ Technology, a new differential ion mobility separation technology, has shown promise in significantly improving the process for identifying contaminants that are difficult to separate. More
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    New freezer quick-starts cryogenic process

    Scientist Live
    Air Products is launching its new Freshline QS tunnel freezer, which can be used to cryogenically freeze or chill a wide variety of foods. The new tunnel freezer is suitable for smaller-volume food processors that want to begin freezing quickly, with minimal upfront cost. More
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    United States Cold Storage
    USCS and its several predecessor companies have been providing refrigerated storage services to the food industry since 1889. Today USCS is a leading national public refrigerated warehouse operator with 34 facilities located in 12 states. MORE
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