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CDC staff nearly restored to tackle Salmonella outbreak
Food Production Daily
Whittled away by the U.S. government shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is back to nearly full force to monitor a multistate Salmonella outbreak.
Government shutdown worst-case scenario realized (Politico)
Outbreak contains drug-resistant strains (Time)
Amid big Salmonella outbreak, USDA says it's on the job (NPR)
China food safety woes soar (The Wall Street Journal)
Why shouldn't you be allowed to spend your money as you'd like?
American Frozen Food Institute
The U.S. Supreme Court, as required by law, began its new term on the first Monday in October. While attention remained focused on the federal government shutdown, the High Court is scheduled to hear a case that could reshape American politics for decades to come. In Shaun McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the Justices will consider whether to strike down aggregate limits on political contributions that were ushered in nearly 40 years ago following the Watergate scandal.
Prosecutions scare food industry
When it comes to massive, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks, implicated companies have always paid a price — in legal and medical costs, if not a loss in business, shattered consumer confidence and even bankruptcy. But until recently, criminal penalties have been virtually unheard of. The Obama administration is changing the legal landscape, however.
President, Democrats split on strategy
Senate Democrats and President Barack Obama have split over important strategic decisions in the battle to raise the debt ceiling.
Poll: Dysfunction at 74-year high
As the government shutdown continues in its second week, Americans' biggest concern is now dysfunction in Washington — which has reached the highest rate in 74 years, a new Gallup poll shows.
No break for GOP in shutdown polling
The public continues to blame Republicans for the unpopular government shutdown, according to an AP-GfK poll released Wednesday.
UNPA: Does CFSAN plan for GMO label guidance mean FDA changed thinking?
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's priority to publish guidance to help manufacturers with voluntarily GMO labeling could signal a change in thinking at the agency, says the United Natural Products Alliance.
Federal judge to rule on FDA's appeal of District Court's FSMA schedule
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The government may be partially shut down, but FDA and Justice Department attorneys are still fighting an August court order that set FDA on a schedule to issue seven FSMA rules.
Related: Consumer, public health groups: FDA should not delay FSMA (Food Safety News)
Government-built sugar surplus could cost US $300 million
Federal aid to U.S. sugar growers has helped spur record domestic production just as a free trade deal is encouraging a flood of Mexican imports — triggering emergency measures that may cost taxpayers $300 million.
API launches fresh fight over EPA's renewable fuel mandate
Law360 (subscription required)
The American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the D.C. Circuit over the amount of renewable fuels that must be added to the U.S. fuel supply in 2013.
South Korea suspends some US beef imports over feed additive
South Korea has suspended some U.S. beef imports after detecting the cattle feed additive zilpaterol in meat supplied by a unit of JBS USA, raising concerns over how the controversial animal growth enhancer has entered the global supply chain.
Scientists: More vitamins, antioxidants in frozen produce than fresh
Frozen fruit and vegetables can be healthier, with higher levels of vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants, than leafy fresh produce. Two independent studies found more beneficial nutrients in everything from frozen broccoli florets and carrots to blueberries.
Related: Ice, ice, baby carrots: Frozen food deserves a better rap (Mother Jones via OnEarth)
Alchemy Systems announces new executive team members
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Alchemy Systems, a global leader of innovative technologies and services in the food industry, recently announced the addition of two executive-level team members: Christine Mills and Laura Dunn Nelson.
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'Food e-vangelists' gaining ability to impact food production
Consumer interest in the food industry is predicted to increasingly gain traction over the next seven years, led by a growing number of "Food e-Vangelists," a vocal community of food influencers that will focus on hot-button food issues, affecting overall consumer trends, according to a Food 2020 survey by the public relations agency Ketchum.
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Nestle looks to sell Jenny Craig as part of divestiture push
Nestle is looking to sell its Jenny Craig diet business and is speaking to a small group of potential buyers about the brand, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Yum profit falls 68 percent as same-store sales slump in China
Yum! Brands Inc., whose KFC fast food chain is facing more competition in China, said third-quarter profit fell 68 percent and cut its 2013 earnings forecast as same-store sales dropped in the Asian nation.
Whole Foods tops consumer survey assessing loyalty based on store brands
Whole Foods Market has topped a large consumer survey assessing loyalty to stores based on the merits of their private label ranges.
Vegetable fats specialists 'working hand-in-hand' to study carcinogen risk
The vegetable oils and fats industry has said it is making progress in improving analysis of potential carcinogen 3-MCPD — formed when vegetable fats are heated — after an EFSA report suggested that about 6 percent of the population could be at risk of overconsumption.
Commodity prices wrong as often as 27 percent of time for traders
Commodities traders who buy and sell as much as $5.67 trillion of raw materials a year say the benchmark prices for everything from oil to iron ore to gasoline are wrong as often as 27 percent of the time.
British online grocer Ocado seeks overseas partnerships
Online grocer Ocado expects to strike an accelerating number of joint ventures with retailers outside its domestic British market, mirroring its deal with the Wm. Morrison supermarket chain, its chief executive told Reuters.
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