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FDA: Unsanitary handling 'root cause' of Listeria outbreak

The Denver Post
Federal investigators Wednesday painted a picture of rogue conditions at Jensen Farms that led to the deadly Listeria outbreak, saying the company's unsanitary cantaloupe handling flouted industry norms with dirty equipment, pooled water and lack of a cooling system.

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    Environmental group to rate safety of 10,000 foods

    Time
    To help consumers make informed decisions, the environmental health advocacy and research group Environmental Working Group says it will launch a food safety database, covering more than 10,000 supermarket items — every edible product from fresh produce and fruit juice to frozen pizza. More
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    Cost of living keeps rising

    The Wall Street Journal
    Consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in September, the Labor Department said Wednesday, and were up 3.9 percent year over year. The 12-month increase — the largest since September 2008 — stemmed from a jump in gasoline prices related to the Arab Spring.

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    Labor lags in new fundraising world

    POLITICO
    Organized labor is lagging behind in adapting to the seismic changes that reordered the campaign finance landscape in 2010 — changes their conservative rivals have used to draw huge donations from corporate contributors. More
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    Appropriations bedlam continues

    POLITICO
    With 30 days left before the government runs out of money again, the House is on recess this week, the Senate leaves next and just trying to make it across the floor before Friday is a $182 billion, multiheaded spending bill resembling Dr. Doolittle's famous Pushmi-Pullyu. More
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    Rick Perry, Ron Paul have mixed record on energy subsidies

    The Washington Post
    Two Republican presidential candidates who have spoken out against federal subsidies for energy projects tried to obtain such benefits three years ago. More
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    AFFI applauds Senate approval of Collins-Udall amendment to block limit on starchy vegetables in schools

    PotatoPro
    AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz applauded an amendment to a Senate agriculture appropriations bill that blocks the U.S. Department of Agriculture from limiting the amount of potatoes, corn, peas, lima beans and other starchy vegetables that can be served in federally-funded school meal programs. More
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    Opinion: It's what they asked for

    The New York Times
    Alabama's new anti-immigrant law, the nation's harshest, went into effect in September, although a few provisions have been blocked temporarily in federal court. Already it is reaping a bitter harvest of dislocation and fear.

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    CFA: Supply controls could raise dairy product prices

    The Meat Site
    The Consumer Federation of America, representing more than 300 nonprofit consumer organizations, sent a letter this week to congressional agriculture leaders and members of the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction, urging them to avoid any options that would increase milk costs. More
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    A food fight in the produce aisle

    The Wall Street Journal
    Supermarkets, trying to redesign their stores amid increasing competition, are confronting a growing truth: Packaged food manufacturers want to sit beside the lettuce. More
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    USB temperature-monitoring label boosts food safety

    Food Production Daily
    A new USB temperature monitoring label could help determine the quality and safety of food during and after transit, according to the company behind the development. More
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    Are millennials the next big market for natural products?

    Food Navigator
    Manufacturers need to think about the market potential of millennials, but understanding how they differ from Generation X and baby boomers is key, a well-known marketing expert says. More
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    New degree offered in food supply chain technology

    Inside INdiana Business
    Purdue University and Ivy Tech Community College have received a nearly $1 million federal grant to start a bachelor's degree program focused on food and foodstuff supply chain technology. The initiative is designed to prepare employees for challenges facing producers and manufacturers in the food industry. More
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    Paralytic shellfish toxin recall expanded

    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The public warning issued for raw mussels has been expanded to include raw in-shell oysters and shucked oysters distributed by various shellfish processors in British Columbia. More
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    At least 6 sickened by Salmonella from organic eggs

    Minnesota Department of Agriculture
    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Minnesota Department of Health are investigating illnesses in at least six people in Minnesota that are connected with a recall of organic eggs from Larry Schultz Organic Farm that may have been contaminated with Salmonella. More
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    Bagged salad recalled on Salmonella fears

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Taylor Farms Retail Inc. is initiating a voluntary, precautionary recall of 3,265 cases of various salad blends with the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella following a random test conducted on a finished package of spinach by the Washington State Department of Agriculture. More
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    China love of US cherries fuels cool-cargo boom

    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Container lines struggling to make money hauling Chinese-made goods to the U.S. are experiencing a surge in lucrative shipments of meat, fruits and vegetables in the other direction. More
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    Courses foster continuous cold chain improvement

    Refrigerated Transporter
    The Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute is offering a new series of cold chain courses in conjunction with the Georgia Tech Integrated Food Chain Center, University of California-Davis Postharvest Technology Center and Sterling Solutions. More
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    Nestle lifts outlook as sales rise

    Food Ingredients First
    In the first nine months of 2011, the Nestle Group's organic growth was 7.3 percent, including 4.1 percent real internal growth and pricing of 3.2 percent. More
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    Opinion: PepsiCo wants to 'scare the crap' out of children

    Food Safety News
    Michele Simon writes, "Even if you thought you already knew teenagers were being targeted online by junk food brands, I guarantee the marketing strategies revealed in a complaint filed Wednesday against PepsiCo and Frito-Lay will freak you out, either as a parent or just a human being." More
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    Chinese official: Past Wal-Mart violations 'minor'

    The Wall Street Journal
    Local food safety inspectors found only minor violations at individual Wal-Mart Stores Inc. outlets in the Chinese city of Chongqing before authorities ordered store closures and detained 37 employees this month over a food labeling issue, according to a local official. More
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    Freshening up school meals

    Los Angeles Times
    The authors of "Cooking With California Food in K-12 Schools" advocate starting with the sorts of foods young people already know and eat and finding ways to add fresh local fruits and vegetables. More
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