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Comment period extended for FSMA reinspection fee rates

Federal Register
The Food and Drug Administration is extending the comment period to Nov. 30 for feedback on its 2012 FSMA reinspection, recall and importer reinspection fees. For more information, visit the FSMA Fees page.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute lead a coalition of food group allies that requested the U.S. Food and Drug Administration extend the deadline to submit comments on these key FSMA issues.
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E. coli outbreaks plague US

E. coli Blog
The U.S. is experiencing ongoing, separate incidences of E. coli contamination and illnesses, ranging from identified cases to newly reported situations.

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  • Strain of E. coli infections worries Michigan officials (The Morning Sun)
  • E. coli outbreak possibly linked to North Carolina State Fair (Food Poison Journal)
  • Wisconsin E. coli probe focuses on elementary school (Food Safety News)
  • At least 14 sickened by E. coli in St. Louis (STLtoday.com)

    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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    Congress asks for Listeria briefing from private lab

    Food Chemical News
    The House Energy and Commerce Committee is asking for briefings from Jensen Farms and its auditor, Primus Lab, in relation to the recent Listeriosis outbreak in cantaloupe, as Democrats and Republicans both appear to be laying the groundwork for a hearing. More
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    Lobbyists playing key role in 2012 fundraising

    The Washington Post
    K Street is playing an increasingly central role in the 2012 presidential race, as hundreds of lobbyists representing some of the world's largest corporations and trade groups pour money into Republican coffers. More
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    Can Mitt Romney afford to skip Iowa?

    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney holds a small lead in Iowa in a new poll. Which begs the question: At what point is he required to put his best foot forward in the Hawkeye State? More
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    Florida Rep. Connie Mack to run for Senate

    The Washington Post
    Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., has changed his mind and will run for Senate next year, according to a source with knowledge of his plans. More
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    House panel approves bill to roll back union election rule

    The Hill
    The House Education and the Workforce Committee passed legislation Wednesday that would peg back several regulations and rulings from the National Labor Relations Board. More
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    Vilsack plans Southeast Asia promotion to boost trade

    USAgNet
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced plans to travel to Vietnam and China in mid-November to help strengthen bilateral trade relations and support the American brand throughout the Asia-Pacific region. More
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    Pew researchers: Food chemical safety relies on self-policing

    Food Safety News
    The Pew Charitable Trusts has begun an effort to shed light on an often overlooked subject that affects most American eaters: the federal regulatory system for food chemicals. More
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    Coalition announces day of action to address farm labor crisis

    PRWeb
    Save America's Food and Economy, otherwise known as SAFE, announced "SPEAK UP FOR AMERICA'S FOOD DAY" will be observed Thursday, Oct. 27. Coalition members will urge Congress to act on a market-based solution that addresses the growing farm labor crisis. More
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    World Food Security group addresses food price volatility

    Food Ingredients First
    A set of recommendations aimed at reducing food price volatility and enhancing vulnerable populations' resilience to price shocks has been devised by the Committee on World Food Security. More
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    FMCSA moves toward final Unified Registration System

    Truckinginfo
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration wants to change its approach to a Unified Registration System but intends to stick with the key components it already proposed in a sweeping overhaul of the way it keeps track of the entities it regulates. More
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    Opinion: FMCG firms must adapt amid power shift

    just-food
    The prospect of a slow recovery in the West and the rise of the emerging markets in the East means FMCG companies in the U.S. and Europe must change how they operate at home to survive, writes SymphonyIRI's Rod Street. More
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    Jury award $18.3 million in patent infringement case

    Food Navigator
    Danisco was told by a U.S. court to pay Danish food ingredients producer Novozymes $18.3 million in damages for patent infringement. More
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    US, Canada conduct joint norovirus risk assessment

    FIS
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working with Canadian authorities to run a quantitative food safety risk assessment on norovirus in bivalve molluscan shellfish. The review will focus on norovirus contamination of the shellfish arising from growth, harvest and post-harvest processing. More
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    EFSA: Honey with GM pollen not a health risk

    Agra Europe
    Honey with traces of pollen from genetically modified maize is safe to eat, the European Food Safety Authority has said, responding to an EU court ruling that honey containing GM must be authorized before going on sale. More
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    2012 US frozen food manufacturing report available

    Business Wire
    Research and Markets has released "2012 U.S. Frozen Food Manufacturing Industry — Industry & Market Report," an update on its annual summary of industry statistics, forecasts and demographics. More
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    P&G: Costs will disturb current quarter

    The Wall Street Journal
    Procter & Gamble Co. produced solid sales growth in its fiscal first quarter as it raised prices successfully even while some competitors held back, though higher commodity costs took a toll on margins. More
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    Carrier launches engineless refrigeration unit for trucks

    Materials Handling World Magazine
    Carrier Transicold's new Supra™ City Z (Zero Engine) refrigeration unit for trucks eliminates the diesel engine within the unit to reduce emissions and noise levels significantly while delivering constant refrigeration capacity, even at idle speed. More
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    DuPont: Specialty food ingredients business boosted profits

    Food Ingredients First
    In its third-quarter earnings report, DuPont said sales in nutrition and health were up $540 million (to total $844 million), primarily because of the acquisition of Danisco's specialty food ingredients business. More
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    Former Campbell executive joins Del Monte Foods

    Food Business News
    M. Carl Johnson has been named executive vice president of brands at Del Monte Foods. More
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    Cargill: Inside the quiet giant that rules the food business

    Fortune via CNNMoney
    With $119.5 billion in revenues in its most recent fiscal year, which ended May 31, Cargill is bigger by half than its nearest publicly held rival in the food production industry, Archer Daniels Midland. But those numbers alone don't begin to capture the scope of Cargill's impact on Americans' daily lives. More
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    IFT urges participation in Food Policy Impact event

    Institute of Food Technologists
    IFT's first-ever Food Policy Impact, an expansion of the former Food Law & Regulations Division and the IFT Washington, D.C. Section midyear meeting, brings together organizations in food laws, regulations and policy to better understand current food policy interpretation and institute approaches that work most effectively within the system. Food Policy Impact is scheduled for Dec. 1. More
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    New EU research program focuses on food value chain

    Food Ingredients First
    The first two challenges of a new EU research program termed "HORIZONS 2020" will encompass the whole food value chain, which is expected to contribute to health, healthy food, sustainable food production and waste and environmental issues. More
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    Ohio researchers cook up way to reduce foodborne illness

    The Akron Beacon Journal
    Crystal Diagnostics of Kent, Ohio, is trying to beef up food safety with a locally developed technology. The company unveiled a new system Wednesday that uses liquid crystals to help quickly detect potentially deadly foodborne pathogens in meats, produce and other products. More
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    What's driving refrigerated trailer trends?

    Food Logistics
    As a result of the California Air Resources Board regulations, all dry van and refrigerated trailers 53 feet or longer are expected to reduce fuel emissions. This initiative is one of the many recent trends in the trailer industry that revolve around sustainability innovations. More
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    Test accurately identifies food pathogens, origins

    Food Product Design
    Cornell University scientists have developed a new test to detect outbreaks of foodborne illness and determine their origins, according to a new study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. More
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    Study refutes link between obesity, fast food proximity

    Food Product Design
    A new study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology disputes previous studies linking higher rates of obesity to the proximity of fast food restaurants. More
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    Refrigerated, frozen among Canada's top new products

    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    The Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers has announced its "Top 10 Innovative Products" for 2012, and five refrigerated or frozen products made the cut. More
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    Red tide closes all oyster harvesting in Texas

    The Associated Press
    An algae bloom that has painted chunks of Texas' coast a reddish brown has forced state health officials to ban oyster harvesting before the season begins. More
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    Seafood processing grows, but fish populations low

    The Meat Site
    The seafood processing industry is projected to grow at a moderate rate during the next five years as recovery continues for U.S. fishing activity following the 2010 BP oil spill, according to IBISWorld. More
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    Recall alerts: Nike sandwiches, bulk pine nuts

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Landshire of St. Louis, acting on concerns about Listeria, is expanding its recall of the Nike Sandwich as a precautionary measure to include the addition of the Nike Super Poor Boy Sandwich as well as increased production dates of the Nike All-American Sandwich. The expanded recall includes 17,305 cases. Wegman's Food Markets Inc., meanwhile, is recalling 5,000 pounds of Turkish pine nuts sold in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland between July 1 and Oct. 18 because of possible Salmonella contamination. More
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    Ready-to-eat meals recalled after failing to get inspection

    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Judy's Catering LLC is recalling approximately 4,100 pounds of ready-to-eat meals because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection. The products — marketed under the Hacor and Emuna Foods labels — were sent to Los Angeles-area distribution centers, which may have sold them to airlines and hospitals. More
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    QR: Expanding packaging possibilities

    Inside Packaging
    Barcodes allow consumers to access extra product information with a single click of their smartphones — and the technology opens new doors for brand loyalty, food traceability and more.

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  • Packaging sector notes explosion in QR code adoption (Food Production Daily) More
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    Paper-based packaging method to control Listeria, E. coli

    Food Processing
    Researchers Hany Anany and Mansel Griffiths of the University of Guelph are using harmless viruses called phage to kill targeted pathogens (including Listeria and E. coli) that could be present on the surface of foods. More
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