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Opinion: We need safe food, not new regulations
Ag Weekly
Deirdre Schlunegger, the head of an organization named "STOP Food borne Illness," warned recently on The Huffington Post website that the government won't have enough money next year to implement the new safety inspections authorized by the Food Safety Modernization Act. Unfortunately, even with unlimited funding, the new food safety law wouldn't give us much protection. More
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Trade groups strike back at Obama lobby measure
POLITICO
The Key Industries Associations Committee — a part of ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership — is preparing to strike back at an Obama administration proposal restricting government employees from attending educational programs, trade shows and similar events conducted by nonprofit organizations and trade associations.

Editor's note: AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz is a member of ASAE's Key Industries Associations Committee; he signed the letter referenced in the story seeking support for efforts to repeal or modify the proposed restrictions to limit government employees from attending business association events.
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FAO world food price index hits 11-month low in October
Reuters
The FAO index of global food prices hit an 11-month low in October, reflecting sharp falls in grain, sugar and oils prices, the U.N. food agency said Thursday, easing inflation concerns ahead of the European Central Bank's expected decision on interest rates.

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  • US consumers display price sensitivity in grocery store (Marketing Charts) More
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    Is Obama toast? Handicapping the 2012 election
    The New York Times
    Americans usually are forgiving when they vote a man into the White House and he wants a second term. Of the last eight elected presidents, all but two — George H. W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — got their four more years. Which is why the conventional wisdom long held that Barack Obama most likely would weather his midterm slump to win another term. More
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    GOP brand languishes even as Obama feeds opposition
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama might be struggling with a bad economy and flagging poll numbers, but his party still is more popular than the alternative. More
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    Barack Obama's campaign style: Go negative, stay clean
    POLITICO
    If the catchphrase weren't taken already, you could call Barack Obama's signature style of negative politics "leading from behind." More
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    Hours of service rule advances to OMB
    Truckinginfo
    The revised hours of service rule moved one step closer to publication Wednesday when the Department of Transportation sent its proposed revisions to the White House Office of Management and Budget for review. More
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    3 major challenges face food exports to US
    Food Processing
    As food imports increase and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demands more detailed disclosure and tracking, foreign seafood manufacturers and suppliers undoubtedly will feel the pressure from both government agencies and U.S. importers. Benjamin England discusses the major challenges. More
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    Immigration bill splits House GOP
    The Hill
    House Republicans are split over an immigration bill that is backed by presidential candidate Mitt Romney as the measure is attracting escalating criticism from industry groups and rank-and-file members. More
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    Public health group: FDA should regulate sodium
    MediaPost
    The American Public Health Association has passed a resolution calling on the Food and Drug Administration to start regulating sodium levels in processed and restaurant foods and set a schedule to progressively reduce those levels by 75 percent within 10 years. More
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    Nutrition assistance programs receive government boost
    Food Safety News
    At a time when more and more people are relying on nutrition assistance programs, the government is signaling its commitment to improving these initiatives. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Friday awarded $2.2 million in grants that will help it evaluate and enhance its food assistance programs. More
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    USDA issues final rule on poultry classification
    Federal Register
    The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a final rule amending the definitions and standards for the official U.S. classes of poultry to more accurately and clearly describe the characteristics of poultry in the market today. The new classifications take effect Jan. 1, 2014, and must be reflected on food labels. More
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    US: Proposed judgment in George's antitrust case fair
    Federal Register
    A proposed final judgment in the antitrust case involving George's Family Farms' purchase of a Tyson chicken processing facility in the Shenandoah Valley moved one step closer to implementation today as the Department of Justice published the one public comment that was received in the case. More
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    OSHA issues interim final rule on whistleblower procedures
    Federal Register
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued its interim final rule governing procedures for handling whistleblower complaints. The interim rule is effective today, and public comment will be accepted until Jan. 3. More
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    Investigators need a break in St. Louis E. coli outbreak
    eFoodAlert
    Local, state and federal investigators are hoping for a break as they try to identify the source of an outbreak of E. coli in Missouri.

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  • Missouri E. coli: 33 confirmed, 25 suspected — and unanswered questions (Food Poison Journal)

    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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    8,000 exploding refrigerated containers feared in circulation
    KING-TV via MSNBC
    Emergency procedures are being instituted at ports in Western Washington after a string of problems with exploding shipping containers. The problem, sources say, is not with the cargo but with the refrigerated containers themselves. More
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    Death toll from Listeria-tainted cantaloupe rises to 29
    Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
    Another fatality has been attributed to the Listeria outbreak associated with cantaloupe, bringing the toll to 139 people sickened, with 29 deaths and one miscarriage. More
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    Kraft Foods profit jumps 22 percent in third quarter
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Kraft Foods Inc.'s third-quarter profit jumped 22 percent as higher prices helped offset increased costs for the food maker. More
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    Sweeping recall targets almond-stuffed olives
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Massachusetts-based distributor Pure Italian LLC, in conjunction with manufacturer and packer Bio Gaudiano, Italy, is recalling all sizes (glass jars and cans) and all lots of its Bio Gaudiano Organic Olives Stuffed with Almonds after two adults who consumed the product were hospitalized in Finland and diagnosed with botulism. More
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    Silliker starts work on $10 million food-testing lab
    GlobeSt.com
    Silliker Inc., a food research and testing division of France's Merieux NutriSciences Corp., has broken ground on a lab in Illinois that will become one of the largest food-testing labs in the U.S. More
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    Chilled food market heats up
    Food Processing
    Consumers love the convenience of freshly made, freshly processed and freshly cooled product, and this is driving huge growth in the chilled food sector. More
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    Cargill reduces greenhouse gas emissions at US plants
    The Meat Site
    Cargill's ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency and expand its use of renewable energy sources enabled the food company to exceed the Chicago Climate Exchange's required 6 percent annual greenhouse gas reduction target. More
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    'Most Influential' attorney joins case against corn processors
    Packaging Digest
    W. Mark Lanier, a Houston attorney recognized as a "Most Influential Lawyer" by the National Law Journal, has joined the legal team trying to stop the false advertising of high-fructose corn syrup as a natural product equivalent to real sugar, the Sugar Association announced. More
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    Carogrill offers solution for grilled meat appearance
    Food Ingredients First
    With the introduction of Carogrill, it is no longer necessary to grill or roast meat to create a grilled sensation. Placing the meat in a steam or hot air oven after a quick tumbling with Carogrill (or even by precooking the meat), then applying the Carogrill emulsion and finishing with a short heat treatment in a traditional oven will do the trick. More
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    Chicago groceries, gas stations could see fewer food inspections
    Chicago Tribune
    Grocery stores, corner shops and some gas stations would police themselves on food inspections under a plan Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel put forth Wednesday. 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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