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In observance of Veteran's Day, Frozen Express will not be published Monday, Nov. 12. Regular publication will resume Tuesday.



Food industry wants more time for facility registrations
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Food and beverage trade associations are asking FDA to extend the deadline for its first round of biennial food facility registration renewals because of technical issues that cropped up during the early days of signing on, confusion about the new requirement and even weather disruptions stemming from Hurricane Sandy. More
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World food import bill sinks 10 percent in 2012, to $1.4 trillion
The Economic Times
The global food import bill is expected to decline by 10 percent to $1.4 trillion this year due to fall in expenditure on food items, the United Nations' FAO has said. More
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House ag leaders press for farm bill approval
Dairy Herd Network
U.S. Reps. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., ranking member, were busy this week reminding their colleagues of the importance of passing a 2012 farm bill before Dec. 31. However, with many pressing issues surrounding sequestration and the "fiscal cliff" facing the congressional lame duck session, many believe the farm bill will not be addressed. More
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How will GOP solve fiscal cliff riddle?
POLITICO
Republicans know they're going to have to budge on revenues in the looming debt and spending debate. The question is when to blink. The problem: Revenue increases, which could solve the fiscal cliff riddle this fall, are also their best bargaining chip for an even bigger fight to overhaul the tax code expected next year.

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    Opinion: How Obama can buck Congress
    USA Today
    American voters have long been demoralized over the sluggish economy and even more unhappy, indeed angry, at America's dysfunctional politics. Now they have taken those emotions to the polls — and reaffirmed the status quo. More
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    Five traits of the House freshman class
    POLITICO
    The 113th Congress will welcome at least 79 new House members — 44 Democrats, 35 Republicans. That total would grow to 85 new faces in the House if current results in still-uncalled races hold. It will be the largest freshman class of the past dozen years, aside from the 89-member class elected in November 2010. More
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    Emulsifying Protein Enhances Frozen Sauces
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    Soda tax measures in two California cities fail
    The Associated Press via U-T San Diego
    Voters in two California cities have overwhelmingly rejected a penny-per-ounce tax on businesses that sell soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages. More
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    Private company has GRAS details FDA might not have
    Food Safety News
    To the long history of determining which food additives are "Generally Recognized as Safe" by the federal government, we can now add a privately developed database that is open to the public. AIBMR Life Sciences at the Supply Side West show in Las Vegas introduced the new GRAS Self-Determination Inventory Database earlier this week. Among its business services, the Seattle-based AIBMR prepares GRAS determinations for review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. More
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    Ethanol industry ready for RFS fight
    Hoosier Ag Today
    With no change in the White House and few changes in Congress, the ethanol industry is preparing for another battle of the Renewable Fuel Standard following the election. Bob Dinneen, with the Renewable Fuels Association, says the outcome of the election is generally favorable for renewable fuels. More
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    Retired poultry inspector petitions USDA to stop HIMP
    AL.com
    A retired chicken inspector from Guntersville, Ala., with 44 years in the poultry industry has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture to stop expansion of a program that speeds up chicken conveyer lines on the grounds that it is leading to contaminated poultry. "Under the USDA plan, I'm afraid that the birds covered in bile, feces and pus will become chicken nuggets and be served to young children," said Phyllis McKelvey in the petition filed with Change.org, which has gathered nearly 175,000 signatures. More
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    Dean Foods reports strong Q3 results
    Food Ingredients First
    Third-quarter consolidated operating income for 2012 totaled $182 million, compared to a consolidated operating loss of $1.9 billion year-over-year, Dean Foods reported this week. More
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    Tate & Lyle: Aflatoxin in US corn complicates grain sourcing
    Reuters
    Tate & Lyle, a British maker of sweeteners and starches, on Thursday said quality problems with the U.S. corn harvest, primarily due to aflatoxin, the byproduct of a grain fungus, were raising costs and forcing changes to the firm's buying program. More
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    Thermal processors get schooled
    Food Manufacturing via Manufacturing.net
    Thermal processing is unique among food manufacturing techniques, as the heat applied to food products in such processes acts as a key component in flavor and product development in addition to performing an important food safety function. Training and guidance on proper thermal processing techniques are available to food processors looking to ensure their processes are safe and effective. More
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    Upper Lakes Foods reduces errors with voice picking solutions
    Food Logistics
    Full-service wholesale food distributor Upper Lakes is using Jennifer applications for voice picking, put away, replenishment and loading. Since installing Jennifer FoodSelect in August, the facility has gone multiple weeks without a single picking error and has seen an overall reduction in selection errors of up to 70 percent. More
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    Report available: Frozen foods market in Western Europe
    just-food
    According to a new report by Food For Thought FFT, the frozen food market in Western Europe is forecast to grow at an average annual real rate of 2.24 percent during the next two years. More
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    City taking new food safety measures
    KLKN-TV
    In two measures designed to boost food safety and awareness, the city of Lincoln, Neb., has established a new online food inspection report database searchable by the public and has won a $350,000 FDA grant to reduce foodborne illness in establishments. More
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