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Simplot eyes new potato processing plant
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
The J. R. Simplot Company of Boise, Idaho, plans to build a state-of-the-art potato processing plant in Caldwell, Idaho, with site preparation anticipated to begin in May. More
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Study questions benefits of reducing sodium in diet
HealthDay News via USA Today
Although cutting back on salt does lower blood pressure, new research finds it also might increase levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and other risk factors for heart disease. More
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Chile sees boom in frozen fruit, vegetable exports
Quick Frozen Foods International
Chile's frozen fruit and vegetable exports increased year-on- year by 29 percent to top $1.1 billion between January and September, according to the Office of Agricultural Studies and Policies. More
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Perry stumbles badly in Republican debate
The Washington Post
Texas Gov. Rick Perry made the worst stumble of the presidential campaign Wednesday, struggling awkwardly to remember the name of a third federal agency he would eliminate if he became president. More
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Will Perry's gaffe doom his campaign?
The Washington Post
Rick Perry, who bounded onto the national stage with a Texas swagger, strident talk of bulldozing Washington and rooting out Ponzi schemes, got something last night he probably never imagined he would get — pity from Michele Bachmann. More
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Romney rivals continue to implode
POLITICO
Rick Perry is reeling after a debate gaffe for the ages. Herman Cain is fighting off allegations of sexual impropriety. The rest of Mitt Romney's would-be rivals either are broke, deeply flawed or both. More
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Conservatives uniting to defeat Romney
The Hill
A coalition of conservatives is working to organize the disparate groups opposing Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee. More
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Opinion: Another union attack on corporate speech
The Wall Street Journal
Since the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, saying corporations and unions have a right to make expenditures in political races, the political left has been trying frantically to find some way to silence corporate voices. The latest ploy is an effort to convince American businesses to disarm voluntarily and leave the playing field to unions and foundation-funded lobbying groups. More
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FDA issues guidance for cantaloupe supply chain
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA in November issued a guidance letter to firms that grow, harvest, sort, pack, process or ship cantaloupe to enhance awareness of best practices for preventing foodborne pathogens. The letter comes in response to one of the deadliest Listeria outbreaks in U.S. history.

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.
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September trade deficit narrows to $43.1 billion
The Associated Press
The U.S. trade deficit fell in September to the lowest point this year as foreign sales of American-made autos, airplanes and heavy machinery pushed exports to an all-time high. The deficit narrowed 4 percent to $43.1 billion, the third straight decline and the smallest imbalance since last December, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. More
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Supreme Court seems likely to overturn livestock law
The Washington Post
The Supreme Court seemed ready Wednesday to block a California law that would require euthanizing downed livestock at federally inspected slaughterhouses to keep the meat out of the nation's food system. More
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Senate committee first out of chute with highway bill
Truckinginfo
Yesterday the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee unanimously reported a bill that would reauthorize the federal highway program for two years. One move does not make a chess game, but it's a welcome development for those in the transportation community who have been waiting for action since the current program expired more than two years ago. More
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Antibiotic levels lead to Russian ban on German pork imports
FBR
Russia is set to impose a ban on live pig imports from Germany starting Nov. 15, as the antibiotic levels in the exported animals were found to be too high.

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    FSA calls for researchers to study school food procurement
    Food Standards Agency
    The FSA is inviting researchers to apply for a project exploring how food safety is considered during the procurement of food in the U.K. public sector, for example in schools or among care providers. More
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    EFSA tool helps facilitate scientific evaluation of products
    European Public Health Alliance
    In an attempt to be as transparent as possible and to provide clear information on its functioning, the European Food Safety Authority has launched its Applications Helpdesk to assist those who want to distribute regulated products in the EU. More
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    170 sick from Salmonella-tainted chicken livers
    Food Safety News
    Since February this year, kosher broiled chicken livers have sickened at least 170 people in five states, according to state and local health departments.

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  • Study: Salmonella can reach tomatoes through leaves (The Grower)

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    Recall expands to frozen oysters imported from Korea
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FDA is expanding its Nov. 4 recall of frozen oyster products; the warning now includes products from Korea, which have been linked to Norovirus cases in Washington state. More
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    Cold storage company expands
    Quick Frozen Foods International
    Cloverleaf Cold Storage has acquired Imperial Freezer Services, bringing its operation to more than 63 million cubic feet of refrigerated warehouse space in facilities spanning the nation's prime protein-producing area of the Midwest and South Atlantic states. More
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    Dean Foods reports third-quarter loss but sees growth
    Wall St. Cheat Sheet
    Dean Foods Company reported a drop to a loss in the third quarter, driven by higher costs. But the company has topped analyst estimates for the previous four quarters and has recorded rising revenue. More
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    High corn costs continue to hit MGPI
    Food Navigator
    MGP Ingredients has reported a net loss of $5.5 million in the first quarter, which the company said was a result of some of the same factors that hit the company in the previous quarter, including high corn costs. More
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    Mile Hi Foods generates savings in refrigerated transport
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Taking advantage of the electric standby capability of its 27 Carrier Transicold Vector multitemperature trailer refrigeration units, Mile Hi Foods Company is saving an estimated $85,000 annually in fuel costs while improving the sustainability of its operations. More
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    Secure DNA printing for food
    Food Logistics
    Japan-based Nissha Printing Co. Ltd. will use APDN technology in a remarkable project to protect the brands of highly valued fish and other products, recently victims of rampant counterfeiting. The new printing system uses "DNA ink," derived from plant DNA, to mark and authenticate labels on high-value fish and other food products. More
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    Eating on $4.50 per day
    Natural Products Insider
    Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., recently subsisted on a food budget of $4.50 per day for five days to call attention to the country's 15.1 percent poverty rate and underline the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps. More
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    Fast feeders forced to branch out beyond millennial males
    Advertising Age
    The typical fast food customers have been, for years, young man. But they've been hit hard by the recession and are suffering unemployment rates well above the national average. So are they still a viable marketing target for fast feeders? More
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    Freshen up: Marketing less-processed foods
    Natural Products Insider
    Today's health-conscious consumers are in favor of fresh. While they may continue to buy processed foods, they consider highly processed products to be less healthy than less-processed alternatives. And other things being equal (cost and convenience), the less-processed option wins out. More
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    System produces hypochlorous acid on demand
    The Poultry Site
    Terriss Consolidated Industries offers a system that produces hypochlorous acid for disinfection and algae/scale prevention on site and on demand. More
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    Expert: Nano-regulation could benefit from 2-tier approach
    Food Navigator
    A new two-tier system for the regulation of nano-materials in foods could help alleviate the strain that suggested new regulations might put on industry, according to one expert. More
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    Tool calculates cost of refrigerant leaks
    Supermarket News
    The Environmental Protection Agency's voluntary GreenChill partnership has created a new "Financial Impact Calculator" that allows retailers to compare the cost of a refrigerant leak with the sales of a particular product that would be needed to cover that cost. More
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    Plant pests: Biggest threat to food security?
    BBC News
    The threat posed to crop production by plant pests and diseases is a key factor that could lead to "a perfect storm" threatening to destabilize global food security. More
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