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FDA's Taylor: Consumer confidence critical in food safety battle
Food Quality News
Speaking at the China International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo last week, FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor said food safety and consumer confidence are the product of a common effort.

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    Fiscal cliff, farm bill top Congress' to-do list
    The Associated Press via Arkansas Business
    Bears and budgets top the list as Congress returns Tuesday from a seven-week election break to a long list of unfinished business. Looming large in the lame-duck session is the urgent need for President Barack Obama and Congress to figure out how to avoid the double economic hit of tax increases and automatic spending cuts to defense and domestic programs that kick in after Jan. 1.

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    How food companies are innovating to beat the financial crisis
    Food Navigator
    The financial crisis has also led to a consumer crisis of confidence — but nearly 9 out of 10 French shoppers see the economic slump as an opportunity to revise consumption habits, according to Nutrimarketing's Sophie de Reynal. More
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    Obama to meet with 12 CEOs Wednesday
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama, as part of his effort to broker a deficit-reduction deal, will meet with a dozen of the country's top chief executives Wednesday representing a number of business sectors. The cadre of business leaders includes officials who have backed bipartisan plans to reduce the deficit, such as Honeywell International Inc. CEO David Cote and General Electric Co. CEO Jeffrey Immelt. The list also includes Michael Duke, chief executive of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. More
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    Pelosi considers stepping down as House Democratic leader
    The Washington Post
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who built and then lost the largest Democratic majority in a generation, is considering ending her historic 10-year reign as Democratic leader after the second disappointing election in a row for her caucus. More
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    House freshmen orientation begins, even as some races unresolved
    The Washington Post
    Newly elected members of the House come to Washington this week for their first lessons on parliamentary procedure, dinners with party leaders, tours of the U.S. Capitol, a group photo and the start of the arduous process of hiring a staff, securing choice committee assignments and scoring office space. More
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    Bloomberg defends balancing budget with school lunch, library
    Politicker
    In order to keep New York City's fiscal house in order in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled new cuts and streams of revenue over the weekend. Among the changes, school lunch fees will increase from $1.50 to $2.50, while city libraries will see their funding axed to the tune of $8.3 million. More
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    'Get Smart About Antibiotics Week' likely to stir conversations
    Food Safety News
    This week marks the fifth annual "Get Smart About Antibiotics Week," so named by the federal government in 2008. Before it's over, a dialogue could break out between urban consumers and food animal producers over agriculture's use of antibiotics and growing concerns about antibiotic resistance. More
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    How farm bill cuts impact school lunches
    Beyond Chron
    The election is over, Prop 30 has passed and the immediate threat to education funding in California has abated, but school nutrition programs could still take a hit. More
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    EU's chief scientist: Evidence supports safety of biotech crops
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Anne Glover, the European Commission's chief scientific adviser, has waded into the ongoing controversy about the safety of biotech foods by telling a conference in Parma, Italy, last week that the evidence is sound. More
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    US challenges Thailand over rice subsidies
    USAgNet
    The United States will challenge Thailand over its rice subsidies at a World Trade Organization committee meeting next week, fearful that a government-sponsored crop could land up on the world market and depress prices, hurting U.S. exporters. More
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    CSPI takes Dr Pepper, fortification issue, to federal court
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Sodas that boast of containing antioxidants but don't contain real fruit juices are the latest target of the Center for Science in the Public Interest in a class action lawsuit filed against the Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a Los Angeles federal court. More
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    Canada's 50-year-old food additives rules updated
    Melodika.net
    Canadian Minister of Health Leona Aglukkaq announced that new regulations have come into force, updating Health Canada's 50-year-old rules for regulating food additives and improving food safety. More
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    Canada: Exporters warn Ottawa of food bill's problems
    The Western Producer
    In the midst of general industry support and an all-party commitment to support Canada's proposed food safety Bill S-11, a senior business voice is warning of damaging unintended consequences.
 Keith Mussar, vice president of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters in charge of regulatory affairs, told MPs last week the bill would have serious consequences for Canadian jobs, food manufacturers and consumers unless amended.
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    Oprah moves into organic, frozen food
    New York Post
    It looks like media mogul Oprah Winfrey is getting into the organic food business. According to online filings for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Organization, several applications for "Oprah's Organics" were filed late last month. More
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    Boosting food production through genetically modified crops
    Business Day
    As part of efforts to attain food security across the globe, experts have called for the adoption of genetically modified crops as a means of providing enough food for the fast-growing world population. More
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    Heinz tops all food makers in satisfaction scores
    Business Wire via Daily Finance
    H.J. Heinz Company has been ranked No. 1 in overall customer satisfaction among food manufacturers in the 2012 American Customer Satisfaction Index™. Heinz led food manufacturers for the 13th consecutive year. More
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    ConAgra Foods makes 'The Civic 50' list
    USAgNet
    ConAgra Foods Inc. was recognized as one of America's most community-minded companies in The Civic 50 survey — the first comprehensive ranking of S&P 500 corporations that best use their time, talent and resources to improve the quality of life in the communities where they do business. More
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    Insignia to launch color-changing labels in mid-2013
    Food Quality News
    The firm behind a color-changing label has said its first product will launch commercially next year, aimed at boosting food safety. Insignia Technologies' product changes color when exposed to external influences such as oxygen, UV light and humidity levels. More
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    ConAgra to expand Oregon potato plant
    The Associated Press via Star-Herald
    ConAgra Foods Inc. plans a $200 million expansion at its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Ore., which will create about 100 jobs. The food maker said the expansion will add a new line to the plant and increase capacity for making french fries and other frozen potato products as consumer demand continues to grow domestically and internationally. More
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    FSIS official: Some microwaves may not cook food enough
    UPI
    People who use some lower-wattage microwaves may not be cooking food long enough, a U.S. official warns. Kathy Bernard, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, said it is important to know the wattage of your microwave oven. More
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    Food safety scientist shares non-O157 STEC testing findings
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy
    Industry Veteran Dr. Wendy Warren, vice president of Government & Regulatory Affairs for AEGIS FOOD TESTING Laboratories, recently updated the beef industry on the latest "Big 6" test methods and shared findings from an extensive, multiple testing platform-based field trial. More
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    Jimmy Dean recalls mislabeled breakfast sandwiches
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Jimmy Dean® is recalling a partial production run of its French toast and sausage breakfast sandwiches because the label fails to list egg and soy — both potential allergens.

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    Lox recalled on Listeria risk
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Spence & Co. Ltd., a Massachusetts-based smoked salmon company, is voluntarily recalling lox products because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. More
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    Beef products recalled after processing error
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Black Earth Meat Market Inc., a Black Earth, Wis. establishment, is recalling approximately 99 pounds of beef tongue products because they may not have had the tonsils completely removed, which is not compliant with regulations that require the removal of tonsils from cattle of all ages. More
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    Report: Food makers are failing children
    AAP via World News Australia
    Food manufacturers are failing to protect children from unhealthy products, claims a report by Australian advocacy group the Obesity Policy Coalition. The repot concludes that governments must step in and regulate the advertising of junk food to children because the existing self-regulating system has failed. More
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