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Wal-Mart launches food subscription service
The Associated Press via KEYC-TV
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Wednesday will launch a mail subscription service, called Goodies, that lets shoppers discover new foods from the comfort of their homes. For a monthly fee of $7 that includes tax and shipping, customers get a box of five to eight hand-picked, sample-size food items, ranging from organic to ethnic products that are not currently carried on Wal-Mart's shelves. More
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End of US produce tests for pathogens angers advocates
Bloomberg Businessweek
A U.S. program that tests random produce samples for Salmonella and other pathogens is ending, angering food safety advocates who said the initiative that was knocked down by industry lobbyists protects public health.

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    FSMA: A legislative mandate
    Business Excellence
    Left to their own devices, food manufacturers would rather handle safety challenges in a reactive manner. There is an inherent integrity that food manufacturers express; after all, people could die if the food is contaminated. Michele Southall, an implementation director at the standards organization GS1 US, recently explained how the Food Safety Modernization Act is driving traceability and helping to increase food safety in all areas of the foodservice industry. More
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    Poll: Americans generally optimistic after election
    USA Today
    Confidence has waned in the United States since President Barack Obama's historic election four years ago, but most Americans are still optimistic about the next four years as the president heads into his second term, according to a USA Today/Gallup Poll. More
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    Nancy Pelosi to stay on as House minority leader
    The Washington Post
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will remain atop the Democratic caucus for at least two more years, extending her role as Congress's most vocal liberal voice opposing the Republican agenda despite a second straight election in which her party failed to win back the majority. She said she felt compelled to remain in leadership as Congress and President Barack Obama embark on an effort to resolve a fiscal crisis that could jeopardize core government programs. More
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    Two GOP senators may fight over Ag panel job
    POLITICO
    Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is looking seriously at reclaiming the post of top Republican on the Senate Agriculture Committee — setting up a challenge to Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, who has been a thorn in the side of Southern producers because of his resistance to price supports. More
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    Angus King to caucus with Democrats in Senate
    The Washington Post
    Surprising virtually no one, Sen.-elect Angus King, I-Maine, said Wednesday he plans to caucus with Senate Democrats, because "affiliating with the majority makes the most sense." King won a decisive election last week to succeed retiring Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, and throughout his yearlong campaign refused to say with which party he would caucus once he arrived in Washington. More
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    Which CEOs will visit Obama?
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama is meeting Wednesday with several corporate executives to discuss how to deal with looming tax increases and spending cuts. Who are these business leaders? More
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    New USDA requirements transform school lunch
    WPMI-TV
    Nearly 70 percent of kids in Mobile County, Ala., get at least one meal a day from their school cafeteria. But do you have any idea what that meal consists of? New guidelines nationwide are setting strict requirements on what schools can feed your kids. We put those guidelines to the test in Mobile County. More
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    Los Angeles school board adopts comprehensive food policy
    Los Angeles Times
    In line with its previous commitments to balanced nutrition, the Los Angeles school board voted Tuesday to implement one of the largest and most comprehensive food procurement polices of any school district. The policy calls for using the $100 million the Los Angeles School District spends annually on food as leverage to ensure that foodservice providers comply with fair workers' rights, provide organic and sustainable farming and protect animal welfare. More
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    Congress passes whistle-blower law for food safety employees
    Food Integrity Campaign
    The Government Accountability Project's Food Integrity Campaign is praising Congress for passing the strongest federal whistle-blower protections in history. The Whistle-blower Protection Enhancement Act passed the House of Representative in late September and the Senate Tuesday and is being sent to President Barack Obama for his signature. More
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    FDA seeks input on HACCP manuals
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comment on the manuals it produces to help retail and foodservice operators understand and apply Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point principles. The call for feedback will be published Thursday in the Federal Register. More
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    Canada: Ag minister defends deregulation of food packaging
    CBC News
    Canada's Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz is defending his government's decision to deregulate food packaging. The proposal is part of the omnibus budget bill. Ritz said food safety will be improved because less time will be spent chasing minor packing infractions. More
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    Nestle, Kellogg's not happy with UK traffic light labels
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    The United Kingdom Department of Health's adoption of a universal "traffic light" nutrition labeling system continues to receive criticism from the food industry, EU Food Law reports. More
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    EFSA anniversary hit by protest over 'industry capture' of food safety
    The Parliament
    Campaigners have demonstrated outside a conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the European Food Safety Authority. The conference, at the EFSA headquarters in Parma, Italy, was designed to review the authority's main achievements over the past decade. However, its showpiece event was overshadowed by a protest outside the conference venue by farmers, NGOs, students and local activists. More
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    Two California deaths renew mushroom warnings
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    California health officials are renewing warnings about wild mushrooms after two elderly residents of an assisted-living facility near Sacramento died after eating soup made with deadly fungi. Four others at the six-person elder care home also were sickened Friday, including the caretaker who made the soup. More
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    US producer prices fall 0.2 percent in October
    NASDAQ
    U.S. wholesale prices declined in October for the first time in five months as gasoline and new car costs fell during the month. The producer price index, which measures how much manufacturers and wholesalers pay for finished goods, decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in October from a month earlier, the Labor Department said Wednesday. More
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    Children face high exposure to foodborne toxins
    Food Production Daily
    Cancer benchmark levels for a number of chemicals in food were exceeded by children in self-reported dietary data, according to a study by the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Los Angeles. More
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    Coolboxx becomes reefer container rental company
    The Journal of Commerce
    Partners Samskip Multimodal Container Logistics, Visbeen Transport Group and Post-Kogeko Logistics recently transformed reefer company Coolboxx into a 45-foot container rental company. The partners will continue the temperature-controlled transport activities in their own companies, and Coolboxx will rent containers exclusively to the three partners, with the aim to accelerate reefer volumes in each company's specialized markets, following demand. More
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    Bosch introduces OEE mobile measuring system
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Bosch Packaging Technology introduced its Mobile Measuring System for capturing relevant data for the analysis of overall equipment effectiveness. The system enables manufacturers to gain a rapid overview of the OEE of their production lines and serves as a basis for equipment optimization, Bosch said. More
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    Iowa firm recalls potentially undercooked barbecue sausage
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Pinnacle Foods Group, a Fort Madison, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 90,975 pounds of bourbon barbecue sausage products because they may have been underprocessed.

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    Smart Balance: 'Big fish' in growing gluten-free pond
    Food Business News
    The acquisition of Udi's Healthy Foods, LLC earlier this year continues to pay dividends for Smart Balance Inc. as the former's brands have provided credibility with customers and entrenched Smart Balance as the strategic leader in gluten-free, said Steve Hughes, chairman and chief executive officer of Smart Balance Inc. More
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    Tesco boosts social media as research slams food industry
    Food Manufacture
    Tesco plans to boost its social media presence by hiring Jude Brooks to lead its social media operations, in the week a new report suggested half of food businesses failed to operate an effective policy. More
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