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FSMA implementation is coming, refrigerated transporter warns
Fleet Equipment
The Food Safety Modernization Act, which changes the way the U.S. regulates the safety of its food supply, will have an enormous impact on the refrigerated transport industry starting in 2013. According to Bud Rodowick, manager of fleet performance for Thermo King, "Refrigerated fleet operators need to understand FSMA and prepare to help their food producer and processor customers meet its requirements or risk falling behind their competitors once FSMA is fully implemented." More
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Schools battle the bulge in junk food fight
WTTG-TV
Across the country, cities and counties are going after Americans' expanding waistlines by banning the things that are bad for you. Now the battle of the bulge is heading into schools — where the enemy is junk food. More
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Farm bill still has a shot
POLITICO
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said Thursday that he had been assured by Speaker John Boehner the farm bill remains part of the year-end "big picture" for Republicans and the promise of $35 billion in 10-year savings "has gotten somebody's attention." More
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Obama, congressional leaders begin fiscal cliff talks
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama opened negotiations with congressional leaders Friday on ways to avert a looming fiscal cliff of huge spending cuts and tax hikes, and participants from both parties afterward called the meeting constructive and expressed optimism that a deal can be reached. More
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Obama said to raise $690 million through digital means
USA Today
The fundraising pitches from President Barack Obama and his allies asking for donations of $5, $10, $25 or other small-dollar amounts flooded email inboxes routinely. Turns out they were a vital part of the campaign. Obama reportedly raised a whopping $690 million through digital efforts in this campaign, according to an exclusive story in Time magazine. More
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Romney criticized; Republicans targeted for blame
POLITICO
Chris Christie joins those who are criticizing Mitt Romney for "gifts," but he took a more measured tone, calling him a "good man." New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, another GOP rising star, also denounced Romney's comments. Meanwhile, a new poll by Hart Research's Geoff Garin, on behalf of Americans for Tax Fairness, shows that a majority of respondents will blame Republicans if the Bush-era tax cuts expire. More
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EPA rejects bids to waive ethanol mandate
The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency is rejecting requests from states and meat industry groups to waive regulations that require the blending of ethanol into gasoline. EPA rejected petitions from nearly a dozen states, including Texas, Virginia and Maryland, for waivers of the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. More
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House approves legislation expanding trade with Russia
The Hill
The House passed legislation Friday morning that expands trade with Russia while allowing for sanctions against Russian officials involved in human rights violations. More
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New York assemblywoman seeks GM food labels
WIVB-TV
New York Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes held a press conference Thursday to address the ways in which consumer food is changing — and to announce that she's cosponsoring a state bill to require disclosure of GM food. More
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Organic food inspections lacking, former inspector says
Delta Farm Press
Mischa Popoff grew up on an organic grain farm and spent some of his early working career as an organic crop inspector in British Columbia. So when Popoff, currently a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, says the current system for certifying organic foods is flawed, he's not just another conventional-agriculture advocate complaining about expensive organic food. More
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Food security advocate finds fault with ethanol
Lincoln Journal Star
Catherine Bertini ended an hourlong address at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Thursday by calling on audience members to help "end hunger in our lifetime." That's no surprise coming from the 2003 winner of the World Food Prize and from the former director of the United Nations World Food Program. But Bertini, now a professor at Syracuse University, also made it clear that she wants to do away with the federal mandate that routes corn to ethanol production. More
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Groups file first amended COOL complaint
USAgNet
This week, R-CALF USA joined with the Made in the USA Foundation to file their first amended complaint in their legal challenge against the World Trade Organization's ruling that found the U.S. country of origin labeling law to be a violation of international trade rules. More
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With USDA grants, expect more farm-fresh food in school cafeteria
Grist
This week, the Department of Agriculture announced $4.5 million in grants to connect local agricultural producers with more than 3,200 school cafeterias across the country, many of them in rural areas. The "Farm to School" program was originally established by the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. More
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Biotechnology spurs talk at food industry meeting
Farm Futures
In the final panel for the day, U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance seemingly saved the best — or certainly the most inflamed — topic for last. The third panel held at The Food Dialogues in New York City covered "Your Toughest Questions Answered on Biotechnology and Your Food." More
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Food technologists to host policy conference
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
On Dec. 6, the Institute of Food Technologists is hosting its annual Food Policy Impact Conference in Washington, D.C. "The second year of Food Policy Impact will provide a great forum to debate and discuss regulatory food issue development in 2012 with food policy experts," said IFT President John Ruff. "This is our opportunity to ensure that the best and latest science is used as the basis for our food regulations." More
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Twinkie maker Hostess to close
The Wall Street Journal
Hostess Brands Inc., the maker of iconic treats such as Twinkies and traditional pantry staple Wonder Bread, said Friday it is shuttering its plants and firing about 18,000 workers as it seeks to liquidate the 82-year-old business. More
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Wal-Mart executive chosen to power traceability effort
Food Chemical News (subscription require)
In moves that send a strong signal to retail chains, the industry-sponsored Produce Traceability Initiative has chosen a Wal-Mart executive as co-chair and agreed to focus more on buyers (retailers, wholesalers and foodservice distributors) to ensure continued industry movement toward case-level traceability. More
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FDA investigating safety of energy drinks
The Associated Press via Pioneer Press
Federal health authorities are investigating reports of 13 deaths possibly linked to so-called energy shots and cautioning consumers to talk to their doctors before they take them or other energy drinks. More
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Looking ahead: Food trends for 2013
Food Product Design
Knowing what's hot and what's not can help food companies better develop, position, market and sell their products. To determine what will be trending in 2013, Sterling-Rice Group tapped its culinary council, who identified the top 10 trends coming in 2013. More
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US food and drink industry takes steps toward healthier living
The Guardian
Under pressure from public agencies and consumers, manufacturers are helping to reduce diet-related diseases. More
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Food production on right path, but misperceptions remain
U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance via Pork Network
The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance recently surveyed Americans' perceptions on food production. The results, released in conjunction with The Food Dialogues: New York, revealed Americans increasingly believe food production is heading in the right direction. However, the survey also found Americans still have widespread misconceptions about how food is grown and raised. More
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A magical paper prevents food from rotting
Fast Company
Sick of your produce going south before you get a chance to eat? Fenugreen FreshPaper — the brain child of Kavita Shukla, who patented the idea while still in high school &mash; is an herb-infused sheet of paper that naturally keeps us from wasting food. More
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Illinois food company moving headquarters to Wisconsin
The Associated Press via WLUK-TV
An Illinois food manufacturer is moving its headquarters and some production to Kenosha County, Wis. Good Foods Group bought a vacant building in the village of Pleasant Prairie and plans to relocate in the first quarter of 2013. More
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Active, intelligent and smart packaging sales trends
Food Production Daily
Increasing health awareness, rising food and safety concerns and improved purchasing power in emerging economies will drive growth in the global active, intelligent and smart food and drink packaging market. More
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Operators leverage frozen vending to hold competitive edge
Vending Times
Differentiating a vending company is no easy feat in today's high-tech, fast-changing market. Most operators are centering their focus on deploying cashless payment technologies and expanding into micromarkets to keep a leg up on the competition. But in their quest for that "wow" factor, many overlook a not-so-new category that locations still clamor for: frozen food vending. More
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