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Editorial: White House dallies on food safety law
Star Tribune
The Obama administration continues to drag its feet on a landmark consumer protection law that could have made this year's Thanksgiving feast, leftovers and snacks considerably safer to eat. It has been nearly two years since the Food Safety Modernization Act cleared Congress with bipartisan support and industry backing. But these sweeping new safeguards for produce, imported food and food processing plants remain roadblocked by a little-known administrative agency: the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

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    Harmonizing food safety rules could make 'huge difference'
    Food Navigator
    Zero and very low tolerance of certain food additives and ingredients can lead to enormous — and entirely unnecessary — food wastage, according to Aleksandra Martinovic, Montenegro ambassador of the Global Harmonization Initiative. More
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    How a farm bill could still help avoid the fiscal cliff
    Agri-Pulse
    Key lawmakers said Sunday that there hasn't been much progress on the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations over the Thanksgiving recess, but there will be a lot of options on the table and potentially a new flurry of activity when they return Monday.

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    Obama prepares to shuffle the Cabinet
    USA Today
    President Barack Obama is about to engage in a second-term tradition — reshuffling the Cabinet. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner are likely departures, and there may well be others. More
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    New White House report helps Obama build public case for extending middle-class tax cuts
    The Washington Post
    The White House warned that the average family will pay $2,200 more in taxes next year if Congress does not freeze tax rates for the middle class, publishing a new report as part of President Barack Obama's campaign to extend tax cuts for most Americans while allowing taxes on the wealthiest to rise.

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    Report: Rep. Capito to run for West Virginia Sen. Rockefeller's seat
    The Hill
    Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., will announce her bid for Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller's seat, according to the West Virginia Metro News. The seven-term congresswoman declined to run against Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin this year but is considered a strong contender for the seat. More
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    Democratic super PACs get jump on 2014, 2016
    Politico
    Winning changes everything. It took Democrats a while to warm up to super PACs, but their glee over 2012 is — for now — eclipsing any moral qualms about big money eroding democracy, and they're already busy at work courting their wealthiest supporters and planning even more ambitious efforts for future elections.

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    Larry Summers: It's time to tax carbon and treats
    The Washington Post
    As the nation marches steadily toward the fiscal cliff, President Barack Obama's former chief economist Lawrence H. Summers says once that crisis is averted, policymakers should begin debating ideas like taxing carbon and high-fat foods. More
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    Suit filed over 'giant soda' ban
    Association of Corporate Counsel
    As expected, a lawsuit has been filed against the New York City Board of Health challenging the recently enacted ban on the sale of sugary drinks sold in containers larger than 16 ounces. Originally proposed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the ban now faces a legal challenge from seven industry groups and unions, including the National Restaurant Association and the American Beverage Association. More
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    Prop 37 backer keeps fighting Monsanto
    The Progressive
    You may not have heard of her, but she's doing a lot of good work. Her name is Lori Grace, and she calls herself a "donor activist." This fall, she threw herself into California's Proposition 37, which would have required labeling of genetically modified organisms in food. She says the next battle may be in Washington state in 2015, and she hopes the activists focus on the health risks of GMOs.

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    Cross-border beef costs truckers, shippers thousands
    Today's Trucking
    Canadian truckers were fuming back in October when the U.S. Department of Agriculture temporarily suspended meat inspections at the Portal, ND/North Portal, SK and Emerson, MB/Pembina, ND border crossings. The suspension lasted for over a week and only became known after the fact. Now the Canadian Trucking Alliance says it is asking federal Minister of International Trade Ed Fast to speak with his counterpart in the United States about ensuring inspectors of Canadian meat product exports are always available at the Canada-U.S. border. More
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    New food regulations could cost jobs, companies warn
    CBC News
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is changing how food labels are approved and inspected, which means consumers will be putting more trust in food processors, according to one industry expert. The change is a part of the deregulation of food packaging announced in this year's federal budget bill. Some farmers and food processing companies are concerned about losing business and jobs. More
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    Essential commodities: Risks to global food security increase
    Financial Times
    The world's farmers are the canaries in the mine when it comes to climate change. What affects farmers affects the global food supply and causes the price rises that hit middle-class wallets and increases the risk of hunger for the world's poor. More
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    Birds Eye reports success with 'iCarly' partnership
    Media Post
    A multipronged Birds Eye campaign in partnership with Nickelodeon's "iCarly" live-action series has yielded strong engagement metrics and sales gains for the brand that helped lift the frozen foods category as a whole during the promotional period. More
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    Local food firms buy portions of defunct Patterson Vegetable
    The Modesto Bee
    Two California food companies have teamed up to buy part of the shuttered Patterson Vegetable Co. plant so they can expand their operations. Sierra Pacific Refrigerated Services and Traina Foods formed Traina Pacific to buy a 100,000-square-foot refrigerated warehouse, other warehouses and the repackaging area, said Sierra Pacific Chief Executive Officer Chris Murphy. More
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    Flowers Foods sizes up Hostess
    The Wall Street Journal
    Flowers Foods Inc., the maker of Tastykake and Nature's Own baked goods, could have a hankering for Twinkies and other products owned by Hostess Brands Inc. The Thomasville, Ga., company is considered a likely bidder for some of the assets owned by Hostess, which was granted permission by a federal bankruptcy-court judge to begin liquidating. More
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    Expert: Airline food getting more healthful
    Los Angeles Times
    On the nation's airlines, the days of free lunch are long over. That also goes for breakfast, dinner and snacks. Once complimentary, most airline food now comes with a price tag. But there is some good news about what you get to eat on commercial airlines: It apparently is getting more healthful. More
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    Canada food safety experts question labelling of packaged food
    CBC News
    Food safety experts are warning people to read the labels of prepared meals very carefully, as some people are only reheating foods that are supposed to be fully cooked. Karen Liljebjelke, a microbiologist at the University of Calgary, worries many people are getting sick with Salmonella as a result. More
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    Food agency shuts Canadian plant over paperwork errors
    The Canadian Press via Times Colonist
    Canada's food safety regulator says it suspended an Alberta meatpacker's operating license because the company gave wrong information about a product that could contain potentially dangerous bacteria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency shut down Edmonton-based Capital Packers Thursday and announced the company was recalling two brands of ham sausages. More
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    Study: Antibiotic resistance may develop in soil
    Food Safety News
    Over the past two decades, scientists have been tracking a concerning rise in bacterial resistance to cephalosporins — a class of antibiotics used to treat a variety of human infections. Now, a study out of Washington state reveals the solution to this problem might lie in the way farmers treat animal waste. More
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    Is it too risky to market foods with GMOs as 'all-natural'?
    Food Navigator-USA
    Consumers, market researchers tell us, want foods that are "wholesome," "authentic" and above all "natural," although few of them can articulate what this means. And they are not alone. Regulators have not had much of a stab at defining "natural" either, says Justin Prochnow, an attorney in the Denver office of law firm Greenberg Traurig. More
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    The future of food safety: New approach to pathogen testing
    SelectScience
    Leatherhead's new pilot plant facility is a solution to pathogen challenge testing available to the global food, drink and related industries. Combining a new containment level II pathogen pilot plant facility with Leatherhead's extensive expertise in food safety, the service will enable clients to validate methods, processes and/or equipment involving pathogenic and/or substitute micro-organisms. More
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    Lowering allergenic potential: Can new technologies help to reduce allergens?
    Food Navigator
    Can new scientific knowledge and cutting-edge techniques help industry to cut the risk of allergenic proteins in foods without cutting out the whole ingredient? More
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    Unilever: Taking sustainability into new product development
    Food Navigator
    Sustainability is something that has to be approached holistically and built into new product development, Unilever's Rob Hamet told delegates at the European Federation of Food Science and Technology conference in Montpellier, France. More
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