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Food safety: Lightning rod for consumer outrage
Food Safety News
What causes an issue to go from one of mild concern to one where consumers want a product banned and someone to go to jail? And what can companies do to minimize the fallout?
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Activist consumers scare the additives out of many foods
The Associated Press via Republican American
As Americans pay closer attention to what they eat, food and beverage companies are learning that unfamiliar ingredients can invite criticism from online petitions and bloggers. The risk of damaging publicity has proven serious enough that some manufacturers have reformulated top-selling products to remove mysterious, unpronounceable components that could draw suspicion.
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The benefits of frozen fruits & veggies: read all about it
American Frozen Food Institute
Frozen food industry members know that frozen fruits and vegetables are an excellent option for easily and affordably serving more healthy produce at home, in schools and wherever people of all ages stop for a meal. Thanks to a new promotional effort by the Frozen Food Foundation, millions of Americans now know what we know: when shopping for healthy foods, consumers should think frozen.

Editor's note: This story details a study from the University of Georgia commissioned by the Frozen Food Foundation that compares the nutritional value of frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, visit www.frozenfoodfacts.org.

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Farm bill deal close, Stabenow says
The Hill
Negotiators have just a few details left before a deal on the long-awaited $1 trillion farm bill is complete. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told reporters that a framework agreement is "close" and is on track to be announced shortly after Jan. 1.
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3 House representatives won't run again, shaking 2014
Politico
In a surprising day of congressional retirements, three House members announced separately Tuesday that they would not seek reelection in 2014 — putting each of their seats in play for their rival parties.

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    Republicans to seek concessions from Obama on debt limit
    Bloomberg
    With a U.S. budget deal behind them, Republicans now plan to extract something from President Barack Obama in exchange for raising the nation's debt ceiling. They just haven't decided what yet.
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    FDA extends comment period on proposal to deem PHOs unsafe
    Food Safety Magazine
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has decided to extend the comment period by 60 days, to March 8, 2014, on its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not "generally recognized as safe" for use in food.
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    OSHA publishes plans for 2014
    Society for Human Resource Management
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's portion of the U.S. Department of Labor's Fall 2013 Regulatory Agenda revealed several dates in 2014 that employers should take note of before the new year begins.
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    European agency warns of risk to humans in pesticides tied to bee deaths
    The New York Times
    European food regulators said Tuesday that a class of pesticides linked to the deaths of large numbers of honey bees might also harm human health, and they recommended that the European Commission further restrict their use.
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    Tech makes food-grade 3-D printing a reality
    Food Production Daily
    Luminar Products, a startup, has created a 3-D printing head that produces food processing parts, packaging and prototypes with material previously not possible.

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    Opinion: Minimum wage and McDonald's welfare
    Bloomberg
    McDonald's and Wal-Mart are the beneficiaries of a surprising amount of federal aid. But digging deeper into the minimum wage conundrum turned up some surprises.

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    Campbell seen as next Buffett target, post-Heinz
    Bloomberg
    Campbell Soup Co., the maker of Goldfish crackers and chicken noodle soup, may be next on acquirers' grocery lists after the $29 billion takeover of H.J. Heinz Co. this year.

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    The battle for market share among food distributors
    Daily Finance
    The purchase of US Foods by Sysco creates the largest and the only national food and restaurant supplier in the country. Sysco expects this acquisition to increase its market share from 18 percent to 25 percent. Antitrust regulators are expected to analyze the deal with a fine-tooth comb.
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    Kraft Foods authorizes $3 billion stock buyback program
    Bloomberg
    Kraft Foods Group Inc., the North American packaged-foods company with brands including Maxwell House coffee and Velveeta cheese, authorized a $3 billion stock repurchase program — its first since becoming an independent company in October 2012.
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    ABC asks South Dakota judge to toss out $1.2 billion BPI suit
    Sioux City Journal
    Allowing Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2 billion defamation suit against ABC News to proceed would have a chilling effect on free speech rights, a South Dakota judge heard Tuesday. BPI attorney Erik Connolly countered that ABC cannot hide behind the First Amendment because the network, in a series of reports in March 2012, knowingly disparaged the Dakota Dunes-based firm's trademark beef trimmings, which critics repeatedly referred to as "pink slime."
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    Consumer insights, strong brands drive new products from Kellogg
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Kellogg Company is debuting a wide range of products from some of its most popular brands, building on the latest food trends and meeting the needs of today's consumers.
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    Sugar prices to edge higher as deficit looms
    Confectionery News
    Sugar prices are set to edge upwards of 8 percent next year due to a decline in global production, according to Rabobank.
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    How safe is your food processing workforce?
    Food Production Daily
    Rockwell Automation has launched an online tool to help managers assess the exposure to their workers and optimize their safety programs.
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    Shuttered Colorado meatpacker expands recall of meat, poultry products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    A food recall that began after unsanitary conditions were discovered at Yauk's Specialty Meats in Windsor, Colo., has expanded for a third time, even as operations at the establishment are suspended.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.

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    Sources: ADM to announce Chicago headquarters
    The Associated Press via KIRO-TV
    Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. will announce Wednesday it has chosen Chicago for its new global headquarters, even though Illinois lawmakers did not pass a sought-after tax-incentive package, two people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press Tuesday.
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    Consumers plan to visit convenience stores more this holiday season
    Meatingplace
    This holiday season could be particularly merry and bright for convenience stores, according to the results of a survey conducted by the National Association of Convenience Stores.
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    Fresher Evolution launches next-generation HPP
    Food Production Daily
    A high-pressure processing collaboration has led to a system promising longer staying power than previous technology.
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    Study: Men have riskier food safety habits than women
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    Researchers in Norway surveyed 2,000 randomly selected people about food safety habits and found that in all but two categories, parboiling and the proper refrigerator temperature, men had the riskiest food safety behaviors.
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