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Training is crucial for FSMA compliance
American Frozen Food Institute
All U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulated food makers, including AFFI members, are about to enter the "Brave New World" of Food Safety Modernization Act compliance. FSMA has been called "the most sweeping overhaul of the food safety system since 1938," by David Acheson, M.D., former chief medical officer of FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Editor's note: This column authored by Alchemy Systems LP originally appeared in the Dec. 18 edition of AFFI's Freeze Flash e-newsletter. Alchemy is an official AFFI Advantage Partner. For more information on the AFFI Advantage Partner Program, please contact AFFI Manager of Member Services Patrick Kendall at pkendall@affi.com.
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Food defense, FSMA, Big Brother and virtual 'hot zones'
Food Navigator-USA
Stopping a truly determined bioterrorist — or just a disgruntled employee — from maliciously tampering with a high-profile food brand will always be extremely difficult. But there are steps food and beverage makers can take to minimize the risk of contamination and theft, protect their brands and comply with new food defense requirements in the FSMA, says one security expert. More
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What changes should be made to Nutrition Facts panel in 2013?
Food Navigator-USA
First it was scheduled for late 2011, then we were told it would be early 2012, and now it's going to be 2013. But at some point in the near future, the FDA will publish a proposed rule to reform the Nutrition Facts Panel. More
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Boehner's stand dims farm bill hopes
POLITICO
Hopes of salvaging a long-term farm bill in this Congress are fading fast as Speaker John Boehner continues to resist including any such legislation in a year-end budget deal with President Barack Obama. More
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White House threatens veto of GOP's 'Plan B'
The Hill
The White House threatened Wednesday to veto a Republican proposal raising taxes only on households making more than $1 million a year. The "Plan B" legislation is being pushed by Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, as an alternative to a broader deficit reduction package. More
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Poll: GOPers have bleak outlook
POLITICO
According to a Gallup Poll released Wednesday, Republicans have never have had such a bleak outlook for the future compared to Democrats. In November, the Democratic life rating was 56.9. The average GOP score was only 40.3, marking the biggest gap between the parties in the history of Gallup's polling. More
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Fitch issues fiscal cliff warning
POLITICO
A fall off the fiscal cliff could "tip the U.S. into an unnecessary and avoidable recession," and lengthy negotiations on the matter could risk the U.S. credit rating, according to a new report Wednesday from a credit ratings agency.

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    FSMA approaches anniversary as components languish
    Food Safety News
    Jan. 4, 2011, was a landmark day for food safety advocates nationwide. It was the day President Barack Obama signed into law the first major piece of federal legislation concerning food safety since 1938: the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act. But as the act'’s two-year anniversary approaches, many of its major components are stuck in the approval process, missing deadlines along the way. More
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    FSIS announces changes to Listeria sampling
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Effective Jan. 2, USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing updated guidelines for Enforcement, Investigations and Analysis Officers to follow when collecting product samples during routine risk-based Listeria monocytogenes sampling and Intensified Verification Testing performed in response to Listeria monocytogenes positives. More
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    Expert: Extra allergens on food labels will lead to import rejections
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    A food company trying to import products into the U.S. should never draw attention to sesame seeds, celery or mustard, or highlight those ingredients as allergens, especially after the FDA begins to enforce its new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. More
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    Small-scale food businesses: Is labeling worth the money?
    JD Supra
    Most food manufacturers are required to label products with nutritional information, but those who aren't required must decide whether to do it anyway. More
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    European science agency backs GM pollen use in food
    Food Navigator
    Europe's top food safety regulator has delivered a scientific opinion backing Monsanto's application to place genetically modified pollen on the market for use "in or as foods." More
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    Fowl play in China's fast food
    The Wall Street Journal
    For investors in Yum! Brands Inc., China Central Television's news reports this week have been stomach-churning stuff. The state broadcaster has alleged the owner of KFC sourced chickens from a factory that employs unsafe practices. Chinese media have alleged similar problems with McDonald's Corp.'s supply chain. More
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    Roller coaster of pricing, availability driving reformulation
    Food Navigator-USA
    Increases in the price of key ingredients, or widely fluctuating prices, are driving reformulation efforts in the industry, with suppliers like Ingredion offering solutions to replace ingredients and cut costs. More
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    Wendy's patient with international investment
    The Columbus Dispatch
    The benefits might not boost Wendy's bottom line in the short term, but the Dublin, Ohio-based hamburger chain is proceeding with a strategy that will introduce its fare to new overseas markets. Wendy's Malaysian franchisee has become the latest to open one of the fast food company's new restaurant designs in Kuala Lumpur, and it plans to add five more in central and southern Malaysia next year. More
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    Edible food packaging coming to fast food, CPG brands
    Brand Channel
    Researchers are moving quickly toward creating edible packaging that consumers won't have to throw away. A fast-food chain in Brazil, called Bob's after founder (and tennis champ) Robert Falkenburg, wrapped its burgers in edible wrappers and encouraged its customers to just not bother unwrapping before eating during a one-day promotion earlier this month. More
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    Fast food advertising intensifies over holiday season
    The Conversation
    Advertising companies strategically target families during busy times of the year when parents are likely to be less vigilant about fast food. A study by Griffith University found that there was a significant jump in the length of television advertising blocks during the holiday period and that there were more fast food ads overall. More
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    Hillshire Brands to sell Australian bakery to McCain Foods
    FoodBev
    The Hillshire Brands Company has signed an agreement to sell 100 percent of the shares of its Australian subsidiary Kitchens of Sara Lee Pty. to a subsidiary of McCain Foods, an international expert in the frozen food industry. More
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    Overhill Farms records 'substantial' profit increase
    just-food
    U.S. frozen-food firm Overhill Farms has recorded what it says is a "substantial" increase in full-year profit and sales, despite a "challenging" economic climate. Earnings in the 12 months to the end of September reached $3.1 million from $1.4 million a year earlier, driven mainly by an increase in revenues. More
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    Frito-Lay technology slashes potato chip oil content by a third
    Food Navigator
    Frito-Lay North America has filed an international patent for a method it has developed to reduce the oil content of potato chips by around a third. More
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