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New FDA guidelines call for onsite certified food safety managers

Vending Times
Restaurants and other foodservice establishments and retailers could be required to employ at least one certified food protection manager per location if their states or local jurisdictions adopt a new supplement to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 2009 Model Food Code.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is organizing a series of instructional food safety webinars with leading experts to examine topics and issues related to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. The next webinar will be held Oct. 12. To register, or for more information, please click here.
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Marathon trade bill fight poised to end with quick sprint to passage

The Hill
The House and Senate are poised to move with lightning speed this week to approve three trade deals with South Korea, Colombia and Panama submitted just last week by President Barack Obama.

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  • Opinion: The case for free trade leadership (The Wall Street Journal)

    Editor's note: Members of the frozen food community can urge their elected officials to support passage of the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama through the Friends of Frozen Food grassroots platform, accessed by clicking here. More
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    21 deaths now linked to Listeria in cantaloupe; new deaths reported in Indiana, New York

    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    Federal health authorities say a nationwide outbreak of listeria in Colorado cantaloupes is now responsible for 21 deaths, and the number could continue to grow as new recalls are issued and new incidents crop up throughout the country.

    Related articles:
  • CDC Listeria Outbreak Update (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Cantaloupe recall expands to precut fruit salads (NPR) More
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    Cain is Republican flavor of month; who's next?

    The Washington Post
    Herman Cain is the flavor of the month in Republican presidential politics. But if the arc of the 2012 presidential race tells us anything, it's that social conservatives — and conservatives more generally — will tire of the former Godfather's Pizza CEO at some point and search again for the next big thing. More
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    The most important week of Perry's campaign

    The Washington Post
    For Texas Gov. Rick Perry, this week will show the kind of political stuff he's made of. More
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    States vary widely in reporting foodborne illnesses

    The Washington Post
    Inconsistent reporting of foodborne illnesses such as Listeria, Salmonella and E. coli leaves large portions of the country vulnerable to the spread of potentially deadly outbreaks before health officials can identify their causes and recall contaminated foods. More
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    Pressure mounts on House GOP to vote on China currency bill

    The Hill
    House Republican leaders are under mounting pressure to pass a China currency bill that is poised to clear the Senate. More
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    Comment period extended for traceability requirements

    Federal Register
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for public comment on a proposed rule that would establish minimum national identification and documentation requirements for the traceability of livestock moving interstate. The new deadline is Dec. 9. More
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    Post-9/11 security allowed costly pest invastion

    The Associated Press via CBS News
    Dozens of foreign insects and plant diseases slipped undetected into the United States in the years after 9/11, when authorities were so focused on preventing another attack that they overlooked a pest explosion that threatened the quality of the nation's food supply. More
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    Commentary: Illegal pathogens

    Drovers Cattle Network
    Of all the provocative headlines that critics of our nation's food production systems use to inflame the issues they want to flog, few are as misleading as one that appeared last week: "Laws haven't kept deadly pathogens out of meat, poultry." More
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    NFU reacts to call for moratorium on regulations

    The Meat Site
    The National Farmers' Union has said a coalition demand for a two-year moratorium on all discretionary, non-essential regulatory actions would halt much-needed actions to stop the concentration of the livestock industry, putting more power in the hands of meat packers that already exert "significant power." More
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    EU commits $334 million to curb food contamination

    FBR
    The EU Budgets Committee will provide an additional $334 million in funding to fruit and vegetable producers in Europe to help curb future food contamination outbreaks. More
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    UK groups welcome review of pig inspection methods

    Meat Info
    U.K. meat leaders, along with regulators, have welcomed the news that changes may be in the cards when it comes to meat inspection for the pork sector. More
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    School lunches more nutritious than homemade

    Food Product Design
    Children who eat lunches prepared at school typically receive more fruits, vegetables and dairy than those who bring lunches from home, which usually contain snacks high in sugar or fat and non-100 percent fruit juice, according to new research presented at the Obesity Society's annual meeting. More
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    Mislabeled pork leads to closure of Walmart stores in China

    The Wall Street Journal
    Authorities in China's southwestern city of Chongqing ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to close some stores temporarily after accusing it of fraudulently labeling ordinary pork as pricier organic pork, in the latest hitch to the company's China ambitions. More
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    New facility helps Request Foods expand

    The Holland Sentinel
    Request Foods has opened a facility in Holland Township, Mich., in a move to expand its frozen food processing capabilities. The new location already is copacking skillet meals and expects to add 250 jobs during the next five years. More
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    Study: Consumers will pay for safer food — to a point

    Food Safety News
    American shoppers are willing to pay more money for verifiably safer food, but their willingness to pay declines as the cost and level of safety rise. More
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    3 reasons for food manufacturers to be optimistic

    Food Manufacture
    Stronger sales, rising reputation and technological innovation are three reasons for U.K. food and drink manufacturers to feel optimistic this autumn, according to Chris Buxton, the CEO of PPMA group. More
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    Case study: New cold storage facility reduces energy costs

    Food Logistics
    A recent case study shows how United States Cold Storage, one of the country's leading refrigerated storage and logistics companies, dropped its lighting-related energy costs to an unprecedented low. More
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    CLA might protect against celiac disease

    Nutra Ingredients
    Supplementation with CLA might be beneficial in fighting oxidative stress associated with celiac disease, according to a new paper in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research. More
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    Global carotenoids sector to hit $1.3 billion by 2017

    Food Product Design
    Increasing awareness among consumers about the health benefits of carotenoids and the growing consumer preference for natural and healthy food products is driving the global market for carotenoids, which is projected to reach $1.3 billion by 2017, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts. More
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    MES: Meeting the need for improved food safety

    Control Engineering
    Manufacturing Execution Systems software solutions have been deployed successfully by many food and beverage manufacturers. However, with new FDA regulations, MES could play an important role in helping European food and beverage manufacturers that export to the U.S. comply with FDA requirements. More
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    New service enhances hand hygiene compliance

    More RFID
    Sealed Air recently introduced VSS Vision Safety Solutions, a service that enables facilities to improve hand hygiene compliance. Intended for health care sectors, the technology could benefit food workers as well. More
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    New study reveals US packaging demands

    FoodBev
    Demand for converted flexible packaging in the U.S. is expected to exceed $18 billion in 2015, new research by Reportlinker has revealed. More
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    UK: Greggs cooks up new frozen food range for Iceland stores

    Thi is Money
    The U.K.'s Greggs bakery chain has developed a range of frozen pastry-wrapped sausages for hungry customers who can't make it to one of its 1,500 stores. More
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    United States Cold Storage
    USCS and its several predecessor companies have been providing refrigerated storage services to the food industry since 1889. Today USCS is a leading national public refrigerated warehouse operator with 34 facilities located in 12 states. MORE
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