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Senate adopts 'flexible' nutrition standards for school meals

The Hill
The Senate voted late Tuesday to adopt more flexible — some would say weaker — nutrition standards for school meals following intense lobbying by the potato and frozen food industries.

Editor's note: AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz issued this statement today following the Senate vote to adopt the Collins-Udall amendment.

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    FDA report on Listeria outbreak expected to target machinery

    The Denver Post
    Food safety experts expect the FDA's key Listeria outbreak report today to zero in on equipment and conditions inside buildings at Jensen Farms.

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    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. To register, or for more information, please click here. More
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    Opinion: National Food Day should help put food safety first

    The Huffington Post
    Oct. 24 is the first National Food Day, marking a nationwide campaign to change the way Americans eat and think about food.

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    Wayward Senate Democrats keep distance from Obama

    The Wall Street Journal
    Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., was among thousands of visitors at the Preston County Buckwheat Festival on a recent fall afternoon, shaking hands, giving hugs and talking politics with voters at food stands and under the shadow of the Ferris wheel. The Democratic lawmaker barely mentioned President Barack Obama. More
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    Perry vs. Romney: Now it's personal

    POLITICO
    After months of diversions — sideshow candidates, Hamlet acts and straw polls — Tuesday night's sizzling Republican presidential showdown boiled down the nomination fight to its essentials: a deeply personal, ideological and smashmouth contest between two rivals with almost nothing in common. More
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    Tea party buys in to trade

    The Hill
    Freshman House Republicans voted overwhelmingly for a trio of trade deals last week, despite hopes from opponents that the faction would move en bloc to stop them. More
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    Spending bill hits wall with moderates

    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders believed bringing forward a popular spending package for hiring teachers and firefighters would prove to be a far easier sell than the White House's more ambitious $447 billion American Jobs Act. But that has not been the case on Capitol Hill. More
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    Rules of the game: Super PACs multiply, head to Hill

    Roll Call
    As super PACs proliferate, the number devoted either to backing or bashing a specific member of Congress or a small group of legislators suddenly has spiked. More
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    Senate rejects McCain amendment to limit funds to trade program

    The Hill
    The Senate voted 44-55 against an amendment from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to limit funding for a Trade Adjustment Assistance program. More
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    Opinion: Sugar policy bitter for consumers, manufacturers

    POLITICO
    It's almost Halloween and time for trick-or-treating. Americans are expected to spend more than $2 billion on candy this holiday, according to industry reports. But here's a fact that should scare consumers: They probably are paying more for that candy than they should.

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    $500,000 USDA grant could keep GM salmon company afloat

    Popular Science
    Opponents of genetically modified food are crying foul over a recent government grant to the maker of GM salmon, which plans to use the biotechnology risk assessment grant to research ways to sterilize fish and prevent genetically modified offspring.

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    Companies paid more for gas, food, other goods

    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    Companies paid more for gas and food in September to drive wholesale prices up by the most in five months. Outside those volatile categories, inflation was modest.

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    Campaign raises consumer awareness of properly cooking prepackaged, prepared foods

    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    In September, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service partnered with the FDA, International Food Information Council, Partnership for Food Safety Education and organizations representing the frozen food and home appliance industries to raise awareness about the need to follow package instructions to fully cook pre-prepared foods and prevent foodborne illness.

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    Northern Foods has big pizza plans for Goodfellas

    Food Manufacture
    Northern Foods is aiming to reclaim market leadership of the frozen pizza sector with a rebranding of its Goodfella's pizza line, including new packaging and processing technologies. More
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    Progress made on Salmonella vaccine for poultry, humans

    Technician Online
    North Carolina State University professors are looking to reduce the threat of Salmonella, which infects 1.2 million people a year. More
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    Study: Consumers buy 'responsibly' packaged food first

    Food & Beverage Packaging
    EcoFocus Worldwide CEO Linda Gilbert has offered an early preview of research that gives food manufacturers and packaging companies their marching orders: 60 percent of consumers choose foods they perceive to be packaged responsibly. More
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    EU project looks to enhance food labels using smartphones

    Food Navigator
    Consumer-driven information on food labels is the aim of a new Brussels-based project that combines smartphone technology with data explaining the function, traceability, quality and sustainability of various ingredients in food products. More
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    Offline: Intrusive maintenance policy components

    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    The threat of food contamination might increase when equipment is taken offline. Do you have the proper policies and procedures in place to ensure that doesn't happen? More
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    National Everclean Services acquires CNS/FoodSafe

    PRWeb
    CNS/FoodSafe and National Everclean Services together will field the industry's strongest offering in food safety training and food preparation auditing. More
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    High-tech cleaning: From dental surgeon to food manufacturer

    Food Manufacture
    A pilot program currently taking place in the U.K. is adapting technology used in dental surgeries to create a faster, more effective way for food and beverage firms to clean factories and food processing facilities. More
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    Bio-decontamination in the food industry

    Laboratorytalk
    Bioquell discusses the use of hydrogen peroxide vapor technology as a method to tackle bio-decontamination within the food manufacturing industry. More
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    Global food preservatives sector topped $1 billion in 2010

    Food Product Design
    The global preservatives market grew an average of 1.3 percent annually from 2006 to 2010, reaching $1.35 billion in 2010, according to a new market report from Leatherhead Food Research. More
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