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Local, organic foods not always safer

The Associated Press via USA Today
Shoppers nervous about foodborne illnesses might turn to foods produced at smaller farms or labeled "local," "organic" or "natural" in the hopes that such products are safer. But a small outbreak of Salmonella in organic eggs from Minnesota shows no food is immune to contamination. More
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Vilsack outlines priorities for 2012 farm bill

Hoosier Ag Today
U.S. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack this week is sharing USDA's priorities for the 2012 farm bill. Vilsack says the legislation is about more than farming — it's about energy, nutrition, jobs and providing an adequate food supply for the U.S. and the world. More
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Listeria investigation update: 3 additional deaths

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Three more people have died after eating Listeria-tainted cantaloupe, bringing the toll to 28 deaths, 133 illnesses and a miscarriage.

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Obama: From hope and change, to change and hope for best

The Hill
President Barack Obama's campaign has gone from hope and change to change and hope: He wants to change the conversation to what the Republicans are saying and hope voters find him to be the lesser of two evils. More
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Big Democratic donors stiff super PACs

POLITICO
Democrats railed against deep-pocketed Republican groups in 2010 but this year conceded it was time to compete, rolling out their own network of super PACs and other groups that can take unlimited cash. So far, their big money groups are low on one thing: big donors. More
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Carville 'worried' for general election

POLITICO
James Carville underscored the concerns among Democrats about the current economic picture and what it means for 2012 in a radio interview with Scott Hennen. More
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Americans getting more 'real' about their diets

United States Department of Agriculture
A USDA researchers asks, "If our diets in America haven't improved much, are we at least more aware of our shortcomings?" More
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China: Rapid yuan rise 'not possible'

The Wall Street Journal
China said Wednesday that rapid yuan appreciation in the near term is out of the question because it would harm China's economic growth, in one of the strongest responses yet to U.S. pressure for a faster rise in the currency. More
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Court dismisses food labeling case

Food Business News
Judge Richard Posner of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has dismissed a lawsuit filed by consumer Carolyn Turek regarding food labeling on fiber bars produced by General Mills Inc. and Kellogg Co. More
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Off to a rocky start: A producer and a food safety attorney

Food Safety News
Food Safety News recently ran a series by John Munsell that explained how his small meat plant in Miles City, Mont., ran afoul of USDA's meat inspection practices. In this addendum, Munsell offers an insider's perspective on one of the most well-known names in food safety litigation. More
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EU food safety border rejections on the rise

Food Production Daily
A rise in the rejection of food and feed consignments at EU borders in 2010 has contributed to the number of food safety notifications reaching 8,582 — an 8 percent increase on 2009 and a record high. More
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Small wonders: Mini, micro portions in demand

The New York Times
An examination of the mini and micro dessert trend in New York sheds light on a growing business trend in the food industry. More
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E. coli outbreak strikes in North Carolina

The News & Observer
Health officials in Wake County, N.C., are investigating seven confirmed cases of illness from E. coli; investigators have not identified a location or food source the victims might have had in common. More
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Supreme Meat recalls carne guisada over undeclared allergen

FBR
Supreme Meat Purveyors, a Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 22,100 pounds of carne guisada because the products contain soy that is not declared on the label, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. More
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Truck tonnage index up; indicator of economic health?

Truckinginfo
American Trucking Associations' advance seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index increased 1.6 percent in September after falling a revised 0.5 percent in August 2011, the group's economists announced — offering a sign of hope for the economy. More
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Yogen Fruz, Jamba Juice join forces

FoodBev
Jamba Juice is moving forward with plans to expand its frozen yogurt product line after signing a licensing agreement with Yogen Fruz. More
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Pathogen detection: Sample product or sample environment?

Quality Assurance & Food Safety
As the risk-based provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act roll out, risk assessment is being conducted in areas in which it has not been applied previously and is increasing for practices for which it has always been a part. Pathogen detection and sampling is no exception. More
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Study: Labels read more often when placed centrally

Packaging Gateway
Nutritional labels should be placed in the center of food packaging rather than in one corner in order to attract consumers' attention, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. More
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New method for testing allergens through mass spectrometry

Business Wire via MarketWatch
AB SCIEX today introduced the world's first commercially available and verified mass spectrometry-based method for detecting and measuring allergens in baked food products. More
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Lessons in food processing economics

Institute of Food Technologists
Every food professional needs to know the basic elements of the business in which they practice. More
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Evolution of X-ray inspection systems

Food Processing
With ever-changing trends in the food industry, X-ray inspection equipment has evolved to meet the new demands that increasingly innovative packaging designs are placing on the inspection process. More
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Soft drinks linked to violent tendency in teens

HealthDay News via Medline Plus
Teens who drink lots of soda seem to be prone to violence, new research suggests. But the study authors concede that sodas probably are not the direct cause of the aggression. More
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UK demand for frozen food continues to rise

Food Manufacture
The value of the frozen food sector in the U.K. has soared this year, with 3.6 percent growth in the third quarter alone, the British Frozen Food Federation announced Tuesday. More
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UK: Greencore attracts takeover approach

The Financial Times
Greencore, which failed to pull off a merger designed to create the U.K.'s biggest chilled foods manufacturer last year, has itself attracted the eye of a potential purchaser. More
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