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California eases regulations on homemade food businesses, boosting startups
Fox News
California's homemade foodmakers now are able to sell their products to restaurants and grocery stores, thanks to a new law that went into effect this year. The California Homemade Food Act created a new category of producers called "cottage food producers," which will allow people to cook their food items right from their kitchens at home. More

FDA proposes major regulations for food safety
For the first time in 70 years, the Food and Drug Administration released two major requirements for improving food safety. Jan. 4, the FDA released two draft rule proposals for food safety that will allow the FDA to shift its focus on preventing, rather than simply reacting, to food borne illnesses. Despite the delay, public health advocates heralded the proposals as a major step in implementing the landmark FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. More

Costs of new food safety rules remain years away
The Associated Press via USA Today
The Food and Drug Administration's new food safety rules will cost businesses about half a billion dollars annually. Proposed Jan. 4, they will make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent food-borne diseases that every year kill about 3,000 people and sicken at least 2 million others. It will still be another three years before the rules are implemented at the biggest farms and even longer at smaller farms. More

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Mini-meals, gluten-free eating highlight 2013 trends list
Food Business news
Eliminating food waste, more mini-meals and continued interest in gluten-free products will be top health trends in 2013, according to the Values Institute at DGWB, a social science research group based in Santa Ana. More

Asparagus waste: New nutrient extraction method
Researchers are investigating the commercial potential of a process for extracting nutritional ingredients from asparagus waste for use in functional food products. More

Online food games may prompt high-calorie snacking
Online games promoting food items prompt children to consume more energy-dense foods — regardless of the kind of food the games promote, suggests new research from the Netherlands. More

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Golden State citrus unhurt after frosty weather
Produce Retailer
California's Central Valley faced one of its few frost nights of the season Jan. 1 but emerged from it with no significant damage to mandarins or navel oranges. Cold temperatures hit citrus production areas from Bakersfield to Madera. The thermometer reached 27 degrees in Lindcove and 32 in Terra Bella. "It was probably the coldest night this season, but compared to last year there have not been serious frost nights," said Alyssa Houtby, director of public affairs at Exeter-based California Citrus Mutual. More

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Economic crisis threatens Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet is under threat as cash-strapped consumers in southern European countries are spending less on fresh foods and more on cheaper packaged foods, according to new research. More

More than a thousand words?
Food Business News
A literature review conducted by the research institute RTI International suggests that including colorful and graphic nutrition information on product packages helps consumers better understand the information. More

Fiberglass - the Best Way to Haul

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Survey probes Americans' snacking habits
The once-dominant cultural concept of snacking as a special occasion between meals is long gone. In 2012, 52 percent of all eating occasions among American consumers were snacking occasions — up from 49 percent in 2010, according to The Hartman Group's Eating Occasions Database. More

Too much food can kill you? Overeating and obesity now a bigger global problem than lack of food
Chronic diseases linked to obesity and overconsumption of food now are a bigger global health care burden than illness and disease caused by malnutrition, according to the most comprehensive disease report ever produced on global health issues. More

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