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Senators call on administration to uphold COOL intent
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., called on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Trade Ambassador Ron Kirk to uphold mandatory Country of Origin Labeling as they develop corrective measures required by the World Trade Organization. Johnson led a bipartisan group of 31 senators in fighting to ensure that no changes are made to the program that contradict the intent of Congress. More

Codex panel poised to approve food inspection guidance
Food Chemical News
The Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems is poised to approve a guidance document to help Codex member countries improve their food safety systems for domestic and imported foods. (Subscription required.) More

Putting a price tag on safe food
Los Angeles Times
It has been only a couple of weeks since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released an overdue but worthy set of rules to implement the 2-year-old Food Safety Modernization Act. The regulations aren't complete, but it's already clear that the associated expense, even though it's a blip on the chart compared with the cost of contaminated food, faces adamant opposition. More

FDA announces final rule on administrative detention of food
Federal Register
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a final rule amending the criteria for administrative detention to prevent potentially unsafe food from reaching the marketplace. This action makes the criteria consistent with changes to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act under the FSMA. The final rule adopts the interim final rule "Criteria Used to Order Administrative Detention of Food for Human or Animal Consumption," published May 2011, without change. More

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Does the 'no illnesses' language belong in recall notices?
Food Safety News
Food companies that are voluntarily recalling a product usually use the language suggested by regulatory agencies that is then distributed electronically via the federal government websites. Recalls not connected to outbreaks almost always contain a line saying there are "no reported illnesses" associated with the recalled product. William E. Keene, Oregon's senior state epidemiologist, thinks it's time for reporters and editors to "not let themselves be duped into amplifying press release boilerplate." More

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New USDA snack food standards could increase produce sales
The Produce News
The produce industry is hoping a new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulation announced Feb. 1 that puts limits on snack foods sold to children during the school day, will not only promote healthy eating, but drive up produce sales. Under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, USDA must establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools, besides the federally supported school meal programs. More

Genetic changes to food may get uniform labeling
The New York Times
With Washington state on the verge of a ballot initiative that would require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients and other states considering similar measures, some of the major food companies have been discussing lobbying for a national labeling program. More

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EPA raises biofuel estimate
Days after a federal appeals court said the Obama administration is setting overly optimistic production quotas for the struggling biofuels industry, the government issued new standards that raise production estimates for 2013. More

CDC veggie warning is highly misleading
Yahoo News
Thanks to a statistically accurate, but highly misleading report by the Centers for Disease Control, people now have another reason not to eat their veggies. More

Consumer food trends to watch
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FSMA preventive controls proposal: Sanitation controls, employee training
To comply with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposed new preventive control standards, food companies would be required to meet mandatory sanitation controls that address specific hazards reasonably likely to occur, rather than the generic controls usually found in a company's prerequisite program, advises Jenny Scott, a senior advisor in FDA's Office of Foods and one of two principal authors of the proposal. (Registration required.) More

US releases new rules for school snack foods
The New York Times
The Obama administration released its long-awaited nutritional guidelines for snack foods sold in schools, an effort to combat the expanding waistlines of school-age children. The guidelines come a year after the administration made the first changes to the $11 billion government-subsidized school meal program in more than three decades, adding more fruits and green vegetables to breakfasts and lunches and reducing the amount of salt and fat in meals. More

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