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GMO labeling initiative plays out in public hearing
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
Supporters argued that an initiative requiring genetically engineered foods to be labeled gives Washington state consumers information they need to make informed choices at the grocery store. Opponents countered that the move is unnecessary: These foods are perfectly healthy, and if consumers don't want them, they can buy organic. More

Food safety remains on GAO's 'high-risk' list
Food Safety News
Food safety remains on the Government Accountability Office's "high-risk" list, according to an agency update. As GAO noted in its report, the U.S. government is the "world's largest and most complex entity" that runs an incredibly diverse range of programs, so the agency uses its high-risk list to draw attention to the areas that need the most work. More

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Food safety: Complicated rules will require study, specialists say
Ag Alert
Sweeping changes in federal food safety law under the Food Safety Modernization Act won't happen right away, yet the message recently sent to farmers and agricultural business owners in California's Central Valley was to become familiar with the proposed rules now. More

FDA extends comment period for FSMA proposals
Food Business News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is giving the public and industry until May 16 — rather than the original deadline of Feb. 15 — to submit comments on two proposed FSMA rules: "Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food" and "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption." More


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Proposition 65 amendment introduced to reduce lawsuits
Natural Products Insider
An amendment that was introduced by California Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, would give businesses 14 days to cure violations of The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 — commonly referred to as Proposition 65 — without being subject to fines. The bill will help small businesses avoid the expenses of litigation under a law that was intended to shield Californians' from harmful chemicals, said Gatto. More

Coming soon to China: At-home toxic food test kits
The Wall Street Journal
According to a report from the official Xinhua news agency, scientists at the Tianjin University of Science and Technology in northern China have developed an at-home testing kit to help consumers detect more than 60 varieties of chemicals in their food. More

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Driving the market for healthy snacks for children
Progressive Grocer
According to a USDA survey of nearly 10,000 children, twice as many kids today eat snack foods than did 20 years ago. But parents worried about the obesity epidemic are starting to realize snacking options must be delicious, nutritionally balanced, easy to eat on the go and appealing to children. More

Food colors: Why do they matter?
FoodNavigator.com
What are food colors? Where do they come from? And what are the reasons they are used in so many foods? In this special edition article FoodNavigator brings you the facts behind the food colors. More


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Food safety: Complicated rules will require study
Ag Alert
Sweeping changes in federal food safety law under the Food Safety Modernization Act won't happen right away, yet the message recently sent to farmers and agricultural business owners in California's Central Valley was to become familiar with the proposed rules now.

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GMO labeling campaigns enter new battlegrounds
Triple Pundit
People interested in the genetically modified organism debate know that California voters were initially very supportive of passage of Proposition 37, called "The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act," but ultimately it was narrowly rejected by voters because the bill had weaknesses that heavily funded industry groups leveraged to foment voter doubt. As anticipated, the coalition that mobilized around California's Proposition 37 is turning its attention to other states.

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Navigating the future of food
Food Navigator-USA
Fresh juices and foods subjected to high-pressure processing, protein, cage-free hen eggs, premium private label, fermented foods, culinary botanicals and edible packaging could all be hot trends this year, predicts trend watcher Hartman Group.

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Q&A: Automation trends for food manufacturers
Food Manufacturing
Incorporating automated equipment into food manufacturing processes can offer a wealth of benefits. Matt Wicks of Intelligrated spoke with Food Manufacturing about how food processors can best harness automated technologies in their facilities. More

Trucking association files appeal in federal court over California emissions regulation
Fleet Owner
The California Construction Trucking Association has filed an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in its nearly two-year-long legal battle against the California Air Resources Board's heavy-duty, on-road truck and bus regulation that ultimately will force the replacement of most diesel-powered commercial trucks that do not meet 2010 EPA emissions standards in order to operate in the State of California. More
 

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