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Frozen food gets ready for its image upgrade
NPR
Alarmed by a nation that increasingly equates fresh with healthy, the frozen food industry has a message for you. "What we call fresh in the supermarket is really better termed raw," says Kristin Reimers, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition for ConAgra Foods. "A lot of times, those vegetables have been transported for days, and then sit. It could be a matter of weeks between when they're picked and consumed." Frozen vegetables, she says, are "probably more nutrient-rich than many of the raw vegetables in the produce section."
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As FDA seeks fees to fund food safety, much of industry remains opposed
Food Safety News
While the Obama administration continues to make it clear that it will look to registration, inspection and import fees to fund food safety efforts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the future, much of the food industry continues to make it known they are downright opposed to the idea.
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Washington moves ahead with GMO label proposal
FoodProductionDaily.com
Following on the heels of California's failed Proposition 37 drive, Washington's state legislature is one step closer to voting on a ballot initiative that would require labels on biotech foods.
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Poll: Americans still wary of 'greenwashing,' including organic labels
FoodNavigator-USA.com
Concern for the environment may be increasing among Americans, but suspicion of corporate "greenwashing" may be slowing their willingness to pay extra for "green" products, including organic, suggests a new survey of 2,276 adults.
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Food safety threat? Proliferation of food eco-labels
Food Safety Magazine
The number of eco-labels in the food industry is expected to continue to proliferate in 2013. More than 200 seals and logos represent some ecological, ethical, ingredient or sustainability attributes in the global food industry. The mushrooming number of eco-labels could have adverse consequences on food safety.
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Industry balks at 'food safety tax' to hit consumers
The Hill
A coalition of dozens of food industry trade groups is urging Congress to do away with a set of proposed food safety fees they say would be passed along to families at supermarkets across the country.
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Now nonfood plants can help feed the world
FoodProductionDaily.com
Researchers have produced starch from plants not usually used for food purposes, potentially opening up whole new sources for foods and packaging materials.
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New technology could improve food safety, defend against bioterrorism
United Press International
An improved detection method could improve food safety and also bolster defenses against bioterrorism, researchers at the University of Missouri reported in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
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Frozen food gets ready for its image upgrade
NPR
Alarmed by a nation that increasingly equates fresh with healthy, the frozen food industry has a message for you. "What we call fresh in the supermarket is really better termed raw," says Kristin Reimers, a registered dietitian and manager of nutrition for ConAgra Foods.

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Court's decisions a guide to defending against food labeling class actions
Association of Corporate Counsel
A current trend in consumer class action litigation across the country focuses on food and beverage labeling. Plaintiffs will allege that products labeled as "all natural," being a good source of a certain nutrient or having "no artificial ingredients" are deceptive and violate various unfair competition laws.

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FDA requests budget increase to implement food safety law
Reuters
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it is requesting a budget of $4.7 billion in fiscal 2014, including $295.8 million to implement new food safety regulations.

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Industry appeals EPA GHG regulations
Environmental Leader
The National Association of Manufacturers, American Frozen Food Institute, American Petroleum Institute and other industry groups have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to stop the EPA's greenhouse gas emissions rules, which they say are too costly and threaten manufacturers' global competitiveness.
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Supply chain risk: Answers to 5 often-asked questions
Risk & Compliance Journal via The Wall Street Journal
From the tsunami in Japan and drought in the U.S. farm belt to horse meat in Europe and flooding in Thailand, the ripple effects of supply chain risks are being felt around the world. Problems that used to be isolated and manageable can now lead to global supply disruptions and lasting brand damage.
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Is there an alternative to hot water blanching for diced veg before it is frozen?
FoodNavigator-USA.com
A leading food manufacturer is looking for partners to help it find an alternative to hot-water blanching as a means of inactivating the enzymes that make diced vegetables degrade prior to freezing.
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Snapshot of foodborne illness trends in US
Food Poisoning Bulletin
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a snapshot of the report card for food safety issued by FoodNet. This data helps public health officials know how much progress — or lack of progress — has been made in reaching goals for reducing foodborne illness.
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