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Welcome to Food Flash, CLFP's weekly news brief. We are excited to deliver our NEW e-news brief to your inbox every week! Food Flash brings you the latest news and issues impacting the food processing industry. This new CLFP publication allows us to provide you with timely news articles from a wide range of publications. We would like to get your feedback about the new e-news brief so that we can make it a valuable resource for you. To provide feedback, please contact Amy Alcorn at amy@clfp.com.



UN tightens rules on labeling, additives, food safety
Food Ingredients First
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, jointly run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization, agreed on several new regulations to protect the health of consumers worldwide. More

Senate vote shifts farm debate to House
The Sacramento Bee
The Senate handily approved a farm bill, giving Californians a lot to chew over. During July, anticipating the future House and Senate negotiations, Californians will try to retain the farm bill provisions they like while fending off the ones they fear. More

Building a safer food system
Organic Processing
Whenever an outbreak happens, the entire food industry comes under scrutiny. To better ensure the safety and security of foods in the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration recently put new regulations into effect. One of the rules granted to the agency by the Food Safety Modernization Act allows the FDA to detain food that the agency believes has been produced under unsanitary or unsafe conditions. All food companies will be required to take extra steps to show they are following certain safety guidelines. More


When Meeting Regulations Is Not Enough

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Much ado about caramel coloring
Food Processing
It's been a problem-filled couple of months for caramel coloring. After saying it found unsafe levels of 4-MEI in cans of Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Dr. Pepper and Whole Foods' 365 Cola, The Center for Science in the Public Interest petitioned the FDA in March to ban the use of caramel colorings that contain 4-MEI, citing a possible cancer risk. More

Packaging and food security
Packaging World
Packaging has always protected consumers from contamination — intentional or unintentional — and tampering, yet there is no legislation stipulating that packaging must perform this role. Of greatest concern is the intentional tampering of the food supply. Because of this, the U.S. government has put strong emphasis on food security as it relates to counter terrorism and secure supply chain. More

Farm bill pits fresh fruit against fruit
McClatchy Newspapers via San Francisco Chronicle
A wording change that expands a federal fruit and vegetable program to include dried, canned and frozen foods also could sour key lawmakers and spark a Capitol Hill fight. The conflict adds one more challenge for a Congress struggling to finish its farm bill work this year. More

Fumigation for pest control on harvested fruits, vegetables
United States Department of Agriculture
Entomologist Yong-Biao Liu, at the U.S. Agricultural Research Station in Salinas, Calif., is working on low-temperature fumigation with phosphine as an alternative to methyl bromide for control of pests on harvested fresh fruits and vegetables. More

Q-and-A: Getting on track with traceability
Manufacturing.net
With a growing focus on food safety, it is increasingly important for food manufacturers to be able to trace products effectively in the event of a recall. RedPrairie recently released a new survey uncovering traceability and recall trends and suggesting actions processors can take to stay on top of regulatory requirements. More

What is supply chain disruption costing your company?
Supply Chain Standard
Have you sat down recently and calculated what disruptions to your supply chain might be costing you? And not just the direct cost, but the impact in terms of lost sales and damaged reputations? More

Campbell Soup to buy Bolthouse Farms
The Associated Press via USA Today
Campbell Soup Co. hopes to court a new generation of consumers with baby carrots, high-end juices and refrigerated salad dressings. The Camden, N.J.,-based company said that it will buy natural foods maker Bolthouse Farms, Bakersfield, Calif., in a $1.55 billion cash deal from private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC. More

Role of food supply chain managers in changing food safety standards environment
Food Processing Industry
Corporate managers feel irritated with every change in food laws — it forces them to think and change procedures. The argument given by them is "why do we need it when everything is fine?" What is the harm by enhanced food safety in the interests of public health? It is human nature; we don't want change when we are comfortable. Whether it is pollution, global warming, traffic diversion or change in accounting laws, so is the same witnessed with changes in food laws. We need competent managers to control and minimize food safety risks. More
 

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