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Clean labels, GMOs and natural sweeteners are IFT food-show hot buttons
Food Processing
The Food Processing staff recently spent time at Chicago's McCormick Place, site of this year's annual meeting and Expo of the Institute of Food Technologists. IFT tends to present an idealized vision of the food industry and the products it produces for an appreciative public. Of course, if eating healthy was mainstream behavior, obesity wouldn't be a public health issue.
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Commentary: Farmers' expertise matters in review of food-safety rules
Ag Alert
California farmers have the opportunity to influence two critical areas of new federal food safety law. Enacted in January 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act, or FSMA, sought to expand the food safety authority of the Food and Drug Administration to prevent foodborne illness.
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Consumers may not care about calorie counts, but the food industry does
Time
Even if consumers aren't paying much attention to the stark reminders of how much they are eating, the food industry is keenly aware of how many calories they are offering. And they are responding by slimming down their menus with lighter options — albeit slowly.
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Challenges of health department food safety inspections
Food Safety Magazine
There is a national standard for food safety preparation and inspection, but many states and municipalities choose not to follow these evidence-based rules. As a result, national chains need to follow guidelines that vary state-by-state and municipality-by-municipality.
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Court: Food makers followed law regarding lead warning labels
Bloomberg
Dole Food Co. and Nestle SA's Gerber unit won a tentative ruling that they don't have to warn consumers about lead contained in their baby food, packaged fruit and juices. Judge Stephen Brick in California Superior Court in Oakland said the companies, and other food makers facing a state lawsuit, showed that each of their products is below the regulatory "safe harbor" exposure level, and no warnings are required under California's Proposition 65 toxins-warning law.
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Food fraud: Honey and 7 other commonly mislabeled foods
Medical Daily
The growing number of cases of food fraud has yielded the inauguration of the Food Fraud Database to track food fakery of household goods sold in stores nationwide. Some products are more likely than others to be the target of fraudulence.
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IFT launches Global Food Traceability Center
Food Safety Magazine
The Institute of Food Technologists Board of Directors has approved the launch of a new food traceability center designed to protect and improve our global food supply.
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Sustainability expert: Stop passing the buck
Food Navigator
Brand owners and retailers must realize they have the final responsibility for ensuring a sustainable supply of ingredients for their products, according to one sustainability expert.
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Food startup patents process that packs frozen fruit into muffins
Financial Post via The StarPhoenix
Canadian food startup U-Be-Livin-Smart is capitalizing on its "karma"ffin, an all-natural muffin made using a patent-pending process that packs 10 pounds of frozen fruits into a single pound of finished product without losing any nutrient value.
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US, EU to cooperate on food, nutrition, nanotech standards
Food Navigator
The European Union and the United States have agreed to harmonize standards for food safety and nutrition and nanotechnology — among the first collaborative research priorities to come out of trade and investment talks.
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Consumers may not care about calorie counts, but the food industry does
Nutra Ingredients USA
A market-driven approach that allows consumers to opt for foods made without genetically modified ingredients is preferable to mandatory labeling via either state or federal statutes, according to the United Natural Products Alliance.

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Agricultural robots could revolutionize fresh-market fruit, veggie production, ease labor woes
The Washington Post
On a windy morning in California's Salinas Valley, a tractor pulled a wheeled, metal contraption over rows of budding iceberg lettuce plants. Engineers from Silicon Valley tinkered with the software on a laptop to ensure the machine was eliminating the right leafy buds.

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Are American pockets — and stomachs — getting healthier?
Supermarket Guru
A recent National Shoppers report from Acosta Sales & Marketing called, "The Why? Behind The Buy," gives us a positive outlook on the state of American wallets … and shopping baskets.

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New nutrition standards may make students healthier but hurt the bottom line
The News & Observer
Starting next year, new federal nutrition standards aim to make school snacks healthier. But history shows that when the food becomes healthier, kids buy less. And with 20 percent of the school food service budget relying on the sale of snack foods, that could cause a revenue problem, say officials in Wake County, N.C.
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UK: Frozen food back as families look to cut bills — and waste
The Telegraph
Cash-strapped families are turning back the clock and snapping up frozen food to cope with rising bills in the U.K.
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Expert: Food industry is key in preventing diabetes, cognitive decline
Food Navigator
The food industry must continue to innovate new food products that help consumers with pre-diabetes and glucose intolerance to reverse their long-term risk of diabetes and dementia, according to Professor Louise Dye.
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Japan joins trans-Pacific trade negotiations
Agence France-Presse via MENAFN
Japan formally joined negotiations for a U.S.-led trans-Pacific agreement, raising hopes for a free trade deal that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy.
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