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Rules being proposed by FDA for safer imported foods
The Associated Press via Medical News Today
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released two proposed rules to improve the safety of imported foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, foodborne illnesses in the USA are on the rise. The FDA says it aims to make sure imported foods are at least as safe as those grown in the USA.
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A race to save the orange by altering Its DNA
The New York Times (subscriber article)
The call Ricke Kress and every other citrus grower in Florida dreaded came while he was driving. "It's here" was all his grove manager needed to say to force him over to the side of the road. The disease that sours oranges and leaves them half green, already ravaging citrus crops across the world, had reached Florida's storied groves.
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Food rituals may boost flavor perception
Food Navigator
Short "rituals" that many people perform before consuming foods and drinks, even if seemingly insignificant, could boost flavor perception and overall liking of products, according to new research.
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The world's biggest food company vs. the super germ
Bloomberg TV
Nestle, the world's largest food manufacturer, has built state-of-the-art laboratories designed to tackle the germs that infect our food.
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FDA issues new style sheet for structured product labeling
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA Data Standards Council's Structured Product Labeling Web page has been revised to include an updated SPL stylesheet.
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Opinion: Reform the ethanol mandate
Politico
The federal corn ethanol mandate is prima facie evidence that the law of unintended consequences is always in effect. Once heralded as a way to help farmers, reverse climate change and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, the mandate to blend up to 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline every year has hurt more than it has helped.
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Why not outsource inspection of food imports?
Bloomberg Businessweek
Think of it as off-shoring for food safety inspections. Under new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration, food destined for the U.S. would be inspected abroad and importers would be held more accountable for ensuring its safety.
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Seeking support, biotech food companies pledge transparency
The New York Times (subscriber article)
With pressure growing to label genetically modified foods, the developers of biotechnology crops are starting a campaign to gain support for their products by promising new openness — starting today with a new website, GMOAnswers.com.
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FDA proposes rules for safer imported foods
Ag Week
Chances are that about 15 percent of the food you eat — more if your diet includes lots of fruits, vegetables and cheese — comes from abroad, and the government is taking steps now to make it safer. New rules proposed July 26 by the Food and Drug Administration would make U.S. food importers responsible for ensuring that their foreign suppliers are handling and processing food safely.
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Food safety microbiology testing increases 40 percent in 5 years
Virtual-Strategy Magazine
A new publication from Strategic Consulting Inc., "Microbiology Testing in the Global Food Industry," puts the 2013 market value of worldwide microbiology testing for food safety at $2.9 billion, worldwide.

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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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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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FAO urges developing nations to cut hazardous pesticides
Reuters
Developing countries should speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from their markets following the death of 23 children from contaminated food in India, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization said recently.
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Fringe benefit plans: Valuable planning tools you haven't heard of
By David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Carole Foos, CPA
As authors of a number of books on financial planning, we have had the opportunity to speak with hundreds, if not thousands, of business owners and executives over the past decade. For nearly all them, including trucking company owners, the goals of tax reduction, asset protection and long-term wealth creation are at the top of the list. Fortunately, both qualified retirement plans and fringe benefit plans can help you address these challenges in significant ways. In this article, we will discuss the basics of these two plans.
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Study: Students throwing out 44 percent of school food
WSLS-TV
School cafeteria food may be healthier these days, but new research from Virginia Tech finds a lot of it is going to waste. Preliminary results show 44 percent of the food served in a Montgomery County, Va., elementary school cafeteria during one week this spring ended up in garbage cans.
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