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California GMO bill is top priority for GMA
Supermarket News
As the Grocery Manufacturers Association anticipates the start of its annual Executive Conference Aug. 25 in Colorado Springs, Colo., its collective eye is looking farther west, to California, where it will engage in a major election battle this fall. The battle involves whether manufacturers will be required to indicate on their packaging if a product contains genetically modified organisms — Proposition 37 on California's November ballot. More



Draft guidance for industry: Need for food categories in food facility registrations
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released a draft guidance for feedback, addressing the need for using food categories in food facility registrations — plus offering updates to food categories under the Food Safety Modernization Act. More

FDA submits 2nd FSMA-required report to Congress
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration has released its 2nd "Report on Food Facilities, Food Imports and FDA Foreign Offices," which it submitted to Congress as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The report highlights FDA's activities in protecting the U.S. food supply. More

California labeling fight may raise food prices
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Adding a couple of words to a package of corn chips may sound simple enough, but when those words are "genetically engineered," the change is anything but simple. That's why the food and agriculture industries are spending big money to defeat a California ballot initiative that would require labeling of any food containing genetically modified ingredients. More

3 hot-button areas in improving production efficiency
Food Manufacturing
Mike Edgett, director of industry marketing for Process Manufacturing, Infor, writes: "I get to work with all types of food and beverage manufacturers, and one thing they all have in common is that they all constantly are developing and implementing a continuous improvement plan to ramp up production efficiency to increase throughput and profitability. Those that are successful show improvement and employ a solution that considers all aspects of the business. Let's look at three key areas." More

IFT launches new certification program for food technologists
Food Ingredients First
The Institute of Food Technologists has launched a new Certified Food Scientist program to provide a specific credential that recognizes applied scientific knowledge and skills. The CFS program provides food scientists an opportunity to obtain a specific credential that recognizes the applied scientific knowledge and skills these professionals have achieved. More


When Meeting Regulations Is Not Enough

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Sustainable production, packaging benefits both manufacturers, consumers
Food Processing
A 17,000-person survey covering 17 nations, the 2010 Greendex research study from National Geographic and GlobeScan found 40 percent of consumers avoid excessively packaged goods "all" or "most of the time." Another survey, the Natural Marketing Institute's 2011 LOHAS Consumer Trends Study, found 75 percent of Americans believe many consumer products are overpackaged. More

Shelf-life smart labels could hit shelves in 2013
FoodProductionDaily
An innovative color-changing label, which tells consumers how fresh their food is, could hit supermarket shelves in the U.K. in 2013, says developer UWI Label. More

Eco-friendly demand could open new food supply chain
Food Navigator
High demand for environmentally friendly goods is providing the food industry with growing opportunities to create a new and unique supply chain system that offers advantages for everybody, according to new research More

Consumer trends: Food manufacturers harness social networking
Food Manufacturing
Social media has changed how brands engage with consumers, and a management briefing looks at how manufacturers and retailers are using the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The four-part briefing includes analysis on why social media is now an integral part of marketing strategies, the potential of using networks to enhance brand communication but also the challenges manufacturers and retailers face. More
 

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