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Prop 37 battle rages in California
Supermarket News
The debate over Proposition 37 — a California ballot initiative to label genetically modified foods — is heating up as the election draws near. While only a handful of crops are genetically modified — including some squash, papaya, sweet corn, soy, cotton and sugar beets — GM ingredients are widely used in processed foods, according to Stacy Malkan, media director for the Yes on Prop 37 — California Right to Know Campaign, of which Nature's Path, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and Organic Valley are sponsors. More

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Food safety not targeted in Republican national platform
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Food Safety and Inspection Service and other parts of the federal food safety system seem to have escaped Republican attention in the recently released national platform document. For the food safety community, however, the question remains: What would a Romney presidency mean? More

EPA sets limit for controversial pesticide's residue in food
Federal Register
In a final rule, the Environmental Protection Agency has set a limit for residues of clothianidin in or on rice or grain, responding to a request from Valent Corp. The rule directly regulates growers, food processors, food handlers and food retailers. Clothianidin has been suspected in the death of honey bees. The EPA also established limits for pendimethalin in or on lettuce, leafy greens, turnip greens, melons, vegetables, soybeans and small fruit vines, excluding grapes. More

New food plant boosts San Joaquin Valley economy
KGPE-TV
A new 70,000-square-foot frozen food plant is coming to Merced, Calif., this winter. The company, White Oak Frozen Foods, plans to supply hundreds of jobs and buy locally grown crops. More

No more crying over onion quality thanks to infrared technology
Food Production
Produce World Rustler will become the first U.K. firm to install Near Infrared technology for detecting internal defects in onions. More

UN: Action needed to prevent food price catastrophe
Reuters
World leaders must take swift, coordinated action to ensure food-price shocks do not turn into a catastrophe that could hurt tens of millions of people in the coming months, the United Nations' food agencies said in a recent statement. More

EPA allows nitric acid in cleaning solutions for food processors
Federal Register
Following a petition by Ecolab Inc., the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final rule exempting nitric acid from residue limit regulations when it's used as an ingredient in antimicrobial cleaning solutions for food contact surfaces. More


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R-CALF offers suggestions for fixing WTO problems with COOL
Trade Reform
R-CALF USA, a Billings, Mont.-based cattlemen's organization that has fought for country-of-origin labeling for more than a decade, recently offered suggestions for responding to recent adverse rulings on COOL by the World Trade Organization. More

EPA sets deadline for comments on renewable fuel standard
Federal Register
The Environmental Protection Agency has set a Sept. 26 deadline for feedback on whether to grant a waiver of the renewable fuel standard. The EPA will base its decision of whether to waive the mandate on the terms and definitions established during discussion of similar requests in 2008, which it denied. More

Freezer provides cost savings to frozen strawberry production
GEA Refrigeration Canada via Food Manufacturing
Previously, Pacific Ridge Farms had relied on an old ammonia tunnel and nitrogen drip for processing its frozen strawberries. Nitrogen was used to "precrust" the strawberries before they went into the freezer tunnel. However, this was problematic on several fronts, with hygiene and food quality concerns, as well as the high costs associated with use of the nitrogen. More

In drought, should corn be food or fuel?
MPR via NPR
Standing outside the Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op in Little Falls, Minn., there's not a lot going on. The pungent smell of fermentation that typically hangs in the air here is absent. And trucks piled high with corn are nowhere to be seen. They're idled in part because of high corn prices. And it's unclear when that will change. More

Health groups sue FDA, OMB over FSMA delays
Reuters
Two U.S. health and environment organizations — the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health — sued the federal government for what they say is a failure to implement and enforce a new food safety law that could help prevent thousands of deaths caused by foodborne illnesses each year. The groups said government officials repeatedly had missed mandatory deadlines for issuing final regulations required by the Food Safety Modernization Act. They are asking a federal court to order officials at both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Office of Management and Budget to force the agencies to start enforcing the law. More
 

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