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Grocers face pressures from government shutdown
Politico
With no telling how long the current shutdown might last, The Lempert Report feels grocers should know the potential financial, regulatory and food safety impact on their stores.
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Global food prices fall to 3-year low, FAO trims crop forecasts
Reuters
Global food prices are not expected to fall much further after dipping to their lowest level in three years in September, the United Nations food agency said, trimming its estimate for 2013-2014 world cereals production.
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Preparation is key to addressing whistle-blower complaints
Food Safety Magazine
FSMA encourages employees to blow the whistle on unsafe food practices. The full deterrent effect of FSMA Section 402 remains to be seen. But as the food industry progresses under FSMA and employees become increasingly aware of their rights, it is likely that the number of whistle-blower complaints will increase.
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DeLauro: Asia trade deal would threaten food safety
The Hill
Rep. Rosa DeLauro is warning that a trade deal with countries in the Asia-Pacific would weaken American food safety. DeLauro is concerned that poor food safety regulations in some countries taking part in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks could put Americans at risk and said a process being supported by the U.S. Trade Representative would "further jeopardize food safety."
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Survey: Consumers buying more specialty foods
Chain Store Age
Consumers are choosing specialty foods over conventional foods at record levels, according to research from the Specialty Food Association. Nearly 75 percent of U.S. consumers report making specialty food purchases this year.
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Uphill climb seen for expiration labeling reform
Baking Business
While advocates of reform for rules governing food expiration may have a strong case, the likelihood the federal government will take action is low, said Miriam J. Guggenheim, a partner at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C.
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Opinion: Food labs integral to changing world of food safety
Food Safety News
The work of its laboratories has long been ubiquitous in the world of food safety. Public or private, their work is usually in the background, unseen but almost always unchallenged. Those days, however, may be changing.
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Industry figures gather for 2013 World Retail Congress
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Top food retail bosses have joined the list of more than 150 speakers at the 2013 World Retail Congress set to share their strategies and insights into the opportunities and challenges facing the food retail industry and promising markets for growth.
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California and Quebec sign new cap and trade agreement
Examiner
The California Air Resources Board and the Government of Quebec announced a new agreement that will serve as the blueprint for integrating their cap and trade programs. The agreement is another step to link each program that was begun more than five years ago. It will allow carbon allowances and offset credits to be exchanged between participants in the two jurisdictions' programs.
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Truck weight limits debated as Congress develops freight plan
Commercial Carrier-Journal
Higher truck weight limits emerged as a featured topic during a congressional hearing. Charged with examining the federal role in making the U.S. transportation system more efficient and competitive for freight movement, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation spent much the multimodal session debating the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, which would allow states to grant interstate access to six-axle trucks weighing up to 97,000 pounds. The act is supported by the Coalition for Transportation Productivity, a group of 200 large shippers.
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California releases update to AB 32 Scoping Plan
Lexology
How do you know when a regulatory program has matured? Though it sounds like the front half of a bad regulatory joke, it is actually a question with a serious and far reaching answer. The program in question here is the implementation of AB 32, California's well-known greenhouse gas reduction statute. And the answer is "when the California Air Resources Board releases an update to the Original Scoping Plan." CARB has released such an update, as it has been more than five years since the original Scoping Plan was released with much bigger fanfare in June 2008.
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