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Prosecutions scare food industry
Politico
When it comes to massive, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks, implicated companies have always paid a price — in legal and medical costs, if not a loss in business, shattered consumer confidence and even bankruptcy. But until recently, criminal penalties have been virtually unheard of. The Obama administration is changing the legal landscape, however.
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FDA confirms no food safety inspections during shutdown
Ecorazzi
According to spokesman Steven Immergut, the Food and Drug Administration has suspended all routine food safety inspections until funding is restored. The FDA will only inspect facilities believed to "present an immediate threat to public health."
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Food safety rule deadline nears
The Californian
The Food Safety Modernization Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama on Jan. 4, 2011. Almost three years later, FDA is accepting comments on its draft rules. In early August, FDA extended the comment periods on the proposed rules for Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food and Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption — two rules of great importance to the local and national fresh produce industry — until Nov. 15. This is the second and final extension of the comment period for these two rules.
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Insurers: Product recalls a 'death sentence' to food manufacturers
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Food recalls are on the rise but that isn't necessarily because food manufacturers are not meeting safety requirements and more food is contaminated or unsafe. In fact, insurers in the product recall space who insure food manufacturers say safety standards are higher than ever before, thanks in part to the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Science panel says GMO labeling would cost but how much remains unknown
The Seattle Times
Labeling genetically engineered foods would come at a cost but it's impossible to say how high it will be, says a report released by the Washington Academy of Sciences. The question of cost has been a contentious one in the campaign to determine whether Washington will become the first state to implement labeling of genetically engineered food.
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Food safety: Are your food labels legal in the EU?
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A regulation implemented by the EU this year, governing plastic materials and articles that come into contact with food, has put food labels under scrutiny.
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Guess who holds power in food industry? (Not the processors)
Food Processing
Once upon a time food processors were the power brokers in the food industry and supermarkets and grocery stores were just their retail outlets. But the balance of power has shifted dramatically.
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Prosecutions scare food industry
Politico
When it comes to massive, deadly foodborne illness outbreaks, implicated companies have always paid a price — in legal and medical costs, if not a loss in business, shattered consumer confidence and even bankruptcy. But until recently, criminal penalties have been virtually unheard of. The Obama administration is changing the legal landscape, however.

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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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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.

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Scientists: More vitamins, antioxidants in frozen produce than fresh
Daily Mail
Frozen fruit and vegetables can be healthier, with higher levels of vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants, than leafy fresh produce. Two independent studies found more beneficial nutrients in everything from frozen broccoli florets and carrots to blueberries. More

UNPA: Does CFSAN plan for GMO label guidance mean FDA changed thinking?
Food Navigator-USA
The Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition's priority to publish guidance to help manufacturers with voluntarily GMO labeling could signal a change in thinking at the agency, says the United Natural Products Alliance.
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