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Price hikes for electricity, gas, food not expected in aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Don't expect major price hikes from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. Overall, consumers won't be paying more out of pocket for things such as electricity, gasoline and food. "We really don't expect to see increases from this storm. What you are going to see are some out of stock items until the supply chain is filled," said Scott Karns, CEO and president of Karns Foods. More

How the drought is affecting the economy
The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
The worst drought in decades didn't just shrivel corn and soybeans; it shrank economic growth too. The government said recently that the U.S. economy grew at a modest 2 percent annual rate from July through September. And the crop-killing drought reduced growth by 0.4 percentage points. That means normal weather would have lifted economic growth to 2.4 percent for the quarter, the Commerce Department said. Here are questions and answers about the drought and its effect on gross domestic product. GDP is the broadest measure of the economy. More

California to vote on labeling genetically modified foods
USA Today
If California voters say genetically modified foods must be labeled, the effect will be felt nationwide, because most foods are shipped regionally or nationally. More

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Will the 'processed food' definition in Prop 37 really kill off 'natural' claims on pack?
Food Navigator USA
The dispute over whether Californian genetically modified organism labeling initiative Proposition 37 will prevent manufacturers from using the term "natural" on foods that contain no GMOs at all continues to rage, with Yes and No campaigns offering diametrically opposed interpretations of this critical aspect of the legislation. More

Center for Food Integrity: Food safety confidence slips
Food Safety News
U.S. citizens are slightly less confident in the safety of the food supply compared to recent years, according to annual polling conducted by the Center for Food Integrity. More

Food safety issues top of mind for firms
The Business Journal
In the world of Twitter and 24/7 cable news, food safety is paramount for food and beverage manufacturers because it only takes one recall or even a single negative news story to devastate a brand. More

A holistic approach to recalls
Food Logistics
There are many costs associated with a recall event, including tangible costs, like pulling product from shelves, reverse logistics and product replacement. While it is harder to quantify, the damage to a company's brand or reputation can be much worse and longer-lasting. The stakes are high, yet experts agree that there are plenty of ways to mitigate risk. More

Food safety endangered worldwide by increased counterfeiting
Food Safety News
Were it not for all the insects that other tenants of a private warehouse were pretty sure were coming from a neighboring space, phony "Heinz" ketchup might now be on its way to unsuspecting consumers. Fraudulent ketchup, probably intended for the world market, is but one example of "counterfeit food." Around the world, there are plenty of people who are willing to substitute some high-value brand or product with something inferior. More

FSMA: Overview, impact for importers, exporters
Food Logistics
In the United States, lawmakers, regulators, consumers and the media are more focused on food safety than ever before. On Jan. 4, 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act into law, which represents the largest change of the food safety system since the passage for the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act in 1938. The new legislation will bring significant changes to an already shifting food safety landscape, especially in the area of imported foods and ingredients. More

Non-GMO Project Verified product sales surge 66 percent to $2.4 billion
Food Navigator USA
The stamp now is on more than 6,000 products, with the most activity in chips, pretzels and snacks, nondairy beverages and cold cereal. According to findings unveiled at Organic Monitor's Sustainable Foods Summit in January, Non-GMO Project Verified is the fastest-growing food eco-label in North America, with sales of certified products topping $1 billion in 2011. More


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