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FDA seeks dismissal of lawsuit over FSMA delay
Reuters
Creating new rules for food safety is too complex a task to be completed quickly, and a lawsuit seeking to compel government action should be dismissed, according to a court motion filed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA said that although it was behind schedule in modernizing food safety regulations as set out in a law signed in January 2011, the agency's broad role in regulating a $450 billion domestic and imported food business requires additional time. More



Hispanic market set for more aggressive growth
Food Navigator-USA
The Hispanic food and beverage market is "expected to embark on a more aggressive growth pattern from now through 2017" as firms pump more dollars into innovation and marketing, predicts market researcher Packaged Facts. More

Scientists urge food-safety sector not to dismiss social media
CORDIS via Phys.Org
With an estimated 2 billion people using the Internet worldwide, a new report in the journal Trends in Food Science and Technology has outlined why food-safety professionals cannot afford to dismiss the use of social media as a communication tool. More

Scientist: 'No way back' from natural color trend
Food Navigator
The trend toward natural colors for foods, drinks and sweets is here to stay — but it raises huge technical challenges, according to Steve Tolliday, principal product technologist at Nestlé's Product and Technology Center in the U.K. More

Food-processing plant to put wind turbine to work
The Sacramento Bee
A 55-meter wind turbine soon will be generating half of the power needed to operate Superior Farms' Dixon food processing plant, the company announced. The 1-megawatt turbine is expected to go online around the first of the year. More

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GMO corn, genetic prioritization the key to food in climate change?
Genome Research via Science 2.0
If we will need climate-resistant corn and other food production plants sooner rather than later, applying a genetic-analysis method used to study and prioritize the genes in humans could improved the likelihood of finding critical genes in food production plants. More

Futurologist: 'We need a revolution in how we think about food'
Food Navigator
The future of food is an area that often is overlooked in the context of short political cycles, but we all need to have a view on how we can meet increasing and changing demand for food in the coming decades, according to futurologist Dr. James Bellini. More

Just Label It campaign urges Congress to dump biotech rider
PRNewswire
A national campaign to defeat the biotech rider in the Agriculture Appropriations Bill before Congress has been launched by Just Label It, the national coalition spearheading federal labeling of genetically engineered food. More

Using pesticides to grow organic crops
National Geographic
Is it possible to grow organic fruits using pesticides, insecticides and fungicides? This was a question taken to Pam Marrone, an agricultural researcher in Davis, California. It turns out that it is possible. And Marrone is a person who would know. She worked for some of the bigger names in agriculture technology — Monsanto and AgraQuest — before starting her own research lab, Marrone Bio Innovations. Her market: Farmers who are interested in keeping pests off crops in order to maximize the yields of the foods we all buy. More

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Scientists: BPA risk assessment needs reassessing
Food Production Daily
U.S. scientists have challenged ways of assessing the safety of food contact chemical bisphenol A in a fresh research article in the journal PLoS One. More

CARB deadline looms in California
Truckinginfo
The California Air Resources Board is reminding truck and bus owners to check now to see if their vehicle fleets are among those that will have new rules to follow as of Jan. 1. As the new year begins, heavy-duty trucks and buses — more than 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating — with 2000-2004 model year engines will likely need diesel-soot filters as required by the state's Truck and Bus Regulation. More

Arguments heard in OOIDA suit to stop cross-border program
Land Line
Lawyers for Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association recently were in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., to argue against the Mexican cross-border trucking program. The association adamantly has opposed opening the border because Mexico has failed to institute regulations and enforcement programs that are remotely similar to those in the United States and because there would be no relevant corresponding reciprocity for U.S. truckers. More

New report available: World Food Safety Products Industry
PRNewswire via MarketWatch
World demand for food safety products is forecast to rise 8.1 percent per year to $18 billion in 2016. High-profile international foodborne illness outbreaks, in addition to large product recalls, will continue to fuel demand as the prevention, identification and traceability of food contaminants will remain key issues for consumers, food industry participants and legislators. New market research from Reportlinker.com tracks the food safety products industry in more depth. More


 

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