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As 2012 comes to a close, CLFP would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of CLFP Food FLash a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Wednesday, Jan. 3.

New food plant boosts San Joaquin Valley economy
A new 70,000 sqare foot frozen food plant is coming to Merced this winter. The company, White Oak Frozen Foods, plans to supply hundreds of jobs and buy locally grown crops. "We supply ingredients to these companies. For instance tomatoes on the top of this pizza are products that we process," said White Oak Sales Vice President Dan Wilkinson. The company processes thousands of tons of vegetables every year. More

Proposition 37: Food transparency or increased organic food sales?
Food Processing
On November 6, California voters will decide whether to require labeling of food products containing ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms. Proponents argue that this measure is about "food transparency" and that consumers have a right to know the source of their food, especially in light of alleged health concerns. But closer scrutiny reveals no valid basis for such labeling and that the law's primary impact would be to promote sales of organic foods at the expense of conventional, processed foods. More

Power cuts benefit plant's bottom line
Packaging Digest
Leading North American metal can manufacturer Silgan Containers has completed three power reduction projects at its plant in Sacramento, Calif., that not only have resulted in dramatic savings in electric power usage for the first year of the new system operations — but will continue in subsequent years and for the foreseeable future. More

What's next with GMO labeling?
Food Logistics
Just recently, California voted on whether to approve Proposition 37, which would require all food manufacturers, distributors and retailers to add labels that identify genetically modified organisms. Proposition 37 has been defeated by 53.7 percent of voters against the mandatory labeling of GMO's, but the campaign is far from over. More

Senate vote shifts farm debate to House
The Sacramento Bee
The Senate handily approved a farm bill, giving Californians a lot to chew over. During July, anticipating the future House and Senate negotiations, Californians will try to retain the farm bill provisions they like while fending off the ones they fear. More

Create a Stainless Reputation!

Stainless steel provides many benefits to any food production environment, including higher plant hygiene and longer equipment life. Learn how you can benefit by upgrading your existing can seamers with our new Stainless Steel bases and components.

UN tightens rules on labeling, additives, food safety
Food Ingredients First
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, jointly run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization, agreed on several new regulations to protect the health of consumers worldwide. More

Tax incentives for food manufacturers
Food Manufacturing
Dealing with ever-increasing pressures to improve profitability and return on investments, companies across all industries intently are battling economic hardships. To combat these challenges, many companies have started investigating the availability of tax credits and incentives as a means of enhancing their competitiveness in the industry as well as fostering internal growth. 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

Study: Nano-filtration may aid recovery of phenols from fruit waste
Nutra Ingredients
The use of nano-filtering technology could help in the recovery and purification of bioactive ingredients such as phenolic compounds from fruit wastes, say researchers. More

Make it Square, Make it Efficient

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Variety of food labels confuse consumers
The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
Food labels claim to certify a wide array of sustainable practices. Hundreds of so-called eco-labels have cropped up in recent years, with more introduced every month — and consumers are willing to pay extra for products that feature them. While eco-labels can play a vital role, experts say their rapid proliferation and lack of oversight or clear standards have confused both consumers and producers. More

Scientists defend safety of genetically modified foods
Los Angeles Times
To the naked eye, the white puffs of cotton growing on shrubs, the yellow flowers on canola plants and the towering tassels on cornstalks look just like those on any other plants. But inside their cells, where their DNA contains instructions for how these crops should grow, there are a few genes that were put there not by Mother Nature but by scientists in a lab. More

TIME, MSNBC: Frozen fruits, vegetables are as nutritious as fresh
In its second annual look at food, TIME magazine's "What to Eat Now" edition explains how food technology has made frozen food as nutritious as organic, fresh, locally grown products. More


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Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
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