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Potato wars: An eye for an eye

POLITICO
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is a more gentle soul than your typical Republican Steering Committee regular, but there she was in the Capitol last week: Ms. Maine Moderate lunching with the "Sons of Jesse Helms" — all in the name of the potato.

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    Editor's note: Write your senators today and urge them to support the Collins-Udall school meals amendment by visiting the Friends of Frozen Food online. More
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    House votes to delay EPA 'boiler' regulations

    The Hill
    The House on Thursday evening voted to postpone the implementation of several EPA rules that would regulate emissions from commercial, institutional and industrial boiler systems.

    Editor's note: AFFI, in partnership with a broad industry coalition, has been urging congressional approval of this legislation.
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    Upcoming Food Day signals thumbs down to 'Terrible 10'

    Food Safety News
    Monday, Oct. 24, is Food Day, and much of what its organizers would like to eliminate in the American diet was spelled out Thursday by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the force behind the new national day to rally for healthy, affordable food.

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    Opinion: How Taxpayer Protection Pledge helps push tax reform

    The Washington Post
    The Taxpayer Protection Pledge is a one-sentence written commitment by members of the House and Senate to their constituents that they will oppose all efforts to increase total taxes. Tax reform not only is consistent with the pledge but also was the original and continuing purpose of the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.

    Editor's note: Grover Norquist was the keynote speaker at AFFI's Public Policy Forum & Breakfast at the 2011 Government Action Summit.
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    Opinion: China must respect the free trade system

    The Washington Post
    The feckless economic policies of the Obama administration have resulted in a 10 percent decline in Americans' median income, persistent unemployment above 8 percent and collapsing home and asset values. More
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    Transportation Secretary to leave post after 2012

    The Wall Street Journal
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Thursday let it slip to reporters that he would leave his post after 2012 at the end of President Barack Obama's first term. More
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    Herman Cain's surge put to test

    POLITICO
    The clock already is ticking on Herman Cain's presidential moment. The former pizza executive and talk radio host suddenly is scrambling to take advantage of an opening in the presidential race that even his supporters say seems too good to be true. More
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    Obama far outpaces GOP rivals in third-quarter fundraising

    The Washington Post
    Despite his political troubles, President Barack Obama has surged far ahead of his Republican rivals in raising money for the 2012 election, bringing in more than $150 million for his campaign and the Democratic Party from nearly a million donors, according to figures released Thursday. More
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    Mexican carrier cleared for cross-border trucking pilot program

    Truckinginfo
    Transportes Olympic SA de CV has been cleared to be the first Mexican carrier in the U.S. Department of Transportation's cross-border trucking pilot program. More
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    Trade groups go after Obama ethics rules

    Roll Call
    Leading Washington, D.C., trade association executives remain so irate over the Obama administration's new draft ethics rules for government employees that they've asked White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley for a meeting.

    Editor's note: AFFI is a member of ASAE's Key Industry Associations Committee and is a party to the Oct. 12 letter to White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley requesting a meeting regarding the Office of Government Ethics' proposed rules for government employees.
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    South Korean leader thanks Congress for free trade vote

    The Hill
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Thursday thanked a joint meeting of Congress for approving the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement and said his country would hold to its labor and environmental commitments, a nod to Democrats who were more divided on the pact. More
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    House Democrats aim to raise revenue, taxes in supercommittee

    The Hill
    House Democrats are calling for the congressional supercommittee on deficit reduction to raise taxes and other revenue to narrow the nation's long-term budget shortfall. More
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    China forms food safety risk assessment center

    Xinhua News Agency
    China has established a national professional center for food safety risk assessment, which is a major move for China in applying improved scientific management to preventing food scandals. More
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    E. coli confessions: Part IV

    Food Safety News
    This is the fourth installment in a series written by John Munsell of Miles City, Mont., who explains how the small meat plant his family owned for 59 years ran afoul of USDA's meat inspection program. More
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    Mars Food recall highlights need for contingency planning

    Food Manufacture
    Mars Food's recall of some of its Dolmio PastaVita products underlines the need for effective contingency planning, according to some legal specialists.

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    'Better for you' food might be better for company profits

    NPR
    Processed foods that are low in calories, salt, fat or sugar are too expensive. And we won't buy them if we think they won't taste good — or so the conventional wisdom goes. But a unique economics analysis published Thursday says the foods that help keep us in shape can help keep the companies who make that food in shape, too. More
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    Sanitizing, standardizing your maintenance program

    Food Processing
    A manufacturer poses this question: "We have been tasked by the FDA to develop a 'Maintenance Sanitation Program' that supports adequate cleaning of maintenance supplies, new equipment, parts, hand tools, etc. This is separate from our Sanitation Standard Operating Procedure. What are the differences between these two documents?" More
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    Frozen fajitas recalled over mislabeling

    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Phil's Fresh Foods Inc., of Boulder, Colo., is recalling approximately 15,760 pounds of frozen chicken and steak fajita products because of mislabeling; the chicken fajita packages might contain steak, and the steak fajita packages might contain chicken. More
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    Frozen ground tuna recalled

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Osamu Corp. of Gardena, Calif., is recalling up to 1,800 cases of frozen ground tuna because the FDA found decomposition in several samples of the product and also found elevated histamine levels in samples taken from one retail location. More
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    Shredded lettuce recalled after Listeria detected

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Giant Eagle is recalling bags of its Giant Eagle Farmer's Market shredded iceberg lettuce, as well as a range of deli sandwiches that used the product, after the Food and Drug Administration detected the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in a routine random sample test. The company also is using loyalty card purchase history data to call customers who might be at risk. More
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    SupplySide West: Hot topics for food industry

    Food Product Design
    All the hot industry topics were represented during the Food & Beverage Education track at SupplySide West, including nutrigenomics, naturally functional foods and beverages, emerging trends and the best approaches to controlling food allergens in the manufacturing setting. More
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    De-packaging system addresses contaminated packaged food

    Food & Drink News
    Organic and biodegradable waste treatment company The Maltings Organic Treatment Ltd. has taken delivery of a de-packaging system that can handle up to 10,000 tons of heavily packaged and contaminated food products. More
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    New paper-based packaging to control pathogen growth

    Packaging Digest
    Recent Listeria and E. coli outbreaks have shown the current procedures for food safety have not achieved full control of these deadly pathogens. New packaging approaches developed by Canadian researchers from the Sentinel Bioactive Paper Network offer unique solutions for biocontrol by using immobilized phage. More
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    Orbcomm, Locas Traxx to enable shipment tracking system

    Telecompaper
    Business analytics expert Locus Traxx will use Vodafone's GSM communications service and Orbcomm's low-Earth orbit satellite network to support its dual-mode SmartTraxx shipment monitoring, reporting and alerts system. More
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