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Avian flu spurs ban on poultry imports from Pacific Northwest

More than 30 countries, including those in the European Union, have banned poultry imports from the region.

An emergency quarantine zone for avian influenza has been initiated in Washington where it has been identified in flocks of mixed poultry and other birds.


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Anuga FoodTec 2015 set for March

Food and beverage industry professionals will reconvene once again at Anuga Food Tec, held this year in Cologne, Germany from March 24 to 27.

With the theme of “resource efficiency,” the fair seeks to reinforce its status as the cross-industry expo for food and beverage industry specialists and suppliers.


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Global cold storage capacity report reveals strong worldwide growth

The report includes analyses of growth trends in global capacity, market development indicators and characteristics of refrigerated warehouses.

India surpasses the US in cold storage capacity, while China came in third.


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Study: COOL labels economically not worth the fight

New research from Kansas State University finds most shoppers are unaware origin labels exist on their packages of meat.

The US government is appealing the WTO’s rejection of the US Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule, but most consumers aren't willing to pay extra for the label.


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US, China to protect common food names

The US dairy industry praised the results of recent meetings with China where officials committed to stronger protections for common food names.

The recent US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate the export of products such as Feta and Parmesan cheese to China.


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New bipartisan bill confronts cyberattacks

The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 authorizes the Department of Commerce to facilitate and support the development of voluntary standards to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure.

The bill is designed to strengthen and protect the nation’s economic and national security through public-private partnerships.


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Caramel apples linked to Listeriosis deaths

CDC says 29 people have been infected across 10 states.

The commercially produced, prepackaged caramel apples may be contaminated with Listeria,  causing the outbreak.


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FDA issues new assessment of BPA

FDA reaffirms its position that Bisphenol A (BPA) is safe at current levels of exposure.
The most recent FDA safety assessment of BPA for use in food contact applications was released in 2008, with additional low-dose update studies in 2009.


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Fresh food consumption to grow

Over the next five years, the consumption rate of fresh food will continue to grow, with the youngest generations driving the trend.

From 2003 and 2013, the consumption of fresh foods (including fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and eggs) grew by 20 percent to over 100 billion products.


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US grant helps promote organic products in Japan and worldwide

Demand for organic products is exploding, with US sales in 2013 hitting a record $35.1 billion and US organic exports reaching $537 million last year.

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is ready to launch a new strategy to promote organic products and educational programs in Japan and around the world.


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Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.

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