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Prop 37 goes down swinging in California election

Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food, but this proposal was flawed.
November 13, 2012
Had it passed, food and beverage processors would have been required to list GMO ingredients on the label. There are other solutions.
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Campbell Soup Company to create Ohio’s first commercial biogas power plant

Partnering with CH4 Biogas, the processor will open the facility in Napoleon, OH.
November 13, 2012
The facility will convert production waste into electricity to fuel beverage production.
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Adapting the supply chain for tomorrow’s food security

Droughts, lagging productivity and food price volatility threaten food security, and the supply chain must react accordingly.
November 13, 2012
Increases in the number of worldwide middle-class consumers and decreases in the number of companies in the supply chain further complicate worldwide food security.
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Don’t depend on e-commerce sites for accurate product information

While a processor’s product label may provide plenty of nutritional and allergy information, that information often doesn’t find its way to consumer web sites.
November 13, 2012
A study of the quality of nutritional information taken from product labels to e-commerce websites shows a loss in translation.
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Traceability systems needed to increase trust in food safety

A new study from Canada’s Conference Board says one step forward and one step backward in the supply chain is a simple, robust and cost-effective method of traceability.
November 13, 2012
Recalls in North America and around the world reinforce the need for a robust traceability system.
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Peanut butter recall déjà vu

November 7, 2012
Reported earlier in FE’s Tech Flash e-newsletter, the recent Salmonella Bredeney outbreak has sickened a total of 35 people in 19 states, and has been attributed to peanut butter—and potentially other nut butters—from Sunland Inc. (Portales, NM).
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SFA gets FSMA clarification

November 7, 2012
There has been some uncertainty about FDA’s plan to implement preventive controls and other provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) because the agency has not yet issued regulations implementing the law.
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Farm Bill indecision hurts

November 7, 2012
Food producers expressed strong disappointment when Congress adjourned without completing work on the new Farm Bill.
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Cattlemen battle drought

November 7, 2012
The summer’s drought made it harder for cattlemen to meet tough clean air standards.
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Plant Openings & Expansions: November 2012

November 7, 2012
The Hershey Company opened a new $300 million, state-of-the-art chocolate plant in West Hershey, PA, about two miles from its original plant.
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