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Organic standards get industry thumbs up

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With varying degrees of enthusiasm, food processing companies and trade groups are applauding the national organic foods standards that go into effect this month, three years after the USDA first proposed rules to implement the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990.
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Plant Openings & Expansions

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ADM Cocoa Singapore has installed a new, fully-automated silo storage facility for cocoa beans making Singapore one of the most advanced cocoa processing plants in the world.
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Vendors, associations promote EtherNet/IP

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The Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA) and the Interface for Distributed Automation (IDA) Group have joined with the Industrial Automation Open Networking Alliance (IAONA) to promote the Ethernet/IP networking protocol.
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More women say no to GMOs

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A new poll suggests that American men are much more likely than women to eat genetically modified foods (GMOs) and more likely than women to feed those foods to their children.
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FDA unveils improved website

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Based on feedback from consumers, health professionals and industry representatives, the Food and Drug Administration has made improvements to its website,, to provide users with quicker and easier access to information.
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New processing technique yields new protein concentrate

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Researchers at Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University believe that the true gold in cheese plants could be pure milk serum proteins that are separated from liquid milk before it is used to make cheese.
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Interstate shipment lawsuit rejected by federal court

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The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has rejected a lawsuit filed by Ohio Secretary of Agriculture Fred Dailey, which claimed parts of the federal meat and poultry statutes are unconstitutional.
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Web Watch: INC2inc and merge

No Comments, an online vertical internet exchange serving the dairy industry, and INC2inc Technologies Corporation, a business-to-business replenishment e-market for the food and beverage industry, have merged and formed a parent company named Momentx.
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FDA finalizes new egg requirements

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a regulation requiring shell egg cartons to bear safe handling instructions because of eggs' association with Salmonella Enteritidis.
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FSIS seeks to improve sampling at cull cattle facilities

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Although nationwide surveys have found illegal residues in meat and poultry at a low rate, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is seeking to improve how agency officials approach residue issues, including choosing cull cows for sampling.
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Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

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