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UK committee says horse meat contamination likely fraud; food testing facility decline a concern

A new report blames elements of the food industry seeking to make a profit despite traceability requirements for last year’s scandal.
By Shane O'Halloran
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The UK’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee also calls for increased authenticity testing for meat.


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Raw milk rankles governors in Maine, Wisconsin

Bills relaxing regulations on raw milk sales in Maine and Wisconsin are being blocked by the governors of each state.
By Shane O'Halloran
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A bill was vetoed in Maine, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is noncommittal about raw milk’s future in his state.


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TECH FLASH

FDA proposes new “action level” for arsenic in apple juice

The new regulations require the arsenic level to be no higher than that of drinking water.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Previous FDA investigation has shown low levels of harmful inorganic arsenic in apple juice.


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TECH FLASH

Traceability for improved freshness and lower cost: Walmart’s produce plan for the future

The retailer’s new plan aims to improve labeling and tracking.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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With reduced costs and improved freshness as its goals, Walmart looks to the future of produce retailing.
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TECH FLASH

FDA no longer approves BPA in infant formula packaging

The action comes in response to a petition from March 2012.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Written objections and requests for a hearing will be accepted until August 2012.


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TECH FLASH

Does your operation need color-coding? 13 criteria to help you decide

Color-coding can be an important component of your HACCP plan.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Learn how it could benefit your operation’s processing, maintenance and sanitation procedures.


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TECH FLASH

Court orders FDA to publish remaining FSMA regulations

The Center for Food Safety and Center for Environmental Health initiated the lawsuit leading to the decision.
By Shane O'Halloran
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FDA proposed using target timeframes, but a judge ordered a date be set.


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Manufacturing News

USDA hasn’t fully implemented 2008 Farm Bill

While the new bill is making its way through Congress, USDA hasn’t fully implemented the 2008 version.
By Wayne Labs, Senior Technical Editor
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FSIS has yet to implement a new inspection program. 


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TECH FLASH

Survey says: Process manufacturers still confused about FSMA

Many respondents have not budgeted for FSMA-required upgrades, and about half are unsure how the regulations will affect them.
By Shane O'Halloran
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FDA estimates new regulations will cost the average factory around $13,000 and will be enforced with new powers to fine, initiate recalls or shut down noncompliant businesses.


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TECH FLASH

FDA releases Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Science and Research Strategic Plan

The document is a plan for supporting Food Safety Modernization Act implementation.
By Shane O'Halloran
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Goals include improved preventive controls for Salmonella and E. coli and detection of allergens and gluten in food.


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