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It’s Storm Season: Your Best Insurance Is Agility

December 12, 2012 5:36 pm | by Glen Margolis, Founder and CEO, Steelwedge | Articles | Comments

In mere minutes, last year’s earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan broke apart supply chains that took global companies 30 years to build. And we just experienced it again with Hurricane Sandy, the 2012 “megastorm” that shut down cities and paralyzed transportation — much of which is still not functioning. In recent years, supply chain insurance has evolved from a “nice to have” to a matter of national criticality.

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Thirsty West Ponders Water Solutions

December 12, 2012 5:36 pm | by KEN RITTER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Rising demand and falling supply are spurring talk in the arid West of outside-the-box ideas including piping in water from the nation's heartland and towing Arctic icebergs south to help such thirsty U.S. cities as Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix.

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USDA Calls On Russia To Suspend Testing Rules For U.S. Beef

December 12, 2012 5:33 pm | News | Comments

United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today issued the following statement in response to Russia's new requirements that U.S. beef and pork exports to Russia be tested and certified free of the feed additive ractopamine.

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BPI Worker Sues ABC, Jamie Oliver Over 'Pink Slime'

December 12, 2012 5:30 pm | by KRISTI EATON,Associated Press | News | Comments

A former worker at a South Dakota beef processor is suing ABC News, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and a food blogger, saying their use of the phrase "pink slime" to describe one of the company's products led to him losing his job. Bruce Smith, 58, is among about 750 people who were laid off at Beef Products Inc. in the wake of news reports about the product: lean, finely textured beef.

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Photo Of The Day: Worrying Over Water

December 12, 2012 5:27 pm | News | Comments

Rising demand and falling supply is spurring talk in the arid West of outside-the-box solutions like piping water from the nation's heartland and towing Arctic icebergs south to help thirsty U.S. cities like Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Phoenix that are currently dependent on the Colorado River.

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Meat Conference Announces Education Offerings

December 12, 2012 1:03 pm | News | Comments

A full slate of education sessions and workshops has been announced for the Annual Meat Conference, to be held February 24-26, 2013, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Attendees will become better prepared to tackle the most pertinent issues facing the meat industry today through sessions that focus on hot topics.

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Global Corporate Deals Nearly Halved In 5 Years

December 12, 2012 1:00 pm | by PAN PYLAS,Associated Press | News | Comments

The value of mergers and acquisitions deals around the world in 2012 was nearly half the amount made five years ago, when the financial crisis first bared its teeth, a leading accounting and consulting firm said Wednesday. There were a little under 37,000 deals worldwide, around 9,000 less than in 2007, when many companies took part in a feverish bout of deal-making, many of which proved to be too costly for the companies to bear.

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USDA Announces Hold And Test Implementation

December 12, 2012 12:57 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that, beginning in 60 days, the Agency will require producers to hold shipments of non-intact raw beef and all ready-to-eat products containing meat and poultry until they pass Agency testing for foodborne adulterants.

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Economy Could Withstand Brief Fall Off 'Cliff'

December 12, 2012 12:53 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

It's the scenario that's been spooking employers and investors and slowing the U.S. economy: Congress and the White House fail to strike a budget deal by New Year's Day. Their stalemate triggers sharp tax increases and spending cuts. Those measures shrink consumer spending, stifle job growth, topple stock prices and push the economy off a "fiscal cliff" and into recession. The reality may be a lot less bleak.

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United Natural Foods Workers Strike In Wash.

December 12, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

A strike by United Natural Foods workers in Washington will likely lead to higher costs for the food distributor for replacement workers, an analyst said Wednesday. Employees at United Natural Foods' distribution plant in Auburn, Wash., went on strike Monday, in part because of wage issues. The workers are represented by the Teamsters Union.

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Buyer Beware: Product Recall & Accidental Contamination Coverage

December 12, 2012 12:38 pm | by Meghan Magruder, Shelby Guilbert and Jessica Sabbath, King & Spalding | Articles | Comments

In 2011, President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), granting the FDA expansive powers to protect the nation’s food supply. The act shifts the FDA’s regulatory focus from reacting to food contamination to prevention.

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Consumer Trends: Consumers Have Healthy Appetite For Breakfast

December 12, 2012 12:18 pm | News | Comments

According to latest research from Mintel on the breakfast food market in the US, the majority (69%) of respondents who eat any breakfast foods during the week consider Low Cholesterol or Heart Healthy claims important when selecting food they typically eat for breakfast.

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California Chefs Encourage Fresh Dining In Cuba

December 12, 2012 9:42 am | by PETER ORSI,Associated Press | News | Comments

A delegation of chefs from Alice Waters' celebrated Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkeley, California, is in Havana on a mission to encourage change in the Cuban diet by exposing islanders to healthier dishes with more fruits and vegetables, preferably grown organically and sustainably by local food cooperatives.

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Drinks Take To The Skies

December 12, 2012 9:41 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ,AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airlines have found a way to take the edge off the stress of flying and make a few extra bucks along the way: fancy new cocktails, craft beers and elegant wines. The drinks advertised in the back of in-flight magazines — or on sleek seatback touchscreens — are starting to resemble those at the hottest nightclubs.

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New Orleans Restaurants Revive Creole Custom

December 12, 2012 9:36 am | by STACEY PLAISANCE,Associated Press | News | Comments

In the weeks surrounding Christmas, some 50 restaurants offer four- to five-course meals of pan-roasted oysters, braised pork belly, duck confit, foie gras beignets and other holiday delicacies. The recipes have roots that date back to the beginning of the French city's nearly 300-year history.

Horse Slaughter Plant Proponents Want City Records

December 12, 2012 9:33 am | News | Comments

The group behind a proposed horse slaughter facility in Eastern Oregon says it suspects the city of Hermiston coordinated with animal-rights groups in its fight to keep the slaughter facility out of the city. The group, United Horsemen, has requested all city records and documents pertaining to horse slaughter, including any emails on the subject.

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Newspaper: Beef Industry Using Risky Procedures

December 12, 2012 9:30 am | News | Comments

The U.S. beef industry has been using practices that could put people's health at risk, including a mechanical meat tenderizing process that may increase the risk of E. coli exposure, according to a newspaper report. The Kansas City Star said in a series of articles that ended Tuesday that it spent a year investigating various aspects of the U.S. beef industry, looking at the largest beef packers.

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Photo Of The Day: A Creole Christmas

December 12, 2012 9:26 am | News | Comments

In the weeks surrounding Christmas, some 50 restaurants offer four- to five-course meals of pan-roasted oysters, braised pork belly, duck confit, foie gras beignets and other holiday delicacies. The recipes have roots that date back to the beginning of the French city's nearly 300-year history.

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Dairy Food Safety

December 12, 2012 9:07 am | Videos | Comments

A husband and wife dairy farming team, Kerry and Christiana Estes talk about dairy farming in Indiana. They describe milk production and processing and the importance of food safety in dairy production.

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Audit ‘Utopia’

December 12, 2012 8:55 am | by Patricia Hottel, Technical Director, McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

Third-party audits can provide great value in measuring the strengths and weaknesses of a facility’s food safety program. However, friction can occur between third-party auditor groups and pest management professionals regarding what should be checked and the appropriate measurement levels for the pest management portions of food safety audits.

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