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World faces ageing population time bomb says UN ...

The world needs to take urgent action to cope with the impact of a rapidly ageing population, according to a new report, which forecast that the number of people older than 60 would surpass one billion within a decade.

Japan is currently the only country with an older population of more than 30 per cent Photo: ALAMY

By Alex Spillius, and Julian Ryall in Tokyo

6:38PM BST 01 Oct 2012

A major study published by the United Nations has warned that the growing numbers of the elderly presented significant challenges to welfare, pension and health care systems in both developing and developed nations.

And it bemoans the fact that skills and knowledge that older people have acquired are going to waste in societies rather than being used to their full.

"We must commit to ending the widespread mismanagement of ageing," said Richard Blewitt, chief executive of HelpAge International, which collaborated on the report, Ageing in the 21st Century.

"We must fully recognise that the vast majori…


Article #162, 

written by Cynthia Wood

The later part of the 20th century saw its share of odd financial bubbles. There was the real-estate bubble, the stock market bubbles, and the dot com bubble, just to name a few. 

In each instance of price inflation people paid exorbitant amounts for things that should not have been worth anything like the going price. And each time people stood around afterwards and said “What were we thinking?”

One has to believe that the same thought occurred to the Dutch in the 17th century when they settled down after their bout with tulipomania, wherein the humble tulip bulb began to sell for prices to make New York Realtors blanch.

As much as the tulip is associated with Holland, it is not native there. 

Rather it was introduced in 1593 by a botanist named Carolus Clusius, who brought it from Constantinople. 

He planted a small garden, intending to research the plant for medicinal purposes. 

Had Clusius’s neighbors been morally upright, the tulip might still be a …



"It's Not Our Job!"



That's the mantra chanted by FDA whenever they are asked to provide retail distribution information for recalled products.

It's the mantra offered by some State Departments of Health - and, on occasion, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - when asked for details on outbreak cases in their states.

And it's the mantra offered by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to justify NOT announcing or publicizing product recalls associated with the Canadian beef in which the agency found E. coli O157:H7.

OK. Let me be fair.

When FDA refuses to release retail distribution information, they say that this is proprietary information and can only be released by the company that initiated the "voluntary" recall.

When a State Department of Health declines to release information on outbreak cases, it's usually because "CDC is taking the lead i…

World production of Mango expected to increase in 2014

82 million tons according to the FAO

World production of tropical fruit expected to increase in 2014

World production of tropical fruit will reach 82 million tons in 2014, according to estimates by the United Nations` Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). This figure represents an annual increase of 1.7% over the base period (2004). 78% corresponds to major fruits (mango, pineapple, avocado and papaya) and 22% to the secondary ones (lychee, rambutan, guava ...).

90% of tropical fruits are produced in countries that are developing. However, the international trade assessment of these fruit is difficult to quantify. What is clear to the international organization is that tropical fruit production helps create jobs, increase farmers' income, food security and to reduce poverty levels.

In general, the demand for fresh tropical fruit looks favorable because it is expected to increase by 24% the volume of major imports (mango, avocado, papaya and pineapple). Forecasts indicate that by 2…

SAGARPA: Crecen las exportaciones de mango mexicano ...

Durante los primeros ocho meses de 2012, las exportaciones de mango que realiza México crecieron un 33.3 por ciento, en comparación con el mismo periodo de 2011, reportó la Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Desarrollo Rural, Pesca y Alimentación (SAGARPA).

De acuerdo con la Subsecretaría de Alimentación y Competitividad de la SAGARPA, con información del nuevo Sistema de Información Comercial del Sector Agroalimentario (SIC-AGRO), en este periodo el valor de las exportaciones de mango alcanzó los 215 millones de dólares.

En lo que corresponde a su volumen, indicó que se exportaron 275 mil toneladas, lo que representa un 21.3 por ciento más que en el mismo periodo del 2011.

Los principales destinos para las ventas internacionales de mango fueron Estados Unidos, Canadá, Japón y los Países Bajos. Además, durante el presente año se logró consolidar la actividad comercial con España y el Reino Unido.

El Subsecretario de Alimentación y Competitividad de la SAGARPA, Ernesto Fernández Arias, …



G.1 How big a problem is foodborne illness in this country?

About 48 million people (1 in 6 Americans) get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die each year from foodborne diseases, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is a significant public health burden that is largely preventable.

G.2 Why is this law needed? 
Foodborne illness is largely preventable if everyone in today’s global food chain could be held responsible and accountable at each step for controlling hazards that can cause illness. Under the new law, FDA will now have new prevention-focused tools and a clear regulatory framework to help make substantial improvements in our approach to food safety. For example, for the first time, FDA has a legislative mandate to require comprehensive, preventive-based controls across the food supply chain. Preventive controls include steps that a food facility would take to prevent or significantly minimize the likelihood of probl…

Commentary from Just-Foods for October 01, 2012 ...

Issue 641

October 1, 2012

SIAL - The Global Food Marketplace

SIAL, the world's number one food exhibition, will take place from 21 to 25 October 2012 in Paris, and will once again have innovation as its key focus.

Click here for further information and to register for the event


Last week brought further evidence of the difficulties facing food manufacturers as they look to grow their businesses in the developed markets of the US and Europe.

Without the demographic growth drivers boasted by emerging markets, weak intrinsic growth prospects mean that food makers are having to focus on innovation and product development as they vie to expand their share of relatively stagnant sales. Investment such as Mars' GBP6m (US$9.8m) innovation centre, opened last week in the UK, are therefore crucial to success.

Poor economic sentiment in the US and Europe also means that price competition remains sharp. Branded food manufacturers must ensure they hit the right price points and are able…

Perú: Exportadores deben reinscribir sus instalaciones ante el FDA ...

1 de Octubre de 2012

El plazo finalizará el 31 de diciembre. En caso de incumplimiento, los exportadores deberán iniciar un nuevo proceso para obtener un número de registro, con los consecuentes gastos que ello acarrea.

Desde el 01 de octubre hasta el 31 de diciembre de este año las empresas que exportan alimentos (agro y pesca) a los Estados Unidos deberán reinscribir sus instalaciones (planta y/o almacenes) ante la Administración de Alimentos y Medicamentos de los Estados Unidos (FDA por sus siglas en inglés), para seguir ingresando su productos a ese destino, informó la Asociación de Exportadores (ADEX).

Añadió que este plazo no será extendido por lo que es importante que se realice en el tiempo establecido. En caso de no cumplir los exportadores perderían su número de registro y tendrían que iniciar un nuevo proceso para obtener uno, con los consecuentes gastos que ello acarrea.

La reinscripción de las instalaciones de una empresa se realiza todos los años pares desde que ésta decide…

Photos: Megaship MSC Beatrice arrives in the Port of Long Beach ...

Posted Sep 30, 2012


The MSC Beatrice, a megaship, arrived Sunday in the Port of Long Beach at Pier T on Terminal Island. 

The vessel is 1,200 feet long, 167 feet wide and capable of carrying 13,798 container units.

09-30-2012--(Staff Photo by Sean Hiller)- The MSC Beatrice, a megaship, arrived Sunday in the Port of Long Beach at Pier T on Terminal Island. The vessel is 1,200 feet long, 167 feet wide and capable of carrying 13,798 container units.

The British economy is coming out of recession, and is stronger than almost everyone believes ...

The economy
Mustn’t grumble

Sep 29th 2012 | from the print edition

IT IS difficult to find anyone with a good word to say about the economy. Britain’s recovery from the deep recession of 2008-09 has been pitiful. Official estimates suggest that GDP is still 4% below its pre-recession peak. Among G7 economies only Italy, the largest country in the euro zone’s benighted periphery, has fared worse.

In the early months of 2011 forecasters reckoned that the British economy would grow by 2.1% this year. The latest consensus is that it will shrink by 0.3%. A forecast by the OECD, the rich-country think-tank, published on September 6th was even more dismal: it thinks the British economy will shrink by 0.7% this year.

The economy is so cursed, it seems, that it cannot even manage a bit of deflation to go with its lingering slump. Since the onset of crisis in August 2007 the average inflation rate has been 3.2%, well above the government’s 2% target and higher than in other rich countries.

Britain’s …