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Hurricane Paul is now a major hurricane with 120 mph winds, centered tonight about 415 miles south of the southern tip of Baja California, and moving toward the north-northeast.

 A Hurricane Warning has been issued for portions of the west coast of the Baja Peninsula.

Go to the NOAA NHC website for the latest information on this storm, including forecasts and graphics, at

USDA To Audit Canadian Food Inspection System ...

USDA To Audit Canadian Food Inspection System

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 9:45am
The Canadian Press

EDMONTON - The federal agency responsible for protecting Canadians from preventable food safety hazards will itself soon be under the microscope.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirms it will be audited later this month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first time in three years.

The agency says the USDA audit will include a visit to the XL Foods Inc. beef plant in southern Alberta involved in the massive meat recall and E. coli scare.

The auditors will look at Canada's meat and poultry food safety inspection system and the eligibility of products from Canadian meat plants to be exported into the U.S.

Canada suspended the XL plant's permit to export beef products into the states on Sept. 13 at the request of the USDA because of E. coli contamination concerns.

The CFIA says the U.S. audit, which used to occur annually, has been in the works for some time and was not sparked by …

TRACEABILITY: Mondi introduces the “Intelligent Box” to the Turkish market ...

Mondi Tire Kutsan, one of the leading corrugated packaging suppliers in Turkey, introduced the ‘Intelligent Box’, a corrugated packaging solution equipped with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag, at the Izmir Swiss Hotel to selected customers on October 6th.

Haluk Kaya, CEO of Mondi Tire Kutsan, explains: “The Intelligent Box enables full traceability of products throughout production and distribution, generating real-time information on product availability and location. This allows customers to reduce costs associated with lost or misshipped packages, while enhancing receipting, invoicing and their own customer service.”

Existing bar-code technology requires cases to be positioned in a certain way before scanning and only allows for boxes to be scanned one at a time. Mondi’s RFID application process enables ‘out of sight’ scanning, which means it is feasible to scan an entire pallet as it passes a single point. The result is quicker receipting and distribution of goods – pr…


BT9 sells solutions, knowledge

As new technology is applied to the packing, shipping and selling of fresh produce, there are a number of complications that can arise in the cold chain. 

Seeing that cold chain management is the future of managing produce, BT9 was established to develop new technologies that would help businesses to achieve maximum efficiencies when bringing produce from the field to market.

BT9 was founded earlier this year after it spun out of StePac, an organization which started by providing modified atmosphere packaging over 20 years ago. BT9 was founded with the goal of focusing exclusively on intelligent cold chain solutions. Just in its first year of operation, noted Sales Director Ariel Gordon, BT9 has made impressive gains.

“We started with cold chain management solutions for fresh produce, but now we're moving into other areas,” he said. “Really, we can work in any industry that can benefit from better cold chain management.”

 In addition to horizontal expansi…

LOGISTICS NIGHTMARE: New $100 bills stolen en route to Fed facility ...

By James O'Toole 

October 12, 2012: 7:40 PM ET

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Unknown thieves stole a "large amount" of newly-designed $100 bills bound for a Federal Reserve facility in New Jersey on Thursday, the FBI said.

Frank Burton, Jr., spokesman for the FBI's Philadelphia division, said the theft occurred at some point between when the shipment of bills landed at the Philadelphia airport on a commercial flight from Dallas at 10:20 Thursday morning, and when the shipment reached its New Jersey destination around 2:00 p.m., when the courier service transporting the bills reported some missing.

Burton declined to comment on the amount taken, but said it was substantial.

"We're following all logical leads," he said.

Commentary from Just-Food for Monday October 15, 2012 ...

Issue 643

October 15, 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


Hardly a month goes by without someone, somewhere in the food industry making a speech or taking part in a conference on sustainability. 

The sector has made some strides on alleviating its impact on the environment (just last week, UK manufacturers and retailers were highlighting the "progress" they had made on reducing packaging).

However, the scale of some of the sustainability challenges remains vast. 

Last week, chocolate giant Mars underlined the hard work that lies ahead on one particular issue - sustainable cocoa. 

Mars warned forming a sustainable cocoa sector that will meet the demands of the chocolate industry and improve the livelihoods of farmers will require "billions of dolla…

Analysis: Venezuela and the countries it fuels — from Cuba to Syria — have won six more years of Hugo Chavez's crude deals...

Hugo Chavez won re-election on Oct. 7, adding another six-year term to his nearly 14 years in office. GlobalPost looks at why the vote matters, in Venezuela and beyond.

A statue of a hand with an oil drilling rig out front of Venezuela's state oil company PDVSA. (Jorge Santos/AFP/Getty Images)

Chavez's win feeds nations' Venezuela addiction

Simeon Tegel

October 14, 2012 09:05

LIMA, Peru — Sitting atop the world’s largest oil reserves and vociferously advocating for his “Bolivarian” brand of socialist revolution, Hugo Chavez’s re-election as president of Venezuela has implications that stretch far beyond his country’s borders.

One of the United States’ most outspoken critics, “el Comandante” is now set to continue his role as a thorn in Washington’s side — whoever is in the White House — while using Venezuelan crude and the petrodollars it earns to push his radical agenda across Latin America.

Chavez’s largesse with his nation’s oil bounty — 297 billion barrels of proven reserves,…

AUSTRALIA: Bumper season for Queensland mangoes ...

15 October, 2012 7:37AM AEST

By Megan Hendry and Alice Roberts

Queensland has kicked off a bumper mango season with orchards across the state springing into flower.

Central Queensland farmer Ian Groves says the fruit will arrive later this year but there's been good fruit set on most varieties.

He says the season is looking much better than the previous two years.

"Well we've just come off what I'd have to call shockers," he says.

"Last year along the coast here for some reason we had very poor fruit set.

"Excellent flowering, good conditions right through the flowering but it was too cold and they didn't set proper fruit.

"They looked like proper fruit until about October and then they fell off, there was no seeds in them.

"The year before that was the floods and all of that and the year before that was a really good one.

He says growers across the State are expecting a good season.

"The only comment I guess is that it's running later than …