|May. 14, 2012|
Regulatory leapfrog gets underway
Food Safety News
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a series of prevention-based food safety policy measures, some of which trump various aspects of FDA regulations and FSMA legislation.
Vilsack: Beef consumption steady
Gannett Washington Bureau via Des Moines Register
U.S. beef consumption has remained strong despite attacks questioning the safety of lean trimmings in hamburger, the country's top agriculture official said in an interview Friday. "We haven't really seen that much of a drop, maybe a small, one-tenth of 1 percent kind of drop — not significant," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said after speaking to the Greater Des Moines Partnership, a business group from central Iowa.More
HBO's 'Weight of the Nation' series: New solution to old problem?
Today, HBO is premiering its four-part series called "Weight of the Nation." A collaborative effort with the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine, the series focuses on different issues surrounding the epidemic: consequences, choices, children in crisis and challenges.
Obama's more modest pitch
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008 with a long list of ambitious goals. Among them: cut middle-class taxes, tackle climate change, cover the uninsured, overhaul Wall Street regulations and pass sweeping immigration changes. This time around, his scope is smaller.More
In military-rich battlegrounds, Obama targets veterans
The Washington Post
As he gears up his re-election effort, President Barack Obama is trying to use his military leadership record, and especially his emphasis on the home front, to win the political support of veterans and military families in a handful of important swing states.More
Obama camp opens fire on Romney's Bain years
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama campaign is taking aim at Mitt Romney's central pitch as a jobs creator with the release of a scathing television ad that examines the fate of a steel company Romney's firm acquired in 1993.More
Highway bill conferees face daunting schedule
House and Senate conferees last week began work on the highway bill under considerable pressure of time and necessity: Counting today, the conferees have 19 working days left before the current extension expires June 30.
US defines goals in TPP trade talks
The United States said Sunday it wants rules on state-owned enterprises as part of a Pacific free trade agreement, but it acknowledged differences in negotiations on crafting the ambitious deal. Negotiators from the U.S. and eight other nations were holding talks in Dallas on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which advocates hope will form the basis for a sweeping free trade pact in the dynamic region.More
US, South Korea to hold first joint FTA meeting this week
Yonhap News Agency
South Korea and the United States will hold their first free trade agreement joint committee meeting this week to discuss rules and procedures for dealing with disputes and other issues, the South Korean government said Monday.
Executive order sets deadline to reduce regulatory burdens
A Sept. 10 deadline has been set for all government agencies to submit reports and recommendations on how to streamline and lessen the regulatory burdens each agency imposes, according to Executive Order 13610, published today.More
Kroger sets sight on local strawberries
In response to booming consumer interest in local foods, Kroger Co. announced a new partnership with North Carolina supplier Jackson Farming Co. to offer local strawberries in the retailer's Raleigh-Durham stores.More
ConAgra to move frozen food operations, lay off 250
A ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in Batesville, Ark., is to lay off between 230 and 250 workers in July when it moves frozen dinner preparation from the Arkansas facility to Missouri, the company said Friday.More
Dough company seeks to expand frozen range
New frozen food business The Northern Dough Co. is seeking wider listings for a range of pizza dough products. The dough range recently launched into Whole Foods Market and is available through independents. More
Chuck E. Cheese tests gluten-free options
To accommodate guests with special dietary needs, Chuck E. Cheese's has added gluten-free options to its menu. The new food items, which include a gluten-free pizza and chocolate cupcake, is being tested at all Minnesota Chuck E. Cheese's locations to gauge demand for future national availability.More
Thai company: Not bidding for UK Birds Eye
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox News
Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL hasn't submitted a bid for U.K. company Birds Eye Ltd., the Thai company said in a filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The company's statement comes after U.K. newspaper "The Sunday Times" reported the Thai firm was preparing a bid for Birds Eye. More
Comprehensive National Beef Quality Audit nears completion
A comprehensive study that evaluates the nation's efforts to enhance beef quality is nearing completion, and results will be distributed at the cattle industry's summer conference in July.More