|Jul. 29, 2013|
Seeking support, biotech food companies pledge transparency
The New York Times
With pressure growing to label genetically modified foods, the developers of biotechnology crops are starting a campaign to gain support for their products by promising new openness — starting today with a new website, GMOAnswers.com.
The world's biggest food company vs. the super germ
Nestle, the world's largest food manufacturer, has built state-of-the-art laboratories designed to tackle the germs that infect our food. More
Why not outsource inspection of food imports?
Think of it as off-shoring for food safety inspections. Under new rules proposed by the Food and Drug Administration, food destined for the U.S. would be inspected abroad and importers would be held more accountable for ensuring its safety. More
How the Obama campaign won the race for voter data
The Washington Post
From the moment Barack Obama took the oath of office on Jan. 20, 2009, and every day thereafter, his team was always preparing for the 2012 campaign. The group resembled a high-tech political startup whose main purpose was to put more people on the streets, armed with more information about the voters they were contacting, than any campaign had ever attempted.More
Obama looks to rally Democrats before recess
President Barack Obama will seek to rally House and Senate Democrats during Wednesday meetings to press forward on immigration, the economy and health care reform ahead of lawmakers' long summer recess.More
Unbearable toughness of being Minority Leader Mitch McConnell
Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell is taking arrows from left and right, and having to fend off primary and general election challengers to win a sixth term.
Related: McConnell's challenger picks up key endorsement from conservative group (The Hill)More
Farmers, laborers caught in middle of immigrant debate
The Arizona Republic
As an undocumented farmworker, Rosa Torres picked squash back in the 1980s. But soon after she received legal status, the Mexican immigrant said goodbye to farm labor in favor of less difficult, better-paying jobs. Meanwhile Will Rousseau watched some of his food crops rot in the fields this year because couldn't find enough workers. More
Food stamps at the heart of farm bill political drama
When the House passed its version of the farm bill earlier this month, one major section was missing: the nutrition title. That includes the food stamp program, now called SNAP.
Related: Opinion: Farm bills mock cost cutting (USA Today)More
Fast food workers in walkout to protest low wages
Workers at the nation's best-known fast food restaurants in seven cities across America are planning to walk off the job Monday to protest what they say are wages that are too low to live on.More
FDA issues new style sheet for structured product labeling
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA Data Standards Council's Structured Product Labeling Web page has been revised to include an updated SPL stylesheet.More
Food-related choking: A food safety issue flying under the radar?
On average, 12,435 children under age 14 are treated annually in hospital emergency departments for a non-fatal choking involving food — the equivalent of 34 children a day. High-risk items include hard candies, fruits and vegetables, hot dogs and seeds and nuts.More
Mark your calendar for these AFFI offerings
Summer is in full swing, and AFFI has several fast-approaching events and programs specifically tailored for frozen food professionals.More
To survive in 10 years, your business will need…
Maintaining your popularity with customers is hard work — and you always need to be 10 steps ahead. A recent study surveyed professionals about the next 10 years of marketing. More
FDA issues 2 FSMA rules for imported food
After an 18-month delay at the White House OMB, the FDA proposed two new rules Friday that require food importers to meet the same safety standards as U.S. food producers.More
Fast food vs. slow food
The New York Times
Never before have so many Americans watched so many entertaining cooking shows on television and enjoyed so much excellent food writing. Never before have so many spent so little time cooking food.More
Is stocking up on frozen food really a good way to save money?
The appeal of buying frozen foods of any description in bulk is that they are almost always cheaper than the combination dinners in which they usually appear. But is buying frozen food in bulk a guaranteed money saver? More
Microwave pizza innovation to be found in phytosterols?
Bunge's award-winning functional shortening has allowed manufacturers of bakery products to boost the nutritional profile of formulations, but a surprise discovery has led to a new application: microwave pizza.More
In vitro meat: Lab-grown burger to be unveiled and tasted next week
The world's first in vitro meat — a burger made from lab-grown beef — will be unveiled and served next week, after two years of product development.More
State seeks ideas as part of plan to grow food industry
Crain's Detroit Business
While the state of Michigan can't change the economics of adding more food processing capacity to the state, it is launching an effort to provide assistance in areas that include workforce development, packaging technology, dealing with wastewater runoff and supply chain management. More
Follow your labels: Your place in the global consumer chain
The Christian Science Monitor
After the Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Bangladesh, food and clothing labels have become a point of debate worldwide. A look at the faraway lives where opportunity and exploitation blur.More
How Publix's people-first culture is winning the grocer war
Family-run Publix is both the largest employee-owned company and the most profitable grocer in America. Those two facts are linked, and they might be the formula for fending off Bentonville's retail behemoth.More
Exclusive data: Hardship growing as US economy goes global
The Associated Press via USA Today
According to a survey done for The Associated Press, the ever-more-global U.S. economy is spelling trouble for Americans: The overwhelming majority of U.S. adults are counting on welfare these days.More
IAFP 2013: Acheson looks to the future of food safety
Food Safety Magazine
The 2013 conference for the International Association of Food Protection kicked off in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday night, with 2,700 attendees from around the world convening to share the latest advancements in food safety technology and philosophies.More
Cyclospora outbreak: What you need to know
Food Poison Journal
The CDC reports as of July 25, it has been notified of 321 cases of Cyclospora infection in residents of multiple states and one city, including Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Florida, New York City, Wisconsin, Georgia, Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Minnesota, New Jersey and Ohio. Illinois and Kansas have also notified CDC of one case each that may have been acquired out of state but in the United States.More
Chilean health authorities recall nearly 190,000 pounds of chicken from US
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
After official notification from the government of Chile of the positive result for dioxin in some chicken products, FSIS has determined that 188,522 pounds of chicken may be affected; 126,082 pounds is being held, and FSIS is investigating the distribution of the remaining 62,440 pounds and verifying if additional shipments are involved.
Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here. More