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Guide for healthy eating may consider environment
The Associated Press via Fox News
The government issues dietary guidelines every five years to encourage Americans to eat healthier. This year's version may look at what is healthy for the environment, too.
Related: New guidelines may encourage more veggies, less meat (Tech Times)
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Fast food companies ditching the 'junk' in 2015
Science World Report
Fast food joints are working on a bit of a New Year's resolution. They're hoping to ditch their unhealthy image by replacing food additives and the like with natural ingredients.
GMO ban in Los Angeles losing support; regulation might be dead
A GMO ban in Los Angeles is reportedly losing support and may not happen at all. Just three days before local lawmakers were slated to vote on a ban on all genetically modified crops, a massive lobbying effort was embarked upon by a biotech trade group.
Related: How food gets the 'Non-GMO' label (HPPR)
New Senate majority leader's main goal for GOP: Don't be scary
The Washington Post
Mitch McConnell has an unusual admonition for the new Republican majority as it takes over the Senate this week: Don't be "scary." McConnell's priority is to set the stage for a potential GOP presidential victory in 2016.
Republicans take the reins
It's game time for Mitch McConnell and John Boehner. For the first time since 2006, Congress is convening this week under full GOP control, with McConnell reaching the pinnacle of Senate majority leader and Boehner poised to win a third term as Speaker.
Related: GOP leaders staring at cliffs (Politico)
Republican contest for 2016 race is heating up quickly
The Washington Post
Less than two months after the 2014 elections, the 2016 Republican presidential race is taking clear shape — with several major players moving quickly to carve out their space (and maybe keep others from carving it up) in the contest.
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2015: The year the GOP strikes back at Obama food policies
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
The Obama administration is becoming increasingly involved in what Americans put on their dinner plates and in their cereal bowls, from requiring school children to be served fruit to eliminating trans fats in donuts. But the new Republican Congress is already laying the groundwork to push back in 2015.
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FTC not surveying junk food marketing to kids
Michelle Obama has made getting American kids to eat better and exercise more the cornerstone of her platform as first lady. But her husband's administration appears to be waving a white flag when it comes to one key effort aimed at tackling childhood obesity.
Obama's 2015 power play
The Obama administration is preparing another active year of executive action in 2015, pumping out new rules and enforcing others for the first time — setting tougher standards on everything from air pollution to overtime pay to net neutrality, food safety, commercial drones, a college ratings plan and a crackdown on for-profit colleges that don't prepare their students for well-paying jobs.
Deadline for labeling mechanically tenderized beef came 'down to the wire'
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
When midnight struck on New Year's Eve, it did more than usher in 2015. It also sounded a death knell for labeling of mechanically tenderized beef in 2016.
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FSIS unveils final rule on labeling of meat and poultry with added solution
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a final rule Dec. 31 on labeling of raw meat and poultry products to which solutions have been added.
West Coast ports: Feds offer assistance in standoff
Just before Christmas, federal mediators offered to assist with negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and shipping lines, in a bid to ease the standoff that has threatened to disrupt the flow of cargo at West Coast ports.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute was among 166 organizations that signed on to a letter asking the White House to intervene in the contract talks.
Labor and employment regulation to watch in 2015
Law360 (subscriber story)
The U.S. Department of Labor's ongoing push to narrow overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act tops the list of regulations and legislation employment attorneys say they'll be watching in 2015, with partisan gridlock making any meaningful changes to labor and employment statutes a long shot.
FSA's campylobacter policy slammed
The Food Standards Agency policy of naming and shaming supermarkets by ranking their fresh chicken according to its contamination with campylobacter was ill-conceived and counterproductive, Clive Black, head of research at City analyst Shore Capital, has warned.
How can CPGs get their groove back?
All CPG companies face the same obstacles to success in North America: the bifurcation of consumer behaviors, the proliferation of retail formats, and the disruptive influence of digital technologies. To win, companies are going to have to figure out how they can play in this new world, the capabilities they'll need and the products it will make sense for them to maintain.
Study: When planning meals, think frozen
Crawford County Avalanche
Research from the Journal of Nutrition found that nearly 80 percent of Americans do not consume the recommended amounts of fruit, and nearly 90 percent do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables. While a variety of factors may contribute to this low consumption, including cost and convenience, a recent study revealed one easy solution: frozen fruits and vegetables.
Editor's Note: The Frozen Food Foundation's 2014 study is referenced in this report.
How companies and NGOs can work together to tackle food security
General Mills and TechnoServe partner closely on Partners in Food Solution, a nonprofit that taps the business expertise of companies to help improve the capacity of small food processors in the developing world.
Bold predictions for grocery products and shopping in 2015
What can we expect for food and beverage brands in 2015? Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert says the growth of online grocery shopping and a preference toward craft foods, fermented foods (think aged, cured or pickled foods like sauerkraut) and smoked flavors rank among the top of the list.
Tyson plant going on the market
The Buffalo News
Tyson Foods is preparing to put its Buffalo, New York, plant up for sale. Tyson last July announced it was closing the 287-job plant, and the last day of production occurred at the year's end.
Vinyl found in chicken products at Japan McDonald's
International Business Times
Japan's McDonald's restaurants are facing another food crisis after a customer in Aomori found vinyl in their McNuggets, according to a spokesperson from the company on Monday.
Will 2015 be a year of safer food in China?
Gordon Orr via LinkedIn
2014 ended with yet another unfortunate case of a food safety lapse in China as a fast food chain announced that it is investigating Chinese media claims of staff manipulating the expiration date on various foodstuffs.
High on the hog: A new breed of 'silky' pork
The News & Observer via Rapid City Journal
Bob and Ted Ivey of Wayne County, North Carolina, have developed a breeding and feeding system that has built a special pig, one with premium cuts that have a bit more fat, a deeper color and a sweetness even machines can measure.
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