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Listeria outbreak: 6 dead, 32 ill from caramel apples
Food Production Daily
Six people have now died in a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes illnesses linked to caramel apples, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
Related: Apple packer initiates recall in wake of Listeria outbreak (Food Business News)
Venture firm seeks seeks next generation of food businesses
What will be the next big food businesses in 2015 and beyond? That's the question the team behind Food-X is hoping to answer. Backed by SOSventures, a San-Francisco-based investment group with a $200 million fund, Food-X partners with early stage entrepreneurs and provides an accelerator program for food startups that investors hope will result in the next generation of America's food producers, manufacturers and distributors.
Business groups file lawsuit to block NLRB's union-organizing rule
The Wall Street Journal
Several business trade groups filed a lawsuit Monday to block the National Labor Relations Board's new rule that would speed union-organizing elections, alleging the board overstepped its authority.
Related: Biz groups to sue labor board over 'ambush' elections (The Hill)
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Boehner detractors likely to add some GOP drama to House speaker vote
The Washington Post
Decisive midterm election victories in November put Republicans in a powerful position to move their own legislative agenda this year, but as the new Congress convenes Tuesday there are early signs of trouble in the House for the GOP's expanded majority.
Related: The 'Boehner for speaker' whip count (The Washington Post)
McConnell grabs the wheel in the Senate
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is giving GOP lawmakers more authority right out of the gate, underlining his message that he won't run the Senate the way Democratic Leader Harry Reid did.
Bolder Obama ready to take on GOP
President Barack Obama is ready to take on the new Republican Congress that will come to power on Tuesday. White House officials feel emboldened headed into what Obama has described as the "fourth quarter" of his presidency.
Related: Obama's tricky fight with GOP chairs (Politico)
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School lunch changes for 2015 may be just the start of rollback
When Congress adopted the Omnibus Appropriations Bill in late December, it featured changes to the National School Lunch Program, which came after months of brinksmanship between the School Nutrition Association and first lady Michelle Obama. With Republicans taking control of the Senate and adding members in House this month, more changes may be on the way.
Related: GOP's Stockman introduces bill to enhance standards of school lunch programs (Targeted News Service [subscriber story])
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Minimum wage battles to continue in 2015
Labor notched some big wins last year in its efforts to beef up its ranks. Organizers vow to continue that push this year on signature items such as raising the minimum wage, but business groups are equally adamant about pushing back.
Related: Minimum wage raises put employers on notice (The Wall Street Journal)
Food industry veteran sheds light on lobbying
Western Michigan University
A former Kellogg Co. executive, past chair of the American Frozen Food Institute and WMU trustee has published a book that gives readers an inside look at the life of a corporate lobbyist from someone who lived it.
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Ireland granted full access to US beef market
Ireland is to be the first European country to be granted full access for its beef in the U.S. market after the U.S. lifted a ban on European beef imports.
Call for action on water use in food industry
Energy & Environment Management
Scientists from the Institution of Chemical Engineers are urging coordinated global action to reduce the amount of hidden water used in food and drink production.
Blown deadline means needle-tenderized beef labels 3 years away
Despite last-minute pleas from various lawmakers, the Office of Management and Budget did not advance USDA's final rule for labeling mechanically tenderized beef before the end of 2014. As a result, such labels cannot be required by the Food Safety and Inspection Service before 2018.
Frozen food market to reach $156.4 billion by 2020
The global frozen food market was valued at $122.1 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6 percent from 2014 to 2020, to reach an estimated value of $156.4 billion in 2020.
Researchers identify new strain of deadly pig virus in US
U.S. researchers have identified a new strain of a hog disease that has wiped out millions of baby pigs, a sign the virus will keep mutating as producers work to contain it.
McDonald's bold strategy to lure you back for breakfast: free coffee
The Washington Post
The fast food breakfast wars are alive and well, and McDonald's is on the attack.
How to win back share from private label
Brand manufacturers must work hard to decommoditize their products to beat competition from private labels, says an analyst at IRI.
Food processor OSI faces fresh setback in China
The Wall Street Journal
U.S.-based food processor OSI Group LLC has suffered a new setback in China, as it works to rebuild its business following accusations that it sold past-due food.
Related: Rabobank: How to navigate China's animal protein market (World Poultry)
Marcus Lemonis partners with snack maker
Food Business News
Marcus Lemonis, host of CNBC's TV show "The Profit," has invested in the food industry again, partnering with Betty Lou's Inc., a health snacks company based in McMinnville, Oregon.
114 specialty food pioneers inducted into Hall of Fame
The Specialty Food Association has established a Hall of Fame to honor individuals who have been pioneers in the $88.3 billion specialty food industry.
Chicken plant a 'dead' issue; Sanderson Farms 'disappointed'
The Fayetteville Observer
A 4-3 vote Monday morning by the Cumberland County, North Carolina, Board of Commissioners appears to have brought an end to the Sanderson Farms proposal to build a 1,000-worker chicken processing plant in Cedar Creek.
Nature's Way Farms to expand, add $2 million facility
The Produce News
Nature's Way Farms began as a brokerage company in 1979. Murray and Ann Crawford initially operated out of their home in Faison, North Carolina, but the company, which now involves about 100 employees, has expanded several times into packaging and shipping operations — and it is about to expand again.
Wal-Mart makes leadership changes to improve fresh meat, produce operations
Food Production Daily
In line with its focus on improving product quality and category performance in fresh meat and produce, Wal-Mart is making a number of high-level personnel changes.
Consumer care is a new priority for food science
The food industry must engage more with consumers if it is to reassure them about what it does and get their buy-in for new advances in science and technology, according to a new survey published by research group Campden BRI.
3-D printing could give new meaning to meals ready to eat
Today's 3-D printing technology may be bringing the world closer to Star Trek-like, custom synthesized food.
3M Food Safety launches 24-hour aerobic bacteria indicator test
3M Food Safety has launched the 3M™ Petrifilm™ Rapid Aerobic Count Plate, the next generation of its trusted, accurate and easy test that can detect aerobic bacteria counts in just 24 hours for most food matrices.
Data-driven food safety monitoring eases regulatory compliance
Food Safety Magazine
In industries where regulation is pervasive — such as the food industry — the most successful companies are typically those that develop systems and practices that maximize opportunities for process improvement, higher quality and ultimately greater insight into the data capture necessary for regulatory reporting and control over finished product.
Study: Corn syrup more toxic than table sugar in female mice
Corn syrup was found to be more toxic to female mice than table sugar, shortening their lives and cutting their rate of reproduction, according to a study by University of Utah researchers published online Monday by the Journal of Nutrition.
Possible new infection fighter: enriched broccoli
The Wall Street Journal
Consuming broccoli enriched with selenium, an essential micronutrient, could bolster the body's ability to fight infections, says a small study in the December issue of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research.
Critical shortage of workers in Canadian meat industry
Global Meat News
A rapidly deteriorating nationwide shortage of butchers, meat cutters and laborers is threatening the Canadian meat industry, according to the Canadian Meat Council.
Can organic agriculture feed the world's hungry?
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
As research on world population growth and climate change moves forward, farmers, economists and policymakers are still struggling to address a major concern: How will the Earth feed all these people?
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