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Global group: Governments must regulate to curb obesity
Governments must regulate unhealthy foods in the same way as alcohol and tobacco to tackle rising levels of obesity, urges a report from the International Association for the Study of Obesity.
Related: Food industry likened to big tobacco in debate over whether sugar causes obesity (ABC Australia via Yahoo News)
Food safety a big issue in 2014
United Press International
Food safety is a growing issue of concern in the U.S., in lockstep with the trend toward healthier eating and a more active lifestyle. Several groups initiated studies in 2013 that indicated a much greater awareness by the American general public toward the purchase of more natural food products and a pivot away from processed food.
Uneasy bedfellows: Salt and health in US snacking
Bakery & Snacks
Americans prefer salty snacks, but they're also looking for health. Can these two co-exist?
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Farm bill in trouble
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas conceded Thursday that final action on a farm bill conference report is now likely to slip into late January — a major blow to himself and an ominous turn for the bill itself.
Christie jam opens lane for other 2016 hopefuls
The political scandal that threatens to jam Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., on his road to the White House could help accelerate the path of his fellow presidential hopefuls.
Related: Conservative money groups complicate 2014 Senate fight (USA Today)
Whom to watch in 2014: Hill edition
The Washington Post
Between budget battles, near-historic gridlock and — yes! — a midterm election cycle, whose stars will rise on Capitol Hill in 2014?
Massive trade bill hits Hill
Three senior lawmakers on Thursday unveiled long-awaited legislation to help President Barack Obama strike major trade deals in Asia and Europe, setting the stage for a potential election-year battle between the president and many of his fellow Democrats in Congress.
Federal funds at risk over 'serious failure' in North Carolina food stamp program
The Washington Post
Delays in handing out food stamps in North Carolina have been so bad for so long that the federal government could pull funding. More than 6,000 households had been waiting more than three months on benefits, a USDA regional director noted in a Dec. 11 letter to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
FSMA dominates FDA food safety tasks for 2014
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
While FDA stretches its resources to analyze thousands of comments on its six FSMA regulations, the food industry is closely involved in shaping the new regulations and must consider how it will begin implementing the rules.
NLRB recess appointment case heads for oral arguments
Law360 (subscription required)
The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in a blockbuster case over the president's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board on Monday, setting the stage for a ruling that will not only determine the validity of hundreds of labor board decisions, but also stand as a key precedent on the limits of presidential power.
Listeria lawsuits question food safety audits
Lawsuits filed by victims of a 2011 Listeria outbreak that killed four New Mexicans and severely sickened a fifth raise questions about the effectiveness of food safety inspections required by many retailers.
Commentary: Why did FSIS close plant for cockroaches but not Salmonella?
Food Safety News
On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture suspended poultry processing at a Foster Farms plant in Livingston, Calif., due to an infestation of cockroaches. Since then, some people have expressed confusion about why the agency closed the plant for pests but not months ago during an outbreak of multidrug-resistant Salmonella that sickened at least 416 people.
PepsiCo's staff wellness program: Caring, sharing and saving cash
PepsiCo's staff wellness program saved cash in terms of lower health care costs but its mainstream "lifestyle management" component had little overall effect, U.S. researchers have concluded.
Top 2014 super foods: Eat more kale with your bacon
Nutritionist and food blogger Madeleine Shaw discusses the top super foods for 2014 and different health trends to watch this year.
Mintel identifies key trends for 2014
Food Business News
Internationalism, instant gratification, drawing the digital line and investing in prevention top the list of trends U.S. consumers are expected to buy into during 2014, according to a new report from Mintel.
Smithfield launches front-of-pack nutrition labeling
Food Production Daily
Healthy Ones Deli, a Smithfield Foods brand, has revamped packaging for its line of meats to entice consumers with brighter packaging, easy-to-read messaging and new product varieties.
Diamond Foods hid walnut costs to boost profit, SEC says
Diamond Foods Inc., the maker of Kettle Chips, agreed to pay $5 million to settle U.S. regulatory claims that two of its former executives underreported walnut costs to raise profit.
Does Amazon Fresh have a future?
Just as it is in a bricks-and-mortar environment, success for Amazon Fresh's online grocery model will be built on the level of food and experience.
What Wendy's and Apple have in common
Looking back on the sales and consumer survey data for the nation's biggest retailers and restaurants, it's clear that some businesses had a lot better 2013 than others. Here are a few of the major players that can brag of special awards, record-breaking sales and products that generated terrific buzz in 2013.
US in-store bakery market worth $13 billion
Despite that they account for a relatively small percentage of perishable dollar sales at most retailers, in-store bakeries are thriving, according to recent data from Packaged Facts.
Managing risks, costs is critical to food sourcing practices
The Strategic Sourceror
Strategic sourcing is a dynamic proposition in any sector, but it can be particularly complex in the food industry. For manufacturers of packaged foods, for example, the number of suppliers required to produce a given product is often as extensive as the number of ingredients.
Bye-bye black box: Could 'radical transparency' transform the food industry?
Lack of transparency in blended ingredients is harming trust in the food industry — but there is another way, says president and CEO of Premium Blendhub, Henrik Stamm Kristensen.
5 trends in logistics, supply chain industry forecast for 2014
In preparation for 2014, Freightgate announced five trends in the logistics and supply chain industry that will make companies more competitive and affect how they manage their supply chains.
High-capacity sorter ensures gentle handling of delicate fruit
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Curt Maberry Farm was looking to remove the foreign material and defects, such as mold in raspberries or stems in blueberries, color blemishes or damaged items from its products prior to packing. It was also looking to automate this part of the process in order to free up pickers on the line for deployment elsewhere in the facility.
Cheese recalled on Salmonella risks
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Flat Creek Farm & Dairy of Swainsboro, Ga., has recalled 90 pounds of Heavenly Blue and 78 pounds of Aztec Cheddar cheese, because of potential contamination of Salmonella. Flat Creek is in the process of notifying all of the purchasers.
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