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New 'Let's Move' campaign director concerned about processed foods
The Washington Post
As Michelle Obama enters her seventh year as first lady, she remains focused on her campaign against childhood obesity. Obama's first official act of the new year was announcing the appointment of children's-health advocate Debra Eschmeyer to lead her "Let's Move!" campaign.
Related: White House digs in on nutrition with Kass replacement (Politico)
2 out of 3 Americans support labeling genetically modified foods
Two-thirds of Americans say that food makers should have to label genetically modified products, a new survey finds.
Related: Poll: An appetite for labeling genetically modified foods (The AP via NorthJersey.com)
The future of frozen — and how 'natural' products could save it
It's no surprise that today's food industry is learning to cater to what consumers want. And what do they want? Food marked as fresh, all-natural and healthy, of course. But with shoppers carefully choosing food items labeled as such, frozen food makers may wonder if their foods will still appeal to the average American consumer.
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Immigration fight will test Republican unity on Capitol Hill
A push by House Republicans to reverse President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration has put their vulnerable Senate counterparts in a tough electoral spot.
Related: Immigration looms large over GOP summit (The Hill)
Paul Ryan says he won't run for president
Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who was his party's 2012 vice presidential nominee, announced Monday that he will not run for president in 2016.
The selling of Mitt 3.0
Shortly after Election Day in 2012, a Mitt Romney supporter moaned about the failed GOP nominee's performance: "We had no message, and we gave it to the worst communicator in the world."
Two years later, Romney is mulling over another campaign for the White House, and this time, he says, things will be different.
Related: Romney moves to reassemble campaign team for 2016 bid (The Washington Post)
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China bans all US poultry and eggs due to avian influenza
The Chinese government announced Monday it will ban all imports of U.S. poultry and egg products because of recent detections in the U.S. of highly pathogenic avian influenza in backyard poultry and wild birds in the Pacific Northwest.
FDA to begin implementing food safety rules
In 2015, federal regulators will pivot from writing food safety rules to implementing them, experts say. Agency officials are preparing to "hit the ground running" when the rules are completed, said Miriam Burbach, FDA's Seattle district compliance director.
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Recess: The answer to school food waste?
A new study published in Preventive Medicine shows that one simple, no-cost change — holding recess before lunchtime — can increase fruit and vegetable consumption by 54 percent and cut down on the amount of food wasted in schools.
Schools work on food waste (The Durango Herald)
Lobbyist picked to lead Senate Ag committee as it rewrites nutrition programs (Agri-Pulse)
USTR hits back at allegations of secrecy in trade talks
Law360 (subscriber story)
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman's office on Friday responded to criticism that the Obama administration has been too secretive in negotiating trade deals, claiming the White House has taken "unprecedented" steps to promote transparency.
FDA addresses questions on draft EIS for produce safety rule
U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration
What effects will the produce safety rule that the Food and Drug Administration is proposing have on natural resources and how are those impacts weighed with other factors? To answer these questions, the FDA conducted a Draft Environmental Impact Statement, prepared by Annette McCarthy, Ph.D. She explains how the Draft EIS came about, what it found and where the FDA is going from here.
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FSIS administrator takes stock of achievements, challenges
Food Production Daily
Al Almanza, administrator of the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, had a full agenda last year, and 2015 promises to be busier yet.
Border opens to Mexican trucks
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The United States is preparing to open the border to Mexican long-haul truckers, allowing those who qualify for permits to make direct deliveries from Mexico to U.S. destinations — a measure stipulated more than two decades ago under the North American Free Trade Agreement.
GM crops to be fast-tracked in UK following EU vote
GM crops could be speedily brought to the U.K. market after MEPs voted to allow countries to choose whether to grow the crops on Tuesday.
Related: GMO cultivation in the EU: Official statements after MEPs vote
Iowa trial of GMO bananas is delayed
The Des Moines Register
A controversial plan to have Iowa State University students eat genetically modified bananas has been delayed, apparently because of issues in shipping the fruit.
Falling gas prices offer growth opportunity for private label
Tumbling gas prices that are lining consumers' pockets with savings may provide an unexpected opportunity for private label to steal market share from national brands, rather than the other way around, recent consumer survey results reveal.
Burger King revives 15-cent nuggets in price war
Burger King is bringing back its 15-cent chicken nugget promotion, battling it out with McDonald's over the price of one of the most popular fast food menu items.
Food distributor buys California meat company
Ridgefield, Connecticut-based specialty food distributor The Chefs' Warehouse announced it is acquiring Del Monte Capitol Meat Co. and its affiliated companies for approximately $191.2 million.
Food was biggest target of cargo thefts in Q4 2014
More than $18 million of cargo was stolen in the United States in the last quarter of 2014, and nearly a quarter of the thefts centered on food and beverage items.
Fruit company's battle with UFW to be examined by LAUSD board
LA School Report
LA Unified board member Steve Zimmer is asking the board to weigh in on a legal battle between a major fruit company and the United Farm Workers union.
Misbranding leads to beef recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
US Foods, a Blasdell, New York, establishment, is recalling approximately 700 pounds of beef product due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
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Pressure on food firms to get healthier to grow
Pressure on food manufacturers to come up with healthier recipes has never been stronger, says Paul Gander.
Study: Replacement for BPA in plastics also suspect
A chemical thought to be a safe replacement for one banned for use in baby bottles also causes developmental issues in fish embryos, according to a study released Monday.
Related: BPA and your health: Should you worry? (Ocala Star Banner)
Emotional insights could aid product development
Understanding how a product's sensory characteristics and packaging both individually and synergistically provoke emotions in consumers can help manufacturers to design and optimize products, say researchers.
Research: Amino acid affects E. coli O157 behavior
Food Safety News
New research suggests that an amino acid is what affects the behavior of E. coli O157.
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