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FDA declines courts' requests to define 'natural' with respect to GMO foods
The FDA recently issued a letter to three federal district court judges declining the courts' requests to adopt a definition of "natural" or to state whether the terms "natural" or "all natural" can be used to refer to foods containing genetically-modified organisms to help resolve pending consumer class actions over the term.
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Retail industry security hacks may surge in 2014
Attempts to hack into retailers' computer networks and steal credit card data and other customer information are likely to surge this year, cybersecurity experts say in the wake of the attacks on Target and luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus.
Food industry lobby challenges state disclosure law as unconstitutional
The powerful, Washington, D.C.-based Grocery Manufacturers Association has hit back against a legal challenge from the state and has filed a legal challenge to Washington's landmark public disclosure laws. The challenge comes in response to a complaint by state Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise
The Washington Post
Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday that would ease sharp spending cuts known as the sequester while providing fresh cash for new priorities.
Opinion: How to save the Senate
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., writes, "My main goal has been for senators from both parties to step back from the day-to-day legislative fights and see the Senate as a place where the partisan tensions that have always existed in America can been mediated and resolved."
House Majority PAC nets $7.5 million in 2013
A super PAC that supports electing Democrats to the House announced a major fundraising haul for 2013 on Tuesday, more than double what it raised at the same point in its previous election cycle.
Dairy farmers rejecting farm bill compromise
Lawmakers are mulling a possible compromise to the dairy standoff that is holding up the farm bill, but dairy farmers aren't buying it. Unless one side backs down or a compromise is found, the $1 trillion farm subsidy and food stamp bill, which has been delayed for years, could die.
Advocates petition Congress to block Chinese-processed chicken
Food Safety News
Food safety advocates have launched a Change.org petition aimed at getting Congress to keep chicken from China off U.S. plates.
EU: New regulations on country of origin labeling for meat products
New EU regulations will introduce stringent packaging and traceability requirements for fresh and frozen meat products, beginning April 1, 2015.
Complacent food manufacturers could spark another horse meat scandal
Food fraud similar to last year's horse meat incident is likely to happen again because food manufacturers are complacent about managing their supply chains and don't have proper records, according to the boss of supply chain consultancy firm Achilles.
Yum's December China sales trail estimates
Yum! Brands Inc., owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut brands, said same-store sales rose 2 percent in China last month, trailing analysts' estimates, as its fried chicken and pizza chains face more local rivals.
Xbox 360: Pizza Hut's $1 million sales channel
Pizza Hut sold $1 million worth of pizzas through its online delivery app on the Xbox 360 game console in the first four months the app was live, Polygon reported last week.
Related: Pizza Hut to offer 'by the slice' amid competition (The AP via KDFW-TV)
Shivering cattle signal higher McDonald's beef cost
The deep freeze that swept across the U.S. last week, disrupting travel and boosting fuel use, is compounding stress on a shrinking domestic beef industry already struggling with high costs and weather shocks.
HACCP certification key to FSMA compliance
Food Production Daily
With regulations like the Food Safety Modernization Act requiring higher safety and sanitation standards, HACCP certification is an important step in ensuring an operation passes muster.
California food maker launches recall after products ship without inspection
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Rancho Feeding Corporation, a Petaluma, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 41,683 pounds of various meat products because they were produced without the benefit of full federal inspection, making them unfit for human food.
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Japan: False reports of people contaminated by pesticide
Food Quality News
Maruha Nichiro Holdings, a supplier of frozen food such as frozen pizzas and chicken nuggets, recalled up to 6.3 million packages allegedly tainted with pesticide in Japan last month. Exactly how many have been sickened is under investigation; the Health Ministry confirmed 556 people suffering symptoms, but estimates vary.
75 jobs in balance as Hormel moves operations, plant closes
Mike Downs, president of Tony Downs Foods, says the company has "announced the closing of its facility in St. James, Minn." as the work done there is being moved to a facility in Iowa owned by Hormel.
EU sees rising food output by 2023 on export and biofuel demand
European Union production of foodstuffs from cheese to poultry to wheat is predicted to climb by 2023 on demand for exports and the manufacturing of biofuels from grains, the 28-nation bloc said.
The Google food shortage indicator
Call it the food shortage barometer because, it turns out, Google tends to be a very reliable gauge of pinpointing when people are interested in information about products running out.
Frozen meal delivery company sued for illegally billing Medicaid $900,000
Twin Falls Times-News
Federal prosecutors say Homestyle Direct, a Kimberly, Idaho, meal delivery service, illegally billed Medicaid for $888,152, delivered meals to deceased clients and violated the False Claims Act in several additional ways, prosecutors charge in a lawsuit filed in federal civil court.
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