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GMO potatoes have arrived. But will anyone buy them?
On the face of it, the new potato varieties called "Innate" seem attractive. If you peel the brown skin off their white flesh, you won't find many unsightly black spots. And when you fry them, you'll probably get a much smaller dose of a potentially harmful chemical. But some of the biggest potato buyers in the country, such as Frito-Lay and McDonald's, seem afraid to touch these potatoes.
Chipotle suspends pork supplier, stops serving pork at a third of locations
The Associated Press via Star Tribune
Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.
Less waste, more innovation: 5 food trends to watch in 2015
Last year, the movement toward a cleaner, more sustainable food supply gained traction, from school lunches with antibiotic-free chicken to a new rating system for produce that goes beyond organics to take energy, water use and other sustainability factors into account. This year could herald even more changes in the way we eat.
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Early 2016 moves by Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney spur other GOP contenders
The Washington Post
A broad field of GOP candidates are ramping up preparations for presidential runs in the wake of early maneuvering by establishment favorites Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, kicking off the race for the 2016 Republican nomination at a breakneck speed.
Related: Rand Paul looks to steal 2016 spotlight (Politico)
Romney falls flat with GOP lawmakers
Republican lawmakers aren't jumping on the Mitt Romney 2016 bandwagon. Even among his onetime allies, the news that the former Massachusetts governor is considering a third consecutive run for president is being met with criticism or cool indifference on Capitol Hill.
Related: Romney to address RNC winter meeting (The Hill)
Obama tries to woo GOP on his priorities
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
President Barack Obama, meeting with leaders of the new Congress Tuesday, said he would work with Republicans on areas where their interests converge, including trade, simplifying the tax code and national-security issues.
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GMOs with health benefits have a large market potential
Research at Ghent University reveals that consumers are willing to pay more for GMOs with health benefits, with premiums ranging from 20 percent to 70 percent more. This differs from GMOs with farmer benefits, which are only accepted by consumers when they are offered at a discount.
California proposes enhanced Prop 65 warnings
Chemical Watch (subscriber story)
California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has started a rulemaking to amend the labeling requirements for Proposition 65 chemicals to provide more detailed information to the public. The proposed changes to the safe harbor warnings include naming 12 of the listed chemicals and disclosing means of exposure and how to avoid or reduce it.
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Californian poultry keepers warned of avian flu risks
The Poultry Site
Californian chickens are at increased risk of infection from a severe "bird flu" strain and all flock owners need to raise biosecurity levels, warns the University of California Davis.
Animal-welfare audits a strategic move for meat processors
Food Safety News
With today's average consumer three to four generations removed from the farm or ranch, resulting market forces regarding animal care move the burden of proof downstream from the producer to the meat-processing plant.
8 customs rules that may catch out the unwary shipper
Harald Schoenfelder, managing director Global Trade Services, FedEx Express Europe, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & Africa, lists eight surprising customs rules SMEs looking to export should know.
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6 hot trends from 2015 Winter Fancy Food Show
Inside Scoop SF
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Winter Fancy Food Show, held this week at San Francisco's Moscone Center. With so many food industry movers and shakers under one roof, it's a great place to spy burgeoning food trends.
Fast food goes to war over these 3 menu items
Chicken nugget deals are incredibly cheap at fast food restaurants right now, and coffee promotions are cheaper still. Competition over breakfast sandwiches is white-hot, too.
Schwan names Galloway CFO
The Schwan Food Co has appointed Robin Galloway to the post of EVP and chief financial officer. Galloway most recently served as CFO for Wells Enterprises and has previously help leadership positions with companies including Dean Foods.
Increased snacking reshapes marketing strategies
Consumers' shifting preference for snacks as meals are changing how retailers, restaurants and packaged food manufacturers market food, according to data from Packaged Facts and Dupont Nutrition & Health.
Kitchens of future could fundamentally change food processing industry
Think a Thermomix is impressive? How about kitchen appliances that shop for meals, monitor dietary needs and even 3-D-print food on demand? We can expect these features from the kitchen appliances of 2050, according to the Institute of Food Technologists' FutureFood 2050.
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