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Oxfam: US places 21st in ranking of world food systems
Food Safety News
Despite affordable prices and high food quality, the United States tied with Japan for 21st place in a ranking of the world's food systems, according to the international advocacy confederation Oxfam.
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Fast food chains are desperate to kill the dollar menu
Time
Cheap menu items undoubtedly draw in fast food diners. Yet many fast food franchises would like dollar menu deals to disappear anyway.
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Battle lines drawn over labeling of GMO foods and 'all natural' claims
The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel
Whether to require labeling of genetically modified organisms is a hot issue in the ongoing debate about the risks and benefits of food crops produced using biotechnology.

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  • Ex-FDA official backs federal GMO law, but defining 'natural' a long shot (Food Navigator-USA)
  • Supreme Court won't hear appeal of case against Monsanto (Farm Futures)

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    Obama's plan to save the Senate
    Politico
    President Barack Obama has a plan to save the Senate's tenuous Democratic majority: Sell a populist message, try to make Obamacare work better and raise lots of cash.
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    GOP to use economy as midterm weapon
    The Hill
    House Republican leaders are increasingly confident the economy will be a winning issue for their party in the 2014 midterm elections.

    Related:
  • House members are running for the exits: Why it's nothing new (The Washington Post)
  • Rep. Jim Moran won't seek re-election (The Hill)

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    Congratulations on your budget, Congress — but America still hates you
    The Washington Post
    One month after a divided Congress came together to pass a bipartisan budget plan for the first time since the mid-1980s, the American people have rewarded their kumbaya moment by… hating the two parties about as much as they did before.
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    Omnibus appropriations bill gives USDA, FDA a $350 million boost
    Feedstuffs
    Appropriators unveiled omnibus appropriations legislation (H.R. 3547) this week that would implement last month's budget agreement and fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2014. The package of 12 spending bills includes discretionary funding of $20.9 billion for USDA and FDA, an increase of $350 million over 2013 levels after the sequester.
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    Pom, Coke spat reaches Supreme Court: Will labels trump deception claims?
    Food Navigator-USA
    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a dispute between Pom Wonderful LLC and the Coca-Cola Co. in which Pom accuses Coke of deceptive labeling and advertising for a pomegranate blueberry juice. The case examines whether the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act trumps a false advertising claim under separate federal law.
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    White House convenes 2nd Safety Datapalooza
    Directions
    The White House, along with the Department of Transportation and USDA, are convening innovators from public safety, technology, academic, entrepreneurial and government communities for the second annual Safety Datapalooza, which will highlight important uses of government data to build products, services and apps that advance public safety in creative and powerful ways.
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    Meat industry weighs in on dietary guidelines
    Meatingplace
    Representatives of the meat industry made statements this week at the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee's second public hearing, defending their products as largely lean and healthy protein sources.
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    Making insect consumption mainstream
    Food Navigator
    Some people are repulsed by the idea of eating insects — but those aren't the people to target when trying to introduce insects to the mainstream, says one expert.

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    FDA declines courts' requests to define 'natural'
    Lexology
    The FDA recently issued a letter to three federal district courts declining their requests to adopt a definition of "natural" as it regards foods containing GMOs.

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    Food industry lobby challenges state law
    Seattle PI
    The Grocery Manufacturers Association has filed a legal challenge to Washington's landmark public disclosure laws in response to a complaint by the state.

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    5 risk management tips for the food industry
    Food Processing
    Comprehensive risk management can not only save the life of a business, it also can help increase profitability and long-term success.
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    Ex-Lululemon CEO Day to head frozen food company
    CNNMoney
    Christine Day, who recently left yoga retailer Lululemon after heading it for five years, announced she's joining frozen food company Luvo as its CEO.
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    Horse meat scandal, second round: Dutch recall affects 25,000 pounds of food
    Reuters
    Dutch food safety authorities ordered five Dutch companies to recall 24,250 pounds of improperly labeled French horse meat that was turned into food products in the Netherlands, the Economic Affairs Ministry said in letter published Tuesday.

    Related: Horse meat scandal has had lasting effec on how food is marketed (MarketingWeek)

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    Can Heinz catch up after a rough 2013?
    Food Production Daily
    After multiple shifts in management, HJ Heinz hopes its leadership team can help the company recoup and prevent rival condiment purveyors from gaining ground.
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    Starbucks pushes further into grocery with Seattle's Best
    Bloomberg
    Starbucks is "investing heavily" in the supermarket and retail store side of the business, Jennifer Dimaris, vice president of brand management at Seattle's Best, said in a telephone interview.
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    Producer prices rose in 2013 by least in 5 years
    Bloomberg
    Wholesale prices in the U.S. climbed in December for the first time in three months to cap the smallest annual increase in five years, showing companies face little pressure to charge more.
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    Snack company: Consumers need education on freeze-dried concept
    Bakery & Snacks
    The success of The Premium Snack Company's freeze-dried veggie snack line depends on consumer understanding of the production process, says its sales and marketing director.
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    Food economist: Consumers are not the enemy
    Farm Futures
    Should what happens on the farm, stay on the farm? Not anymore, says Jayson Lusk, Oklahoma State University food and agricultural economist.
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    Texas high school to build $2 million meat processing lab
    Longview News-Journal
    The Longview, Texas, Independent School District Board of Trustees on Monday unanimously approved a $2.23 million bid to build a meat processing lab at the high school to help prepare students for careers in the meat industry, foodservice and more.
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