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Regulatory Accountability Act passes, Obama threatens veto
Food Safety News
The U.S. House of Representatives passed the newest version of the Regulatory Accountability Act in a 250-175 vote Tuesday. The bill reforms the government's process for analyzing and formulating new regulations and guidance documents.
Homeland Security targets Minnesota food safety software
A computer program developed by University of Minnesota scientists that eventually could allow the government or private sector to trace the supply chain of virtually everything imported into the United States — from iPhones to air bags to the ingredients in breakfast cereal — is emerging as a tool of great interest to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
APHIS says controversial inspection fee increase in final internal review
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Stakeholders expressed frustration this week that a proposed agricultural inspection fee opposed by a range of importers is about to be finalized, though U.S. Department of Agriculture officials hinted there would be some changes.
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Conservatives shrug off Bush and Romney
The Washington Post
Conservative leaders this week shrugged off the sudden moves by Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney toward 2016 presidential campaigns, saying the two establishment-friendly candidates are too far out of touch with grass-roots activists to win the Republican nomination.
Related: Mitt Romney backlash intensifies (Politico)
GOP frets over immigration 2016 backlash
Republicans are worried their party
s recent moves to roll back immigration measures could come back to bite them in 2016.
Related: Democrats warn immigration will sink GOP in '16 (The Hill)
Republican leaders have 2 days to craft a unified front against Obama
The GOP has a lot to prove. Now that the campaign against President Barack Obama is over and its new members are sworn in, a party retreat is the first real chance leaders have to convince members to go along with their Republican vision.
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Amy's Kitchen, OTA among groups calling for pollinator protection
GreenAmerica has published a letter sent to the White House by nearly 120 organizations — including the Organic Trade Association, Amy's Kitchen and other food businesses. The group is urging President Barack Obama to suspend pesticides linked to the decline of pollinator bees.
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Obama to propose 7 days paid sick leave for workers
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama will propose on Thursday that Congress adopt the Healthy Families Act, which would grant Americans seven days a year of paid sick time, White House officials said Wednesday.
Related: White House adviser: Why paid sick leave is a worker's right (Valerie Jarrett on LinkedIn)
NLRB faces new suit over accelerated union election rule
Law360 (subscriber story)
Three small business trade associations launched a suit in Texas federal court Tuesday challenging a National Labor Relations Board rule aimed at accelerating union elections, saying it restricts employers' ability to respond to organizing campaigns and that the board exceeded its authority in adopting the rule.
UK's Labour party pledges to ban unhealthy children's food
Britain's opposition Labour party said Thursday it would ban unhealthy children's food if they win a national election in May, setting out a hands-on approach to improving public health and reducing the burden on the stretched health care system.
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Local claims are rising star as sun sets on organic claims
New consumers continue to enter the organic category for the first time, but the health halo cast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's certification is dimming as it becomes more mainstream and as shoppers' interpretation of the standard evolves.
McDonald's supplier Marfrig to lose CEO after turnaround
Marfrig Global Foods SA, a supplier of meat to McDonald's Corp. and Burger King Worldwide Inc., said its chief executive officer is stepping down.
Shuttered plant to get a new life as meat producer expands
Family-owned BrucePac Meat Product Designers of Silverton, Oregon, is buying a shuttered processing plant in Oklahoma with plans to expand eastward.
Strawberry farmers dream of Chinese market
The prospect of China opening its borders to accept U.S. strawberries also will be on the agenda when officials from USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service meet with their Chinese counterparts in San Francisco next week, U.S. government officials confirm.
Brazilian lab turns fruits, veggies into edible plastic
Environment News Service
Imagine putting a pizza in the oven without having to remove the plastic casing that protects the pizza from contamination. The plastic film consists of tomatoes and, when heated, it will become part of the pizza.
The veggie burgers with meaty ambition
The Daily Beast
Science is doing its darndest to create veggie burgers that taste meatier and juicier than ever before. But will they convince the carnivorous to convert?
UC Davis experts issue warning to California poultry producers
Sierra Sun Times
UC Davis experts are urging backyard chicken enthusiasts and commercial poultry owners to practice strong biosecurity measures to prevent contact with wild birds, due to highly pathogenic strains of avian influenza recently detected in migratory waterfowl in British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and Butte County, California.
Soylent scores $20 million for drinkable meals
Soylent announced Wednesday it has raised $20 million in a funding round led by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, with participation from Lerer Ventures and True Ventures.
Related: Soylent's next chapter (Soylent)
Plastic bits in products, misbranding lead to recalls
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
J&G Foods Inc., based in Sutton, Massachusetts, is recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with plastic materials.
Agri Star Meat & Poultry, a Postville, Iowa, establishment, is recalling approximately 1,690 pounds of beef products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.
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