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Food industry responds to 'Fed Up'
"Fed Up," a film produced and narrated by Katie Couric, now of Yahoo, and Laurie David, producer of the Oscar-winning "Inconvenient Truth," debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, over the weekend, and it has already caught the food industry's attention.
California drought could trigger food inflation
A lack of rainfall in California could have a nationwide impact on food prices. According to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the state produces almost half of U.S.-grown fruits, nuts and vegetables. But the state's water managers say unless there are strong storms in the next few months, they may only be able to provide 5 percent of the water needed for the nearly 1 million acres of irrigated farmland.
America's 50 most powerful people in food for 2014
The Daily Meal
Who are the most powerful people in the food world in America? For the fourth year in a row, The Daily Meal attempts to answer that question — and it begins with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at No. 1.
White House seeks to avoid another lost year
The Wall Street Journal
The countdown is on to President Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address next Tuesday. The White House is still finalizing the policy proposals the address will include, following weeks of soliciting ideas. Look for income inequality, energy, climate change, college affordability and early childhood education as highlights.
Even small ball too much for Congress
All the dysfunctional partisan gridlock keeping the House and Senate worlds apart on the transcendent issues of the day also means little progress on the no-brainers, like technical corrections and minor fixes to Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law.
White House dials it down on immigration
In meetings with immigration reform advocates, White House officials have said President Barack Obama won't threaten to take unilateral executive action mdash; at least not yet — and that he wants to give House Republicans some breathing room to try to pass legislation this year, said immigration advocates who have participated in the sessions.
USDA email reveals poultry industry plans to monitor pathogens
Food Safety News
U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors should not interfere with poultry industry efforts to collect chicken samples from processing facilities for a program intended to set pathogen reduction goals, according to an internal email from an FSIS administrator, obtained by Food and Water Watch.
Country of origin labeling might not make final farm bill cut
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., is worried the country of origin labeling provisions he worked to get into law in 2002 will be left out of this year's farm bill.
US free trade talks spark food safety fears in Europe
Food industry professionals meeting in Berlin this week voiced concerns over a looming U.S.-EU free trade pact, fearing a transatlantic onslaught of genetically modified foods, hormone-treated beef and chlorinated chicken.
Jeremy Ring sponsors GMO labeling bill in Florida House
Broward/Palm Beach New Times
State Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Broward County, recently sponsored a genetically modified organism mandatory labeling initiative in Florida.
The future of food and drink marketing
As the National Obesity Forum issues a stark warning about the poor state of the U.K.'s health, some food and drink brands are adapting their marketing to encourage healthier lifestyle choices while remaining appealing the consumers.
Whole Foods bans produce grown with sludge — but who wins?
From its lengthy list of unacceptable ingredients for food to its strict rules for how seafood is caught and meat is raised, Whole Foods sets a pretty high bar for what is permitted on its coveted shelves. Now, the company is dictating what kind of fertilizer the farmers who grow its produce can use.
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More choices made possible by White Castle's new frozen food plant
Columbus Business First
White Castle, fresh off being named the originator of most influential hamburger of all time, is expanding that influence. The Columbus-based fast-food chain's newest frozen food plant in Vandalia, Ohio, is running, giving the company a big bump in capacity and the flexibility to bring more product to the retail market.
Nestle teams up with Singapore for food science research
Nestle, the world's biggest packaged food company, said Wednesday it was teaming up with the government of Singapore to research food science and technology.
Buffett's Dairy Queen targets Asia with red bean flavor
International Dairy Queen Inc., the fast food chain owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., opened locations in Taiwan and Vietnam as it targets expansion beyond the U.S. and Canada.
Subway ramps up UK expansion
Subway, one of the largest fast food chains in the world, plans to open more than 1,200 new stores in the U.K. and Ireland by 2020, creating another 13,000 jobs, it said Wednesday.
Tyson Foods acquires Michigan company
The Associated Press via Times-Standard
Tyson Foods, one of the world's largest meat-processing companies, says it's acquired the assets of Bosco's Pizza Co. of Warren, Mich.
New test targets Salmonella
A novel biosensor developed by scientists at Rice University, in collaboration with colleagues in Thailand and Ireland, may make the detection of pathogens much faster and easier for food manufacturing plants.
Does microwaving food remove its nutritional value?
Upwave via CNN
We've all heard about how microwaving food removes some nutritional value, but is it true? Is something bad happening to our food behind that microwave glass?
Study: Carcinogen concerns for US cereals and snacks
Bakery & Snacks
U.S. breakfast cereals and snacks need a closer look after a small-scale study revealed potential carcinogen risks, researchers say.
Comparing thermoformers for food packaging applications
The output of thermoformers plays a crucial role when fresh food is being packed. The rate of production must keep pace with constantly escalating requirements if food producers are to remain competitive.
Plasma potential for tackling strawberry spoilage
Food Quality News
Atmospheric pressure cold plasma can reduce microorganisms on strawberries without major impacts on color and firmness, according to research.
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