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FDA sends 2 proposed food labeling makeovers to White House
Food labels that help U.S. shoppers decipher nutrition content are set to get their first makeover in 21 years. The changes include updates to the nutrition facts panel on most foods sold in grocery stores and a revision to serving sizes, according to an online summary of two proposals sent to the White House for review.
Food Labeling; Revision of the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels (White House OMB)
Food Labeling: Serving Sizes of Foods That Can Reasonably Be Consumed at 1 Eating Occasion; Dual-Column Labeling; Updating, Modifying and Establishing Certain RACCs (White House OMB)
Farm bill negotiators still struggle with payment limits, dairy
House and Senate farm bill negotiators are struggling to get a measure through the House this month with major issues still in contention. As it stands, the best shot for passage appears to be filing the bill Monday night and setting up a quick Wednesday vote in the House, sources said. The House breaks for recess Wednesday for the annual Republican retreat.
Related: Farm negotiators haggle over final points (Politico)
Economic forum puts spotlight on food security
Food Quality News
"Rethinking Global Food Security" was discussed at the World Economic Forum annual meeting this week.
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5 things to watch in Obama's 2014 State of the Union address
President Barack Obama hopes to push the reset button on his second term Tuesday when he delivers the State of the Union address to Congress and a prime time television audience. Retaining the Senate counts as Obama's top political goal for the year, and much of his address will be given with that in mind.
Poll: Less than half want own lawmaker re-elected
Only 46 percent of people believe their own member of Congress deserves re-election — an all-time low in Gallup polling. Last year, those who wanted their own member re-elected reached 59 percent, according to the poll released Friday.
That number has fallen from a record high of 69 percent in 1998.
Immigration back on GOP agenda
The same House Republicans who punted on immigration last year are now privately crafting an intricate plan to try to pass it in 2014.
Negotiators: Obstacles won't delay US-EU trade accord
The Wall Street Journal
The chief trade negotiators of the U.S. and the European Union admitted obstacles to a trans-Atlantic free trade agreement, but said a European decision to open public consultations over proposed procedures to settle investment disputes wouldn't delay the accord.
European food industry warns over EU-US trade pact (The Local)
US sees hurdles to China joining Pacific trade pact (Reuters)
China set to bar more US corn as GM ban drags on
China is set to keep rejecting U.S. corn shipments containing an unapproved genetically modified strain at least until the end of March, shrugging off pressure from Washington to swiftly approve the variety developed by crop chemicals giant Syngenta AG.
British scientists seek go-ahead for GM 'Omega-3' crop trial (Reuters)
New Hampshire House votes down GMO labeling bill
Food Safety News
Knitting together at least five New England states to impose labeling requirements on foods with ingredients containing genetically modified organisms just became more elusive.
Related: Hawaii House bill would preempt county's anti-GMO law (Big Island Now)
Fight over Salmonella, adulterants spills into the chicken coop
Food Safety News
There are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to recalls with Salmonella-contaminated poultry.
Nestle to spend $1 billion on new factories in Mexico
Nestle said Friday it will invest $1 billion in Mexico over five years, building two new factories and developing a third in its sixth biggest market.
McDonald's fighting to be 'relevant' to customers
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
In a call with analysts Thursday, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said the company has "lost some of our customer relevance" but is fighting to win back customers through faster service, better value and a campaign to raise awareness of the chain as "a kitchen and a restaurant."
Lawsuit filed over Trader Joe's pretzels
Food Business News
Maxim Marketing Corp., a Los Angeles business, filed a lawsuit against ConAgra Foods, Inc. and Trader Joe's Co. in a case alleging antitrust actions related to Trader Joe's peanut butter filled pretzels.
Europe's food industry 'losing its competitive edge'
FoodDrinkEurope has published a report urging European institutions to develop a policy specifically tailored to boost competitiveness in the food industry — or risk losing out to non-EU manufacturers.
Minnesota snack food company buys Pennsylvania potato chip plant
Access to new markets, the availability of an empty facility and abundant raw materials — these were all reasons for Minnesota-based KLN Family Brands to buy the former Troyer Farms plant in Waterford, Pa.
Food safety app gets 25,000 hits in debut launch
Food Quality News
Two environmental health practitioners have seen an astonishing 25,000 downloads after creating an app to fight future food recalls, such as the horse meat scandal and subsequent company closures.
Embedded chips alert consumers to rotting food
Scientists have developed a computer chip that can be inserted into food packaging to detect the freshness of the contents. As the food nears its expiration date, it would send a text message to the owner, reminding them to consume it before it spoils.
McCormick Canada announces top flavors, trends for 2014 and beyond
Marking its parent company's 125th global anniversary as a food industry innovator, McCormick Canada has released its 2014 flavor forecast, with spicy fare leading the way.
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