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US food industry: GMO labeling laws are 'unconstitutional'
The Ecologist
A leaked document reveals plans by the Grocery Manufacturers Association to sue the first state that passes a GMO labeling law. Vermont will be the decisive battleground, report Katherine Paul and Ronnie Cummins.

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  • Legal experts reject claim on GMO laws (Organic Consumers Association via Salem-News)

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    PepsiCo rebrands 'Natural' products with 'Simply'
    The Associated Press via Enquirer-Herald
    In a move to update its marketing — coincidentally at the same time as it faces legal challenges over the use of the word "natural" — PepsiCo has quietly gotten rid of the word "Natural" in some of its products and instead is going with "Simply."
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    Farm bill agreement expected this week, with final passage within days
    The Washington Post
    A final version of the farm bill, legislation that accounts for billions of dollars in federal spending and has lingered on the congressional to-do list for two years, is expected to be unveiled as early as Monday, with final passage likely in the coming days, according to several aides familiar with the talks.

    Related: Beef lobby loses push to repeal labeling rules (Politico)

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    Can Obama lift Democrats in the midterms? Don't count on it
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama will not appear on a single ballot this fall, but there's no doubt many voters will make decisions with him in mind. As things are shaping up now, that's not good news for Democrats. Why? Because most Americans simply don't view their midterm votes as a means of expressing support for Obama.

    Related: 6 primary dates that set stage for Congress, governor elections (USA Today)

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    Immigration reform battle centers on conservative tea party bloc
    The Hill
    The immigration reform debate in the House could boil down to a handful of influential tea party conservatives. Proponents and opponents of creating a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants and other reforms have zeroed in on "peer leaders" in the House GOP.
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    State of the Union 2014: Obama to take 'optimistic' message on the road
    Politico
    President Barack Obama will deliver an "optimistic" State of the Union address Tuesday prodding Congress to address economic mobility and income inequality — or risk an end-run by the White House.

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  • State of Union address won't turn Obama's polling numbers around (The Washington Post)

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    Opinion: Eat better without Big Brother
    USA Today
    More than a dozen of the country's top food companies are voluntarily enlisting in the war to help Americans lose weight. A new report reveals the driver of this shift toward healthier eating is Michelle Obama's campaign to raise awareness about the nation's obesity problem — particularly childhood obesity.
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    The new faces of food stamps
    Politico
    In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps — a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.
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    Technical glitch leads FSIS to suspend poultry inspection checklist
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Effective immediately, FSIS is canceling its poultry checklist directive to field inspectors, because technical issues in the system are preventing some inspection program personnel from being able to access and complete the forms.
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    School Nutrition Association pushes fruitless position
    Beyond Chron
    The School Nutrition Association has released its 2014 position paper on federal child nutrition programs. The organization has set its sights on getting USDA to back off from requiring students to take servings of fruit or vegetables with their school meals, and on preventing implementation of regulations that would, as of July 1, require all grains to meet "whole grain-rich criteria."
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    7 company handbook items drawing NLRB scrutiny
    Law360 (subscription required)
    The National Labor Relations Board's crackdown on companies' social media policies that violate workers' rights has garnered much attention from employers, but the agency also is more closely examining other rules often found in employment handbooks, lawyers say.
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    Whole Foods Market launches new TV show
    New Hope 360
    To market to millennials, Whole Foods is launching a TV series of its online magazine "Dark Rye." It's a perfect example of the right approach to content marketing.

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    Nestle to spend $1 billion on new factories in Mexico
    Reuters
    Nestle said Friday it will invest $1 billion in Mexico over the next five years, building two new factories and developing a third in Mexico, the food giant's sixth biggest market.

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    FDA sends food labeling makeovers to OMB
    Bloomberg
    The first food labeling updates in 21 years include changes to the nutrition facts panel and revised serving sizes, according to an online summary of two FDA proposals.

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    Japan food pesticide scare: Factory worker arrested
    BBC
    Japanese police have arrested a factory worker at a plant that produced food laced with pesticide, which led to hundreds of people being poisoned. More than 6 million packages of frozen food were recalled.
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    Farmed and dangerous: Chipotle ads as entertainment
    Bloomberg TV
    Mark Crumbpacker, CMO at Chipotle, discusses the restaurant's new advertising and marketing campaign to raise awareness about what's in their food.
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    Philadelphia project finds salt reduction in made-from-scratch sauces
    CNN
    Philadelphia's Public Health Department is working with 206 restaurants, first evaluating their menus for sodium content and then helping them reduce that number. One way is for restaurants to cut the use of commercially prepared sauces and instead make their own. The result? A 20 percent reduction in sodium, more than the project's goal.
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    Mexico draws more than $7 billion in foreign investment at Davos
    Reuters
    PepsiCo, Nestle and Cisco on Friday announced major investments that together totaled more than $7 billion in Mexico, where the government has pushed through a series of economic reforms that aim to boost foreign investment and growth.
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    Food Genius releases Q4 2013 study on pizza stats, trends
    PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy
    According to the latest insights derived from Food Genius Reports, the appeal of pizza continues to hold strong with the growth of non-traditional sauces such as barbecue sauce and toppings such as shrimp. Menu inclusions of gluten-free pizzas and flatbreads reflect diners' need for customization and variety.
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    Study: Rates of food sensitivity vary by country
    World Bulletin
    When it came to the types of foods behind people's sensitivities, hazelnuts, peaches, shrimp, wheat and apples emerged as the most common.

    Related: Quinoa safe for celiacs, UK study says (Food Navigator-USA)

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    Gardein predicts meat alternatives market could 'easily double' in 10 years
    Food Navigator-USA
    U.S. retail sales of meat alternatives — worth $553 million in 2012, according to Mintel — could easily break through the $1 billion barrier, predicts Garden Protein (Gardein) CEO Yves Potvin.
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    Grease blotting product paves way for wellness, sustainability in food prep
    SBWire
    StitZii, a new product designed to remove excess grease, fats, oils, salts and carbohydrates from prepared foods, is showcasing its superior effectiveness and innovative composition through recent lab test results.
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    Nanotechnology in agri-food industry: Applications, opportunities, challenges
    Nanowerk
    Nanotechnology has emerged as a technological advancement that has the potential to develop and transform the entire agrifood sector, offering opportunities to increase global food production, in addition to the nutritional value, quality and safety of food and reduce waste.
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    Experience your brand from your customers' perspective
    Entrepreneur via Reuters
    When you run a business, you can't always come through the employee entrance. Every now and then, and perhaps even regularly, you have to come through the front door and see what your customers are experiencing.
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    Why do we love snack food?
    Medical Xpress
    Although the Steelers and Eagles didn't make it to the Super Bowl this year, Pennsylvania and Penn State will still be represented on game day — on your plate. And more likely than not, Penn State experts have had a hand in developing, or evolving, many of the Keystone State's famous finger foods.
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    Does ultraviolet mean ultrasafe?
    Food Safety News
    American consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the safety-enhancing methods used on food and beverage products before their arrival at retail outlets: pasteurization by heat and high-pressure treatment and irradiation by gamma rays, X-ray or electron beams.
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    Kerry challenges WeightWatchers with Low Low-branded frozen ready meals
    The Grocer
    Kerry Foods is set to go head-to-head with diet giant WeightWatchers with a new range of frozen ready meals under its Low Low reduce-fact brand.
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    Covance to expand nutritional chemistry and food safety services
    Ingredients Network
    Covance has announced the expansion of its nutritional chemistry and food safety services, planning a new 10,000-square-foot laboratory this summer in England to complement existing laboratories in the U.S. and Singapore and will help Covance continue to promote food safety and nutritional health on a global scale, the company said.
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