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Farm bill would fund test of frozen, canned produce in schools
The American Frozen Foods Institute is lauding a provision in the farm bill conference report, passed earlier today by the House, that would allow schools to try serving canned and frozen fruits and vegetables. A variation of the provision was part of the House bill, contained in the nutrition title, but modified in conference, according to AFFI.
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AFFI-CON 2014 nearly here!
American Frozen Food Institute
Representatives from companies engaged in every facet of the frozen food sector will descend on San Diego, in less than a month for the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention (AFFI-CON). Nearly 1,200 delegates have already registered, with registrations continuing to pour into AFFI’s office each day. AFFI-CON is where the business of frozen food gets done.
Company shareholders vote down GMO labeling proposal
AG Web via Farm Journal
Monsanto shareholders voted down a proposal today that would have required the company to provide a report related to the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. A final tally showed that only 4.16 percent of shareholder votes were in favor of the proposal.
Democrats: Cede the House to save the Senate
With Democrats’ grasp on the Senate increasingly tenuous — and the House all but beyond reach — some top party donors and strategists are moving to do something in the midterm election as painful as it is coldblooded: admit the House can’t be won and go all in to save the Senate.
Their calculation is uncomplicated. With only so much money to go around in an election year that is tilting the GOP’s way, Democrats need to concentrate resources on preserving the chamber they have now.
Red-state Dems rip president (The Hill)
DCCC raises $75 million in 2013
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee had a record-breaking off-year fundraising haul, bringing in $75 million in 2013.
The committee raised $5.6 million in December and, overall, $14.3 million more than it did in 2011, and spent $2.7 million less.
That puts the DCCC on stronger financial footing at the start of 2014 than any previous election year, with $29.3 million cash on hand and no debt.
Campaign finance: Parties gear up for 2014 (Politico)
For 2016, Hillary Clinton has commanding lead over Democrats (The Washington Post)
Jeb Bush: 2016 decision will come later this year
Harry Reid rejects President Obama's trade push
President Barack Obama’s push for the two largest free trade deals in U.S. history has hit a major roadblock: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
The Nevada Democrat said he opposes a bill that would fast-track the Pacific Rim and European Union pacts through Congress with limited debate and no amendments – which the White House says is crucial to gaining concessions from other countries to finalize those deals.
Nancy Pelosi: GOP acting in 'good faith' on immigration
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she thinks Republicans are acting in “good faith” by putting together immigration principles this week at their retreat in Cambridge, Md.
“I’m assured by the speaker that they will be good and acceptable to probably all of us and I hope that is the case,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday.
Food labels under review in Colorado
The Denver Post
A national debate over food items containing genetically modified ingredients is headed to Colorado's capitol.
A House committee starts work today on a bill that would give food producers the option of labeling food that doesn't include genetically modified ingredients. That's a compromise attempt after lawmakers last year rejected a bill to require labels on foods that do.
FDA plans to update food labels, but will it help consumers?
Seattle Pi.com Blog
It has been 20 years since the Food and Drug Administration last issued guidelines for food labels as they appear on bags and packages in supermarkets and grocery stores. Since then, consumer behavior has significantly changed and advocates have long called for making the information more user-friendly.
FDA guidance impacts canned food firms
Food Production Daily
EAS Consulting Group aids food professionals, pharma companies, cosmetics firms and other manufacturers in sorting the tangles associated with regulatory changes. Staffers offer advice on how to understand such shifts, often confusing, to ensure existing products and future launches are in line with all necessary regulations.
Common foodborne bacteria might be 'trigger' for multiple sclerosis
Food Safety News
More clues have emerged that multiple sclerosis (MS) may be triggered by the epsilon toxin produced by Clostridium perfrigens, the spore-causing bacterium that is a common cause of foodborne illness in the U.S. Additional evidence that MS is triggered by this toxin produced by a common foodborne bacteria was presented by Weill Cornell Medical College researchers at the 2014 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Disease Research meeting held earlier this week in Washington, D.C.
How companies legally add ingredients to food
Food Safety News
Do you ever wonder how controversial ingredients end up in your food in the first place? For instance, why are energy drink companies allowed to add novel ingredients such as botanical extracts to their products? And why were companies ever allowed to use partially hydrogenated oils, a major source of artificial trans fat, in processed foods?
Africa expected to play big role in global food production in few decades
Africa is expected to play a very significant role in global food production in the coming few decades as the world's demand for food skyrockets, an official said Wednesday.
The New Partnership for Africa's Development chief executive, Ibrahim Assane Mayaki told a press conference that Africa has the potential to feed a large proportion of the world's population if it efficiently uses its abundant land and labor force.
Pretty packaging beats McDonald's wrappings
Food Production Daily
It turns a 2007 Stanford study — which saw a lot of media attention for suggesting food wrapped in a branded McDonald's wrapper tastes better to children — on its head. Professor Charlene Elliott, University of Calgary, told Food Production Daily that children prefer the taste of foods wrapped in decorative packaging, and aesthetics may play a stronger role than branding.
Local-food movement challenges Texas chefs, farmers who struggle with pricing
The Greenfield Reporter
A handful of Houston restaurants are "going local," serving up menus sourced entirely from small farms and ranches in the area, or as close to Houston as the chefs can find.
But that can turn a modestly priced meal into a credit-card stretcher, adding 50 percent or more to the tab. The question then becomes: how much can a restaurant charge customers for local food without chasing them off?
SpartanNash selects KSS Retail for promotion, price optimization
SpartanNash, a leading regional wholesale distributor and grocery, convenience store and fuel retailer formed from the merger of Spartan Stores and Nash Finch in 2013, has entered into an agreement with KSS Retail to extend the KSS price and promotion optimization solution across the retail banners of SpartanNash in Indiana.
Should restaurants cop to using frozen food?
It's de rigueur for most new restaurants to boast their "locally sourced" and "seasonally appropriate" ingredients in this farm-to-table-obsessed culinary landscape that places high value on fresh, unprocessed foods. But if a chef chooses not to disclose the provenance of his paella, how do we know whether the dish we're consuming has been lovingly made before service or nuked from a frozen container made somewhere in Albuquerque? The short answer is that we don't, but perhaps the bigger question is: should we care?
Tomra: 'People expect their food to be perfect'
Food Production Daily
Tomra specializes in optical-based technologies that scan for properties including color, shape, density, fat and moisture content. While IPPE attendees are focused largely on meat and poultry operations, Tomra machines can be used for tomatoes, fruits, peanuts, greens, and applications beyond the food indursty.
EVOL Foods introduces new products to frozen entree category
EVOL Foods, Boulder-based maker of new age frozen meals, burritos and snacks, today announced two new innovative product lines: MultiServe Skillet Meals and Lean & Fit single serve meals. These new products further round out EVOL's growing product portfolio while still remaining committed to providing, convenient, clean food made with real ingredients that taste great. The MultiServe Skillet Meals also marks the first time EVOL has moved beyond the singe serve market, with meals meant to be cooked on the stovetop and served for two.
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