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Obama: 1 agency would provide primary voice on food safety standards
Food Quality News
President Barack Obama has proposed a single food safety agency as part of budget plans submitted to Congress. His proposal would consolidate USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the food safety component of the FDA into one agency, housed within the Department of Health and Human Services.
Obama plan to create new food safety agency worries consumer advocates (McClatchy)
FDA seeks $110 million to implement FSMA (FDA)
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With shot at produce, school lunch battle resumes
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
It's not yet clear what exactly Republicans have in mind as they look to re-write the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act this year, but here's a safe bet: Produce will be at the center of the coming fight.
Keeping ingredients on ice preserves vitamins and minerals, experts say
The Daily Mail
Sainsbury's is trying to change frozen food's battered reputation. The Love Your Freezer campaign is aimed at promoting its benefits while also broadening what's on offer. Frozen herbs, chargrilled vegetables, berries and scallops now jostle for space with the Neapolitan ice cream. The campaign has the support of Brian Young, chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation.
The GOP elite puts its foot down
Shots have been fired. The GOP herd is beginning to be culled. In less than a week, the establishment hounded Mitt Romney out, and the conservative movement wrote Sarah Palin out. The message from Republican insiders is clear: We cannot let our primary become another clown show.
Related: Ben Carson: Don't underestimate me (The Hill)
Poll: Clinton leads in 3 swing states
A new swing-state poll shows Hillary Clinton continuing to lead her potential 2016 GOP rivals — but the margins are narrowing in certain key states and against certain candidates.
Obama budget sets off push for deals
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama called for sweeping tax increases Monday in a budget proposal that dropped any quest for fiscal grand bargains with Congress, but also laid out narrower domestic priorities that may appeal to Republicans.
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Avoiding labeling-related lawsuits in 2015
Baking & Snack
During the past few months numerous news stories have focused on flavor forecasts and consumer trends that may shape the food business in 2015. There is something else to consider: how various lawsuits from the past year may affect the claims food marketers may make.
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Organic check off could defend sales against those making 'lesser claims'
The need for an organic check off program is growing as consumer confusion about "lesser claims" such as "natural" and an emerging preference for "local" threaten sales of organic products, an executive at the Organic Trade Association says.
AMS issues final rule on country of origin labeling
USDA Agricultural Marketing Service
USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is informing inspection personnel of its country of origin labeling final rule. However, because these regulations only have application at retail, FSIS IPP will not be taking any action on enforcement of these rules other than to notify their supervisor if they have concerns.
Prepare for legislation to tackle obesity, Euromonitor warns industry
Tighter legislation seems inevitable in order to cut calories and reduce obesity rates, according to a new analysis from Euromonitor International.
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Improved packaging, natural ingredients help frozen foods hold their own
Sales of frozen foods will hold their own in the next few years despite increased competition from retailers selling more ready-made foods and consumer preference for fresh ingredients, according to Packaged Facts.
The Chipotle effect: Why America is obsessed with fast casual food
The Washington Post
The market for fast casual food has grown by 550 percent since 1999, more than 10 times the growth seen in the fast food industry over the same period, according to data from market research firm Euromonitor. Chipotle has seen its sales more than quadruple during that time; Panera has watched its sales more than triple. And Shake Shack has done so well that it just went public despite operating only 36 outlets.
Coca-Cola urges other food, beverage makers to join Recycling Partnership
Food Production Daily
Coca-Cola, the sole brand-owner sponsor of an industry/nonprofit partnership that is funding major recycling initiatives in three Southeast U.S. cities, is challenging other food and beverage companies to put their money where their brands are.
Food manufacturers are diving deeper into ethnic foods
Ethnic flavors are expected to trend heavily this year, but they won't be the same old enchilada.
Growth opportunities for stagnating private label
just-food (subscriber story)
Private label is now a mature market — one that has grown quickly over recent years to a position of some strength in the European FMCG industry. A force to be reckoned with, traditionally private label has helped consumers reduce their weekly shopping bills and provide retailers with an extra opportunity to boost sales and grow margin.
Smithfield Foods executive Bo Manly retires
Smithfield Foods Inc. announced Monday that one of its top executives, Robert W. "Bo" Manly IV, retired Friday. Manly had worked for Smithfield or its affiliated companies since 1986.
Lancaster Colony: Frozen food business challenged by changing tastes
Columbus Business First
The Columbus company behind the popular Marzetti and Simply Dressed food brands acknowledged it is facing challenges amid a shift in consumer preferences away from frozen foods.
Is the Safeway Albertsons merger good, bad or ugly news for suppliers?
The mega-merger between AB Acquisition LLC, parent company of Albertson's LLC and New Albertson's Inc., and Safeway Inc. was formally completed Friday. But should suppliers crack open the champagne or drown their sorrows?
Mycotoxins: A food safety crisis
Food Safety Magazine
While about 1 billion people in this world are starving, unimaginable amounts of food are unsuitable for consumption because of molds that produce toxins, such as aflatoxin.
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