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Safer US food, slowly
More than three years after the Food Safety Modernization Act became law, none of the act's major provisions are in force, and the $1.2 trillion food industry still operates under decades-old measures such as the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act of 1938.
Related: Children are major at-risk group for foodborne illnesses (Food Quality News)
Congress approves 5-year farm bill
The long-tortured farm bill cleared Congress Tuesday, ending a two-year struggle that split the old farm-food coalition as never before and dramatized the growing isolation of agriculture and rural America in an ever more urban House.
Related: AFFI lauds final passage of farm bill adding frozen fruits and vegetables into popular school snack program (American Frozen Food Institute)
Gruma Corp. to FDA: Yes, it IS your job to weigh in on GMOs in 'natural' food
Civil litigation over whether GMOs belong in "all-natural" products will continue to clog U.S. courts owing to the FDA's refusal to weigh in on this issue, says Mission tortilla chips maker Gruma Corp.
Parties respond to FDA letter on GM ingredients and 'natural' food labeling (Lexology)
A call for GMO labeling (CNN)
Colorado lawmakers again reject GMO labels (The AP via Aurora Sentinel)
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House GOP finalizes debt-limit playbook
The Washington Post
Several House members told The Washington Post Monday that Republican leaders have narrowed their list of possible debt-limit strategies to two options: trading a one-year extension for approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, or trading a one-year extension for repeal of a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
GOP battles base on immigration
House Republican leaders are facing a disconnect on immigration with their grassroots base.
Fundraising shows tight battle for Senate control
A dozen Democratic candidates in key Senate races collected $1 million or more for their campaigns in the final months of 2013 — as their party fights to retain control of the chamber in November's midterm elections.
Related: Hagan race a good gauge for 2014 (The Wall Street Journal)
Fast track trade opponents rally support
The Wall Street Journal
A coalition opposed to overseas trade agreements is building grassroots support, gathering more than half a million signatures and making tens of thousands of calls to lawmakers to argue against trade legislation in Congress.
Related: Opinion: US benefits from trade deals — never mind the hype (The Washington Post)
Taylor to defend FSMA implementation at congressional hearing
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The FDA will be asked to defend its implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act at a Wednesday congressional hearing where lawmakers will likely grill a high-level FDA official on a host of food regulatory issues.
Michael Pollan: 'Our food is dishonestly priced'
Truthout via Bill Moyers
The foodie movement has swept America in the past decade, thanks in no small part to the work of journalists and intellectuals — like Michael Pollan — who have championed the cause online, in print and on the airwaves.
CDC: Food safety at Sochi games includes Hepatitis A vaccine
Food Poisoning Bulletin
Americans headed to Sochi to cheer on Team USA should have a Hepatitis A vaccination before traveling, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Preparation the key to staying off FSMA's mandatory recall report
Food Safety Magazine
The first annual recall report, required as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, reiterates that with enactment of FSMA, the FDA no longer is a toothless watch dog.
Related: FDA issued 11 warning letters in January (Food Safety News)
Sources say Nestle reviewing possible sale of frozen food unit Davigel
Nestle is exploring a possible sale of frozen foods business Davigel for about $400 million, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters Monday, as part of a drive to trim its sprawling portfolio.
KFC parent Yum says no bird flu hit to China sales
KFC parent Yum Brands Inc on Monday reaffirmed its 2014 profit and said a resurgent bird flu in China had not hurt national sales in its top market.
Related: Yum's global reach, by the numbers (Bloomberg)
Wal-Mart to invest $500 million in Canada, create 7,500 jobs
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday it would invest about $500 million this year to strengthen its presence in Canada, creating more than 7,500 jobs including construction.
Heinz: Journey to fully renewable PlantBottle 'will not be easy'
Food Production Daily
Michael Okoroafor, vice president of global packaging innovation and execution, HJ Heinz, shares his secrets on the company's holistic approach to sustainability, which reaches packaging, processing, innovation and beyond.
Post buys sports snack lines from Nestle
Post Holdings Inc., the maker of Raisin Bran cereal, agreed to buy the PowerBar and Musashi sports nutrition brands from Nestle SA to take advantage of increasing demand for health and fitness related snacks.
New report analyzes international frozen food market
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Concise Analysis of the International Frozen Food Market – Forecasts to 2019" report to their offering.
Nearly 16,000 pounds of beef products recalled on E. coli concern
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
PFP Enterprises, a Fort Worth, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 15,865 pounds of beef products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O103, E. coli O111, E. coli O121, E. coli O145, E. coli O26 and E. coli O45. The problem was discovered after in-house testing returned a presumptive positive but the company inadvertently did not carry the test to confirmation, and not all affected product was held.
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Campden BRI concerned about microbiological skills gap
Food Quality News
Campden BRI has warned of a microbiological skills gap in newly qualified and established microbiologists based on member feedback.
UK consumers: Food additives among top food safety concerns
Just as many U.K. consumers are concerned about food additives as about food poisoning, according to the latest Public Attitudes Tracker survey from the U.K.'s Food Standards Agency.
BDSI: Pick packaging carefully to thwart carcinogenic mineral oils
The Association of Germany Confectionery Industry has urged the industry to choose plastic packaging that provides a protective barrier against carcinogenic mineral oils.
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