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Industry assails FDA's 'food taxes'
A coalition of food industry trade groups is urging the Obama administration to abandon its plan to impose a new set of "regulatory taxes" on businesses to help pay for a national food safety overhaul. The push comes after the Obama administration's top food safety official testified Wednesday in support of hundreds of millions of dollars worth of proposed user fees related to food facility registration and imports.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is referenced in this story as a signatory to the food coalition letter to Congress.
Related: FDA: Food safety push will fall short without more funding (The Hill)
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Time flies when you're doing what you enjoy
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz writes, "It feels like yesterday when I logged my first day at the helm of the American Frozen Food Institute. Five years later, it's amazing how fast the months have come and gone. On this, my fifth anniversary with AFFI, I think it's worth taking a moment to mark the progress we've made working together to advance the interests of the frozen food industry."
Harris poll: 3 in 4 Americans look to government for food safety
PR Newswire via Benzinga
A new Harris poll of 2,236 adults show food recall concerns — and calls for increased government oversight where the food supply is concerned — are stronger among some subsets of Americans than others.
Obama's congressional outreach blitz
President Barack Obama is trying to get closer to Hill Democrats — but not too close. That's the conundrum the White House faces as the pace of the midterms picks up: The Capitol is full of Democrats desperate for more attention from the president. But a lot of those members are facing elections in November in which being tied to him will be a liability.
Eyeing a majority, Senate Republicans cool to House immigration plan
Eyeing a new majority, Senate Republicans are seeking to trample the immigration reform blueprint crafted by their counterparts in the House.
NLRB resurrects union election rule
The National Labor Relations Board is resurrecting a controversial rule that would speed up union elections. The proposed regulation mirrors a proposal that was struck down in court in 2012 and would provide organizers with the email addresses and phone numbers of workers after a union election petition is filed.
Is country-of-origin labeling a food safety issue?
Food Safety News
Country-of-origin labeling is not a food safety issue. Except when it is. The requirement that meat be labeled with the specific country where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered is currently an issue at the World Trade Organization and in the U.S. court system.
TPP would 'upgrade' US trade pact, says Commerce chief
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said Tuesday that the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership would be an "upgrade" to older deals like the North American Trade Agreement, and that the Obama administration was working to educate some members of Congress on why a fast-track negotiating path is necessary.
Related: Opinion: Free trade disagreement (The New York Times)
OSHA skirting rulemaking regime, GOP lawmakers say
Law360 (subscription required)
Republican legislators and members of the business community on Tuesday took the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to task for a slew of recent policy maneuvers they claim have evaded the public rulemaking process and imposed undue burdens on commerce.
Health care law to take greater toll on workforce
The Wall Street Journal
The Affordable Care Act may cut the number of full-time workers by roughly 2.3 million people through 2021.
Domino's deal heralds FLSA woes for fast food
Law360 (subscription required)
An unusually large $1.3 million settlement scored recently by delivery workers from a Domino's Pizza Inc. franchisee over alleged Fair Labor Standards Act violations included some surprising provisions that go beyond the average deal and unexpectedly implicated the franchisor — a combination that should have other brand name restaurant chains worried, attorneys say.
The end of the meal as we know it? Hartman says snacking the new norm
No idea what, when or where you're likely to be eating later? Eating on the go half the time? Grazing throughout the day? You're not alone. According to a new report from Hartman Group, half of all eating occasions in the U.S. are now snacks or mini-meals.
2014 food trends lean toward health, fun
Archita Datta Majumdar
Leading food and beverage experts and industry surveys give us some interesting insights to what the 2014 food world will look like. It seems the year's food trends will be matching American diversity all the way with an eclectic blend of tastes and cuisines to offer a full platter.
Organic food campaign says 'natural' means whatever marketers want
What do genetically engineered soybeans, high fructose corn syrup and chickens raised with the use of antibiotics all have in common? They are all in products that come with "all-natural" labels.
Frito-Lay: Packaging must 'delight' snackers
Food Production Daily
A Frito-Lay leader says that for creative packaging ideas to work, developers must put the consumer first and create packs that "delight" the shoppers they target.
Why melted cheese does the trick
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Food makers and restaurants are trying to perfect the art of the melt to boost sales of cheese — and anything it melts on.
2 invest $74.5 million in Del Monte Pacific
Del Monte Pacific Limited reported Tuesday that it has two new investors, Ace Profit Enterprise Ltd. and Anatoli Holdings Co. Ltd., pouring in $74.5 million in the company.
Potatoes show promise for meeting climate change challenges
New research shows that potatoes — often cultivated as a rainfed crop with little or no irrigation — are still the go-to tuber when times get tough.
Searching for the next sriracha
Food Business News
Sriracha blazed across the food industry last year, bringing a specific heat flavor to such items as deli sandwiches, potato chips and even candy canes. Now the search is on for the next big trend.
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