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Sources say FDA commissioner will step down
FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg, who for almost six years has overseen public health initiatives ranging from tobacco control and food safety to personalized medicine, disease control and drug approvals, is stepping down, according to a person briefed on the matter. The White House is expected to announce her resignation Friday.
World food prices slide to lowest point since 2010 as grain costs drop
Food prices extended a slide to the lowest since 2010 as grain costs tumbled amid ample world supplies, the United Nations' Food & Agriculture Organization said.
FDA seeks recognition of AFFI FSMA Readiness Self-Assessment Tool
American Frozen Food Institute
Throughout every facet of the frozen food and beverage industry, companies are preparing to navigate the new food safety landscape forged by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The FDA soon will implement and enforce a host of new and complex federal rules, requirements, procedures and powers under FSMA. AFFI's unique FSMA Readiness Self-Assessment Program is specifically tailored to help members of the frozen food and beverage industry prepare for and adjust to this new food safety paradigm.
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Jeb Bush moves to show he's no Mitt Romney
After a 2012 election dominated by Mitt Romney's car elevator and his ill-considered quips about government dependency and firing people, Republicans are bent on becoming the party of the 47 percent. Jeb Bush is just the latest GOP White House hopeful to put the plight of the poor at the center of his candidacy.
Related: Jeb Bush calls for a focus on growth (The Wall Street Journal)
The GOP's 2016 edge
The 2016 presidential election is going to resemble Thomas Hobbes's famous description of the natural state of human life in two ways: It will be nasty and brutish. What it will not be is short.
Unity for Senate Republicans cracks on immigration response
Cracks emerged Wednesday in the Senate GOP conference over how to fight President Barack Obama on immigration but still fund the Department of Homeland Security.
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Lawmakers push bill to reform renewable fuel mandate
A bipartisan group of lawmakers pushed legislation to scale back parts of the renewable fuel mandate on Wednesday.
Related: AFFI lauds legislation to reform RFS (American Frozen Food Institute)
EPA's McCarthy expects final Waters of the U.S. rule this spring
In a joint House and Senate committee hearing Wednesday, U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said she understands concern from the ag industry regarding the agency's Waters of the U.S. proposed rule.
A deal to break West Coast gridlock
The Daily Caller
After nine months of continued labor disputes, West Coast port owners hope their latest deal will end the conflict.
Related: Port fight sees freight, shipping shaky as 'final offer' made (Handy Shipping Guide)
Schools say healthy food push is hurting fundraisers
In past years, school clubs could take in thousands of dollars by selling doughnuts that would be gobbled up in minutes. Such fundraising is now restricted in Virginia — the result of federal regulations spurred by Michelle Obama's push for healthier food in schools.
Related: Groups at odds over schools' required fruit and veggie servings (Associations Now)
FDA seeks budget hike to roll out Foreign Supplier Verification Program
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
FDA will need a $22.4 million increase in next year's budget to stand up the Foreign Supplier Verification Program, the FSMA's new system of food import checks, and is hoping for another $167 million in new food import fees to do the rest, says the Obama administration's FY 2016 budget request released Feb. 2.
NYC mayor calls for the highest minimum wage in the country
In his State of the City Address this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a minimum wage increase that would rise to $15 an hour by 2019, laying out concrete steps for how he would like to see the wage raised.
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Hawaii House panel to take up pesticide buffer zones
Honolulu Civil Beat
Anti-GMO advocates are drumming up support for the measure to limit the areas where large ag companies like Monsanto can spray pesticides.
TTIP threatens EU food safety and animal welfare standards, claim NGOs
The EU-U.S. trade deal currently under negotiation in Brussels may threaten animal welfare and food safety in Europe, a coalition of NGOs has claimed in a new report.
EU Commission urged to act on French BPA ban
Food Quality News
The British Coatings Federation has joined calls for the European Commission to challenge the French ban on Bisphenol A following the European Food Safety Authority's backing of the chemical.
McDonald's and the challenges of a modern supply chain
Harvard Business Review
Recently, McDonald's, the world's iconic largest food service provider, has been through the grinder. Part of this story relates to the provenance, or origins, of its products.
Yum sales top estimates as China food safety scare wanes
Yum Brands Inc., owner of the Pizza Hut and KFC fast-food chains, posted fourth-quarter revenue that beat analysts' estimates as sales in China slid less than expected.
Related: McDonald's Japan posts full-year loss after food scare (Bloomberg)
Snyder's-Lance making snacking its 'passion'
Food Business News
Snyder's-Lance Inc. is rolling out a new corporate logo and tag line, "Snacking is our passion," symbolizing the company's transformation into a branded snack food company.
In praise of frozen peas
The Wall Street Journal
Yes, it's possible: delicious green vegetables, even in the darkest depths of winter. Find the answer in the frozen food aisle.
Upstarts go after food industry's lunch
New food applications and devices are giving traditional industry giants plenty to chew on. Stories involving startups out to shake up the food system were common at the Food Innovation Summit in Brussels this week.
'Food with a story': Small producers create specialties
Lansing State Journal
A booming number of Michigan entrepreneurs are taking unique food ideas and developing them into marketable products.
Mexico effect changes 2015 US poultry outlook
Avian influenza in Mexico is expected to impact poultry production in the U.S. through 2015 and into 2016, according to analyst Brett Hundley with BB&T Capital Markets.
Meeting growing consumer demand through a well-managed cold chain
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Consumers increasingly perceive value in refrigerated foods vs. more non-perishable, shelf-stable items. Therefore, refrigerated offerings have become a must-have vs. a nice-to-have for many QSRs. However, this increased demand for fresh foods is impacting the cold chain and its temperature-controlled segment.
The future of shopper marketing
Food Business News
As the president and CEO of the market research company Information Resources Inc., Andrew Appel is surrounded by data. In a recent conversation, Appel looked ahead to the future of shopper marketing — and his data shows it's going to be all about speed.
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