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Hill briefing shreds Renewable Fuel Standard
A panel of experts, including the American Frozen Food Institute's Kristin Wilcox, on Tuesday presented "The Renewable Fuel Standard: Pitfalls, Challenges and the Need for Congressional Action in 2013." The briefing, writes Marlo Lewis, made one thing clear: the RFS is a "costly failure."
Single-serving labels change consumer behavior, FDA study shows
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Consumers who read the Nutrition Facts panel indicating single-serve information on products that contain nearly two servings were more likely to make a healthier selection, according to new research from FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. The study could influence FDA as it considers changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, experts speculate.
Opinion: FDA's new posture is promising, not pathetic
Food Safety News
As stakeholders begin wading in to the proposed food safety rules released by FDA this month, it is inevitable that some critics will begin cherry picking issues and holding them up as proof positive that the rules — and the entire Food Safety Modernization Act — are doomed to fail. But that overlooks much of FSMA's value.
Public meetings set on FSMA preventive controls, produce safety rules (FDA)
Obama, GOP still battling over taxes
Urging Congress to avoid the automatic series of budget cuts, President Barack Obama called Tuesday for a short-term debt reduction plan that includes new tax revenues — not higher income tax rates, but elimination of loopholes and deductions.
Obama makes immigration comeback
The Washington Post
Americans have given President Barack Obama a major ratings boost on immigration as he and Congress debate the biggest immigration reforms in decades, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
House GOP: Take piecemeal approach to immigration (POLITICO)
Immigration's latest ally: Christian right (POLITICO)
Karl Rove defends super PAC, cites Todd Akin
Karl Rove roared back Tuesday night against tea party critics within his party who say his super PAC's new initiative is aimed at undermining their candidates during Republican primaries.
Former state senator announces challenge for Max Baucus's Senate seat (The Hill)
Minnesota legislature to consider funding more free school lunches
A bill in the state Legislature that aims to help Minnesota students whose families cannot afford to buy them lunch would expand the free lunch program by 61,500 students.
Vermont Democrats rip GOP over free school lunches (The Associated Press via The Republic)
California lawmaker wants to ban sugary drinks from CalFresh menu
Los Angeles Times
Californians who get help under CalFresh, the food stamps program, may soon be put on a diet by state lawmakers, who are considering barring use of the benefits to buy sugary sodas and other fattening beverages. State Sen. Michael J. Rubio, D-East Bakersfield, introduced legislation that proposes to modify the list of allowable food items that can be purchased under CalFresh to exclude many sweetened beverages containing more than 10 calories per cup.
GMO labeling campaigns enter new battlegrounds
People interested in the GMO debate know that California voters were initially very supportive of passage of Prop 37, called "The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act," but it ultimately was narrowly rejected by voters because the bill had weaknesses that heavily funded industry groups leveraged to foment voter doubt. As anticipated, the coalition that mobilized around California's Prop 37 is turning its attention to other states.
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Analysts predict growing demand for food and beverage sector
The food and beverage industry, the third-largest manufacturing subsector in the United States, should see a gradual strengthening of demand as the economic climate continues to improve, although industry profitability remains highly vulnerable to swings in commodity prices, according to a new report on the industry issued Monday by BMO Harris Bank.
Nestle in court fight to defend frozen pizza
Food Product Design
The frozen pizza business must play defense thanks to a class-action lawsuit a San Diego woman filed against California Pizza Kitchen Inc. and Nestle USA Inc. The pizza companies find themselves and their brands — California Pizza Kitchen, DiGiornio and Stouffer's — in federal court in Southern California for placing trans fat in the frozen pies. Nestle makes all three brands of frozen pizzas.
Chipotle Q4 profit up, despite higher food costs
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. on Tuesday reported higher quarterly profit, despite higher costs for beef and other ingredients that took a bite out of margins.
Chipotle, Panera shine as traditional fast food struggles (The Wall Street Journal)
Why food prices are heading to new highs
ETF Daily News
Last year's drought drove up prices of grains such as corn, wheat and soybeans. Soybean prices jumped 40 percent earlier in 2012 while wheat prices soared about 50 percent. If you thought your grocery tab was high in 2012, brace yourself because this year will be even worse.
Pest management in the processing plant
The Food Safety Modernization Act and Global Food Safety Initiative audits make processors rethink their pest management programs.
Study: Salmonella infections plummet after poultry vaccinations
Research at the University of Liverpool concluded that the mass poultry vaccination programs introduced to combat Salmonella infections have led to a dramatic fall in the number of cases since the late 1990s.
Study: Hot air reduces Campylobacter in poultry cages (World Poultry)
DeIorio Foods attains Safe Quality Food certification
DeIorio Foods Inc. of Utica, N.Y., has attained Safe Quality Food certification from the SQF Institute, globally recognized as a benchmark for the food safety industry.
Food safety service providers merge
Meat & Poultry
The Guelph Food Technology Centre and NSF International have merged, the companies announced Tuesday. GFTC specializes in food safety certification, training, quality and technical solutions, while NSF International is a global public health and safety organization with a background in food safety and training.
Food safety technology firm opens in North Dakota
Forum News Service via Prairie Business
In response to the increase in product recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks linked to spices, seeds, nuts and other low moisture foods, Napasol AG, a Swiss supplier of high performance steam-vacuum pasteurization and sterilization equipment, has opened the Fargo, N.D., headquarters of the independent entity Napasol North America.
GFSI welcomes three new top executives
Three new board members joined the Global Food Safety Initiative's board of directors in January, from Germany, Switzerland and China.
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