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Food industry seeks voluntary GMO labeling
The Associated Press via Philly.com
People who want to know more about genetically modified ingredients in their food would be able to get it on some packages, but not others, under a plan the industry is pushing.
Editor's note: The Associated Press, The Hill and Politico news stories all highlight the American Frozen Food Institute's membership in the newly launched Coalition for Safe Affordable Food.
Food industry launches GMO push (The Hill)
Food groups unify in GMO label fight (Politico)
GM food policies could spell trade trouble ahead (Food Navigator)
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McDonald's bites back at chicken McNugget critics
Food Production Daily
McDonald's has hit back at critics of its chicken McNuggets who claim its product is made from a "pink slime" of mechanically separated chicken.
McDonald's bravely takes on the specter of pink slime (The Globe and Mail)
McDonald's to open 1st location in Vietnam (Bloomberg)
Opinion: The toll of fast food profits (MSNBC)
FAO: World food prices fall in January, seen contained
Global food prices fell in January, led by declines in the costs of sugar, vegetable oils and cereals, the United Nations food agency said Thursday, adding that robust inventories should contain prices in coming months.
Obama to Democrats: 'Keep your powder dry'
President Barack Obama rallied Senate Democrats behind his election-year agenda on Wednesday, even privately urging senators to "keep your powder dry" on his push to expand international trade despite the strong opposition from many leading Democrats, according to several people at the closed-door session.
DSCC invests $60 million in ground game to defend majority in midterms (The Hill)
Southern Democrats: We're not dead yet (The Hill)
Unions, deep-pocketed liberals boost super PAC funds
Labor unions and deep-pocketed liberals have overtaken Republican-aligned billionaires in the race to fund super PACs, an analysis of new campaign-finance reports shows.
How Wyden is slowing Obama on trade
The next chairman of the Senate Finance Committee is making it plain to President Barack Obama that he will not rush forward with "fast-track" legislation that would spur on the White House's trade agenda.
No end in sight to China's food safety woes
Doctors in Beijing warned this week that the country's bird flu crisis is fast becoming pandemic. China's chicken-hungry population is getting sick, literally, from lackluster food safety as the H10N8 virus has jumped from birds to humans.
Transitioning to GFSI-recognized standards
Food Safety News
With all of the inputs, processes and procedures that make up the food supply chain, managing product safety for the end user is an incredibly complex, yet crucial, necessity. Consumers want to trust the food they consume, while retailers and suppliers want to deliver on that commitment through consistently safe products and services.
EPA defends 2013 renewable fuel targets in court filing
Law360 (subscription required)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defended its 2013 renewable fuels standard program in a brief filed Tuesday in the D.C. Circuit Court, saying the standards were a reasonable exercise of the agency's power.
Georgia ag commissioner vows to fight new federal food safety rules
The Jacksonville Times-Union
Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black pledged to a farm group Wednesday that he would fight implementation of proposed federal food safety regulations that he said would cripple Georgia's produce industry.
Subway cuts chemicals in bread — but not because of petition
The Associated Press via The Tribune
Subway says it's in the process of removing a chemical from its bread as part of an ongoing effort to improve its recipes.
The announcement comes after a popular food blogger launched a petition this week asking the sandwich chain to stop using the ingredient, called azodicarbonamide.
North American food and beverage industry: $1.2 billion in new projects
Research efforts by Industrial Info uncovered more than $1.2 billion in new project activity in North America's Food & Beverage Industry for January 2014. Individual project values ranged from $500,000 to $100 million.
Drought forces California farmers to idle cropland
Drought-stricken California farmers facing drastic cutbacks in irrigation water are expected to idle some 500,000 acres of cropland this year in a record production loss that could cause billions of dollars in economic damage, industry officials said.
Virus killing 5 million pigs spurs hog price rally
Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, called PED, has spread to 23 U.S. states since April, with a surge in reported cases last month, including in Iowa, the top producer. Researcher Global AgriTrends said the sickness may kill as many as 5 million pigs, or about 4.5 percent of the animals sent to processing plants last year in the U.S., the world's biggest pork exporter.
PepsiCo, Goya Foods targeted in lawsuit over 4-MEI
First the report, now the class action lawsuits: PepsiCo and Goya Foods — who were both cited in a recent report from product testing firm Consumer Reports about allegedly "concerning" 4-MEI levels in soft drinks — have been targeted in lawsuits filed in California based on those test results.
How pizza chains are affecting the rest of the fast food industry
The rise of fast-casual restaurants and a weak economy have often been scapegoats for the recent struggles of fast food chains like McDonald's. However, the growing popularity of pizza — both domestically and worldwide — may also be negatively affecting the rest of the fast-food industry.
FAO: Two-thirds of fish to come from farms by 2030
Two-thirds of all fish harvested for food is likely to come from fish farms by 2030, according to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization.
Mondi and UPM to discuss future of linerless labels
Food Production Daily
Mondi, UPM, Catchpoint and BillerudKornäs are some of the firms taking part in a seminar on linerless labels in Amsterdam next month.
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