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Foundation pledges $500 million more to fight childhood obesity
The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Convinced a half-billion dollar effort to reduce childhood obesity started eight years ago is beginning to work, especially with school-age kids, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on Thursday announced it would commit another $500 million to help America's children maintain a healthy weight.
Michelle Obama touts healthier kids during visit to NYC high school (New York Daily News)
Michelle Obama announces funding to fight fat (The Washington Post)
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USDA to cut off farm subsidies to city slickers
The Agriculture Department is getting ready to tell a lot of people who've been getting farm subsidy checks without lifting a hay bale, swinging a pitch fork or driving a tractor that they're cut off.
Lawmakers renew push on AFFI-backed RFS reform legislation
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
A bipartisan quartet of House lawmakers have reintroduced Renewable Fuel Standard reform legislation specifically targeting the ethanol mandate.
The McConnell-Boehner bicameral blame game
The Washington Post
Senate Democrats this week settled into their new role as a chamber minority — filibustering three GOP attempts in three days to call up a House-passed bill that would both fund homeland security programs and rescind the president's 2012 and 2014 executive actions on immigration.
Related: House, Senate on DHS impasse: 'After you' (Politico)
Senate Democratic campaign chairman: Majority or bust in 2016
New Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Jon Tester of Montana has one goal for 2016: Win back Senate control.
Jeb Bush takes New Hampshire lead
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush leads a tight field of potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates in New Hampshire, followed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a WMUR poll released Thursday found.
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Paul Ryan to Japan, Canada: Cut tariffs or drop out of trade pact
Canada and Japan must open their markets to farm imports under a Pacific trade pact, the chairman of a U.S. congressional committee responsible for trade said Thursday, adding that any country that cannot meet the deal's goals should drop out.
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California manufacturers to pay more under toughest carbon curbs
California manufacturers from food processors to apparel makers are warning costs will skyrocket if state regulators proceed with a plan to reduce their allocations of free greenhouse gas emission credits.
Fast food companies are invoking 'Main Street' to fight unions
The Washington Post
Over the past few months, a quiet fight has been brewing on Capitol Hill that could determine the future of labor organizing in America.
7 new food contact substances deemed effective
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
FDA recently added seven new substances to its list of Effective Food Contact Substances notifications.
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Port slowdown has damaged Western ag's export markets
From potatoes and vegetables to apples and hay, growers in many parts of the West Coast are being impacted by the longshoremen work slow down at ports. Product isn't getting shipped and growers face decisions on how much to plant for 2015.
Related: Port slowdown hurting Chehalis frozen food plant (The AP via The Columbian)
Rhode Island lawmakers consider raising state's minimum wage
The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
Rep. David Bennett has introduced a bill to raise the hourly minimum by $1.10 to $10.10 per hour. The increase would go into effect Jan. 1.
EFSA outlines priorities to 2017
The European Food Safety Authority has published its work program objectives for the next three years, including opinions on acrylamide and caffeine due this year.
Global meat scandal sees US on lookout for greater transparency
Global Meat News
Being a trusted manufacturer is key to success in the branded meat market in the U.S., according to new analysis by Canadean.
The McDonaldization of American pet food
The Washington Post
The Big Food giants that feed your family are increasingly eyeing a new market: Your pets.
Is fat the sixth basic taste?
Should fat be recognized as one of our basic tastes, alongside sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami? A new paper in the journal Flavour reviews the evidence.
Related: EU launches inquiry into Danish fat tax (Food Navigator)
Ice cream cakes are selling like hot cakes
Baskin-Robbins, the world's largest frozen-dessert chain, saw sales of ice cream cakes surge last quarter, helped by a new online-ordering system and burgeoning demand for the treat at kids' birthday parties.
General Mills, Kellogg respond to food blogger's protests of BHT
Food blogger Vani Hari claimed victory Wednesday after Kellogg said it was "actively testing natural alternatives" to the antioxidant BHT in cereal packaging liners and General Mills said it was "already well down the path of removing it," after she launched a petition urging them to drop it.
How food companies adapt to the gluten-free movement
It's not just smaller niche brands making these specialty diet-friendly foods a reality. Major food corporations, such as General Mills, have added gluten-free products to their offerings as well. How are these food companies adapting to consumers' growing demand for gluten-free products?
IFF opens new Midwest facility
International Flavors & Fragrances has opened a new flavors facility near Chicago to serve the food and beverage industry located in the greater Chicago area.
Kellogg introduces new Eggo breakfast sandwich line
To help make mornings yummier — and easier — for everyone in the family, Eggo® is introducing the new Eggo™ Breakfast Sandwiches.
ConAgra's Christiane Brocky recognized as top Latina executive
ConAgra Foods executive Christiane Brocky offered advice for up-and-coming executives Thursday as she was recognized among 11 top Latina executives by Latina Style magazine.
Monsanto inches closer to biggest biotech launch in company history
Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting via WCBU
To counter a "super weed" epidemic plaguing farmers, agribusiness giant Monsanto is steadily moving forward on the introduction of its next major wave of genetically engineered crops.
Florida scientists develop way to detect mislabeled fish
A pair of Florida scientists have developed a device they say can genetically verify whether imported fish destined for dining tables are grouper or less expensive, potentially harmful Asian catfish often passed off for the popular firm-fleshed fillets.
Poor packaging sustainability policies leads to $11.4 billion lost per year
The two American nonprofit environmental organizations — As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council — have joined forces to analyze the current packaging practices of 47 leading fast-food, beverage and CPG companies.
Cloud rides the building wave in water soluble packaging
With the explosion of products packaged with water-soluble film, Cloud has seen growth in sales, manpower and manufacturing space in recent years, according to Mike Werner, vice president of sales and marketing for the firm.
Chinese packaging equipment maker Tech-Long sweeps into US market
Food Production Daily
Signalling its readiness to take the U.S. packaging industry by storm, Chinese packaging equipment manufacturer Tech-Long announced it has hired Keith Boss as chief executive officer, Americas.
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