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Farm bill: What is ahead for farmers, food stamps?
The nearly $1 trillion farm bill is finally headed to President Barack Obama's desk, after being passed by both the House and the Senate. The bill focuses on subsidies for farmers as well as the SNAP, or food stamps, program.
Obama to sign farm bill Friday as income hits 40-year high (Bloomberg)
From cherries to dairy, here's why you should care about the farm bill (Detroit Free Press)
Defending the food supply
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
If a disease outbreak occurs in today's interconnected global economy, the stakes are higher than usual: Expect lost domestic and international sales, a damaged reputation and even a hit to the U.S. economy from lost trade and employment. The desired outcome, of course, is to prevent disease outbreaks with strong biosecurity plans. Are today's plans up to the challenge?
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FDA data show arsenic in rice, juice, beer
Data from the Food and Drug Administration has found arsenic levels in rice and rice products comparable to those found by Consumer Reports in its own investigation. And the FDA found another surprising source of arsenic: beer, which sometimes uses rice as an ingredient. As Consumer Reports continues to investigate arsenic in the food supply, new scientific studies add to the evidence that long-term dietary exposure to arsenic poses a health risk.
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Weak jobs report points to midterm problem for Obama
A weak jobs report Friday that found employers added only 113,000 jobs in January is deepening concerns about the trajectory of the U.S. economy 10 months before Election Day. It's the second disappointing jobs report in a row, coming as U.S. and global stocks have taken a beating since the beginning of the year.
Polls: Republicans lead in 5 key Senate races
Republicans have leads in five crucial Senate races, according to new polling conducted for the GOP-aligned group American Crossroads. These polls show President Barack Obama's weak standing is a major problem for Democrats in these red and swing states.
Top 10 Senate races of 2014 (The Washington Post)
2014 election poll: McConnell trails Lundergan Grimes by 4 (Politico)
Biden on 2016: 'No obvious reason' not to run (The Wall Street Journal)
Boehner: Immigration reform stalls on GOP's 'widespread doubt' about Obama
The Washington Post
A week after signaling that House Republicans would pursue an overhaul of immigration laws, Speaker John A. Boehner declared Thursday that his caucus is unlikely to move forward until President Barack Obama gains their trust.
Food costs pressuring schools
What has been a routine part of the day for generations of students — the lunch period — is increasingly a fiscal headache for local school officials facing general increases in food prices and the costly demands of new federal nutrition standards.
Opinion: More problems than solutions with HACCP inspection models
Food Safety News
Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points, or "HACCP," is a change to the federal law for meat and poultry inspection that was put into effect in 1998 for large plants. HACCP puts increased responsibility for food safety on to the companies' management and lessens government authority to take action, in real time, to prevent unsafe food from reaching the consumer.
EFSA proposes procedure to identify chemical risks in food/feed chains
Food Safety Magazine
The European Food Safety Authority this week proposed a new process for identifying emerging chemical risks in the food and feed chain using a variety of databases that log the incidence of industrial chemicals and environmental chemical contaminants in the European Union.
Growth continues in natural food business
More people are searching the shelves of local stores looking for organic, natural and locally grown foods. Some are shopping for themselves; others are buying for someone else.
Flowers Foods reports record year, thanks to Hostess
Bakery & Snacks
Flowers Foods has reported record sales for fiscal 2013, propelled by volume gains from the exit of rival Hostess in late 2012 and the acquisition of its bread brands, its CEO says.
Kellogg Company reports Q4 and full-year results
Kellogg Company today announced that fourth-quarter 2013 reported net sales were $3.5 billion, a decrease of 1.7 percent from the fourth quarter of 2012. Full-year 2013 reported net sales increased by 4.2 percent to $14.8 billion, an increase of $595 million from full-year 2012 results.
Smithsonian: GMO soybean pollen threatens Mexican honey sales
Mexico is the fourth-largest honey producer and fifth-largest honey exporter in the world. Smithsonian researchers helped rural farmers in Mexico quantify the GMO soybean pollen in honey samples rejected for sale in Germany.
Flavor pairing may teach kids to like vegetables
Parents have long poured on cheese sauce, peanut butter and the like to coax kids to eat their vegetables, but a new study suggests those tricks might also get children to look more favorably at the vegetables themselves.
Frigid winter spells trouble for US economy
Investors who want to divine the outlook for U.S. economic growth should look at the weather. David Woo's rule: the colder, the slower.
Food safety lab names its first 'chief culture officer'
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
When it comes to food safety testing laboratories, the human resources department is an unexpected place to hear of innovation and development. However, for ABC Research Laboratories in Gainesville, Fla., this is far from the case.
Universal Pasteurization acquires GL Foods
Food Production Daily
Universal Pasteurization Company, which delivers outsourced high pressure processing services, has announced its wholly owned subsidiary, UPC Texas, has acquired Global Leading Foods.
New strain of norovirus responsible for Royal Caribbean cruise nightmare
Food World News
The fast-moving stomach bug that affected more than 700 people aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer, causing the ship to return two days early, has been identified as a new strain of norovirus — one that is particularly problematic for food workers.
Unclear labeling is a recycling headache
Food Production Daily
How2Recycle, a program that wants standardized recycling labels on most U.S. consumer goods by 2016, has welcomed supermarket chain Wegmans Food Markets to its scheme.
Flagler fully leases new SFLC building in Florida
Flagler Global Logistics has fully leased Building 1 at its new South Florida Logistics Center adjacent to Miami International Airport, along with more than 600,000 square feet of industrial space at its Flagler Station business park.
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