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Bill to give USDA mandatory recall authority
Meat + Poultry
Building on some federal lawmakers' support of a single food safety agency, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is proposing additional legislation that would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandatory recall authority over meat, poultry and some egg products.
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Reed bill to send more food to tables, not landfills
More food could be diverted from landfills to food banks under a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed that recently moved out of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Could a single food safety agency be the answer?
If a new federal food safety agency would help eliminate inefficiencies, it might earn widespread support.
Coming budget poses test for GOP
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Newly empowered Republicans are looking to do something that hasn't been accomplished since 1996: funnel a budget through both houses of Congress and then pass timely appropriations bills.
In Iowa, Republican field wide open as moderates stake caucus claims
The Washington Post
Less than a year before Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, it appears that every Republican contender is making a serious play to win the state, setting up what is likely to be one of the most active, competitive campaigns here in recent memory.
Related: Another GOP circus in 2016? (Politico)
Obama prepares for divisive veto
President Barack Obama is just days away from issuing the biggest veto of his tenure, with Republicans poised to send him legislation that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
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First lady: Kids will 'eventually' embrace new school lunches
First lady Michelle Obama is "confident" that controversial changes to school lunch programs undertaken after her lobbying will "eventually be embraced by kids."
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NASDA wants national GMO labeling
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture have passed a resolution supporting a national uniform labeling policy for genetically modified foods. South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says a national standard is needed to overcome all the problems caused by different and diverse state regulations that hamper bio technology.
GM foods: Science that is hard to swallow (The Washington Post)
EU scientists call for more studies on GMO safety (Agrow)
State bill would require more campaign spending reports from super PACs
The Associated Press via West Hawaii Today
A bill in Hawaii's state Legislature would give voters more information about who is spending money on campaign ads. The proposal would require super PACs and other noncandidate committees to file an additional campaign spending report earlier in the election cycle.
USDA and NIFA to fund study of foodborne pathogens
Food Processing Technology
USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture have awarded a $150,000 grant to University of Maine researchers for studying foodborne pathogens.
Calorie count labels only work for wealthier consumers, study finds
Consumers actually do make decisions based on calorie counts on fast food menus — but only if they're wealthy and well-educated, researchers have found.
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Dole CEO faces trial over privatization
Delaware Chancery Judge Travis Laster last week refused to dismiss a case challenging the 2013 privatization of Dole Food Inc. by Chief Executive Officer David Murdock.
Growing US hog herd, flat Chinese demand slams pork prices
Hog futures prices hit a four-year low in February. A strong dollar has made U.S. pork more costly than meat from competing countries, which has led to a slowdown in exports, especially to China. And cargo slowdowns due to a labor dispute at West Coast ports has left stocks of pork products piling up.
Food waste to energy: Kentucky food hub plans on-site power plant
Sustainable Cities Collective
A food hub is in the works for the west side of Louisville, Kentucky, but it's no ordinary food hub. Organizers also envision an onsite power plant, consisting of an anaerobic digester that would turn waste into methane gas.
Related: In Seattle, throwing away food may cost you (Go Green Nation)
Iglo launches world foods-focused Birds Eye line
just-food (subscriber story)
Iglo Group has added to its Birds Eye range in the U.K. with a line it hopes will help time-poor consumers looking for flavors from around the world.
Meat producer Applegate Farms is pursuing a sale
The Wall Street Journal
Bacon and chicken-nugget maker Applegate Farms is on the auction block, in what would be the latest in a recent string of meat-company sales.
Nestle research finds food benefits in high-altitude cooking
Food Ingredients First
Nestle scientists have discovered that cooking food at high altitude, where pressure is lower, can make it more intense in flavor, color and aroma, as well as potentially improve the nutrient quality of food.
Calling on plants to fulfill protein's promise
Chemical & Engineering News
As food makers add protein to more of the things we eat, could a switch to plant-based proteins help our health and the planet?
CPG marketing looks to digital as cure-all
Marketer after marketer has been telling Wall Street that while they may be cutting, or at least controlling, the growth of ad spending overall, they are still getting the same or even more bang for their buck, thanks to the miracle drug of digital media.
How SAP event management helps the food processing industry
SAP Community Network
Food processing and manufacturing is crucial but also highly complex in nature. Unlike a car or a computer, it is not possible to disassemble food and put back its components into their original states. Each food and beverage requires a separate set of processes, methods and techniques.
University challenges food industry entrepreneurs with startup seminars
The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
A pairing of food-industry seminars is offering support for entrepreneurs looking to launch food businesses in Nebraska. The Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosts National Food Entrepreneur Program seminars throughout the year.
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