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CVS shift may impact food
Food Business News
Something interesting happened when the drug store chain CVS Caremark announced it would remove all tobacco products from its stores by October 2014. Almost immediately, reporters began asking if the chain planned to remove sugary snacks and beverages as well as foods high in sodium content.
McDonald's may find fix with healthy fare
The fast food giant known for its Big Mac and the ability to "turn frowns upside down" may soon have an answer to diminishing profits and declining consumer appeal — the veggie burger.
Tough winter, competition take bite out of McDonald's sales (U.S. News & World Report)
Hey, McDonald's — Embrace a higher minimum wage to win (Forbes)
Fast food wars: McDonald's vs. Yum! Brands in China (24/7 Wall St)
Consumers trust 'natural' labels — even if ingredients aren't
AFP RelaxNews via Daily News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not have a formal definition for the word "natural" on packaged foods, leaving the door wide open for misleading practices by food manufacturers, some consumer advocates warn. Studies show that 77 percent of consumers trust "natural" labels most of the time.
White House's Senate strategy: Keep Obama away
The White House and Senate Democrats are preparing an extensive midterm campaign strategy built around one unavoidable fact: Hardly any candidates in the most competitive states want President Barack Obama anywhere near them.
If the House ever debates immigration, here's where it might start
The Washington Post
Nobody quietly working on several immigration reform proposals has given up. So what are they working on? Will it ever earn a vote in the House?
Reid again eyes Senate rulebook
Liberal groups are agitating for another round of filibuster reform, after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's, D-Nev., controversial triggering of the nuclear option last year has done little to alleviate Senate gridlock.
Schumer: FDA should ban chemical used in fast food dough
Long Island Newsday
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday called on the FDA to ban a chemical that's added into the bread at most fast food chains.
Is the US poultry industry a cause for alarm?
Food Production Daily
Salmonella outbreaks are raising red flags over the safety of the poultry supply; however, according to one expert, there may be less reason to worry than we think.
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Why discount retailers don't like the new farm bill
Government subsidies aren't new in the world of agriculture, but the discount retail industry was just starting to capitalize on the increase in food stamps when the rug was pulled out from under them. Now retailers are feeling the brunt of recent cuts in government spending, and the new farm bill just cut an additional $8 billion out of the SNAP budget.
Tracing food controversies back to GRAS
Food Safety News
What do trans fat, caramel coloring and genetically modified organisms have in common? Each of these distinct, seemingly unrelated food controversies actually shares a common origin: the generally recognized as safe process.
Opinion: Food deserts aren't the problem
Getting fresh fruits and vegetables into low-income neighborhoods doesn't make poor people healthier.
Canada unveils database to tackle food safety
Food Quality News
Canada has launched an online database to help the food industry identify and address safety hazards. Rona Ambrose, minister of health, said the Reference Database for Hazard Identification, helps firms develop preventive food safety control plans.
After recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef, California firm shuts down
Los Angeles Times
A Northern California firm that recalled 8.7 million pounds of beef products distributed in four states has been voluntarily closed, the plant's quality control manager confirmed Monday.
Beef jerky from Wyoming Authentic Products LLC: Processing deviation
Fresh tomatoes from Big Red Tomato Packers LLC: Salmonella concerns
Uncle Ben's flavored rice: Illnesses of unidentified origin
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Eva Longoria debuts film taking on food industry
Eva Longoria will debut "Food Chains," for which she served as executive producer, at the Berlin Film Festival. The movie chronicles the plight of American farm workers, from tomato-pickers in Florida to strawberry-pickers in California.
NASA spends $125,000 on pizza
NASA has decided to spend $125,000 on a project that will allow astronauts to eat pizza during their missions.
Farmers coping with deep-frozen food
The Columbus Dispatch
In Ohio, wine-grape, blackberry and peach growers have lost much of this year's crop. The losses, as well as greater fuel and transportation costs, could mean higher prices at groceries and farmers markets come spring and summer.
Heinz India to focus on core brands, acquire local food firms
The Economic Times
U.S. food maker HJ Heinz Co. plans to focus on its core brands, acquire local food companies and reposition its flagship brand Complan to boost its business in India.
Nestle plans to ramp up food focus by exiting cosmetics
Food Ingredients First
Nestle is exploring ways to reduce its stake in L’Oreal SA, which currently amounts to $30 billion. The two companies are in talks about methods of gradually reducing the multinational food and drink giant's 29 percent stake in the French cosmetics company.
IndustryTech 2014 to showcase food-related nanotech innovations
All in all, from planting seeds to feeding people, industry is striving to achieve a better and healthier food supply to meet the demands of a growing world with help of new technologies and materials.
Antimicrobial worth its weight in silver
Food Production Daily
Biotechnology firm PURE Bioscience has launched an antimicrobial product that uses silver to efficiently and safely sanitize food surfaces.
FSMA drives growth opportunities in food and beverage industry
As demand increases because of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the changes are expected to have a positive impact on sanitary equipment manufacturers.
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