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White House: Sequestration mean big cuts to food inspections
Food Safety News
If Congress allows the sequester to kick in March 1, cuts to food safety would be one of the "most damaging" consequences of the automatic budget reductions, according to a memo put out by the White House Friday.
Will sequestration shut down meat processing plants? (Houston Chronicle)
White House, Vilsack outline food safety threats (Food Chemical News)
Investigative series: Do school lunch rules go too far?
"What's For Lunch?" is a three-part series taking a hard look at what students eat in schools. Can districts meet federal standards and still fill stomachs? Just how far will school go to get children to eat better?
Ex-military support less school junk food (UPI)
New Hampshire ahead of curve for school snack nutrition (Foster's Daily Democrat)
Senator joins call for USDA school snack rules review (WIBW)
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says no bad food — only bad diets
A new position statement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics — which can be paraphrased as "there is no such thing as good and bad foods, only good and bad diets" — is eminently sensible, but it will play into the hands of "junk" food companies opposed to any government intervention in their industry, claims one academic.
Related: Texas legislators consider banning junk food, energy drinks with food stamps (The Daily Caller)
Marco Rubio emerges as GOP star — but is he the answer?
The Washington Post
Lately, it seems just about everyone is fascinated by the junior senator from Florida. Time's current cover proclaims Marco Rubio "The Republican Savior." The website BuzzFeed last week solicited his views on immigration, climate change, gay rights — and the relative artistic merits of Tupac Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.
Signs of bipartisanship offer Obama narrow window to move agenda
A sudden outburst of bipartisanship is sweeping Washington, presenting President Barack Obama with an opportunity to move his agenda, but also a challenge to get it done quickly before this window inevitably slams shut.
White House to GOP: 'Come to the table' for sequester negotiations
The White House on Sunday sought to pressure Republicans to "come to the table" to strike a deal to avert sequester cuts slated to hit at the end of the month. In a blog post on the White House website, senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer argued the cuts would affect the nation's job creation, national security and economic growth.
Related: House GOP: No new tax bills (POLITICO)
Kansas changes food safety inspection guidelines
The Topeka Capital-Journal
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has changed its food safety inspection guidelines to help restaurants focus on the more important violations, effectively making it easier for restaurants to require follow-up visits. The primary change creates two classifications of critical violations: priority and priority foundation.
Lawmakers pitch plan to tweak renewable mandate
Lawmakers have unveiled the first major proposal to rewrite a mandate forcing refiners to blend biofuels into gasoline, amid a growing outcry against the eight-year-old requirement.
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Food giants discuss national label program
New York Times News Service
Executives from PepsiCo, ConAgra and about 20 other major food companies, as well as Wal-Mart and advocacy groups that favor labeling, attended a meeting in January in Washington to discuss a national labeling standard.
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Judge clears Hostess to sell Twinkie, other brands
The Wall Street Journal
Hostess has won permission to place a selection of cake and bread assets, including its Twinkie brand, on the auction block.
McDonald's global sales drop in January
Food Business News
McDonald's Corp. has announced its global comparable sales declined 1.9 percent in January, with the largest decreases in its segments in Asia/Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
First lawsuits are filed over horse meat fraud
AFP-Jiji via The Japan Times
A food fraud scandal over horse meat sold as beef deepened Saturday as two companies at the center of the row took legal action and European governments said criminal activity is suspected. Frozen food giant Findus lodged a legal complaint in France after evidence showed the presence of horse in its beef lasagna was "not accidental," while a French meat processing firm said it will sue its Romanian supplier.
Related: Meat industry scrutinized as scandal spreads (CNN via WTVR-TV)
Vitacost launches non-GMO storefront
Globe Newswire via The Street
Vitacost.com Inc. today announced the launch of a non-genetically modified or specialty store on its website, partnering with the Non-GMO Project to ensure its more than 2,200 organic food items and supplements are certified by the nonprofit group.
Bimbo looks to delay divestiture in California
Baking & Snack International
A court decision is expected Wednesday to determine the fate of Flowers Foods Inc.'s pending acquisition of the Sara Lee and Earthgrain brands in California from Grupo Bimbo S.A.B. de C.V.
Plasma power fights germs in food
Food Production Daily
Food processors can zap harmful organisms in packaged products using plasma power, thanks to a method just discovered by scientists at Glasgow University in Scotland.
Food industry shows interest as bioinformatics boom
Food Manufacture UK
Bioinformatics traditionally has been used in the pharmaceutical sector for drug discovery and development. But Richard Holland, group business officer at Eagle Genomics, says major food firms are using the technology more often, especially as the cost drops.
Frozen fried steaks recalled after consumers injured by plastic bits
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
AdvancePierre Foods of Enid, Okla., has issued a recall for approximately 15,328 pounds of frozen, fully cooked country fried steak after two consumers suffered oral injuries because of plastic pieces in some of the product.
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