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Hollywood's latest food facts don't add up
American Frozen Food Institute
In this guest column, Matt Raymond and Marianne Smith-Edge from the International Food Information Council examine "Fed Up," a Katie Couric-produced documentary that premiered at last month's Sundance Film Festival and purports to tell the "truth" about the foods we eat.
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Is Big Food the next Big Tobacco? The plot to make the industry pay
Politico
Lawyers are pitching state attorneys general in 16 states with a radical idea: Make the food industry pay for soaring obesity-related health care costs. It's a move straight from the playbook of the Big Tobacco takedown of the 1990s.

Related:
  • Opinion: Blame the food industry's marketing (The New York Times)
  • Opinion: Food industry needs transparency, regulation (The Independent Florida Alligator)

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    Is new policy behind USDA recall of 8.7 million pounds of beef?
    TakePart
    While the weight figure of a massive recall this week — representing just over a year's worth of beef products from Rancho Feeding Corp. — is certainly headline-grabbing, the reason USDA offered for initiating the recall is what Farm Sanctuary's Gene Baur finds most intriguing.

    Related:
  • Bueno Foods recalls frozen green chile on Listeria concerns (Food Safety News)
  • Prime Snax recalls beef jerky for undeclared allergens (USDA)

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    Election mode hits the Capitol
    The Hill
    Democrats and Republicans are clearing the decks of dangerous political issues that could sink their chances in the midterm elections.
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    Claire McCaskill: Democratic candidates don't need Obama
    Politico
    Sen. Claire McCaskill said Tuesday that if she were up for re-election this year in a purple state, she "probably" would not have President Barack Obama campaign with her.

    Related: Obama may be burden for Senate Democrats in 2014 (USA Today)

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    1,000 days until the election: What does it mean?
    USA Today
    A mere 1,000 days from today, Americans will go to the polls to choose a new president. Potential candidacies are already being discussed, and polls about hypothetical primary races have been released.
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    Up in arms over union 'persuader' rule
    The Hill
    Business groups are fighting to stop an Obama administration regulation that would force companies to disclose when they employ legal consultants behind the scenes during union organizing campaigns.
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    Next up for FSMA: The human element
    Food Processing
    Biological, chemical and foreign material contamination have been the focus of food safety, but FSMA adds another source to the equation: deliberate human actions.
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    GMOs: Point and counterpoint
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    As FDA continues to work to push out FSMA rules, such as the proposed Food Defense rule, other issues are beginning to take over the spotlight and demand FDA attention. One, in particular, is the controversy over labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms.

    Related: Two-thirds of EU state reject GM maize — but it's not over yet (Food Navigator)

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    FTC says First Amendment doesn't shield Pom's health claims
    Law360 (subscription required)
    The Federal Trade Commission on Friday defended its ban of Pom Wonderful LLC from making disease-related claims in advertisements, telling the D.C. Circuit that the beverage maker "cherry-picked" favorable clinical results to exaggerate its antioxidant products' benefits and that the First Amendment does not protect misleading advertisements.
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    EU 'will not compromise' on food safety in US trade pact
    EU Observer
    A top EU official has sought to allay German fears about the U.S. being able to export bleached chicken and hormone beef to Europe once a free trade pact comes into force.
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    FDA's Mike Taylor to address America Trades Produce Conference
    Fresh Plaza
    The new U.S.-Mexico Food Safety Symposium, an addition to the already robust lineup for the 2014 America Trades Produce Conference, will highlight how importers and their grower partners can help ensure a safe food supply.
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    Governor pledges hot lunches for needy Minnesota school children
    Star Tribune
    More than half the school districts in Minnesota deny a hot lunch — or any lunch at all — to students with no money in their school lunch accounts. That's likely to change, after swift and fierce public backlash to a report by Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid that found schools throwing lunches in the trash, feeding students alternative lunches of cold cheese or butter sandwiches or sending them home with "LUNCH" or "MONEY" reminders stamped on the backs of their hands.
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    Soybean switch on US corn farms boost surplus
    Bloomberg
    Farmers in the U.S., the world's second-largest soybean grower, will boost planting by 5 percent to a record 80.391 million acres, a Bloomberg survey of 22 analysts showed.

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    Food firms invest $800 million in Idaho
    Food Production Daily
    Chobani, Monsanto, McCain and other big food firms are putting down roots in southern Idaho, creating up to 5,000 jobs, the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization says.

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    TIghtfisted new owners put Heinz on a diet
    The Wall Street Journal
    Ketchup maker Heinz grew leaner under pressure from investor Nelson Peltz. Then new owners 3G Capital and Warren Buffett took over — and even deeper cuts loomed.

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    The story of processed food: How do companies legally add ingredients?
    Care2
    Every week there seems to be a new petition to get rid of a certain ingredient in processed foods, from azodicarbonamide in Subway bread to Yellow No. 5 and 6 from various Kraft Macaroni and Cheese boxes. If ingredients are so controversial that they sometimes have to be removed, how did they get there in the first place?
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    Mexico's Grupo Bimbo to acquire Canada Bread
    Reuters
    Canada Bread Company said Wednesday Mexico's Grupo Bimbo will acquire it in an all-cash deal worth $1.66 billion, allowing its parent Maple Leaf Foods to focus on its meat products business.
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    Chick-fil-A to serve chicken without antibiotics
    USA Today
    Chick-fil-A raised the industry's eyebrows on Tuesday when it announced it will stop using antibiotics in its chickens within five years.
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    See how your favorite junk foods are getting reformulated
    TakePart
    Little by little, the unhealthy ingredients that are commonly tucked into America's most iconic processed foods are being removed by some of the biggest names in the food industry, from Kraft to Pizza Hut.
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    Aquaponics: The answer to California's drought?
    Bloomberg
    2013 was the driest year in history for the state of California, and there is no end in sight to the extreme drought. Eighty percent of the state's water supply is used for farming. That has some looking at new ways to grow food. Enter aquaponics.
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    Nestle cuts operational costs by one-third with Dematic
    Food Production Daily
    Dematic, which supplies logistics systems for the factory, warehouse and distribution center, has cut 35 percent operational costs at Nestle's Anderson, Ind., plant in the U.S., thanks to its Automated Storage/Retrieval System.
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    Public-private partnerships enable food safety
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    "At The Coca-Cola Company, we continuously strive to improve our processes and food safety systems," writes Neil Marshall."We are committed to working with our partners, suppliers, customers and communities to strengthen the integrity of the food supply chain."
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    CSX, Green Express plan 600-acre refrigerated warehouse
    Refrigerated & Frozen Food
    Chicago-based INland Logistics Port at Kingsbury announced plans to build a refrigerated warehouse that would hold fresh produce and other perishable food brought in and out of the intermodal facility by trains running to and from Kingsbury, Ind., and Tampa, Fla.
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    Freezing dough: Understand impact on glutenin protein, say researchers
    Bakery & Snacks
    Understanding how the freezing process impacts wheat gluten proteins rather than whole gluten may enable better preservation of frozen dough, researchers say.
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    Navigating ocean sustainability: 3 actions for the seafood industry
    Eco-Business
    Companies need to set clear sustainable seafood sourcing policies, hold supply chain partners accountable and demand that fish are fully traceable.
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    Mettler Toledo: FSMA drives detection tech evolution
    Food Production Daily
    Regulatory efforts such as the Food Safety Modernization Act mean food manufacturers are demanding greater flexibility and stepped-up performance from metal detection gear.
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    Food firms — stop 'wasting money' on maintenance
    Food Manufacture-UK
    Too many U.K. food and drink manufacturers are wasting huge amounts of money by not taking a more holistic approach to their asset care and maintenance operations, according to the boss of a leading specialist consultancy.
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    Greiner Packaging moves to US
    Food Production Daily
    Greiner Packaging Corp. will open its first U.S. manufacturing site for the food industry in Pennsylvania, creating 128 jobs in the next three years.
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    Food hydrocolloid market trend forecast to 2018
    WhatsNewInBusiness.com
    Due to its functional properties and applications, the hydrocolloid is extensively used across the world. According to a new RnRMarketResearch.com report, the global food hydrocolloid market is projected to reach $7 billion, growing at a CAGR of 5 percent by 2018.
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