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From artificial to natural, the food industry makes a major shift
Lab Manager
Extracts from algae, rosemary and monk fruit could soon replace synthetic ingredients and food additives such as Blue No. 1, BHT and aspartame that label-conscious grocery shoppers are increasingly shunning.
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Kroger sued for not telling 'Simple Truth' on chicken labels
Reuters
Kroger Co., the biggest U.S. supermarket operator, faces a lawsuit claiming it deceived consumers by marketing a store brand as humanely raised chicken products when the animals were raised under standard commercial farming.
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State of Green Business: Food sustainability gets a seat at the table
GreenBiz.com
Food issues long have been part of the sustainability dialogue — ever since Rachel Carson wrote about how the chemicals that were killing bugs and birds were accumulating in the food chain. But the dialogue is accelerating now for a number of reasons.
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Voices: Boehner's the big winner in debt fight
USA Today
With the nation's finances no longer in jeopardy, House Speaker John Boehner can let Republicans use the House to score political points all year long.
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Democrats double down on economic message
The Hill
House Democratic leaders are doubling down on their economic message for the election year, increasingly hopeful that it will reverberate with voters at the polls in November.
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Pelosi comes out against fast track bill
The Hill
The House's top Democrat, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said Wednesday she is opposed to trade promotion authority legislation introduced last month by a trio of lawmakers.
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OSHA's interim final rule for FSMA whistle-blower protection now in effect
Federal Register
OSHA has issued its interim final rule outlining the procedures for employee retaliation complaints related to the Food Safety Modernization Act. Although the rule becomes effective Thursday, Feb. 13, comments and materials may be submitted until April 14.
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Employers brace for an invigorated NLRB
Law360 (subscription required)
Union attorneys say the National Labor Relations Board is bringing labor law into the 21st century, while management-side lawyers complain the board is greasing the gears of union organizing — but both sides agree that a flurry of recent activity shows the Rip Van Winkle of federal agencies is waking up.
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Enough for us all: Food security
Potato Business
Food safety and ensuring future world food supplies is becoming more and more critical. This is made worse by predictions of climate change and the ongoing uproar about genetically modified food.
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Vermont advances unscientific label policy
The Center for Consumer Freedom
The Vermont State Senate has advanced a GMO labeling bill that would require warning labels on genetically improved foods. Scientific bodies have decried the policy, with the American Association for the Advancement of Science declaring they might "mislead and falsely alarm consumers" and the American Medical Association ruled GMO labels had "no scientific justification."
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Top buyer China testing US soy cargo for GMOs
Reuters
China has begun testing imported U.S. soybean cargoes at the southern province of Guangdong for contamination with the unapproved genetically-modified MIR 162 strain of corn, traders said Thursday.
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FDA chief meets India's food sector CEOs, discusses regulatory issues
FnBnews.com
On her first official trip to India, United States Food and Drug Administration commissioner Margaret Hamburg discussed regulatory issues with Indian food companies.
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New scenario-based tool aids industry food defense efforts
Food Safety Magazine
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has developed a new tool for use by FSIS-regulated companies, known as Food Defense and Recall Preparedness: A Scenario-Based Exercise Tool.
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How a food blogger got Chick-fil-A to change
Entrepreneur
Three years ago, health blogger Vani Hari penned a post titled "Chick-fil-A or Chemical-Fil-A?" Hari had already challenged the nutritional value of the food at other restaurants, including Chipotle.

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Is Big Food the next Big Tobacco?
Politico
Lawyers are pitching 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.

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Hollywood's latest food facts don't add up
AFFI
Matt Raymond and Marianne Smith-Edge from the International Food Information Council examine "Fed Up," a Katie Couric-produced documentary that purports to tell the "truth" about our food.

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Is Nestle's shift from food-only model a good move?
Bloomberg
Nestle SA, the world's largest food company, reported the slowest sales growth in four years as European spending growth trailed advances in emerging markets. Euromonitor's Ildiko Szalai and Bloomberg's Ryan Chilcote discuss Nestle's strategy.

Related: Nestle CEO: We will divest non-performing units (Bloomberg)

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PepsiCo reports 'substantial increase' in shareholder cash returns
FoodBev.com
PepsiCo has reported its fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results and announced a "substantial increase" in its targeted shareholder cash returns for 2014, as well as an extension of its $1 billion annual productivity savings targets through 2019.
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Former Coca-Cola sugar buyer Robbins plans for new company's growth
Bloomberg
Emeterra, an agribusiness company founded by a former managing director of global sweeteners at Coca-Cola Co., is investing in agriculture processing assets through new projects and acquisitions. Its focus will be on supplying sweeteners to fill a growing food demand.
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Whole Foods profit trails estimates as sales growth slows
Bloomberg
Whole Foods Market Inc., the largest U.S. natural-goods grocer, fell in extended trading after posting profit that trailed estimates and lowering its full-year forecast as growth slows amid increased competition.
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Mondelez sales crumble after Chinese cookie slowdown
Confectionery News
Mondelez International said it is "disappointed" with its first full-year results as a global snack company. Underlying the shortcoming was a significant slowdown in China's cookie category and ongoing difficulties within the global gum market.
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Study: Mix of farm innovations could take a bite out of world hunger
Reuters
A tailored mix of farming technologies could significantly improve global food security by mid-century as the world's population swells to a projected 9 billion and the risk of adverse weather from climate change threatens crops and disrupts trade, according to a study published Wednesday by the International Food Policy Research Institute.
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Q-and-A: How manufacturers can 'SAVE FOOD'
Food Manufacturing via Manufacturing.net
The SAVE FOOD Initiative aims to sustainably reduce food losses and food waste by following four sequential steps.
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Growth of wireless technology creates security risks for manufacturers
Food Engineering
Factory productivity can benefit from flexible production and wireless mobile communication, but the use of connected devices also exposes manufacturers to security breaches and cyberattacks, according to a new white paper from IHS Technology.
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Using math to target Salmonella risk
Food Quality News
Researchers have developed new mathematical models to evaluate the risk of Salmonella in egg laying flocks.
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Artisanal food grows mainstream acceptance
Bloomberg
Amanda Hesser, CEO at Food52.com, discusses the growth of artisanal foods in the U.S. as consumers take more interest in where their food comes from.
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Packaging leaves 89 percent of consumers unsatisfied
Food Production Daily
MeadWestvaco is offering an in-depth look at how consumers really feel about food and beverage packaging; many report they are not perfectly happy with their containers.
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Dock doors provide solutions that go beyond safety
Food Engineering
Examining opportunities to improve dock doors can yield productivity gains and good return on investment. Learn how in this case history.
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Derprosa offers a wide range of films for the food industry
Packaging Europe
The variety of films range from classic Derprosa transparent film to the most innovative antibacterial film, which kills 99.9 percent of bacteria that comes in contact with it.
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Parsley recalled on Salmonella fears
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Florida-based Roth Farms Inc. is recalling is bunched curly parsley after routine testing revealed the presence of Salmonella in some samples.

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