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Lawmakers reintroduce federal bill to label GM food
Food Safety News
Sens. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., reintroduced legislation Thursday to label genetically engineered food.
Related: 150 Massachusetts lawmakers sign on to GMO labeling bill (The Salem News)
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Velveeta revives as young and poor shop dollar stores for groceries
The fall and rise of Velveeta shows how companies such as Kraft, General Mills and Campbell Soup are following shoppers into dollar stores, which carry a host of private label and brand name products, typically priced between $1 and $10.
Simmering labor fight brings crippling delays to West Coast seaports
The New York Times
A simmering labor dispute between the longshoremen's union and shipowners has brought crippling delays to West Coast seaports. And the slowdown escalated this week as owners said they would suspend the unloading of container and other cargo ships on Thursday, Monday and the weekend because of what they called "a strike with pay."
House members call for swift resolution of West Coast port dispute (Los Angeles Times)
What happens if the US ports keep closing? (Supply Chain Digital)
Who's going to win Iowa and New Hampshire?
Most Iowa insiders believe Scott Walker would win their state's Republican caucuses if they were held this week. But they're not this week, and virtually none of the most influential thought leaders in the Hawkeye State believe the Wisconsin governor will sustain his recent bounce in polls.
GOP infighting grows over Homeland Security funding
GOP infighting between the House and Senate is growing as Republicans work to prevent a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department at the end of the month.
McConnell, after no-shutdowns pledge, finds himself boxed in (The Washington Post)
House conservatives push McConnell to gut filibuster (The Hill)
House GOP leaders to subcommittee chairs: Vote with us or step down
House Republicans are continuing to threaten the rebels within their ranks.
At least three committee chairmen have issued formal warnings to subcommittee chairmen that lawmakers planning to vote against procedural motions on the House floor should give up their posts.
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Vilsack sounds reassuring on meat's role in dietary guidelines
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the House Agriculture Committee on Wednesday he does not expect the 2015 Dietary Guidelines to make any big changes regarding meat, according to the Food and Environment Reporting Network's Ag Insider.
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FTC head says Pom ruling will boost false ad enforcement
Law360 (subscriber story)
Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez on Thursday warned that the agency will continue to aggressively pursue deceptive health benefit claims after the D.C. Circuit's recent endorsement of its regulatory approach in a ruling striking down advertising claims made by Pom Wonderful LLC.
Obesity warnings could be coming to soda packaging
California state Senate Majority Leader Bill Monning this week proposed a law that would put a warning label on the front every added-sugar beverage that contains 75 or more calories per each 12 ounces of liquid.
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Yale law school debuts food law and policy course
Food Safety Magazine
With a growing interest surrounding the laws and regulations that govern the foods and beverages we grow, raise, share, sell, cook, eat and drink, an entire new area of law continues to emerge and take hold in academia across the country.
Safe food matters: Focus on Listeria
Food Safety News
In addition to illness and death, Listeriosis is responsible for almost $3 billion in economic costs, without even factoring in food industry repercussions such as loss of consumer confidence, associated recall expenses or litigation expenses. It's certainly an eye-opener for everyone in the food industry.
Related: Kroger settles Listeria lawsuit (Cincinnati Business Courier)
How are policymakers tackling rising obesity in China?
Childhood obesity in China could heavily impact on its development. What is being done about it?
Indigestion hits top US food firms
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Several top U.S. food makers served up grim financial news and disclosed leadership changes, highlighting the industry's struggle to adapt to shifting consumer tastes and global economic challenges.
Sean Connolly an 'ideal fit' as ConAgra Foods' next CEO (Omaha World-Herald)
Kraft Foods names COO as finance, marketing chiefs depart (Bloomberg)
Canada confirms case of mad cow disease
Canada confirmed Friday that it has found a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease, in a beef cow in the province of Alberta.
A Harvard mad scientist invented ice cream that has skin
In a sleek new restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts, David Edwards is trying to change the way we take in nutrition.
Startup aims to fix America's $165 billion food waste problem
Food Cowboy is a startup looking to redirect the fate of rejected food, not only to end hunger in America but also to save food distributors money.
IRI: Stagnant wage growth continues to restrict grocery purchases
Consumers likely will not loosen their purse strings to fill their grocery carts with premium or unnecessary foods any time soon, even though gas prices, unemployment and inflation are down, according to IRI's MarketPulse survey.
More than 160 food firms sign up to supply chain fairness initiative
Some 84 large companies and 80 SMEs have signed up to an initiative to increase fairness in the food supply chain in its first 14 months of operation.
Pest control economics: Trapping the $10,000 rat
Throwing money at pest control is easy. Spending it effectively is the challenge in today's food and beverage production environments.
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