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Changing face of food safety in 2014
Food Quality News
Increasing food microbiology testing, growing use of rapid microbial methods and booming business for food contract testing labs are three trends identified by Strategic Consulting Inc.
Opinion: Cereal maker General Mills caved to food police
The Indianapolis Star
Today, more companies are bending not to the demands of their loyal female base, but to a very vocal and media-savvy minority of radical activists determined to frighten women — particularly mothers — about GM food.
Related: Next GMO battleground could be New York state (Food Safety News)
Chipotle creates Hulu political show
Having soured, in part, on Washington's ability to get things done, Chipotle is trying a new approach towards changing hearts and minds: satirical video programming.
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Obama fundraisers add up
President Barack Obama's fundraising commitments for House and Senate Democrats this year are adding up. Obama is set to do more than a dozen for House and Senate Democrats between now and Election Day.
McConnell's bring-it-on moment
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered a message to tea party critics when he cast a decisive vote Wednesday that led to Senate passage of a debt ceiling hike: Bring it on.
Despite whispers to the contrary, 2014 is going to look a lot like 2010
The Washington Post
There was a brief moment last year when it seemed establishment Republicans might prevail during 2014 primaries, where voters are the sort least likely to listen to the grand old guard of the GOP. But a lack of PAC money-raising put the lie to that idea.
Related: Few GOP 'revolutionaries' of 1994 remain in Congress (USA Today)
Obama promising millions in aid for California's drought
President Barack Obama is offering millions of dollars in aid and other assistance to California farmers, ranchers and communities beset by one of the worst droughts in the state's history. The federal help will be detailed Friday by Obama when he's joined by California Gov. Jerry Brown in Fresno, in the state's fertile Central Valley.
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Latest salvo in the new poultry inspection rule war
Food and Water Watch has sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking him to look into staffing deficiencies at the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the latest shot across the bow in the public debate about proposed new inspection rules for poultry plants.
Related: Raw poultry: legal history, public policy, consumer behavior (Food Safety News)
Food labeling uncertainty rises ahead of EU deadline
Uncertainty about how to comply with the EU's new food labeling legislation — due for enforcement Dec. 13 — plus complaints about the lack of clarity concerning the rules, is continuing to mount, according to industry experts.
Europol seizes thousands of tons of fake food
Food Quality News
Nearly 430, 000 liters of counterfeit drinks and more than 1,200 tons of fake or substandard food have been seized as part of an EU investigation.
The man who tried to warn us about sugar
The Daily Telegraph via The Province
A couple of years ago, an out-of-print book published in 1972 by a long-dead British professor suddenly became a collector's item. Why? It was hailed as "prophetic" during a groundbreaking lecture called "Sugar: the Bitter Truth."
Related: Opinion: Just say no to junk food (Al Jazeera American)
$5 million grant to kill pathogens in chilled food
Food Quality News
After speaking with an American Frozen Food Institute committee, researchers at Washington State University have launched a pasteurization machine called MAPS — Microwave Assisted Pasteurization System — to reduce contamination in chilled or frozen food.
4 big European grocers set up buying alliance
Four big European supermarket chains, with a combined turnover of about $120 billion, have set up a strategic alliance to coordinate purchasing as they seek to drive down prices in a cutthroat retail climate.
TreeHouse: 'Signs of life' for industry volumes
The CEO of U.S. brand and private-label group TreeHouse Foods has claimed sales volumes in the country's food and beverage are showing signs of improving.
Convenience store food evolves
Meat & Poultry
As convenience stores strive to compete with fast food restaurants, the emphasis is on offering greater variety of fresh, high-quality foods — and competition is heating up, according to Technomic's Convenience Store Market Intelligence Report.
Spotlight on economics: Who is driving food standards?
The Green Sheet Farm Forum
Americans enjoy relatively low-cost food when measured as a percent of our income, making it easier for shoppers to be selective. However, they still expect safe food. But producing, processing and handling food safely requires a commitment and effort by all the people and businesses involved in the food industry.
Celebrating Valentine's Day on a fast-food budget
The Star Online
Valentine's Day isn't just a greeting card or chocolate holiday. It's also an occasion for the fast food industry to capitalize on the very edible holiday.
Study identifies trends in shipper freight charges
Transplace's annual benchmarking study of freight charges has pegged several trends shippers can expect this year, including changes in fuel surcharges and scheduling fees that take into account the impact of the hours of service regulation.
Europeans may be 'ready to buy and cook' insects
There is a good chance that consumption of insects can be introduced to the food habits of Western European populations, according to new research that found Belgian consumers were "ready to buy and cook" insects.
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