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GM apple creator: We really think this will be a game-changer
While anti-GMO activists warn that the technology behind non-browning "Arctic apples" is untested, unnecessary and "dangerously imprecise," the grower behind them says he's confident the food industry and the American public will come to their own conclusions based on the facts.
Related: Apples modified to resist browning receive federal approval (The AP via WKRC-TV)
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Texas judge blocks Obama plan for immigration
A U.S. federal judge on Monday temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's plan to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, an issue likely to be seized upon in the 2016 presidential campaign.
What can we learn from the organic food trend?
A recent roundtable discussion of the future of food prompted one participant to look into the brands that are "doing it right" and bringing good, healthy food to the American dinner table.
Conservatives not sweating DHS shutdown
Hard-line House GOP conservatives aren't worried about a looming Department of Homeland Security shutdown as the deadline for congressional action draws near.
Related: Poll: GOP would take hit in DHS shutdown (The Hill)
Early-state polls show wide-open GOP primary
The Republican field for 2016 remains wide open in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to a new set of NBC News/Marist polls, with Hillary Clinton still the overwhelming favorite among Democrats.
The case for, and against, Marco Rubio in 2016 (The Wall Street Journal)
Where's the respect for Santorum? (The Hill)
Democrats seek star recruits to try to win back control of the Senate
The Washington Post
The war hero. The star fundraiser. The popular governor. The toughened ex-senators. These are the blue-chip recruits many Democrats believe are essential to winning back control of the U.S. Senate in 2016 after a midterm drubbing cost them their majority.
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Labor Secretary Tom Perez to join port talks Tuesday
San Francisco Chronicle
Both sides in the crippling labor dispute between West Coast unionized dockworkers and their employers are expected to continue negotiating Tuesday with an important new player at the table — Secretary of Labor Tom Perez.
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New life for 'zombie' regs bills in Congress
Congressional Democrats and public interest groups are decrying the GOP re-introduction of "zombie" anti-regulatory legislation, taking aim at a slate of bills that have died in previous sessions of Congress only to be resurrected.
House passes 3 more permanent business tax breaks
Law360 (subscriber story)
The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed legislation that would grant businesses three permanent tax breaks, including increased limits for expensing property and two provisions related to S corporations.
Coming soon: A change in who gets overtime pay
The Obama administration is expected to move forward soon on its plan to provide overtime pay protections to low-salaried managers who don't qualify for them.
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GAO lists federal food safety oversight on high risk list again
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The U.S. food safety regulatory system has once again been labeled as high risk by the Government Accountability Office in a report submitted to Congress last week.
European Parliament moves ahead with COOL legislation
The European Commission is set to create legislation now that the European Parliament last week voted to establish country-of-origin labeling for processed meat products.
Opinon: Can a top-level federal food safety assessment be accurate?
Historically the FDA and FSIS have not been really cooperative when it comes to food safety: Each Agency has a separate funding stream and is under separate departments, and, in a variety of ways, they are inherently competitive.
Global outlook: Frozen vegetables dominate the market
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
A new report from Research and Markets analyzes the worldwide market for frozen fruits and vegetables for the coming five years, finding that frozen veggies are poised to enjoy a growth period.
Smithfield Foods unifies brands, reorganizes leadership
Smithfield Foods announced it has realigned its organization and key senior management appointments that unify all of its independent operating companies, brands, marketing and more than 48,000 employees around the world under one corporate umbrella.
Mondelez buys free-form snack foods company
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Mondelez International bought Enjoy Life Foods, a small, allergen-free snack foods company, in the latest in a string of acquisitions by packaged-food giants to tap into consumer hunger for cuisine deemed healthier and more natural.
Kraft Foods looks to smarter marketing
Kraft Foods needs to develop better consumer insights to support the marketing it puts behind its brands, according to the chairman and CEO of the packaged foods business.
Sam Rovit, Oscar Mayer president, will depart
Wisconsin State Journal
Sam Rovit, president of Madison-based Oscar Mayer since September 2013, will leave the company. Rovit's departure was not disclosed as part of an executive shakeup announced Thursday by Kraft Foods, Oscar Mayer's parent company. But Oscar Mayer spokeswoman Sydney Lindner confirmed the news late Thursday.
Wal-Mart requiring suppliers to 'certify' working conditions
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is reiterating its three-pronged "responsible sourcing" program in the wake of a Los Angeles Times series about farm laborers' working and living conditions in Mexico.
Why former Burger King, PepsiCo execs ditched meat, bet on plant protein
One Green Planet
Sweet Earth Natural Food is making waves, led by a group of executives that ditched their jobs at Burger King, PepsiCo, EBay and other corporate giants. They say they realized something had to change in the food industry, and they could either wait for it to happen or help to propel the change themselves.
America loves smoothies — and the frozen food industry knows it
Last year, frozen fruit sales in this country surpassed a billion dollars, shattering all previous records. Sales have more than doubled since 2011. So what's behind this explosion of frozen fruit?
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