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Obama faces port politics
President Barack Obama may have to intervene directly in the West Coast ports dispute, becoming the first Democratic president since Jimmy Carter to impose a resolution on a private labor-management conflict.
Labor Secretary urges port parties to strike a deal, and fast (The AP via Fox News Latino)
Labor dispute hits manufacturers, farmers, even recyclers (Los Angeles Times)
Small size, big business: Why companies are shrinking product sizes
OurWindso.ca via Cambridge Times
From miniature soda cans to bite-sized desserts, companies are boosting profits and offsetting higher costs by offering smaller-sized products
Nestle USA to remove artificial ingredients from candy
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Consumer craving for healthier, more natural ingredients is spreading to junk food, with Nestle saying it will remove artificial flavors and colors from its Crunch and Butterfinger candy bars and other chocolates in the U.S.
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Don't count on McConnell to make a deal on immigration
Don't count on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to play dealmaker in the fight over Department of Homeland Security funding. The Kentucky Republican is under intense pressure from conservatives to hold the line against President Barack Obama's immigration actions, and he shows no signs of backing down.
Related: Immigration ruling hardens lines in DHS fight (Politico)
Democrats' farm teams languish even with Senate in play
After Democrats were eviscerated in last year's elections, the party took solace in the fact that 2016 seemed built for a comeback. While the House of Representatives isn't in play, seven GOP senators are up for re-election in states President Barack Obama won twice. But a sense of foreboding has crept into Democratic circles around the country.
Poll shows Hillary Clinton vulnerable in key swing states
Hillary Clinton tops potential Republican challengers in Iowa, but her potential 2016 rivals come within striking distance of the former secretary of state in both Virginia and Colorado, a new swing-state poll shows.
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Minnesota panel approves minimum wage increase
The Associated Press via Telegraph Herald
A bill to boost Iowa's minimum wage won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate Tuesday, though it might face hurdles in the state House.
Related: Minimum wage addressed by Kentucky's House (The Times Leader)
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Hawaii Senate panel to consider GMO labeling
Honolulu Civil Beat
Hawaii's state Senate committees on Health and Agriculture will take testimony Thursday on a bill calling for the labeling of food with genetically modified organisms.
Toxicology testing changes prompt FDA shift in foodborne chemical risk assessment
Food Production Daily
A "paradigm shift" in toxicology testing is changing the way scientists at the FDA and other federal agencies assess the risks people face from chemical contaminants in food.
Poultry inspection ruling appealed
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against USDA's new poultry inspection system but consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch has filed a notice of intent to challenge the recent ruling before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
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Inspector: 48 percent of food tested in China failed
AsiaInspection CEO Sebastien Breteau discusses food safety issues in China with Bloomberg's Rishaad Salamat.
Should farm animals have more legal protections?
The New York Times
In "U.S. Research Lab Lets Livestock Suffer in Quest for Profit," Michael Moss writes about inhumane conditions on a United States government farm animal research facility.
Bird flu strikes second California poultry farm
A second California commercial poultry farm — this one a commercial production facility in Kings County — has been stricken with highly pathogenic bird flu. It's the farthest south the virus has surfaced yet.
General Mills cutting sugar in Yoplait Original by 25 percent
General Mills plans to cut the sugar in its Yoplait Original yogurt by more than 25 percent, a reformulation that comes at a time of much debate over added sugars on the grocery shelves.
Food supply chains in 2015: A banquet of risk
The food industry has a lot on its plate these days. Product recalls, quality issues, tougher regulations, new industry standards, rising costs — they're all impacting food and beverage supply chains across the globe.
Starbucks stealthily releases new breakfast sandwich
Starbucks quietly rolled out a new breakfast item nationwide Tuesday called the Double-Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Egg Sandwich, as part of ongoing efforts to expand its food offerings.
Natural product hit-makers: The next wave of gluten-free
The next wave in gluten-free seems to be whole grain, with a focus on ancient grains that pack a nutritional punch, says consultant Bob Burke.
'Barefoot Contessa' seeks court order to halt frozen meal line
The Daily Meal
Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa, has asked for a court order to stop the manufacturing of the "Contessa Chef Inspired" frozen dinners that she contends are a direct copy of her own products.
Linkfresh CEO relocates to California to drive growth in US, Canada
Linkfresh, a provider of supply chain ERP solutions designed for the fresh food industry, has announced the relocation of Robert Frost, group CEO, to the company's California office in a move that further supports the organization's long-term growth strategy.
Orange County, Florida, expands 'buy local' initiative
The Photo News
Orange County, Florida, officials and a local farm have agreed to expand an existing purchasing contract to provide fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables to area seniors.
Golden State Foods plans $40 million plant in Alabama
Orange County Business Journal
Irvine, California-based food manufacturer and distributor Golden State Foods Corp. is planning to spend about $40 million to build a meat processing plant in Alabama.
In funding Cuba port project, Brazil set to gain key foothold
Los Angeles Times
Brazil, with its own geopolitical aims in mind, is footing much of the $1 billion bill to modernize a massive deepwater port in Mariel, Cuba, that could become the largest in the Caribbean, and build a 180-square-mile "special development" zone for industrial and energy production.
Industry report: Cold chain market outlook to 2020
ReleaseWire via Digital Journal
After the economic slowdown in 2010, many big players have increased the investment in the frozen food industry, which leads to direct impact on the overall cold chain market, according to a new report from Persistence Market Research.
Multichannel grocery shopping benefits from baby boom
Multichannel grocery shopping is flourishing across the globe, with the joyous bundle of a new child acting as the main driver of an increased propensity to buy online, a new study reports.
Produce safety: Protecting public health from the ground up
Food Safety Magazine
It remains to be seen what additional changes will be made to FSMA's Produce Safety Rule when it is issued in final form on Oct. 31. Some of the evolving key provisions in the rule are noted here, along with the ongoing public discussion between FDA and members of the industry.
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