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One-third of seafood mislabeled, study finds
The Washington Post
As much as one-third of seafood sold in restaurants and groceries is fraudulently labeled, according to a report the advocacy group Oceana released Thursday.
AFFI launches safety program
The American Frozen Food Institute has launched the "FSMA Readiness Self-Assessment Program," a unique online service designed to help frozen food facilities comply with the new Food Safety Modernization Act preventive controls proposed rule issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Biofuel rush wiping out US grasslands at fastest pace since 1930s
The Washington Post
America's prairies are shrinking. Spurred on by the rush for biofuels, farmers are digging up grasslands in the northern Plains to plant crops at the quickest pace since the 1930s. While that's been a boon for farmers, the upheaval could create unexpected problems.
Related: Industries try to stop higher-ethanol fuel (USA Today)
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On issues, public is more aligned with Obama than GOP
President Barack Obama starts his second term with a clear upper hand over GOP leaders on issues from guns to immigration that are likely to dominate the year, a USA Today/Pew Research Center Poll finds.
GOP losing sequester blame game
The Washington Post
Republicans would bear more of the blame for a failure to reach a deal on the looming federal spending cuts known as the sequester, but most Americans are tuned out of the debate and many don't oppose allowing the cuts to go into effect.
DNC still saddled with debt
The Democratic National Committee raised $4.3 million in January, but is still weighed down by a significant amount of post-election debt. While it's not unusual for political parties to creep into the red after an election, Democratic Party ended the 2012 cycle with a debt of $21.5 million, according to a new filing with the Federal Elections Commission.
Business and labor make breakthrough in immigration talks
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO on Thursday announced a breakthrough in talks on immigration reform, releasing joint principles for a temporary worker program.
Kids' calorie counts are down from a decade ago
In what the lead researcher calls "a surprise," a new study has found children are consuming fewer calories per day now than they did a decade ago, according to government data out Thursday.
Related: Adults gobbling fewer calories from fast food (USA Today)
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Bloomberg urges judge not to delay March 12 soda ban start date
New York Daily News
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration Wednesday urged a judge not to delay the start of the planned March 12 launch of the ban on large sugary drinks, saying the lives of New Yorkers were at stake.
The cost of complying with soda ban (The Epoch Times)
Opinion: Is Bloomberg's soda ban really an assault on freedom? (Food Navigator-USA)
Meat inspectors told, in conference call, to prepare for furloughs
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
With time running out for Congress to strike a deal and avert the across-the-board 8 percent budget cuts mandated by sequestration, USDA is telling its workforce of meat and poultry inspectors to prepare for some time off.
Hours of service rule: Bearing down
With four months to go until DOT enforces the "Hours of Service" rule, the experts' advice to the supply chain is prepare to comply — or prepare to park it.
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Food Institute study: FSMA rules a major concern for food companies
Rising commodity cost is the main concern among food and beverage companies surveyed in a new study from The Food Institute and accounting firm Weiser Mazars. Rising health insurance costs and operations strategies in light of new FSMA rules followed.
Wal-Mart holds back on minimum wage proposal — so far
The Washington Post
The last time Congress passed a minimum wage increase, Wal-Mart's then-chief executive seemed to lead the way. Now that President Barack Obama has proposed raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour, however, the retailing behemoth is more reticent. The company has not yet taken a position on the issue, a spokesman said.
Related: Wal-Mart profit rises, but outlook dims (USA Today)
CEO: Private brands 'not cheap generics' anymore
Growth in the U.S. private-label market will continue to outpace growth in branded products as retailers recognize that unique, premium and innovative store brands can help them boost profitability, differentiate themselves and increase consumer loyalty, says ConAgra CEO Gary Rodkin.
Boomers increase online shopping as millennials' purchases drop
Although online shopping has leveled off overall, the boomer generation has increased their online purchases — up 4.5 percent since 2011 — while millennials' online purchase behavior has declined 7 percent from that time, according to an ongoing shopper behavior study by The Integer Group and M/A/R/C Research.
Smucker's growth plan includes blueberry coffee, almond Jif and China
Run from the same small town where Jerome Smucker first sold apple butter out of a horse-drawn wagon in the late 1800s, the J.M. Smucker Co. is spreading a lot more than preserves these days, with an innovation pipeline that is kicking into overdrive to turn out 90 new items this year, up from 60 product debuts last year.
Ex-owner of peanut butter firm indicted over Salmonella
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The Justice Department on Thursday alleged that Stewart Parnell, the former owner of Peanut Corp. of America, and other employees engaged in a multiyear conspiracy to hide the fact that many company products were tainted with Salmonella. The criminal charges are linked to a 2008-2009 outbreak blamed for nine deaths and hundreds of illnesses.
ConAgra's frozen food pipeline 'very, very full'
Food Business News (free registration required)
Leveraging technology innovations and building on strong brands define ConAgra's approach to growing its frozen food business in the coming year.
Related: ConAgra Foods raises profit forecast (The Associated Press via The Reporter)
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The year the Valley embraced sustainable food innovation
2013 is turning out to be the year when entrepreneurs and investors are embracing technology to create more sustainable food products, from plant-based egg, meat and cheese replacements to healthier candy and salt.
Food manufacturer to open plant in Arkansas
The Associated Press via The Baxter Bulletin
A Cabot-based food company will spend $4.7 million to turn a former electrical cord factory into a processing plant set to eventually employ more than 200 people in job-starved Clinton, Ark., Van Buren County leaders announced Wednesday.
CFIA investigates 'possible link' in E.coli outbreak
Food Quality News
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is trying to establish if there is a link between a current E. coli outbreak from burgers produced at the same facility it investigated in December.
Contaminant-free food processing starts at the dock door
Not all food processors realize that contaminated containers entering the plant could be exposing their products to possible pathogens. Some are opting to sanitize their containers, and the buggies and totes that transport them, with automated systems.
Boot washers designed to prevent contamination at processing plants
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Automated boot and sole washers keep food processing plants clean and efficient as industry strives to keep up with new rules in Food Safety Modernization Act.
3M food safety tool receives additional validation
Food Quality News
3M Food Safety's Molecular Detection Assay Salmonella has received backing for different foods from AFNOR certification.
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