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Nutrition 2.0 a 'tremendous' technical, business opportunity
"Tremendous opportunities" await the nutrition industry as it embarks upon a modernized scientific approach to address nutrition, health/wellness and aging, says Guy Miller, MD, Ph.D. This Silicon Valley CEO says a new nutrition paradigm, Nutrition 2.0, is "a lot closer than one would think."
Horse meat becomes PR problem, social media joke
In recent weeks, unlabeled horse meat has been linked in Europe with some of the world's biggest and most familiar brands: Burger King, Nestle, Tesco and this week, Ikea. One by one, each has tried to explain away the mess. But in a social media world, a problem in the U.K. instantly becomes a global issue.
Food prices headed up
Northwest Ag Information Network
Food shoppers will see prices for most products going up more this year than they did in 2012. Ephraim Leibtag, USDA economist, lists some of the price hikes expected for a few of the major food categories this year.
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New spate of acrimony in Congress as cuts loom
The Wall Street Journal
With deep federal spending cuts poised to begin Friday, Congress engaged in a new round of finger-pointing, intraparty bickering and frustration Tuesday, at one point prompting top party leaders to hurl vulgarities at each other.
Related: Senate Republicans divided on own sequester replacement plan (The Hill)
Republicans are losing the spending argument
The Washington Post
For the past several years, congressional Republicans have focused relentlessly on a single message: Washington — led by President Barack Obama — is spending too much money, and it needs to stop. But according to new Washington Post-ABC News polling, that laser-like focus isn't helping Republicans win the argument over federal spending, with 67 percent of those tested disapproving.
Boehner: Tax reform to be H.R. 1
Speaker John Boehner signaled Tuesday that he will push major reform of the tax code by reserving pole position — H.R. 1 — for that massive legislative undertaking. The decision, confirmed by the Ohio Republican's office, underlines the GOP's determination to press ahead with the first rewrite of the tax code since 1986, despite concerns within the party.
Michelle Obama sees 'movement' in improving childhood obesity
As she celebrates the third anniversary of her Let's Move! initiative, first lady Michelle Obama told "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts that the country is seeing real "movement" on the issue of childhood obesity.
Philadelphia school lunch: Goodbye fries, hello fennel (The AP via The Inquirer)
Obesity: Parent denial, school lunch, advertising all part of problem (Voxxi)
Processors' coalition provides testimony on immigration
A visa program designed to allow immigrants to work in the United States on a seasonal basis does little to help protein processors and other food manufacturing operations whose needs are year-round, according to testimony given Tuesday by a coalition of protein processors before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.
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Slaughter, Waxman bill seeks more data on antibiotics in agriculture
Food Safety News
Two leading Democrat members of Congress, California's Henry Waxman and New York's Louise Slaughter, introduced legislation this week aimed at providing more detail on the amount and use of antimicrobial drugs given to animals raised for food.
CSPI: Sequester is 'bad news for eaters'
Anyone who eats should be concerned about the budget cuts that will occur if the U.S. Congress fails to repeal the sequester, says a spokesman for the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
FDA's gluten-free labeling rule sent to OMB
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The White House Office of Management and Budget received the FDA's final rule for "gluten free" labels Monday, OMB's website reveals.
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EPA seeks input on proposed limits for pesticide residues
The Environmental Protection Agency has received numerous petitions requesting the establishment or modification of limits for pesticide residues in or on various commodities. Feedback is sought from parties potentially affected by these requests, including agricultural producers, food manufacturers or chemical processors.
FMCSA: Hours-of-service rule compliance date will not be delayed
Commercial Carrier Journal
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has denied the American Trucking Associations' request to postpone the compliance date for hours-of-service rule slated to be implemented July 1. ATA had asked for the compliance date to be pushed to three months after a ruling is made in an ongoing court case between ATA and FMCSA over the rule.
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Target earnings drop, still beat estimates
The Associated Press via USA Today
Target's fiscal fourth-quarter net income dipped 2 percent as it dealt with intense competition during the crucial holiday season. But its adjusted results beat analysts' estimates, and it forecast first-quarter earnings above Wall Street's view.
Euromonitor: Boundaries blurring between 'diet' and 'regular' foods
As food marketers focus more on positive nutrition than "food minus" concepts, the boundaries between "diet" foods and "regular" foods are becoming increasingly blurred, says Euromonitor International.
Study: Consumers will pay more for local foods
Consumers are willing to pay more for foods that are grown and produced locally rather than having traveled extensively during production, according to new research in the journal Ecological Economics.
Are dollar stores entering rough waters?
The easiest growth for dollar stores could be behind them. Sure, Dollar General opened 625 new stores in fiscal 2012 and plans another 635 in 2013. Family Dollar opened 475, and Dollar Tree opened 395 in 2012. Of the DG stores opened this past quarter, 58 are larger format with groceries, frozen, dairy, fresh produce, meat and household products — one of the ways it battles Wal-Mart. But Wal-Mart has its price mojo back.
Nestle boss praises higher food prices and speculation
Food Manufacture UK
Higher food prices and food price speculation should be welcomed, the boss of the world's biggest food company, Nestle, told the audience at the City Food Lecture at London's Guildhall this week. CEO Paul Bulcke said higher food prices shore up food security by encouraging farmers to invest in food production and thus boost supply.
Smithfield positioned to meet demand for ractopamine-free pork
The Pig Site
Smithfield Foods has declared the company is well-positioned to meet rising demand for ractopamine-free pork, following recent announcements that China and Russia will require third-party certification that pork exports are ractopamine-free.
Sara Lee successor Hillshire Brands works on marketing, innovation
With a new name and new top management, Hillshire Brands now hopes to become "the most innovative meat-centric food company in the U.S." To that end, it has focused on increasing investment in its well-known brands, cutting costs and rolling out new products that extend existing brands.
Snyder's-Lance to shutter Ontario plant
U.S. snack manufacturer Snyder's-Lance on Monday announced plans to close its bakery facility in Ontario May 17 as part of a company-wide review.
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Nestle Health Science continues expansion in medical food market
The Wall Street Journal
Nestle SA's Health Science subsidiary has purchased a U.S. maker of medical foods used to combat depression, the Swiss food company's latest move into food products linked to brain and metabolic health care. Nestle said Tuesday it bought Pamlab LLC, the latest in its effort to expand in the fast-growing medical nutrition market.
Food safety tech company opens North American HQ in North Dakota
Napasol AG, a Swiss supplier of high-performance steam-vacuum pasteurization and sterilization equipment, has established a North American base in Fargo, N.D. Napasol North America LLC will focus on developing markets in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.
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