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Will new food labels change what we eat?
Bloomberg White House correspondent Julianna Goldman reports on the changes proposed for food labels by the FDA.
Industry reacts cautiously to FDA nutrition label makeover (Time)
How new labels might change food marketing (Advertising Age)
Nutritionist: New labels will help consumers control portions (Omaha World-Herald)
Calories, sugar, portions take center stage on new food labels (USA Today)
Food industry under siege
First lady Michelle Obama's move to limit junk food marketing in schools and revamp nutrition labels is just the latest salvo in an intensifying battle royale with the food industry.
Federal audit calls new school lunch rules a failure
The Washington Times
The federal government's changes to school lunch menus have been disastrous, causing problems for cafeterias trying to comply with the rules and leaving the menu so expensive or unpalatable that more than 1 million students have stopped buying lunch, according to a GAO audit released Thursday.
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Michelle Obama flexes policy muscle
First lady Michelle Obama has shown this week she's got the muscle to make big things happen.
Obama readies 2014 pitch
President Barack Obama will argue that the 2014 midterm elections represent a clear choice between "opportunity for all" versus "opportunity for few" in his speech to the Democratic National Committee's winter meeting Friday afternoon.
Obama: Election is about opportunity (USA Today)
Biden to Democrats: Don't apologize (USA Today)
Democrats embrace super PACs, but some fear lack of focus on midterm elections
The Washington Post
As Democratic officials rely more than ever on the big-money super PACs they once scorned, party strategists and donors are caught in sharp disagreements over how to use the newly influential independent organizations.
Poultry workers, industry take fight to Capitol Hill over processing speed
The Washington Post
Poultry workers, chicken industry lobbyists and food safety advocates have been converging on Capitol Hill in recent weeks with dueling efforts to either boost or kill a proposal to overhaul the way the $60 billion-a-year poultry industry operates processing plants. The latest push came Thursday.
EU-US trade talks face growing hostility, ministers warn
Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalization to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said Friday.
World Bank: Rampant food waste a barrier to cutting poverty
The world loses or wastes a staggering 25 percent to 33 percent of the food it produces for consumption, losses that can mean the difference between an adequate diet and malnutrition in many countries, the World Bank said in a report released Thursday.
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US expands healthy food assistance to women, infants and children
Some 9 million poor women and young children who receive federal food assistance under the U.S. government's so-called WIC program will have greater access to fruits, vegetables and whole grains under an overhaul of the program unveiled Friday.
Economists: Minimum wage increase in US would promote spending
As the debate rages on whether an increase in the U.S. minimum wage will boost or hinder hiring, one aspect is more unambiguous. It would almost surely lift consumer spending.
8 tips for employers when OSHA comes calling
Law360 (subscription required)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration does not have to warn employers before it comes to conduct on-site inspections, and with the agency cracking down, attorneys say businesses need to make sure they are ready when an inspector arrives.
Food recalls up by half: 134 alerts issued during Q4
Food Product Design
More than 10.6 million units of recalled food represent a 52 percent increase in food recalls from the third quarter to the fourth quarter in 2013, according to Stericycle's ExpertRecall Index.
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Global Food Safety Conference: Solid science trumps food fear
Food Production Daily
An Oklahoma State University professor claims the food industry is safer and more efficient than ever, despite the claims of some protesters and activists.
Lawyer for California slaughterhouse co-owner speaks up (The San Francisco Chronicle)
Cargill, Tyson Foods bring food safety to the fore (Food Production Daily)
Quicker problem solving for food safety (Food Quality News)
GFSI helps boost compliance but does not reduce audits (Food Chemical News)
Cold plasma: Decontamination for the food industry (Food Science & Technology)
Drought driving up food prices
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Dry weather is forcing vendors in western states to pass on the cost of produce and beef to consumers.
Canadian food industry attorneys: We predict a shake-up
Canada's food recall and safety systems are overdue for reform, argue two food industry attorneys who say it's time for the industry to get to the forefront of the discussions.
McDonald's to expand 'build your own burger' test this year
The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
The world's biggest hamburger chain began testing the waters of personalized orders last year with a "build-your-own burger" concept at a location in California. This year, the company plans to expand what it calls a "huge driver."
PepsiCo board again rejects Peltz's call to split business
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
PepsiCo said its board and management again have rejected a proposal from activist shareholder Nelson Peltz to split up the company.
Related: Text of PepsiCo board's response letter (Benzinga)
Tyson expects 23 percent EPS growth in 2014
Meat & Poultry
During a presentation to investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Agriculture Conference Thursday, executives from Tyson Foods Inc. provided a glimpse of the company's expected performance, both domestically and internationally, in the 2014 fiscal year.
Quiznos preparing to file for bankruptcy protection
The Denver Post
Denver-based Quiznos is headed for its second major financial restructuring in two years as the sub-sandwich chain struggles with debt and an epidemic of store closures.
Big cut in fourth-quarter GDP growth looms
The U.S. government is set to slash its estimate of fourth-quarter growth as exports and restocking by businesses were less robust than previously thought, leaving the economy on a more familiar path of modest expansion.
Whole Foods exemplifies use of social media
The Lempert Report via Supermarket News
Phil Lempert explains how Whole Foods is getting it right when it comes to using social media to engage shoppers.
UK: Are we falling back in love with frozen food?
Sales of frozen food in the U.K. have increased and more upmarket options have become available, but suspicion remains in the wake of food fraud scandals.
How nutritious are gluten-free foods?
One of the main drivers of the gluten-free market is a desire for healthier diets and better nutrition — as opposed to medical need — but how healthy is the nutritional profile of typical gluten-free foods?
Kellogg is named 'Top Company for Executive Women'
Kellogg Co. has been named a "Top Company for Executive Women" by the National Association of Female Executives.
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