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WHO suggests sugar limitation despite industry pressure
The Canadian Press via Metro News
A decade after the World Health Organization faced enormous pressure — and a threatened withdrawal of U.S. funding — for recommending that people limit added sugars to 10 percent of their caloric intake, the international public health agency announced Monday it is going to issue updated advice on prudent levels of sugar consumption.
Smart Balance latest to go non-GMO but isn't taking position on GMOs
Smart Balance has become the latest high-profile brand to make a commitment to sourcing non-GMO ingredients in its products, starting with its buttery spreads. But parent company Boulder Brands says it's not taking a position on the GMO debate.
FSMA-related whistle-blower claims on the rise
Food Safety Magazine
According to the Department of Labor, it received 54 FSMA-related whistle-blower claims in fiscal year 2013, an increase of more than 100 percent over fiscal year 2012. Of the 54 claims filed in fiscal year 2013, 41 have already been finally determined.
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2014 Elections: Poll shows incumbents in trouble
While an anti-incumbent attitude is prevalent among Americans, Republicans have the upper hand in the midterm Senate elections, according to a new poll.
Related: 2014 primary season kicks off today (USA Today)
Poll: Democrats' advantage on key issues not translating to midterm edge
The Washington Post
The American people trust Democrats more than Republicans on some of the key issues of the day, but that has not translated into any political advantage in the battle for control of the House and Senate in this year's midterm elections, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
DCCC taps 16 pols for 'Red to Blue'
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee named 16 new House candidates to its "Red to Blue" program Monday, aiming to offer support to top recruits in competitive races across the country.
China orders food producers to appoint chief safety officers
The China Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced the launch of a trial program in which food producers will be asked to appoint a chief safety officer.
Food stamp program may reduce food insecurity for children
A program that provides nutrition assistance to millions of low-income families may be linked to improved well-being among children, according to a new study.
Study: Global diets get more similar in threat to food security
Increasing similarity in diets worldwide is a threat to health and food security with many people forsaking traditional crops such as cassava, sorghum or millet, an international study showed Monday.
Food firms discuss challenges at EU summit
Food Quality News
Mars, Premier Foods and Royal FrieslandCampina gave their food safety thoughts at an EU summit in The Netherlands recently.
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Unilever said to seek up to $2 billion for Ragu sauce
Unilever is seeking bidders for its Ragu pasta sauce as the company sheds food brands, people with knowledge of the matter said.
ConAgra Foods takes steps to improve integration of Ralcorp
ConAgra Foods is taking steps to improve the challenging integration of Ralcorp Holdings, a leading maker of private label products that it acquired a year ago. The brand marketer has put in place an integrated sales team, improved forecasting and increased service levels. Meanwhile, retailer partnerships have been strengthened.
How much do consumers use (and understand) nutrition labels?
On the heels of the FDA's proposed updates to the Nutrition Facts label — which received largely positive marks from the food and beverage industry — new research from the NPD Group is questioning how many U.S. consumers even routinely check nutrition labels anymore.
Tracking chemicals that stick around in the body
The Wall Street Journal
Most Americans do carry traces of dozens — possibly hundreds — of potentially toxic chemicals in their bodies as a result of contact through food, air and water, according to the CDC.
Consumer packaging company buys $343 million paper mill
Food Production Daily
RockTenn will spend nearly $343 million to acquire Simpson Tacoma Kraft Paper Mill, which is part of Simpson Lumber Company in Tacoma, Wash.
Bemis to close $45 million US plant
Food Production Daily
Bemis Company will close one of its pressure sensitive materials plants in Ohio in May, axing 115 jobs.
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