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Judge blocks New York City's ban on large sugary drinks
The New York Times
Calling it "arbitrary and capricious," a judge invalidated New York City's ban on large sugary drinks Monday, one day before it was to go into effect, dealing Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg a major blow.
Q-and-A with Michael Taylor:The next FSMA rules and imports
Food Safety News
Food Safety News shares a conversation with FDA Deputy Commissioner of Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor on the coming foreign supplier verification rule and how the Food Safety Modernization Act aims to overhaul import oversight.
Whole Foods Market makes GMO labeling mandatory as of 2018
Whole Foods Market announced Friday at Natural Products Expo West that by 2018 all products in its U.S. and Canadian stores must be labeled to indicate if they contain genetically modified organisms. Whole Foods is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency.
Related: Expo West 2013: What's next for GMO labeling? (Supermarket News)
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As momentum builds toward tax reform, lobbyists prepare for a fight
The Washington Post
While the standoff over sequester spending cuts and other budget battles have been grabbing headlines, momentum has quietly been building toward a once-in-a-generation push to overhaul federal taxes, an effort that would likely affect nearly every family and business.
Democrats' big 2014 obstacle: President Obama
President Barack Obama says he's ready to do whatever it takes to help Democrats win the House next year — a feat that could make the difference between limping to the end of his presidency and going out with a bang.
Related: Senate Democrats vow to run against Ryan budget in 2014 cycle (The Hill)
How Obama's Cabinet will shape his second term
The Washington Post
Now that President Barack Obama has the bulk of his Cabinet filled, a question looms: What does he aim to do with his new team?
First lady pushes food industry to do more
The Associated Press via The Vancouver Sun
First lady Michelle Obama is praising the food industry for efforts to market healthier foods while saying more must be done. Speaking Friday at a childhood obesity summit, Mrs. Obama encouraged the industry to put better labels on food, limit marketing of unhealthy foods and do more to promote healthy foods.
Related: Study: Celebrity ads boost kids' junk food intake (Agence France-Presse via The Times)
Senators struggle over work visas
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The little-loved visa system for low-wage temporary workers is shaping up as one of the toughest tangles facing senators as competing interests of lawmakers, labor and business groups pose a challenge for any legislative overhaul.
Obama sets a global round of trade talks in motion
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama is pursuing what are arguably the most aggressive trade talks in a generation, an unexpectedly broad initiative for a politician who has been critical of free trade agreements. Taken together, the negotiations are global in ambition, encompassing Europe and potentially much of Asia and covering economic sectors that are particularly important to the United States.
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Heavy-truck battle gears up
Some of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington are shifting into high gear for the battle to increase weight limits for trucks, even though many key lawmakers are staying neutral for now. The issue over whether heavier trucks should be allowed on the nation's interstate highways is pitting unions, independent truckers and the country's largest freight railroads against agricultural groups and the muscular American Trucking Associations.
New COOL rule to be published
Food Safety News
The Federal Register today is publishing a new country of origin labeling rule written to bring the United States into compliance with World Trade Organization agreements. The new rule from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service modifies labeling requirements for muscle cuts of meat and amends the definition what constitutes a "retailer."
Proposed COOL rule; comments due April 11 (Food Chemical News)
AMI, NCBA: Proposed COOL rule worse for US industry (Meatingplace)
Secret menus skirt fast food regulations
Plenty has been written about everything from Starbucks' superindulgent double cream frappuccino to Burger King's monstrous suicide burger, but why can these fat-tastic foods sidestep regulations requiring their calorie counts be posted? Because these are "secret" menu items, not listed anywhere inside the actual restaurants, marketers don't have to post how many calories each contains.
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FDA marks 40 years of National Nutrition Month
In honor of the 40th anniversary of National Nutrition Month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding consumers to rely on the Nutrition Facts Label when they're deciding which foods to buy.
Opinion: Waste and hypocrisy in school food programs
No one questions the fact that students have difficulty learning when they're hungry. The question is, who should be feeding them and how?
Trade bodies issue allergen labeling advice ahead of new EU law
The British Retail Consortium has issued guidance for industry on food allergen labeling to help companies comply with a new EU law, in collaboration with the U.K.'s Food and Drink Federation.
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Rabobank: Need to transform food and ag supply chains
Rabobank has published a new research report looking at the current food and agriculture supply chain, identifying flaws that leave the sector ill-equipped to respond to new complexities and calling on the industry to transform the way supply chains are organized.
Food costs threaten rebound in China
Reuters via The New York Times
A 6 percent increase in food costs drove a rise in the Chinese consumer price index to 3.2 percent in February, compared with the same period a year earlier, a 10-month high, official data released Saturday showed. The index was 2 percent in January.
Plant to launch all-natural Tyson product
Tyson Foods Inc. has announced the introduction of a new line of fresh, all natural chicken produced at the company's Fresh Plant in Wilkesboro, N.C., from broilers raised in the Wilkes County area.
Yum's China recovery remains rocky
Chinese consumers' anger at KFC over a food safety scare has abated as the number of negative posts about the fast food chain owned by Yum Brands Inc. on the country's most popular microblogging platform fell by two-thirds. But as Yum prepares to release its February sales figures for China, its analysts estimate the numbers will be down by as much as 25 percent.
Cargill optimistic about global food security
Food Ingredients First
In a panel discussion about food security at the Nobel Peace Prize Forum Monday, Cargill President and COO David MacLennan said his company is optimistic about the ability to feed 9 billion people by 2050.
Sealed Air highlights main issues at GFSC
Food Quality News
Sealed Air and Diversey highlighted minimizing food waste, sustainability and verifying safety systems as focus areas for the firm relevant to food safety.
Supermarket adopts Bloomberg's health intitiative
News12 Long Islang
A grocery store in New York City's Little Italy neighborhood has replaced some of its junk food with fruits and vegetables. The C-Town Supermarket on Crescent Avenue was the first in the city to implement Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Shop Healthy Bronx Initiative," which aims to fight obesity.
Cool facts about frozen foods
Frozen Food is one of the hottest food trends in 2013 — but also one of the biggest mysteries. See how Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's are demystifying frozen food.
Del Monte sales up in Q3
Food Ingredients First
Del Monte Foods reported net sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 that were up 5.9 percent year-over-year, attributing the growth to its pet products.
US food giants turn 'veggie' to woo foodies in India
News Track India
Major U.S. food chains, globally known for their chicken and beef offerings, overhaul their menus to go completely vegetarian and grab a larger pie of the predominantly non-meat-eating customers in India's northwest regions.
Companies accused of food safety violations
The Associated Press via Lincoln Journal Star
Federal safety regulators say they have proposed more than $61,000 in fines against an Omaha, Neb., beef processor for several violations and $91,000 against a Lexington meat byproducts plant.
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