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Groups press Costco to reject 'Frankenfish'
Food safety and environmental organizations are pushing retail giant Costco to refuse to stock a brand of genetically engineered salmon awaiting approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
Lawmakers ask: Would Vermont be sued over GMO labels? (The AP via Miami Herald)
GMO labeling bill likely derailed in Florida (WTSP)
Colorado GMO labeling initiative set to begin petition push (KDVR-TV)
Opinion: How the Obama White House stymies innovation in food production
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg occupies one of the most important positions in government. Her agency regulates products that account for more than 25 cents of every consumer dollar, more than $1 trillion annually. Inevitably, FDA's leaders promise that the agency's decisions will be based on science, but many eventually succumb to partisan politics.
Boulder Brands: The future of frozen
When Boulder Brands Inc. acquired Phil's Fresh Foods LLC, owner of EVOL Foods, for $48 million in December, CEO Steve Hughes called the move "relatively small in size," but with "significant potential." Three months later, Hughes is perhaps even more upbeat about the prospects for the maker of frozen convenience foods with a focus on pure and simple ingredients.
Democrats face turnout problem, dissatisfaction in ranks leading to midterms
The Washington Post
If President Barack Obama's campaign was known for anything in 2012, it was its voter mobilization operation, said to be the most sophisticated ever assembled in a presidential campaign — which makes David Plouffe's recent comments all the more telling for Democrats as they look nervously toward the November elections.
Related: Memo to Democrats: Running toward Barack Obama might work (The Washington Post)
Hillary Clinton: Is 69 too old to win?
The Wall Street Journal
As calls mount for Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016, some of her friends and confidants have expressed concern about the toll two years of campaigning — not to mention four or eight years in the White House — would have on the former Secretary of State.
Opinion: GOP back from the dead — at least temporarily
The Washington Post
As Republican medical examiners reflect on improvements since the 2012 debacle and Democratic coroners ponder the possible loss of the Senate in November, it feels like an episode of "CSI: Washington."
Chamber of Commerce revs up opposition to labor election rule
The nation's largest business lobby is restarting a national campaign against a National Labor Relations Board rule intended to speed up union elections.
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GOP hits food stamp move
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
A new food-stamp fight is brewing in Congress, as more states move to prevent cuts signed into law a little more than a month ago.
New York settles with McDonald's in wage theft investigation
The Huffington Post
New York state has reached a settlement with the owner of seven McDonald's franchises that will give nearly $500,000 to fast food workers who claimed they were shorted on pay, according to state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman.
Related: McDonald's reviews wage theft claims as workers in 30 cities protest (Forbes)
Obamacare premiums to skyrocket in coming months
Health industry officials say Obamacare-related premiums will double in some parts of the country, countering claims recently made by the administration. The expected rate hikes will be announced in the coming months amid an intense election year, when control of the Senate is up for grabs.
Higher food prices sowing political risks
The Wall Street Journal
Consumers in developing countries spend a greater amount of their household income on food, compared with richer nations. The trend has economists and political analysts on alert, since higher food prices were a catalyst for protests and riots during price spikes in 2008 and 2011.
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Burger King to let you pay your way — with a smartphone
Burger King Worldwide Inc., the second-biggest U.S. burger chain by store count, is introducing an app that will allow customers to pay for Whoppers with their smartphones as it races rivals to woo younger diners.
Heinz relaunches its most successful social media campaign
After the success of its Grow Your Own campaign in 2013, Heinz is launching the gardening project again.
Beef prices post biggest surge in a decade
The Wall Street Journal
What Americans paid for everything from haircuts to new cars barely rose, but the price of food alone was 0.4 percent higher in February from the prior month. Costs for meats, poultry, fish, dairy and eggs drove the gains. Most notably, beef and veal prices surged.
Mondelez: 'We may revisit sugar reduction target' if WHO formalizes guidance
Mondelez International said it may include a pledge to reduce sugar in its new health and wellness program, but only if the World Health Organization makes its latest sugar advice formal.
Food additives go au natural
The court of public opinion has handed down a verdict that food manufacturers would be wise to heed: By popular demand, the natural additives are coming.
Cronuts and cookies: Creating the next food craze
Dominique Ansel, chef and owner of Dominique Ansel Bakery, and Lee Schrager, founder and director of the Food Network's South Beach Wine and Food Festival and vice president of communications for Southern Wine and Spirits, discuss great pastry and creating food crazes.
Smart tag sees the true color to tackle food waste
Food Quality News
A color-coded smart tag using nanorods could be used to tell if food is still fresh, according to researchers who presented a prototype at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society.
New market study: 'Kellogg Co. in Packaged Food (World)'
Kellogg reduced its reliance on breakfast cereals with the Pringles acquisition in 2012, giving it a strengthened presence in sweet and savory snacks and frozen food products. The company is now beginning to leverage this in new product developments, outlined in a new report from Euromonitor and Fast Market Research.
Study: E. coli can build resistance quickly, even to ionizing radiation
Food Safety News
Totally on their own, E. coli bacteria have shown they can evolve to a point where they are resistant to antibiotic drugs. Now some of the nation's top scientists are showing how E. coli bacteria can resist ionizing radiation.
At food processing center, right mix is key
Franklin County Community Development Corp.'s 13-year-old shared commercial kitchen has seen some ups and downs as it's tried to spawn food businesses largely fed by farms around the western Massachusetts region, all aimed at stirring the grass-roots economy.
Industry 'on the back foot' with sustainability trends
Food and drink firms must be more proactive at assessing the sustainability of their products and ingredients, rather than reacting to market interest, according to Leatherhead Food Research expert Emma Gubisch.
UK: Food industry investment tops budget wish list
Support for investment and help to boost exports and cut energy costs are three topics topping the U.K. food and drink industry's wish list from chancellor George Osborne's budget, to be delivered Wednesday.
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