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FoodThink: Americans know more about movies than about food
PR Newswire via International Business Times
Nearly 6 out of 10 Americans have little knowledge about food production, according to a new white paper, "Building Trust in What We Eat," released Tuesday by Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink. In fact, FoodThink research shows Americans know more about movies, politics and music than what's on their plates.
Grocers lift veil on store brands
The Associated Press via The Tennessean
Supermarkets including Kroger, Safeway and Whole Foods are improving the image of their store brands with better packaging and more distinctive offerings. But where exactly do these products come from? It's a question a growing number of people may have as retailers increasingly develop their store brands as a way to cultivate loyalty among shoppers.
Poll: Majority of shoppers confused about frozen foods
Frozen foods often get a bad reputation. Whether the aisle is too long and daunting or the foods seem overly processed, many shoppers are not aware of the quality and variety of foods they can find in the freezer section, according to a new survey.
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Obama honeymoon may be over
The second-term honeymoon for President Barack Obama is beginning to look like it is over. Obama, who was riding high after his re-election win in November, has seen his poll numbers take a precipitous fall in recent weeks.
House GOP: More spending cuts for debt ceiling
They might have appeared to stand down from the last clash over the debt ceiling in January. But don't be fooled: House Republicans are still planning to push for steep spending cuts or budgetary reforms alongside legislation to allow more borrowing.
Congress makes progress on short-term fiscal bills
Congress is on track to approve competing party-line budget blueprints as well as legislation to fund the government and prevent a shutdown March 27, but new-found fiscal momentum on Capitol Hill is a temporary reprieve from the budget battles that will renew this year.
Most obese state in nation bans local restrictions on food limits
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A new law in the most obese state in the nation says Mississippi cities and counties can't ban the Big Gulp or put other local regulations on food and drink. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2687 Monday, and it became law immediately.
Senior FDA adviser: Proposed rule on traceability unlikely this year
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Acknowledging that her crystal ball wasn't working, Sherri McGarry, senior adviser to FDA's Office of Foods and Veterinary Medicine, said during a webinar Tuesday that a proposed rule on traceability requirements under Section 204 of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act is unlikely before the end of this year, given the numerous regulatory obstacles along the way.
Coordination is vital in food safety, says CDC expert
Food Quality News
Coordinating food safety between the different agencies and states is "the big challenge," according to the chief of outbreak response and prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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FSMA public meeting materials available online
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Presentations from an FSMA public meeting concerning proposed rules for preventive controls in human food and produce safety standards are available online. These documents were presented March 11-12 in Chicago, and similar meetings are ongoing throughout the U.S.
Canada and France renew food safety partnership
CNW via The Sacramento Bee
Health Canada and France's Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety signed a new framework cooperation agreement this year, reinforcing a longstanding relationship between the two agencies.
Food scandals speak to trust more than science
A global flood of revelations about adulterated food has raised legitimate questions about food safety and the integrity of what we eat. Gareth Ackerman, chair of the Consumer Goods Forum, says the issue is more about trust and good faith than about hygiene or food fraud.
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Opinion: Limits and labels are an ongoing food fight
News & Observer
Making food policy is a messy business. The skirmishes over nutrition labels, school lunches, sugary cereal advertising and a hundred other topics never cease.
Supply chain: A lot at stake for shippers in HOS appeal
Supply Chain Digest
The American Trucking Associations' appeal of the new hours of service rule for truckers is now being heard in federal court. The results will be felt throughout the supply chain.
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American Heart Association links sugary drinks to 180,000 deaths
New research presented at the American Heart Association's Epidemiology and Prevention/Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism 2013 Scientific Sessions showed that 180,000 deaths worldwide are linked to sugary beverages.
Related: Top countries for sugary drink-related deaths: US ranks third (Forbes)
New economics: What is the real cost of that fast food cheeseburger?
The Vancouver Sun
You can buy a cheeseburger or a taco at a famous multinational fast food franchise for about a buck. But how close does that price come to the real cost of food?
Packaged Facts: Weight management market to top $40 billion
Food Business News
U.S. retail sales of weight management products/services — 80 percent of which are foods and beverages — will reach $38 billion in 2013 and $40.9 billion in 2016, according to "Weight Management Trends in the U.S.," a new report from Packaged Facts.
Kosher certification: A model for improving private food safety audits
Food Safety News
Kosher food is big business — but not because of religion. Many consumers view kosher certification as a proxy for strict food safety standards, a view that kosher certifiers and food companies have embraced.
Fast food chains target health-conscious consumers
A number of fast food chains have taken steps to offer healthier menu items that go beyond salads. What items are leading this trend?
Related: Drive-thru 'Salad and Go' aims to reinvent fast food (Ahwatukee Foothills News)
Prosecutors want prominent litigator removed from PCA case
Food Safety News
The government is seeking to remove Kenneth B. Hodges III, one of the attorneys defending former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell on criminal, fraud and other criminal charges, from the ongoing court battle.
Nestle's DiGiorno launches new frozen pizza line
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
DiGiorno® has launched a new line, pizzeria!™, intended to offer consumers a frozen pizza that tastes more like a pizzeria-style product.
Hardee's, Carl's Jr. roll out bourbon-spiked burger
Nation's Restaurant News
Sister quick-service chains Carl's Jr. and Hardee's will roll out a new Jim Beam Bourbon Burger this week, heralded through a new ad campaign featuring model Heidi Klum.
Frozen Food Express Industries reports modest growth
Globe Newswire via Nasdaq
Frozen Food Express Industries Inc. released quarterly and fiscal year financial and operating results, showing a reduction in operating costs and fourth-quarter revenue growth of 6.8 percent, putting it on track for modest growth year-over-year, CEO Russell Stubbs said.
The best food company: Not who you think
Mondelez International Inc. is quite the dividend and growth combo stock, better positioned than the other major food stocks with its robust international exposure.
Copper-based compound exterminates food pathogens
Food World News
Michigan Technological University researcher Jaroslaw Drelich is aiming to improve food safety by using a copper-based antimicrobial compound at the very beginning of the supply chain: in the soil and water. Initial tests completely eliminated the presence of E. coli and other harmful bacteria.
New flaxseed ingredient may replace eggs in baked foods
Food Business News
Glanbia Nutritionals has introduced OptiSol 3000, an ingredient that has been shown to replace eggs in bakery applications. Manufacturers may list OptiSol 3000 as flaxseed meal and whey protein concentrate on ingredient lists.
Smithfield consolidates production, closes Maryland plant
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
The Smithfield Packing Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., has announced plans to shift bone-in ham production from its Landover, Md., plant to its facilities in North Carolina and Kentucky, and then permanently close the Landover plant by early fall.
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