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Wages haven't been this crucial to US economy in half a century
When it comes to U.S. economic growth, wages may never have been this important. The link between earnings and consumer spending has been tighter in this expansion than in any other since records began in the 1960s, according to calculations by Tom Porcelli, chief U.S. economist at RBC Capital Markets LLC in New York.
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Senators want mandatory BPA labeling
Food Quality News
Two U.S. senators have introduced an act that would require food packaging to be labeled if it contains Bisphenol A.
House votes to block pro-union 'ambush election' rule
International Business Times
The House voted Thursday to block the National Labor Relations Board from implementing a new rule aimed at speeding up union elections. The 232-186 vote comes weeks after the resolution passed the Senate. Still, it is highly unlikely to become law, as the White House has vowed to veto the measure.
John Boehner defies conservatives, goes bold on budget
Speaker John Boehner's newest tack is to go big. Over the next week, the Ohio Republican and his top lieutenants plan to jam two big-ticket items through the House — a show of strength for a leadership team stung by a string a defeats and facing doubts about whether it even can govern.
Related: Inside the GOP's budget drama (The Hill)
The Meerkat election
So today, or maybe yesterday, is the day that Meerkat officially became the social media tool of the 2016 presidential election. The iPhone application, which allows Twitter users to stream live video footage to their followers, debuted at South By Southwest last week and has now firmly caught on with politicians and political reporters.
Can Jeb Bush fire up the base like he's fired up the establishment?
The Washington Post
Jeb Bush's nascent presidential campaign has already won over many of the big-dollar donors and GOP elites. What he needs to prove now is that he can win over the crowds.
Related: Bad news for Jeb, Hillary in New Hampshire (The Hill)
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Trans fat final rule by June 1?
Politico Pro via American Frozen Food Institute
The FDA continues to work on finalizing its determination on partially hydrogenated oils and
plans to issue its ruling "in the foreseeable future," Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for
foods and veterinary medicine, told POLITICO.
Checkoff debate stirs clash within organic food industry
Iowa Public Radio
A battle is brewing in the organic food industry. The largest trade association for organic farmers, marketers and processors wants growers to help pay for promotional campaigns, using a decades-old funding model that paid for iconic ads like "Got Milk?" and "Beef: It's What's For Dinner."
Maine lawmakers want to take lead in GMO labeling
The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
Lawmakers don't want to wait for other states to take action before Maine's law requiring the labeling of genetically modified food to kick in.
China-US cooperation creating 'momentum' for climate talks
Greater cooperation between China and the United States, the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters, has helped create "strong momentum" ahead of climate change negotiations due at the end of the year, the U.S. climate envoy said Friday.
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Snyder's-Lance continues its foray into 'better-for-you' foods
The Charlotte Observer via The State
Like other snack makers, Snyder's-Lance is looking to fill America's increasing appetite for healthier food options.
How retailers are working with suppliers to fight food waste
The close relationship between supply chain partners means they are well-placed to help each other tackle food waste, says Fintan Hastings, external affairs adviser at the British Retail Consortium.
Harvard study: Electrically charged water can fight foodborne pathogens
Food Safety News
"Nanosized" droplets of electrically charged water have been shown to inactivate pathogens on the surface of food and could one day become an environmentally friendly way to make food safer.
How expiring fruits and veggies can help end hunger
The global population is expected to balloon to 9 billion by 2050, and along with it, the demand for food. Food security is, however, severely threatened due to a variety of reasons, but often overlooked is expired food.
Chicago firm recalls nearly 170,000 pounds of beef
Meat + Poultry
El Cubano Wholesale Meats initiated a recall of 169,620 pounds of beef cheek-meat products on concerns the meat is contaminated with a strain of E. coli, the Illinois Department of Agriculture reported.
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Food safety testing market to surpass $15 million by 2019
Food Safety Magazine
MarketsandMarkets has found that the food safety testing market will be worth more than $15 million by 2019; this is in addition to an estimated 1,154.8 million food tests to be conducted.
Smart & Final to expand natural, organic offering
Smart & Final said Wednesday it has a "robust slate" of initiatives planned for 2015 to support ongoing same-store sales growth.
Giant Food launches new World Menu line
EPR Retail News
Giant Food is inviting customers to bring tastes from around the world to their dinner tables in just minutes with the launch of its brand new World Menu line.
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