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Q-and-A: Preventing recalls in the fast-paced food industry
Food Manufacturing via Manufacturing.net
As the food regulatory landscape continues to change quickly, it is more important than ever for food facilities to employ the latest technology to prevent product recalls before they occur. Barbara Levin of SafetyChain Software discusses how food safety software can help food manufacturers be proactive when it comes to food safety.
FAO: Food price risk persists amid low corn stocks
Agricultural markets face more risks that could drive food prices up rather than down this year amid low corn stocks, said David Hallam, director of trade and markets at the Food & Agriculture Organization.
Urban School Food Alliance tests same menu in six largest districts
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Urban School Food Alliance — which includes New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Miami-Dade and Orlando school districts — will coordinate menus to improve purchasing power from food providers. To kick off the program Wednesday, students from New York to L.A. all ate the same lunch: roasted chicken, brown rice with seasoned black beans, steamed green broccoli, fresh fruit and assorted milk.
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Collins, moderate GOP senator, intends to run again
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, one of the few remaining Republican moderates, said Wednesday she intends to run for a fourth term next year.
Related: Mark Sanford's South Carolina success stirs national GOP anxiety (The Hill)
Florida poll: Hillary Clinton tops Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush
Hillary Clinton has double-digit leads over two favorite sons of Florida in the 2016 presidential race, according to a Quinnipiac University poll Thursday. Clinton leads former Gov. Jeb Bush, 51 percent to 40 percent, and tops Sen. Marco Rubio, 52 percent to 41 percent, in the survey of Florida voters.
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Senate approves funding bill to avoid shutdown
The U.S. Senate approved a $984 billion spending bill Wednesday, ensuring the federal government will not shut down next week — but also cementing in place $1.2 trillion in unpopular across-the-board spending cuts affecting most reaches of the federal government.
Related: Senate boosts funding for meat inspection (The AP via Arizona Daily Star)
Hawaii senate to hear GMO labeling bill today
Big Island Now
After mounting public pressure, including a march that drew hundreds of protestors, multiple committees in Hawaii's legislature will hear House Bill 174 in a joint session today at the state capitol. HB 174 would require labeling for genetically engineered imported foods.
Related: The genetically modified turf war (San Francisco Chronicle)
Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Aldi say 'no' to GMO salmon
Food Safety News
A collection of supermarket chains pledged Wednesday not to sell a breed of salmon slated to become the first genetically engineered animal to reach store shelves.
Whole Foods is about to change grocery shopping (Daily Finance)
GMO labeling in stores poised to be the next nutritional trend (Whistler Question)
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FDA top cop: PCA indictment better example of FDASIA, not FSMA
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The new head of FDA's criminal investigation unit says the agency's handling of Peanut Corporation of America might be a better example of the implementation of another new but less publicized law: the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act.
Food safety institute to improve environmental health, supply chain
A new food safety institute, the Institute for Global Food Security, has been founded in order to improve environmental health and supply chain problems.
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Cash back on broccoli: Health insurers nudge shoppers
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concludes that rebates on healthy food purchases lead to significant changes in what people put in their grocery carts.
Expert calls on industry to share supplier information
Better sharing of information between rival food companies could save time and money and improve food safety and quality across the industry, says Stefano Crea, global manager of food and beverage at DNV Business Assurance.
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McDonald's chicken McWrap to be added to permanent menu
The Associated Press via The Huffington Post
McDonald's is adding a permanent new offering to its menu: chicken McWraps. The world's biggest hamburger chain says the new sandwich wrap will come in three varieties: chicken & bacon, sweet chili chicken and chicken & ranch.
Not interested in the online grocery shopper? You should be
If you're a seller of food of some sort and don't think it's time to at least starting learning about the online grocery shopping experience, you may want to re-evaluate, according to The Food Institute, which is exploring the high value of online shoppers.
General Mills going to school in education channel
Food Business News
School food service and the convenience store channel are key targets for the bakeries and foodservice segment at General Mills, which said its sales in those channels are expected to outpace the industry.
Importance of sustainability growing for food industry
The Pig Site
Sustainability is becoming a major concern for the food industry around the world, as resources become more restricted and demand grows. However, many companies are not actively monitoring or measuring the sustainability of the ingredients and products they source, according to a new report from LEAF.
New device making historic strides in food safety
The USDA lab in Peoria, Ill., recently began using a new machine called "the proton" to examine hundreds of thousands of bacteria per day and find ways to counteract the bacteria in food.
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