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Fewer people may be getting sick from contaminated food
Food Safety News
Food safety risks are the subjects of two new reports from respected and reliable sources: the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the consumer watchdog Center for Science in the Public Interest. The bottom line in each of the reports is remarkably similar. CDC says, "The number of foodborne disease outbreaks reported in 2009 and 2010 declined 32 percent compared with the preceding five years." CSPI says the incidence of foodborne illness outbreaks was down by more than 40 percent over the decade.
Related: Are fewer people getting sick — or is reporting getting worse? (Barfblog)
Senate budget resolution favors mandatory labeling of GE fish
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The Senate budget resolution, approved early Saturday morning on a 50-49 vote, includes an amendment by Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, that favors mandatory labeling of genetically engineered fish, such as AquaBounty's fast-growing AquAdvantage salmon.
Research: Bubbles in food prices
A thoughtful new paper from researchers at the University of Illinois presents evidence for temporary price bubbles in markets where prices are otherwise driven by fundamental factors.
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After taking hit in polls, Obama pivots back to immigration reform
The White House hopes to bolster President Barack Obama's political standing by shifting attention from the bruising budget battles of the past month to immigration reform and gun control.
Related: Obama pushes Congress on immigration reform (Politico)
Obama's Achilles' heel on climate: Senate Democrats
More than a dozen Senate Democrats have a message for President Barack Obama: If he wants to take dramatic action on climate change, he's on his own. The latest evidence came from this weekend's marathon series of budget votes, in which moderate and conservative Democrats sided with the GOP on the Keystone XL oil pipeline and against any prospects for a tax on carbon.
Scott Walker 'writing' his ticket to 2016?
Add Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to the reading list of potential 2016 candidates-turned-authors. The GOP governor, sometimes mentioned as a possible White House contender, is teaming with former President George W. Bush's speechwriter Marc Thiessen for a book, to be titled "Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge."
Stomachs growled, so lunch food limits eased
The Columbus Dispatch (subscriber story)
Some schools are beefing up cafeteria meals after the federal government ended limits on the amount of meat and grain on their menus. Families across the country had complained about the new requirements this school year that limited school lunches to about 2 ounces each of meat and grains.
Health law could boost use of temp workers
The Washington Post
The health care law could prove to be a boon for temporary staffing companies as employers outsource jobs to sidestep complex requirements for medical insurance. But some experts say the Affordable Care Act's exceptions for temporary employees could undercut the goal of expanding coverage to more American workers.
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GAO report: USDA gets better results on smaller budget
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
A GAO report released Friday found that USDA's Office of Inspector General faced an 8 percent budget cut between fiscal years 2009 and 2011, hiring fewer staff, but getting a better ROI for the work it performed.
NRA: Labeling law should also apply to supermarkets
After a bill was reintroduced last week that would exempt grocery stores and convenience stores from labeling prepared foods with nutrition information, the National Restaurant Association announced its opposition and called for supermarkets to be included in the requirements that would be placed on chain restaurants.
FAO praises trend toward small-scale, local food production
Food Ingredients First
Small-scale producers, local production and consumption circuits and recovering traditional crops play a major role in reducing hunger, FAO Director-General Jose Graziano da Silva said yesterday at the University of Gastronomic Sciences.
FSIS releases meat and poultry import, inspection notice
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has sent the Office of Management and Budget its proposed requirements for meat and poultry coming into the U.S. The procedure has been designed to combat food fraud and prevent products from entering the marketplace without proper processing and inspection.
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Produce market managers push FDA for answers on FSMA
The Produce News
Produce market managers looked for answers as to whether they will be on the hook for the new Food Safety Modernization Act but left with few answers from the March 23 meeting of the National Association of Produce Market Managers.
Congressional transportation leaders want HOS rule delayed
Commercial Carrier Journal
Congressional transportation leaders have made several requests to postpone implementing the hours-of-service rule until after the ongoing lawsuit between ATA and the FMCSA has been resolved.
Related: Ferro: FMCSA holding to July 1 hours-of-service deadline (Transport Topics)
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inContact: Consumers value personalized service over brand
Consumers are making their buying decisions based less on brand loyalty and more on which companies can match their desired experience, according to inContact's February 2013 survey that examines the state of customer service and the changing preferences of consumers.
Euromonitor: Heart-friendly food sales up 22 percent in US
U.S. sales of foods and beverages marketed on a cardiovascular health platform grew by 22 percent in the period 2007-2012 to top $3.1 billion in 2012, according to Euromonitor International.
ATNI: Food, drink makers must confront global nutrition challenges
The world's largest food and beverage manufacturers must do more to boost access to nutritious products and use their influence to affect consumer choice and behavior positively, according to the first edition of the recently released global Access to Nutrition Index report and rankings.
Snacks chief: Industry wants to help solve obesity
The president of the Snacks Food Association acknowledged that there are concerns about the snack industry's role in global obesity but said healthy product development and clear communication on nutrition is top of the agenda for manufacturers.
Changes in military diets boost nutrition
A pilot project conducted by U.S. Army researchers at five dining facilities at Fort Bragg, N.C., has shown that minimal changes in foodservice practices and menus produced significant improvement in soldiers' nutritional intake and obesity levels.
Food in the Arctic Circle
On the Arctic Circle, a chef is growing the kind of vegetables and herbs — potatoes, thyme, tomatoes, green peppers — more fitting for a suburban garden in a temperate zone than a land of Northern Lights, glaciers and musk oxen.
Nordic Sugar invests $33 million to cut energy use by 30 percent
Food Ingredients First
Nordic Sugar has invested $33 million in energy efficiency upgrades as it tries to cut power usage by 30 percent via a steam dryer and a new boiler facility.
Wegmans may open in Boston, competing with Whole Foods
The Boston Globe
It is a food fight that could do a world of good for consumers: Wegmans versus Whole Foods in a battle for supermarket supremacy in the Boston area. The competition gathered steam Monday, with Wegmans confirming it is in talks to open its first Boston store in the Fenway — at the Landmark Center, a short drive from a new Whole Foods.
Processing mistake causes 15,000-pound ribeye recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Triple J Family Farms, a Buffalo Lake, Minn. establishment, is recalling approximately 15,270 pounds of bone-in ribeye products because the vertebral column may not have been completely removed, which is not compliant with regulations that require the removal of vertebral column in cattle 30 months of age or older.
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