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California GMO food labeling bill clears state Senate committee
The Press Democrat
Proposed legislation by state Sen. Noreen Evans requiring all foods containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled in California cleared its first hurdle Wednesday in Sacramento.
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Fast food chains battle for your breakfast
Sanford Bernstein's Sara Senatore discusses rising food costs on Bloomberg Television's "Bloomberg Surveillance."
How the FDA's landmark labeling changes affect food manufacturers
On Feb. 27, the FDA proposed two rules to amend, among other things, nutrition labeling requirements for conventional foods and dietary supplements; reference amounts customarily consumed; and the definition of what constitutes a single-serving container. If the proposed rules are finalized without significant changes, nearly every food label that requires a nutrition facts box — which includes most processed foods — will need to be revised to remain compliant with FDA regulations.
Reid's toughest test
Sen. Harry Reid is facing what could be the biggest challenge of his political career: preserving the Democrats' tenuous majority. The Nevada Democrat has approached the tall task in the same way he has other major battles: by ignoring his critics, slugging away at his opponents and pushing a populist message.
Democrat's 'farmer' affront draws GOP money to Iowa Senate race
The Wall Street Journal
An Iowa Democratic Senate candidate's dismissal of Sen. Chuck Grassley, R.-Iowa, as a "farmer from Iowa who never went to law school" has rallied Republicans, drawing national attention — and funds — to the Senate race.
Rand Paul builds 50-state network, courts mainstream support
The Washington Post
Sen. Rand Paul has become the first Republican to assemble a network in all 50 states as a precursor to a 2016 presidential run, the latest sign that he is looking to build a more mainstream coalition than the largely ad hoc one that backed his father's unsuccessful campaigns.
FSMA: From complacency to compliance
Quality Assurance & Food Safety
The Food Safety Modernization Act rollout has been so slow it can be all too easy to become complacent, to figure that you'll wait until FDA finalizes its rules and you have some concrete direction, dates — and full understanding, before you get too concerned.
Federal authorities take action after Nutriom refuses to expand recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
FSIS officials have issued a public health alert because Nutriom LLC, a Lacey, Wash. establishment, declined to expand its Feb. 15 recall to include an additional 118,541 pounds of processed egg products that federal authorities believe are unfit for human consumption.
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FSIS sends OMB its plan for specified risk reporting
FSIS has sent the OMB its plan for monitoring specified risk materials in the meat production process. The plan outlines requirements for slaughter and processing establishments to follow in relation to SRMs.
Californian support for $11 billion water bonds jumps
Sixty percent of Californians back an $11.1 billion bond issue for water projects on the November ballot as the most-populous state struggles with a severe drought.
CDC releases 'Salmonella Atlas' with 40 years of data
The Global Dispatch
Roughly 40 years of data on Salmonella — a major cause of food poisoning — now is available to the public, the food industry and researchers via "Atlas of Salmonella in the United States, 1968-2011," a new report from the CDC.
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Restaurant standards could curb fat America
RAND Corp. via USA Today
A group of 21 experts in the areas of nutrition, public health, obesity, law and business recently developed restaurant performance standards intended to protect consumers from potentially harmful serving practices.
Marin Sun Farms gets final approval on Rancho Feeding, readies operations
Inside Scoop SF
Marin Sun Farms says it has received final USDA approval to open its own slaughterhouse in the former Rancho Feeding Corp., which has been shut down since its massive recall earlier this year. Operations are slated to begin April 7, the company said.
Guiding Stars awarded patent for its food nutrition database system
PR Newswire via Consumer Electronics Net
Guiding Stars, an independent nutrition guidance program, this week announced it has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 8,626,796 for its food nutrition database and operating system that is used to score and present nutrition information for food products.
Yum Brands plans KFC makeover in China market
Yum Brands Inc's fast food chain KFC is rewriting its menu and launching a publicity drive as it struggles to emerge from the shadow of a food safety scare in 2012 and see off rivals luring diners with innovative, home-grown fare.
Tyson Foods names new president for Brazilian unit
The City Wire
Tyson Foods Inc. announced the promotion of Flavio Malnarcic as president and general manager of Tyson do Brasil, the company's poultry subsidiary in Brazil.
Premier Foods: Industry needs to build public trust again
Food Quality News
The food industry needs to focus on building public trust back and supply chain integrity after recent incidents, according to the group head of manufacturing excellence at Premier Foods.
Survey finds sustainability important to most American food shoppers
A new survey of American consumers provides some potentially surprising findings that indicate American food shoppers are very mindful about what they place into their shopping carts, and it's not just about price and taste.
Dreams of freezer section help conquer grocery store stress
In this commentary, columnist Jason Ashley Wright presents his theory of how the frozen food section is alleviating what he calls GSSD — grocery store stress disorder.
Why a grocery store likes health data
The Huffington Post
The CEO of a family-owned grocery store chain wrote a letter to New York State lawmakers to support $65 million worth of spending on a computer system for health information in the state. That grocer was Danny Wegman, and that project is the Statewide Health Information Network, aka the SHIN-NY.
Food distribution warehouse sold in Virginia
A company that distributes food to restaurants recently bought a 55,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Spotsylvania, Va., that was formerly owned and operated by Northeast Foods Inc.
Let's change the way we talk about food processing
Speakers at the Institute of Food Technologists' Wellness 2014 event in Chicago have called for a change in the conversation around food processing, urging food companies to change the way they talk about their work in order to enable the general public and the media to develop a clearer sense of the benefits processed foods offer.
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