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Food prices on the rise
Using wholesale food prices as an indicator, The Food Institute projects that price inflation will rise into the second quarter of 2013, a cost that could ultimately trickle down to the retail side. These estimations are similar to those made by the USDA of 3 percent to 4 percent increases on an annualized basis for all of 2013.
Related: Food prices could rise as bees die off (MSN Money)
Frozen food myths debunked
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New York City appeals soda size limit decision
As Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed would happen, the New York City Law Department has filed an appeal after a New York judge scrapped the city's controversial ban on big containers of soda.
Related: Opinion: The skinny on anti-obesity soda laws (The Wall Street Journal)
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Poll: Top knock on GOP — inflexible
Democrats, Republicans and independents all had the same top complaint about the GOP in a Gallup poll released Monday: It's inflexible.
What kind of state is North Carolina? Parties make high-stakes bets
The Washington Post
Democrats and Republicans in North Carolina are in an ideological standoff, with future elections in the balance. That explains why Kay Hagan, a Democratic senator facing a tough 2014 re-election race, endorsed same-sex marriage and Republicans in control of the statehouse made moves to tighten voting restrictions — all in one week.
DCCC ad campaign targets GOP supporters of Ryan budget
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee announced plans Monday to launch online ads targeting 17 Republican lawmakers over their votes for Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget.
CEOs to Congress: Time to cut corporate tax rate
The Wall Street Journal
A group of big retailers, transportation companies and other businesses released a letter to lawmakers Monday marking the anniversary of what they regard as a dubious achievement: The U.S. corporate tax rate became the developed world's highest one year ago, after Japan lowered its rate.
Rubio: No deal yet on immigration reform
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., on Sunday cautioned that reports that a bipartisan group in the Senate was close to a deal on reforming the nation's immigration laws were "premature."
Related: Next immigration hurdle: Citizenship's fine print (Politico)
How one federal agency beat the sequester
The Washington Post
The sequester was supposed to be something new in Washington: a budget cut you couldn't beat. Once it hit, it hit. The money was gone, and nobody could get it back. That turned out to be true — for about three weeks. Then USDA's food inspectors beat it.
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FSIS tightens species sampling on food imports, targets E. coli
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Monday increased the species sampling of raw and ready-to-eat products from Iceland, Ireland, Poland, the U.K. and Northern Ireland. In addition, the agency stepped up its sampling for shiga-toxin producing E. coli.
OIG audit: FSIS must improve E. coli testing in beef
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service must take steps to test for E. coli O157:H7 in all boxed beef used for grinding and tenderized beef, the Office of the Inspector General concluded this month in an audit report.
Comment deadline extended for FSMA food traceability project
Office of the Federal Register
The comment period for the pilot projects for improving product tracing along the food supply system has been extended to July 3.
FDA granted one-time FSMA funds in final budget
Food Product Design
The fiscal budget signed on March 26 by President Barack Obama authorizes the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to spend roughly $40 million on one-time activities supporting implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act.
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Controversy still stewing over chicken plant rules
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to pull most of its inspectors off production lines at poultry slaughter plants and allow the lines to run faster, but the proposal is going nowhere fast.
Compliance guide released for import inspection applications
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA has developed a draft compliance guide for electronic filing of import inspection applications for meat, poultry and egg products. At the same time, it's launchinga PGA Message Set pilot program. Submit electronic or written requests to participate in the pilot program on or before May 28. Comments on the draft compliance guide should be submitted on or before June 27.
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Leveraging Ralcorp's products key to ConAgra's growth
One reason why ConAgra Foods is bullish about sales growth is the recent acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings, a leading maker of private label products. The move is one of the ingredients in the company's Recipe for Growth, a strategic road map that focuses on opportunities in core and adjacent categories, international markets and private label.
More retailers involved in Farm Rich recall
Food Safety News
The list of retailers involved in the ongoing recall of frozen Farm Rich food products has grown to include a number of regional grocery retailers.
Related: DeLauro ties frozen food recall, threat of sequestration (The Register Citizen)
Private-label foods turn consumer focus to supercenters
Food Product Design
Private-label food and beverage products from supercenters have consumers turning away from traditional supermarkets. About 60 percent of American adults shop for groceries at supercenters, according to a recent report by Packaged Facts.
Food factory auditor highlights major hygiene and cleaning issues
Food Production Daily
Frequent line changeovers, confusion over chemical detergent use and cleaning schedules that aren't thought through properly are major causes of hygiene and cleaning failures in food factories.
Study: Discount healthy foods to improve diets
Reducing the cost of healthy foods in supermarkets and retail outlets increases the amount of healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains that people eat while lowering consumption of foods with low nutritional value, say researchers.
Using 'share of shopper' to optimize center store
Retailers and manufacturers need to optimize the center store of supermarkets, which continues to lose sales. What's needed is a new approach, and the key is to determine the "Share of Shopper" in stores.
Food-grade soy an increasingly popular source of protein
The Associated Press via Journal Sentinel
A small but growing number of farmers have been experimenting with an edible soybean as they look to capitalize on Americans' interest in adding nonmeat proteins to their diets.
Technomic: Beefless burgers gaining ground
Meat & Poultry
Turkey, veggie and seafood patties are popping up on more burger menus, according to market researcher Technomic Inc., Chicago. With beef prices on the rise and a shift in consumer eating habits, restaurant operators are keen to cater to meatless diets as well as experiment with exotic proteins, said Lauren Hallow, an assistant editor at Technomic.
Can foods have negative calories?
BBC News Magazine
Those looking to shed a few pounds have often clung to the hope of "negative-calorie" foods — a workout for your taste buds that burns calories while you chew. But do these foods actually exist?
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