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Calorie cutters: Can Big Food make a difference?
The Wall Street Journal
A pledge by a group of U.S. food companies to cut 1.5 trillion calories from the food and drink they sell in 2015, compared to 2007, is drawing skepticism from obesity researchers. They say the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation's primary goal is not public health, but rather delayed regulation.
Fast-casual restaurant ban: New York town rejects sector
The Huffington Post
U.S. cities have been known to occasionally try to ban fast food restaurants, but the town of Eastchester, N.Y., is going one step further. The town has already banned fast food restaurants, and now Eastchester Supervisor Anthony Colavita said they plan to ban fast-casual restaurants as well.
More men driving grocery carts as stores target them
Not long ago, a guy in a grocery store would have been a gag. But a 2012 survey from the media agency BPN found that 40 percent of men identify as their family's primary grocery shopper. Phil Lempert calls the trend a "game-changer."
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White House 'encouraged' by Senate progress on immigration
The White House said Monday it was "encouraged" by progress on bipartisan immigration reform in the Senate, but cautioned that lawmakers were "not there yet" on an agreement.
Related: House group nears immigration deal (Politico)
Hillary for president super PAC officially launches
The Washington Post
The super PAC founded to urge former secretary of state Hillary Clinton to run for president officially launched Tuesday, complete with a new website to help the group ramp up its online fundraising operation.
Related: Hillary Clinton's first test (Politico)
Boehner, like past speakers, sometimes needs Democrats
Speaker John Boehner has come under fire in recent months for breaking an unwritten, often-cited GOP axiom that legislation in the U.S. House should pass only with support of a majority of the ruling party.
Feds delay small-business health care program
Small businesses may not have an insurance market set up specifically for them when the state and federal health exchanges begin in January, government officials said Monday. Instead, the federal government announced that the Small Business Health Options Program will be delayed until 2015.
Warning letters sent to two US seafood firms
Food Quality News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to James L. Kangas, owner of Dr. Gumbo's New Orleans Cuisine, and Roshan De Silva, owner of Sri Lankan Delight, after finding violations related to HACCP regulation.
NYC subway ads warn about sodium
The Associated Press via WFUV
New York City subway riders, after being cautioned about smoking, sugar and teen pregnancy, are getting a new message: Pass on the salt. The city's Department of Health launched an ad campaign Monday urging passengers to scrutinize the salt in packaged foods and choose those with less.
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Did the food industry buy your kid?
In the wake of the New York State Supreme Court striking down New York City's ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces, a surprising op-ed appeared in The New York Times. The surprise came not from the sentiment of the article — that limits can work in favor of public health — but from the source: author Michael Mudd, a former Kraft executive.
Hawaiian health officials determined to find E. coli source
Food Safety News
Though health investigators in Hawaii might not find the source of Oahu's ongoing E. coli outbreak until the outbreak is over, they are still confident they will track it down, state disease investigation branch chief Michele Nakata said.
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Monsanto provision tucked in spending bill draws critics
A plan to let farmers grow genetically modified crops developed by Monsanto Co. during legal appeals has drawn criticism from food safety advocates and backers of open government over how the proposal became law.
FSA: Retailer plans to shorten supply chain are unrealistic
Food Manufacture UK
Retailer plans to shorten their supply chains to prevent a repetition of incidents such as the horse meat scandal are unrealistic, according to the Food Standards Agency.
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Dole finalizes Asian food sale
San Fernando Valley Business Journal
Dole Food Co. Inc. announced Monday it has completed the sale of its worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh food businesses. The sale was first announced in September. The Westlake Village produce company sold the businesses to Itochu Corp. of Tokyo. The nearly $1.7 billion sale was delayed over Chinese antitrust concerns.
Wal-Mart, food industry to generate 35 million meals to fight hunger
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
This month, Wal-Mart and 10 of the most recognizable food companies in America embark on the third chapter of the Fighting Hunger Together initiative focused on reducing hunger across the nation.
Golden State Foods acquires Gateway Distribution operations
St. Louis Business Journal
Distributor and food processor Golden State Foods has acquired Lebanon, Ill.-based Gateway Distribution, one of the largest private companies in St. Louis with sales of $305 million last year.
Company doubles its food packaging space in Atlanta
GSC Packaging, a nationwide provider of turnkey contract packaging solutions, has moved to a 100,000-square-foot facility to keep up with the company's rapid growth in the food sector.
E. coli found in beef trim at Canadian meat processing plant
The Canadian Press via The Edmonton Journal
Potentially deadly E. coli bacteria was detected at a Cargill meat processing plant in southern Alberta, Canada, last week. Contaminated beef trim was flagged during routine testing, but officials said none of the product got out of the plant.
Food distribution company to build large warehouse, employ 300
The Associated Press via The Republic
State officials in New York say United Natural Foods Inc. will build a new warehouse in the Hudson Valley to distribute natural, organic and specialty foods. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday the 525,000-square-foot facility will be the second-largest in the national company's network.
Michigan State gets $24.5 million for sustainable food effort
The Associated Press via Argus-Press
Michigan State University researchers are getting $24.5 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development as part of a long-term effort to help developing nations find sustainable and secure food sources.
Nestle to spend $16 million on China coffee center
Nestle SA, the world's largest food company, said it will spend at least $16 million on a coffee center in China as it seeks to boost consumption of the beverage in the world's most populous nation.
Aviation business promotes food safety
Aviation International News
The threat of foodborne illness at 41,000 feet is all too real, and one the business aviation industry takes all too lightly, says Paula Kraft, a principal with Aviation Catering Consultants of Atlanta.
Automated combination system speeds up testing
Food Quality News
Biotecon Diagnostics has launched the first automated system incorporating detection of genetically modified organisms, allergens and animal species differentiation, which speeds up testing and is more sensitive than other methods.
Ethics, antibiotics, consumer opinion shaping buying decisions
The Pig Site
The ethics of meat production are issues that many consumers decide upon away from the supermarket, but as soon as they enter the store other driving factors take over, writes Chris Harris. Inside the store, ethics drops down the list of priorities and price, freshness, quality and brand take over.
British retailer seeks to launch food business in India
British retailer Marks & Spencer, which operates a joint venture with Reliance Retail, is planning to seek permission from the Foreign Investment Promotion Board to start food retailing in India.
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