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Rosenthal: Food fights that can color an entire industry
The latest awareness-raising skirmish — over dyes in Kraft macaroni and cheese — and others like it stand to color consumer opinions of the food industry and its role in the nation's health and health care costs.
FSMA whistle-blowers bat zero in fiscal year 2011-2012
Food Product Design
As vendors begin hawking peanuts in baseball stadiums across America this week, implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act has stretched into its third spring. Based on the early data, so-called "whistle-blowers" have not fared well under the new law.
Yes, healthful fast food is possible — but is it edible?
The New York Times
Twelve years after the publication of "Fast Food Nation" and nearly as long since Morgan Spurlock almost ate himself to death, our relationship with fast food has changed. We've gone from the whistle-blowing stage to the higher-expectations stage, and some of those expectations are being met.
Related: Fast food revolution: Taco Bell's secret to success (ABC News)
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As Obama begins fundraising swing, campaign finance watchdogs growl
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama, eager to revive his stalled gun-control agenda, will tour a Denver police academy Wednesday to put public pressure on his political opponents. In the evening, the president will make a private appeal to a more exclusive gathering at the San Francisco mansion of billionaire Gordon Getty.
Related: Obama expected to raise millions in California for Democrats (Politico)
Poll: GOP shows governors love for 2016
Republicans prefer a governor rather than a senator for their presidential nominee in 2016, a new poll found Wednesday: 59 percent of Republicans say they want someone with gubernatorial experience to be their party's presidential nominee.
GOP frets Mark Sanford could blow it
Mark Sanford won over primary voters Tuesday night, but national Republicans aren't celebrating: Many privately concede the former governor could hand a safe Republican seat to Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch.
US boosts horse meat testing on imports
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
USDA has ordered inspectors to test meat from Ireland, Poland and the U.K. to make sure there is no horse meat, a precaution after horse meat DNA was found in products from producers in those countries. The rule also calls for tests of beef imports from all countries.
Report: House bill offers three distinct paths to citizenship
A bipartisan immigration proposal being readied in the House of Representatives would offer three distinct pathways to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants, The New York Times reported Wednesday.
Despite friction and skepticism, aides say Baucus committed to tax reform
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., is plowing ahead on tax reform despite growing friction with his Democratic colleagues and widespread skepticism about his chances for success.
Food trade remains problematic, USTR reports stress
European food safety regulations continue to be a thorn in the side of U.S. exporters, according to three new reports published April 1 by the U.S. Trade Representative's office.
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Regulation nation: FDA rules could drive up costs for farmers, consumers
The farming industry is pushing back against two new regulations from the Food and Drug Administration that are aimed at food safety but could be costly to both farmers and consumers. "At some point small farmers may just say this isn't worth it anymore and get out of the business altogether," said Karen Harned, executive director of National Federation of Independent Business Small Business Center.
Fruit, not fries: Lunchroom makeovers nudge kids toward better choices
Gone are the days of serving up tater tots and French toast sticks to students. Here are the days of carrot sticks and quinoa. But short of stationing grandmothers in every cafeteria, how do you ensure that students actually eat the fruits and veggies they're being offered? A minor lunchroom makeover could make a big difference, says Andrew Hanks, a behavioral economist at Cornell University.
Related: St. Paul schools' healthy food kick gets national attention (Pioneer Press)
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Food Sentry: China, US top food safety violators; pesticides No. 1 problem
PRWeb via Digital Journal
After 12 months of data compilation and research, Food Sentry, the recently launched global food source monitoring service, has released a preliminary analysis showing some of the most frequent international food safety violators.
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Exposing the anti-GMO legal machine
Over the past week, a tsunami of stories about the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act," more accurately known as Section 735 of HR 933, have flooded the media. The Genetic Literacy Project's Jon Entine reports the story behind the story.
Ontario to host Food Safety Modernization Act workshop
The Argus Observer
Canadian and U.S. food producers, packers, processors and others who may be affected or have concerns about the Food Safety Modernization Act are invited to attend an April 19 workshop in Ontario, Canada, about the proposed rules.
Lineage Logistics acquires Seattle Cold Storage
Bay Grove Capital-backed warehousing and logistics company Lineage Logistics announced today is has acquired Seattle Cold Storage and its facilities in the Port of Tacoma and Algona, Wash. The acquisition increases Lineage's footprint to more than 13 million square feet and 290 million cubic feet, making it the second-largest refrigerated warehouse network globally, based on data from the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses.
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Nestle introduces new frozen fruit snacks, first coconut water bars
Drug Store News
Dreyer's, part of Nestle USA, this week launched the new Outshine brand, which will include the Dreyer's Fruit Bars line, as well as six new flavors launching in April under the Dreyer's Outshine name. The new flavors include two made with coconut water, the first coconut water-based frozen fruit bars on the market, according to the company.
Cargill addresses pink slime fallout
While there is a good chance that sales of finely textured beef will pick up again in time, Cargill's production still remains significantly below where it was before the pink slime media frenzy erupted a year ago this week, says the firm.
Related: FTB market collapse helped spur Plainview closing (Meatingplace)
Executives see growing supply chain risks, costlier disruptions
The Wall Street Journal
A recent survey from Deloitte shows that global executives are increasingly concerned about the growing risks to their supply chains and costly negative impacts, such as margin erosion and inability to keep up with demand.
Survey: Weak economy now the norm
Bringing together the opinion of food industry professionals from across the world, the annual just-food Confidence Survey acts as a barometer of the industry's mood. As 2013 progresses, one loud-and-clear message is that FMCG companies are now acclimatized to the grim global economic outlook — and have adjusted their strategies to try to continue to grow.
Shoppers may buy more fruit, veggies when prices dip
Cut fruit and vegetable prices in half and people will load up on them, according to a new study that suggests price regulation may play an important role in future public policy.
Farm Rich recall continues to expand
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A recall of frozen food processed by Rich Products Corp. continues to expand, with more retail outlets and products being added to USDA's list of affected distributors this week.
ConAgra's Post-less deal still looks good
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
It is the value Ralcorp may add in the long run that matters for ConAgra Foods. Even at the higher effective price, it looks positive.
Pizza Hut rolls out pie with 'cheese pockets'
The Associated Press via Chicago Sun-Times
Pizza Hut has found a new way to feed Americans more cheese: a pizza crust made of little cheese-stuffed bread bowls. The chain on Wednesday is introducing a new pizza that comes surrounded by 16 semi-circles of cheese that can be pulled off and eaten separately.
Strategist: Hispanic snacks present hot opportunity for wider market
There are tremendous opportunities for Hispanic snacks that target non-Hispanic consumers, but products must be spicy and authentic, according to Terry Soto, president and CEO of Hispanic-targeted strategy firm Marketing Solutions.
Unilever: More than one-third of agricultural products sourced sustainably
Food Ingredients First
Unilever has announced it is sourcing more than a third of its agricultural raw materials sustainably, having made significant progress toward its target of 100 percent sustainable sourcing by 2020.
Tyson recalls 127,000 pounds of chicken after labeling error
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Arkansas-based Tyson Foods is recalling approximately 127,000 pounds of uncooked, breaded chicken tenderloins and uncooked chicken tenderloin fritter products because a marinade ingredient that included an incorrect sub-ingredient (concentrated soy protein) was not declared on the label.
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Higher costs weigh on McCormick Q1 profits
U.S. spice maker McCormick has reported flat first-quarter operating profit as high input costs offset sales gains.
Researchers find value for nanobiotechnology in food safety
Food Ingredients First
Engineering researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new method to kill foodborne pathogens, including Listeria, during food handling and packaging. The innovation represents an alternative to using antibiotics or chemical decontamination in the food supply.
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