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Consumer Reports: Why we need to label GMO foods
Surveys consistently show that 80 percent to 95 percent of people want foods that contain genetically modified organisms to be labeled. But the Food and Drug Administration isn't listening.
GMO labeling bill clears hurdle in Vermont (WCAX-TV)
GMO labeling bill draws industry notice (The Grower)
Herbicide, crop producers give $380,000 to defeat anti-GMO bills (The AP via Daily Reporter)
Pointing fingers over bulging bellies
The New York Times
Is there nothing for which Richard M. Nixon cannot be blamed? He is just about the first person we see in the aggressively titled three-part documentary "The Men Who Made Us Fat," which begins on Friday on BBC World News.
Tyson Foods CEO: Brace for higher food prices
The Wall Street Journal
At the ECO:nomics conference, Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith says consumers will soon feel the impact of rising food prices.
Will White House ask donors to max out?
The White House wouldn't say Thursday whether President Barack Obama would use Wednesday's Supreme Court decision on campaign financing to solicit donations from those who would have maxed out under existing rules.
Democrats pray for economic spring
This was supposed to be the year the U.S. economy would finally break out of the doldrums — the year it would deliver the kind of robust growth that could lift President Barack Obama's dismal approval ratings and help Democrats avoid a shellacking in November. It now looks like that dream is fading fast.
Congress to meet 75 more days this year — with just 3 things to do in that time
The Washington Post
Today marks the 41st day this year that either the House or Senate has been in session. The House plans to vote quickly Friday morning on a spending bill and head home for another weekend. The Senate is already celebrating its long weekend.
FDA issues guidance for recordkeeping under FSMA
Office of the Federal Register
The FDA is issuing a final regulation that adopts,
without change, the interim final rule entitled "Establishment, Maintenance and Availability of Records: Amendment to Record Availability Requirements."
What You Need to Know About Establishment and Maintenance of Records; Small Entity Compliance Guide
FDA Records Access Authority Under Sections 414 and 704 of the Federal Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act
House subcommittee airs FSIS controversies during budget hearing
Food Safety News
At Thursday's hearing with Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety Brian Ronholm, members of the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee addressed many of the controversies currently dogging the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Lawmakers rally with fast food workers to back NYC wage hike
A dozen lawmakers rallied alongside about 50 people at a New York City McDonald's Thursday to advocate for raising the minimum wage.
Industry applauds 'full-time' bill passage
Retail trade groups, including Food Marketing Institute and National Grocers Association, on Thursday applauded U.S. House passage of a bill that change the definition of "full-time" to 40 hours per week for purposes of the Affordable Care Act.
Related: House rejects Obamacare's 30-hour workweek (The Hill)
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Food safety rule threatens cows' 'happy hour'
A proposed FSMA rule that aims to ensure the safety of animal feed and pet food includes new regulatory requirements that could make an established livestock feeding practice cost-prohibitive, sending grains left over from beer and whiskey into landfills.
Lawsuit accuses White House advisers of blowing off climate change
Courthouse News Service
The Council on Environmental Quality refuses to respond to a 2008 petition demanding consideration of how climate change will affect food safety and the federal government's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act, two groups claim in court.
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An unsated China means more food deals
After buying up everything from U.S. hogs to British breakfast cereals, China still has an appetite for food deals.
Discounts are piled on as Americans buy fewer basics
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Makers of consumer staples are resorting to aggressive discounts to overcome an unexpectedly persistent problem: Their industry is barely growing.
Wisconsin No. 2 in veggie production
The Midwest Food Processors Association this week touted Wisconsin's second-place ranking nationally for total production and value of production for major processing vegetables in 2013. According to new figures from the USDA, California remained the top state in these categories and accounted for 71 percent of the total production of processing vegetables.
Packaged Facts: Consumers demanding more 'free' foods
Food Production Daily
Food processing and packaging firms are increasingly impacted by consumers' desire to avoid gluten, dairy, soy and other ingredients, according to Packaged Facts.
Consumers crave transparency from food industry
Nearly 2 out of 3 consumers (65 percent) want to know more about where their food comes from, according to new research. Americans continue to ask questions about the sources and the processes involved in food production.
Is food processing part of port's comprehensive scheme'?
Vancouver-Washington Business Journal
The leaders of a Clark County, Wash., food processing company will bring their efforts to negotiate a lower lease rate out into the open next week, when they bring their case to the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners.
Goya Foods fuels growth at PACK EXPO
Food Production Daily
Rapidly growing Latino foods producer Goya Foods is honing in on the latest technologies to fuel its expansion through connections made at PACK EXPO.
Specialty Brands to be next acquisition for B&G Foods
U.S. food group B&G Foods is set to make another acquisition after striking a deal to buy margarine-to-soup manufacturer Specialty Brands of America from private-equity firm American Capital.
Smart packaging turns science fiction into fact
New approaches to intelligent and active packaging are altering consumers' experience of food products, adding interactivity to some and increasing palatability for others.
Key Technology showcases digital sorting, specialized conveying at Interpack
Key Technology is showcasing its complete line of digital sorters, which feature advanced laser, camera and field-proven BioPrint™ hyperspectral imaging with intelligent software to satisfy many applications on a variety of belt- and chute-fed sorting platforms.
Florida company working to lead commercial refrigeration
Tampa Bay Times
By any measure, Joseph E. Matthews III has earned the right to the title of "entrepreneur par excellence." From a 10- by 10-foot room in his Weeki Wachee, Fla., home just six years ago, Matthews has grown 5-Star Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Inc. into a business powerhouse, now occupying a 24,000-square-foot facility where 84 engineering designers, installers, sellers and service technicians are employed.
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