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Lack of time biggest hindrance to effective food safety training
Food Production Daily
Lack of time is the greatest barrier to providing effective food safety training, according to more than 7 in 10 food and drink processors globally surveyed by Campden BRI.
How food labels can suck us into the 'health halo'
Research on food labeling shows that people overestimate the power of foods labeled "organic" and that price is still a major factor in how customers choose their food.
Tyson teams up with Alliance for a Healthier Generation
Tyson Foods Inc. is teaming up with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation in the fight against childhood obesity.
Tyson and the Alliance will work together to continue increasing the availability and affordability of more nutritious food products to help schools comply with federal nutrition standards and serve healthier meals.
Related: Schools hungry to improve taste, nutrition of lunches (USA Today)
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Top 10 Senate races of 2014
The Washington Post
The latest rundown of the top 10 Senate races of the cycle, ranked as usual from the safest — No. 10 — to the most in danger — No. 1 — focuses on whether Scott Brown will resurface in New Hampshire next year, but it lists West Virginia's race as the most volatile.
Deep in the red of Texas, Republicans fight the blues
The Wall Street Journal
In no state is the Republican grip at once so firm, yet under such challenge from Democrats, as it is in Texas. And nowhere is that grip of more consequence to the fortunes of the national GOP.
Carville asks for donations to Hillary Clinton group
Democratic strategist James Carville asked supporters of Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday to pony up some cash if they want to convince her to run for president in 2016.
Conservative groups back immigration reform
High-profile conservative groups are taking on an unexpected cause: passing immigration reform. A diverse mix of the Washington consultant class is cutting TV ads, revving up the grassroots and advising lawmakers on messaging and strategy in hopes of getting a bill across the finish line this year.
Related: Plan eyes fast green cards for farmworkers (The Wall Street Journal subscribers)
USDA rebrands by nixing agency logos
The Washington Post
To use a bit of corporate-speak, there's some rebranding going on over at the Agriculture Department. The USDA's version of New Coke? It's consolidating its multitude of agencies and offices under a single, crisp logo.
US trade deficit cut to $43 billion in February as exports up, oil imports fell
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in February as exports climbed close to an all-time high and the volume of imported crude oil fell to the lowest level in 17 years. The gap between exports and imports shrank to $43 billion in February, down 3.4 percent from January’s revised $44.5 billion, the Commerce Department said Friday.
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Reports: US may stop sending domestic food abroad as aid
Media reports indicate the United States may soon end its practice of shipping domestic food abroad as aid. A group of 21 senators sent a letter to President Barack Obama in late February on concerns that the administration's fiscal year 2014 budget request might change the way Food for Peace funding is used. At present, the bulk of food aid is purchased domestically and shipped abroad on U.S.-flagged ships.
Opinion: Canadian Food Inspection Agency can be cut
The Globe and Mail
Cuts are looming again at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The federal food safety regulator is facing cuts exceeding 15 per cent, and many employees may lose their jobs over the next three years. At first glance, these cuts may seem extreme, but it appears Canada is following a global trend of doing less with less in food safety risk management.
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Staff vigilance: The first line of food defense
Refrigerated & Frozen Food
Facing FSMA mandates to safeguard against deliberate contamination, food companies walk a fine line between implementing effective defenses and creating an uncomfortable workplace.
Iowa Senate panel considers genetically modified food labeling bill
The Associated Press via KTIV-TV
An Iowa Senate panel planned to consider a bill Wednesday to require labeling of genetically modified foods, though even supporters say it has little chance of passage this session.
Wegmans lists latest price freezes
Wegmans Food Markets on Thursday unveiled a list of products it said will be the subject of a "price freeze" through Aug. 24. The list includes more than 300 SKUs of product, including both fresh items and a large number of private-label grocery offerings.
Protecting consumers and brands from food safety scares
Intelleflex asks industry experts their point of view on cold chain issues: Food recalls have been prominent in recent news. What key steps should grocers and growers take to protect consumers and their brands?
Farm Rich plant's entire production line now under recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Even more Farm Rich products have been added to the list of recalled food items involved in a growing E. coli contamination investigation. The recall now covers all products made at Rich Product Corp.'s facility in Waycross, Ga., with "best by" dates ranging from Jan. 1, 2013, to Sept. 29, 2014.
Cargill adds ground beef processing equipment to Pennsylvania plant
Food Ingredients First
To meet retail customer and consumer demand, Cargill is investing $2.3 million to install ground beef production and packaging equipment at its Wyalusing, Pa., processing facility. The equipment will add significant ground beef production capacity at the plant, while also increasing employment by 15-20 fulltime jobs.
Homegrown Organic Farms purchases California facility
Refrigerated & Frozen Food
Homegrown Organic Farms, Porterville, Calif., took the next critical step in their growth as the premier shipper of organic citrus, blueberries and tree fruit by purchasing a new facility in Kingsburg, Calif., that will consolidate all shipping and packing operations for fruit originating in the San Joaquin Valley.
Kroger CFO says supermarkets 'doing just fine'
A dearth of publicly traded supermarket peers is obscuring the industry's underlying health from Wall Street, Michael Schlotman, Kroger's chief financial officer, said at an investor conference Thursday.
PepsiCo seeks to patent novel high-protein nutrition beverages
An international patent application filed by PepsiCo last September — and published yesterday — reveals the firm is seeking to patent high-protein nutrition beverages in 4floz "hydration units" containing alpha-lactalbumin, whey protein hydrolysates and/or hydrolyzed collagen.
Monogram Comfort Foods relocates corn dog production
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
The rumor mill is swirling as corn dog manufacturer Monogram Comfort Foods relocates its corn dog production from its Muncie, Ind., plant, affecting 87 workers. At first thought of as a plant closure, the industry freaked.
Processing: Appropriate machinery lubrication key to passing audits
In the not too distant past, food-grade lubricants were viewed at best as a curiosity and at worst a tribological nightmare for the equipment that drives food and beverage production. But trace amounts of lubricant are unavoidable in many processes, and that's driving a steady migration to food-grade greases and oils.
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