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FDA nutrition label shift expected to face pushback
Roll Call
When the FDA unveiled its revision of the iconic Nutrition Facts label that appears on processed foods and beverages earlier this year, it was greeted with enthusiasm. Since then, though, the food industry has been reviewing the agency's proposal, preparing to mount what will likely be a hefty pushback.
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Industry groups hope FSMA won't duplicate marketing agreements, orders
Food Safety News
National and regional marketing agreements and orders may give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration some options as it continues to issue and revise rules to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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Why Starbucks could beat Yum! and McDonald's in the breakfast war
The Motley Fool
Starbucks could be a clear winner in the competition for your breakfast dollar, thanks to its differentiated quality and successful menu innovations.
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Obama's challenge: Don't blow it
Politico
President Barack Obama clocked a huge win by hitting his target 7 million Obamacare enrollment. Now he's faced with a tougher task: not blowing it.
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Senate leaders give floor time to vulnerable Democrats
Politico
Top Democrats are putting something special together for their Senate colleagues in tough races this year: a vulnerable-incumbent protection program. At-risk senators will get to beef up their back-home cred by taking the lead on bills and amendments tailored to their campaigns.
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For Democrats, a problem with seniors
The Hill
Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and older by 21 points in 2010 — when Republicans picked up 63 seats — and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race.
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Obama to use executive orders to continue reforms for contracting workforce
The Washington Post
Lacking congressional support to raise wages or end gender pay disparities, President Barack Obama is again imposing his policies on federal contractors, in keeping with presidents' tradition of exerting their powers on a part of the economy they directly control.
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Meat groups get another crack at label rules in court
Bloomberg
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on Friday threw out a March 28 ruling by a three-judge panel upholding USDA country-of-origin meat labeling requirements so all 11 judges on the court can reconsider a constitutional question of corporate free speech.
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US exporters hope China, Japan lift pig restrictions soon
Reuters
U.S. livestock exporters hope China will lift restrictions on imports of live U.S. pigs by the end of April if tests can be agreed for a virus deadly to piglets, a trade group said Friday.
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Students fed up with Michelle Obama's school lunch overhaul
Education News
First, about 1 million public school students said "no way" to their cafeteria menus after Michelle Obama's anti-obesity campaign led to anger and frustration over food that apparently many American kids didn't want to stomach. But for those without other options, all that's left is the power of social media and cellphone cameras.
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Environmental Working Group to launch new food database
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The Environmental Working Group will soon launch a new database that identifies the nutritional value, the amount of processing and any hazard concerns in foods sold in grocery stores.
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FSIS official defends policies on poultry, Salmonella
Meatingplace
USDA Acting Under Secretary for Food Safety Brian Ronholm last week defended USDA's record on food safety, proposed new rules on poultry plant inspection and efforts to decrease Salmonella in animal proteins without declaring it an adulterant.
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Canadian food inspectors test Salmonella in cantaloupes
Food Quality News
A Canadian Food Inspection Agency survey has found that the majority of whole cantaloupe samples tested negative for Salmonella.
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Sanitation cited in deadly Listeria outbreak
Food Quality News
A Listeria outbreak linked to one death and one miscarriage was most likely caused by "substantial sanitation deficiencies" during the cheese-making process, according to an Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.
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Strategies to save on higher-priced foods
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Though flat in 2013, food price inflation has returned to the historical norm with increases in the range of 2.5 to 3.5 percent. How can shoppers save?

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Tyson Foods CEO: Brace for higher food prices
The Wall Street Journal
At the recent ECO:nomics conference, Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith says consumers will soon feel the impact of rising food prices.

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Consumer Reports: Why label GMO foods
Consumer Reports
Surveys consistently show that 80 percent to 95 percent of people want foods that contain genetically modified organisms to be labeled. But the FDA isn't listening.

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Tyson recalls 75,320 pounds of chicken nuggets after consumer injuries
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials. The problem, traced to a scraper in a blending machine, came to light after consumers reported minor oral injuries.

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Demand grows for halal food as industry evolves
The Associated Press via Times-Standard
The global industry for halal food and lifestyle products — ones that meet Islamic law standards of manufacture — is estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars and is multiplying as Muslim populations grow.
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The Lempert Report: 2014 grocery sales off to strong start
Supermarket News (subscriber story)
For grocery stores, 2014 got off to a strong start. The Food Institute reports from government data that for the first two months of 2014 sales rang up $94.8 billion. That's 3.4 percent more than the same two months in 2013.
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Kellogg shares jump most in almost 5 years
Bloomberg
Kellogg Co., the maker of breakfast cereals, Pop Tarts and other packaged food, rose the most in almost five years in New York after options trading signaled possible takeover activity.
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Nestle's Brabeck says he will step down as chairman in 2017
Reuters
Nestle's chairman Peter Brabeck expects to retire in 2017, in line with internal company rules preventing board members from standing for re-election once they reach the age of 72, he said in an newspaper interview published Saturday.
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Orion steps up to meet eating trends
Sioux Falls Business Journal via Argus Leader
The Sunday Q&A highlights a newsmaker of interest to the Sioux Falls, S.D., business community. This edition features Steve Watkins, who recently was named CEO of Orion Food Systems.
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Whole Foods recalls chicken wraps on fish allergens
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Whole Foods Market's Northern California region is recalling its chipotle chicken wrap because it contains an undeclared allergen: anchovies in the caesar dressing.

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Closure of Pennsylvania frozen food plant idles 140
The Associated Press via The Republic
Officials say last month's closure of a central Pennsylvania frozen food plant left about 140 people out of work, but some of them are being rehired by other companies.
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New recipes for success with millennials
Supermarket News
The most talked-about generation of consumers is increasingly carving out a special niche, even before it takes the full spotlight by outspending baby boomers in just a few years.
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Beyond Meat a 'meat company that makes products from plants'
Food Navigator-USA
"We're a meat company that make products from plants," say the entrepreneurs behind Beyond Meat, which makes "near-perfect replicas of meat" from plants. And they're thinking big: They're going after a chunk of the $180 billion meat market.
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Gourmet pizzeria tests market with menu totally gluten- and nut-free
Crain's Detroit Business
The menu at Renee's Gourmet Pizzeria near Detroit, Mich., offers the usual pizzeria fare. It's what the newly opened Troy pizza place doesn't serve that is its marketing proposition: It's entirely gluten- and nut-free.
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Frozen veggies: Don't give them all the cold shoulder
The Seattle Times
This time of year, when the thought of one more parsnip or potato seems more bleak than comforting, some frozen vegetables can bring a legitimate taste of warmer weather.
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Germs' DNA may help track food poisoning
The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch
The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of deadly bacteria and viruses.
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Marketing professor aims to shape consumer attitudes toward food
Penn State News
For Penn State Brandywine associate professor of business Julie Stanton, marketing and business isn't just about the bottom line. The self-described "macro marketer" is digging deeper and hopes that her research could be used to educate consumers and bring change to government policy.
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Soaring hog prices force Toronto packers into bankruptcy
Meatinplace
Quality Meat Packers and Toronto Abattoirs Ltd. have filed to restructure under the Canadian Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, according to a release from the companies.
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Analyst: Tesco board restructure may be required
Food Manufacture-UK
Tesco may need to restructure its board following news that its chief finance officer Laurie McIlwee is to leave the business, according to leading food industry analyst Clive Black.
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