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Specialty food products taking up more space in grocery carts
The Wall Street Journal
Specialty food is becoming less, well, special. Retail sales of specialty food, a category that includes items from imported cheese to top-quality coffee beans, rose to $51.23 billion in 2014.
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US database of food safety inspections created
Food Quality News
A national database of food safety inspection information has been created by a team led by the University of Maryland. Food service businesses and consumers can use it to monitor and compare practices from outlets across the country.
Blue Bell Creameries expands recall
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its recall of products that were produced in the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints, which tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and additional products manufactured on the same line.
Related: H-E-B, Wal-Mart plan to keep Blue Bell off shelves awhile (Waco Tribune)
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Rand Paul launches 2016 bid as a fresh-faced disrupter in the field
The Washington Post
Sen. Rand Paul, the maverick first-term senator who rode a tea party wave from a Kentucky ophthalmology practice to Congress, made a vigorous appeal Tuesday to conservatives angry with both parties as he entered the race for the Republican presidential nomination.
Rand Paul's strategy: Broaden the base without alienating it (Politico)
Rand Paul plans campaign against Hillary Clinton honesty (Politico)
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Republicans give Robert Menendez a pass
Faced with a sprawling criminal indictment for corruption, and fighting for his political life, Sen. Robert Menendez should be a tempting target for Republicans. But rather than demanding Menendez resign, the GOP has stayed eerily quiet.
There are more independents than ever before — but that means nothing
The Washington Post
The Pew Research Center is out with its new study of political party affiliation in America, and the big takeaway is this: There are more self-described independents than ever before. But while a record number of Americans claim the independent label, fewer and fewer Americans are truly independent in their voting habits.
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POM Wonderful asks court to rehear landmark food advertising case
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
POM Wonderful has petitioned U.S. appeals court judges to rehear a landmark food advertising case because it says the court deferred to the Federal Trade Commission and banned too broad a category of ads, offering the company little First Amendment protection.
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Are dietary goals for sodium and potassium reasonable?
Only about 0.3 percent of Americans now meet World Health Organization sodium and potassium targets.
With GMOs, a right to know vs. an obligation to understand
Should we allow, require or otherwise regulate labeling of foods that involve GMO technologies? Should labeling regulations be guided by the preponderance of scientific evidence or by the concerns of the most cautious and skeptical of consumers? Milk provides a 20-year lesson of how this might work.
Activists in blimp, RV target Sen. Ron Wyden over trade deal
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
When Sen. Ron Wyden goes home to Oregon, he faces an unusual entourage: activists manning a blimp and a recreational vehicle who are set on pressuring the senator to say no to a trade deal.
USDA accepting applications for 2016 Market Development Programs
USDA Foreign Agricultural Service
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Foreign Agricultural Service on Tuesday announced that it is accepting applications for fiscal year 2016 funding for five export market development programs.
Michael Taylor: World Health Day 2015 focuses on world's food safety
Food safety is a public health issue that affects all nations — from the most advanced to the most poor.
From deep fryers to fruits and veggies: How school food improved in Detroit
In the past four years, school meals in Detroit have been transformed. Gone are the chicken nuggets and sugary drinks. Now school cafeterias serve fresh fruit and mixed baby green salads, lean meat, low-fat milk and whole grain breads. Better yet, some even serve produce from school gardens and local farmers. The change hasn't occurred overnight.
Chinese citizens sue government over transparency on Monsanto herbicide
Three Chinese citizens are taking China's Ministry of Agriculture to court in a bid to make public a toxicology report supporting the approval of Monsanto's popular weedkiller, Roundup, 27 years ago.
Canada invests over $30 million in food safety
The Canadian government invests $30.7 million in the establishment of the Food Safety Information Network to help connect federal and provincial food safety laboratories and regulators across the country.
Minnesota bird flu cases rise as US investigators arrive
A lethal strain of bird flu has infected an eighth turkey flock in Minnesota, the nation's top turkey producer, in just over a month, officials said Tuesday, a day after a team of epidemiologists arrived to investigate how the disease is spreading.
McDonald's tries again with upscale burgers
The Wall Street Journal
McDonald's Corp. is adding premium sirloin burgers to its U.S. menu for a limited time, the latest move by new CEO Steve Easterbrook to revive sales at the struggling fast food chain.
Chipotle has a pork problem
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. is still struggling to keep popular menu items from disappearing, as its own ingredient guidelines disrupt its supply chain for staples like pork, beef and chicken.
Small organic to mass market: Growth potential or selling out?
Consumer Goods Technology
Many small, organic food companies start with a homegrown story that appeals to its consumer base. However, major consumer goods powerhouses have been recently vacuuming up these niche players.
Preferred Freezer, CFH Racing support Hildebrand in Indianapolis 500
CFH Racing announced Tuesday that Preferred Freezer Services will be partnering with the team to field a third entry in both Verizon IndyCar Series events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for JR Hildebrand.
JBS Foods to invest $6.4 million in ready-to-eat meal production
JBS Foods will invest $6.4 million to expand its food processing plant responsible for ready-to-eat meals, lasagna and pizza in the Brazilian city of Lages, reports Brazil-based news agency Estadao.
Pesticide residues linked to reduced sperm quality
Pesticide residues in food have been linked with lower sperm counts and reduced sperm morphology, according to a new study published in the journal Human Reproduction.
Copa Cogeca: World food demand will rise with 60 percent by 2050
Black Sea Grain
With world food demand on the rise, expected to grow by 60 percent by 2050, it will be more important than ever to produce safe, nutritious food.
Object Solutions expands in the US
Food Production Daily
Swiss company Object Solutions has opened a branch in Chicago, to expand its activities in the U.S. and meet a growing demand for specification and recipe management software for the F&B industry.
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