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Is organic better for your health? A look at milk, meat, eggs, produce and fish
The Washington Post
Organic or conventional? It's a choice many grocery shoppers are faced with, over and over. The price difference is easy to see; it's right there on the product. The quality difference is much harder.
Related: Target ups game on organic, sustainable products (The Washington Post)
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Consumer activism surrounds ingredients, food processing
Food Product Design
More and more, Americans have trust issues with "big food" — myriad recalls, the banning of trans fats and studies linking the role food plays in disease have put consumers on alert. Labeling laws, the transparency the Internet provides and the platform for discussion social media offers have collectively created the perfect storm for debate and change.
GMO bill reignites labeling fight
Business-backed legislation establishing voluntary labeling standards for food made with genetically modified ingredients was introduced Wednesday to groans from safety advocates, who called it a thinly veiled effort to block mandatory requirements.
Republicans feud over tea party candidates
The Wall Street Journal
The continuing battle between the establishment and antiestablishment forces within the Grand Old Party is getting bitter.
Defectors rise on Ryan budget
More than 10 Republicans are expected to reject Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget blueprint, and many others remain undecided.
Senate Democrats outraise Republicans in March
The Wall Street Journal
Senate Democrats' campaign arm outraised its Republican counterpart by $1.8 million last month, pulling in $8.1 million compared with Republicans' $6.3 million and ending the month with more than $22 million in cash on hand.
FDA: Just because it's sweet and sticky doesn't mean it's honey
Food companies and other producers who add sweeteners to honey have to alert consumers by labeling their products as a "blend," the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday.
Related: EU study finds honey bee death rates lower than feared (Reuters)
Congress debates the Big Mac — with charts
The Washington Post
On Tuesday afternoon, while debating a bill that would require the Congressional Budget Office to stop assuming annual increases in discretionary spending due to inflation, two members of the House budget committee fell deep down a chart-created rabbit hole.
Maui petition filed against GMO industry, Monsanto responds
A total of 9,500 signatures were submitted to Maui County officials in Hawaii Monday as part of a petition calling for the suspension of genetically-engineered operations and practices.
Is banning PHOs the best way to crack down on trans fats?
On the face of it, the FDA's proposal to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils — the source of most of the "artificial" trans fats in the US food supply — seems like a no-brainer. After all, even if the jury is apparently still out on saturated fats, few experts dispute that trans fats are bad news.
5 issues to watch at NLRB election rule meetings
Law360 (subscription required)
With a two-day public meeting on the National Labor Relations Board's proposed regulations to streamline the union election process set to kick off Thursday, management-side labor lawyers say there are five issues to keep an eye on.
Related: Poultry groups weigh in, again, on NLRB proposal (Meatingplace)
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Industry group: 'Scientific substantiation' needed before WHO sugar cuts
More research is required before the World Health Organization cuts its guidance on daily sugar intake by half, according to the Association of Chocolate, Biscuits and Confectionery Industries of Europe.
Opinion: Bureaucrats need to learn difference between lettuce, lipitor
FDA has a well-deserved reputation for over-regulation and for aggressively expanding its dominions. If agency officials were truly working in the public interest, they would be searching for ways to impose only the amount of regulation that is necessary and sufficient, to reduce the costs of R&D performed by the private sector, and to stimulate innovation. Instead, we're seeing the opposite.
10 years of EU and FAO joint work on agriculture and food security
For a decade, the European Union and the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization have partnered on food safety and food security initiatives. New projects in 2013 alone amounted to nearly $200 million. What results are they seeing?
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Sonic ranked No. 1 burger chain by market research group
Sonic Drive-In ranked first among burger chains for customer experience — and was the only one in that category to rank in the top five among 268 national brands — in a report by customer experience research organization Temkin Group.
New ingredient improves foods' fat profile
Food Product Design
USDA chemists have developed a butter-like extract, derived from rice bran oil, as a partial replacement for margarine, butter or shortening, according to new research published in the European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology.
Indiana creating new opportunity for small meat processors
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Indiana has joined USDA's Cooperative Interstate Shipment Program, which gives certain selected small and very small state-inspected meat processors the option to ship meat and poultry products bearing an official USDA Mark of Inspection across state lines.
Equity fund buys kosher food maker; expansion ahead?
The New York Times
The Manischewitz Co., whose matzo and gefilte fish are a staple of Seder tables around the world, was expected to announce Tuesday that it has been sold to Sankaty Advisors, an arm of the private equity giant Bain Capital. The deal, just in time for Passover next week, may help the 126-year-old company expand beyond the kosher aisle.
Wal-Mart plans 50 more India wholesale outlets, e-commerce launch
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. on Tuesday announced plans to open 50 more wholesale outlets in India and start online operations to sell to small shopkeepers, several months after it decided against opening its own retail stores there.
'External' issues hit Cargill profits
Cargill has blamed "external" effects — including problems with corn shipments to China — for a slump in earnings in its third quarter.
Food safety chain management solution: The next generation
Food Safety Magazine
Just ahead of this week's Food Safety Summit, SafetyChain Software has introduced the next-generation version of its food safety chain management system, SafetyChain for Food. The new version provides several enhancements to address the ever-increasing complexities of global food safety and quality assurance.
Food safety training must evolve to succeed
Food Production Daily
Keeping up with ever-changing regulatory requirements and increasingly complex processing environments requires an evolved approach to safety training, according to one industry expert at the Food Safety Summit 2014.
Automated food warehouse cuts energy by 80 percent
Food Production Daily
A producer specializing in Tetra Pak aseptic-packaged foods and beverages has opened its doors on an automated facility designed to boost efficiency and cut energy usage.
Related: Using robots to pick and pack food is starting to accelerate (Food Production Daily)
SunOpta to expand aseptic processing and packaging operations
SunOpta has announced further expansion to its aseptic processing and packaging operations in Modesto, Calif. The company will add a third processor at the Modesto facility.
Senomyx, PepsiCo collaborate to identify new salt flavor modifiers
American biotechnology firm Senomyx has entered into a collaborative agreement with PepsiCo to identify new salt flavor modifiers.
Foods to unlock multi-sensory experiences coming soon
Global food and drink firms will launch new products designed to release the untapped potential of multi-sensory experiences based on sound and vision, a leading cognitive neuroscientist has revealed.
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