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Bill seeks to block mandatory GMO food labeling by states
A Republican congressman from Kansas introduced legislation Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act," was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo and is aimed at overriding bills in about two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which is supporting the federal GMO labeling legislation highlighted in this story.
GMO labeling bill would trump states (Politico)
Cargill's Gregory Page on GMO foods (The Wall Street Journal)
Legislation would ban state GMO labeling measures (USA Today)
Will the buzz about Taco Bell's breakfast translate into sales?
The Wall Street Journal
Does online chatter translate to more sales? That's the big question for Taco Bell right now.
Is Warren Buffett hunting Tony the Tiger?
Could Warren Buffett use his elephant gun to bag a tiger named Tony? Kellogg Co. surged the most since 2009 last week amid speculation it might become the industry's next takeover target.
Obama's correct: The 113th Congress will be least productive in history
The Washington Post
Here's President Barack Obama at a fundraiser Wednesday night for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in Houston: "This has become the least productive Congress in modern history, recent memory. And that's by objective measures, just basic activity."
Republicans in tough races vote against Ryan budget resolution
A dozen Republicans voted against Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget Thursday, including many facing tough elections this year.
King may flip to GOP in 2015
Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, who caucuses with the Democrats, will decide after the midterm elections whether to switch sides and join the Republicans.
Final menu, vending machine labeling rules sent to OMB
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Supermarkets will soon discover whether they're in or out of the menu labeling program as FDA last week sent the menu and vending machine calorie disclose regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for final review.
California bill requiring warning labels on sugary drinks advances
A California bill to require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay passed its first legislative hurdle Wednesday, the latest move by lawmakers nationwide aimed at persuading people to drink less soda pop.
NIOSH director says FSIS administrator misinterpreted line-speed study
Food Safety News
John Howard, director of the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, is concerned that USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service has misinterpreted the findings of a recent study evaluating worker safety at poultry-processing plants.
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What happened to fast food workers when San Jose raised minimum wage?
The Wall Street Journal
A 25 percent minimum wage increase in San Jose, Calif., didn't cause the region's fast food franchises to stop hiring. But it might have caused some heartburn.
Are milk and juice responsible for childhood obesity?
U.S. News & World Report
Reducing kids' consumption of liquid calories is an obvious, important way to target childhood obesity.
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Withered California fruit seen raising food costs
The drought that is withering vegetable and fruit crops in California may push up food prices more than the dry spell that ravaged the Corn Belt in 2012, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.
Related: Why the world is looking for US crops (Bloomberg TV)
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Wal-Mart, Wild Oats team up to disrupt organic food industry
In what may potentially have big implications for the organic food industry, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s largest unit has teamed up with Wild Oats to sell a collection of pantry staples that will be much cheaper than national branded organic foods already on shelves.
Related: It's really hard to be a Whole Foods clone (The Wall Street Journal)
PETA asks Chick-fil-A to serve faux chicken sandwich
Atlanta Business Chronicle
In a letter to Dan Cathy, Chick-fil-A's chairman, president and CEO, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals refers to the restaurant chain's plans to add healthier options to its menu and says the best way to be healthy is a non-chicken chicken sandwich.
How Oreos hopes to maintain its chocolate supply
The Wall Street Journal
How green can you make an Oreo? That's a question facing Irene B. Rosenfeld, chief executive of Mondelez International Inc., maker of the sandwich cookies and other well-known brands.
Mondelez plans $110 million snack factory in Russia
Mondelez International Inc., the U.S. company that makes everything from Oreo cookies to Trident gum, plans to spend $110 million on a new factory in Russia, navigating an increasingly tense geopolitical climate.
Foster Farms-linked Salmonella outbreak case count climbs to 524
Food Safety News
Another month of the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to Foster Farms raw chicken has added 43 people with the illness to the official case count, according to the CDC.
Kosher foods expand reach
Kosher is not just for Jews anymore. Annually, 40 percent of kosher food sales happen around the Passover, but sales have been soaring throughout the rest of the year, too.
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