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Memo from Wal-Mart to Beijing: Clean up your own act
The Wall Street Journal
After enduring $9.8 million in fines in the past three years, Wal-Mart is doing something that Western companies rarely do in China: Telling Chinese authorities they also need to clean up their own act.
New standards in China aim to clean up food retailers (The Wall Street Journal)
Wal-Mart cries foul on China fines (The Wall Street Journal)
Will Wal-Mart gobble up organic food supply? (Politico)
Food outbreak liability a moving target, Marler warns
Every step of the food chain — from manufacturers to auditors — should be on its toes because who ultimately bears responsibility in foodborne illness outbreaks is a moving target, Bill Marler, a plaintiff's attorney specializing in foodborne illness cases, warned.
Rising prices aid $15 billion food fraud problem
In a quest for profit, fraudsters mislabel and adulterate food. In addition to potential health problems, it costs the food industry billions. And, according to experts, the problem is only increasing with rising food costs and more widespread importation of food.
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10 questions that could decide Election 2014
Seven months out from Election Day, there are a few things we can say with a high degree of confidence: 2014 is shaping up to be a good year for the GOP. And Obamacare is the biggest, perhaps the dominant, issue in the battle for Congress. Beyond that, it's anyone's guess.
Struggling Democrats waiting for Hillary in 2014
She's one of the most sought-after surrogates of a party that can use all the help it can get in the midterms. But for reasons both personal and strategic, Hillary Clinton, potential Democratic 2016 standard-bearer, has largely resisted the tug of electoral politics — and likely won't hit the trail for Democratic candidates until the heat of election season this fall.
Democrats are talking about race and the GOP: Is it smart strategy? (The Washington Post)
Pryor up by 3 points in DSCC poll (The Hill)
Analysis: Early gaffes show McConnell campaign rust (The Courier-Journal via USA Today)
Shaun McCutcheon's victory lap
Thanks to the Supreme Court, Shaun McCutcheon is the new face of money in politics. And he's enjoying his moment in the limelight.
Attorney: FDA's cane juice probe should stop tidal wave of lawsuits
The FDA's March 5 decision to re-open comments on its 2009 draft guidance on "evaporated cane juice" may well kill off most ECJ-related lawsuits, or at least kick them into the long grass, say legal experts. But food and beverage firms should wait to see how more district judges react before celebrating, warn others.
US food products group asks government to toss Mexico sugar trade case
A trade group representing U.S. food and beverage makers has asked U.S. authorities not to go ahead with a proposed dumping case against the Mexican sugar industry, as a coalition of sugar cane and beet producers recently urged.
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Environmental impact statement for FSMA produce rule raises concerns
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
FDA's decision to rewrite portions of the produce safety rule while at the same time studying the long-term effects of the rule in an Environmental Impact Statement caused confusion at a public meeting hosted by the agency in early April.
FDA warning letters: 6 addressed to seafood facilities
Food Safety News
The bulk of the nine warning letters released last week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were addressed to seafood processing facilities for violations of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points regulation.
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Food inflation has shoppers budgeting, food makers competing on prices
The cost of food as a percentage of families' after-tax incomes is dramatically lower since the early 1950s — down from about 21 percent then to as low as 9.5 percent in 2008. But since the recession, it has ticked back up to 10 percent in 2012, and families say any increase this year will mean economizing.
See the trailer for 'Fed Up' before it hits theaters May 9
Mother Nature Network
After it debuted at Sundance, "Fed Up" had the food industry on the defensive. "Fed Up" quickly found a distributor after that debut, and it's set to hit theaters on May 9.
Frozen food makers looking to heat up sales
The American Frozen Food Institute is finalizing a major PR push that will reinforce the nutritional value of frozen foods.
Editor's note: American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz is quoted in this story describing the AFFI-led Frozen Food Roundtable consumer-facing campaign designed to change how consumers think and feel about frozen foods. To learn how your company can become a campaign supporter, please contact AFFI Vice President of Communications Corey Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 821-0770.
US retail sales post biggest gain in 18 months
U.S. retail sales recorded their largest gain in 1.5 years in March, in the latest sign the economy is emerging from its weather-induced slumber and on track to accelerate in the second quarter.
WH Group execs earn combined $600 million in shares for Smithfield deal
WH Group Ltd.'s CEO and another top company executive have been awarded nearly $600 million worth of shares for helping the Chinese pork giant secure its $4.9 billion takeover of U.S.-based Smithfield Foods Inc. last year, its preliminary prospectus showed.
The path from farm to plate of local meat in Western Massachusetts
The number of small farms in Massachusetts is increasing, and consumers are buying more local food, according to the most recent agricultural data. Statistics aside, evidence of the local food movement can be seen by a simple look around the Pioneer Valley.
Food poisoning statistics rise to 1 in 6 people
Foodborne illnesses are much more common than almost any other. Tracking and reporting are two key components in determining if the population at large is at risk.
Food safety software is as cold as ice
Food Quality News
Customers, quality and food safety are tied together, according to Burton Software, developer of a software program.
Symrise buys French food ingredient maker Diana from Ardian
Germany's Symrise, the world's fourth-largest scents and flavors company, has agreed to buy French food ingredient maker Diana Group from private equity firm Ardian, a deal that will expand its activities into the pet food market.
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