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Opinion: The world needs genetically modified foods
The Wall Street Journal (open-access story)
Even without mandatory labeling, most genetically modified foods have already been driven out of our supermarkets. People in wealthy countries can afford to live with this outcome. But in the long run, it will take important choices away from farmers and consumers in poor countries.
Parents, school food service directors debate snacks
The Washington Post
Across the country, school lunch directors, nutritionists and parents are asking the same question — Should kids be eating this at all? — as the U.S. Department of Agriculture crafts new federal nutrition standards limiting sugar, fat and sodium for school snacks and drinks.
Business, labor reach foreign farm workers visa deal
Labor unions and business groups struck a deal Friday over new visa rules for foreign farm workers, removing a final obstacle before a comprehensive immigration bill is unveiled this week.
Related: Immigration plan is first major policy gamble for Rubio (The Washington Post)
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Mitch McConnell in no mood for bipartisanship
Mitch McConnell still hasn't gotten over December's traumatic fiscal cliff showdown. The Senate minority leader has signaled privately that he has no interest in sitting in the same room as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to discuss a possible "grand bargain" on budget and tax issues.
Poll: Low marks for federal government
The federal government's approval rating is at a record low, a new Pew survey says. According to a poll released Monday from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, the federal government's favorability rating clocks in at 28 percent.
John Sununu to skip New Hampshire rematch in 2014
Looks like there won't be another Senate battle between John Sununu and Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire.
Related: Joe Miller weighs Alaska Senate run (Politico)
Sweeteners in milk lead to label fight
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The U.S. dairy industry is clashing with several consumer groups over an unusual request centering on "reduced calorie" or "less sugar" labeling on flavored milks.
School freezer may be next stop for local food movement
Nearly half of Minnesota's school districts use at least some local food in their cafeterias, but the farm-to-school program at Sibley East, begun in 2010, is one of the state's largest and is considered a leader when it comes to preserving and freezing.
Stabenow, Taylor to speak at National Food Policy Conference
Food Safety News
Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, and Michael Taylor, deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, will keynote the National Food Policy Conference that kicks off today in Washington, D.C.
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Senator seeks new fast food waste policies
The Daily Journal
California Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, has introduced legislation that would prohibit fast food chains with 20 or more locations from providing disposable packaging or single-use carryout bags that are not recyclable or compostable by July 1, 2014.
Meatpackers say Obama administration labeling rules will cripple industry
The U.S. meat industry is joining with the Canadian government in opposing proposed country-of-origin labeling regulations that they say would shutter beef packing plants and cripple the industry across North America.
UK to announce review of food safety over horse meat
U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will order a review of food safety following the horse meat scandal, one of his deputies said. In written statement to Parliament in London today, Agriculture and Food Minister David Heath said Paterson would "announce a strategic review of the incident and its implications for the food chain."
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As food donations drop, companies help fight hunger
A growing number of food companies are teaming with Feeding America and the Wal-Mart Foundation's Fighting Hunger Together campaign in an effort to counter a nationwide slump in springtime food donations. Six more companies, including Campbell's Soup, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Nestle USA, have joined this year's second annual nationwide April food drive, along with returning companies ConAgra Foods, General Mills, Kraft Foods group and Kellogg.
McDonald's cranks up the volume on 'value'
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
McDonald's is pushing its value message harder amid lackluster consumer spending and increased competition from rivals.
Related: McDonald's tries food for Chinese tastes (The China Perspective)
Who is making your food?
Phil Lempert looks at Safeway's transparency efforts. Responding to the consumer climate, the chain is encouraging retailers and CPG manufacturers to map their global supply chains.
Thermo Fisher nears $13 billion Life Tech deal
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is nearing a deal to buy genetic testing equipment maker Life Technologies Corp. for close to $13 billion, according to four people familiar with the matter, in what would be one of the year's biggest corporate takeovers.
New hires: Who's on the move in food industry this summer?
Pending staff changes at Heinz are in the spotlight as summer approaches and executives change jobs in the food industry.
Manda recall expands; nearly half a million pounds of meat at risk
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Manda Packing Company, a Baker, La., establishment, is expanding its recall to include approximately 468,000 pounds of roast beef, ham, turkey breast, tasso pork, ham shanks, hog head cheese, corned beef and pastrami due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
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Researchers: Fructose does not harm at typical intake levels
Food Ingredients First
Fructose does not increase body weight, blood pressure, uric acid or insulin levels — and it might improve glycemic control at normal consumption levels, according to a research commentary.
Hidden ingredients in everyday foods
WKYC-TV via USA Today
You wouldn't feed your family plastic or coal tar, but that's what nutritionist Mira Calton says goes into some popular food products.
Examining the gluten-free trend
Prevention via ABC News
Americans spend more than $6 billion a year on gluten-free foods, thanks in part to the products' health halo. But are all those potato-flour pastas and pizzas getting to the right stomachs?
Related: Six tips for establishing a safe, effective gluten-free kitchen (Food Safety)
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