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General: School lunches are national security issue
What's on kids' school lunch trays can have an impact that reaches far beyond the cafeteria — even to the front lines where U.S. military men and women serve, says a retired general who served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy.
Related: School lunch's food fight gets a hearing in the House Wednesday (Marketplace)
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From kale to chia: Plot the arc of a food fad
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Food companies expect us to flit from one eating habit to the next so they can steadily churn out new products. But forecasting those eating trends is trickier than it looks.
Collaboration is key
American Frozen Food Institute
Food and beverage producers and their distribution partners are confronted with a growing list of challenges that could dramatically alter how much food costs, how it's made, how it's distributed, how it's marketed and how it's consumed. Now more than ever, food and beverage companies rely on their trade associations to help them shape and navigate the public policy landscape that affects their "license to do business."
Will Hillary Clinton be the agent of her campaign's undoing — again?
As Hillary Clinton runs toward 2016, she'll have to avoid the infighting that plagued her mismanaged 2008 run for the presidency.
Blueberries are one of the hottest ingredients in all types of beverages. Part of the reason is health but part is also the across-the-board appeal of blueberries with consumers of all ages and with product developers who appreciate the multitude of blueberry products available year-round.
U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council
House GOP leaders pick loyalists for budget talks
House GOP leaders are breaking with tradition by nominating Budget Committee members from across the seniority spectrum — even including a freshman — to serve as top negotiators with the Senate on a final spending blueprint.
Murray, Durbin hit the phones
Sens. Patty Murray and Dick Durbin placed calls to Democratic senators over the April recess, intensifying speculation about a possible leadership contest between the senior Democrats.
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House bill would kill Clean Water Act rule, force replacement
House Republicans introduced legislation Monday that would force federal agencies to kill and then replace a proposed rule to re-define what streams, wetlands and other areas are regulated under the Clean Water Act.
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Defining a McJob: Fight for $15 protests planned for low-wage workers
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Protests for pay of $15 an hour and a union for fast food and other low-wage workers are set to take place around the country Wednesday, marking the biggest effort yet in an ongoing campaign by labor organizers.
Related: 'Fight for $15' movement to include more countries (Star Tribune)
Vilsack outlines thoughts on farming and mass-produced meat
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack spoke at Yale University Tuesday and said he likes how social media is causing a change in the way big-business producers like McDonald's create their food.
Food industry faces close scrutiny in 2015
McGuire Woods via Law Fuel
For 2015, the food and beverage industry will experience governmental attention on a number of fronts. Given the Department of Justice’s recent success in prosecuting food manufacturing executives on criminal charges, the industry likely will see more of the same in the near future.
Groups urge FDA to issue FSMA model laboratory standards
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
New FDA Acting Commissioner Stephen Ostroff is hearing from plenty of groups on food matters since taking office this month, including laboratory and consumer groups frustrated by the delay in releasing new standards for laboratories under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
FAO: Over-consumption, climate change threaten food security, water supply
There will be enough water to produce food for 10 billion people in 2050, but over-consumption and the impact of climate change threaten food security and water supplies in many regions, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Tuesday.
NLRB 'ambush election' rule takes effect
American Frozen Food Institute
The National Labor Relations Board "ambush election" rule took effect Tuesday, April 14, following President Barack Obama's recent veto of the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 29). Congress passed H.J. Res. 29 in March rejecting the NLRB's proposed rule pursuant to the Congressional Review Act.
Related: Employers brace for impact of new NLRB election rule (Law360)
WTO says US tuna labeling rules hurts Mexican fisheries
Law360 (subscriber story)
A World Trade Organization panel said Tuesday that U.S. "dolphin-friendly" labeling rules continue to unfairly discriminate against Mexican tuna imports by imposing lighter burdens on other tuna-producing countries aimed at ensuring that no dolphins were killed or seriously injured during fishing.
Despite tough new rules, food safety still a gamble
Detroit Free Press
The food poisoning scare that prompted Sabra Dipping to recall 30,000 cases of Listeria-tainted hummus last week began with what Michigan regulators described as a "routine inspection" of processed foods for sale at a Kroger in Port Huron. But if you think that means the food products you buy or the grocery stores you patronize are routinely subjected to similar scrutiny, think again.
Wyman's blueberries featured on PBS's Carolina Impact
American Frozen Food Institute
Public Broadcasting Service Charlotte's Carolina Impact, a program focusing on the issues, people and places in the greater Charlotte area, recently aired a segment on blueberries and diabetes. Jasper Wyman & Son blueberries were prominently featured throughout the segment.
Preferred Freezer Services expands operations in New Jersey
American Frozen Food Institute
Preferred Freezer Services, a global leader in temperature controlled warehousing, announced the completion of a new warehouse facility in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey.
US spending on restaurant meals overtakes grocery sales — for first time ever
Grocery stores are finding it harder to make headway with shoppers as a surge in spending at restaurants over the past several months signals Americans are more likely to ditch the brown bags in favor of doggy bags.
Twinkie's billion-dollar comeback
With ingenuity, capital and creative chemistry, billionaire C. Dean Metropoulos and Apollo Global's Andy Jhawar rescued Hostess Brands — and set themselves up to feast on a $2 billion gain.
Iowa gets its first HPAI case; more turkeys in Minnesota affected
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in a commercial turkey flock in Buena Vista County, Iowa — the first in that state.
Bagel Bites line puts breakfast pizzas on tiny bagels
If bagels are a breakfast food, and pizza bagels are a food that can be eaten at any time of day, when do you eat a breakfast pizza bagel?
The sustainability challenge of the Kraft-Heinz merger
While the megamerger of Kraft Foods Group and H.J. Heinz Company may cause some investors to rejoice at potential future earnings, it also might put corporate sustainability advocates on watch.
Kind bars get slapped with warning from Food and Drug Administration
New York Daily News
The feds have slammed the makers of Kind bars for making unsubstantiated health claims about the products. The New York company's labels are "misbranded," the FDA said in a warning letter, because "the products do not meet the requirements" to be able to claim the bars are a "good source of fiber" with "low sodium" and "no trans fat."
Wholesale prices in US increase for first time in 5 months
Wholesale prices in the U.S. climbed in March for the first time in five months, reflecting higher costs for fuels and motor vehicles.
Ice pigging technology offers industry significant savings
Ice pigging technology has great potential for the dairy and food industry, and if an integrated system can be developed and marketed that delivers the ice at the point of use when needed it could be a real game-changer.
New project alleviates challenges of complying with food contact regulations
Food Production Daily
SPI, the Plastics Industry Trade Association, has launched Project Passport, alleviating challenges manufacturers face complying with food contact regulations in the U.S. and the European Union.
Safety technology for the food industry as a mobile app
The extended Schmersal application finder now contains solutions for the food industry.
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