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AFFI takes the lead in combatting increased costs for industry, consumers
American Frozen Food Institute
Food makers and consumers share a common foe: increased government costs. Shielding our members and the consuming public from higher costs has been at the forefront of AFFI's efforts, as we continue to lead the charge on Capitol Hill against unreasonable and costly government mandates affecting the food and beverage industry.
Michael Taylor: FDA's new goal is preventing foodborne illness
The Washington Post
In a letter to the editor, Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for food and veterinary medicine, addresses the ongoing process of implementing new rules that affect the most fundamental supply chain in America: the food industry.
Related: FDA's Taylor seeks industry buy-in for import fee (Food Chemical News)
How free-market forces fight obesity — and serve as industry model
The knives are out for the food industry, and they are getting sharper by the week as activists clamor for new taxes and restrictions on the $1.25 trillion U.S. food industry. But it might surprise them that one organization — involving the White House, health advocates and business — is already moving the needle in the right direction without legislation, lawyers or lobbyists.
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How the immigration deal got made
The meeting was supposed to be a half-hour update for immigration reform proponents — but the GOP wasn't about to let the Democratic senators get off that easily.
Related: Secretive House group breaks silence to praise Senate immigration bill (The Hill)
Obama aligns with GOP on tax extenders
It's a year-end tradition that's as deeply ingrained as the lighting of the National Christmas Tree: a last-minute, feverish lobbying campaign to keep billions of dollars in temporary tax breaks on the books. But President Barack Obama's budget proposal threatens to upend that routine.
Rand Paul Hints at presidential run in 2016
ABC OTUS News via Yahoo News
Sen. Rand Paul is considering a run for the presidency in 2016 but will not decide until next year, the Kentucky Republican said today at the Christian Science Monitor Breakfast in Washington, D.C.
Opinion: Setting the record straight on US gas prices
Last month, the Energy Information Administration announced that U.S. crude production will soon top oil imports for the first time in almost 20 years, and at the same time production of ethanol, which costs less than gasoline, has been increasing because of lower corn prices. That news was predictably followed by a drop in gasoline prices across the U.S., despite dire warnings just a few weeks ago. What's going on?
Minneapolis expands its menu for school lunch
The Minneapolis, Minn., district now will study whether it's cost-effective to expand tastier, healthier high school menus to cafeterias serving younger students.
Reality check: Rising school lunch prices
School lunch prices are going up again in Henderson County, N.C., as part of the federal government's new requirements under the 2010 Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, or Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act. Local residents offer their perspectives.
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EFSA rejects GM maize application
Agra-Net (subscription required)
The European Food Safety Authority has rejected DuPont Pioneer's application for genetically modified maize 98140 on the grounds that it had failed to provide adequate data in order to certify the product's safety.
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Obama administration proceeds with privatized poultry inspection
Food Poisoning Bulletin
The Obama administration's proposed cuts to USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service signal the government is proceeding with privatized poultry inspection that has been criticized by food safety and worker safety groups.
China's food standards to be clarified, unified — quickly
China will speed up its improvement of food safety standards and finish clarifying existing food standards by the end of this year, according to a circular released by the State Council Tuesday.
Former FDA official: Food companies have interest in GRAS changes, too
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
If the FDA wants more detail about food additives being used in the market, it should consider making the food additive petition process more timely and predictable, suggests Mitchell Cheeseman, former acting director of FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety.
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Economy hits 'spring swoon'
The Washington Post
For the third year in a row, the nation's economic recovery seems to be petering out just as temperatures start to go up. Hiring has dropped off. Shoppers are putting away their wallets. Government spending cuts are looming. That has fueled predictions of an abrupt slowdown over the next few months.
No need to give frozen food the cold shoulder
Frozen dinners have been part of our culinary history more than 70 years. Christy Frese, a registered dietitian in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, says increased health concerns, aging baby boomers and an increased number of single-serve diners have prompted the frozen food market to reinvent meals from the freezer.
Pantry study: Shoppers' belts remain tight despite economic improvement
Even as the economy improves, 94 percent of Americans indicate they will remain cautious and keep their spending for food, beverage and household goods at its current level, according to Deloitte's 2013 American Pantry Study.
McDonald's franchises complain of too many deals
United Press International
McDonald's franchise operators in the United States are frustrated with mandates from headquarters to push low-margin sales, a survey found; one respondent called it "couponing like there is no tomorrow."
Related: $700,000 settlement expected in halal lawsuit (The AP via Chicago Sun-Times)
Low-sodium food labels woo — and confuse — consumers
The general consensus is that food labels that advertise lower sodium are a good way to help people make more healthful choices. But after that, what we think those labels mean gets a bit fuzzy, according to a new study.
European Hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries
Food Safety News
A hepatitis A outbreak linked to frozen berries has sickened as many as 56 people in four of Europe's Nordic countries, according to health officials.
FDA senior food safety adviser leaving for Produce Marketing Association
Food Safety News
Jim Gorny, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's senior adviser on produce safety at the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, has been named vice president of food safety and technology at the Produce Marketing Association, the group announced Tuesday.
Fairway sets IPO pricing as trading begins
Globe Newswire via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Fairway Group Holdings Corp., the parent company of Fairway Market, today announced the pricing of its initial public offering at a price of $13 per share as trading was slated to begin.
Food industry scoring high in corporate social responsibility
Food Product Design
The food industry was well-represented in "100 Best Corporate Citizens 2013," a list recognizing companies who demonstrate corporate social responsibility, accountability and transparency.
Westin Foods acquires majority interest in Dominex
Food Business News (free registration)
Westin Foods, an Omaha, Neb.-based packaged foods business, has expanded its health and wellness division by acquiring a majority interest in St. Augustine, Fla.-based Dominex LC, to create Dominex Natural Foods.
Tesco, hit by write-downs, confirms US exit
The Wall Street Journal (open-access story)
Tesco PLC on Wednesday counted the cost of years of ambitious expansion under former chief Terry Leahy, as the U.K. supermarket operator's profit for the year was all but wiped out by payments to clean up its domestic business and a charge related to its failed U.S. venture.
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