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Industry balks at 'food safety tax' to hit consumers
A coalition of dozens of food industry trade groups is urging Congress to do away with a set of proposed food safety fees they say would be passed along to families at supermarkets across the country.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is cited in this story as the leader of a 50-group food industry coalition opposing proposed new FDA food facility and import fees.
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Washington moves ahead with GMO label proposal
Food Production Daily
Following on the heels of California's failed Proposition 37 drive, Washington's state legislature is one step closer to voting on a ballot initiative that would require labels on biotech foods.
Hawaii: GMO labeling bill defeat isn't the end (Honolulu Civil Beat)
Non-GMO food sale underway at Whole Foods (Supermarket News)
FDA to extend comment deadline for produce safety rule
Food Safety News
Responding to multiple stakeholder requests, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to extend the comment period on the produce safety rule beyond May 16, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday.
Food illness decline stalls as safety rules arrive late (Bloomberg)
CDC report: Food-linked infections rose last year (The Wall Street Journal)
FDA breaks down FSMA funding request (Food Production Daily)
Hamburg: FDA is a taxpayer 'bargain' (Reuters)
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Max Baucus stirring controversy on all sides
Up for re-election next year, Senate Finance chairman and Montana Democrat Max Baucus is taking heat from all sides after — within the space of a few hours — he slammed the health reform law he helped write and then cast one of only four Democratic votes against universal gun show background checks.
Opinion: Gridlock is no way to govern
The Washington Post
The current level of partisan polarization, veering from ideological differences into tribalism, has not been seen in more than a century. The U.S. system has always moved slowly, but in times past major advances were achieved with some level of cooperation or restraint, if not consensus, between the parties. No more.
House GOP campaign committee raises $17.5 million
The National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee ended March with $8.1 million in cash reserves and even higher debt. It reported $8.3 million in unpaid bills. The fundraising falls short of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's haul.
Rubio support for immigration overhaul pits him against other conservatives
The Washington Post
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., offered his full endorsement of a controversial immigration package Thursday after he toed a careful line through the months of negotiations that produced the bill.
Rubio: Economy will benefit from immigration bill (The Wall Street Journal)
Gang of Eight vows to stay united, defeat immigration reform poison pills (The Hill)
Industry to Supreme Court: Stop EPA greenhouse gas regulations
Targeted News Service via Electric Power & Light
A large industry coalition, including the American Frozen Food Institute, filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday, challenging the EPA's regulation of greenhouse gases, saying the burdensome rules would affect every aspect of the economy.
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FSIS to send historical Salmonella information to plants
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
In another effort to help poultry plants that produce ground chicken and poultry products, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says it will begin sending those plants historical Salmonella serotype information.
Researcher looks at morality issues related to school lunches
University of Kansas via Medical Xpress
Chances are morality isn't the first thing that comes to mind when considering school lunch, but a University of Kansas professor is leading a national research effort to consider the moral implications of one of the most important parts of a student's day.
Related: Vilsack dines with San Diego students to promote federal program (U-T San Diego)
USDA: A nation of bad eaters stays bad
When comparing USDA dietary guidelines against current shopping habits, American households underspend on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy but overspend on fats, sugars/sweets, refined grains and convenience foods, a USDA Economic Research Service analysis of 23 broad food categories shows.
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McDonald's Q1 profit misses view, but revenues top estimates
RTT News via Nasdaq
Fast food giant McDonald's Corp. reported Friday a profit for the first quarter that remained flat with last year's strong results that included an additional day in 2012 due to leap year.
Related: McDonald's packaging to feature QR codes for nutrition details (International Supermarket News)
New technology could improve food safety, defend against bioterrorism
United Press International
An improved detection method could improve food safety and also bolster defenses against bioterrorism, researchers at the University of Missouri reported in the journal Biosensors and Bioelectronics.
Related: Terror through food (Food Safety News)
Nordic Cold Storage opens Georgia facility's first phase
Nordic Cold Storage has opened the first phase of its storage and blast facility near the Port of Savannah in Georgia. The site has more than 200,000 square feet of convertible, temperature-controlled storage space and can blast more than 10 million pounds of product per week. It began receiving shipments in April and will open a second phase of development this summer.
Supply chain risk: Answers to five often-asked questions
Risk & Compliance Journal via The Wall Street Journal
From the tsunami in Japan and drought in the U.S. farm belt, to horse meat in Europe and flooding in Thailand, the ripple effects of supply chain risks are being felt around the world. Problems that used to be isolated and manageable can now lead to global supply disruptions and lasting brand damage.
In meat tests, more data tying human illness to farm antibiotics
Are the antibiotics the livestock industry uses on animals responsible for antibiotic-resistant infections in people? Bacteria are notoriously hard to follow from farm to fork, but more pieces of the puzzle are coming together that suggest the answer is yes.
RIP cupcakes, long live juice cleanses? Inside the fickle food trend bubble
As media attention shines on the collapse of the cupcake fad and the rise of the health-conscious consumer, Forbes wonders where the next food trend will pop up.
Global Fresh Foods: Fresh salmon from Chile without ice or polystyrene
Without using ice, environmentally harmful polystyrene foam packaging or costly and environmentally damaging air freight, Global Fresh Foods is shipping fresh salmon from Chile to the U.S., using technology that completely removes oxygen from the shipment.
Sonoco targets 3 factors to drive performance
Food Production Daily
Pricing, better operating performance and volume wins will drive performance this year, said Sonoco.
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