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Blue Bell recalls all products over Listeria
Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries announced on Monday a voluntary recall of all its ice cream and frozen treat products from store shelves due to continuing problems with the Listeria bacteria.
Related: Video statement: Blue Bell CEO and President Paul Kruse (The Dallas Morning News)
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Bye-bye, food dye: Kraft Mac & Cheese just got duller
The Washington Post
Almost 80 years after its invention, Kraft Mac & Cheese is about to change. Under pressure from "healthier" competitors and a controversial food blogger, the company says it is stripping all artificial preservatives and synthetic colors from its most iconic item.
Healthy eating sparks M&A on blurring frontier between food and drugs
A boom in "nutraceuticals" — food and drinks with potential health benefits — is paving the way for a rush of deals, as food and drug companies compete to dominate a market expected to be worth $280 billion by 2018.
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The GOP frontrunner? It's not Jeb Bush
With one well-received January speech in Iowa, Scott Walker shot to the top of the polls. After a successful campaign launch, Marco Rubio is slowly gaining ground with donors and with conservatives who see a candidate with an inspiring biography and exceptional skills as a communicator. Yet it's Jeb Bush who's frequently described as the frontrunner in a crowded field of more than a dozen Republican candidates.
Related: Meet the 19th most likely guy to win the GOP presidential nomination (The Washington Post)
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Presidential bids by Rubio, Paul deal 2016 blow to Senate GOP
The Washington Post
The presidential ambitions of Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rand Paul, R-Ky., are dealing a blow to their party's effort to retain a fragile Senate majority in the 2016 election, close watchers say, by injecting a heavy dose of uncertainty into their home state contests.
RNC and GOP House campaign arm out-raise Democrat counterparts
The Wall Street Journal
Two of the three national Republican Party committees bested their Democratic counterparts in March fundraising, while Senate Democrats' campaign arm once again out-raised the Republicans'.
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Attorney general adopts GMO labeling rules for Vermont food retailers
The Vermont Attorney General's Office adopted new regulations last week for labeling food products containing genetically engineered ingredients sold in Vermont after July 1, 2016.
Poll: Hawaii voters want GMO labeling (Honolulu Civil Beat)
Federal legislation would invalidate some state GMO labeling laws (The Patriot Ledger)
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Pelosi's choice: Obama or the left?
Nancy Pelosi is confronting a conundrum on trade as she walks a delicate line between the president she champions and the caucus she leads.
Food safety legislation continues brisk pace set last year
Food Safety News
From raw milk to GMO labeling and more, food safety legislation at the state level is forging ahead this year, following an exceptionally busy year in 2014, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Judge denies McDonald's request for union documents
Chicago Tribune via Meat + Poultry
An administrative law judge recently rejected a request by McDonald's Corp. allowing the company to subpoena documents from firms hired by a service employees union as part of a legal battle over higher wages for fast food workers.
NPE 2015 end-use regulatory impact review: Food labeling/packaging
The National Plastics Exposition recently took place in Orlando, Florida. Let's go behind the scenes and take a look from a plastics engineering standpoint at some of the regulatory impacts in key plastics end-uses and related technologies. In the second of a three-part recap, we'll look at food labeling and packaging. The United Kingdom is recommending that food-labeling changes be made to make it easier for shoppers to know when food is safe to eat.
California mandatory water restrictions pit crops vs. lawns
California Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to exclude farms from water-use restrictions to counter the state's historic drought has reignited tensions between homeowners who covet green lawns and pools and farmers who produce half the produce grown in the U.S.
Judge tosses fraud lawsuit over Annie's promotions accounting
A federal judge has dismissed a securities fraud class action against Annie's Inc., ruling that plaintiffs have not shown that officials of the organic food products company now owned by General Mills intentionally or recklessly misled investors.
Data on chemicals in food: Annual overview for the general public
A new EFSA report aims to give non-specialists a balanced view of the findings of annual EU-wide monitoring of levels of chemicals in food.
Bird flu hinders Hormel's turkey supply
Hormel Foods Corp., which previously announced avian influenza issues at its Jennie-O Turkey Store brand, said it is "experiencing significant challenges in our turkey supply chain" due to outbreaks in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Will Target's Lilly Pulitzer heat translate to groceries?
If the Lilly Pulitzer launch is the beginning of Target's return to successful trend spotting, they may be looking to replicate it with a new strategy in grocery.
3 drivers of the US demographic makeover
BBVA Bancomer via FX Street
An increasingly gray and diverse population will foster a divergence of preferences on a scale never before seen in U.S. history. For the first time, there will be more Americans over age 80 than under age 5, and the number of first- and second-generation immigrants will reach a record high.
Front-of-pack labels are equally effective — but none work alone
Front-of-pack labeling can be useful, but health policymakers are naïve if they think this alone will result in healthier food choices, say researchers. Environment, motivation and psychology must be actively influenced too.
How food waste costs our cities millions
Sustainable Cities Collective
It would take farmland the size of Mexico just to grow the amount of food that humans produce, but do not eat, every year. While food waste presents significant challenges, addressing waste also provides an opportunity for growing cities to reduce their carbon emissions, curb deforestation and mitigate water withdrawals caused by agriculture.
30 tons of sausage recalled after plastic found in Trader Joe's, al fresco brands
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Massachusetts-based Kayem Foods is recalling approximately 59,203 pounds of fully cooked chicken sausage products that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic, first noticed by two consumers.
Safety app targets worker engagement
Food Quality News
Safety software has traditionally been developed for the employer, and it can be a battle to get worker engagement, according to the creator of an app.
Revision of ISO 22000 on food safety management underway
Food Ingredients First
Ensuring food is safe along the entire food chain is a major concern in our modern societies, where products sometimes cross several borders before reaching the end consumer.
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