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Judge: FDA breaks food safety law with rule delays
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is violating food safety law by delaying regulations intended to help prevent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, a federal judge ruled.
Grab $4 more for groceries: Food Institute consumer spending analysis
The Food Institute
Feeding a family of four at home will cost about $4 more each week this year than in 2012. Meanwhile, away-from-home food spending is projected to rise about $2.40 each week. Nearly a quarter of that projected increase in retail food prices will come from the meat case.
Related: What $5 gets you in food around the world (The Huffington Post)
'Dirty Dozen' produce list called 'inaccurate and alarmist' by FDA
Food Safety News
To steal a quote from the movie "Back to the Future," every organization has its oldies but goodies, but this year when Environmental Working Group rolled out its "Dirty Dozen" produce list for the ninth time, it got some immediate push-back from the government.
Related: 2013's updated Dirty Dozen produce list (Mother Nature Network)
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Max Baucus to retire
Montana Sen. Max Baucus will not seek re-election in 2014, becoming the latest senior red-state Democrat to bail out of a potentially difficult re-election campaign, a senior Democratic official confirmed.
Industry PACs give heavily to new GOP House chairmen
In the first three months of this Congress, newly installed House committee chairmen collectively saw a 74 percent increase in donations from special-interest political action committees from the same period in the previous Congress, a USA Today analysis shows. Many of the PACs represent industries the chairmen now oversee.
Democrats gain early fundraising edge
Congressional Democrats are leveraging their online fundraising edge and 2012 campaign wins to generate big money early in the 2014 election cycle. Both the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee out-raised their GOP counterparts by wide margins in the first three months of 2013.
Immigration reform could be bonanza for Democrats
The immigration proposal pending in Congress would transform the nation's political landscape for a generation or more — pumping as many as 11 million new Hispanic voters into the electorate a decade from now in ways that, if current trends hold, would produce an electoral bonanza for Democrats and cripple Republican prospects in many states they now win easily.
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Hamburg addresses menu labeling, FSMA and user fees at FDA budget hearing
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The final menu labeling rules are in the "home stretch" and will be published this year. New legislation would be needed to charge the food industry additional fees to help pay for the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. And FDA is doubling its comment period for the preventive controls and produce safety proposals it published in January.
Labeling is hot: Gluten-free, GMO and vending rules on horizon
Bakery and Snacks
Labeling is the No. 1 issue facing U.S. snack makers, given the increasing attention from authorities and the private sector, says food policy expert Beth Johnson, founder of Food Direction LLC, at Snaxpo 2013.
Vermont moving quickly on GMO labeling bill (The Barre Montpelier Times Argus)
Consumers want meat details (Agweek)
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Lawmakers urge USDA to buy cranberries for school lunch
Wisconsin Ag Connection
A group of Congressional leaders from the Badger State are asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to buy up to 50 million pounds of cranberries for food and nutrition programs.
FSIS adjusts retail exemption dollar limits for meat and poultry
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is adjusting the dollar limits on the amount of meat and poultry products a retail store can sell to hotels, restaurants and similar institutions without disqualifying itself for exemption from federal inspection requirements. FSIS is changing the dollar limitations based on price changes for these products evidenced by the Consumer Price Index.
Precedent-setting energy drink legislation approved
Energy drink manufacturers will no longer be permitted to market to minors in Suffolk County, N.Y., now that the nation's first Energy Drink Education and Protection Plan has been signed by County Executive Steve Bellone.
Meeting set to discuss Listeria risk guides for ready-to-eat deli foods
The Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration/Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition are holding a public meeting May 22 to present the background, approach, scope and findings of the draft "Interagency Risk Assessment: Listeria monocytogenes in Retail Delicatessens."
Boston terrorism through the lens of food safety
Food Poison Journal
With four dead and nearly 200 injured — many seriously, many still hospitalized — last week's bombing in Boston has been yet another horrific reminder of how vulnerable we can be.
Health chiefs: Mechanically removed meat safety implications vary
Food Manufacture UK
The safety implications of mechanically removed meat differ depending on the type of pressure used to remove the meat from the carcass, according to European health chiefs.
Deadline set for participation in US-EU trade hearing
The International Trade Commission has set May 16 as its deadline for filing requests to appear at a public hearing on the economic effects of providing duty-free treatment for trade between the U.S. and EU. The hearing takes place June 5, and the commission has established a slate of deadlines for submitting written comments ahead of its scheduled Sept. 26 report to the U.S. Trade Representative.
Major redesign for McCain packaging
Frozen food brand McCain has undergone a redesign of its logo and product packaging, the first major change for the company in over 50 years.
New study: US sodium intakes continue to rise steadily
Food manufacturers have spent a small fortune reformulating everything from bread to soup to reduce sodium in recent years, but new data suggests that U.S. intakes have nevertheless continued to rise steadily in recent years.
From McDonald's to Starbucks: 4 secret menu orders that save money
PRWeb via Digital-Journal
GoBankingRates' latest report explores the ingredients in popular menu items from a few of the country's most-frequented fast food names and finds four secret menu and ordering tricks for saving money at the cash register.
Supermarkets respond to shifting demographic landscape
International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association via Perishable News
Supermarket retailers are prioritizing customer service and personalization as demographic shifts weigh toward Hispanics, women, baby boomers and millennials, according to "What's in Store," the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association™.
Ground beef production begins at JBS Arizona plant
JBS USA announced a state-of-the-art ground beef production facility at the JBS beef processing plant in Tolleson, Ariz., began production last week.
Kellogg highlights advancements in health and wellness
Food Business News
The Kellogg Co. continued to make progress on delivering health and wellness to the marketplace in 2012, company executives noted in the company's fifth global corporate responsibility report released Monday.
Research report: 'Food Safety Diagnostics, The World Market'
PR Newswire via International Business Times
The food supply worldwide is under constant threat, and effective test products that can ensure food safety are in demand. According to Kalorama Information's "Food Safety Diagnostics, The World Market," there is an opportunity for IVD companies to adapt technologies used in clinical testing for these food safety purposes.
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