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Coming soon to a theater near you: food fright
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz
For some moviegoers, the biggest silver screen villain this summer won't be the one that squares off against the Amazing Spider-Man. For some, the villain to be feared most is you. Don't believe me? Have a look at the trailer for "Fed Up," a new documentary that characterizes packaged food and beverage makers as waging war on the health and well-being of Americans.
Vermont GMO label bill heads to governor — First Amendment query to follow?
A bill requiring foods produced with genetic engineering be labeled in Vermont has passed the house and the senate, and now just needs Gov. Peter Shumlin's signature to be signed into law. However, legal experts say a First Amendment challenge could be tough to defend.
Vermont to enact GMO food labeling law (The Wall Street Journal)
Vermont now leads US in GMO labeling (The AP via U.S. News & World Report)
Experts debate whether food safety funding is adequate
Food Safety News
At the National Food Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., this week, a panel of experts discussed the impact of funding deficits on food programs.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute's advocacy to appropriately fund FDA food safety functions without creating new food facility fees is highlighted in this story.
Related: Food group: Real cost of implementing FSMA 20 times higher (Food Chemical News)
Are you 'thinking about' running for president? Join the club
The Washington Post
Yesterday, Jeb Bush announced he is "thinking about" running for president. Earlier in April, Hillary Clinton revealed she too is "thinking about" running for president. What does it all mean?
Cruz plays it safe in primaries
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is preparing to navigate the minefield of endorsements this cycle. And he's so far playing it safe, aware of the fact that taking one wrong step could sabotage the party's chances in a competitive race and potentially saddle him with part of the blame for losing the Senate this cycle.
Obama trade push gets thumbs down from Democrats
President Barack Obama's in Asia this week pushing a deal that almost none of his allies at home want. On the Hill, most of the pushback is coming from the president's fellow Democrats, who say it undercuts the economic fairness argument that’s a central focus of his midterm strategy.
Obama: Time is now to reach trade pact (The Hill)
US, Japan to push ahead on trade talks (The Wall Street Journal)
The economic and environmental costs of wasted food
The New York Times
Around the world, food waste is increasingly seen as a serious environmental and economic issue. Businesses, governments and activists are working to get more of what is grown onto tables — and less into garbage cans.
Related: Leatherhead: Industry must do more to reduce waste (Food Navigator)
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Group asks US to examine pesticide-coated apples banned by Europe
U.S.-grown apples are widely coated with a pesticide that has been newly banned in the European Union amid health concerns, and the United States is at least a year behind in a required scientific assessment of the pesticide, an environmental group said Thursday.
Judge tosses lawsuit accusing HFCS of causing girl's Type 2 diabetes
A product liability lawsuit alleging high fructose corn syrup is to blame for a teenage girl's Type 2 diabetes has been dismissed by a federal judge in New York.
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Food Safety Summit outbreak is no laughing matter
Food Production Daily
People all over social media are having a field day with the news of foodborne illness striking a food safety event — but pathogens are no joke.
EU lawmakers reject proposal for mandatory inspection fees
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Plans to introduce compulsory EU-wide fees to recoup the cost of inspecting food business operators were rejected by Members of the European Parliament last week despite a last-ditch effort to drum up support for the move.
Deluge of questions on EU label regulations
Food Quality News
Clients' queries on upcoming EU labeling regulations will dominate Melanie Ruffell's appointment as principal food law advisor at Campden BRI.
Producers want more federal help to combat deadly pig virus
The Canadian Press via Global News
Hog producers in Canada want more help from Ottawa to deal with a virus detected in four provinces that has already killed millions of baby pigs in the United States.
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Consumers will eat their peas now as Big Food binges on protein
After years of peddling sugar, salt and fat, companies in the $1 trillion food industry are on a protein binge to capture the health-conscious consumers whose distaste for conventional packaged foods has resulted in anemic growth for some household staples.
Bemis heats up award-winning sandwich pouch for Hillshire
Food Production Daily
Flexible packaging specialists at Bemis have crafted a heat-and-eat sandwich pouch for Hillshire Brands, landing an achievement award in the process.
Unilever Q1 sales rise despite later Easter
Consumer goods maker Unilever reported higher first-quarter underlying sales Thursday, despite a later Easter holiday that pushed some food sales into the second quarter.
Patagonia founder fights the food industry
Yvon Chouinard reinvented the ice ax, developed the first wetsuits to include sustainable merino wool and built the Patagonia clothing company from a few pairs of canvas shorts in 1973 to the $600 million business it is today. Now Chouinard has another ambition: He wants to sell you a piece of fish.
Supply chain management company opens foreign trade zone warehouse
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
CEVA Logistics, based in Houston, has opened a foreign trade zone warehouse operation in Miami. The new facility joins CEVA's existing network of FTZ operations in Los Angeles, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.
Importance of proper pest management in plant sanitation
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
With the implementation of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, it is more important than ever that facilities pay increased attention to the role of pest management in their overall operations programs.
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