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Sequester to reduce FDA food inspections, official says
USA Today
The Food and Drug Administration will conduct fewer food safety inspections this year because of the government sequester, commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Wednesday, adding that furloughs are not expected.
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House, Senate take up GMO labeling with introduction of new bills
San Francisco Chronicle
On the heels of last year's defeat on the issue in California, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., have introduced a bill to order the Food and Drug Administration to mandate the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

Related: Colorado congressman introduces GMO labeling in House (Boulder Journal)

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Food Technology & Innovation Forum 2013
Food Navigator-USA
From PepsiCo to Hershey, Nestle and Unilever, the food industry's biggest guns headed to Chicago this week to talk about everything from open innovation to portion sizes, targeting Millennials and personalized nutrition at the 2013 Food Technology & Innovation Forum.
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Senators aiming for 70 votes on immigration bill
USA Today
Two senators working on a sweeping immigration bill said it's not a question of whether it would pass the Senate, but by how much.

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    Bob Goodlatte outlines cautious path for House GOP on immigration
    Politico
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte outlined a cautious, step-by-step approach to immigration reform Thursday, emphasizing he will thoroughly vet any bills to fix the country's immigration system that his panel will face this year.

    Related: Judiciary to start piece-by-piece approach to immigration reform (The Hill)

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    Senate to take up farm bill in May
    The Hill
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., announced Thursday that the Senate will take up a five-year farm bill in May.
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    Labeling expert says FDA likely to release Nutrition Facts update this year
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Despite the FDA's overwhelming responsibilities in implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act, it's possible a new version of the Nutrition Facts panel will be proposed by the end of this year, reported Betty Campbell, vice president at EAS Consulting Group.
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    FSMA quarterly progress report: Q1 focused on knowledge
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The FSMA progress report for the first quarter of 2013 shows the Food and Drug Administration spent much of its time gathering feedback on proposed rules, making adjustments to those proposals and taking the FSMA message to producers via in-person meetings, online rules implementation tutorials and more.
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    Opinion: Expanding nutritional label to all locations doesn't make sense
    Supermarket Guru
    With due respect to two of the most effective and respected people to have served our country as Secretary of Agriculture, Phil Lempert wants to point out that their position on extending a national menu labeling standard to supermarkets would create more confusion and problems than it would solve.
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    Retail, fast food workers rally for higher pay in Chicago
    Chicago Tribune
    Fast food and retail workers flocked to downtown Chicago Wednesday to make a public pitch for higher wages. Their "Fight for $15 campaign" seeks $15 an hour for employees.
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    The new geopolitics of food scarcity
    Earth Policy Institute via Thomson Reuters
    World food prices have more than doubled over the past decade. How will people who live on the lower rungs of the global economic ladder cope?
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    Jobless claims fall, labor market recovery advances
    Reuters
    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week by a surprisingly large 16,000, offering reassurance the bottom is not falling out of the labor market despite signs of slower growth.

    Related: Unemployment aid requests fall to second-lowest level in five years (The Washington Post)

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    Mintel: Are all-natural claims losing their luster?
    Food Navigator-USA
    The phrase "all-natural" is still emblazoned on scores of new food and beverage launches, but not quite as many as it used to be, according to Mintel research.
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    If your food costs double, what will you give up?
    Cincinnati.com
    If you've spent 16 percent of your salary on food but you knew rising prices mean you'd need 31.5 percent of your salary just to eat, what would you give up?

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    Opinion: The food industry should learn to say 'oops'
    Food Navigator
    Good intentions don't matter if your customers think your intentions are rotten — and more often, consumers say they view Big Food with suspicion.

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    Honoring AFFI members who go above and beyond
    American Frozen Food Institute
    The AFFI Past Chairmen Advisory Committee have created the AFFI Member Recognition Award — and the first recipients are chosen.

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    Unilever reports slowest quarterly sales growth in 2 years
    Bloomberg
    Unilever, the world's second-biggest consumer goods company, reported the slowest quarterly growth in two years as demand in Europe was held back by weaker consumer confidence and sales of ice cream and spreads faltered.
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    With juice and vegan trends, a company aims for national exposure
    The New York Times
    Organic Avenue, the tiny purveyor of high-end juices, fresh salads and specialty foods, has hired a new chief executive with the goal of turning its new owner's dreams of a national chain into reality.
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    Northern Foods ex-boss: How to recover from horse meat scandal
    Food Manufacture UK
    More rigorous supply chain management, transparency, accountability and proportionality are the four factors that will help the food industry clear the hurdles of the horse meat scandal, according to the former boss of Northern Foods.
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    Market trend report: Global Food and Beverage Survey 2013-2014
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    "Global Food and Beverage Survey 2013-2014: Market Trends, Buyer Spend and Procurement Strategies in the Global Food and Beverage Industry" is a new report by Canadean that provides a definitive analysis of industry sentiments and explores how opportunities and demand are set to change in 2013.
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    Trans fat crackdown prompts test launch
    Food Production Daily
    PerkinElmer has developed a lightning-fast trans fat analysis test in response to the recent global crackdown on trans fat in food.
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    Bunge warns of lingering tightness in grain supply
    Reuters
    Congestion at Brazilian ports and limited selling of crops by U.S. farmers are keeping global grain supplies tight despite expectations for massive harvests later this year, agribusiness company Bunge Ltd. said Thursday.
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    Grocery shoppers want mobile services — and a public forum
    MediaPost
    Remote food shopping has been a tough sell for the past 15 years on the Internet. But a new survey of U.S. and European markets by Symphony EYC reveals a substantial desire for mobile services around grocery shopping.
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