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Nomad hungry for more food deals
The Wall Street Journal subscriber story
Nomad Holdings Ltd., backed by the surging strength of the U.S. dollar, want to climb to the top of the food chain. "We have a lot of cash to play with. There is no limit to our ambition," co-founder Martin E. Franklin says.
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Truckers to strike against 4 shipping companies at Southern California ports
Truckers who haul freight from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will go on strike against four ground-shipment companies on Monday, a Teamsters union official said, in a move that could revive labor tension at the nation's busiest cargo hub.
Blame science for helping fuel ice cream industry recalls
The U.S. ice cream industry's widening listeria scare, which has prompted at least five companies to recall products, is fueled in part by DNA testing and other new tools that can better detect the bacteria and trace its origins.
Iowa 2016 GOP forum: 10 takeaways
Evangelicals are likely to stay splintered for much of this year, and it's difficult to see the influential bloc of voters coalescing behind a single favorite before next February's Republican caucuses.
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Obama shifts his pitch for the Trans-Pacific Partnership
The Washington Post
Pitching his Pacific free-trade initiative to business leaders last December, President Barack Obama framed it as a foreign policy gambit: He mentioned the looming threat of China 18 times in remarks to the Business Roundtable.
Is anyone afraid of Jeb Bush?
The Washington Post
Jeb Bush jolted his prospective rivals for the Republican presidential nomination last winter when he dived with unexpected aggressiveness into the 2016 campaign. Few of them seem to be quaking now.
Related: Still undeclared, Jeb Bush touts record fundraising haul (The Wall Street Journal)
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CSPI challenges GRAS approval process
Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP via Lexology
The Center for Science in the Public Interest and other organizations have filed a regulatory comment challenging the approval process for substances generally recognized as safe for use in food products, arguing the FDA has weakened the GRAS standards to the point they violate the Food Additives Amendment of 1958.
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DHS, DOL say they are close to issuing new H-2B visa rule
Law360 (subscriber story)
A new rule governing the H-2B labor certification process is being reviewed by the Office of the Federal Register and could be published as soon as this week, lawyers for the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security told a Florida federal judge.
DeLauro: TPP would make it more difficult to inspect shrimp
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., released a statement on a new Consumer Reports study finding potentially harmful bacteria and illegal antibiotic residues in frozen shrimp.
Listeria victims address FDA, food industry officials
Food Safety News
A year ago, Brad Frey never would have imagined he'd be standing in front of officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and urging them to do more to prevent outbreaks of Listeria monocytogenes.
AAP: Emoticons, prizes may help students eat better
American Academy of Pediatrics via ScienceDaily
Labeling healthy foods with smiley faces and offering small prizes for buying nutritious items may be a low-cost way to get students to make healthy choices in the school lunch line, according to a new study.
Senator: GMOs, limited tech, dwindling farmers threaten organic growth
The organic industry must overcome substantial hurdles to sustain its double digit sales growth, including the threat posed by genetically modified organisms, limited technological advancements and a dwindling farming population, said organic farmer and democratic Montana Sen. Jon Tester.
Sen. Jerry Moran: New Dietary Guidelines put politics before science
High Plains Journal
A landmark, bipartisan report co-authored by U.S. Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota and Kansas's own U.S. Sen. Bob Dole in 1977 focused the government's attention for the first time on the connection between nutrition and public health. Unfortunately, the most recent draft recommendations for the Dietary Guidelines raise real questions about the 2015 committee's intent.
Editorial: GMO labeling bill is a mixed bag
The Denver Post
Colorado voters demonstrated common sense and scientific literacy last November when they decisively defeated mandatory labeling for food that had been genetically engineered. But the drubbing of Proposition 105 hardly quieted the anti-GMO movement nationally that seeks to require such labels on food.
Chipotle is now GMO-free
Chipotle has gone GMO-free. That means none of the ingredients will be genetically modified — for its tortillas, rice, chips and salsa, and also in the marinades used to cook its meats.
Can quality food be made at tech scale?
San Francisco Internet startup Forage is aiming to teach consumers about high-quality, well-sourced food — not to mention preparation — via home-delivered meal kits.
Increased human protections offered as H5N2 outbreak spreads
Hundreds of farm workers exposed to a highly pathogenic strain of bird flu have been offered antiviral medication as a preventative measure in recent days, U.S. public health officials said.
The future of supermarkets
The Wall Street Journal
In 20 years, grocery shopping won't be a chore — it will be effortlessly integrated into your daily life, according to FreshDirect CEO Jason Ackerman.
What does it take to meet increasing consumer demand for non-GMO F&B?
Four out of 10 consumers claim to be avoiding or reducing genetically modified foods in their daily diets, mainly because they are concerned about the possible impact of GMOs on their health and well-being, according to The Hartman Group's Organic & Natural 2014 report.
The evolution of corporate citizenship in the US continues
A recent study by the University of Massachusetts Lowell and the Boston Herald found that 71 percent of Americans have an unfavorable opinion of big business. But there is a slow, but inexorable march toward more responsible corporate citizenship, or social responsibility as it is sometimes called.
Burger King's parent company beats estimates as sales increase
Restaurant Brands International Inc., the owner of Burger King and Tim Hortons, posted first-quarter sales and earnings that beat analysts' estimates after the burger chain drew customers with cheap chicken nuggets.
Hormel breaks ground on new plant in China
Hormel Foods Corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday to announce construction of the Hormel Foods Jiaxing Plant in China's northern Zhejiang province.
More recalls prompted by labeling errors
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA inspectors on Friday announced two more recalls due to misbranding and undeclared allergens:
● 10,164 pounds of beef and pork from Hong Ha, based in Maryland;
● 3,350 pounds of beef and pork from Alpine Sausage Kitchen, based in New Mexico.
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Ethical foods make consumers feel morally superior — and food taste better
The feeling of moral satisfaction that consumers get from eating ethical food change their taste experience for the better — and means they are willing to pay more, according to a European survey.
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