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Gum prompts FDA review of caffeine in food, effect on children
A Mars Inc. Wrigley chewing gum with added caffeine has sparked U.S. regulators to review how food with the added stimulant affects children. The introduction Monday of Alert Energy gum is the latest in a line of foods that have added caffeine, Michael Taylor, the Food and Drug Administration's deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in a statement. The only time the FDA approved added caffeine in food was for cola in the 1950s, he said.
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Food labeling 101: GMO, organic and other grocery labels decoded
The Christian Science Monitor
Navigating the food labels at the grocery store these days can feel like reading through a legal brief. Here's a quick, easy guide to eight commonly seen (and misunderstood) terms, from GMO to "organic" to "grass-fed."
Related: Whole Foods co-CEO on organic foods, growth (Bloomberg TV)
Shareholders OK $28 billion sale of Heinz to Buffett, 3G Capital
Trib Total Media
Shareholders approved a $28 billion acquisition of Pittsburgh ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co. Tuesday morning at a special meeting in Manhattan. As a result, stockholders will be paid $72.50 per share by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital.
Related: Heinz wins ruling throwing out investor suits over buyout (Bloomberg)
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President's relationship with GOP congressional leaders at new low
President Barack Obama's relationship with Republican leaders in Congress has hit a new low. The president's personal jab at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell over the weekend came as his relationship with Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has soured over the past year.
Obama's budget puts House Democrats in bind
Democrats have used a clear and potent attack against Republicans in recent elections: Don't vote for them because they'll cut your Social Security and Medicare. But using that playbook next year, as Democrats had planned, just got a lot more complicated.
GOP 2016 poll: Marco Rubio slightly ahead
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continues to demolish her potential 2016 Democratic primary competitors, while the GOP field is significantly tighter, according to a poll released Tuesday.
Opinion: Immigration reform foes stoop low
Fixing the nation's broken immigration system tops the short list of important things Congress might accomplish this year, even if it remains gridlocked on issues such as guns and the budget.
Washington state becomes key battleground in GMO fight
Sky Valley Chronicle
It appears Washington state will become a key battleground in the consumer-led fight to label genetically modified food. Sunday's end to the Washington State Legislature's 105-day regular session means voters will decide whether genetically modified food should be labeled, because lawmakers in Olympia did not take action on Initiative 522.
USDA's Hagen stands by HIMP in response to Washington Post article
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
USDA's top food safety official continues to stand by the safety of workers in poultry plants, including those plants operating under the modified HACCP-based Inspection Models Project, in response to an article published last week in The Washington Post.
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Consultant: 'No need to fear EU novel foods laws'
The EU's long-winded novel foods rules have long been viewed as an innovation-crimping legal structure, but a streamlining of the process means companies should not fear it, a consultant says.
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Hummus is conquering America
The Wall Street Journal
Prodded by the largest U.S. hummus maker, farmers in the heart of tobacco country are trying to grow chickpeas, an improbable move that reflects booming demand for hummus.
Hostess opens more bakeries; Twinkie operations to start in May
Los Angeles Times
Crack open the Ho Hos and Twinkies you've been hoarding. The new Hostess Brands said Monday it will open bakeries in Indianapolis, Indiana and Illinois — while also reopening bakeries in Georgia and Kansas.
Bimbo offering snack cake under Sara Lee brand
Food Business News
Apparently responding to the vacuum created by the exit of Hostess Brands Inc. from the marketplace, Bimbo Bakeries USA introduced a line of snack cakes under the Sara Lee brand during the first quarter of 2013.
Venture capitalists are making bigger bets on food startups
The New York Times
What if the next big thing in tech does not arrive on your smartphone or in the cloud? What if it lands on your plate? That idea is enticing a wide group of venture capitalists in Silicon Valley into making big bets on food.
Unilever to spend $5.4 billion to lift India unit stake
Unilever will spend as much as $5.4 billion lifting a majority stake in its Indian unit as it seeks to capture more emerging-market profit and combat slower European growth with its biggest deal in 13 years.
Carrier Transicold dealer network now available via smartphone app
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Time for a frank conversation? Industry debates trusting suppliers
Being circumspect when you talk to suppliers is one thing. But being so afraid of giving away your innovation pipeline that you leave them in the dark about your goals is plain counterproductive, according to R&D bosses at Starbucks, Molson Coors and Abbott Nutrition, speaking during last week's Food Technology & Innovation Forum.
Frozen Food Express' Q1 loss narrows
Frozen Food Express Industries said late Monday its first-quarter loss narrowed from a year ago and its less-than-truckload operations improved. The refrigerated carrier reported a loss of $3.3 million, or 18 cents per share, compared with a loss of $5.6 million, or 32 cents, a year ago.
EPA recognizes St. Louis Cardinals' food waste program
The St. Louis Cardinals are using old hot dogs and torn up sod to fertilize parks and, perhaps, your backyard. It's all part of a composting program at Busch Stadium that the EPA has recognized as a leader in the agency's Food Recovery Challenge Program.
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