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Hagen on poultry inspections: Meeting our mission — a safer food supply
Elisabeth Hagen, under secretary for food safety, addresses USDA's proposed poultry plant inspection plan — and the confusion it has caused. "First and most importantly, we put forward this modernization proposal because we have data demonstrating that the system it embodies will prevent foodborne illnesses — approximately 5,000 per year," she writes.
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Scientific journal devotes entire issue to GMOs
Esteemed scientific journal Nature has devoted its latest issue to exploring the science behind GMOs — and comes away with a refreshingly rational take on the matter.
Vilsack outlines USDA efforts to improve school lunches
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Wednesday highlighted improvements to school meals, a cornerstone of USDA's efforts to create a generational change to improve childhood nutrition. He also discussed efforts to create new partnerships with chefs around the country to positively impact the eating habits of children.
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Immigration to be part of Obama's trip to Mexico
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama will leave Thursday for meetings in Mexico and Costa Rica as fragile negotiations continue at home over a sprawling overhaul of federal immigration law.
Related: Obama prods liberals for give-and-take on immigration (The Washington Post)
Obama picks Penny Pritzker for Commerce, Michael Froman for trade rep
President Barack Obama rounded out his second-term Cabinet Thursday by nominating Penny Pritzker as his new Commerce secretary and Michael Froman to be the next U.S. trade representative.
Related: Obama taps fundraiser for Commerce, adviser for Trade (The Hill)
Poll: Low marks for Obama's handling of issues but support for agenda
President Barack Obama's top legislative items have strong public support, according to a new poll from The New York Times-CBS News, but the president is receiving low marks on his handling of those issues.
Poultry, meat groups team up on RFS comments
Seven livestock and poultry groups have submitted comments to the House Energy and Commerce Committee outlining the negative effects the federal Renewable Fuels Standard has had on agriculture, including the high cost of feed, the organizations said in a news release.
Opinion: Nothing sweet about labor relations at Hostess
The Washington Examiner
Hostess, which is finally re-emerging from bankruptcy after closing down last year, went into full damage-control mode this week after a Wall Street Journal story last week indicated it was going to keep unions out of its workforce.
Related: Hostess CEO's anti-union talk shows silence can be golden (Law360)
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Reducing arsenic in food chain: Soil may harbor answer
Harsh Bais and Janine Sherrier of the University of Delaware's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences are studying whether a naturally occurring soil bacterium can create an iron barrier in rice roots that reduces arsenic uptake.
Related: FDA sued over arsenic in animal feed (AllAboutFeed)
Elizabeth Kucinich to lead policy at Center for Food Safety
Food Safety News
Elizabeth Kucinich, wife of former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a liberal Democrat from Ohio and two-time presidential contender, will join the Center for Food Safety as director of policy "to address the serious threats facing the food movement in Congress as well as push for better food and agricultural standards," the group announced Wednesday.
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What the industry learned from being 'pink slimed'
The bottom line is that the industry must get ahead of potentially explosive public issues before it's too late. But that can be a tough challenge in today's social media environment.
Related: Let social media do good work for you (Cindy Woudenberg)
Cost of feeding a family of four: $146 to $289 a week
The cost of feeding a family of four a healthy diet can run $146 to $289 a week, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which uses national food intake data and grocery price information to calculate costs for a healthy diet at home.
Cargill initiative tries to help manufacturers meet kids' nutrition guidelines
Cargill has launched a new initiative designed to help manufacturers improve the nutritional profile of foods marketed to children and meet a swathe of new guidelines from retailers, the government and other organizations setting nutrition criteria for kids' foods.
Jobless claims fall sharply to five-year low
The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell sharply last week to its lowest level since the early days of the 2007-09 recession, suggesting the job market is still healing despite weakness in the broader economy.
US trade deficit narrowed more than forecast in March
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed more than forecast in March to its second-lowest level in three years as imports of consumer goods and business equipment declined.
Dean's WhiteWave spinoff seen opening door to takeover
Dean Foods Co.'s WhiteWave Foods Co. unit may become a takeover target for buyers such as General Mills Inc. after it is spun off from the dairy maker, said Alexia Howard, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
Dairy-free mozzarella maker targets pizza marketplace
Dairy-free pioneer Tofutti Brands is targeting the pizza market with what it claims is the first dairy-free mozzarella.
Publix posts higher Q1 sales, earnings
Publix Super Markets Inc. has posted sales for its first quarter of 2013 of $7.5 billion, a 6.1 percent increase from last year's $7.1 billion. The Easter holiday, which took place during the first quarter of 2013, boosted sales by about 1.3 percent.
Hillshire Brands reports quarterly profit
Hillshire Brands Co. reported a quarterly net profit Thursday, reversing a year-earlier loss and overcoming a slight decline in its foodservice business.
Iowa jury awards $240 mln to mentally disabled workers in turkey plant
A jury on Wednesday awarded $240 million to 32 mentally disabled workers at an Iowa turkey processing plant to compensate for what government attorneys described as abuse by the Texas company that employed and housed them.
Frozen pasta recalled after missing inspection
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Real Pasta Inc., of North Bergen, N.J., is recalling approximately 25,000 pounds of assorted pasta products that were processed without benefit of inspection. Some of the products were also misbranded after being repackaged and may contain soy, a known allergen not declared on the label.
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Oatmeal beats ready-to-eat cereal on satiety, PepsiCo research shows
Remember the gluey texture of the oatmeal your mom served you as a kid? Turns out, this is a good thing, according to new research comparing the satiating effects of oatmeal versus ready-to-eat cereals.
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