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What keeps attorneys up at night? Food label lawsuits, survey says
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
In-house legal departments are bracing for "an onslaught" of class actions involving data breaches and food labeling claims, according to a new survey from Carlton Fields.
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Nearly half of all Americans went to McDonald's in March — and sales fell
The Huffington Post
Forty-nine percent of Americans over the age of 14 went to McDonald's in March, according to a study by the analytics firm Placed Insights. Despite being the most-visited retail business in the U.S., sales are still down.
Rats! China chews on new food safety scandal
The Wall Street Journal
With memories of the global horse meat scandal finally fading, consumers in China are being served with a fresh round of controversy at the deli — this one involving rat meat being passed off as mutton, among other deceptions.
Related: Rat meat sold as lamb highlights food fears in China (The New York Times)
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Marco Rubio: Right must 'lead' on immigration
There's plenty of time to improve the Gang of Eight's immigration plan, but conservatives shouldn't choose to do nothing on the issue, Sen. Marco Rubio wrote in an op-ed published Friday.
Related: Rubio: 'Shortcomings' in Senate immigration bill 'need to be addressed' (The Hill)
Poll: Gun vote boosts Kay Hagan, Mary Landrieu
A new poll found that Democratic Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina and Mary Landrieu of Louisiana got a boost for their support of a failed bipartisan bill that its creators said would improve background checks.
Poll: Markey holds slim lead over newcomer in Massachusetts Senate race
A new poll of the Massachusetts Senate race shows Rep. Edward Markey leading Republican Gabriel Gomez by only 4 percentage points, an early indication the race is much closer than expected.
Brown promotes bill to put locally grown food in schools
Local farmers would see a boost in produce sales under a farm bill promoted Thursday in Ohio by U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, if the $120 million-per-year initiative makes it through a politically divided Congress.
Committee vote set for EPA nominee
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will vote May 9 on whether to advance the nomination of Gina McCarthy to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, the panel announced Thursday.
Egg battle resumes with farm bill
If hens are given enough room to stretch their wings and scratch, what will the sows be demanding next? That's the barnyard buzz these days with farm bill markups starting soon in Congress and the prospect that new national standards for egg production will be added to the mix.
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Obama asks trade officials to boost food, other exports
Food Production Daily
While the U.S. trade deficit decreased in 2012, the figures did not meet the Obama administration's expectations; now, the president is calling on recent nominees to high trade-related positions to work to increase exports of food products and other goods.
Prop 65 lawsuit filed against Trader Joe's, Whole Foods
Food Product Design
Whole Foods Market, Trader Joe's and other food retailers, manufacturers and distributors face a Proposition 65 lawsuit from California Attorney General Kamala Harris, according to a news report.
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CDC: Food, skin allergies on the rise among children
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
The number of American children who suffer from food and skin allergies has increased dramatically in recent years, a new government report shows.
Study suggests compatibility between organic and health claims
Organic food brands should not be afraid of using health claims to market their products, as a new study suggests the two concepts are not as incompatible as the industry may fear.
GM salmon comments closed, company strapped for cash
Nearly three years after the Food and Drug Administration announced it would consider approving genetically engineered salmon, the public comment period has closed, but the company seeking approval to market the fish is now strapped financially.
Related: Over 1.8 million people say 'no' to GE salmon (The Cordova Times)
PLOS ONE study: Droplet Digital PCR works for GMO quantification
A study published Thursday in PLOS ONE finds that Droplet Digital PCR™ technology is suitable for routine analysis of genetically modified organisms in food, feed and seeds.
iPhone App for the food industry
The Establishment Number Finder App is the first Apple iPhone app dedicated to searching a USDA product establishment number. The app offers instant access to a product's manufacturer and provides further information about that company.
Study: Those on food stamps more likely to eat whole fruit
United Press International
People on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are 23 percent more likely to consume whole fruit than those who are not, U.S. researchers say.
Kellogg expects costs to ease
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Kellogg expects costs for grains and other ingredients to fall in the second half of the year versus where they were in 2012.
Related: Kellogg looks to innovation for sales boost (AP via The Washington Post)
ConAgra names Tom McGough as new consumer foods president
Business Wire via Daily Finance
Tom McGough has been named president of ConAgra's Consumer Foods group, following the resignation of André Hawaux, who has been president of Consumer Foods since 2009 but is leaving the post to join Dick's Sporting Goods.
Advanced Cold Storage opens in Baton Rouge
Advanced Cold Storage has opened a facility in Baton Rouge, La., offering 500,000 cubic feet of freezer space.
Exopack in global merger with four other packaging manufacturers
Spartanburg, S.C.-based Exopack intends to join with four other European companies in a merger that will put them among the world's largest plastics packaging businesses. After the merger, Exopack Executive Chairman and CEO Jack Knott will be CEO of the combined business, Exopack Holdings Sarl.
A CEO's dream of revolutionizing the food industry
The Motley Fool
Fedele Bauccio, founder and CEO of Bon Appetit Management, has built his company's reputation on locally sourced, seasonal, healthy foods and is actively involved in sustainability issues affecting every aspect of the food industry.
Recalls issued for frozen pizzas, meatballs, cheese
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A series of recalls is underway this week, for reasons ranging from missed inspections to foreign matter contamination to pathogen detection. New recalls include:
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UK report: Food processors' reformulation leads to drop trans fat
A U.K. government survey has found levels of trans fats in a range of processed foods has fallen considerably since 2007 thanks to industry reformulation efforts.
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