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The organic civil war
There's a civil war raging in the industry over how much longer to permit exceptions to "USDA Organic" rules — and how best to get rid of them.
Related: Organic vs. all-natural: What's the difference for shoppers? (Fox Business)
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FDA unveils FSMA operational strategy
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA is releasing the FSMA Operational Strategy document, outlining broadly the drivers of change in FDA's approach to food safety and the operational strategy for implementing that change, as mandated and empowered by the FSMA.
Dealing with food labels
Farm Industry News
The food label is apparently the silver bullet of the future. It's going to save us from GMOs — really?
Poll: GOP gains edge in midterms
Republicans are beating Democrats in a generic ballot for the 2014 midterm elections — a reversal from just two months ago, according to a Pew Research poll released Monday.
GOP midterm edge biggest in 20 years (The Hill)
Manchin hints he might leave Senate (The Hill)
May primaries to test GOP establishment clout
The month of May will go a long way toward answering one of the overriding questions of Election 2014: Can the Republican establishment finally tame the tea party and retake the Senate?
No joy from 2014 Democrats on job numbers
Finally, the Democrats got a jobs report that beat the expectations. So why aren't they celebrating it more in their re-election campaigns? Because they know it could also be a trap.
White paper: How safe is our food supply?
The Pew Charitable Trusts and the Natural Resources Defense Council released reports questioning the suitability and integrity of the GRAS process and the resulting safety of the nation's food supply. This white paper offers a perspective on the transparency, robustness and value of the GRAS process.
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The questionable link between saturated fat and heart disease
The Wall Street Journal
"Saturated fat does not cause heart disease" — or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries.
After mixed success, schools seek changes to nutrition rules
The Associated Press via Daily Journal
School officials are asking Congress and the Agriculture Department to roll back some of the nutrition requirements for breakfast, lunch and snacks that they say have been expensive to implement and unpopular with students.
Pom: FTC ruling sets 'impossible' standard
Law360 (subscription required)
Pom Wonderful LLC urged a D.C. Circuit panel on Friday to nix a Federal Trade Commission decision barring it from making health- and disease-related claims in its advertisements, saying the agency is holding it to an "impossible" standard in its attempt to curb misleading advertisements.
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FSIS, APHIS agree to partner on foodborne illness investigations
Food Safety Magazine
Two agencies under the U.S. Department of Agriculture umbrella, the Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, announced Friday that they have signed an agreement to provide a more comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to address foodborne health hazards potentially associated with meat and poultry products.
Colorado bill to protect children from harmful edibles turned into a study
Food Safety News
Children may be at immediate risk from marijuana-infused "edibles," but a Colorado Senate committee has opted only to study the issue without any action this year.
What to make of Seattle's $15 minimum wage plan
If you're a low-wage worker in Seattle good luck figuring out how much you will earn under Mayor Ed Murray's proposal to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Oz acrylamide, aluminium levels safe yet still 'potentially harmful'
Food Standards Australia New Zealand, the Australasian regulator, has said that consumers' exposure to acrylamide and aluminium through their diets is within international guidelines, even if these levels are still sufficient to pose a concern to health.
Name brands? Consumers like them less than ever
New research from Deloitte shows that 88 percent of consumers now swear by store brands and say they have found many private-label products just as good (or even better) than their former favorites.
How nearly 9 million pounds of bad meat escaped into the food supply
Earlier this year, a dusty little slaughterhouse in northern California was ground zero for one of the biggest meat recalls in years. The story of how millions of pounds of bad meat — products USDA called "unfit for human food" — made it out into the world and triggered a criminal investigation is one of staggering deception and cancerous cows, federal officials familiar with the investigation tell CNN.
A large side of sticker shock with your beef, pork, bacon?
Star Tribune via Arizona Daily Star
Before you polish up the barbecue tongs for the grilling season, brace yourself: Beef prices remain at all-time highs and are still rising, and pork prices are climbing, too.
Related: Tyson sales beat estimates as prices surge for beef, pork (Bloomberg)
Congestion cost transportation industry $9.2 billion in 2013
Research by the American Transportation Research Institute says delays caused by traffic totaled over 141 million hours of lost productivity, the equivalent to over 51,000 truck drivers sitting idle for a working year.
Best practices for maintaining a safe food plant
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
The Food Safety Modernization Act has shifted the focus from responding to food safety breaches to actually preventing them. As a result, some best practices have emerged in the food processing industry to ensure food safety and prevent problems.
Drivers in an evolving food testing marketplace
Food Quality News
Faster analysis and more accurate results are driving the food testing industry in an evolving marketplace, according to Thermo Fisher Scientific.
Ocean data points to strong El Nino: climate scientist
A spike in Pacific Ocean sea temperatures and the rapid movement of warm water eastwards have increased concerns that an El Nino weather pattern this year could be one of the strongest in several decades, an Australian climate scientist said.
Kraft Foods investigated by regulators over 2011 wheat futures
Kraft Foods Group Inc., the maker of Velveeta cheese and Oscar Mayer hot dogs, is being investigated by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission over trading of December 2011 wheat futures contracts.
Listeria worries force recall of chicken salad
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Schnucks Kitchen, based in O'Fallon, Mo., is recalling approximately 130 pounds of curry white meat chicken salad product due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
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Design of new foods should focus on healthy gastro-intestinal tract
Wageningen University via Health Canal
There is a need for a new generation of products known as functional foods, which are beneficial to bowel health and are also regarded as such by consumers, according to a food scientist at Wageningen University.
AFF questions 2014 'Dirty Dozen' list
For the 10th year in a row, nonprofit advocacy agency the Environmental Working Group has released its list of the most pesticide-contaminated produce, and once again apples top the Dirty Dozen. However, the Alliance for Food and Farming is asking consumers to consider more information.
Headwall inks deal with USDA on poultry inspection
Food Production Daily
Machine vision provider Headwall Photonics has formed a partnership with USDA on technology for high-speed, in-line inspection of poultry.
Antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat
Food Safety Magazine
Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in Penn State University's College of Agricultural Sciences.
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