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Budget cuts won't reduce food safety inspections
The Food and Drug Administration will not reduce food inspections because of budget cuts, despite warning earlier that it could be forced to eliminate thousands of inspections by Sept. 30.
The changing world of food traceability
Food Safety News
While food companies might benefit from traceability and government may eventually demand it, food chain traceability is in large part about building relationships with consumers and giving them what they really want: the ability to trust that they know what they are eating.
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Idaho company seeks to introduce genetically engineered potato
Boise State Public Radio
One of the country's leading suppliers of french fries is asking the federal government to approve genetically modified potatoes. The USDA announced the move Friday by the J.R. Simplot Company of Idaho. It would be the only genetically engineered potato on the market.
Related: GE crop risk assessment challenges: an overview (Food Safety News)
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Immigration reform faces Senate gauntlet, uncertain House outlook
The push for immigration reform enters a crucial period when Congress returns this week, as Senate legislation faces the gauntlet of a committee mark-up and House negotiators try to complete their own long-awaited bill.
Related: Poll: 71 percent back immigration bill similar to Senate proposal (The Hill)
Obama to launch campaign-style jobs tour in Austin, Texas
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama will travel this week to Austin, where the jobs market has been booming, to kick off a new focus on the middle class and economic growth. Obama is planning a campaign-style "Middle Class Jobs & Opportunity Tour" across the country.
Poll: Markey holds slim lead in Massachusetts Senate race
The Wall Street Journal
For months, few expected much tension in the Senate race to fill the seat vacated by John Kerry's departure to the State Department. In a deep-blue state, the 37-year-veteran of Congress, Democratic Rep. Ed Markey, seemed a sturdy favorite once he emerged as the party's pick. But a new poll from Public Policy Polling shows he barely leads GOP rival Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL.
Related: Poll: Sanford vs. Colbert Busch too close to call (USA Today)
House and Senate can't agree on budget process
House and Senate negotiators have reached an impasse over how to move forward on their respective budget proposals — making any chance of a compromise budget deal to slash the deficit less likely.
Opinion: Trade pact right for US and EU
Democrats and Republicans alike want to see strong economic growth and good jobs for Americans, even if at times we may disagree about how best to achieve these objectives. So it's gratifying when both parties agree on something that can boost jobs and spur economic growth in America, like the recent movement toward clinching a comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union.
FDA releases annual report on Reportable Food Registry
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
This is the third annual report that measures FDA's success in receiving early warning on problems with food and feed. The Reportable Food Registry has already proven itself an invaluable tool to help prevent contaminated food from reaching the public.
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USDA to make large cranberry purchase
Wisconsin Ag Connection
At the urging of some Wisconsin and Massachusetts lawmakers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will buy a bulk order of cranberry juice concentrate for its domestic food nutrition assistance programs.
Chicago's local food: Put a sticker on it!
The Windy City is about to roll out a new local food label designed to support the city's burgeoning urban farming movement. "Chicago Grown" will soon appear on signs around the city and on stickers on fruit, veggies, herbs and honey — and eventually on processed items in which they're included, such as salsa, jams and even kombucha.
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USDA proposing new Canada-US border fees
Canadian manufacturers fear even more fees may be looming at the Canada-U.S. border as the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends revenue-generating measures that could result in higher costs. The department has suggested new border fees because some federal agencies, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection, are currently providing free services at America's borders.
FMCSA seeks comment on what could be 12th NAFTA pilot participant
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is asking for public comments on the application of a Mexico-domiciled carrier that, if granted authority to participate in the U.S.-Mexico Pilot Program on NAFTA Trucking Provisions, would double the number of participating trucks and almost double the number of participating drivers.
China's government website links mutton supplier to Yum
Shanghai authorities are testing mislabeled mutton from a wholesaler a government website said supplies a chain of hot pot restaurants run by U.S. fast food firm Yum Brands Inc., the latest safety scare to taint China's food industry.
Related: From rats to mutton: China's profitable fake foods (The Wall Street Journal)
Consumers push restaurants for cheaper food
Consumers are giving the restaurant industry no choice but to let them eat cheap. Late Thursday, value kingpin Taco Bell announced it's close to rolling out a national "$1 Cravings" menu — which it recently began to test in Sacramento and Kansas City.
Related: How economics are driving fast food's takeover of France (The Washington Post)
Tyson Foods challenges fans to make better eating choices
Wisdom Digital Media
Tyson Foods, makers of Tyson Grilled & Ready chicken and beef products, wants to help everyone look and feel their best come summer through "Countdown to a Better You," a healthy eating campaign it launched via Facebook.
Hain Celestial: 'We are much further down the road on non-GMO'
The price differential between Hain Celestial's brands and mainstream grocery brands will close over time as the big guns in consumer packaged goods come under increasing pressure to source non-GMO ingredients, predict bosses at the organic and natural foods giant.
Kellogg: 'Loyal consumers see brands as a reflection of themselves'
The Kellogg Company recently released its fifth global annual corporate responsibility report. In it they say consumers want to invest in a product that aligns with their values — and they do care about corporate responsibility.
Tennessee sausage company plans to add 148 jobs
Williams Sausage Co. announced it will add 148 jobs to its manufacturing facility in Union City, Tenn., as the result of a $3 million investment in its operations there.
Has your steak been mechanically tenderized?
You probably don't realize it, but steaks and other cuts of beef that you buy in grocery stores or restaurants may have been run through a machine that punctures them with blades or needles to tenderize them. Unfortunately, the process also can drive bacteria like the deadly pathogen E. coli O157:H7 from the surface deep into the center of the meat, where they are harder to kill.
Researchers develop eco-friendly packaging from shrimp shells
Food Production Daily
An EU project is aiming to produce functional bacteriostatic packaging that is 100 percent biodegradable and demonstrates higher mechanical strength and increased ultra-violet and heat resistance than conventional methods.
Drug, club and foodservice: Next big growth opportunities for gluten-free?
Drug stores, club stores and the foodservice market could be the next big areas of opportunity for gluten-free, according to Boulder Brands, which owns two of the biggest names in the sector: Udi's and Glutino.
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