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FDA to consider revamping food additive rules
Amid growing public concern over the safety of additives in products ranging from caffeinated energy drinks to industrial chemicals in food containers and water bottles, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is under pressure to re-examine its rules, and there are signs it may do so.
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Hagen, Taylor urge public to engage in FSMA process
Food Safety News
The public should not hesitate to be more involved in the food safety policymaking process, Dr. Elisabeth Hagen and Michael Taylor, the nation's two leading food safety officials, told an audience at the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore late last week.
California soda tax gaining momentum
Fueled by a recent survey showing growing public support, a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks appears to be gaining traction in the California Legislature.
Related: New factors in play as statewide soda tax considered (The California Report)
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On immigration legislation, fissures emerge within conservative ranks
The Washington Post
Leading conservatives engaged in a bitter public fight Monday over the costs of overhauling the nation's immigration system, exposing a rift within the Republican Party days before the Senate is set to begin debating a comprehensive reform proposal.
DeMint takes center stage in immigration debate (Reuters)
Distorting the costs of the immigration debate (Bloomberg TV)
Rand Paul, Marco Rubio face 2016 bind
Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio are facing a big obstacle if they seek the White House in 2016 — and it's not each other. State laws could force the two GOP senators into a difficult choice: run for president or run for re-election to the Senate that same year.
Voters to decide Mark Sanford's fate today in election
Disgraced ex-South Carolina governor Mark Sanford will learn Tuesday night whether the "God of second chances" has heard his prayers. Polls are open until 7 p.m. ET in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District. Voters are deciding whether they will be represented by Sanford, a Republican seeking a political comeback after an extramarital affair, or Democrat Elizabeth Colbert Busch, a businesswoman and the sister of comedian of Stephen Colbert.
Opinion: TPP talks key to opening Japan
Japan's recent decision to seek inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations could be a game-changer for U.S. agriculture and good news for our country's overall economy.
Bipartisan bill would pay for school kitchen upgrades, equipment
Two House members are trying to get more money for school kitchens, some of which were built decades ago and can't keep up with the new standards required by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, and Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., are teaming up again to sponsor the School Food Modernization Act, a bill they pushed last session, too.
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New farm bill leans on food stamps
With new leadership promises of floor time, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas is back with a retooled farm bill that sets a goal of $38 billion in 10-year savings while tilting more to the right by demanding greater cuts from food stamps.
Related: Lucas predicts House will pass farm bill (The Hill)
Senate passes Wal-Mart-backed bill for taxes on Web sales
The U.S. Senate voted to let states collect taxes on out-of-state Internet and catalog sales, sending the proposal to the House, where the issue is dividing Republicans. The measure, passed on a 69-27 bipartisan vote, would end the era of tax-free Internet shopping.
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EPA to defend its greenhouse gas emission rules
Greenwire via E&E
U.S. EPA will return to court Tuesday to defend its regulations for fighting climate change from multiple challenges by Texas and industry groups. At issue before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit are two cases that center on EPA's implementation of greenhouse gas air emissions standards under the Clean Air Act after the agency determined the emissions endangered public health.
EC proposes reduced legislation in wake of horse meat crisis
The European Commission has proposed reduced legislation and tougher fines among a raft of measures to protect against food fraud in light of the recent horse meat scandal.
Journal: Menus at fast food restaurants still lack nutritious quality
A new study funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Healthy Eating Research program and published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine presents results from a 14-year study indicating that fast food restaurant menus have only modestly increased nutritious offerings, and much improvement is still needed.
Wendy's names former Kellogg exec as CFO
Meat & Poultry
Todd Penegor, most recently president of the U.S. Snacks Division at The Kellogg Co., has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer at The Wendy's Co., effective in June. He will succeed Steve Hare, who is retiring from the quick-service restaurant chain.
Industry research: Food, beverage and agribusiness
GE Capital has summarized the factors influencing the food and beverage industry, including key developments in consumer confidence, spending trends, commodity growth and pricing — and how this all relates to the future of the food business.
Iceland's online grocery launch: Will it work?
As Iceland Foods begins trial-testing an online grocery service eight years after shelving its initial digital offer, Retail Week looks at the implications of its re-entrance into the market.
NIZO: Food structure, sedimentation key to satiety
Optimizing the structure of food ingredients so they create a sediment in the stomach could help to enhance feelings of fullness, say researchers from NIZO Food Research and the IFR.
Popular new food product labels
"Gluten-free" and "No trans fats" are proving to be popular labels on new food products. According to the Economic Research Service, more than 7,000 new food and beverage products (including reformulated ones) appeared on grocery store shelves in 2010 — and 3,134 of them carried health- and nutrition-related claims on their packages.
Whole grain gains headline nutrition progress at General Mills
Food Business News
Through the addition of whole grains, fiber and calcium, and the reduction of calories, sugar, sodium and trans fat, General Mills, Inc. managed to improve the nutrition profile of nearly 16 percent of its U.S. retail product sales during 2012.
The next big thing in business: Food
You'd never know the economy is in a slump from the state of the food industry. Specialty food sales in the U.S. alone grew 13 percent to $85 billion in 2012. And Americans consumed a record $34 billion worth of wine last year.
Specialty Food Association names Outstanding Retailers of 2013
Specialty Food Association via Virtual Press Office
Five specialty food retailers from across the U.S. have been named Outstanding Retailers of 2013 by the Specialty Food Association. The awards honor outstanding customer service, product sourcing, merchandising and a commitment to serving the local community.
ABF, Teamsters reach tentative agreement
Representatives of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the trucking company ABF have reached a tentative contract agreement. According to a statement released by the less-than-truckload carrier, the new pact is for five years.
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