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Key elements of food safety law stuck at White House regulatory agency
The postponement of regulatory measures that would put a much ballyhooed food safety law into effect has focused attention on a little known White House agency that reviews regulations. Among a series of regulations that has been the focus of heavy lobbying by the food industry, three rules remain stuck at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.
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Foreign food inspections decline as illnesses from imported goods rise
The New York Times
The Food and Drug Administration, which inspects everything but meat and poultry, is struggling to find the money to inspect foreign foods under a new food safety law that Congress did not support with enough funds.
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American Frozen Food Institute
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Poll: Voters want focus on economy over guns, immigration reform
Despite dominating Washington's attention, voters say the issues of gun control and immigration reform should take a back seat to efforts to bolster the economy and create jobs, according to 86 percent of voters responding in a Gallup poll released Wednesday.
South Carolina: Democrats learn money isn't everything
Independent liberal groups, national Democrats and influential donors spent nearly $1 million to flood the South Carolina airwaves in support of Elizabeth Colbert Busch — outspending Mark Sanford's conservative allies by more than 5-to-1. But as the Republicans discovered last November, Democrats on Tuesday learned money isn't everything.
Georgia's Barrow won't run for Senate
The Wall Street Journal
Democrats hoping for a chance to pick up a U.S. Senate seat from Georgia next year lost one of their favored candidates when centrist Rep. John Barrow announced Tuesday he would not run.
Senate immigration bill elicits a flood of amendments
The Washington Post
Lawmakers filed a blizzard of potential amendments to a bipartisan Senate immigration bill Tuesday, setting the stage for weeks of intensive debate over how to reshape the nation's border control laws.
California bill would ban junk food from vending machines at state offices
Los Angeles Times
Proposed legislation to remove junk food and sugar-loaded drinks from vending machines at California state office buildings and on government property is intensifying debate about when the battle against obesity becomes a gateway to "nanny state" tactics.
NLRB rule on union notices rejected by appeals court
A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., decided Tuesday to strike down the National Labor Relations Board's demand that employers provide information about union organizing, bargaining and protests.
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Food fight brewing over genetically modified ingredients
A federal bill requiring labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients is dividing Montana farmers and consumers. It's a bill for which consumer groups have lobbied for more than a decade, but also one that most Montana farm groups oppose.
Related: GMO labeling bill positioned for action in Vermont's next session (VTDigger.org)
Cross-border trucking pilot program heads back to court
Commercial Carrier Journal
Though a federal court ruled just three weeks ago in favor of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and its cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico, a different panel of judges heard separate oral arguments May 6 against both the cross-border program and the National Registry of Medical Examiners implemented last year by FMCSA.
On the record: Public meeting on preventive controls, produce safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Transcripts from the Washington, D.C., FSMA Public Meeting concerning proposed rules for Preventive Controls in Human Food and Produce Safety Standards are now available.
Funding FSMA: The status of user fees
Food Safety Magazine
An April 17 letter to Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Roy Blunt of Missouri, signed by 54 food and beverage industry trade associations, outlines why user fees should not be used to fund implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute led the food and beverage coalition referenced in this article.
EC adopts smarter rules for safer food
The Poultry Site
The European Commission has proposed a landmark package to modernize, simplify and strengthen the agri-food chain in Europe.
Industry calls on EU governments to reject food taxes
EU governments should refrain from "discriminatory" food taxes and take a more holistic approach to obesity prevention, according to a joint position paper from FoodDrinkEurope and trade union organization EFFAT.
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McDonald's sales slip 0.6 percent on China, Europe weakness
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
McDonald's same-store sales fell 0.6 percent in April as the world's largest fast food chain battled persistent economic weakness.
Related: McDonald's India may hike prices amid rising inflation (Reuters)
Wendy's sales improve but Q1 net falls 83 percent on charges
Wendy's said Wednesday its first-quarter earnings tumbled 83 percent amid costs related to refreshing its restaurants and menu, while the fast food chain saw improved revenue and restaurant margins. The company also raised its full-year outlook to adjusted per-share earnings of 20 cents to 22 cents on an anticipated benefit from debt refinancing.
Coca-Cola to stop marketing to children
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Coca-Cola said it would stop marketing to children under 12 and plans to offer low- and no-calorie drinks everywhere as it seeks to counter criticism that links sugary drinks to obesity.
Special focus: A slice of food science
Food Navigator is focusing on the top food science stories affecting the industry this year, devoting a special issue to studying how foods are formulated, how consumers perceive them and what influences tomorrow's trends.
Innova report: GMO-free labeling on the rise
Interest in natural products has grown markedly in recent years, says Innova Market Insights. This has been reflected in a number of ways in new product activity, such as the use of all-natural colors, flavors and other raw materials.
GMO salmon debate: Frankenfish or wunderfish? (MSN News)
Are GMOs kosher? (The Jewish Daily Forward)
Will Silicon Valley transform the $1 trillion food industry?
Nick Taranto, co-founder of Plated, says Silicon Valley is investing heavily in food — and attempting to redefine the way Americans eat.
Whole Foods mulls larger stores, acquisitions
Whole Foods Market said Tuesday that improving results at larger stores between five and eight years old may prompt it to consider opening stores of mixed sizes going forward.
Related: Whole Foods profit jumps 20 percent as store sales improve (Bloomberg)
Kraft CEO: 'We will not tolerate incursions into our market share'
Tony Vernon, CEO of Kraft Foods Inc., says the company will ramp up its revitalization of iconic brands and investing in innovation, adding that the company will "not tolerate incursions into our market share."
Hormel unveils new foodservice products
The Foodservice Division of Hormel Foods has introduced a new line it calls Hormel Fire Braised Meats, including boneless pork shoulder, boneless chicken thigh and St. Louis style pork ribs.
Energy Department forecasting lower fuel prices Into 2014
The new Short-Term Energy Outlook from the U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration says diesel fuel prices, which averaged $3.95 per gallon last summer, are projected to fall to an average of $3.88 per gallon this summer.
Report: Fish piracy costs $10 billion to $23 billion per year
Fish piracy — seafood caught illegally, not reported to authorities or outside environmental and catch regulations — represents as much as $10 billion to $23 billion in global losses each year, a nonprofit conservation group estimated Wednesday.
Mercury reaches unsafe levels in Gulf fish from Texas coast
Food Safety News
Fish caught off the coast of the Lone Star State contain unsafe mercury levels, the Texas Department of State Health Services warned Tuesday.
New Web resource keeps industry informed about FSMA
The Produce News
The California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement has launched a special section of its website to update industry on the Food Safety Modernization Act as it pertains to leafy greens.
New food measuring instrument can gauge fat, protein content
Being able to answer what is inside a food product without cutting it open or damaging it opens up new market opportunities, according to Nofima Mat, the Norwegian Institute of Food, Fisheries and Aquaculture Research.
Sausages recalled after missing inspection
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
California-based Tibor's Gourmet is recalling approximately 200 pounds of ready-to-eat smoked pork sausage products because they were produced without the benefit of federal inspection
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