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Independent science key in acceptance of frozen food
Food News (subscription required)
Frozen foods offer value for money and compare favorably with fresh produce on a range of nutritional criteria: It is important to communicate this successfully to the consumer — and especially to use independent scientists, according to Brian Young of the British Frozen Food Federation.
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Opinion: The new food police are out of touch
Many people who do not work in the food industry get their information about agriculture, directly or indirectly, from a small handful of food-culture movers and shakers. And somewhere along the way, the values of convenience and thrift took a backseat.
FAO: Food prices rise but 2013 cereal crop looks strong
Global food prices rose in April for a third straight month as surging dairy costs kept upward pressure on the United Nations food agency's index, but cereal output is expected to be strong this year.
Related: Food prices higher as Nebraska worries about Drought Round 2 (WOWT-TV)
McConnell borrows Obama tactics for 2014
Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is taking a page from President Barack Obama's re-election playbook for his own campaign — embracing Internet memes, data mining and cinematic storytelling.
House Democrats aim to give 2014 recruits a head start
The Washington Post
In hopes of taking control of the House, Democrats are helping some of their best candidates get an early start. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has launched a new "Jumpstart" program, which will provide financial and other support to candidates in targeted GOP-held seats.
GOP draws Red Zone over seven House Democrat seats
Republicans want to make sure the most vulnerable Democrats they've failed to take out in the past don't survive again next year. The National Republican Congressional Committee on Thursday will launch Red Zone, a program aimed at unseating seven elusive House Democratic incumbents who occupy conservative districts.
Senate begins amendment process on immigration bill
The Washington Post
The Senate opened formal debate Thursday on a comprehensive immigration reform proposal, launching the grueling process of amending a bill that could represent the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s border control laws in nearly three decades.
GOP sharpens knives for immigration (Politico)
E-Verify triggers privacy, cost concerns (Politico)
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Camp, Baucus launch tax reform campaign online
The Wall Street Journal
In a rare instance of bipartisanship, members of Congress have joined forces to move the campaign to overhaul the tax system online. Chairmen of the congressional tax committees, Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, have launched taxreform.gov.
EU officials push for trade pact
European Union officials said Wednesday that a trade agreement between the U.S. and EU must be comprehensive and ambitious to secure support on both sides of the Atlantic.
Vilsack: Pass the food, jobs and farm bill
USDA chief Tom Vilsack writes, "In recent months, the federal budget has dominated the conversation here in Washington. At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we have been working hard on mission critical priorities, even as we implement mandatory across-the-board budget cuts. But we also have not lost sight of a key requirement for these programs to continue: passage of a comprehensive, multiyear food, farm and jobs bill."
As lawsuit filed, FDA admits chicken meat contains arsenic
Rim Country Gazette
Attorneys at Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit on behalf of CFS, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and seven other U.S. food safety, agriculture, public health and environmental groups to compel the FDA to respond to the groups' three-year-old petition for immediate withdrawal of FDA's approval of arsenic-containing compounds as feed additives for food animals.
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Senators introduce antimicrobial data collection bill
U.S. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced bipartisan legislation that would require a pilot program to look into new data sources on antibiotics used on food producing animals, according to a release posted on Sen. Gillibrand’s website.
Open-campus policy eats away at school nutrition effort
Center for Investigative Reporting
In recent years, lawmakers, regulators and school districts have tried to improve students’ health by curbing the sale of junk food and tightening nutritional standards for school food. But those efforts are undermined when students can leave campus to eat whatever they want.
Related: Michigan schools leave food subsidies on table (The Detroit News)
Public health: Are we too slow?
Food Safety News
One of the many roles of public health is to protect consumers from threats like foodborne outbreaks. Much of this hinges on quickly getting out clear messages to the public that provide simple steps to help stem the spread of disease. But does this happen quickly enough?
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Inspectors told to tighten verification of HACCP assessments
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA issued a memo to its food safety inspectors Wednesday emphasizing their mandate to verify reassessment of HACCP plans in establishments that produce not-ready-to-eat comminuted chicken or turkey products.
Defender of EPA climate rules leaving Justice Department
Ignacia Moreno, head of the Justice Department's Environment and Natural Resources Division, is stepping down after a tenure that has included defense of federal greenhouse gas rules and the ongoing civil prosecution over BP's 2010 oil spill.
Prop 65 reprisal: Brown seeks to rewrite toxins law
Los Angeles Times
Responding to complaints from businesses, Gov. Jerry Brown is proposing an overhaul of California's 26-year-old landmark clean water and anti-toxins law he said is being misused by "unscrupulous lawyers" filing lawsuits.
Wal-Mart invests $16.3 million in China food safety
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is investing $16.3 million to strengthen food safety management in its China-based stores, as Chinese officials crack down on violations in response to public outrage over a string of food scandals.
How Goya became one of America's fastest-growing food companies
Though Goya has been serving Latinos in the U.S. for 77 years, President and CEO Bob Unanue had the simple but powerful idea a couple years ago to market key products directly to non-Hispanics. The result? Goya's revenues hit $1.3 billion in 2012.
Wrigley halts production of caffeine gum following FDA concern
Wrigley temporarily halted production of its new Alert Energy Caffeine Gum in response to concerns expressed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over the impact of caffeine on children and adolescents.
Jobless claims fall to lowest level in five years
The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped to its lowest level in nearly 5-1/2 years last week, signaling labor market resilience in the face of fiscal austerity.
Packaging's role in ensuring food safety and security
Judges of the 25th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation share their insights on how packaging can play a more crucial role in ensuring the safety and security of food.
ISO offering food safety handbook
Occupational Health & Safety
ISO is offering "How to use ISO 22000," a handbook to help small and medium-sized enterprises understand the processes involved in deploying a food safety management system.
Ongoing strike: Fast food slow to change
The American Prospect
On Wednesday evening, fast food employees in St. Louis, like their peers in New York and Chicago earlier this spring, staged a one-day strike to dramatize the low wages they, and millions of American workers in the restaurant and food sectors, take home.
R&D in action: Highlights from Food Technology & Innovation Forum
How can you get more bang for your R&D buck? How does Unilever gain deeper consumer insights online? Why don't manufacturers share more information with key suppliers? All these questions and a host of others were addressed at the 2013 Food Technology & Innovation Forum.
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