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GMA will sue Vermont over GMO labeling law
The Grocery Manufacturers Association will sue the state of Vermont in the coming weeks to overturn a precedent-setting GMO labeling measure signed into law Thursday, it said.
Vermont's new GE labeling law: Hold the celebration (Food Safety Magazine)
Lawsuit threatened as Vermont mandates GM labels (Reuters)
Opinion: What Vermont's law really means for consumers (Food Safety News)
Rabobank: Vermont law is 'serious quandary' for packaged food (Food Navigator-USA)
Can 'Fed Up' be the next 'Inconvenient Truth'?
U.S. News & World Report
Laurie David says the email she received from Katie Couric that prompted the making of "Fed Up" — an anti-obesity documentary opening Friday — came completely out of the blue. "She said, 'Do you want to do an "Inconvenient Truth" on food with me?'"
McDonald's April global restaurant sales rise; US flat
McDonald's Corp. reported global sales growth at established restaurants for April on Thursday that met expectations, as a rebound in Asia helped offset disappointing sales in Europe and flat results from the United States.
Related: Burger King to offer burgers on breakfast menu (The AP via SaukValley.com)
Obama concedes executive actions have limited reach
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama acknowledged Thursday that the executive actions he has been taking to work around an uncooperative Congress will go only so far in achieving his agenda and said Democrats need to win control of the legislative branch to set the country on the right path in the final two years of his tenure.
Koch brothers' Americans for Prosperity plans $125 million spending spree
The Koch brothers' main political arm intends to spend more than $125 million this year on an aggressive ground, air and data operation benefiting conservatives, according to a memo distributed to major donors and sources familiar with the group.
RNC moves to limit 2016 debates
The Republican National Committee's rules committee has passed new rules to cut into the number of presidential primary debates.
FDA operations team prepares to implement food safety laws
Roberta Wagner and Joann Givens, co-chairs of the FSMA operations team, say they're not waiting until the seven proposed FSMA rules are finalized before building the infrastructure that will be needed to support their requirements.
Related: Michael Taylor: We're reinventing ourselves to keep food safe (FDA Voice)
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Opinion: Big Potato demands more taters for tots
The Washington Post
Potato farmers say excluding white potatoes from the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program is bad for marketing and therefore gives the entire white potato industry a black eye.
Chicago-area school district balks at USDA Smart Snacks rules
The second-largest high school district in Illinois voted Thursday to drop out of the National School Lunch Program and reject the $900,000 federal subsidy that comes with it, citing the Smart Snacks rules as a key factor in the decision.
Industry: Flawed FDA guidance on evaporated cane juice causing chaos
The FDA's "flawed" 2009 draft guidance on "evaporated cane juice" has put food manufacturers and retailers between a rock and a hard place when deciding what to put on their labels, a group of leading manufacturers said in a 92-page document commenting on the draft guidance.
Opinion: Ag gets a win with Vetter advocating for trade
Nebraska farm girl Darci Vetter has been tapped to become the chief agricultural negotiator at the U.S. Trade Representative, and her farm background, extensive political experience and zeal for helping farmers accomplish more on the world market will be indispensable in the ambitious trade agenda ahead.
Europe: New system on the horizon for novel food approval
Novel food approval systems in Europe prevent the food industry from bringing new and exciting foods on to the market, but could be about to change, according to one specialist.
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Exceptional quarter for EVOL as retailers see need for frozen renovation
Retailers are recognizing that the frozen case is in "dire need of a complete renovation," Boulder Brands CEO Steve Hughes said as he reported EVOL Foods' explosive growth in the quarter since it was acquired by his company.
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Eating more fruits, vegetables may cut stroke risk worldwide
American Heart Association
Eating more fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of stroke worldwide, according to new research released Thursday that reviews nearly 20 years of data. Researchers, who drew no distinction between fresh, frozen or canned foods, found stroke risk decreased by 32 percent with every 200 grams of fruit consumed daily and 11 percent with every 200 grams of vegetables consumed daily.
Gluten-free isn't necessarily healthful, speakers say
Los Angeles Times
Speakers at the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest say they are dismayed by many of the gluten-free products on the market. Too many try to mimic products with gluten at the cost of nutritional ingredients.
Online food delivery site GrubHub's profit more than triples
GrubHub Inc.'s quarterly profit more than tripled as more people used the online food-delivery service to order takeout meals.
Mettler-Toledo future-proofs manufacturing
Mettler-Toledo showcases advanced weighing and inspection technology to enhance product safety and performance for food and pharmaceutical manufacturing businesses.
Poultry production: Securing carcass quality and food safety
Salmonella Enteritidis and Campylobacter jejuni are major causes of broiler carcass contamination. Rinse methods can help reducing their spread. However, adequate sampling is necessary.
'Trojan Horse' antimicrobial seeks to kill pathogens through direct food contact
Food Safety News
An antimicrobial product used to disinfect and sanitize food contact surfaces in the restaurant and manufacturing industries is now being tested directly on food and has shown a "materially significant reduction" in Salmonella contamination on poultry.
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