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FDA struggles with FSMA-required role in combating food fraud
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
As the FDA moves to comply with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act's requirement that it issue regulations for the food industry to protect against the intentional adulteration of high-risk foods, it is struggling with its role.
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Gluten-free food business is making a lot of bread
MSN Money
It's already a $4 billion market, thanks to a variety of health concerns, and food makers of all sizes are jumping in.
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Food stamps, not crop subsidies, highest hurdle for US farm bill
Reuters
Lawmakers are preparing for a second run at writing the new U.S. farm law that ended in a stalemate in 2012, and the biggest obstacle is not likely to be soil conservation or crop subsidies, but the billions spent mostly in cities and towns.

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  • House farm bill cuts food stamps by $20.5 billion (The Hill)
  • Wisconsin, South Carolina eye junk food restrictions for food stamps (Governing)

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    Immigration bill gains momentum
    The Hill
    The Senate's Gang of Eight fended off a slew of poison-pill amendments aimed at the immigration reform bill, building momentum for the legislation that has sparked strong opposition from conservatives.
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    Democratic strategist: Party 'in decline'
    Politico
    One of the Democrats' most veteran strategists warns the party is "in decline" and "at considerable risk" when President Barack Obama is no longer on the scene.
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    Obama pivots back to jobs in Austin
    Politico
    President Barack Obama doesn't have that much to show for the first four months of his second term. His outside game failed to prod Congress on gun control or the sequester. His inside game is a work in progress.
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    Vermont House seeks to change how food is labeled
    Vermont Public Radio
    The Vermont House on Thursday approved legislation to require labeling of food that contains genetically modified organisms. If passed, Vermont would become the first state to require GMO foods to be labeled.

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  • Seattle: State retailers opting to label GMOs (The Seattle Times)
  • UNPA: GMO issue more significant than companies realize (Nutra Ingredients)

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    FDA sends warning letters to three food companies
    Food Safety News
    A French-owned bakery in Seattle, a juice processor in Melville, N.Y., and a seafood processing facility in San Juan Bautista, Calif., are subjects of recent warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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    USDA to merge fresh, processed inspections into specialty crops group
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has announced a plan to merge the inspection divisions that now separately oversee fresh products and processed products into one group, named Specialty Crops Inspection Division. The new entity will oversee inspections of fruits, vegetables and other products.
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    Agencies release draft risk assessment for Listeria in retail delis
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the FDA and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition are seeking feedback on a new draft, "Interagency Risk Assessment — Listeria Monocytogenes in Retail Delicatessens."
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    Legal experts predict FSMA will reach canned foods, seafood, juice
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Low-acid canned food, seafood or juice companies, thought to be exempt from the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, may be pulled in through "backdoor" regulation by FDA, two food industry attorneys warn.
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    Australia taxes high-fat, junk food
    Medical Daily
    Following the Danish in their attempt to tax fat, or really, poor food choices, Australia's Obesity Policy Coalition plans to raise prices for unhealthy foods and put the money toward lowering the prices of healthier foods.

    Related: The link between a nation's fast food outlets and its obesity rates (Medical Xpress)

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    Fast food workers in Detroit join growing wave of walkouts over wages
    The Washington Post
    Hundreds of fast-food workers in Detroit are poised to walk off their jobs Friday, joining a growing wave of protest against the wages paid in one of the most rapidly growing segment of the nation's labor market.
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    Do 'seasonal,' 'fresh' mean anything?
    The San Diego Union-Tribune
    "Seasonal." "Fresh." We see these words on menus so often. So we turn to the Superdiners and ask, What's your pick for the best — or most overused — food branding term of the past year?
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    Chipotle exec shares strategies for healthy food sourcing
    Noble Profit via Triple Pundit
    Over a decade, Chipotle grew from a few stores to more than 1,300 after making distinct choices to source natural and healthy food in a sustainable way. Chipotle's Chris Arnold explains how and why the chain makes food sourcing a priority.
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    Top 5 reasons why people use fewer coupons
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    CPG makers are shifting their coupon strategies as redemptions have fallen 17 percent. The focus now is e-coupons, BI Intelligence says.

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    Opinion: The new food police are out of touch
    Time
    Most people learn about the food industry from the media. But somewhere along the way in reporting, the values of thrift and convenience got shelved.

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    The rise of a fast-growing food company
    Forbes
    Goya President and CEO Bob Unanue started marketing key products to non-Hispanics a couple years ago. The result? Revenue of $1.3 billion in 2012.

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    New airport approved for cold treatment of fresh fruit, veggie imports
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has proposed a plan that would allow cold treatment for imported fresh fruits and vegetables at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport in Mascoutah, Ill.
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    Angus third-pounder exits McDonald's menu
    BurgerBusiness
    McDonald's has opted to drop its Angus burgers from its menu after a four-year run and a three-month deliberation.
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    Food safety vs. food defense: How to stay ahead of the game
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Mastering a safe food plant is one thing — maintaining it is another. That's why companies like Tyco Integrated Security developed a mobile security management system.
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    Wendy's steps up brand transformation efforts
    Meatingplace
    The Wendy's Co. plans to accelerate its brand transformation this year, including what the Dublin, Ohio-based restaurant chain calls its "Image Activation" program.
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    Yum gets all-clear over suspect meat
    The Wall Street Journal (open access)
    Shanghai food safety watchdogs on Friday cleared Yum Brands Inc. after earlier naming the U.S. restaurant company as a recipient of questionable meat from a wholesale food supplier.
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    Supply side: General Mills food safety push, Hillshire's new exec
    The City Wire
    General Mills continues work toward improving food safety efforts, and food supplier Hillshire Brands has appointed a new CIO to set tech strategy.
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    Post scoops up Hearthside's natural cereal
    The Deal
    In a bid to improve growth and margins, Post Holdings Inc. announced Thursday it scooped up assets of Hearthside Food Solutions LLC in a $158 million deal.
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    2013: Year of the high-end supermarket IPO
    The Wall Street Journal (open access)
    One more corner of the retail industry that seems to be resisting getting sucked into the black holes of Wal-Mart and Amazon.com? Quality supermarkets, catering to the upmarket and/or organic food crowds.
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    Hormel: Surpassing sustainability
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Hormel Foods has won the third annual Sustainable Supply Chain of the Year award from Refrigerated & Frozen Foods. Since its founding in 1891, corporate responsibility has been a significant part of the company's culture.
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    Adding veggies to your diet helps cut global warming
    Cornell Chronicle
    If the carnivorous U.S. population — as a whole — ate a more vegetarian diet that included egg and milk products, the environment would be greatly relieved, says a preliminary Cornell study.
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    Packaged diet foods may spur more weight loss
    Reuters
    In a head-to-head comparison with a traditional diet, people who stuck to a diet of portion-controlled packaged foods lost almost twice as much weight as those who only got advice on how to trim calories, according to a new study.
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    Labeling misstep leads to Whole Foods recall
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Whole Foods Market is recalling bulk curried chicken salad and bulk vegan curried chicken salad because some labels were reversed, causing undeclared soy and egg allergens.

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