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Food companies' idea of healthy draws new heat
The nation's largest food and beverage companies are under renewed attack for what critics see as misleading ads for obesity-promoting foods, especially ads aimed at kids.
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Obama's calorie display rules delayed by grocer blowback
The lobbyist for grocers including Kroger Co. and Safeway Inc. is calling on President Barack Obama to curtail a U.S. health law provision that mandates the companies display the calorie content of all their foods.
Stepping out of the Ice Age
Facts, Figures & the Future
What's that chill in the air? It's shoppers buying fewer packages in the frozen foods aisle — 0.5 percent less in the 52 weeks ended April 13 and 1.9 percent less in the prior 12 months, show Nielsen data for all outlets combined (pre-packaged UPC-coded products only).
A rosier economic outlook now colors political picture for Obama
Recent glimmers of hope that the economy is gaining strength are both helping and hindering the prospects for President Barack Obama's second-term agenda. A strong April jobs report headed off fears of another "spring swoon." Renewed optimism may help efforts to enact immigration reform, but it could also make it harder for Republicans and Democrats to strike a broad fiscal deal.
Obama stares down the second-term curse
President Barack Obama genuinely believed he could buck the second-term curse of fecklessness and scandal that afflicted the last three two-term presidents, even if history — and his adversaries — suggested otherwise.
Herseth Sandlin won't run for Senate
Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin will not run for the Senate in South Dakota, a blow to national Democrats who had seen her as their strongest candidate to retain the seat.
Anti-ban on soda regulations proposed in Wisconsin
As some states talk about banning certain sizes of sugary drinks, a Wisconsin lawmaker wants to ban any possible ban on how big, nutritious, or calorie-laden a soda can be.
Related: Soft drink regulations for food stamp recipients debated (Telegram & Gazette)
NYC threatens to fire school cafeteria workers for buying butter
The Washington Times
New York City school kitchen managers said they're being targeted and "bullied" by bureaucrats who have threatened "disciplinary action" for buying butter, in violation of a five-year-old policy against using or offering the spread in cafeterias.
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The challenges and advantages of farm-to-fork traceability
Food Safety News
When it comes to food, the variety of traceability systems in the marketplace is enormous. Not only do most competitors use different systems and technology, most firms along the same supply chain — from farm to processing plant to retailer — record and translate their data in different ways.
Opinion: Don't mandate labeling for gene-altered foods
In the abstract, the argument for compulsory labeling seems exceedingly powerful. But there is a risk that a compulsory label for GM food would confuse, mislead and alarm consumers, potentially causing economic harm, not least to consumers themselves.
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Supreme Court rules for Monsanto in genetically modified soybean case
The Washington Post
The Supreme Court agreed with Monsanto on Monday that an Indiana farmer's unorthodox planting of the company's genetically modified soybeans violated the agricultural giant's patent.
New study ranks CPG leaders
Facts, Figures & the Future
What does it take to be a CPG winner? According to IRi and Boston Consulting Group, a mix of dollar and volume sales growth and market share gains earn companies spots on their new Top 10 lists in three tiers.
American diet: One continuous snack? Why more skip lunch than breakfast
The percentage of energy derived from snacks in the American diet increased from 12 percent in the late 1970s to 24 percent in 2009-2010 as more people graze throughout the day rather than sitting down to three square meals, according to analysis of National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys data.
E. coli outbreak linked to Farm Rich spans 19 states; cases led to kidney failure
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
An outbreak of E. coli illnesses that have been traced to Farm Rich products now spans 19 states and 35 cases, with nine people hospitalized — two of whom have developed a type of kidney failure, the CDC reports.
How to design microwave RTE products
Consumers' expectations of fresh prepared foods are increasing. The American palate is demanding more and more meal solution choices that include "restaurant quality," "chef-inspired," "healthful" and the latest trend, "wholesome."
Poultry plants shut down after E. coli found in town's water supply
The presence of E. coli in the water supply in Laurel, Miss., prompted the entire town to go on a boil-water alert late last week, and two poultry processing plants in the area were forced to close for at least a day.
ConAgra loses NLRB case over verbal union activity warning
Law 360 (subscription required)
A National Labor Relations Board administrative law judge ruled Thursday that ConAgra Foods Inc. violated federal labor law by reprimanding an employee for discussing union activities on the clock and warning employees that union discussions are banned during shifts, saying such speech is protected.
Food allergy diagnosis: What parents should know
What do you tell a worried parent when their concerns are confirmed: Their child has been diagnosed with a food allergy?
Eight companies that most owe workers a raise
24/7 Wall St. via USA Today
While CEOs of companies with the strongest financial results are usually paid hundreds of millions of dollars, rank-and-file employees at these corporations are often less fortunate.
Misbranding, labeling errors force spate of recalls
FDA and USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Food recalls tied to allergens and misbranding continued throughout the weekend, with these additional notices:
Smart & Final: A recall of tortellini products launched April 25 has expanded after continued labeling trouble omitted potential allergens as ingredients.
Jolly Good Meat Products: The Los Angeles-based firm recalled nearly 1,500 pounds of pork pie that contains potential allergens not listed on the labels.
Acadian Fine Foods LLC: More than 17,000 pounds of pork stew and chicken stew products are being pulled from shelves by the Louisiana company because of misbranding and undeclared allergens.
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