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FDA's Taylor wants more industry input on rules
FSMA allows wiggle room on how growers of different commodities in different areas of the country stay within the law. Michael Taylor hopes the industry provides suggestions about such alternatives — especially for the water-related portions of the rule.
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Fruit growers say immigration stunts healthy food crops
Bill Landreth bought a second tractor as Berries by Bill Inc. sold more melons, sweet corn and strawberries. He also expanded to 200 the acreage of his Newport, Ark., farm devoted to the fruits and vegetables, though that's where the growth will end. After that, he runs out of workers.
Egg McMuffin for dinner? Marketers wake up to $50 billion breakfast segment
McDonald's is considering putting breakfast on the all-day menu, not long after Wendy's earlier this year ended its national breakfast experiment. Breakfast accounts for 25 percent of McDonald's business and has been one of the biggest opportunities for the restaurant industry — the only area of growth in the past decade, according to NPD.
Related: Economics at McDonald's: Out with third, in with quarter (The Wall Street Journal)
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Obama's disastrous political week
The Washington Post
It's only Tuesday. But President Barack Obama is already in the midst of one of the worst weeks, politically speaking, of his presidency — besieged by an burgeoning scandal at the Internal Revenue Service, revelations that the Justice Department secretly obtained phone records of reporters at the Associated Press and ongoing Republican criticism over the terrorist attack in Benghazi last fall.
Government report finds regulations have spiked under Obama
The number of regulations from Washington has spiked since President Barack Obama took office, according to a new government report. The Obama administration published more "major" final rules in its first term than the George W. Bush administration did in its second, according to the Congressional Research Service.
Ex-Rep. Sestak announces rematch attempt against Sen. Toomey
Former Rep. Joe Sestak, D-Pa., will seek a rematch against Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., in 2016, he announced in a Tuesday campaign video. Sestak never mentions Toomey, but it's clear that's his target, as the state's other Senate seat is held by recently re-elected Sen. Bob Casey.
Farm bill clears Senate Agriculture Committee
A five-year farm bill quickly cleared the Senate Agriculture Committee Tuesday, despite regional sparring between Midwest and Southern Republicans over revisions in the commodity title to win support from peanut and rice producers.
Related: CBO releases score on Senate farm bill (USAgNet)
Healthy school lunches don't always sell well
The Metro West Daily News
More fruits, vegetables and whole grains have made their way onto the plates of schoolchildren this year as a result of new healthy food regulations, but are kids eating them? Many of Massachusetts' MetroWest and Milford-area school meal programs this year report a drop in sales they say is due to the guidelines.
'Yuck: A 4th Grader's Short Documentary About School Lunch'
The Huffington Post
A New York City public elementary school student has made a film documenting the discrepancies between what is described on school lunch menus and what is actually served. The video will screen at the Manhattan Film Festival.
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Food Defense Plan Builder: FDA's new tool helps food industry
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released the Food Defense Plan Builder, a new software tool to help bolster the food industry's defense measures against an act of intentional food contamination.
Salt levels in food still dangerously high
The dangerously high salt levels in processed food and fast food remain essentially unchanged, despite numerous calls from public and private health agencies for the food industry to voluntarily reduce sodium levels, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study conducted with the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Senator urges speedy review of arsenic guidelines
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who recently urged energy drink makers to stop marketing to children, is now imploring the Office of Management and Budget to swiftly review guidelines proposed by the Food and Drug Administration to limit the amount of arsenic in juice.
Related: Arsenic levels in chicken raise health concerns (Food Safety News)
EEOC $240 million verdict against turkey processor to be cut drastically
A record $240 million jury award against Hill Country Farms, a turkey processor accused of abusing 32 mentally disabled workers, will be cut from $5.5 million per worker in compensatory damages and a $2 million punitive charge to just $50,000 per worker — the federal limit in such circumstances.
The four pillars that will transform the food and beverage industry
Food Safety Magazine
External forces are now rapidly conspiring to unravel even the best-laid plans of food manufacturers. Change in this industry is now maddeningly unpredictable and capricious. Without a proactive plan to address these new realities, some food producers are in for challenging times.
Consumer marketing a growing part of traceback programs
As FSMA traceability protocols remain under development, a growing number of manufacturers are introducing consumer-facing traceback programs that help connect shoppers with the people behind the product.
Disruption in the food chain: Online food wholesaler gets $600,000 seed money
Foodem, a B2B online wholesale food marketplace and business intelligence solution for the $650 billion wholesale food distribution industry, announced Monday the launch of its new platform and the investment of $600,000 in angel funding.
Obesity expert: Don't dismiss food industry encouragement of exercise
Food industry encouragement of physical activity in obesity prevention should be welcomed, according to James Hill, an obesity expert from the University of Colorado who spoke at the European Congress on Obesity in the U.K. Monday.
Wendy's looks to balance value and premium
Hooking both the high-end customer and value shopper continues to challenge the Wendy's Co., as the fast food chain works to balance marketing of its 99-cent items and premium products.
Spelling out nutrition labeling
Supermarket News (subscriber story)
In 2011, the University of California at Berkeley co-sponsored a contest that invited entrants to develop a user-friendly alternative to the sterile-looking, numbers-heavy box known as the Nutrition Facts panel. At that time, the FDA was reviewing the panel and had asked the Institute of Medicine how to modernize the way nutrition information was presented to consumers.
Henkel launches initiative to enhance safety in food packaging
Henkel is focusing on adhesives in food packaging in its new initiative aimed at food safety officers.
Air Monitors launches new division food industry
Air Monitors, a specialist instrumentation provider, has launched a new division to cater specifically to the air monitoring requirements of the food industry. The new division will focus on four areas: dust in the workplace, bioaerosol hazards, gas mixers/blenders and packaging gas.
Cold chain tracking technology introduced
Food Production Daily
DeltaTRAK ThermoTrace TTI uses 2-D bar codes and chemical labels to monitor temperature of food products throughout the supply chain.
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