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Menu labeling: Is this Obamacare provision a threat to food companies?
Wall St. Cheat Sheet
While the mandate that every single American must have health insurance coverage has galvanized the opposition to call for the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, many large companies have problems with a much smaller change: the requirement that calorie information be added to all chain restaurant menus.
Eateries fear health law's bite (The Wall Street Journal – subscribers)
Obamacare and restaurants: Less pain than feared (WSJ's Corporate Intelligence)
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Fast food workers stage protests for higher wages: Next up, Milwaukee
Fast food workers are staging unprecedented one-day walkouts in cities across the country. Milwaukee workers plan to join Wednesday as nearly 200 demand $15 an hour and the right to unionize.
ExpertRECALL Index: Repeated food recalls hurting companies
PR Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
According to the ExpertRECALL Index released today, nearly 3 out of 4 food recalls in the first quarter of this year were issued by companies facing two or more recalls during the 90-day period, a situation that is taxing the resources of food companies to successfully navigate the logistical challenges and regulatory complexities of recalls.
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Scandals could roil 2014 elections
As a trio of scandals threatens to engulf President Barack Obama, congressional Democrats facing election next year are talking tough about the administration and taking the first steps to detach themselves from the president.
GOP smells blood
Republicans smell blood — their challenge now is to figure out where it's coming from: the scandals that have suddenly engulfed the Obama administration, the economy or both?
House immigration group at impasse
The House's bipartisan immigration group is at a crippling impasse, and top aides and lawmakers are unsure if they'll ever come to the agreement they've sought for four years, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the discussions.
GOP may block NLRB nominations, rendering Labor Board inoperable
The Huffington Post
With the Senate about to consider President Barack Obama's nominees to the National Labor Relations Board, Democrats and labor groups are growing concerned that Republicans will block the administration's left-leaning nominations, rendering the board inoperable when a current member's term expires in August.
Related: Bills seek to limit NLRB, union authority (Lexology)
Conestoga Valley school lunch prices are going up 10 cents. Here's why
School lunches in the Conestoga Valley School District will increase 10 cents next year, not necessarily because the district needs to cover expenses — though that is true — but because the Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act mandates it.
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FDA: GMO foods must adhere to same safety laws as other plant-derived food
Food from genetically modified organisms has been in the news lately, as companies try to get their products approved by federal regulators and lawmakers try to make the labeling of these foods mandatory by law. The FDA says GMO foods must go through the same testing and approval process as any other product the agency oversees.
GMO label bill passes committee test in Maine (Sun Journal via Bangor Daily News)
Modifying the endless debate over GM crops (Time)
Did you know you're eating GMO? (MSN)
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Center for Food Safety points finger at 'food industry front groups'
Food Safety News
After a 40-year absence, enemies lists are making a comeback in Washington, D.C. The ordinarily mild-mannered Center for Food Safety Tuesday put out a list of what it calls "food industry front groups" that it charges with being guilty of deceptive practices.
Organic food industry hits Capitol Hill as 2013 farm bill takes shape
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Just as both houses of Congress work to mark up their respective new farm bill proposals this week, the organic food industry is hitting Capitol Hill with its annual policy meeting and lobbying effort.
FAO touts edible insects as 'valuable sources of nutrition'
Insects could play a vital role in food security in the coming decades — but disgust remains a barrier for consumers in many Western countries, according to a new report from the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization.
Opinion: Why can't we better regulate what is put in food, how animals raised?
Science writer Elizabeth Weise addresses the question of regulations in the food chain, from GM crops to antibiotics in livestock to ingredients in the food on the dinner table.
Opinion: High-profit food companies target sugar farmers
The Huffington Post
Since the Great Recession, investors have been inundated with tips for turning losses into profit, ranging from gold to social media IPOs. But through it all, a pretty obvious profit center garnered very few headlines, and now this "secret" soon could have public policy implications. What's behind this? The candy and confection industry.
UK: Food industry should audit supply chains, say waste campaigners
The food industry should be forced to audit its supply chains regularly to cut down on the amount of food being thrown away, according to the group This is Rubbish, calling for more transparency in the U.K. food system.
ConAgra Foods cuts sodium, but how much salt is too much?
The Omaha World-Herald
Omaha-based ConAgra Foods will continue its effort to scale back the sodium in its products despite recent studies that challenge current government guidelines for a low-sodium diet. The company is halfway to achieving its stated goal of cutting sodium in many of its consumer products by 20 percent before 2015 and is on track to meet the goal, said Mark Andon, vice president of nutrition.
NPD study: Kids, teens heaviest snackers; women outpace men
Drug Store News
The typical American eats more than 1,000 snack-oriented convenience foods throughout the year, and kids and teens are the heaviest users of this assortment of snacks, which includes fresh fruit, sweets and savory snacks, according to a recent study by The NPD Group.
Bellisio buys Boston Market frozen food supplier
Minneapolis-based Bellisio Foods said it is buying frozen food supplier Overhill Farms as it looks to expand its frozen food and snack business.
Safeway CEO Steve Burd has legacy as a risk-taker
Bay Area News Group via San Jose Mercury News
After a forceful two decades of leadership, Steve Burd will step down from Safeway this week, leaving behind a company that he molded into the nation's second-largest supermarket chain.
Pinnacle Foods income jumps 160 percent on business model
Food Business News
Lower interest expense, lower debt levels and previous refinancing activities contributed to a 160 percent increase in income at Pinnacle Foods Inc. during the first quarter.
US wholesale prices drop by most in three years
Wholesale prices in the U.S. dropped in April by the most in three years, reflecting a decrease in fuel costs that is helping underpin profits.
Is 'food fear' a new driver for consumer choice?
The way French consumers are choosing food products has changed, with many now basing purchase decisions on their fears about food and the best way to avoid those fears, according to information presented at Vitafoods today.
Private-label food sales increasing, so major brands are buying in
Harvest Public Media via The Kansas City Star
The average consumer may not think much about store brands while shopping for groceries, but it's a business worth nearly $60 billion per year.
April surge in snow has small impact on drought
May measurements confirm April forecasts: NRCS hydrologists predict reduced spring and summer water supply for much of the West. April saw a surge in snow in many places but didn't make up the shortfall during previous months. As of May 1, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack designated many counties in Western states as eligible for USDA drought assistance.
Burger King rolls out McRib-buster
Burger King on Thursday will unveil its 2013 summer menu plans, highlighted by a new, limited-time BK Rib Sandwich, which is boneless like McRib, has a tangy sauce and comes with sweet bread-and butter pickles. It will be sold nationally beginning May 21.
Related: Taco Bell testing breakfast waffle (USA Today)
Yum faces IT supply chain hurdles in China expansion
The Wall Street Journal
Yum Brands Inc. was cleared last week of meat quality issues in its Little Sheep Group Ltd. chain of restaurants in China, after Shanghai food safety regulators had earlier said the company received shipments labeled as lamb meat, but which also contained pork and duck, from a wholesaler.
How prevention-based safety chain management helps compliance efficiencies
Food Safety Magazine
Withdrawals, rejections and recalls cost the food industry $7 billion dollars annually — and the majority of these costs aren't just from "worst case" recall scenarios where people fall ill and lawsuits occur.
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