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House Agriculture Committee approves farm bill
The New York Times
After a late-night session Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee voted to approve a $940 billion farm bill, a day after the Senate passed its version, setting the stage for Congress to finally begin work on a new five-year bill.
AFFI commends House Ag Committee for expanding school fruit, veggie program (AFFI)
House farm bill moves ahead with big cut in food stamps (Reuters)
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New app lets shoppers boycott companies by scanning barcodes
The Buycott app gives consumers the ability to boycott companies they don't want to invest in. Scanning a barcode in the grocery store will tell shoppers if the manufacturer's policies on everything from GMO food to sustainability are in line with their own beliefs.
Food supply under assault as climate heats up
The U.S. food supply — from chickens injected with arsenic to dying bee colonies — is under unprecedented siege from a blitz of man-made hazards, meaning some of your favorite treats someday may vanish from your plate, experts say.
Obama struggles to get beyond a scandal trifecta
The Washington Post
The most corrosive political scandals are the ones that feed a pre-existing story line — which is why the White House could have difficulty putting the current ones behind it any time soon.
Related: Hill Democrats muster defense (Politico)
'Labor Day' arrives early on Capitol Hill
The Wall Street Journal
Senate Democrats are scheduled to go to bat Thursday for two of the labor movement's top priorities: moving ahead on Tom Perez's nomination as labor secretary as well as a full slate of nominees to fill vacancies on the National Labor Relations Board.
Poll: Christie fares best against Clinton in 2016
Hillary Clinton continues to lead all potential 2016 challengers in a new poll, but New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican, would keep her lead to just 3 percentage points.
Institute of Medicine: Low salt intake may be unhealthy
Food Safety News
Health experts have long promoted one simple, consistent message when it comes to salt intake: Cut back. Now, a review from the Institute of Medicine suggests a diet too low in sodium may actually be unhealthy for those at risk for heart problems.
Bill would let natural gas-based ethanol qualify as renewable
Rep. Pete Olson, R-Texas, and others introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow ethanol produced from natural gas to compete with corn-based ethanol under the federal Renewable Fuel Standard.
Related: Consumers, economy and environment lose with Renewable Fuel Standard (The Hill)
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Stopping school food waste
As new USDA regulations have required healthier lunch options, some suggest across the country, more food is ending up in the trash.
City school lunch prices to rise per federal mandate (The Alexander City Outlook)
'Nacho' everyday school lunch (Lincoln Journal Star)
China to crack down on fake mutton, dead animal meat
China ordered local authorities to tighten scrutiny of the production and sale of fake meat products, the official Xinhua News Agency reported today, citing the State Council's Food Safety Commission Office.
USDA prepares for environmental impact statements on new GMO crops
Food Poisoning Bulletin
Last week USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service announced it will prepare two separate environmental impact statements on new seeds engineered to be herbicide-resistant — shocking Dow, which had expected USDA approval in December.
Food waste: Beyond fridge guilt to a sustainable system
We are already experiencing the beginning of a new era of stress on the food system as demand grows and environmental limits are reached. It's time for the supply chain to focus on eliminating the enormous waste that occurs before food even reaches the consumer.
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New report: Gluten-free market to top $6 billion by 2018
Food Business News
The gluten-free products market will reach $6.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets.
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Wal-Mart Q2 forecast trails estimates
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, forecast second-quarter profit that was less than analysts estimated as its shoppers struggle amid the slow U.S. economy and higher taxes.
Deloitte: Shoppers cling to private label as brand loyalty declines
Nearly 9 of 10 (88 percent) of survey respondents report they have switched to buying several store brands they feel are just as good as national brands — and few consumers plan to switch back, according to Deloitte's 2013 American Pantry Study.
Data raises questions about strength of US economy
The U.S. economy showed worrisome signs as jobless claims rose sharply last week while ground-breaking at home construction sites tumbled in April and a gauge of underlying inflation pointed to weak demand.
Crisis management in the food industry
Food Manufacture UK
How can you protect your food and drink business during times of crisis (such as horse meat, pink slime or deadly foodborne illnesses)? A crisis management plan is the first step — yet a survey shows fewer than half of senior risk managers feel confident in theirs.
New survey highlights food industry's risk factors in safety, quality
PRWeb via Albany Times Union
Supply chain management is at the heart of safety and quality efforts in the global food and beverage industry, according to a new survey of 500 companies by DNV Business Assurance.
Functional food, personalized nutrition bring big opportunities
Food Manufacture UK
Speaking at the Vitafoodsd show in Switzerland, Datamonitor analyst Katie Price said 89 percent of European consumers said they are interested in buying functional foods to manage a disease — but only 40 percent actually make the purchases. How can the industry close that gap?
Innovative products in spotlight at SIAL Canada food show
A gluten-free, preservative-free, certified kosher frozen offering won the grand prize for innovation at this year's SIAL Canada trade show, which drew 14,000 food industry professionals.
CPG market watch: PepsiCo leads industry, digital coupons drive awareness
An overview of the consumer packaged goods industry shows PepsiCo at the top of a list of 15 food makers on Fortune's 500 largest U.S. corporations. Also included: industry executive staffing changes, digital coupon research and more.
Dean Foods' new chairman lauds 'spirit,' 'vision' of outgoing CEO
The Dallas Morning News
Gregg Engles attended his first Dean Foods shareholder's meeting in years Wednesday in which he was not the main speaker. Engles, Dean's longtime chief executive and chairman, stepped down from the board earlier this month to devote his attention to WhiteWave Foods.
Brazilian food processing giant to close plants
Food Production Daily
After tough losses in the second quarter, Marfrig Alimentos SA, the second-largest food processing firm in Brazil, has announced plans to offload and close plants to alleviate its debt.
Hain optimistic about US opportunities
Food Business News
While furthering its footprint in the United Kingdom remains a top goal for The Hain Celestial Group, the Lake Success, N.Y.-based company believes the United States is just as ripe for opportunity.
Iglo Group appoints new chief executive
Food Manufacture UK
Frozen food firm Iglo Group has appointed Elio Leoni Sceti as its new chief executive, effective May 23. Sceti comes to Iglo from technology firm Zeebox; previously he held posts at EMI Music, Procter & Gamble and Reckitt Benckiser.
Lighting and camera type key for Mettler Toledo vision inspection system
Food Production Daily
Mettler Toledo has launched a vision inspection system focusing on ensuring the correct type of lighting and utilizing line scan camera technology.
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