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New food map: The start of a new era for the food industry?
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
A data-heavy research project from the University of North Carolina has turned out what could be a game-changer in the food industry: an up-to-date map showing what Americans are buying and eating in each part of the country.
Former FDA official on GMO labeling: 'Science doesn't always win'
Whether the food industry likes it or not, when it comes to GMO labeling, the "train appears to have left the station," according to former FDA associate commissioner of foods Dr. David Acheson.
Groups lobby against farm bill riders that preempt GMO label laws (eNews Park Forest)
Biotechnology Industry Organization: Not too late to change GMO talk (Food Navigator-USA)
ConAgra tries to change consumers' perceptions about frozen foods
The Omaha World Herald
ConAgra has a lot at stake in frozen foods. In recent years the Omaha-based packaged food company has expanded its freezer offerings both through acquisitions and through expanding product lines.
Team Obama digs in, fights to get agenda on track amid scandals
The White House is circling the wagons as one of the most feverish periods of President Barack Obama's tenure enters its second week. Obama and his aides have taken a more aggressive stance in recent days after fumbling their initial response to headline-grabbing scandals at different government agencies.
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Scandal-shocked House Democrats fear for 2014
Democrats aiming to retake the House next year against all odds tried to reassure themselves after President Barack Obama's week from hell: The election is still 18 months away, plenty of time for Republicans to turn today's gift into tomorrow's albatross.
GOP senators stave off primary foes
Lamar Alexander has an inventive way of fending off potential primary foes, one that could be a model for GOP incumbents running in 2014: Drop by their house for iced tea.
At trade talks, US, EU ready for fight on genetically modified crops
The Washington Post
Many Europeans see American farming and its reliance on genetically modified crops as more Frankenstein than Farmer in the Dell. Now, the opposition here to U.S. agricultural practices is threatening to become a major battle in discussions starting next month that could sweep away trade barriers between the United States and Europe.
Nebraska legislators want answers on school breakfast participation
The Associated Press via The Omaha World Herald
After a study from the Food Research and Action Center revealed only 4 out of 10 Nebraska students who take part in the federally funded school lunch discount program also take advantage of the breakfast program, Sen. Bill Avery is asking for answers.
Could tax breaks for healthy food sales work better than food taxes?
Incentivizing the sale of healthy foods at the supermarket checkout could be more effective than food taxation for improving food choices, suggests a letter published in the British Medical Journal.
Vilsack promises to grow US organic industry
Food Safety News
At its recent policy conference in Washington, D.C., the Organic Trade Association heard from Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack about the future of organic farming. Vilsack told OTA members he views organic as "its own separate commodity," and he is committed to treating it that way.
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Canadian food watchdog plans to take on E. coli threat
Winnipeg Free Press
Canada's food watchdog is planning to impose tougher rules to deal with the threat of E. coli in slaughterhouses.
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency will strengthen E. coli testing in federally inspected establishments that use raw beef. Testing will increase between April and October — barbecue season.
Wendy's Fair Food protest pushes for farmworker fights
The Huffington Post
Dozens of protesters gathered in New York City's Union Square Saturday to demand that fast food giant Wendy's sign on to an agreement to support agricultural labor rights.
How the Vernon Hershberger food licensing trial could shift food safety views
Food Safety News
On its face, the upcoming trial of Vernon Hershberger, which starts today, is about food and dairy licensing and the Wisconsin farmer's refusal to seek out certain permits. The technical legalities of the case, however, fail to convey the case's national political importance.
Opinion: Food stamps and Frito's
Is there any human impulse stronger than the urge to tell others what not to eat? The latest victims of these well-intentioned busybodies are low-income Americans who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, still known to most everyone as food stamps.
Year after uproar, BPI still struggles
Sioux City Journal
A year ago, more than 700 Beef Products Inc. workers collected their final paychecks. The South Dakota-based company is still limping along, with 80 percent of its business gone. The lost jobs aren't coming back any time soon. And the company's once ballyhooed plans for a multimillion-dollar expansion in South Sioux City are a fading memory.
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Don't judge a food by its color: Put some white in your bite
U.S. News & World Report
We've been told that the more color a fruit or vegetable displays, the more nutrients you'll find within. Although this may be true for some produce, "White Vegetables: A Forgotten Source of Nutrients" — published this month in the American Society for Nutrition's journal Advances in Nutrition — reminds us that when it comes to veggies, we ought to pay attention to white.
Dear consumers: Please don't start eating healthfully
Scientific American via Yahoo News
Dear Consumers: A disturbing trend has come to our attention. You, the people, are thinking more about health, and you're starting to do something about it. This cannot continue.
Related: Whole grains, proteins highlight Q1 menu trends (Food Business News)
Nutrition claims may lead to bigger portions
People tend to choose larger portions of foods when they are marketed as "healthy," suggests new research led by a team from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
Papa John's will deliver $16.5 million to end TCPA claims
Law 360 (subscription required)
Papa John's International Inc. has agreed to pay $16.5 million to resolve a nationwide class action alleging it advertised pizzas through unwanted text messages in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, according to a Friday filing in Seattle.
Improving meat traceability in the US
Food Safety News
Without necessarily knowing the term "traceability," consumers have been calling for it in their food system for a long time. The evidence of that comes from the food industry itself, with its increased emphasis on where food came from.
France's plat du jour: Frozen meals
The Wall Street Journal
With high labor costs eating into his bottom line, Parisian chef Jean-Luc Madec uses frozen ingredients — and even complete main courses — for the dishes served at his restaurant in France. It's a trend many of his fellow restaurateurs are facing.
California grocery chain turns food waste into electricity
The Kroger Co. plans to chuck all food gone past its sell-by date into an industrial silo, where microbes will break it down to release methane, which will in turn be burned to generate electricity.
Burger King launches summer barbecue menu
The Wall Street Journal
As New Yorkers gear up for summer barbecue season by raiding the co-op and devising farm-to-table dinner parties, Burger King, the global hamburger chain that feeds more than 11 million people daily, launched its "summer barbecue menu" with a tasting party.
Has McDonald's menu gotten too big?
In an effort to draw more consumers, McDonald's has about 145 menu items in the U.S., up from about 85 in 2007. That means more choice, but the increase has been slowing things down at restaurants.
China: Rapid growth for food industry expected
China's food industry is expected to maintain rapid growth during the next five to 10 years, Xiong Bilin, deputy director of the China Food Industry Association, said. Xiong attributed the growth to the country's deepening urbanization and the industry's opportunities of further tapping into the food processing sector.
Danone invests in Mengniu as Chinese demand food safety
Danone, owner of Activia yogurt and Evian water, will spend about $417 million to form a joint venture and invest in China's biggest dairy producer to expand its brands in the most populous nation.
GrubHub research: Women 70 percent more likely to order veggie burgers
Women are 70 percent more likely to order veggie burgers than men when they eat at a restaurant, according to digital food ordering service GrubHub.
Childhood ADHD tied to obesity decades later
Boys who are diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in elementary school are more likely to grow up to be obese adults than those who don't have the condition, a new study suggests.
Sanitation equipment aims to help processors with FSMA compliance
Food Production Daily
Carometec A/S, an Arizona company that provides a broad range of quality and sanitation equipment for the food industry, has a number of machines intended to help processors better comply with new Food Safety Modernization Act rules.
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