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WHO: Unhealthy food taxes vital to fight obesity
Unhealthy diets pose a greater risk to global health than the increasingly regulated sale of tobacco and governments should move fast to tax harmful food products, a United Nations investigator said Monday.
Burger King ends 'Have It Your Way' slogan
The Associated Press via Bluefield Daily Telegraph
This week, Burger King is scrapping its 40-year-old "Have It Your Way" slogan in favor of the more personal "Be Your Way."
Opinion: The FDA's food label flaws
U.S. News & World Report
Better labels could help consumers, but the FDA's proposed rule doesn't cut it. Poor analysis has resulted in a rule that fails consumers and does little to curb obesity.
Related: Labels don't tell entire story (KPRC-TV)
Democrats desperately seek an Obama midterm strategy
For months, President Barack Obama has been telling donors that there's nothing more important to him than the November elections. But many Democrats say their biggest worry for the fall is the president himself.
Obama drift frustrates donors (The Hill)
Primary day: 6 states, 5 things to watch
Today is the closest thing to a Super Tuesday this primary season, and the results of voting in six states will set the stage for some of November's marquee races. Here are five themes to watch for as returns come in.
GOP brass thinks it's riding a wave (The Hill)
Only 7 of 100 current senators made it to Capitol Hill with no experience
The Washington Post
In the Republican primary for Georgia's open Senate seat, several recent polls have David Perdue, former CEO of Reebok and Dollar General, up by about 8 percentage points. But it's unclear the millionaire will be able to keep his lead once he's compared one-on-one with a candidate with more political experience.
Oxfam urges top food brands to cut supply-chain emissions
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Climate change impacts are expected to push up the price of everyday foods like breakfast cereals, and the world's biggest brands should act to reduce the planet-warming gases emitted during their production, Oxfam said Tuesday.
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FDA extends comment period for FSMA sanitary transport rule
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday it will extend the comment period for 60 days to allow more feedback about the proposed FSMA sanitary transportation rule. The extension comes after several industry groups requested more time to review and respond to the proposal.
FoodNet: Foodborne disease rates remain steady, despite efforts
Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report via Medscape
A seven-year review of foodborne illnesses at 10 sites in the U.S. shows the rate of incidence remains well above national Healthy People 2020 targets and unchanged overall, according to the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network, or FoodNet.
Who wins and who loses with GMO labeling?
Live Trading News
The idea of the consumers' right to know has been a rallying cry for supporters of mandatory GMO food labeling. It pops up in bills and initiatives across the country, with activists questioning whether GMOs are truly safe. This is a position the food industry challenges.
Related: Regulators give GMOs a close look (The Omaha World-Herald)
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Democrat calls on McDonald's to only use beef raised without antibiotics
Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., on Monday urged McDonald's to primarily source the beef used in its hamburgers from cows raised without antibiotics.
Bill Marler on FSIS: A chance for transparency and learning
Food Safety News
Brian Ronholm has been the head of Food Safety Inspection Service since Dec. 19 — that is six months — and what a six months it has been.
'Top Chef' judge: It's time to #VOTEFOOD
Tom Colicchio, head judge on Bravo's "Top Chef," has found himself asking: Is there actually a food movement? "Hunger in the U.S. is solvable. We actually can end it, if we resolve to look honestly and critically at the policies that contribute to the issue."
Health craze whips up prices for egg whites
Financial Times via CNBC
A run on egg whites in the U.S. food industry has made prices sizzle for the sticky ingredient, stirring up turbulence for companies from Cargill to an investment holding of Goldman Sachs.
Kale or Oreos: The changing grocery scene
Gristedes Food CEO John Catsimatidis discusses organic foods and competition in the grocery industry.
Wal-Mart China to upgrade stores for $93 million, open 30 more in 2014
The China operating arm of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said Tuesday it plans to invest $93 million to remodel 55 existing stores in China this year to enhance store operations and optimize customer experience.
Preferred Freezer Services car, driver aim high in Indy 500
Preferred Freezer Services
J.R. Hildebrand, driving the No. 21 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet, still had a smile on his face after qualifying ninth Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the Fast Nine Shootout for the 98th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race set for May 25.
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Specialty Food Association announces sofi Awards finalists
Sixteen finalists for Outstanding New Product and Outstanding Product Line categories were selected from a pool of 459 products entered in New Products and 253 entered in Product Line.
Researchers: Take precaution when spicing foods
Research from Kansas State University has shown that 4 out of 10 spices, sold in bulk in the Kansas City metro area, contain contaminants that could be harmful to your health.
Future of snacks? Popped, ancient grains and the rise of craft brands
Bakery and Snacks
Craft snack brands will lead innovation because of their fresh take on an old market, and balancing health and indulgence will be top of the agenda, says Innova Market Insights.
Baby's first quinoa? Companies wooing back moms with superfoods
New companies are luring moms back — and driving up sales of baby food, dollar-wise — with creative mish-mashes that adults would happily eat.
Kraft recalls 1.2 million cases of cottage cheese on storage temp concerns
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
After discovering some ingredients in its cottage cheese products were not stored in accordance with company temperature standards, Kraft is recalling 1.2 million cases of product.
Recall update: Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners recall expands (USDA)
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Nanotechnology in food quality control: Preventing food from biting back
Analytical chemistry plays a prominent role in food quality control and has already started taking advantages from the versatility and novel merits of nanoscience.
New cold storage facility under construction in Illinois
Cloverleaf Cold Storage broke ground on a new refrigerated warehouse and distribution center in Monmouth, Illinois, on land that is adjacent to the Smithfield Farmland Monmouth plant.
Van Drunnen Farms builds freeze-drying plant
The oldest part of the former Dawn Foods in Crown Point, Illinois, is being torn down to be replaced by a 136,420-square-foot building where Van Drunnen Farms will freeze-dry and process fruits and vegetables.
Thermo Fisher to collaborate with USDA, Penn State on food safety testing
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. on Monday announced a new collaboration with USDA's Agricultural Research Service and Pennsylvania State University to develop rapid methods to detect E. coli in food. The collaboration was undertaken with the aim of providing genetic testing tools to the food industry for purposes of E. coli detection in meat products.
Food producers team up with future food pros
Food Production Daily
A community college in New York has launched a food processing degree program that aims to give producers the labor talent they need to operate and grow.
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