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Big week for recalls as food poisonings rise
This has been a big week for food product recalls and the risk of food borne illness.
Seven confirmed and three likely cases of E. coli infection linked to raw clover sprouts have been reported, the CDC said Thursday. Meanwhile, other recalls include ground beef, hummus, walnuts, dips and more.
Ground beef recall expands; Supervalu among chains affected (USDA)
Marler Clark retained in Wolverine hamburger E. Coli outbreak (Food Poison Journal)
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Nutrition compromises follow FLOTUS calls
Veterans, farm and food safety spending bills cleared the Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday even as Republicans charged Democrats with overstepping last December's budget accord to fund domestic priorities. And behind the scenes, first lady Michelle Obama pushed — with some success — for last-day compromises protecting nutrition standards for children.
Related: Senate committee includes potato in WIC program (PotatoPro)
State Supreme Court denies ABC appeal in BPI defamation case
Sioux City Journal
The South Dakota Supreme Court refused Thursday to hear an ABC News appeal of a lower court ruling to allow Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against the network to proceed to the discovery phase, lifting the stay and opening the door for litigation against the network and other defendants to advance.
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Harry Reid: President Obama may have to act on immigration
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that the Obama administration will have to act alone on stemming deportations if the House doesn't move on immigration reform by this summer's end.
16 congressional races have seen more than $1 million in outside spending
The Washington Post
In the 2014 election cycle, 16 congressional races have seen more than $1 million in outside spending, according to research at the Center for Responsive Politics.
Las Vegas, Cincinnati cut from 2016 GOP convention bid
The field of would-be host cities for the 2016 Republican convention was whittled by two on Thursday, after Las Vegas and Cincinnati were dropped from consideration. The four remaining contenders are Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City.
Consumers say proposed nutrition labels more effective than current labels
In line with the goals set forth by FDA's proposed Nutrition Facts updates, consumers find proposed labels easier to read in less time and perceive food and beverage products with larger serving sizes to be less healthy, according to a study from the Georgetown Institute for Consumer Research.
Related: FDA extends comment period for proposed nutrition labels (FDA)
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Cornell: GMO labels would add $800 per year to family grocery bill
The cost of New York state adopting labeling of GMO ingredient in food products could increase the cost of food for a family of four by $800 per year, says a new economic study from Cornell University. The results have been described as "out of line and improbable" by a leading food policy expert.
Related: Maui County clerk rejects anti-GMO petition signatures (Honolulu Star Advertiser)
Vilsack, military leaders link obesity to national security
Too many obese young adults are being turned away by the U.S. military — and the 2010 overhaul of school lunch nutritional standards is just the thing to slim down the next generation of enlistees, military leaders told USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Thursday.
Threat of tariffs drawing closer as US refuses to budge on meat labeling
Canadian retaliation is increasingly likely as the U.S. government continues to dig in its heels over its controversial country-of-origin meat labeling law, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Wednesday.
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LaHood: Raise fuel tax to restore infrastructure
Speaking to attendees of the ALK Transportation Technology Summit in Princeton, New Jersey, former United States Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made a case for raising the federal fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon and indexing the level to inflation going forward.
OSHA referral pact to extend NLRB's reach
Law360 (subscription required)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has agreed to steer workers who want to pursue time-barred retaliation claims under workplace safety law to the National Labor Relations Board, an arrangement that lawyers say continues the NLRB's push to widen its influence and will expose more companies to unfair labor practice charges.
EFSA invites comments on draft allergy evaluation
The European Food Safety Authority is inviting comments on a draft scientific opinion for the evaluation of allergenic foods and food ingredients for labeling purposes.
Look for the Preferred Freezer Services No. 21 Car at the Indy 500
Preferred Freezer Services
Driving for Ed Carpenter Racing in the Preferred Freezer Services No. 21 car, JR Hildebrand is getting another chance to win the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday.
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Gluten-free tops the nutrition trends of 2014
What's trending on nutrition in the restaurant industry? The National Restaurant Association Show emphasized five trends foodservice operators should know — starting with gluten-free.
FDA sees the light on label-less food marking for produce
Food Production Daily
Laser Application Technologies has received a thumbs-up from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Natural Light Labeling system, designed to get rid of stick-on produce labels.
Omaha Steaks expands product portfolio with new burger range
American gourmet food firm Omaha Steaks has introduced a new range of gourmet burgers and plans to further expand the line in the future.
CEO: Soylent is meant to be a meal
Soylent CEO Rob Rhinehart discusses the company's food product, which he says has the potential to be total meal replacement.
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