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Is a non-GMO food industry possible?
Some food companies are jumping ahead of the labeling debate and going non-GMO now — but finding the right ingredients can be a challenge.
Forget the farm bill: New York legislators push for GMO labels (The Village Voice)
March Against Monsanto attracts millions (USAgNet)
Arizona activist seeks public vote on labeling for GMO foods (Capitol Media Service)
China's Shuanghui to buy Smithfield Foods for $4.7 billion
China's Shuanghui International agreed Wednesday to buy Smithfield Foods for $4.7 billion in cash, in a deal that will increase the flow of U.S.-produced pork to the world's largest consumer of the meat.
Delhaize to sell US supermarket chains for $265 million
Belgium-based food retailer Delhaize has agreed to sell three U.S. supermarket chains — Sweetbay, Harveys and Reid's — to rival Bi-Lo Holdings for $265 million to simplify its U.S. business and focus more on its larger chains.
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Vulnerable Democrats' 2014 Obama problem
As Democrats try to keep their lock on the Senate next year, some of their most vulnerable incumbents have a problem with President Barack Obama: They can't win with him, but they probably can't win without him, either.
Michele Bachmann is out; why winning her seat got more difficult (The Washington Post)
Kentucky Senate poll: Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes tied (Politico)
Reid: Passing Senate immigration bill 'easy'
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicted this week that it will be "easy" to win the 60 votes needed to pass immigration reform in the Senate.
Senate GOP asks High Court to invalidate recess appointments
By signing on to a brief Tuesday, all 45 GOP senators have asked the Supreme Court to invalidate President Barack Obama's January 2012 recess appointments as an unconstitutional abuse of power.
Experts warn of coming war over 'food addiction' and public health
The difference between "food addiction" and "food and addiction" will gain public policy significance as the prepared food industry gears up to fight a growing body of data indicating processed foods contribute to negative public health outcomes. These remarks were made by the outgoing director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at Yale University.
Opinion: Is industry behind delay of menu labeling implementation?
When it comes to implementing the long-delayed national menu labeling law for chain food service establishments, the food industry is working overtime to chain the hands of Food and Drug Administration officials.
FDA issues final rule regarding imported food
Office of the Federal Register
In a rule slated for publication in Thursday's Federal Register, the FDA has issued a final rule that adopts the interim final rule issued May 5, 2011, "Information Required in Prior Notice of Imported Food." It requires that a person submitting prior notice of imported food must report the name of any country that has refused entry of that product.
2015 Dietary Guidelines process to begin with meeting next month
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released a little more than two years ago — in January 2011 — but already work is beginning on the next installment of the recommendations that serve as the foundation for federal nutrition policy and programs.
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FSIS proposes updated guidance for HACCP systems validation
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is announcing the availability of updated guidance for Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point systems validation. In addition, FSIS is announcing it will hold a public meeting June 25 to review its proposed guidance and to take comments. The public meeting will also be available by teleconference.
Q-and-A with an undercover author who posed as a USDA meat inspector
Food Safety News
Author and journalist Ted Conover has built his reputation through first-person accounts from inside sectors of society that receive little recognition from the mainstream. He spent six weeks posing as a USDA meat inspector at a Cargill beef plant.
Consumer groups worry about fallout of US-EU trade pact
U.S. consumer groups plan to raise concerns Wednesday about a proposed free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union, which they fear could weaken important government health, environmental and food safety regulations and undermine privacy on the Internet.
Fair Trade USA labeling rules: Hoax or fair enough?
Fair Trade USA is considering much-maligned changes to its labeling policy that would no longer require brands to source ingredients from a Fair Trade source even when one is available. Is its draft policy fair or misleading?
Pork industry hunts for deadly pig virus
The sudden and widespread appearance of a swine virus deadly to young pigs — one never before seen in North America — is raising questions about the bio-security shield designed to protect the U.S. food supply.
Push to increase gluten in 'gluten-free' food
A food industry lobby group is preparing a proposal to increase the amount of gluten allowed in supposedly "gluten-free" products.
Kellogg settles labeling lawsuit, but court remains concerned
The Kellogg Company has reached a new settlement to pay out $4 million in a lawsuit over health claims on its cereal boxes, but the court has raised concerns about the significant cash drop from the previously rejected settlement of $10.5 million.
Could 'hybrid consumers' be polarizing the food industry?
Consumers are becoming less interested in mid-market products and are trading down for basic groceries and trading up for premium brands that matter most from an emotional and social perspective, says a new report from Rabobank.
Fast casual segment maintains growth
A new study indicates that while visits to U.S. restaurants held relatively steady in the first quarter of 2013, the fast casual segment continued its two-year growth trend, according to data from NPD Group.
Kids use menu calorie info, but fast food junkies tune out, study finds
A new study has found that calorie information on chain restaurant menus is reaching youth who eat in such restaurants but may be being discounted by those who need it the most.
Chefs Move to Schools event introduces new taste-tested school lunch items
For the past three months, volunteer chefs from Universal City Walk, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, Nestle Corp. and Platters for You Catering have worked with five Orange County, Fla., school cafeteria food managers to create menu items with the help of students taste-testers.
Escaping from food deserts
Scientific American via Yahoo News
Food deserts are a complex public health issue that has garnered a wealth of exposure due to Michelle Obama's obesity initiative. Although a number of solutions have been offered to combat food deserts, most of them have considerable drawbacks.
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