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Tyson offers to buy Hillshire for $6.13 billion
Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor, has offered to buy Hillshire Brands Co. for $6.13 billion to expand into the fast-growing market for breakfast foods.
FDA commissioner: Food safety is failing on prevention
FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the increasing rate of food imports into the U.S. poses a challenge for food safety — and is one of the drivers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Opinion: The campaign for junk food
The New York Times
Michelle Obama writes, "When we began our Let's Move! initiative four years ago, we set one simple but ambitious goal: to end the epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation so that kids born today will grow up healthy. To achieve this goal, we have adhered to one clear standard: what works."
Editor's note: As highlighted in recent coverage of federal activity regarding school meal nutrition standards, the School Nutrition Association is leading efforts on Capitol Hill to advance legislation that provides schools with new flexibilities to meet nutrition standards.
First lady defeated in panel vote (The Hill)
GOP rejects FLOTUS in school lunch battle (Politico)
School lunch pushback sparks health, politics debate (USA Today)
Should government ban bad food? (Fox Business)
John Boehner's friends plot tea party crackdown
They've given John Boehner constant headaches during his three years as speaker. Now, Boehner's friends are trying to make sure that a small pocket of tea party-aligned Republicans won't have a chance to derail his speakership next year. And if they try, they could be punished.
On immigration, Eric Cantor can't win
Eric Cantor is simultaneously blocking immigration reform and plotting a way to grant amnesty to undocumented immigrants — it just depends on whom you ask.
House Democrats reserve $44 million in fall airtime
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is reserving nearly $44 million in fall airtime across 36 districts in preparation for the uphill battle they're facing this fall. According to a DCCC aide, it's the largest reservation ever placed by the committee, and with it they're targeting 17 pickup opportunities and defending 19 incumbents.
California lawmakers reject bill requiring labeling on GMO foods
California lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a bill that would require labels on foods made with genetically modified organisms, the second time in two years such legislation has failed to take hold in the state.
Related: EU: Proposed GM law creates uproar (Food Manufacture-UK)
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FDA fights to have GRAS lawsuit dismissed
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them regarding a proposed rule on substances generally recognized as safe. The 46-page motion, dated May 14, was filed with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
USDA sued over delay on antibiotic-resistant Salmonella controls
A consumer health advocacy group filed a lawsuit Wednesday against USDA because the agency has not acted on a three-year-old petition to declare antibiotic-resistant Salmonella as adulterants under federal meat inspection rules, according to court documents.
EU backs deal to limit use of food-based biofuels
EU diplomats on Wednesday agreed to limit production of biofuels made from food crops in response to widespread criticism that they stoke inflation and do more environmental harm than good.
Bird flu? Swine flu? Chicken industry warns against names going viral
The Wall Street Journal
In a statement Wednesday, the International Poultry Council, whose members represent 85 percent of global poultry production, called on international health organizations to "review the nomenclature of existing and emerging animal diseases to ensure that the names are used accurately by the media and by infectious disease experts."
McDonald's radical new weapon in breakfast wars: 'We actually cook our food'
McDonald's, for so long the market leader in fast food breakfast, has previously expressed calm about the increasingly intense competition on its turf. CEO Don Thompson provided a new argument for why it will continue to reign supreme: because its food is fresher and of higher quality than its rivals.
Related: McDonald's plans up to $20 billion in shareholder payouts (The Wall Street Journal)
Taco Bell's secret recipe for new products
Chains such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and In-N-Out Burger may rely on a stable menu of popular items, but Taco Bell engineers a constant rotation of products in hopes of not only keeping consumers coming back but also uncovering the Next Big Thing.
Professor: Food prices could continue to rise through summer
Americans typically spend a relatively small amount of their disposable income on food, but that trend likely will change this summer, a Texas Tech University food expert told FOX Business.
Taste economics: Manipulating price affects taste perception, emotions
Altering the price of a food product can have an immediate impact on taste perception, as well as feelings of overeating and guilt, according to new research.
Study suggests some consumers confuse 'local' with 'organic' food
University of Florida via Phys.Org
With more people buying local and organic food, consumers should know the difference between the two so they recognize what they're buying, but nearly 1 in 5 still confuse the terms, a University of Florida researcher says.
Food subscriptions: Bestowing healthier options to customers
Bestowed co-founders Heather and Ross Bauer discuss trends in the health food market and getting a healthier diet, one month at a time — via a food subscription service.
Portland wins federal manufacturing designation for food and agriculture
Portland Press Herald
Further cementing its reputation as a hub for local-food lovers, Portland, Oregon, has been chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce as one of a dozen communities to receive federal manufacturing assistance to support its renaissance in food and agriculture.
Meat prices must rise before cultured meat is viable, say researchers
The economic feasibility of sustainably cultured meat compared to that of traditional meat production may be the greatest challenge facing those who support the new technology, warn researchers.
Partner Logistics greens its supply chain
Frozen warehousing specialist Partner Logistics has teamed up with Birds Eye and DHL to take part in a new project that uses double-deck trailers to transport pallets of frozen goods from the warehouse to the distribution point.
BioStar Systems to invest $60 million in Missouri facility
BioStar Systems and local officials announced Wednesday that Pettis County, Missouri, will be the home of a new biogas production facility that will convert chicken manure from poultry farm Rose Acres into biogas and organic fertilizer.
Portable detector sniffs out spoiled food
Food Production Daily
PERES, a portable app-based device, tests meat and poultry for freshness, sounding an alert when spoilage is detected.
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