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AFFI at work on the farm bill
American Frozen Food Institute
"It's déjá vu all over again," New York Yankee great Yogi Berra once quipped. The frozen food industry finds itself in much the same situation as AFFI remains focused on enabling elementary schools to serve frozen fruits and vegetables as part of USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program — an inclusion that has survived thus far in the current version of the farm bill.
Related: FSMA policy changes among proposed farm bill amendments (Food Chemical News)
Target, other retailers reject GE salmon as FDA nears decision
Food Safety News
Target Corp. has signed on to a pledge not to sell genetically engineered salmon, joining nearly 60 other grocery chains such as Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Aldi as part of the Campaign for GE-Free Seafood led by environmental organization Friends of the Earth.
Seafood traceability in a global economy (Food Safety News)
USDA investigates GMO wheat in Oregon (Food Product Design)
GMO label advocate: Path to Washington runs through states (Food Navigator-USA)
GMO legislation gaining prominence in Connecticut (The Hour)
Hawaii Island GMO debate intensifies (Big Island Video News)
Fast food wage strike reaches West Coast
Beginning at 10:30 p.m. Pacific Time Wednesday, workers at dozens of Seattle fast food locations planned to strike, launching the nation's seventh work stoppage by fast food employees in eight weeks.
Related: Is fast food automation far off? (The Commons Online)
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Handicapping the 2014 Senate races
The Washington Post
The emails of the The Washington Post's Paul Kane are legendary in Washington: insightful, funny and full of his deep knowledge of Capitol Hill all at once. Hoping to let readers in on that magic, the Post has published a few of the better exchanges.
Obama: Winning the House will be hard
President Barack Obama raised money for Democratic congressional candidates Wednesday but warned donors that wresting the U.S. House back from the Republicans will not be easy.
Related: Poll: Democrats, GOP tied for midterms (Politico)
Poll: Obama's job approval drops
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama's job approval rating slipped amid the recent scandals involving the IRS and the U.S. response to the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds.
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Washington lawmaker: Farm bill pushes local crops in school lunches
U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., toured Spokane Seed, promoting the farm bill that would devote more money to researching peas and lentils. Cantwell said it's all an effort to get healthier, nutrient-rich "pulse" foods in kids' meals at school while boosting Washington's agricultural economy.
CDC report: Sugary drink consumption down among kids
More evidence that Americans are heeding calls to cut back on sugary drinks appears in a report from researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Corporate culture, food safety and the grand jury
Food Safety Magazine
Food producers operate in an environment of ever-increasing regulation and complexity, but senior managers just have to make sure the company follows the rules and meets the new FSMA standards. But you can do that — and still find yourself in deep trouble.
How small business is coping with health law
The Wall Street Journal
Small employers across the U.S. are struggling to get a handle on their health care costs under the Affordable Care Act. Many expect their operating expenses to jump in 2014, when the insurance mandates take effect.
Three retailers top newest seafood sustainability scorecard
The Shelby Report
Greenpeace released its 2013 Carting Away the Oceans report Wednesday, ranking supermarkets on their sustainable seafood policies. For the first time, three retailers earned the green rating: Safeway, Whole Foods and, new to the top of the list this year, Trader Joe's.
Researchers: Potatoes offer nutritional value for money
When it comes to getting nutritional value for your money, potatoes should be top of the list, according to new research published in PLoS One.
The digital future of retail foods
The retail food industry needs to adapt to the new needs, media choices and consumption patterns of today's consumer, who now has the means to proceed through their entire purchase journey using digital or mobile means.
Smithfield deal sparks concern in Hong Kong
The Wall Street Journal
Hong Kong is no stranger to food safety fears, and meat importers are wondering what the sale of a U.S. pork company to Chinese firm Shuanghui means for them.
Pepsi CEO sticks to script: No transformational deals
The Wall Street Journal
Wall Street may dream of splitting up PepsiCo or adding more snacks to the company's portfolio, but CEO Indra Nooyi was clear again Wednesday: No.
Wendy's dabbling with pretzel burger
Wendy's is keeping mum about its plans for a pretzel burger, but the item is already becoming the buzz of fast food.
Related: Is Wendy's campaign to attract Hispanics failing? (Wall St. Cheat Sheet)
High Liner Foods plans Virginia plant expansion, 57 new jobs
High Liner Foods Inc., a frozen seafood supplier, will invest $6.6 million to further modernize and expand its manufacturing facility in Newport News, Va., increasing production to meet demand for products from its U.S. foodservice brands.
Wegmans to require all fresh produce be GAP-compliant by September
The Produce News
All farms that grow fresh produce despite the size of the operation or the commodity will have to certify they meet Good Agricultural Practices by September as a condition to sell to Wegmans Food Markets Inc., company representatives who shared the retailer's program for small growers said during a webinar Wednesday.
Study unlocks trigger for late-night snack cravings
An evolutionary trait that helped predecessors store energy in times of food scarcity may now be the driving factor behind obesity, say researchers studying the reason behind late-night snack cravings.
3M Molecular Detection Assay for E. coli O157 gains certification
Business Wire via Daily Finance
3M Food Safety's technology has again been validated, this time for finding E. coli in raw beef, dairy and produce.
Manufacturers and retailers not solely responsible for safety
A key lesson from the horse meat crisis is that responsibility for food safety should be shared throughout the food industry and is not solely the role of food manufacturers and retailers, according to a leading food lawyer.
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