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Expect big weight loss ambitions from Wal-Mart
The Lempert Report is predicting Wal-Mart will seek a bigger bite of the weight loss market, tackling the problem through food and beverages, pharmaceuticals and supplements.
Consumer spending falls, inflation subdued
Consumer spending fell in April for the first time in almost a year and inflation pressures were subdued, pointing to a slowdown in economic activity that should see the Federal Reserve maintaining its monetary stimulus for a while.
Smithfield takeover: China's growing need for food supplies
Food World News
Shuangui International made news this week after announcing its $4.7 billion buyout of Smithfield Foods, which is poised to become the largest-ever Chinese takeover of a U.S. company. U.S. consumers have been left concerned about their meat supply.
DeLauro: Food company sale 'should alarm consumers' (Shelton Herald)
How China could make US food safer (The Wall Street Journal)
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Rising economy shifts 2014 landscape
The 2014 midterm election is shaping up as something the United States has not seen in nearly a decade: a campaign run in a strengthening economy with deficits on the decline.
Poll predicts immigration reform plan doom
A new poll released today shows 7 in 10 Americans don't think Congress will be able to pass comprehensive immigration reform, although Democrats and Hispanics are slightly more confident.
Tea party organizers look to Senate
The leader of the House Tea Party Caucus, Rep. Michele Bachmann, may have announced her retirement, but organizers of the caucus say the tea party presence in Congress is far from dead. In fact, it's expanding to the Senate.
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Genetically modified foods: Why all the fuss?
Food Safety Magazine
According to the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization, the global percentage of the undernourished fell from 33 percent in 1969 to 16 percent in 2010 — while the population boomed. Genetically modified crops play an increasingly important role in this trend.
Taylor pitches for more money in latest FSMA report to Congress
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
An 81-page report to Congress on the progress of implementing FSMA lists a mountain of challenges FDA must overcome and makes a not so subtle pitch for an extra $400 million to $450 million to make it happen.
Maine senate passes food safety legislation
The Maine senate voted to strengthen the Kid-Safe Product Act Thursday. The bill requires manufacturers or distributors whose products contain certain chemicals to notify the Department of Environmental Protection within 30 days of when those products are being sold in Maine.
Foodborne illness and vulnerable populations
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the FDA and the CDC are hosting an hourlong webinar June 4, titled "Foodborne Illness and Vulnerable Populations," to coincide with the release of the CDCs "Vital Signs: Listeria, a Foodborne Pathogen Affecting Vulnerable Populations-Illnesses, Deaths and Outbreaks, United States, 2009-2011" report.
Michigan tracks cattle from birth to plate
In Michigan, the state requires all cattle to carry electronic ear tags that tracks them from birth all the way through the production chain to your dinner plate. It's the only state that requires such tags.
Japan suspends some imports from US because of wheat problem
United Press International
Japan suspended some imports from the United States because of the recent discovery of unapproved genetically modified wheat in Oregon, officials said.
South Korea boosts inspections of US imports on gene concern (Bloomberg)
Escaped wheat shows difficulty of keeping tests on farm (Bloomberg)
Where's the beef? Maybe not on your grill this summer
Since 1984, the price of ground beef has spiraled from $1.29 per pound to a record-breaking $3.51 this Memorial Day. The continuing drought in the Midwest has dwindled herds to levels not seen in six decades, forcing the prices of beef to spike to their current levels.
Google search adds nutrition info for 1,000+ fruits, veggies, meats, meals
Want to know how many calories there are in an avocado or how much protein there is in your chow mein? Google will now happily provide you with an answer.
Filmmakers document 'Food Patriots'
A new feature-length documentary hopes to shed light on America's food industry and the pioneers who support healthy food production.
E. coli outbreak over, but Farm Rich frozen snacks could be in freezers
Federal officials said Thursday that an E. coli outbreak in 19 states appears to be over but they warned consumers the culprit — frozen snacks sold under Farm Rich, Schwan's and Market Day labels — may still be tucked away in freezers.
Fast food chains near urban schools affect blacks, Hispanics most
African-American and Hispanic adolescents whose schools are closer to fast food spots are more overweight compared to Asians and Caucasian teens, according to a new study, highlighting the immediacy and availability of these eateries near children in the wake of the obesity epidemic.
Flexible and ready-to-eat top trends for meat, poultry packaging
Food Production Daily
Flexible, poultry and ready-to-eat packaging will fuel U.S. meat, poultry and seafood packaging sales to 2017, according to a new report from market research firm The Freedonia Group.
Organic chicken production expanding in Michigan
The Daily Reporter
Miller Amish Country Poultry has filed an application to build a massive broiler growing facility for more than 250,000 chickens in Noble Township near the Indiana-Michigan state line. The application filed in April with the Michigan Department of Agriculture indicated the company will construct eight 60 by 660 foot "broiler barns."
Corn dog maker expands production, adds workers
Monogram Food Solutions LLC said it could hire another 25 employees, in addition to the 50 it recently added, as it further expands its manufacturing operations in Bristol, Ind.
DuPont applauds veggie processor for food safety excellence
Food Production Daily
DuPont Nutrition and Health has honored California-based Taylor Farms with its Food Quality Award for its commitment to safety.
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