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Pinnacle Foods in a pickle over buyout offer
24/7 Wall St.
After receiving a buyout offer from Hillshire Brands for $6.6 billion, Pinnacle Foods' shares hit their highest level ever. But then Hillshire itself received competing bids from Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride — under the condition that Hillshire give up its pursuit of the Birds Eye parent.
Food industry mergers worry some ag analysts (Des Moines Register)
Tables turn for Hillshire CEO (The Wall Street Journal)
Opinion: Genetically modified crops could help improve the lives of millions
The Washington Post
There is no mainstream scientific evidence showing that foods containing GMOs are any more or less harmful for people to consume than anything else in the supermarket, despite decades of development and use. There is no need for the government to stigmatize products with a label that suggests the potential for harm. Outright bans, meanwhile, are even worse than gratuitous labeling.
White House's spring 2014 regulatory plan reveals delays in food policy
Food Safety News
The White House has released its "Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions" for spring 2014 — showing most key food regulations have been delayed.
Can GOP expand its reach in blue states? Oregon Senate race provides a test
The Washington Post
To Republicans, the Senate race in this solidly Democratic state presents an alluring opportunity. And in Monica Wehby, Republicans have a fresh-faced, female challenger who they believe matches the moment.
Democrats brace for climate rule fallout
The major climate rule the Obama administration unveiled Monday is a political gamble for the president's party — but some Democrats see the risk as manageable, and the cause more than worth it.
EPA proposal on carbon emissions hampers coal-state Democrats (The Washington Post)
Coal-state Democrats brace for EPA day (The Wall Street Journal)
Democrats seek upper hand with health care attack
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is seeking the upper hand on health care issues by re-igniting a line of attack that accuses Republicans of voting to keep taxpayer-funded lifetime health care for themselves.
FDA issues final guidance on food facility registration
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Food and Drug Administration is announcing the availability of Compliance Policy Guide Sec. 100.250 Food Facility Registration — Human and Animal Food. This document provides guidance for FDA staff on enforcement of food facility registration requirements.
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FDA taking another look at mercury in seafood
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
The Food and Drug Administration is updating its advice for pregnant women on the appropriate levels of mercury in seafood. Commissioner Margaret Hamburg says the agency won't require mercury labels on seafood packages.
Center for Food Safety flags potential negatives of TTIP
Global Meat News
Food safety in the meat industry could be negatively affected by the result of the current Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks between the U.S. and the European Union, according to the Center for Food Safety.
Economics of obesity: It's not the type of food, it's the quantity
An economic perspective suggests that obesity has increased in response to the "excess availability and affordability of all types of food."
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Recall for E. coli puts Wolverine Packing's processes on the grill
Crain's Detroit Business
The business fallout from Detroit-based Wolverine Packing Co.'s May 19 recall of 1.8 million pounds of ground beef that may be contaminated with potentially deadly E. coli bacteria won't be known for some time, but company and industry officials say incidents such as these lead to intense scrutiny of everything from internal processes to external suppliers.
RIBUS charts 150 percent sales growth as time ticks down on silicon dioxide
A year after the U.S. Department of Agriculture gave organic food and beverage manufacturers a Nov. 3, 2014, deadline for swapping silicon dioxide for organic rice hulls, RIBUS Inc.'s Nu-Flow ingredient saw a 150 percent boost in sales over that same timeframe. But sales of its natural rice hulls are far outpacing organic.
Liquid air engine reduces emissions of refrigerated trucks
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Cryogenics could be the answer to cutting down on all of our fuel consumption related to moving around perishable foods and other cold goods.
Designer livestock and the road to market
New technologies will make it easier to manipulate animal genomes, but food products from genetically engineered animals face a long road to market.
Neogen disinfectants proven effective against deadly pig virus
The Pig Site
Neogen Corp. says independent laboratory results have shown two of its agricultural disinfectants are effective against the deadly porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, or PEDv.
Salmonella control from farm to fork
Food Science & Technology
Dr. Steven C. Ricke of the Center for Food Safety at the University of Arkansas looks at past and present strategies for detecting and controlling Salmonella in food production.
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