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Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation: We've cut calories in marketplace
America's top food and beverage companies have exceeded their goal of reducing 1.5 trillion calories in the U.S. marketplace, says the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.
IFIC survey: Consumer confidence in food safety declines
Seven in 10 Americans (70 percent) are somewhat or very confident in the safety of the U.S. food supply, according to the International Food Information Council Foundation's 2013 Food & Health Survey, a significant decrease from a year ago when 78 percent were somewhat or very confident.
Monsanto to pull the plug on GM lobbying and activities in Europe
Monsanto plans to halt lobbying activity for its genetically modified crop varieties in Europe, the agriculture and biotechnology giant has confirmed. It also does not plan any new applications for the approval of GM seeds in the EU.
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Immigration reform deal hangs on border security
The Gang of Eight's hopes for a Senate supermajority are running into the GOP's push for a dramatic crackdown on border security — testing the limits of the bipartisan coalition that's propelling the bill through Congress.
Related: On immigration, House GOP leaning toward piecemeal approach (The Hill)
Report: How GOP lost young voters
A new postmortem on the November elections from the nation's leading voice for college Republicans offers a searing indictment of the GOP "brand" and the major challenges the party faces in wooing young voters, according to a copy given exclusively to Politico.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89
The New York Times
Frank R. Lautenberg, who fought the alcohol and tobacco industries and promoted Amtrak as a five-term United States senator from New Jersey, died Monday morning. He was 89.
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'Temporary' farm subsidy program may finally meet the reaper
The Washington Post
Both the House and Senate are trying to kill off a budget leftover, 10 years late: a farm aid program that was supposed to end in 2003 and was meant, originally, to keep small farmers afloat.
Slew of new caffeinated food products has FDA jittery
The Washington Post
Energy-boosting foods racked up more than $1.6 billion in domestic retail sales last year, up nearly 50 percent from five years ago, according to the market research firm Euromonitor International. But the FDA threw a wet blanket on the caffeine-laced food craze recently when it asked food makers to take a timeout.
Meatless Mondays may be on school menu
The San Diego Union-Tribune
The San Diego school board will consider a proposal Tuesday to adopt "Meatless Mondays" at all elementary and K-8 school cafeterias starting in the fall.
Federal regulations slightly raise school lunch prices
Spencer Daily Reporter
A new set of guidelines from the federal government will raise student breakfast and lunch prices, milk prices and adult lunch prices in Spencer, Iowa, for the 2013-2014 school year.
Who will decide what's in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans?
The identity of the 15 experts who will frame the 2015 dietary guidelines for Americans has been announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Opinion: Food deals hurt consumers and the environment
The New York Times
The U.S. government needs to do more to stop consolidation in the food supply, and transnational business deals — like the proposed purchase of Smithfield by China's largest meat company, Shuanghui International — illustrate why mergers and acquisitions need more regulation and scrutiny, not less.
72-hour Roadcheck inspection blitz starts Tuesday
Starting Tuesday, June 4, and running 72 hours straight, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance and its members across the United States, Canada and Mexico will be participating in Roadcheck 2013, the 26th annual enforcement and outreach campaign promoting commercial vehicle safety.
Taiwan passes tougher food safety law
Taiwan has revised a food safety law to toughen punishment for lacing food items with banned chemicals, the government said Saturday, after the latest tainted food scandal on the island.
General Mills' Mulligan: S lide in food sales volume has ended
Food Business News
A slide in food sales volume in 2011 and 2012 appears to have run its course, said Donald L. Mulligan, executive vice-president and chief financial officer of General Mills Inc.
Can ice cream survive?
Old favorites and new strategies are keeping ice cream alive as frozen yogurt explodes.
What were the most successful CPG brands of 2012?
Dannon Oikos, Allegra and Bud Light Premium topped the list of most successful consumer packaged goods brands of 2012, says a report from Information Resources Inc.
Shuanghui may increase its Smithfield offer
Shuanghui International Holdings, the Chinese company that agreed to pay $4.7 billion for Smithfield Foods, the world's biggest hog producer, may raise its offer to meet other bids.
Will you buy Smithfield pork after it becomes Chinese? (China Law Blog)
Is America's pig supply a critical national security issue? (CNN Money)
Hepatitis A outbreak in 5 states linked to frozen berries
The Food and Drug Administration has linked an outbreak of Hepatitis A to a frozen organic berry mix, sold nationally at Costco.
The front lines of food safety
New York Times News Service via The Bulletin
With piles of fresh strawberries beckoning consumers at markets and stores this season, an alliance of a major retailer, fruit growers and farmworkers has begun a program to promote healthy produce and improve working conditions.
Processing aids used to deliver food safety
Food Safety News
In reviewing the list of processing aids that might be used to eliminate E. coli before it can reach consumers, it's clear there are some choices that would be wiser for producers than others, says James Marsden, distinguished regents professor of food science at Kansas State University.
Understanding the 'other' clauses of ISO 22000
Food Safety Magazine
The ISO 22000 standard "Food Safety Management Systems — Requirements for Any Organization in the Food Chain" is just what the title says it is: a food safety management system with emphasis on the words "management" and "system."
Concerns about proposed beef plant center on workforce
Local residents are raising concerns about worker recruitment plans by a beef processing plant proposed for Scottsbluff, Neb., with about 400 people packing a public forum to hear a plant official discuss the proposal.
Go Veggie: 'Food allergies are becoming part of the mainstream now'
Not so long ago, cheese alternatives were pretty grim. Today, they are tasty, affordable and — like almond milk or gluten-free health bars — designed to appeal to a far broader demographic, says Go Veggie marketing director Jamie Schapiro.
China: 119 die at fire in locked poultry plant
At least 119 people were killed by a fire at a poultry processing plant in northeastern China, the nation's deadliest blaze in 13 years, as rescuers raced to free others trapped in the 17-acre facility.
S&P: Nestle rating leaves room for $5.2 billion of acquisitions
Nestle SA, the world's biggest food company, has room to spend more than $5.2 billion on acquisitions under its current credit rating, according to Standard & Poor's.
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