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FDA pegs food industry with primary responsibility for FSMA operations
Food Safety Magazine
Described by FDA as "the most sweeping reform of our food safety laws in more than 70 years," FDA states that FSMA represents a shift in focus from reacting to adulterated food after it is discovered in the marketplace to using proactive management of food operations and supply chains to prevent food products that can sicken people from entering the marketplace in the first place.
Related: Food safety compliance amid a complicated supply chain (Food Production Daily)
How Hillshire can end its deal for Pinnacle
The New York Times
Shareholders who had protested Hillshire Brands' takeover of Pinnacle Foods will most likely be heartened by the packaged foods company's decision to talk to its two unsolicited suitors. Still, ending the $5.3 billion Pinnacle deal isn't as simple as just walking away.
Advocating for healthy, frozen fruit and vegetable school snacks
American Frozen Food Institute
Improving childhood nutrition is a goal we all support. But not everyone may know about the giant step recently taken to help schools serve more healthy fruits and vegetables.
Obama's legacy collides with Democratic midterm hopes
President Barack Obama's second-term focus on legacy building is coming into direct conflict with the Democratic Party's pursuit of victory in the midterm elections.
Cochran and tea party challenger in dead heat in Mississippi GOP primary
The Washington Post
The intense struggle for control of the Republican Party came to a dramatic head in Mississippi Wednesday morning and could be headed for another round, with the campaigns of Sen. Thad Cochran and tea party-backed Chris McDaniel each saying they were prepared for a runoff following an intense primary contest that was too close to call after nearly all ballots were counted.
Thad Cochran, Chris McDaniel barrel toward runoff (Politico)
Winners and losers from the June 3 primary (The Washington Post)
Marco Rubio wins a big chit for 2016 (The Wall Street Journal)
Top senators battle on campaign-finance restrictions
In a clash of Senate titans, the nation's two most powerful senators disagreed sharply Tuesday over the growing role of unlimited money in American elections — and a proposed constitutional amendment to curb political spending.
Industry to FDA: Think twice about category-by-category sodium reduction
Two leading food industry associations have urged the Food and Drug Administration not to set category-by-category limits for sodium amid rumors that the agency is planning to outline a new sodium reduction strategy this year.
Editor's note: Perspective offered to FDA by the American Frozen Food Institute is cited in this story.
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First lady vs. lunch ladies: Behind the scenes
First lady Michelle Obama and school lunch ladies used to be on the same team, but now they're locked in a political war against each other.
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.
US trade deficit at 2-year high in April
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
The U.S. trade deficit jumped to a two-year high in April, as exports declined and imports surged to a record high.
Opinion: How sugar went from a condiment to a diet staple
More and more Americans' meals resemble dessert, and Congress is to blame for our collective national stomachache.
Can Seattle's minimum wage politics work in other cities?
The $15 minimum wage approved in Seattle this week has been a rallying cry for activists, and their victory serves as a powerful example to lawmakers elsewhere: "Seattle did it. Why can't you?" Whether other cities will emulate Seattle depends on several factors.
Industry: Immigration reform needed for food chain to remain intact
Industry leaders involved in all aspects of America's food supply met in Provo to discuss the immediate need for immigration reform and how the current system negatively impacts the U.S. food industry.
Senators set bill seeking overhaul of food aid rules
Two U.S. lawmakers will introduce legislation Tuesday to end restrictions on international food aid programs, which they say would free up hundreds of millions of dollars per year and get aid to some 9 million more hungry people around the world.
DuPont: Obesity threatens global food security
Nearly three quarters (70 percent) of countries worldwide improved their food security in the past year, according to data from the 2014 Global Food Security Index jointly presented by DuPont and the Economist Intelligence Unit. But the global threat obesity poses to a growing worldwide population incited the index to include it as an indicator for the first time this year.
Eating Better Alliance publishes policy recommendations for healthy diets
The Eating Better Alliance launched its policy recommendations to promote healthy sustainable diets. It calls on policy makers in the U.K., devolved administrations and EU to work together to create and push new nutritional guidelines.
Europe approves use of new high-intensity sweetener
The European Commission has approved the use of the high-intensity sweetener advantame in a variety of food and drink categories.
Food poisoning? It was likely a restaurant worker, says CDC
Approximately 20 million people fall ill every year due to norovirus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says the food service industry could do much to decrease that number.
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The changing American diet: Ice cream, corn-based sweeteners decline
While data showing that fluid milk consumption has continued to fall in the past 15 years probably won't shock many readers, they may be more surprised to learn that consumption of caloric sweeteners and ice cream has also dropped substantially since 1999, while intakes of butter, yogurt and mozzarella cheese have grown.
Smith Frozen Foods gears up for higher capacity
After seven months of construction, a slate of multimillion-dollar improvements to the Smith Frozen Foods plant in Weston, Washington, go online this week.
Buen Sabor introduces Latin American-inspired frozen entrees
Buen Sabor celebrates traditional Latin American cuisine with all-natural ingredients and modern twists to create a new category of healthy frozen food. The first-of-its-kind line of ready-made meals celebrates the diverse cuisine of Latin America while utilizing the freezer for convenience and to preserve them in the most all-natural way.
Pizza Hut wants consumers to love its 'imperfections'
Can the nation's No. 1 pizza chain convince the largest generation of consumers that it's not, well, just another pizza chain?
Cobalt nanoparticle beads fight microbial contamination of food
A research team led by food scientist Sam Nugen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a $495,950 grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to improve food safety by developing faster methods for detecting and separating microbial contamination from food.
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