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Top five reasons your training might be frozen in time
American Frozen Food Institute
Have you ever wondered how your training program aligns with the industry? Globally, food safety professionals agree that training results in improved product quality and higher employee morale, according to "Food Safety Training Initiatives," an unprecedented survey by AFFI Advantage Partner Alchemy Systems.
Time to do something about food waste
U.S. Department of Agriculture
In advance of World Environment Day, USDA and the EPA on Tuesday launched the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Acting Administrator Bob Perciasepe announced their agencies' commitments to reduce, recover and recycle food waste — and called on others to join in the effort.
Pope: Wasting food is like stealing from the poor (Reuters)
Nestle supports World Environment Day food waste message (Food Production Daily)
General Mills joins U.S. Food Waste Challenge as founding partner (PR Newswire)
Is America finally kicking its sugar habit?
In a nation obsessed with weight loss and healthier eating habits, children are eating far fewer sugary sweets than they did 15 years ago, according to data crunched exclusively for USA Today by the research specialist NPD Group.
Polls show controversies taking toll on Obama
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama, who has long enjoyed strong marks when it comes to his personal integrity, has lost a little mojo in light of recent scandals and controversies, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
Related: Poll: Americans pessimistic about government (The Wall Street Journal)
Democrats push for faster White House approval of pending rules
In a letter to the Obama administration, Democrats urge compliance with an executive order that requires the White House Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to finish reviews of pending regulations within 90 days.
Marco Rubio: Immigration bill short of 60 votes
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., doesn't believe the Gang of Eight immigration bill — which he authored — has enough votes to break a possible filibuster on the Senate floor.
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New York expands fight against soda to juice drinks
The New York City Health Department, locked in a court fight with an industry group that includes Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. over a sugary soda ban, is now going after sports drinks, teas and energy drinks that it says can be just as deadly.
Soda ban fizzles under weight of judicial scrutiny (NJ.com)
Soda ban in Texas grade schools awaits Perry's signature (AP via Longmont News-Journal)
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Debbie Stabenow: Cloture nearing on farm bill
With time running out, the Senate's farm bill supporters are pushing for a cloture vote Thursday in hopes of expediting an agreement on the final amendments and completing passage this week.
National parks dishing up healthier fare this summer
Today the National Park Service is announcing a new nationwide plan — the Healthy and Sustainable Food Program — to make certain all its parks offer healthy food and beverage choices.
FDA plan for menu labels too costly, Kroger argues
Grocers around the country — including Cincinnati-based Kroger Co. — are trying to persuade the Food and Drug Administration to reconsider proposed rules that would expand the requirements for posting nutritional labels on prepared food items at supermarkets.
Listeria death rate shows US food safety shortcomings
One in five Americans sickened by Listeria over a three-year period died, according to government data that highlight how little has been done to curtail the pathogen linked to tainted cheese and produce.
Related: Outbreaks persist as FSMA implementation lags (Food Product Design)
Health professionals ask Obama for stronger action on antibiotics in ag
Food Safety News
Citing the growing threat from antibiotic resistant infections, nearly 800 health care professionals signed onto a letter sent to the Obama administration Tuesday urging more limits on antibiotics used in food animal production.
Teamsters again challenging Mexican truck program
The Teamsters Union, along with the Sierra Club, on Monday asked for a rehearing on their challenge to the U.S. Department of Transportation's long-haul cross-border trucking program.
Unilever: Americold Nevada facility is Frozen Distribution Center of the Year
American Frozen Food Institute
Americold, the global leader in temperature controlled warehousing and logistics to the food industry, recently announced that its Henderson, Nev., facility is the recipient of the Unilever 2013 Temperature Controlled Quality and Excellence Distribution Center of the Year Award.
Pizza Hut deal gets you a $5.55 pizza
On Wednesday, Pizza Hut, the nation's largest pizza chain, will roll out (for a limited time) a $5.55 large pizza with one topping promotion, ostensibly to observe its 55th anniversary — but also to compete in a tough market, analysts say.
Dunkin' Donuts to debut breakfast sandwich Friday
AP via KSHB-TV
Calling Friday "National Donut Day," Dunkin Donuts has planned a nationwide rollout of its new glazed breakfast sandwich.
Private sector adds 135,000 jobs in May
Companies picked up the pace of hiring in May, though job growth remained sluggish and fell short of economists' expectations as the goods-producing sector shed payrolls.
Voluntary sodium reduction not working, researchers report
The fast food industry and processed food manufacturers still have not made a significant change in the sodium levels of their products, researchers from Center for Science in the Public Interest and Northwestern University are reporting.
Thermo Fisher Scientific opens contamination screening center
Food Production Daily
Thermo Fisher Scientific has opened a product contamination evaluation facility in Sugar Land, Texas, to help food manufacturers tackle safety and quality concerns.
Seafood products recalled after Listeria found during sampling
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
New York-based Prime Food USA is recalling its Latis brand seafood after state inspectors confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. The products are packaged in various sizes, in plastic oval containers. The seafood came from Latvia and has been sold nationwide.
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