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School lunch standards feed $10 billion controversy in D.C.
San Francisco Chronicle
The ferocity of first lady Michelle Obama's counterattack against a proposal to temporarily waive school lunch standards shows what's really at stake in Congress: a $10 billion effort to wean Americans off junk food, a campaign whose seeds were planted nearly two decades ago by Berkeley food crusader Alice Waters.
Related: FNS delays school wellness policy under Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (Food Chemical News)
World food prices drop in May for second consecutive month
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation's price index, which measures monthly price changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar, averaged 207.9 points in May. This was a fall of 2.5 points or 1.2 percent from April, when food prices fell led by a sharp drop in dairy prices due to reduced buying in China and Russia and an extended season in New Zealand that boosted stocks.
Faced with labeling legislation, CPGs struggle to brand non-GMOs
Non-GMO products may be to CPGs what EVs are to the auto industry: Mainstream consumers still just aren't sure whether or why they should need them. Mandatory GMO labeling proponents continue to chalk up victories in the U.S., especially in the Northeast.
OTA: Organic certification enough for non-GMO claims (Food Navigator-USA)
Push on in Massachusetts for genetic food labels (The AP via WPRI-TV)
GMO labeling bill endorsed by NY Assembly committee (Newsday)
Vermont AG posts online GMO questionnaire (VTdigger)
2014 Senate landscape tilts in GOP's favor
Contests are set in nearly half the states for November's elections, and with few contested primary elections remaining on the calendar, Republicans are enjoying clear advantages in their quest for a Senate takeover.
Down to the bitter end in Mississippi
The nastiest primary fight in the nation is headed for a vicious finale as Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., and state Sen. Chris McDaniel begin a runoff that could have major repercussions on the battle for the Senate.
Related: Tea party groups vow not to back down against Cochran (The Washington Post)
Unions set high goal: Collective bargaining for all workers
The Wall Street Journal
Organized labor has embarked on a project to develop legislation that would expand collective bargaining rights of private-sector workers, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said.
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Food industry asks OMB for help in battling PHO determination
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
A coalition of food trade associations asked the Office of Management and Budget on Friday to put the kibosh on FDA's plan — unpopular with the food industry — to revoke the generally recognized as safe status of partially hydrogenated oils.
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McDonald's CEO: 'We will support' minimum wage hike
McDonald's CEO Don Thompson recently suggested his company would support a bill, proposed by President Barack Obama, raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour from $7.25.
New York City soda-ban fate weighed
The Wall Street Journal
Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration urged the state's highest court on Wednesday to allow New York City to impose former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sugary drinks in restaurants and other venues.
Kellogg, Coca-Cola and Cloetta accused of 'sneaky' advertising to kids
Food and drink firms are using so-called "advergames" and social media to get around laws governing advertising to children, a new U.K. documentary has claimed.
Food industry trademark lawsuit hinges on a tweet
Chobani and its agency Droga5 are being sued by inspirational author Dov Seidman, who is claiming the yogurt infringed on his trademark while lifting core concepts from his 2011 book, "How: Why How We Do Anything Means Everything." Maybe the most interesting part of the legal filing involves Twitter.
The regulation of antimicrobials in food packaging
Food Safety Magazine
You have a new antimicrobial substance for use in food packaging materials. Does it need to be registered with the Environmental Protection Agency as a pesticide under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act?
Here's why Buffett's interest in Kellogg is warranted
Kellogg Company is rumored to be on Warren Buffet's radar for a possible acquisition. Based on the speculation, the stock price of the cornflakes maker has lately outperformed the market — since April, it has seen a 10 percent gain compared to the S&P 500, which is up 2 percent in the same period.
Food-stock binge leaves prices spoiled (The Wall Street Journal subscriber story)
Hillshire must decide whether to be target or suitor (The New York Times)
Bellisio teams up with Chili's for new range of frozen meals
just-food (subscription required)
Frozen foods manufacturer Bellisio Foods is partnering U.S. diner Chili's to launch a new line of licensed Chili's inspired frozen meals.
Derided 'pink slime' making a comeback
Kansas City Star
Maybe the power of the almighty dollar speaks louder than fear of the unknown. Two years after a frenzy over "pink slime" swept the country, the much-derided meat product the industry calls finely textured beef is quietly rebounding.
Nestle's scientific skew curbs its appetite for weak food brands
Paul Bulcke, chief executive of the world's largest packaged food group, said Wednesday its newer businesses, which include injectable wrinkle treatments, were more complicated than food and therefore required greater resources.
Healthy burgers could be on the menu: Study
Consumers have a positive attitude towards healthy burgers and therefore a greater propensity to buy them, according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.
3PL leaders merge, combine LTL freight services
Refrigerated & Frozen Food
ROAR Logistics Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., acquired Legend Transportation Group, adding a significant new dimension to its global service offerings.
Sainsbury's teams up with Google on food waste website
Sainsbury's is bidding to help families cut down their food waste with a new online tool called Sainsbury's Food Rescue. Live technology is also used to record the weight of food rescued and the money saved per completed recipe.
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