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IFIC Food & Health survey 2013: What consumers really think
While polls suggest most Americans are in favor of labeling genetically modified organisms, the percentage that spontaneously mention GMOs when asked an unaided question about what additional information they would like to see on food labels is just 3 percent, according to a new survey.
What Amazon's move into online grocery delivery means for supermarkets
Online retailer Amazon is set to move into online grocery shopping — which would likely have major repercussions for an already highly competitive sector.
Costco keeps eye on Amazon's expansion (Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal)
Report: Grocery shoppers going online to pre-shop (BizReport)
Senate will vote tonight on $955 billion farm bill: Here's what's in it
The Washington Post
On Monday evening, the Senate will vote on a massive farm bill that will set the course of U.S. food policy for the next decade. The old farm bill expired last year, and its replacement is 1,150 pages long, costing some $955 billion over 10 years. So what's actually in it?
Ominous signs of progress for immigration bill
The Washington Post
Over the past 24 hours, the immigration reform effort has gotten two key GOP shows of support from Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and the outside group Crossroads GPS. But even as it appears on the surface that the bill is inching toward passage as the Senate takes it up this week, the support of Ayotte and Crossroads actually demonstrate what a tough path the bill faces.
Related: Crossroads launches $100K push for immigration reform (The Hill)
Democrats, GOP waiting for Hillary
Hillary? That one-word question hangs over both parties as the 2016 presidential race comes into focus.
Hill staffers: Businesses trustworthy
Corporations are still seen as trustworthy and necessary by Capitol Hill staffers, according to a new survey of them — with organized labor lagging behind.
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Two Senate panels compete for control over ethanol mandate
Two Senate committees are wrestling over a critical energy policy that influences prices of both fuel and food: the renewable fuels standard that mandates an increasing amount of biofuels — mostly corn-based ethanol — to be blended with gasoline each year.
Opinion: For our kids' sake, food safety must be a priority
The Baltimore Sun
As was brought to light all too clearly recently when children as young as 1 year old were among the 81 people from 18 states (including Maryland) who were infected with Salmonella linked to imported cucumbers, foodborne illness is a real threat to children's health.
COOL wars: Canada lists US products to be targeted
Food Poisoning Bulletin
On Friday, the Canadian agriculture and trade ministers published a list of U.S. products that will be the target of retaliatory tariffs if the World Trade Organization decides the USDA's COOL rule isn't fair to its trading partners.
Related: Mexico says it may suspend US trade preferences over meat labels (Reuters)
Improving school food
In the past two years, the Department of Education has made it a priority to improve the 860,000 meals it serves to New York City public students every day. While everyone agrees there is a long, long way to go, there are a few hopeful signs.
'Satellite' lunch program to grow (The Fresno Bee)
Proposed food truck legislation undermines healthy school meals (Beyond Chron)
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EU's comprehensive food additive list enters into force
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The EU's comprehensive list of approved food additives under Annex II to the 2008 food additives regulation entered into force Friday, superseding (and absorbing) three previous listings on colors, sweeteners and additives, EU Food Law reports.
Secretive US panel eyes China's Smithfield deal
Gannett Washington Bureau via USA Today
Experts don't think the acquisition of Smithfield Foods by a Chinese firm will have problems with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, but some in Congress are concerned.
Analyst: Special K's 'hot cereal' concept a cultural change in US
Bakery & Snacks
U.S. consumers don't have the habit of eating hot cereal, but they are very open to new concepts and the Special K Nourish launch — introducing a single-serve hot cereal product marketed in its weight management sector — should do very well, says an analyst.
In retail, yes — women are all that
We see so many new insights about men shopping and cooking more today. To keep retailers from focusing on males' evolving household roles (and the incremental growth they represent) to the extent they lose sight of women, "Facts, Figures & the Future" sends this reminder: That would be a big mistake.
Target makes 'Simply Balanced' stand-alone brand
Target Corp. will launch a natural and organic private-label line called Simply Balanced, according to reports. The line will be a rebrand of its Archer Farms Simply Balanced premium food collection.
JBS to pay up to $3 billion for Marfrig's Seara poultry unit
Brazil's JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, will pay as much as $3 billion in cash and assumed debt for the Seara Brasil poultry unit of rival Marfrig Alimentos SA, a source close to the negotiations told Reuters Sunday.
'Healthy halo': Fat labels more powerful among consumers than calories
When it comes to judging the health value of foods, a low fat label may be more powerful than caloric information, according to new research.
Dollar menu, breakfast help McDonald's gain in May
McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant chain, said sales at stores open at least 13 months rose 2.6 percent last month as the Dollar Menu and breakfast items helped drive the U.S. business.
Processing aids: What's not on the label, and why?
Food Safety News
What parts of food production get labeled and which don't — and why not? There's an entire category of substances used in food production that don't ever make their way onto the label for a number of reasons.
Report: Organic foods and beverages help drive the growth of green
Sales of green products and services increased right through the recent economic downturn, with sales of organic foods and beverages among the leading categories, according to findings from Green America, EcoVentures International and the Association for Economic Opportunity.
Do American children use calorie information at restaurants?
Oxford University Press
While national menu labeling has not been implemented in the U.S., some fast food and chain restaurants have begun to post this information voluntarily. A study in the Journal of Public Health studied whether kids actually use calorie information when it is available and what sociodemographic and behavioral characteristics were associated with using this information.
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