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Global hunger for protein fuels food industry deals
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Consumers from Beijing to Boston are gobbling up more meat and dairy products, fueling multibillion-dollar mergers in the food industry and reshaping global agriculture.
Hillshire: Another chapter in one of Chicago's familiar sagas (Chicago Tribune)
Nestle files patent for bite-size sports snacks (Food Navigator-USA)
FDA updates mercury in fish advice
U.S. regulators on Tuesday released a long-awaited draft update to its advice on the amount and type of fish that people should consume, for the first time recommending a minimum amount of low-mercury fish while cautioning against swordfish, shark, king mackerel and tilefish from the Gulf of Mexico.
Related: FDA criticized for new advice on eating fish during pregnancy (The Boston Globe)
Taco Bell's 5 craziest menu inventions
Taco Bell's latest food mashup, the Quesarito, was officially added to its menu this week. The burrito wrapped in a quesadilla is the latest in a line of food hybrids introduced by the fast food chain.
GOP's Cantor suffers shocking loss to tea party rival
U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a tea party challenger Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory.
The seismic political consequences of Eric Cantor's stunning loss (The Washington Post)
Cantor loss shocks Republicans, dims immigration changes (Bloomberg)
Race to replace Boehner upended
Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) shocking loss Tuesday night has upended the race to replace Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. The majority leader was widely expected to succeed Boehner either in 2015 or within the next several years. But now, Boehner's replacement is anyone's guess.
Poll: Barack Obama favorability hits low
President Barack Obama's popularity has dipped to a new low with 44 percent saying they have a favorable view of the president, according to a poll released Tuesday by Bloomberg.
Republicans spoiling for fight over Obama's lunch rules
House Republicans today will try to roll back school lunch nutrition requirements — passed in 2010 with the backing of first lady Michelle Obama — saying the rules bust local budgets and micromanage what children eat.
Related: White House threatens veto of ag appropriations bill on nutrition concerns (Agri-Pulse)
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.
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Hillary Clinton says some lawmakers fear backing immigration law
Hillary Clinton made a robust argument for major revisions to U.S. immigration policy during an appearance at a food industry event in Chicago as she began to re-enter the nation's political debate as part of her book tour.
Related: 11 prominent CEOs push for immigration reform (Meatingplace)
California city to consider taxing soda to combat obesity
An effort to combat obesity by placing an extra tax on sugary drinks was proposed by the California city of Berkeley Tuesday, bringing a proposal similar to others that have failed in cities across the U.S. one step closer to the November ballot.
FDA moves to dampen fears it will ban cheese aged on wood
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration moved Tuesday to tamp down fears among artisanal cheesemakers that it was poised to ban the practice of aging cheese on wooden boards.
'All-natural' frustration for Whole Foods: Judge refuses to toss suit
Three months after a federal judge in California gave the preliminary thumbs up to a $3.4 million settlement of a class action lawsuit accusing Trader Joe's of falsely advertising products as "all natural," a fellow judge has allowed most claims in a similar lawsuit against fellow retailer Whole Foods Market to proceed.
Dozens indicted in Georgia food stamp fraud
Federal prosecutors in Georgia announced indictments on Tuesday against 88 people in one of the country's largest food stamp fraud cases.
Pinnacle Foods opens R&D pilot plant at Rutgers University
In support of its mission to "Reinvigorate Iconic Brands," Pinnacle Foods Inc. has opened an R&D pilot plant at Rutgers University. The pilot plant, designed for Pinnacle's Duncan Hines Grocery Division, will enable the company to increase its R&D capabilities, scale up learnings for commercialization, further support brand renovation and productivity and improve speed to market.
Warning: Inflation is running above 2 percent
The Wall Street Journal
Inflation is rising in the United States and could become a serious problem sooner than the Federal Reserve and many others now recognize. Research suggests that unemployment may not restrain wages. If so, real trouble may be ahead.
Ecolab launches SaniSave cleaner-sanitizer
Zacks, Zacks via Benzinga
Provider of comprehensive water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, Ecolab Inc. recently launched SaniSave, a no-rinse cleaner-sanitizer that simplifies the cleaning and sanitizing process at food retail delis.
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Are there gaps in your safety program?
Food Production Daily
red24assist has launched a Web-based tool designed to enable food professionals to locate shortfalls in their safety programs.
TraceGains explains rationale for GFSI rigor
Regardless of where a food manufacturer is currently on a Global Food Safety Initiative journey, it is imperative to understand the importance of the process, according to Jennifer Brusco, TraceGains' marketing specialist.
Frozen food company woos LGBT sector with 'coming out' ad
Gazzetta del Sud
Italy's gay community leaders heaped praise on Findus Tuesday after the frozen food giant produced the first commercial on the peninsula aimed overtly at homosexuals.
GIA report: Technology, regulations drive demand for packaging machinery
PRWeb via IT Business
Growth in the packaging machinery industry is primarily influenced by global trade in and domestic consumption of packaged goods and changing safety and environmental legislations on packaging, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts.
Microwave technology core of deal to bring to market lower-cost ingredients
Botanical ingredient supplier Gencor has teamed with Canadian company Radient Technologies to bring to market a new array of natural compounds suitable for use as functional food, beverage and dietary supplement ingredients.
Sainsbury's sales fall as King era draws to a close
British grocer J Sainsbury posted a second straight fall in quarterly underlying sales, highlighting the challenges facing its new CEO as the long-serving Justin King steps down amid subdued consumer demand and mounting competition.
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