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The art of almost-homemade
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
As consumers find less and less time for lengthy meal preparations, packaged food companies are responding by targeting these time-crunched cooks with products that aim to be quick and simple to prepare — but still seem homemade.
Product labeling: What's your risk?
Food Safety Magazine
Without clear federal standards regulating "natural," "sugar-free" and "healthy" labels, food and beverage companies are finding themselves under greater scrutiny by regulatory agencies, consumer groups and the plaintiffs' bar over the validity of such claims.
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The Democrats' lost decade?
Democrats fell far short of winning the House in 2012, an otherwise banner year for the party, and many are privately glum about taking back the chamber in 2014. But that grim immediate outlook raises a far more troubling longer-term prospect for Democrats.
GOP support on immigration dissipating
Congressional Republicans, who have been more receptive to immigration reform since last November, now appear increasingly unlikely to widely back the Senate immigration bill unless they can extract significant concessions from Democrats.
Is Rand Paul going mainstream, or vice versa?
The Washington Post
When Kentucky's junior senator arrived in Washington just over two years ago, he seemed destined to inhabit the role of perpetual outlier. But now, he's in the mix on just about everything that is happening.
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Senate panel approves bill with FDA funding bump as House debates farm bill
Food Safety News
Two key food and agriculture measures inched forward on Capitol Hill Tuesday: A Senate appropriations subcommittee approved a bill that would increase FDA funding by $53 million for FSMA implementation, and the House kicked off debate on its version of the farm bill.
Related: Farm bill likely to spill into next week (Politico)
Despite court order, FDA won't set hard dates for FSMA rules
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The FDA still hopes to deliver the proposals for both its Food Safety Modernization Act-related Foreign Supplier Verification Program and third-party accreditation system before the end of the summer, based on a nine-page document it has delivered to a federal court in California.
Salad days for schools, courtesy of ShopRite
Crain's New York Business
A chain of supermarkets provides salad bars to schools in Staten Island, N.Y. Now comes the hard part: getting kids to eat their greens.
Mississippi school district expands Grab-N-Go school lunch (The Clinton News)
Kickstarter program pairs green-certified restaurant with school (Connect Savannah)
Thanks to federal regulations, school food prices going up (Muskogee Phoenix)
City leaders petition for sugary drinks ban on food stamps
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
A group of 18 mayors of major metropolitan areas — New York, Los Angeles, Chicago — is asking legislators to make sure food stamps recipients cannot use the benefits to buy sugary drinks.
Wisconsin company begins interstate meat sales under federal-state inspection
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the first state-inspected meat processor has started shipping meat across state lines under a federal-state deal announced two years ago.
Trans-Atlantic trade and its discontents
The New York Times
At the Group of 8 summit meeting, official talks were launched for an EU-U.S. free trade agreement. On the surface, this is good news for everyone. But the politics, as they now stand, do not serve to achieve stated goals.
Shanghai releases food safety blacklist
United Press International
The Shanghai Food and Drug Administration released its first list of companies Wednesday that have violated food safety rules and will be punished.
Europe's food industry welcomes EU-US trade negotiations
European food industry trade body FoodDrinkEurope has welcomed formal negotiations between the European Union and the United States on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, announced at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.
AMA terms obesity a disease
The American Medical Association, the nation's largest physician organization, decided Tuesday to recognize obesity as a disease that requires a range of medical interventions for treatment and prevention.
Starbucks goal: Not just coffee
The Associated Press via USA Today
In a bid to increase overall sales, Starbucks is focusing on its food offerings, introducing new products and planning more launches after it acquired a bakery earlier this year.
Report: Children of low-income families face greater food safety risks
Consumer Federation of America
The Consumer Federation of America released a report Tuesday demonstrating that children from low-income families are at greater risk for unintentional injuries and foodborne illnesses than children from higher-income families.
World fish prices climb to record on demand for salmon, tuna
An index of fish prices tracked by the U.N.'s Food & Agriculture Organization rose to 168 points in May, advancing 6.3 percent from April and up 16 percent from a year ago.
California chicken processor expands organic operation
Pitman Family Farms is adding two new buildings as well as solar power to its Sanger, Calif., complex as it expands production of its organic poultry.
Facility risk: Does plumbing infrastructure affect your bottom line?
Food Safety Magazine
Often overlooked and critical for food safety are the plumbing systems installed in your facility. What is out of sight may be out of mind, but there are things you can survey easily to look for signs of trouble.
National Beef recalls nearly 23,000 pounds of ground beef
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Kansas-based National Beef Packing Co. is recalling 22,737 pounds of raw ground beef after routine E. coli O157:H7 sampling detected a problem. No illnesses have been reported.
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Phenomenex publishes comprehensive food safety applications guide
Phenomenex Inc. has released a 92-page Food Safety Solutions guide that presents 41 complete applications for all of the frequently requested food compound classes and draws on all analytical techniques — sample preparation, HPLC, UHPLC, LC/MS and GC/MS.
Romer Labs' Union Missouri facility now ISO certified for food allergen testing
Food Safety Magazine
The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation recently granted Romer Labs' Union Missouri Laboratory an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accreditation for analysis of food allergens.
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