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USDA approves label for meat from animals with non-GMO diet
The New York Times
In a first, USDA has approved a label for meat and liquid egg products that includes a claim about the absence of genetically engineered products. The new label attests that meat certified by the Non-GMO Project came from animals that never ate feed containing genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and alfalfa.
Related: Hawaii county councilman introduces another GMO bill (The Garden Island)
How healthy is Trader Joe's frozen food?
Kiera Butler of Mother Jones evaluates frozen meals from Trader Joe's, assessing their nutritional content and outlining fat, calories and sodium to see where the good choices can be found.
Buffett deputies join Heinz board as Swann departs
Gregory Abel and Tracy Britt, two of Warren Buffett's deputies who have been adding responsibilities at Berkshire Hathaway Inc., were selected by the billionaire to join him as directors of HJ Heinz Co.
The dysfunctional House
The defeat of the farm bill — after both parties were privately bullish it would pass with large margins — shows, once again, how massively dysfunctional the House and its leadership has become.
Farm bill setback opens House GOP to new attacks on ability to lead (The Hill)
Vilsack on failed farm bill: House vote is 'tremendous disappointment' (KTIC)
Farm bill rejection another embarrassment for Boehner (Bloomberg)
Momentum shifts in immigration reform debate as Senate nears 70 votes
Momentum has shifted in the battle over immigration reform, putting Senate Democrats in a position to pass a bipartisan bill with well over 60 votes.
Related: Farm bill failure clouds immigration prospects (National Journal via Yahoo News)
Poll shows Markey pulling away in Massachusetts
The Washington Post
Rep. Ed Markey, a Democrat, has opened up a big lead going into Tuesday's Massachusetts special Senate election, according to a new poll from UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald.
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Darden CEO fights California health bill
The CEO of a major restaurant chain is fighting a California bill that would fine large companies if their employees rely on Medicaid. Clarence Otis flew to the Golden State last month to rail against the proposed law.
School food directors learn healthy cuisine
The Sun Herald
Mississippi public schools students might see some big changes in the food served at school in the next school year. Trainers from the National Food Service Management Institute are traveling the country to teach school foodservice directors about child nutrition. On Wednesday and Thursday, staff from the University of Mississippi's NFSMI center came to Biloxi High School to educate culinary directors from 20 schools.
EOBR/ELD proposal advances from FMCSA to DOT
No matter if you call them electronic on-board recorders, electronic logging devices or black boxes, a proposal to mandate their use is slowly winding its was through the bureaucratic hands of the federal government, putting it closer to publication.
Big business the winner in U.S. Supreme Court class action cases
In a series of rulings this year, the U.S. Supreme Court has steered a consistent course against consumers or small businesses that want to bring class action lawsuits against corporate defendants.
Insufficient data stop EFSA from concluding on safety of GM maize
European Food Safety Authority
The European Food Safety Authority said it cannot reach a conclusion on the safety of genetically modified maize 3272 because the application did not meet a number of minimum standards set out in EFSA's guidance documents.
Kellogg under fire over 'made with real fruit' claims
Kellogg has been hit with a deceptive advertising lawsuit over "made with real fruit" claims on its Super Mario fruit snacks, three years after being rapped over the knuckles by an industry ad watchdog over similar claims on Pop Tarts.
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Small businesses' world is getting smaller
The Washington Post
More small businesses are selling products and services overseas, due in part to a renewed emphasis on exporting in Washington. Some 64 percent have sold merchandise or services to customers abroad, up from 52 percent in 2010, according to a recent poll by the National Small Business Association.
Now serving at Olive Garden: Discounts and better Q1 results
The Associated Press via USA Today
The first quarter of the year has seen improving results for Darden Restaurants, as its affordable dining strategy has brought more customers in the door.
ADM in talks to sell multibillion-dollar cocoa unit
Archer Daniels Midland Co said Thursday it is in talks to sell its cocoa business — a further sign that the U.S. agribusiness giant is focusing on expanding its footprint in the burgeoning global grains sector.
Weight management steers new meat product development
Among the product trends in meat and poultry that have a lot to say about what's going on in the consumer marketplace is the consumer's desire to manage his weight, according to Lynn Dornblaser, director of innovation and insight at Mintel.
Supermarket chain gets freezer burn from $100,000 sweepstakes fine
Thompson Coburn LLP via Mondaq
The Great Atlantic and Pacific Teas Co. has been fined $102,000 by New York authorities for failing to properly inform customers they could enter a sweepstakes without having to buy anything.
DSM: Food ingredient industry well-placed to improve sustainability
The food ingredients industry has an opportunity — and an obligation — to improve sustainability in the food supply chain, according to president of DSM Food Specialties Hans Christian Ambjerg.
Chicken sector boosted by fast food items, costly beef
This is a good year to be in the U.S. chicken business. Profits are up, production and prices are rising, fast food restaurants are promoting chicken dishes and feed costs appear headed lower thanks to expected large U.S. corn and soybean crops.
GEA to focus on food business
GEA Group AG is evaluating ways to divest its heat exchangers unit as the German maker of food-processing equipment seeks to focus on its main business.
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