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FDA ordered to issue FSMA proposals by Nov. 30, final rules by June 2015
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
A federal judge on Friday ordered FDA to propose long-awaited FSMA regulations by Nov. 30 this year and all final rules by June 30, 2015, after rejecting FDA's "target timeframes" as too imprecise to comply with the judge's earlier ruling.
Not so fast: The relaxed, slowed-down, lounge-ization of fast food
The traditional formula for fast food franchises — get 'em in, get 'em fed, get 'em out — is changing. Lately, chains known for being among the quickest of all quick-service restaurants are installing fireplaces and cushy seats for a comfortable lounge vibe that invites customers to linger longer.
The highest-calorie item at 10 fast food chains
As a federal mandate for menu labeling at chain restaurants draws closer, many chains have voluntarily posted calorie counts. How do the chains compare in terms of high-calorie items?
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Obama in the doldrums
Not yet six months into his second term, Barack Obama's presidency is in a dead zone.
Senate is going to pass immigration reform — and House doesn't care
The Washington Post
Two things have become clear over the past 24 hours: 1. The Senate is going to pass some sort of comprehensive immigration reform bill, and 2. The House doesn't much care. Welcome to Washington, circa 2013!
Related: Immigration reform passes key Senate test in 67-27 vote on border measure (The Hill)
With Bachmann out, Democrats targeting Kline
Now that Michele Bachmann is out of the picture for 2014, Democrats are turning their arrows in Minnesota toward GOP Rep. John Kline.
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Obama unveils climate change plan that bypasses Congress
President Barack Obama is launching fresh battles over climate change with plans to curb emissions using executive powers that sidestep Congress — including controversial rules to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants.
Senate leader Reid says no to farm law extension
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives needs to solve its farm bill impasse by enacting the Senate's bipartisan bill, Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday, warning that the Democrat-run Senate will not extend current law again.
How will farm bill defeat affect food prices? (Bloomberg TV)
House GOP pulls USDA spending bill from this week's agenda (Politico)
CARB steps up border area enforcement
The California Air Resources Board says it has stepped up enforcement of its diesel truck regulations to ensure that only vehicles compliant with California's stringent anti-pollution laws travel across the U.S. border into the state.
ConAgra, OSHA reach deal to protect workers from ammonia in refrigeration
Food Production Daily
ConAgra Foods (dba Lamb Weston) settled with OSHA in a deal to protect workers at five of its facilities from the release of anhydrous ammonia from refrigeration systems.
Labor Department probes federal building's food court workers' pay
The U.S. Labor Department is investigating whether food court vendors in Washington's largest U.S. government building underpaid workers and denied them overtime pay.
Related: Fast food strikes: What's cooking? (Labor Notes)
UK policy wonk: Reformulation 'crucial' to improving public health
Reformulating foods and drinks that people actually consume is crucial for improving public health, as many people are just not interested in healthy eating, according to a new article published in the British Medical Journal.
Study tallies food waste diversion efforts
Food manufacturing companies generate more food waste than food retailers, but also divert a higher percentage of it to other uses, according to a new study from BSR.
Snack makers loading up on enzymes
Bloomberg via The San Diego Union-Tribune
Food companies, facing increased scrutiny over the potential cancer risks of baked and fried products in the $80 billion crackers and cookies market, are bingeing on enzymes used to reduce the level of toxins.
Buying food past its prime to save the planet
The New York Times
A local grocer in North Holland is breaking new ground in the effort to fight food waste — by selling nearly expired food from a makeshift outlet supermarket.
Marketer has new 'Bee' in its bonnet: Frozen meals
The New York Times
Seafood brand stalwart Bumble Bee is making its way from the canned-goods aisle of the supermarket and into the freezer cases with its new line, Bumble Bee SuperFresh Premium Fresh Frozen.
Franklin frozen food marketers add lobster mac and cheese product
Franklin, Tenn.-based CBS Foods has added to its lineup of frozen seafood meals with the launch of Chef Big Shake's Lobster Mac & Cheese.
China: Smithfield deal unrelated to food safety; market open for US pork
Chinese meat company Shuanghui International's proposed purchase of Smithfield Foods Inc. is unrelated to food safety issues and its market is open to U.S. pork, China's Commerce Ministry said Tuesday in its first response to concerns raised by U.S. lawmakers about the planned deal.
Snack food maker moves from New York to Minneapolis
Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal
The founder of Way Better Snacks, a fast-growing maker of chips and crackers launched in 2011, is moving the company from Long Island to Minneapolis, where his career started.
Organic Monitor: Focus on taste to attract 'middle greens'
Want to attract consumers to your sustainably produced products? Focus on taste and make it personal, advise experts speaking at Organic Monitor's Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam earlier this month.
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