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AFFI hosts Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum
Food safety: It's the highest priority for AFFI member companies. In fact, AFFI has a long and distinguished track record as a food safety leader. In keeping with that commitment, AFFI will be hosting an all-new Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum Oct. 21-24 in Portland, Ore.
New US school snack food rules clamp down on calories, fat
Snacks sold in U.S. schools must be lower in fat, salt and sugar, according to federal rules released Thursday aimed at giving students more nutritious options and fighting childhood obesity.
USDA rolls out new school snack standards (The Hill)
Junk food getting canned in schools (USA Today)
With recent victories, movement to label GMOs gains steam
Food Safety News
In the past three weeks, Connecticut and Maine passed labeling bills, the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the first time approved a non-GMO label claim for meat products, Chipotle began voluntarily labeling menu items containing GMO ingredients online and, perhaps most notably, the Senate Appropriations Committee voted last week to give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration funding to label genetically modified salmon if the agency approves the fish.
Related: Connecticut governor signs GMO bill; law needs 2 fixes (The Middletown Press)
House Republicans may split farm bill in two
Moving further to the right, the House Republican leadership is actively pursuing a strategy now of splitting their failed farm bill into two parts so the nutrition title and food stamps funding can be considered on its own.
House leadership draws flak on farm bill (Politico)
Farm bill remains in limbo as Congress weighs options (Gannett/USA Today)
Farm bill problems could hurt USDA budget (Politico)
GOP prepares to pummel red-state Democrats on immigration reform votes
Republicans plan to use votes for the Senate immigration reform bill to campaign against vulnerable incumbent Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Kay Hagan (N.C.).
Senate poised to approve massive immigration bill (The Washington Post)
McConnell's tricky dance on immigration (The Wall Street Journal)
Paul Ryan: House won't take up Senate immigration bill (Politico)
The not-very-special elections of 2013
The Washington Post
The year of the upset this is not — so far, at least. And if you're looking for clues about how the national political environment might be influencing this year's elections, you'll be disappointed.
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Foxx confirmed for transportation chief
The Senate on Thursday confirmed Charlotte, N.C., Mayor Anthony Foxx (D) as Transportation secretary in a unanimous vote. Foxx will take over the nearly 60,000-employee Department of Transportation from outgoing Secretary Ray LaHood, who is resigning after four years at the helm.
Senate finance leaders to set stage for big tax debate
The Wall Street Journal
The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee are expected to provide an update on their quest to rewrite the tax code on Thursday, setting the stage for a wide-ranging debate this summer.
FDA and CFIA working in tandem on food regulatory changes
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
FDA and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are working in tandem to harmonize implementation of the two nations' new food safety laws, representatives of the two agencies told a stakeholder dialogue session at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Opinion: California is ground zero for food lawsuits
California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse via Fox & Hounds
For some time, the plaintiffs' bar has been looking for the next cash cow — and the food industry seems to be it. The number of consumer fraud class actions brought in federal court against food and beverage companies has skyrocketed in the past five years, from 19 cases in 2008 to 102 cases in 2012.
Opinion: Is it wrong to market even healthy food to kids?
The Huffington Post
That's the contention put forth by public health lawyer Michele Simon (Eat Drink Politics) and Susan Linn, Director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.
Related: What any business can learn from food marketing (Business 2 Community)
Frozen organic pomegranate kernels recalled in a new Hepatitis A scare
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
In a second — and unrelated — incidence of Hepatitis A worries in frozen organic fruit, Scenic Fruit Co. of Gresham, Ore., is recalling more than 5,000 cases of Woodstock frozen organic pomegranate seeds.
Related: Hepatitis A outbreak: Case count now at 122 (CDC)
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Q-and-A: How private labels are rebranding retailers
While the importance of private labels may have grown at hyperspeed during the recession, there's no sign of slowed growth yet. A new Deloitte study details the way stores are scrambling to keep the innovations coming.
New businesses, global sales boost General Mills
Food Business News
New businesses, including Yoki Alimentos in Brazil and Yoplait International, as well as contributions from international sales contributed to an 18 percent increase in income during fiscal 2013 at General Mills Inc.
Counterfeit food more widespread than suspected
The New York Times
Investigators around the world have uncovered thousands of fraud cases in the food and beverage industries, raising fresh questions about regulatory oversight as criminals offer bargain-hunting shoppers cheap versions of everyday products.
Breakfast: The most important meal for food companies
American Public Media
There's a something of a breakfast battle going on right now. Why? First, it's a growth market. Second, it's the food segment most likely to capture loyal-for-life customers.
Rise in biofuel production puts pressure on food
Global Meat News
World biofuel production has increased five times in less than a decade to more than 100 billion liters/year, putting massive strain on food sustainability.
Related: EPA: Ethanol bounty may push refiners over blend wall (Bloomberg)
Why don't we use menu food labels?
Food, Nutrition & Science via Supermarket Guru
Few consumers use menu food labels for a variety of reasons, according to a recent study from the New York University School of Medicine.
In search for effective ads, US TV operators mine viewer data
U.S. cable companies and satellite TV providers, locked in battle with broadcasters and online sites for advertising, are taking a page from Google by using data on their subscribers' tastes to serve up tailored commercials.
Major Products rolls out new lines targeting US food industry
PR Newswire via African Business Review
Major Products, a leading multinational manufacturer of high quality stocks, sauces and gravies used by many professional chefs, has launched three new product lines with the emphasis to diversify its current array of offerings within the food industry.
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