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AFFI food safety webinar set for July 18
AFFI will hold its next in a series of regulatory webinars on Thursday, July 18, at 2 p.m. The webinar will focus on food safety regulations due to the Food Safety Modernization Act and how they could impact the food industry. Click here to register today.
NYC council hears plea from fast food workers
The New York Times
Dozens of fast food restaurant workers and advocates attended a New York City Council hearing Thursday on low wages and wage theft. Just before the hearing, about 100 people rallied on the steps of City Hall, demanding higher wages for the city's 50,000 fast food employees.
Standing up for low-wage workers (The Huffington Post)
Rhode Island raises minimum wage to $8 per hour (Providence Journal)
Connecticut minimum wage raise takes effect Monday (Monroe Patch)
California wage bill advances, with key change (Gilroy Dispatch)
Foodborne disease outbreaks: 200 deaths in 20 years
CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
During 1998–2008, CDC received reports of 13,405 foodborne disease outbreaks, which resulted in 273,120 reported
cases of illness, 9,109 hospitalizations and 200 deaths. Of the cases where the cause could be traced, the most common sources were poultry (18.9 percent), fish (18.6 percent) and beef (11.9 percent).
Related: Data show poultry, fish, beef top sources of outbreaks (Food Safety News)
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Will Senate immigration vote resonate in 2014?
It's hard to predict what will happen with immigration reform, especially because the Republican-led House doesn't intend to vote on the Senate legislation and it's unclear if anything will get to President Barack Obama's desk.
Senate passes sweeping immigration legislation (Reuters)
Who wants GOP to pass immigration reform? Republicans (The Washington Post)
Obama doesn't get all he wanted on immigration (Politico)
Boehner faces Democrat pressure as fight moves to House (The Hill)
Is the Senate really working?
he Senate has a reputation as a graveyard — a place where bills go to slowly die after constant filibuster threats, endless quorum calls and petty procedural disputes.
Pelosi: Democrats coalescing around Hillary for president
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in an interview Thursday that she hopes former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for the White House in 2016, saying the Democratic party was coalescing behind the former first lady.
Related: Potential 2016 GOP candidates split (The Hill)
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Ecuador 'unilaterally and irrevocably' renounces US trade benefits
The Associated Press via ABC News
In a move seemingly prompted by U.S. pressure to force Ecuador not to offer refuge to former NSA worker Edward Snowden, the government of Ecuador on Thursday renounced tariff benefits offered by the U.S.
Related: Ecuador's slick pro-trade ad campaign appears scrapped (The Washington Post)
Tax lobbyists spring into action
The proposal by Senate Finance Committee leaders to move on a foundation for tax reform with a "blank slate" — leaving thousands of provisions on the chopping block — will spark a furious lobbying spree that's bound to exhaust both K Street and Capitol Hill.
Senate panel sets hearing in Smithfield Foods deal
The Wall Street Journal
The Senate Agriculture Committee scheduled a hearing next month on the proposed $4.7 billion takeover of pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. by a Chinese company and ensuring domestic food safety in the face of similar transactions in the future.
In shadow of landmark decisions, US high court also rules for business
Less noticed in a flurry of high-profile rulings on race, voting rights and gay marriage was how the U.S. Supreme Court rounded off its term by delivering a string of victories to businesses and employers.
New guidance: How to choose a lab for food safety testing
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a compliance guideline to help food manufacturers — specifically those companies producing meat, poultry and processed egg products — select a commercial or private lab to analyze microbiological samples.
Related: FSIS supplements guidance for meat product sampling, testing (USDA)
Opinion: Congress shouldn't weaken food safety laws
Why are politicians looking only at industry compliance cost concerns and not at the total cost to society of unsafe production practices?
Hours of service: Resetting the clock
With the scheduled implementation and enforcement of more restrictive hours of service rules coming Monday, fleets and drivers need to be asking if their electronic onboard recording devices are ready for the change.
Stung by scandals, China expands food traceability system
China is expanding a pilot system that tracks the movement of meat and vegetables to the supermarket shelf as part of efforts to tighten supervision of its scandal-plagued food industry.
EFSA proposes improvements to existing meat inspection methods
Food Production Daily
The European Food Safety Authority is recommending a new meat safety assurance system, including clear target for main hazards in carcasses, categorizing herds/farms and slaughterhouses according to their magnitude of risk and omitting palpation or incision techniques during inspection.
Fast food makeovers: Salads, fruit, smaller portions
Because time is of the essence, they turn to the nearest fast food drive-thru for a quick bite to eat — a well-established trend that isn't about to go away. So dietitians are learning how to advise clients within that context.
Kroger closes in on $100 billion sales
The Kroger Co. is delivering on its growth strategy, boosting market share and closing in on a major milestone — $100 billion in annual sales, CEO David Dillon told shareholders Thursday.
Pizza popping up everywhere
Food Business News
What once was a category dominated by large pizza chains such as Pizza Hut, Domino's, Papa John's and Little Caesars has yielded ground to a burgeoning movement within the frozen food aisle.
Wendy's and White Castle oppose Renewable Fuel Standard
Fast food chain Wendy's, along with White Castle, headed to Washington, D.C., recently to put their stake in the ground regarding the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Mintel research: Plentiful opportunities for neglected 55+ snackers
Bakery & Snacks
Consumers over the age of 55 are not well catered for in the snacks sector despite huge market potential, says Mintel. By 2015, around 2 billion people — 22 percent of the population — will be older than age 60, Leatherhead estimates.
Nestle invests $53 million in frozen food research and development
CSP Daily News
Nestle SA will invest $53 million to establish a new building that will expand the existing R&D facility in Solon, Ohio. The new center will be designated as a global Product Technology Center dedicated to frozen and chilled foods research and will serve Nestle's businesses worldwide.
Ralcorp provides big boost for ConAgra
Food Business News
Strong results in the commercial foods segment as well as continued benefits from the Ralcorp acquisition led to a 65 percent increase in income at ConAgra Foods Inc. during fiscal 2013.
Kellogg debuts new frozen lines for Kashi®, Eggo®
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
Kellogg frozen food brands are introducing new frozen foods this summer, including Kashi's first frozen soups (Moroccan minestrone and chicken noodle), Kashi Three Cheese Ravioli and Mushroom and Asparagus Risotto steam meals, and Eggo Chocolatey Chip Muffin Wafflers.
What are the burgernomics of fancy fast food?
Burger joints have short, simple menus, which makes it quicker, easier and cheaper to deliver consistently good food. But in the U.K. and U.S., fancy fast food trends are underway, driving gourmet burgers that can cost upwards of $16 each.
Research: Significant salt reduction won't affect safety in ready meals
Significant salt reduction is possible in most broths and ready meals without affecting microbial safety, according to a new study published in the Journal of Food Safety.
Unilever sheds light on opposition to traffic light labeling
A week after front-of-pack traffic light-style nutrition labels were unveiled in the U.K., Unilever has shed some light on why it did not back the initiative.
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