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As food prices rise, Fed keeps a watchful eye
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
U.S. food prices are on the rise, raising a sensitive question: When the cost of a hamburger patty soars, does it count as inflation?
Corn avalanche coming as rain trumps US planting slide
Many growers across the Midwest expect a second straight record corn crop that will boost domestic stockpiles already at a four-year high. Output in the U.S. will jump 2.8 percent to 14.314 billion bushels, the most ever, researcher The Linn Group Inc. estimated in a July 1 report.
Experts call for sugar tax, but doubt official support
Sugar tax is a good idea, but the government may be unwilling to implement it, according to expert panelists taking part in Food Manufacture's webinar on obesity.
2014 Senate rankings: Map favors GOP
With four months until Election Day, Republicans are as close to winning the Senate as they've been since losing it in 2006.
Williams: Inequality issue can boost Democrats
A year ago, top Democratic political strategists pointed to one big political stick their candidates could use to beat back a possible Republican landslide in the 2014 midterm elections: Rising income inequality. Now the strategy is coming to life with help from Republicans in Congress.
Congress returns, more focused on November elections than ever
Democrats and Republicans are returning to Congress more focused on energizing the midterm electorate than moving legislation. Hopes have dimmed that Congress will get much done in July, the final month it will dedicate to full-time legislating.
Michelle Obama fights GOP on school lunch rules
Michelle Obama, first lady of the U.S., is usually apolitical. But she has come out fighting against a GOP House effort to weaken part of her anti-childhood obesity campaign.
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Opinion: Better nutrition labels, smarter choices
The Denver Post
The editorial board at The Denver Post presents its case in support of new nutrition labeling standards, including adjusted portion sizes and added sugar information.
Advocates reach out to science advisors ahead of antibiotics meeting
Food Safety News
The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology will meet Friday to discuss its work on antibiotic resistance and nanotechnology and to hear from speakers about oceans policy. A group of organizations have sent a letter to PCAST expressing concern that the FDA's Guidance for Industry #213 and a proposed Veterinary Feed Directive rule do not go far enough in addressing antibiotic overuse on farms.
Foster Farms launches another recall; Salmonella Heidelberg suspected
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Beleaguered California processor Foster Farms issued a new recall last week at the request of FSIS officials who say illnesses have been linked with poultry products that are tainted by a particular strain of Salmonella Heidelberg. The products being recalled were shipped to Costco, Foodmaxx, Kroger, Safeway and other retailers and distributors.
Additional FSIS recalls:
Kanani Foods: Chicken products produced without HACCP plan in place
HEB Meat Processing: 75,465 pounds of beef with potential foreign matter contamination
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New data on shows price barrier eroding for organics
The Organic Trade Association's U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes & Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study survey of more than 1,200 households with at least one child under 18 found that price has become much less of a barrier to purchasing organic products.
ADM gobbles up Wild Flavors for $3 billion
U.S. agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland has agreed to buy Swiss-German natural ingredient company Wild Flavors for $3 billion to enter the flavoring and the health-conscious food sectors.
California pork producers lose their only local USDA-approved slaughterhouse
The North Coast Journal
Humboldt County, California, is home to a host of hog raisers, backyard farmers and small-scale ranchers who raise pigs for slaughter. Those hogs are about to get fat, as Redwood Meat Co., based in Eureka, recently decided to stop processing hogs.
Crazy Cuizine adds chicken option
Crazy Cuizine, a line of authentic Chinese, Japanese and Korean frozen meals sold at retail, is adding sweet-chili chicken to its family-style entree offerings.
Ohio State startup developing food safety sensor gets $1 million investment
The Columbus Dispatch
ProteoSense, a company that is developing sensor technology to detect threats to food safety in fresh produce, has received a $1 million investment from the Technology Concept Fund.
Scientists taking a healthier look at processed food
What's known as processed foods — everything from snacks to boxed dinners — makes up a great deal of what most Americans eat. Indeed, the majority of what most of us eat is processed to some degree.
Top chefs and food companies can learn a lot from each other, says chef
While there are some differences between high-end catering and the large-scale manufacturing of food, there is a lot of scope for both groups to learn from each other, says executive chef Gui Alinat.
In discounter war, will Aldi's Coke rush fall flat?
Aldi and Lidl have a new weapon in their battle to be Germany's discount grocery No. 1: Coca-Cola.
Chilled air cheaper than diesel for India food transport
India, where half the nation's fruit and vegetables spoil before getting to market, could reduce food waste by refrigerating vehicles with liquid air at a fraction of the cost of using diesel engines, a report said.
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