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Examining food safety trends and staying ahead of the curve
American Frozen Food Institute
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently published a fascinating and comprehensive look at foodborne illness trends over a 10-year period using data collected from 1998 to 2008. One impressive finding is a 23 percent decline in the number of reported outbreaks. Another is what isn't found in the report: the frozen food industry.
French restaurants admit using factory-frozen food
The Washington Post
In a survey, a third of French restaurants admit serving factory-frozen products, but restaurant owners say the real number is substantially higher.
Attitudes on GMO crops are modifying
The New York Times
On the subject of genetically modified foods, the United States and Europe could hardly be farther apart. But recently, a few fissures have appeared on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mark Lynas: From GMO hater to supporter (Forbes)
Maine governor may OK bill mandating GMO food labels (Kennebec Journal)
Split farm bill lacks House votes
A plan backed by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and other House GOP leaders to split the farm bill into two pieces is facing a setback. A split farm bill was anticipated to come before the Rules Committee as early as Wednesday, but there is now no sign this is happening.
GOP sees uphill climb for farm bill (Politico)
GOP attempts to split farm bill (Forum News Service via The Dickinson Press)
Immigration reform heads for slow death
In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House.
House Republicans set for critical meeting on immigration reform (The Hill)
Obama's immigration strategy in limbo (Politico)
Report: House Democrats made history
The 2012 election was the first time in more than 65 years that one party won the popular vote in House races across the country but ended up with a minority of House seats, according to a new data analysis Wednesday.
Indiana slow to comply with new school lunch standards
Indiana has been slower than most states to adopt the new school lunch rules — or at least to be certified in compliance. Across the country, implementation has been complicated.
First lady-backed school lunch rules cost school district $100,000 (The Daily Caller)
Healthier version of pizza returning to Kansas town's school menus (The Wichita Eagle)
Cranberry juice staying in Wisconsin schools (AP via WLS-TV)
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Obamas host child chefs for 2nd 'Kids' State Dinner'
The White House hosted a "state dinner" Tuesday for 54 junior chefs whose culinary creations earned them a spot as a guest of honor at the executive mansion.
Agenda shows FDA pessimistic about meeting court-ordered FSMA schedule
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Look for the FDA to beat a court-ordered schedule and release two FDA Food Safety Modernization Act-related proposals — the Foreign Supplier Verification Program and third-party accreditation standards — this month, based on the unified agenda made available online July 3 but not yet published in the Federal Register. But don't look for too much else in relation to FSMA in the near future.
Related: The war over FSMA (Lexology)
US, Canada meat groups ask court to block COOL rules
Eight meat and livestock groups in the United States and Canada have asked a U.S. court to strike down stricter U.S. meat labeling rules they say have hurt U.S. processors and Canadian farmers, arguing they violate the U.S. Constitution.
NLRB and Justice Department announce information-sharing agreement
Under a new agreement announced this week, the NLRB will be able to refer cases of alleged discrimination based on citizenship status or national origin to a subgroup within the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Justice, meanwhile, will be able to refer cases to the NLRB that involve infringement of workers' rights to organize and bargain collectively.
Update: Manufactured food regulatory program standards
Office of the Federal Register
The FDA is updating its information collection request for the Manufactured Food Regulatory Program Standards, which serve as the framework for states to design and manage their own manufactured food programs.
Pinnacle, Fresh Del Monte both eyeing Del Monte Foods
Pinnacle Foods and Fresh Del Monte are among the companies considering offers for Del Monte Foods' canned foods business, a deal that could be worth more than $1.5 billion, four people familiar with the process said Tuesday.
Harris Teeter sells atmosphere as well as food
Like its more upscale rivals in metro-area suburbs along the Eastern Seaboard, shopping at a Harris Teeter store is as much about the experience as it about the quality and the price of the products headed for the cart.
How berries became the ultimate superfood
The Wall Street Journal
As the health world touts berries as a low-sugar, high-fiber superfood, growers, chefs and food companies are looking for the next big mainstream berry hit.
Colored dots make reading menus easier
The military recently faced counter jams when they began listing nutritional values at their dining facilities, but they came up with a totally genius scheme that solves the problem: colored dots in the vein of stoplights.
New reality show aims to bring food innovation to pop culture
Food innovation, from concept to consumer brand, will soon be the focus of a new television show, with "Supermarket Superstar" giving entrepreneurs the opportunity to compete for a spot on supermarket shelves.
Water shortage could soak food firms
Food Production Daily
Global water shortages could create significant problems for the food industry in the all-too-near future, according to a paper in The Food Journal.
Study: Organic consumers not bothered by health claims
Principled organic shoppers are not put off by the presence of health claims, German and Danish researchers have found.
Economy beats premium for first time in UK food launches
Food and drink product launches emphasizing value for money have outpaced those featuring premium claims for the first time in the U.K., finds new research from Mintel.
India: Will low prices of world's biggest fast food brands draw consumers?
In a country where local restaurants still offer a filling meal at a modest tab, the world's biggest fast food brands are hoping that low prices on marquee products will draw in a younger demographic.
Wholesalers endorse product recall system
The Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates, a cooperative of independent food wholesalers, has endorsed the use of a Web-based product recall system from Recall InfoLink, Boise, Idaho.
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