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House passes controversial farm bill without food stamps
The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives defied a White House veto threat and passed a controversial farm bill Thursday that expands the taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance system but omitted food stamps for the poor.
House farm bill would delay food safety law (Reuters)
House-passed farm bill deemed flawed by Senate Democrats (Bloomberg)
Lawmakers strip out food stamp program (USA Today)
Federal court defers to FDA on 'all-natural' GMO lawsuit
Food Product Design
A federal judge on Thursday punted to federal regulators a question that has plagued U.S. food companies. Is it lawful to label foods "natural" when they contain ingredients whose genes have been modified?
Massachusetts may pass GMO food label bills (WWLP)
Why UK marketers are flashing caution over traffic light labels (AdAge)
FDA debates caffeine limitations
The Lempert Report
Euromonitor International says caffeinated foods created more than $1.6 billion in domestic retail sales last year. Sales are up nearly 50 percent compared with five years ago. The FDA, however, has only approved the addition of caffeine once since 1950 — for cola.
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Poll: Blame the Republicans
More voters blame Republicans in Congress for Washington's dysfunction than President Barack Obama, according to a Friday poll from Quinnipiac University.
2016 poll: Hillary Clinton takes Chris Christie
Hillary Clinton is leading both Chris Christie and Rand Paul in a potential 2016 presidential race, a new poll finds.
Reid sets up Senate showdown, calls for votes on nominees
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Thursday afternoon scheduled several votes to end debate on a slew of executive branch nominees, including several staunchly opposed by Republicans.
FDA seeks facility to help strengthen food security, safety
Office of the Federal Register
The FDA is accepting applications for the position of the World Trade Organization's Standards and Trade Development Facility, which will play a key role in promoting FSMA rules in the U.S. and abroad while helping to strengthen international food security and safety.
Parties seek advantage in immigration dance
Now that House Republican leaders have committed to bite-size immigration reform, the real political calculus begins.
NLRB critics step up attacks
The Wall Street Journal
Opponents of the National Labor Relations Board are taking aim at the agency again this week — this time by trying to restrict its spending and draw comparisons between its union-related actions against Boeing Co. and Cablevision Systems Corp.
Related: Opinion: Unless Congress restrains NLRB, dog days ahead for business (Roll Call)
FDA proposes to limit arsenic levels in apple juice
The FDA has submitted a proposal for next week's Federal Register suggesting a limit of 10 parts per billion for inorganic arsenic in apple juice — following the same guideline set by the EPA for arsenic in drinking water.
Meet the new union members: Fast food workers and car washers
In the past two months, fast food workers have gone on strike and rallied for higher wages in at least six major cities, causing unrest in the fast food industry — one of the largest employers of low-wage earners in the country.
Seattle fast food workers appeal to city for relief from low pay, 'sick' conditions (KOMO-TV)
Why robots could soon replace fast food workers (KIRO-FM)
Restaurant menu labeling: Get ready, the FDA is coming
Strasburger & Price LLP via Mondaq
As the restaurant industry works to comply with the law, the FDA remains at the drawing table trying to figure out how to draft the rules.
Related: Lawmakers: FDA's menu regulations hard to swallow (Press of Atlantic City)
Instacart: Crowdsourcing your grocery shopping
A San Francisco-based online grocery upstart, Instacart, got an $8 million investment boost this week from Sequoia Capital, which famously touted now-defunct Webvan, a grocery delivery service with its own warehousing and fleet. Instacart, however, is built on a crowdsourcing model.
CPG companies accelerate digital-direct (MediaPost)
Retailers battle for online grocery market share (RetailWeek)
Online grocery shopping: Are consumers tuning in? (Business2Consumer)
US producer prices rise, could signal stronger economy
The Labor Department said Friday its seasonally adjusted producer price index increased 0.8 percent in June. The higher-than-expected figure points to an apparent increase in inflationary pressures that could make the U.S. Federal Reserve more comfortable about reducing its monetary stimulus.
ConAgra and Kraft: Which of these companies is going strong?
ConAgra Foods' share price has risen 34 percent in the past year, as its Ralcorp acquisition seems to be a boon for both the top line and bottom line. Kraft Foods, meanwhile, is enjoying a stable business as ConAgra's major competitor.
Rebounding from LFTB, 50 percent beef trim is now pricier than ever
In the aftermath of the media storm that all but ended demand for finely textured beef, there was a glut of the 50 percent trim, and prices plummeted. Today, however, 50 percent trim is making a big price comeback to even higher levels than before.
Eating fruits and vegetables tied to longer life
Eating fewer than five servings of fruit and vegetables each day is linked with a higher chance of dying early, according to a large study from Sweden.
Related: Food bus offers fresh take on fruits, veggies and food deserts (The Boston Globe)
Whitepaper examines cold chain best practices, innovations
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
A new whitepaper from supply chain company NFI shows how the cold chain has improved in recent years and offers a new approach to handling, importing and exporting perishable, temperature-sensitive freight.
Snacks research: Choice, not frequency, matters most in weight control
Snacking frequency is not related to BMI, according to a new study published in Public Health Nutrition.
eMonitor adds food safety tool
Powerhouse Dynamics, creator of eMonitor energy, water and asset management system, has announced a new food safety feature designed to support chain restaurants' need to monitor refrigeration and food preparation equipment temperatures across all locations.
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