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GMO domino effect
In These Times
With only four states to go, a cascade of food labeling laws are set to take effect.
Sugar rush: Wal-Mart scores early Twinkies shipments
Wal-Mart announced Friday that 1,600 of its stores were already selling Twinkies, and it promised to have 3,000 of its 4,000 U.S. stores stocked by Sunday morning — ahead of the reported July 15 return of the iconic Hostess snack.
Foodborne parasite sickens more than 60 in Iowa
The Des Moines Register
The number of cyclospora cases in Iowa jumped from 45 Friday to 60 Saturday, the Iowa Department of Public Health reported. Investigators believe the parasite came from tainted vegetables, though they haven't determined what kind. The outbreak started in mid June and has spread to Nebraska.
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Weak vs. weaker: Obama, Boehner struggle for leverage
President Barack Obama and the House GOP will fight over immigration, spending and debt this fall, but it will be a battle of the weak versus the weak.
Reid-McConnell clash latest proof that genteel Senate has turned into fight club
The Washington Post
The U.S. Senate, once considered the most exclusive and chummiest club in America, has in recent years been transformed into an ideological war zone, where comity and compromise have lost their allure, while confrontation and showmanship now pay big dividends.
Related: Reid digs in as Senate nears nuclear option showdown (Politico)
And they're off: 2016 has already started
The shorter campaign cycle is dead. Long live 2016. Barely eight months removed from the 2012 presidential saga, super PACs are sprouting to buck up Hillary Clinton, and GOP hopefuls are already hitting the early-state circuit — and attempting to woo donors.
Poll: Democrats right on immigration
More Americans (48 percent) say the Democratic Party better represents their feelings on immigration than Republicans do, according to a new Gallup poll Monday.
The next big free trade breakthrough
The Wall Street Journal
As a single region, the Pacific Alliance will be the eighth largest economy in the world.
Related: US-EU trade talks make headway under tight timeline (The International News)
FDA's preventive controls: Moving to HACCP and beyond
Food Safety News
FDA will soon be requiring many of the facilities it oversees to establish "preventive control" systems closely modeled after HACCP. So, how do the FDA's preventive control rules compare to USDA's HACCP rules?
Largest school districts celebrate anniversary of Urban School Food Alliance
PR Newswire via The Wall Street Journal
The largest school districts in the U.S. are observing the one-year anniversary of the Urban School Food Alliance. The group, which procures more than $530 million in food and food supplies annually, aims to use its purchasing power to help drive down costs of food and supplies and to have vendors reformulate menu items to ensure that students continue to receive delicious and nutritious meals daily that meet USDA guidelines.
Related: Parents: Fewer lunch calories may spur unhealthy snacking (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Closing SNAP's food-voucher gap at farmers markets
The lack of technology at many farmers markets makes it impossible to accept food vouchers, which are processed using electronic debit cards.
Related: Opinion: For food stamps, a real work requirement (National Review)
UN sets new standards for food safety
Government of Ghana
The United Nations food standards body Codex Alimentarius has agreed on new standards to protect the health of consumers worldwide. These include standards on fruits, vegetables, fish and fishery products and animal feed.
Acrylamide draft opinion due in 2014, says EFSA
The European Food Safety Authority has said it aims to complete a draft opinion on the toxicity of acrylamide for humans, and open it for public comments, by mid-2014, with a final scientific opinion scheduled for the first half of 2015.
Opinion: Why feeding the world should be a public health project
Libby Grundy, Food for Life Director at the Soil Association, talks to the Ecologist about the food challenges facing the planet and what's inspiring her work.
ConAgra: Mill deal to boost efficiency
ConAgra Foods says its proposed grain milling joint venture would spur competition and innovation in the industry and would not itself bring about lower prices for wheat farmers.
Companies rush to comply with gluten-free craze
The Arizona Republic
In recent years, gluten-free products have caught on with consumers who believe forgoing gluten will help them be healthier and lose weight. The trend represents big business for restaurants and food manufacturers such as Inventure that are able to serve up gluten-free products.
Related: Tim Hortons debuts first gluten-free menu item (BSIMagazine.com)
Grocery giant Loblaw to buy Shoppers Drug in massive $12.4 billion deal
The Canadian Press via The Vancouver Sun
Loblaw Companies Ltd. has a friendly deal to purchase Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. for $12.4 billion in cash and stock, combining Canada's largest grocery and pharmacy chains.
Related: Loblaw takes aim at Whole Foods (Postmedia News via The Gazette)
Retail sales in US increased less than forecast in June
Retail sales rose 0.4 percent in June, less than forecast, as demand cooled at building materials outlets and restaurants, showing the biggest part of the U.S. economy lacked momentum as the second quarter drew to a close.
A gap in the organic food chain
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The Farm Belt isn't going organic fast enough to keep up with surging consumer demand, forcing makers of organic foods to turn to international suppliers for their ingredients.
Peapod virtual grocery stores pop up in unexpected places
International Supermarket News
Last fall, Peapod turned heads with the launch of more than 100 virtual grocery stores at commuter rail stations in Chicago and along the East Coast. This summer, Peapod is popping up at popular neighborhood hangouts — from ballparks and concert venues to local rec centers and coffee shops — on a virtual marketing campaign circuit spanning Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Chicago.
BPA alternative shows promise, say US researchers
Food Production Daily
An epoxy resin has been developed by U.S. scientists that could potentially replace the controversial substance bisphenol-A in packaging.
ABC seeks dismissal of BPI suit in state court
Sioux City Journal
Attorneys for ABC News asked a South Dakota state judge last week to dismiss Beef Products Inc.'s $1.2 billion defamation case against the network, its parent company and three ABC reporters, including anchor Diane Sawyer.
TOMRA Sorting USA to build new food sorting technology facility
One of TOMRA Sorting Food's two primary U.S. locations, in West Sacramento, is expanding through a build-to-suit partnership with Harsch that will result in a 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.
2013 Power 50: Margaret Hamburg, No. 6
Supermarket News (subscriber story)
When Congress passed the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011, it granted the Food and Drug Administration, led by Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, unprecedented authority to regulate the country's food supply.
A chemical approach to biological antifreeze
Scientists in New Zealand and the U.S. have synthesized a protein that helps inhibit ice crystal growth in Antarctic fish.
Comparison of microbiology testing practices
Food Safety Magazine
Microbiology testing practices at food plants around the world vary extensively. As a result, food safety officers need to understand those variations and establish expectations and practices with their suppliers to mitigate variations and ensure safe and wholesome products that meet label claims.
Food texture: How important is it?
Most of us obsess over flavor of everything from ice cream to chocolate — but the professionals know that crispiness, creaminess and chewiness is just as important.
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