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Potential for real food fight if GMO labeling makes Colorado ballot
The Colorado Statesman
Proponents of a proposed ballot initiative in Colorado that would require labeling of genetically modified foods are nearing the end of their signature drive, setting up a real food fight between citizens and producers.
Related: Which states are considering labels for GMO foods? (The Wall Street Journal)
1 in 5 consumers mistakenly thinks 'local' means 'organic'
The terms "local" and "organic" have become increasingly coveted characteristics for packaged foods and beverage in the North American market, as evidenced by a growing number of marketing campaigns touting local and organic foods — not to mention the impressive sales figures for each category.
Related: Met-analysis: 'Significant' differences between organic, non-organic (Food Navigator)
Higher prices on food, staples could crimp back-to-school shopping
The Wall Street Journal
Economists expect a solid 0.6 percent gain in retail spending when the Commerce Department releases the June data Tuesday. But how much of that expected gain will reflect higher prices paid at the retail level, especially for household essentials such as food, gasoline and pharmaceuticals?
Related: Food prices vex Fed policy makers (The Wall Street Journal)
Poll: Obama, Republicans face broad disapproval on handling of migrant crisis
The Washington Post
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds widespread public disapproval of the way President Barack Obama and Republicans in Congress are handling the influx of unaccompanied foreign children at the southern border as the two sides engage in a fierce debate over how to stem the crisis.
A Clinton approach for angrier times
Hillary Clinton has a unique asset if she runs for president: Bill Clinton, who presided over a booming economy and an era of sunny Democratic centrism. But she also faces a singular challenge: convincing voters who are skeptical of some Wall Street-friendly policies during his tenure that she can connect with their concerns at a time when the wealth gap is massive between the very rich and everyone else.
Senate polls show Democrats up in Michigan and Colorado
Two new polls hold good news for Democrats in the blue-leaning swing states of Colorado and Michigan, both key to the party's hopes of protecting their fragile Senate majority.
White House asked to stay away from school nutrition summit
Michelle Obama's food policy czar, celebrity chef Sam Kass, was once so in with the lunch lady crowd that he handed out awards at the School Nutrition Association's convention in Denver. Two years later, when he asked to speak at the group's annual convention this week in Boston, the answer: "No."
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House GOP group to recommend changes to immigration law
Fresh off a trip to Guatemala and Honduras, a House GOP working group on immigration will recommend Tuesday that the conference change a 2008 trafficking law to stop the thousands of immigrant children flooding across the border.
GFSI issues position paper taking stand against food fraud
Food Safety Magazine
The Global Food Safety Initiative on Monday released a position paper on food fraud mitigation. Developed by the GFSI Guidance Document Working Group in conjunction with the GFSI Food Fraud Think Tank, the paper includes new requirements to be met by for food companies looking to combat food fraud.
China to champion food safety liability insurance
China's Food and Drug Administration has revealed that it is working on a food safety liability insurance program in high-risk industries, such as those involving dairy and meat products.
Canada's nutrition label proposal gets positive reaction
Health Canada's proposed changes to the guidelines for nutrition information on packaged foods are getting a generally positive response from nutritionists and nutrition experts.
EU partnership wants to develop bio-based industries
Food Production Daily
A public-private partnership has been launched to boost investment and create a competitive market for bio-based products — including food packaging — in Europe.
Finding a better chicken sandwich at fast food restaurants
When Consumer Reports compared the nutrition numbers of new chicken sandwich items with chains' older chicken standbys, there were some surprises. The verdict: "new" isn't necessarily synonymous with "better" and certainly not with "healthier."
Introducing your next healthy food trend: halal and kosher
Fast Company's Co.Exist
As mainstream shoppers seek out safer and more ethical foods, kosher and halal supermarket brands are working to appeal beyond their traditional niches.
Frozen baked goods plant set to expand in Indiana
A manufacturer of frozen baked goods has announced plans for a $77.8 million facility near Lebanon, Indiana, possibly creating up to 219 jobs by 2017.
Measuring viscosity wirelessly
Process and Control Today
If precise mixing is a crucial process variable, viscosity measurement may be the most accurate way to ensure optimum performance. But rotating mixers can lead to very tangled wiring, so here Mark Ingham of Sensor Technology Ltd. looks at wireless options.
How to protect every link in the supply chain
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
While food producers and processors bear the primary responsibility for food safety under the FSMA, they also rely heavily on partners in the refrigerated transportation industry to ensure that safe and sanitary conditions are maintained throughout a product's journey to market.
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