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Seeking sustainable solutions to combat senior hunger
National Foundation to End Senior Hunger via AFFI
It seems unusual these days, at least to those who work in the national capital area — where both AFFI and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, are headquartered — to begin any opinion piece in the spirit of cooperation, and with a thank-you. But AFFI members deserve thanks for their enormous contributions to America every day through the production of a plentiful variety of nutritious and affordable foods.
Prepared foods forecast: Promising and bright
Supermarket prepared foods will continue to gain steam at the expense of restaurants through 2022, according to a new foodservice forecast from The NPD Group.
New, healthy ideas fill school lunch plates as cooks get creative
The Kansas City Star
A slice of whole-wheat crust pizza, a chunk of sweet potato-breaded pollock, a dabble of low-sodium, white bean hummus: Those are just a few of the foods that 6,500 school lunch nutritionists and cooks were sampling this week as part of a national convention held in Kansas City.
Frank Lucas: Food stamps could make final farm bill
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas said Tuesday that "conversations can and will begin immediately" with the Senate on the farm bill, and nothing the House has done so far precludes including food stamp reforms in the final conference report.
Related: Lucas: Farm bill conference with Senate will await food stamp bill (The Hill)
Senate immigration gang targets House Republicans
Senators like John McCain, R-Ariz, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., met with tech giants such as Microsoft, Google and Intel, and pro-reform groups like FWD.us to discuss a coordinated campaign to target more than 100 House Republicans on reforming the nation's immigration laws when they are at home in their districts over the next month, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
Related: Obama pushes for path to citizenship in immigration bill (The Washington Post)
Nuclear option averted as GOP blinks
Senate leaders on Tuesday averted the “nuclear option” and threats of a Republican shutdown of the upper chamber by striking a major deal on executive branch nominees at the 11th hour.
Union lawyer, labor board counsel nominated to NLRB
President Barack Obama nominated two new members to the National Labor Relations Board late Tuesday: Nancy Schiffer, a former associate general counsel to the AFL-CIO, and Kent Hirozawa, chief counsel to NLRB Chairman Mark Pearce.
Related: How NLRB nominees became central to filibuster deal (The Washington Post)
NLRB says court lacks jurisdiction in quorum battle
Law 360 (subscription required)
The D.C. Circuit lacks the necessary jurisdiction to force the National Labor Relations Board to drop cases against Santa Fe Tortilla Co., the NLRB said Monday, urging the appeals court to reject challenges to the NLRB from Santa Fe and others that said the board didn't have a valid quorum.
Lawsuit battle begins over packaging resin
Food Production Daily
Eastman Chemical Company is locked in a court battle over whether a resin used in its plastic packaging is free of chemicals with estrogenic activity.
Court: Food makers followed law regarding lead warning labels
Dole Food Co. and Nestle SA’s Gerber unit won a tentative ruling that they don't have to warn consumers about lead contained in their baby food, packaged fruit and juices.
Judge Stephen Brick in California Superior Court in Oakland said the companies, and other food makers facing a state lawsuit, showed that each of their products is below the regulatory "safe harbor" exposure level, and no warnings are required under California's Proposition 65 toxins-warning law.
Challenges of health department food safety inspections
Food Safety Magazine
There is a national standard for food safety preparation and inspection, but many states and municipalities choose not to follow these evidence-based rules. As a result, national chains need to follow guidelines that vary state-by-state and municipality-by-municipality.
IFT 2013 coverage: Texture analyzer touches down
Food Production Daily
Food Technology Corp. debuted the TMS-Pilot food texture analyzer at the Institute of Food Technologists show in Chicago.
What influences kids' food choices? (ScienceDaily)
Habits, not cravings, drive food choice during times of stress (Food Navigator)
Weis begins new price freeze
Weis Markets has launched its 11th round of price freezes, effective in all 164 stores, on more than 1,300 products. Newly reduced prices will remain at discounted levels for 90 days.
Related: Get ready for online groceries, v. 2.0 (MSN Money)
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Food startup patents process that packs frozen fruit into muffins
Financial Post via The StarPhoenix
Canadian food startup U-Be-Livin-Smart is capitalizing on its "karma"ffin, an all-natural muffin made using a patent-pending process that packs 10 pounds of frozen fruits into a single pound of finished product without losing any nutrient value.
A popular food gets a timely makeover
The Exchange via Yahoo Finance
Nestle is revamping Hot Pockets, its lineup of ready-made, microwaveable sandwiches, to make them trendier, more authentic and less reminiscent of cafeteria food.
Campbell's launches CheeseburgerOs
You don't have to go to the burger joint to get cheeseburgers anymore. Now, the makers of SpaghettiOs are rolling out CheeseburgerOs.
Investigation: Sysco food stored in public storage units served in restaurants
NBC Bay Area learned Sysco Corp. rented outdoor public storage units for years and used them as makeshift warehouses for raw meats, milk and produce destined for restaurants and other clients across Northern California.
Starbucks sues meat suppliers
Starbucks Corp. has sued Wellshire Farms Inc., of Swedesboro, N.J., and Hahn Brothers Inc., of Westminster, Md., alleging they supplied ham for its breakfast and cold sandwiches that was found to be tainted with potentially harmful bacteria, according to documents filed with the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington state.
Sources: Peltz could break silence on PepsiCo talks soon
A time frame agreed upon between PepsiCo Inc. and Trian Fund Management's Nelson Peltz to privately address the activist investor's suggestions for improving shareholder returns may be closing, according to three sources familiar with the matter.
Foreign brands sought as China's food scares bite
Many people in China have developed their own coping strategies to deal with nagging worries about their food. One popular strategy: hoarding imported food.
Food poisoning kills at least 22 children in India, insecticide suspected
At least 22 children died and dozens were taken to hospital with apparent food poisoning after eating a meal provided for free at their school in the Indian state of Bihar, officials said Wednesday, sparking violent protests.
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