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Proposed US food label changes fall short, says former FDA head
A proposal to overhaul nutrition labels on packaged foods sold in the United States does not go far enough to influence consumer choices and reduce obesity, a former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner said.
Related: Former FDA, CDC officials: More food label changes needed (The AP via Fox Business)
Global food giants hungry for bigger bite of China
While Chinese foodies find the hit documentary "A Bite of China" a good guide to hunting up local delicacies, CEOs of multinational food companies see immense market potential.
GMO food labeling law pressure mounts
The Des Moines Register
Congress could face pressure to establish a uniform, nationwide law on the labeling of foods made with genetically modified ingredients as early as next year, as more states regulate the controversial technology found in much of the U.S. food supply.
Related: 2,000+ respond to Vermont AG's survey on GMO labeling
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Poll: Hillary Clinton best-known, best-liked potential 2016 contender
Hillary Clinton is the best known and best liked of 16 potential 2016 presidential candidates, according to a Gallup survey released Thursday.
Related: Iowa, NH voters cool to Christie (The Hill)
GOP presents united 2014 front
All five national Republican Party committees presented a united, optimistic front in evaluating their chances for the fall elections on Wednesday even as tensions between the base and establishment wings of the party remain.
Conservatives target Pat Roberts, Kansas
National conservatives are looking toward Kansas in a last-ditch effort to unseat a GOP Senate incumbent this cycle, with one influential outside group launching a new barrage of ads against Republican Sen. Pat Roberts as early as Thursday.
3 federal lawmakers call for ban on BPA in food packaging
Food Safety News
Sen. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., and Reps. Lois Capps, D-Calif., and Grace Meng, D-N.Y., are calling for a ban on bisphenol-A, a chemical used to harden plastics and commonly found in food packaging.
Trade groups weigh in against sugar negotiations
In a Tuesday letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and USTR Michael Froman, a number of major trade associations urged the Administration not to enter negotiations with Mexico on a managed trade agreement in response to antidumping complaints filed by U.S. sugar producers.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is among the entities that signed the letter regarding the trade agreement.
FSIS plans new rule on ground beef traceability
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Food Safety and Inspection Service wants to require that all makers of raw ground beef products keep records in order to further protect consumers by ensuring retailers can trace sources of ground meats.
Food fight: Healthier school lunches force groups to take sides
The Obama administration's nutrition policies — aimed at keeping federally subsidized school lunches healthy and addressing child obesity — have become increasingly contentious.
Related: Lobbyists eye spending bills to beat back Obama regulations (MarketWatch)
GFSI to require food fraud mitigation requirements
Food Quality News
The Global Food Safety Initiative will include requirements specific to food fraud mitigation in its guidance document to be released in 2016.
UN official: Very difficult year for World Food Program
U.N. World Food Program Executive Director Ertharin Cousin discusses the challenges facing the organization and how geopolitical tensions around the world are complicating efforts to feed the hungry.
Opinion: Tackling obesity with a 250-calorie cap for confectionery
How do we tackle obesity? How can the food industry help? A calorie cap seems a really good idea — simple, practical, understandable.
Indiana home to more than $820 million in F&B industry projects
A plan by ConAgra Foods to build a food distribution hub in Frankfort is one of the largest of 57 project spending plans in Indiana's food and beverage industry. Industrial Info has identified more than $820 million in projects within the state that range in value from $750 million to $95 million.
Chick-fil-A a threat to McDonald's, analyst predicts
Atlanta-based chicken chain Chick-fil-A is in the spotlight as being a major long-term threat to McDonald's business in the United States in a new report by Janney Capital Markets analyst Mark Kalinowski.
Yum's China rebound dimmed by India, Pizza Hut weakness
Yum Brands Inc. on Wednesday said its KFC business bounced back in China, its No. 1 market, but its stock fell more than 2 percent in extended-hours trading on disappointing quarterly results from its India, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut divisions.
Can cinnamon stop E. coli?
Seeking ways to prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria, two Washington State University scientists have found promise in an ancient but common cooking spice: cinnamon.
Half of new gluten-free product sales are snacks; are we near saturation point?
U.S. retail sales of gluten-free products surged 47 percent in 2013, with a significant chunk of the growth coming from snacks, according to flour milling giant Ardent Mills.
Phil Lempert: Urban organics
When we hear "innovation" we immediately think of the latest mobile device, or wearable camera. But not all innovations are about shiny new technology. Sometimes true innovation can be just tweaking a very established methodology — like farming.
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