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Peltz: PepsiCo should buy Mondelez, spin off drinks
Activist shareholder Nelson Peltz dialed up pressure on PepsiCo Inc., saying it should buy Mondelez International Inc. for more than $62 billion and spin off its soft drink business.
Ingredients watch: FDA to assess Salmonella risk from eating tree nuts
Food Quality News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking to quantify the public health risk associated with Salmonella in tree nuts after admitting the exact details are not fully understood.
New York to hold public hearing on proposed GMO labeling law
New York Daily News
The New York Assembly's Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection has scheduled a public hearing July 30 to debate the merits of a bill currently before the legislature that would require manufacturers to list whether their products contain genetically engineered ingredients.
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Immigration reform's dog days
The White House and its immigration reform allies are banking on the August recess as their next — and possibly last — major opportunity to compel House Republicans to act.
Related: Senate immigration plan wins majority support from public (The Washington Post)
Fundraising hauls hint at 2014 hot spots and trouble spots for Dems, GOP
The second-quarter fundraising reports for Senate and House candidates are mostly in. While it's too early to write off poor money raisers or crown fundraising powerhouses with front-runner status, the reports offer a clear snapshot of who's up and who's down in many of the most competitive 2014 races.
GOP struggles for traction in pivotal North Carolina Senate race (The Hill)
Super PAC aims at Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes (Politico)
Klobuchar going to Iowa
The Washington Post
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., who is getting a little early buzz as a potential 2016 presidential candidate, is heading to Iowa as headliner for the North Iowa Democrats' 10th Annual Wing Ding Aug. 16.
Another appeals court invalidates Obama's NLRB recess appointments
The Richmond, Va.-based U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Wednesday that President Barack Obama's appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were not consitutional recess appointments, making it the third circuit court to invalidate the appointments.
What happens next for food stamps and the farm bill?
McClatchy Washington Bureau via The Seattle Times
The removal of food stamps from the farm bill by the House of Representatives raised concerns among low-income families, farmers and lawmakers in both parties.
Related: Ballooning food stamp rolls highlight ideological divide (The Seattle Times)
Merrigan's last act: Enlisting extension agents as 'voices for food'
Food Safety News
About two weeks before she stepped down from her position as U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary, Kathleen Merrigan reached out to ag extension agents in a six-state "Voices for Food" campaign.
Appealing a noncompliance record? Here's what FSIS inspectors do
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has provided its meat and poultry inspectors with updated procedures regarding how to respond when an establishment appeals a finding of noncompliance.
New Jersey weighs tax on plastic, paper grocery bags
New Jersey Assembly bill S-675, hailed as the "Plastic and Paper Bag Reduction Act," would tack on 10 cents for every paper or plastic bag consumers use at the checkout counter.
India school tragedy raises questions for free food plan
The deaths of at least 23 Indian children poisoned after eating a free school meal cooked in insecticide-tainted oil has triggered an outcry over food safety just as the ruling Congress party is set to launch an ambitious plan to feed 800 million poor, with an eye on elections due within a year.
Supervalu Q1 net soars on lower operating costs, but revenue down
The Wall Street Journal
Supervalu Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared amid lower operating costs, although the wholesale and retail grocery company's revenue continued to weaken. Supervalu's sales have been pressured by increased competition from dollar stores, drugstores and mass-market retailers such as Wal-Mart, which are expanding their grocery departments.
No Colonel or bones in KFC upmarket restaurant
KFC offers flatbread sandwiches, salads, rice bowls and boneless chicken at its market-testing Louisville "KFC eleven."
Why foodborne illness could rise during heat waves
Refrigerated food trucks that make deliveries to restaurants, markets and stores, sometimes struggle to keep their cool during triple-digit heat.
Expert: Food industry is key in preventing diabetes, cognitive decline
The food industry must continue to innovate new food products that help consumers with pre-diabetes and glucose intolerance to reverse their long-term risk of diabetes and dementia, according to Professor Louise Dye.
Grocery Direct Consolidated Transportation announces name change
Grocery Direct Consolidated Transportation Inc. has changed its name to Shippers Express Truck Lines Inc., effective immediately.
Food fraud: Honey and 7 other commonly mislabeled foods
The growing number of cases of food fraud has yielded the inauguration of the Food Fraud Database to track food fakery of household goods sold in stores nationwide. Some products are more likely than others to be the target of fraudulence.
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