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Fighting food: Consumers revolt online
The petition against pink slime was one of the early examples of social media dramatically influencing the food system and, ultimately, food policy. But now these online consumer revolts are a norm that's upending the power dynamic between corporations and consumers.
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Will food recovery help the food industry?
The Christian Science Monitor
The world population is estimated to rise over 9 billion in 2050, putting pressure on food security, Cara Mayo and Ben Simon write. Could food recovery be the key to securing the food industry?
Do trans fat bans save lives?
Wall Street Pit
Artificial trans fat is omnipresent in the global food chain, but the medical consensus is that it increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as heart disease and stroke. Between 2007 and 2011, New York City and six other county health departments implemented bans on trans fat in restaurants. This column presents the first evaluation of the effect of these bans on cardiovascular disease mortality rates.
Candidates ready for 2016 battle
White House hopefuls are coming out of the shadows and going after rivals in their own parties.
Related: Obama: Biden would be 'superb president' (The Hill)
The GOP's 2016 Hillary paradox
When it comes to Hillary Clinton and the GOP, there's an emerging paradox: The candidate they're most worried about beating is also the candidate they may most want to run against in 2016 to both draw out their voters and open up donors' pocketbooks.
Clinton, despite stratospheric poll numbers, likely to face primary opposition
The Washington Post
With every passing week, one thing becomes ever clearer: Hillary Rodham Clinton is going to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016. Yet it's a near-certainty that Clinton will face some sort — or sorts — of primary opposition. Why?
Dim views of Hillary Clinton's time at State (Politico)
With liberals pining for Clinton challenger, ambitious Democrats line up (The Washington Post)
Political dinner is served
The Wall Street Journal
Maybe President Barack Obama is more worried about the youth vote than he lets on. On Friday he and first lady Michelle Obama managed to convert festivities for the child winners of a recipe contest into a political rally to denounce the greedy special interests who disagree with them.
At White House event, first lady vows to fight Congress over school lunch (Atlanta Black Star)
A better way to market school lunch program (USA Today)
School food fight on menu for July 23 Senate Ag Committee (Food Chemical News)
Dietary Guidelines panel homes in on processed meat and added sugar
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Is it possible that the federal government next year will advise consumers to eat less red and processed meat?
Bill will aim to make union organizing a civil right
Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison plans to unveil legislation that would make unionization into a legally protected civil right, the congressman said Saturday.
Obama pitches private-sector investment as partial highway fix
With the clock ticking rapidly down to when the Department of Transportation will have to start cutting highway payments to states, President Barack Obama launched by executive order an effort to pull more private-sector monies into the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.
US port strike threat highlights supply chain risk
Supply chain risks have come into focus as the possibility of West Coast port strikes looms.
Opinion: Big food is not the enemy
Chef Linton Hopkins serves 24 handcrafted, locally sourced burgers each night at his pub in Atlanta. Last year, after partnering with Aramark and Turner Field, he started serving 1,200-2,000 burgers at every Braves home game. There are no additives. He uses the same high-quality ingredients. Hopkins found a way to scale up his production without compromising the quality of his product or increasing the price. He's changing the landscape of fast and big food, and here's how he thinks we can make it better.
Opinion: States' GMO labeling laws likely to frighten, not inform, consumers
Chicago Tribune via Portland Press Herald
Labeling should inform the public, not prompt alarm. It's better to do this at the national rather than local level.
Reports say Birds Eye may go public
The private equity backers of Birds Eye, the frozen food group, and United Biscuits, the biscuit and snack manufacturer, are eyeing the flotation of both companies before the end of the year.
McDonald's, Yum halt buying from Chinese meat supplier
McDonald's Corp. and Yum! Brands Inc. halted buying meat products from a Shanghai supplier while authorities investigate allegations that the company sold chicken and beef past its expiration date.
Related: Yum, McDonald's apologize as new China food scandal brews (Reuters)
Look out: 'Burrito inflation' is here
CNNMoney via KXLY
Burritos, cheesecake, coffee: There are some tasty items on the agenda this week for investors. Chipotle, The Cheesecake Factory, Dunkin Brands and Starbucks are among the companies scheduled to report quarterly results. But consumers may not like what they hear.
Campbell Soup warns sales growth won't meet targets
The Wall Street Journal
Campbell Soup Co. warned Monday that its sales growth for the upcoming fiscal year would likely fall below its long-term targets and the packaged food company may need to continue reshaping its portfolio to meet its goals.
Minnesota researchers get $3 million to study food sustainability
Seventeen new research projects involving University of Minnesota researchers and more than 65 food industry partners have been awarded $3 million in funds through the university's MnDRIVE initiative, the university announced recently.
Wawona Packing recalls fruit on Listeria concerns
U.S. Food & Drug Administration
California-based Wawona Packing Co. has launched its own recall of some peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots after internal testing showed potential Listeria contamination. he company shut down the implicated packing lines, retrofitted equipment, sanitized the facility and notified the retailers and wholesalers in its supply chain.
Related: Wegmans begins recall based on Wawona actions (FDA)
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Research on Campylobacter reveals vaccine potential
USDA researchers have identified a potential vaccine for Campylobacter in poultry through a study funded by the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association and the association's foundation.
The highs and lows of organics: How to stimulate repeat and cross-purchases
Low-cost organic products are more likely to be repurchased but a high-price strategy could prove more effective in encouraging cross-purchasing across ranges, finds research.
Universal Robina buys Griffin's Foods
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The food-making unit of one of the Philippines' largest companies swooped on New Zealand's biggest snack-food producer, arming it with ginger nuts and other varieties of cookie already popular in many Western countries.
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