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FDA asks for more time to propose FSMA rules
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration asked a California federal judge on Friday to push back the November deadline she has set for the proposal of two major food safety regulations, arguing that rushing out the rules could hurt their effectiveness.
Nominate a company for Frozen Foods Processor of the Year
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods is now accepting nominations for its 2013 Frozen Foods Processor of the Year award. Entries are due by Sept. 1, so start the nomination process now.
Market-driven approach better than laws for GMO labeling, UNPA says
A market-driven approach that allows consumers to opt for foods made without genetically modified ingredients is preferable to mandatory labeling via either state or federal statutes, according to the United Natural Products Alliance.
GMO labels cause spirited debate in Colorado (La Junta Tribune)
Connecticut still alone in GMO mandate (CTNewsJunkie)
Poll: Immigration a quandary for Republicans
The Washington Post
Majorities of Americans support the two main pillars of immigration reform — increasing border security and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. But partisan, racial and ethnic divisions dampen overall public support for a comprehensive reform package, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Related: House Democrats warn odds of immigration reform dim in 2014 (The Hill)
Super PACs, other independent political groups set pace for 2016
The Washington Post
Long before any candidates announce their presidential bids, the next race for the White House is unofficially underway, and a wave of super PACs, advocacy groups and even for-profit corporations are poised to play their biggest role yet in national politics.
Shut-down looms over Obamacare
Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.
Related: Moderate Democrats are quitting on Obamacare (The Washington Post)
US, EU to cooperate on food, nutrition, nanotech standards
The European Union and the United States have agreed to harmonize standards for food safety and nutrition and nanotechnology — among the first collaborative research priorities to come out of trade and investment talks.
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NLRB asks court to reconsider union poster rule case
The National Labor Relations Board on Monday asked a circuit court to reconsider a panel decision that struck down the board's controversial rule requiring employers to display posters about workers' right to unionize.
Related: Worker centers offer back-door approach to union organizing (The Wall Street Journal)
Japan joins trans-Pacific trade negotiations
Japan formally joined negotiations for a U.S.-led trans-Pacific agreement Tuesday, raising hopes for a free trade deal that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy.
Free-range chickens brought under egg safety rule
Food Safety News
The draft rule for free range chickens coming out today might also have a calming effect on nervous fruit and vegetable growers, says Mike Taylor, who runs the food side of the business at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine.
Australian HACCP Conference: Expect global food, water crisis by 2050
The 20th Australian HACCP Conference hosted by SAI Global in August will feature an in-depth discussion on the potential global food and water crisis created by a growing population, higher demand for fresh water and increasing loss of arable land.
Taco Bell dropping kids meals, toys
Taco Bell will shock the fast food industry Tuesday by announcing plans to drop kids meals and toys at all of its U.S. restaurants. "The future of Taco Bell is not about kids meals," says Taco Bell CEO Greg Creed. "This is about positioning the brand for millennials."
FDA joins investigation of multistate outbreak of cyclosporiasis
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA, CDC and state and local officials are investigating a multistate outbreak of Cyclospora infections in Iowa, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin, with suspected cases in Illinois and Kansas as well.
Related: Cyclospora illness in Midwest reaches 258 (Food Safety News)
Consumers may not care about calorie counts, but the food industry does
Even if consumers aren't paying much attention to the stark reminders of how much they are eating, the food industry is keenly aware of how many calories they are offering. And they are responding by slimming down their menus with lighter options — albeit slowly.
Why Yum! Brands is rushing to revamp its fast food image
Yum! Brands is struggling with slowing growth lately as the fast-service chain continues to lose favor to fast-casual eateries such as Chipotle Mexican Grill and Panera.
Low-ammonia cold front to hit US
Food Production Daily
Star Refrigeration is poised to bring its eco-friendly low-ammonia chillers and freezers to U.S. food firms.
Bosch emphasizes packaging role in food safety
Food Production Daily
In this special guest article, Bosch Packaging Technology discusses hygienic packaging and how it can help manufacturers achieve safety standards, avoid downtime and solidify brand loyalty.
Neogen reports 21 percent jump in annual net income
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
Neogen Corp. announced today that net income for its 2013 fiscal year, which ended May 31, increased 21 percent from the previous year to $27.2 million. Net income in the fiscal year increased to $1.12 per share, compared to the prior year's $0.94 per share.
DuPont seeks exit from paints business to focus on farms, food
DuPont is exploring the sale of its once-lucrative performance chemicals unit, turning its back on the unpredictable paint business to focus on its thriving food and agriculture products.
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