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AFFI commends House for passage of responsible food labeling legislation
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) commended the U.S. House of Representatives for approving bipartisan legislation establishing a federal labeling standard for food and beverage products with genetically enhanced ingredients (GMOs).
U.S. House passes Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (Food Engineering)
AFFI commends House for passage of responsible food labeling legislation (MarketWatch)
AFFI commends House for passage of responsible food labeling legislation (American Frozen Food Institute)
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Google sweetens the pot on cold storage
Google is offering 100 petabytes of archival data storage free to new customers switching from other cloud services. Google’s Nearline archival storage service, announced in March, is now broadly available.
10 trends reshaping the restaurant industry
It isn’t enough to know that the fast-casual brands are eating into the market share of fast-food chains and full-service restaurants; nor is it enough to know that “fresh” has become one of the most bankable words in the F&B industry.
The key to getting on the Republican debate stage? Make sure people have heard of you.
The Washington Post
This will be the Republican debate stage in Cleveland on August 6, as it stands today. To appear on the stage, a candidate must be in the top ten in an average of the last five national polls on the state of the GOP race.
Related: Trump dominates GOP field in name ID (Politico)
Chamber gearing up to take out GOP incumbents
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is gearing up to challenge some House Republicans in primary elections, frustrated after much of its agenda has been stymied by a small pocket of conservative GOP lawmakers.
Donald Trump is with the GOP, for now
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Visiting the nation’s border with Mexico on Thursday, Donald Trump declared that he would win the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential nomination but didn’t rule out running as an independent candidate.
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Senate begins debate on highway bill, setting up weekend session
The Senate on Friday formally started debate on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s six-year highway bill, setting up a weekend session and putting the chamber on a collision course with the House.
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Highway bill could include COOL showdown
Senate Agriculture Committee leaders remain at odds over the path forward for the country-of-origin labeling law for meat, and their debate could get tangled up in a highway bill the Senate is considering.
FDA wants labeling for added sugars, daily limit
In an effort to get Americans to cut sugar consumption, the Food and Drug Administration is proposing to require nutrition labels to disclose the content of added sugars as a percentage of a recommended daily limit.
Battle over GMO labeling shifts to Senate
The food industry's campaign to stop states from requiring labels on genetically engineered products faces an uncertain future in the Senate following a landmark, bipartisan victory in the House.
Obama woos Asia with trade deal asserting U.S. Pacific role
President Barack Obama has a dual goal in a Pacific-rim trade deal: expand trade with allies and cement U.S. influence in the region as an increasingly assertive China expands economically and militarily.
Related: Canada displeased with latest U.S. move in trade spat (The Canadian Press via Maclean's)
What's in a name? U.S, EU battle over 'feta' in trade talks
European Union plans to seal the world's largest free trade deal with the United States are threatened by intractable differences over food names, none more so than the right of cheese makers to use the term "feta.”
FDA releases more direction on FSMA food imports rules
FDA issued a proposed rule and draft guidance document related to the Food Safety Modernization Act that provide more direction for foreign suppliers and food importers.
Dunkin' Brands CEO blasts proposed NY minimum wage increase
Nation's Restaurant News
Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. CEO Nigel Travis criticized New York State lawmakers Thursday for “choosing to skirt the legislative process” by appointing a wage board to decide on increases to the minimum wage.
Campbell Soup looks to hummus and cold-pressed juices to stay relevant
The Washington Post
To understand the ideas driving the overhaul of Campbell Soup Co., it helps to consider how the packaged food giant is talking about the products they make. According to chief executive Denise Morrison, the research and development team now describes their work in terms of “recipes and cooking, not formulas and processing.”
Nestle USA putting a fresh spin on frozen
Food Business News
The performance of the Lean Cuisine brand has been a problem for Nestle USA in recent years. Product lines focused on weight management have fallen out of favor with consumers, who today associate healthy eating with such attributes as high-protein, organic and gluten-free.
Former peanut plant executive faces life sentence for lethal salmonella cover-up
The Washington Post
Sammy Lightsey had just started managing a Georgia peanut plant when he realized something was wrong. The plant wasn’t waiting for lab tests to confirm that its peanut products were free from salmonella before shipping them around the country.
Addicted to antibiotics, Chile's salmon flops at Costco, grocers
Chile's salmon farmers are using record levels of antibiotics to treat a virulent and pervasive bacteria, driving away some U.S. retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp, which is turning to antibiotic-free Norwegian salmon.
Blue Bell begins ice cream test productions at Alabama plant
On Wednesday, Blue Bell Creameries announced it had started test productions after its products were linked to listeria earlier this year. Production was halted at the Texas-based company’s Alabama, Oklahoma and Texas plants after the company voluntarily recalled all of its products in April.
South African citrus growers seeking return to Spanish market
Citrus growers in South Africa, the world’s second-biggest exporter of the fruits, want to resume shipments to Spain once the risk of trading bans stemming from black spot disease eases, a farmers’ lobby group said.
Veal trimmings recalled for potential E. coli contamination
Food Safety News
Brown Packing Company is recalling an undetermined amount of beef (veal) trimmings that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing E. coli, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Thursday, July 23.
Study: Some Klebsiella Pneumonia Illnesses are Foodborne
Food Safety News
Klebsiella bacteria, which can be found in your nose and mouth, have also been found before when retail meat was sampled, and the United Kingdom’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance has named the common bug as one expected to have increased rates of antibiotic resistance.
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