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New York City doctors now prescribing fruits, veggies
A program launched Tuesday in New York City has doctors prescribing fruits and vegetables to obese or overweight patients. Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs and Health Commissioner Thomas Farley said the Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program aims to give at-risk families greater access to healthy foods.
Related: USDA study shows incentives can help poor eat healthier foods (Reuters)
Government extends review of Smithfield sale to Chinese firm
The government has decided to take an additional 45 days to review a Chinese company's plan to purchase Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer said Wednesday in a statement that expressed confidence the deal would close in the second half of 2013.
Trader Joe's tops list of best grocery store chains
Trader Joe's, the hip specialty food retailer with a cult following, was chosen as North America's favorite grocery store chain based on customer satisfaction, according to a survey by Market Force.
Cruising the aisles for the next grocery deal (Forbes)
Can Amazon's expansion in grocery delivery succeed? (Basicsmedia)
Poll: Nearly 60 percent of voters would toss out Congress
Nearly 6 in 10 voters, or 57 percent, say they would defeat every lawmaker — including their own representative — if they had that chance, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday.
Why conservative groups are treading carefully in Mitch McConnell's primary
The Washington Post
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., officially has a primary challenger, businessman Matt Bevin. It's an open question whether Bevin will have the support of the two groups that have built a reputation meddling with their pocketbooks in GOP primaries.
Related: GOP poll: Mitch McConnell leads Matt Bevin, Alison Lundergan Grimes (Politico)
McCain, McConnell heading for spell of rocky relations
The relationship between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is going to be awkward in the coming months as McConnell finds himself increasingly constrained by both his new primary challenger and McCain's expanded deal-making role with Democrats.
Authorities still tracking stomach bug that has stricken 275 people
The Associated Press via USA Today
Federal authorities at the CDC and FDA are working with state health officials to trace the source of cyclospora infections that have sickened 275 people in a range of Midwest states.
Survey: Iowa parents agree with school lunch reform — in principle
The University of Iowa Public Policy Center
Parents in Iowa, among the 20 states to be awarded a USDA Team Nutrition grant, agree that reformed school lunch guidelines are "healthy" — but they are concerned about portion sizes, prepackaged meal prep, taste, quality and waste, according to a new survey.
Related: School nutritionists learn tips to get kids to like fruits, veggies (The Herald Weekly)
Opinion: The food companies that make people fat
Students at the London Business School recently competed to find the best "business solutions to obesity." But what was discovered instead is a food industry that's sharply divided over its role in public health, says Michael Skapinker.
Fast food workers in New York City authorize strike
Fast food workers across New York City voted Wednesday night to authorize a strike. It's part of an ongoing campaign to boost hourly wages to $15 an hour and form a union.
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Jobless claims on the rise
Jobless claims rose by 7,000 to 343,000 in the week ended July 20 from a revised 336,000 the prior period, Labor Department figures showed Thursday.
Dunkin' doubles profit as new menu whets appetites
Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. more than doubled quarterly profit to beat Wall Street forecasts with a revamped menu that drew more customers to its Dunkin' Donuts cafes in the United States.
Hershey posts higher Q2 profit
Hershey Co. reported higher quarterly earnings on Thursday, aided by strong sales. The snack food company said net income was $159.5 million, or 70 cents per share, compared with $135.7 million, or 59 cents per share, a year earlier.
New gluten-free certification program launched
Food Product Design
The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness formed an alliance with the Gluten-Free Certification Program, developed by Canadian Celiac Association, to launch the first gluten-free certification program endorsed in the United States and Canada by leading celiac disease organizations.
Fast food chain blends breakfast with dessert
International Business Times
Carl's Jr., operating predominantly in the Western and Southwestern states, has announced the addition of a Strawberry Pop-Tart Ice Cream Sandwich to its menu.
New Lean Cuisine line offers 'fresh approach to frozen meals'
PR Newswire via MarketWatch
Lean Cuisine® has introduced its new Honestly Good™ line of entrees that are "100 percent all-natural and contain no preservatives."
ConAgra executive joins NSF International board
PRWeb via Midland Daily News
NSF International, a global public health and safety organization, has appointed food safety veteran and ConAgra Foods Global Chief Quality Officer Joan Menke-Schaenzer to its board of directors.
The quest to ensure safe Colorado cantaloupe
Health Policy Solutions
Colorado-grown cantaloupe will start rolling into supermarkets and farmers market stands in mid-August and for many, it's long anticipated. Or at least it used to be.
How LIMS enables the traceability required to protect food brands
Food Safety Magazine
Laboratory information management systems — LIMS — play a key role in food makers' brand protection by facilitating end-to-end traceability of products and all associated laboratory processes.
Summer heat melts productivity in industrial buildings
Industrial buildings aren't necessarily built for employee comfort, and the perils of summer heat can directly affect the productivity of workers — and the bottom line of businesses — if not properly addressed.
Summer Fancy Food Show breaks records
The 59th Summer Fancy Food Show, June 30 to July 2, broke records in exhibit space and attendance, with with 180,000 specialty foods and beverages from more than 1,500 U.S. exhibitors and some 1,000 from around the world, including first-time pavilions from Bulgaria, Switzerland, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.
Food rituals may boost flavor perception
Short "rituals" that many people perform before consuming foods and drinks, even if seemingly insignificant, could boost flavor perception and overall liking of products, according to new research.
Food safety microbiology testing increases 40 percent in 5 years
A new publication from Strategic Consulting Inc., "Microbiology Testing in the Global Food Industry," puts the 2013 market value of worldwide microbiology testing for food safety at $2.9 billion.worldwide.
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