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PepsiCo CEO on the threat of fresh, mastery of muted US retail market
PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi says the company is positioning itself as the highest growth food and beverage manufacturer in a "relatively low growth" U.S. retail landscape where fresh food is trending strongly.
Scandal-hit CEO brands own company's practices 'unacceptable'
Food Quality News
The chief executive of OSI Group, the American owner of the meat processor under investigation by Chinese authorities for supplying expired meat to international fast-food chains including McDonald's and KFC, has "sincerely apologized" for events over the past week.
Related: Supplier faced claims last year over unethical work practices (Reuters)
Groups ask for more review of Tyson-Hillshire merger
A coalition of farmers, ranchers and consumers have urged the Justice Department to take more time to consider the complicated merger of Tyson Foods Inc. and Hillshire Brands Co.
Related: 82-member coalition challenges Tyson-Hillshire merger (Corporate Crime Reporter)
Senate Democrats brace for John Walsh fallout
Senate Democrats went into full-fledged damage control Thursday to protect embattled Montana Sen. John Walsh, a day after plagiarism revelations that imperil his election hopes this fall.
House Republicans fear backlash from punting border bill to the fall
Ahead of a pivotal conference meeting Friday morning, rank-and-file GOP lawmakers are openly fretting about the questions they would face from constituents if they break from legislative work without taking action to address the surge of child migrants into the United States.
2014: The election about nothing?
The Washington Post
Amid a jumble of timely issues and crises, from Obamacare to foreign policy to immigration, a new poll from CNN/Opinion Research shows not one issue is seen as "extremely important" by a majority of Americans — the first time that's happened since before the recession.
Court: FDA doesn't have to ban antibiotics for food animals
The Wall Street Journal
In a decision that consumer advocates called a setback to public health, a divided federal appeals court ruled the FDA does not have to consider banning the practice of feeding antibiotics to healthy, food- producing livestock.
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Parent poll: We want healthier lunches, but not current policies
The Healthy Way of Life Company recently conducted a survey of parents in an effort to determine how school nutrition changes have been received. While more than 4 in 10 confirmed their belief there should be additional changes made to school nutrition programs, the overwhelming majority say programs currently in place are not effective.
FSIS inspectors to roll back imported food fraud efforts
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A directive issued Thursday to FSIS inspectors rolls back a yearlong focus on adulterated food inspections. The increased sampling turned up no species substitution on food imported from Iceland, Ireland, Poland, the U.K. and Northern Ireland, as well as beef trimmings from Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua and Uruguay.
US sugar industry focuses on litigating trade cases
The U.S. sugar industry is not pressing the U.S. or the Mexican government or industry to negotiate an agreement on sugar trade, but it is busy litigating antidumping and countervailing duty cases filed against sugar imports from Mexico, a spokesman for the sugar industry says.
India seeks 'visible outcomes' on food subsidies as WTO deadline looms
India will find it difficult to support new global customs rules without "an assurance and visible outcomes" that a permanent solution is being negotiated over its concerns about public food stockholdings, the trade minister said Friday.
Bimbo Bakeries USA notes 'surprising' decline in private label
Bakery & Snacks
Bimbo Bakeries USA saw a 7 percent dip in U.S. private label packaged bread sales in its Q2 results. CEO Daniel Servitje said there was "softness" across several private label customers in the U.S.
China overtakes US to become world's largest economy in PPP
Food Production Daily
An economic milestone occurs this year as China overtakes the U.S. to become the world's largest economy in purchase power parity, or PPP.
Wal-Mart's new US chief facing empty shelves, grumpy shoppers
Empty shelves, grumpy customers, long lines at the register: These are just some of the challenges facing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s new U.S. chief, Greg Foran, when he takes charge Aug. 9.
Starbucks' US sales rise with help of revamped food
The Associated Press via Newsday
Starbucks said Thursday that its revamped breakfast sandwiches and other new menu items helped boost sales at its U.S. cafes.
Whole Foods recalls made-in-store items sourced with Wawona fruit
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Whole Foods Market has recalled made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, and plums from Wawona Packing Co. because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
Listeria testing leads to sandwich recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Houston-based Great American Marketing is recalling approximately 475 pounds of FSIS and FDA-regulated, ready-to-eat products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, which was discovered after inspectors discovered an incomplete mitigation from an earlier recall.
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Fighting bacteria — with viruses
Research published Friday in PLOS Pathogens reveals how viruses called bacteriophages destroy the bacterium Clostridium difficile. The study, by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Hamburg, Germany, could help bring about a new way of fighting this and other bacteria.
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