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FSMA underway: FDA issues 2 new rules for imported food
After an 18-month delay at the White House Office of Management and Budget, the FDA proposed two new rules Friday that require food importers to meet the same safety standards as U.S. food producers.
Strengthening oversight of imported foods (FDA)
FDA proposes imported-food safety rules (The Wall Street Journal)
Fast food workers' pay protest expected to pick up steam next week
The Washington Post
Supporters of a fledgling movement for better pay for fast food and other poorly paid employees are hoping for a major boost next week when thousands of low-wage workers are expected to walk off their jobs in seven U.S. cities.
Mark Bittman: Fast food, low pay (The New York Times)
Seattle workers file criminal complaints over wage theft (Seattle Weekly)
Report: Few fast food workers reach management ranks (Los Angeles Times)
World Bank: Global food prices fell again in latest period
Global food prices fell by 2 percent in the latest four-month period, marking the third straight period of declines, as declining imports in the Middle East and North Africa and lower demand pushed prices down 12 percent from their August 2012 peak, the World Bank said Thursday.
Fiscal Armageddon could remake Hill in 2014 elections
The 2014 midterm season is about to heat up — and President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies are eager to tag the GOP as the root cause of Washington dysfunction, especially when it comes to waging fiscal fights.
GOP frets over looming fiscal battles (The Hill)
White House hardens stance on budget cuts (The Washington Post)
Interactive chart: The demographics of every congressional district
The Washington Post
Ever wondered what the Hispanic population is in Texas' 27th congressional district? Or how many veterans live in Florida's 1st district? Now you can find the answers in one place, thanks to a new tool on the Census Bureau's website.
Obama hopes Congress will just stay out of the way
The Washington Post
There have been many of them over the past four and a half years: the economy road show, a mix of presidential pageantry and salesmanship to convince the country and its Congress to do more to create jobs and improve future economic prospects. President Barack Obama this week began another one.
Farm bill on hold while House tries again on food stamp cuts
The Republican-controlled House will try to cut billions of dollars from the food stamp program before negotiating an overall farm bill with the Senate, the House majority leader said Thursday, two months before the current farm law expires.
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Non-GMO activists trying to get crop ban vote in Oregon counties
Activists are seeking to place an initiative on the ballot next year banning the right of agribusiness to plant GMOs in Lane County, Ore., and similar efforts are underway in Benton County.
EFSA: Food is main source of BPA exposure for consumers
European Food Safety Authority
EFSA's scientific experts have provisionally concluded that for all population groups diet is the major source of exposure to bisphenol A — but exposure is lower than previously estimated by EFSA.
In Canada, a new focus on food safety transparency
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency launched a new set of interactive Web tools Thursday, aimed at providing Canadians with relevant, easy-to-understand information explaining the beef processing and inspection process as well as the food safety investigation and recall process.
China's Smithfield deal also brings drug concerns
The Wall Street Journal
The pending $4.7 billion sale of Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest pork producer, to a Chinese company, has provoked health safety questions from the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the impact on America's supply of the heart disease drug heparin.
Related: House letter to Smithfield (Agri-Pulse)
Food sales help drive 25 percent jump in Starbucks' profit
Starbucks Corp. Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz's push into food is starting to pay off, driving traffic into U.S. stores and lifting sales and profit.
Zero-waste program to address nutrition, waste in Chicago schools
Marketwired via Sys-Con Media
Launching in Chicago, Beyond Green will begin offering local schools a farm-to-table inspired foodservice that focuses on sustainability, nutrition and sourcing local, fresh foods. They are currently running a crowdfunding campaign to help with necessary equipment costs.
German report: Image of frozen food must be improved
The weak image of frozen food among young adults will make selling these products in the future difficult unless the sector responds to generational preferences, reports Germany's Food Practice magazine.
Maple Leaf Foods said to hire adviser to sell Rothsay
Maple Leaf Foods Inc., the Canadian producer of foods ranging from Black Forest ham to bagels, has put its animal-rendering business up for sale, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.
OSHA cites Pilgrim's Pride plant, levies fine for anhydrous ammonia refrigerant
OSHA issued a citation Thursday to a Pilgrim's Pride Corp. poultry processing plant in De Queen, Ark., for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals: anhydrous ammonia in the refrigeration system. The agency proposed $170,000 in penalties.
To survive in 10 years, your business will need…
Maintaining your popularity with customers is hard work — and you always need to be 10 steps ahead. A recent study surveyed professionals about the next 10 years of marketing. What will your business needs to remain thriving (and relevant) in 10 years?
Sanitation: SOP in meat, poultry food manufacturing
Maintaining a high level of cleanliness and controlling pathogenic bacteria growth are frequent challenges within the meat and poultry industry. Developing standard operating procedures can help.
Related: 'The Great Hand Sanitizer Challenge' offers 5 key strategies (Virtual-Strategy)
Palm oil in the food supply: What consumers should know
As trans fats have disappeared from food ingredients, the main replacement — palm oil — has more than doubled in the U.S. food supply. But environmental concerns about its production and health concerns about its effect on bad cholesterol are making consumers think twice.
Webinar series focuses on technology to improve food industry operations
Manufacturing Business Technology
Plex Systems, provider of the Plex Manufacturing Cloud, the only native cloud ERP system with manufacturing at its core, has announced a two-part food webinar series to showcase technology that can improve food manufacturing operations.
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