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Making a muddle of nutrition labeling
Since 1993, most packaged food sold in the U.S. has been required to include a Nutrition Facts label that lists the amount of fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein, carbohydrates, fiber and sugar in a serving, and includes some information on recommended daily intakes.
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Google reportedly tried to buy a veggie burger company
The folks in Mountain View reportedly tried to buy Impossible Foods, a startup developing plant-based alternatives to meat and cheese, for between $200 million to $300 million.
Two-thirds use their senses rather than 'use by' dates
Over two-thirds of Brits use their sense of smell, sight and taste rather than the best before or use by date - so should they be scrapped to cut down on food waste?
$15 minimum wage divides Dems
Democrats are divided on how much to lift the nation’s minimum wage, an issue that has long united the party. Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is pushing to raise the federal wage from its current $7.25 an hour to $15. But budget experts warn such a hike could eliminate millions of U.S. jobs.
The GOP's battle for 10th place
Rick Perry called Donald Trump a "cancer." Rick Santorum racked up five national TV hits in a single day. And Lindsey Graham filmed himself setting his ellphone on fire. Welcome to the race for 10th place.
Poll: Trump has twice the support of Bush in New Hampshire
Donald Trump isn’t just doing well in national polls — he’s also making gains among voters in early primary states.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/07/donald-trump-2016-new-hampshire-poll-jeb-bush-120708.html#ixzz3hCYn9Fi8
Polling shows Trump's durability (The Hill)
What Trump bump? (Politico)
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Senate AG to mark up Child Nutrition Bill in September
Politico via American Frozen Food Institue
Sens. Pat Roberts and Debbie Stabenow, chairman and ranking member of
the Senate Agriculture Committee, respectively, appear to be making
progress on long-delayed legislation to reauthorize child nutrition programs.
McCarthy: House will not vote on Senate's highway funding bill
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Monday said his chamber will not vote on the Senate’s six-year highway bill.
McCarthy’s declaration that the House will not be “taking up the Senate bill” means a short-term extension is the only way to prevent a lapse in federal infrastructure funding at the end of the week.
Related: House Republicans push 3-month highway extension (Politico)
Canadian dairy interests complicate TPP trade talks
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
Key U.S. lawmakers, including Rep. Paul Ryan, one of the most powerful
"cheeseheads" in Congress, are demanding Canada open its dairy market to
U.S. producers as negotiators race to wrap up trans-Pacific trade talks.
EPA allows more time for comment on bee rules
Food Chemical News
The EPA has further extended the public comment period for its proposal to improve protections for commercial honeybees by restricting some pesticide uses. Stakeholders now have until Aug. 28 to comment on the plan, which the agency released in May.
Changes announced to dairy import licensing program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced changes to the Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing Program, effective Sept. 1. Import licensing is one of the tools USDA uses to administer the tariff-rate quota system for U.S. imports of dairy products
ConAgra Foods: Trans-fat labeling is a matter for the FDA, not the courts...
ConAgra Foods has urged a California court to throw out a lawsuit alleging it misled consumers with the “0g trans-fat” claim on its Crunch 'n Munch popcorn, and stressed that the FDA's recent decision to revoke the GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils doesn't change anything.
Purdue University study calculates cost of paying a living wage
Raising wages to $15 an hour for fast food restaurant employees would cause an estimated 4.3 percent increase in prices, according to research conducted at Purdue University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
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A new taste has been added to the human palate
Say hello to the taste of pure fat. It's called oleogustus, and it's the unique taste of fat, says Richard D. Mattes, distinguished professor of nutrition science at Purdue University and one of the authors of the study.
Food warehouse lightens the load to attract workers
The Wall Street Journal
Dot Foods is allowing workers to handle smaller loads in an effort to expand its hiring pool, as an improving economy drives up demand for the company’s food distribution business.
PepsiCo and Starbucks join forces in Latin American RTD coffee market
PepsiCo and Starbucks are partnering to distribute RTD coffee and energy drinks from Starbucks in Latin America, eyeing up a market worth $4 billion and projected to grow by 22 percent over five years.
Lettuce, livers, berries and other leading sources of food poisoning
There are an estimated 76 million cases of food poisoning in the United States every year. A small fraction of these illnesses lead to hospitalization and death, but the vast majority usually just lead to a wretched day on the toilet.
Pork-belly corn dogs on menu as U.S. hog herd hits all-time high
More than half the meat budget at Gabe Garza’s barbecue restaurant in Chicago normally goes to pork. This year, he’s buying even more. With pork production in the U.S. heading for an all-time high, wholesale prices have fallen about 40 percent since last July.
Wendy's tests antibiotic-free chicken products
Wendy's Co. this week is starting to test new chicken products made from poultry raised without antibiotics, a senior executive said, the latest sign of a broader industry shift away from the drugs in the U.S. meat supply chain.
Protein having a moment on menus
Food Business News
Protein is flexing its muscle on menus as more restaurants jump on the opportunity to recast items in a "protein paradigm," said Packaged Facts, a Rockville-based market research firm.
A cookbook for eating well on a food stamp budget
A New York University student, Leanne Brown, earning a master’s in food studies, guessed that she could help people in SNAP, the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, find ways to cook filling, nourishing and flavorful meals. So she set out to write a cookbook full of recipes anyone could make on a budget of just $4 a day.
U.S. consumers are pretty clueless about gluten, reveals new survey from NSF
While celiacs – by necessity – are pretty clued up about gluten, most Americans are less well-informed, with a sizable number erroneously believing rice and potatoes contain gluten, according to a new survey.
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