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New York gets pressure from Connecticut to pass GMO labeling law
The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
In a push to trigger a four-state mandate that will activate its own GMO labeling law, Connecticut is pressuring neighbor New York to pass its own bill mandating labels for food that included genetically modified ingredients.
Will Kirsten Gillibrand support a New York GMO labeling law? (The Post-Standard)
Oregon blocks county-level bans on GMO crops (Slow Food)
NYC ban on large sugary drinks fizzles again
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to ban large, non-diet sugary drinks from restaurants, fast food spots, sports arenas, movie theaters and other outlets was rejected Tuesday by a New York Appellate Court, which said the plan was illegal.
Opinion: Reform the ethanol mandate
The federal corn ethanol mandate is prima facie evidence that the law of unintended consequences is always in effect.
Once heralded as a way to help farmers, reverse climate change and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil, the mandate to blend up to 15 billion gallons of corn ethanol into gasoline every year has hurt more than it has helped.
Related: Fast food companies say biofuels hurt their profits (Fox News via KSAZ-TV)
GOP launches summer assault on regulations
House Republicans are pivoting to regulations as part of a broad assault on President Barack Obama's economic record for the August recess. The House is expected to approve a slate of bills this week that would limit the federal government's rule-making authority.
Shutdown showdown over Obamacare gains steam from right
A who's who of conservative leaders is pushing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to threaten a government shutdown in order to defund Obamacare.
Is a grand bargain out of reach?
They've been wined and dined by President Barack Obama, spoken repeatedly with the White House chief of staff and met privately in the Capitol. But after months of talking, the grand bargain between the White House and congressional Republicans is just as elusive as ever.
Related: Obama to offer new deal on corporate taxes, jobs (The Wall Street Journal)
You might be an 'importer' if …
Hyman, Phelps & McNamara PC
For the import community, one of the key questions posed by FSMA's newly enacted import provisions is whether the statutory definition of "importer" will be interpreted by FDA to sweep in importers of record.
Related: FDA proposal pits importers, suppliers against each other (Law360)
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Study: Students throwing out 44 percent of school food
School cafeteria food may be healthier these days, but new research from Virginia Tech finds a lot of it is going to waste. Preliminary results show 44 percent of the food served in a Montgomery County, Va., elementary school cafeteria during one week this spring ended up in garbage cans.
Despite congressional inaction, minimum wage fight still looms
With other issues on their plate — immigration reform, the farm bill and funding the government — the minimum wage is not on lawmakers' immediate radar. But there seems to be a confluence of minimum wage story lines, in addition to the fast food walkout, across the nation recently.
Would a higher minimum wage help McDonald's workers? (Forbes)
Police escort fast food protesters from East St. Louis McDonald's (KTVI-TV)
Opinion: Bar the most dangerous immigrant — Salmonella
Congress adopted the Food Modernization and Safety Act to try and cut back on the scandalous level of foodborne illnesses, which afflict as many as 48 million people and cause 3,000 deaths a year. The issue, of course, is paying for it.
FAO urges developing nations to cut hazardous pesticides
Developing countries should speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from their markets following the death of 23 children from contaminated food in India, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization said Tuesday.
Schumer wants FTC to curb retailers' cellphone tracking
Law360 (subscription required)
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Sunday pushed the Federal Trade Commission to require retailers to obtain affirmative consent before tracking shoppers' smartphone locations, adding to a mounting chorus of criticism over companies' growing use of seldom-disclosed monitoring technology.
Kraft Foods, Kellogg, General Mills: 3 companies set for big profits
As of now, the economy is coming out of recession; companies in the packaged food industry are likely to grow their business by acquisitions, innovations and emerging markets at a global level.
Food industry develops taste for tech
Crain's New York Business
As a media capital and the home of world-famous restaurants and a thriving locavore movement, New York has become food-tech central, with entrepreneurs offering everything from sites that emphasize recipes to e-commerce enterprises selling easy-to-make "food kits" that save customers the work of buying ingredients.
Related: Food industry's recipe for success (Crain's New York Business)
Life Tech, FDA sign 5-year food safety agreement
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Life Technologies today said it has signed a five-year agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, focused on food safety testing — particularly for E. coli and Salmonella.
New judge appointed in BPI's defamation case against ABC
Another new judge has been appointed in BPI's $1.7 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC. Judge Cheryle Gering has been appointed to oversee the case in Union County, S.D.
Chipotle eating higher avocado cost shows Fed disinflation worry
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. isn't charging diners more for guacamole this year, even though the restaurant chain expects to pay more for avocados. That isn't an appetizing prospect for Federal Reserve policy makers.
Barrier packaging applications — the road ahead
Food packaging barrier developments are expected to greatly help reduce food waste to better feed a growing world population. Approximately 1.3 billion tons or one-third of the food produced around the world is lost or wasted on its way from the farm to the fork.
Apex Freight Services acquires Colorado LTL company
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Logistics provider Apex Freight Services has purchased Timberline Freight Services, a company specializing in full and less-than-truckload transportation of temperature-protected goods. With this acquisition, Apex increases its cold-shipping expertise and gains access to the multibillion-dollar frozen food transportation industry.
Experts: Use caution when going gluten-free
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Diets and products that are "gluten-free" are increasingly gaining in popularity, but restricting the intake of gluten offers a mixed bag in terms of nutritional benefits for healthy adults, experts said.
The best gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian food (The Huffington Post)
4 gluten-free products worth a try (Los Angeles Times)
Newcomer signs 'win-win' potato defect deal
Food Production Daily
Key Technology has signed a licensing agreement with EVK and Insort to deploy chemical imaging technology to improve product quality on potato processors.
Women, seniors most concerned about salt
Consumers continue to be concerned about the amount of salt in their food, according to the Food Standards Agency's biannual Public Attitudes Tracker.
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