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Food safety and nutrition policy leaders headline AFFI Government Action Summit
American Frozen Food Institute
Major nutrition guidelines, food safety rules and food labeling standards are all advancing at federal agencies with oversight over frozen foods. How will these significant initiatives affect your business? The insight that will enable you to answer this critical question awaits attendees at the upcoming AFFI Government Action Summit scheduled for Sept. 9-11 in our nation's capital.
Future of food: Climate change, air pollution will curb food supplies
The effects of air pollution on the ozone, coupled with higher global temperatures, could combine to reduce crop yields. However, effects will vary by region, say researchers.
Food industry lobbying spikes amid GMO fight
U.S. food companies spent almost as much lobbying Congress in the first quarter of 2014 as they did in the full year in 2013, a sign the industry may have intensified its fight against state labeling requirements for genetically engineered foods, according to a report released Tuesday.
Opinion: GMO labeling bill lacks scientific justification (The Boston Globe)
Massachusetts GMO label bill stuck in committee (iBerkshires)
Debate on GMO labeling moves to Kansas House race (The AP via NewsOK)
Vulnerable Democrats balk at Obama executive actions on immigration
Democratic senators facing tough re-elections want to put the brakes on President Barack Obama's plan to reform the nation's immigration enforcement system through executive action.
Related: Democrats fear a debacle on turnout (The Hill)
Christie: Dead man walking or comeback kid?
As he heads to New Hampshire Thursday for his second trip to an early presidential state this month, nearly a dozen aides, top supporters and early-state activists believe New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie actually does have a political pulse — and that the ingredients exist if not for a full comeback, then at least a chance to be taken seriously again as a presidential hopeful.
Related: Jeb Bush: Not the Hillary Clinton of 2016 GOP field (The Washington Post)
Eric Cantor's final days
Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., is staging an anticlimactic end to his meteoric rise, missing Republican leadership meetings he once helped lead and skipping some votes on the House floor.
McDonald's ruling could open door for unions
The New York Times
The general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board ruled Tuesday that McDonald's could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations by its franchise operators — a decision that, if upheld, would disrupt longtime practices in the fast food industry and ease the way for unionizing nationwide.
Minimum wage activists see opportunity in McDonald's decision (Bloomberg)
McDonald's loses big on labor ruling (Fortune)
Lawmaker takes soda tax battle to Capitol Hill
A Connecticut lawmaker on Wednesday will launch the first national effort in years to tax soda drinks, the latest bid by regulators and politicians to stem rising obesity and diabetes rates by curbing the consumption of sugary drinks.
COOL update: Meat producers lose in corporate free-speech case
North American meat producers lost another court ruling Tuesday in their bid to defeat mandated labels showing where an animal was born, raised and slaughtered, a decision that may crimp corporations' efforts to fend off regulation on free-speech grounds.
NSBA: Making school food a political issue distorts reality in our cafeterias
The Huffington Post
The executive director of the National School Boards Association says the current politically driven view of school nutrition leaves out one key factor: reality. "Peel back the good intentions and the celebrity-fueled support of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, and you'll see the practical realities many school districts and students face," Thomas Gentzel writes.
Revised FSMA animal feed regulation sent to OMB
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The FDA has sent changes to the Food Safety Modernization Act animal feed rule to the Office of Management and Budget just days after sending the import revisions for White House review.
Leaked TTIP chapter fails to shed much light on food safety concerns
Food Safety News
Last week, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy leaked a draft chapter of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. The chapter proposed by the European Commission in June concerns sanitary and phytosanitary issues with food safety and animal and plant health.
EU report: 'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work
Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European Commission in a new report. But higher taxes could also encourage consumers to simply go for cheaper products, it warns.
Primus Builders completes work on Lineage Logistics facility
American Frozen Food Institute
Primus Builders, an international engineering and construction management firm, has completed work on a 420,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse facility for AFFI Advantage Partner Lineage Logistics in Colton, California.
Heinz Frozen Food Co. expanding, adding product lines
Heinz Frozen Food Co. introduced Ore-Ida Easy Fries as a new packaging line within the past week, as part of its facility expansion and jobs push in Canton, Ohio.
Corporate vs. decentralized procurement
Food Production Daily
The food and beverage industry today is faced with the question of whether corporate procurement is more effective than decentralized procurement. While its challenges set it apart from other industries, F&B organizations share common procurement practices with those in other industry sectors.
Smart labels detect contaminated meat before it hits shelves
Researchers at the University of Alberta are working on a new way to spot spoiled meat before it hits grocery store shelves.Anastasia Elias and Dominic Sauvageau, professors in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, are developing smart materials to detect harmful microbes that cause foodborne illnesses before products reach consumers.
Bird is the word: CMS and UGA tackle poultry processing safety
Food Production Daily
The antimicrobial specialist is teaming up with scientists at the University of Georgia on technology to increase the safety of secondary poultry processing environments.
3 ways food and beverage companies can lead on sustainability
The food and beverage sector faces enormous financial and operational risks and challenges as the need for action on climate change, water scarcity and other sustainability issues becomes more urgent.
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