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Proposed added sugar label seen confusing consumers
Food Business News
The percentage of consumers unable to correctly identify how much sugar is in a packaged food product will quintuple with a proposed update to the Food and Drug Administration Nutrition Facts Panel.
Related: Big Soda in a froth over proposed new sugar-labeling rules (Fortune Magazine)
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Whole Foods: Sales hurt by bad publicity from overcharging
The grocery chain known for its organic offerings said Wednesday that sales growth slowed sharply at established locations in the last two weeks of the quarter ending July 5.
Groupon launches food delivery service
Daily deals service Groupon unveiled a food takeout and delivery service launching today in Chicago and expanding in other cities throughout the year. Groupon to Go will also be available this fall in Austin and Boston before moving to additional cities, the company said in a statement released Thursday.
Trump's presence in first GOP debate makes prep challenging for candidates
The Washington Post
Next week’s Republican presidential debate in Cleveland marks not only the inaugural formal gathering of the expansive GOP field but also the start of a new and unpredictable chapter in an already raucous 2016 race.
Decisive debate polls set for release (Politico)
Fox lowers threshold for early debate (Politico)
Trump's rise hurts Rubio, Carson, but helps Jeb Bush
Donald Trump’s explosive rise in the polls has come at the expense of every other GOP presidential candidate except for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker — who arguably have been helped by the businessman’s rise.
Related: Trump atop new poll; Kasich making gains (The Hill)
Effort to oust Boehner falls flat
House conservatives and establishment Republicans agreed on one thing Wednesday: Rep. Mark Meadows’s measure to depose Speaker John Boehner was a bad idea.
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Senate approves 6-year highway bill
The Senate passed its long-term highway bill Thursday, though their work on federal infrastructure funding isn’t over.
Senators voted 65-34 to approve the six-year bill, which funds federal highway and infrastructure projects for three years.
U.S. mulls scrapping tariffs on Japanese beef for TPP
The Japan Times
The United States is arranging to abolish its tariffs on imports of Japanese beef over a period of around 10 years under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to negotiation sources.
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House again passes REINS Act; food safety advocates voice concern
Food Chemical News
A controversial regulatory reform bill, the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act (HR 427), passed the House on Tuesday (July 28) on a near-party line vote (243-165) and could see action in the Senate this year.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's salt proposal shakes things up
The Wall Street Journal
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to require all New York City chain restaurants to label high-sodium foods on their menus has drawn criticism from opposing corners.
Groups urge lawmakers to reject meat-labeling repeal and voluntary program
A coalition of agriculture, manufacturing, food safety and environmental groups are calling on Congress to reject both the House legislation to fully repeal the Department of Agriculture meat-labeling rule and the Senate bill to create a voluntary labeling program.
Food stamps being used at more farmers' markets
The Washington Times
Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer says food stamp benefits can be used at an increasing number of farmers’ markets in the state. Comer says up to 225 farmers’ markets and individual producers now use Electronic Benefit Transfer equipment – a more than 10-fold increase from 21 markets participating in 2010.
White House sidesteps GMO labeling issue
Food Chemical News
In response to two public petitions calling for mandatory GMO labeling, the White House on Tuesday (July 28) steered clear of taking an official position on the controversial issue.
Related: Food and water watch wants SEC to reject GMO salmon stock filings (Food Poisoning Bulletin)
Menu overhaul under way at Applebee's
Food Business News
Executives of Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar hope to bring home the bacon with the Triple Hog Dare Ya, a new sandwich featuring pulled pork, ham, bacon and cheddar on ciabatta.
Barber chicken entree Salmonella outbreak expands to 4 states
Food Poisoning Bulletin
The Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber frozen chicken entrees has expanded to four states. Nine people in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Oklahoma have been sickened, three of them have been hospitalized.
Ice cream transcends dessert status
Most ice cream lovers need little excuse to enjoy their frozen dessert of choice regardless of time of year or occasion; 90 percent of U.S. households purchasing ice cream and frozen dessert products, according to market research publisher Packaged Facts in the report Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts in the U.S.: Opportunities in Retail & Foodservice.
CDC: 1 in 9 children have high blood pressure
Public health and science groups are working to debunk the reason why GOP members and special interest say target sodium levels in school lunches should stay where they are.
America's love affair with coffee shows no signs of slowing
Despite the fact that coffee shops are "the fastest-growing segment of the restaurant industry," we're not all turning into a bunch of Americano-chugging fiends. According to a series of new polls by Gallup, 64 percent of adults in America drink at least one cup a day, which is the same result obtained in a 2012 poll — and up just one percentage point from a survey taken in 1999.
Japanese burger chain replaces buns with tomato halves
The Wall Street Journal
The fast-food chain Taco Bell once urged people to “think outside the bun.” Some unusual thinking must have gone into a Japanese burger chain’s decision to surround its beef patty with the top and bottom half of an extra large tomato.
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