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GMOs: To eat or not to eat?
In the interest of consumers, it is perhaps time for the National Academy of Sciences to make public (or at least louder and more accessible) its opinion on the safety of GMO food.
New York steps into fray of GMO labeling (The Epoch Times)
GMO public hearing on Kauai draws hundreds (KHON-TV)
Supermarkets are merging again; what does that mean for grocery bill?
The Washington Post
It's not always clear what happens when markets consolidate. On the one hand, they can achieve greater economies of scale, which might allow them to offer lower prices. On the other, when a lot of players aren't scrapping it out for customers, they might allow prices to creep upwards.
Will Kroger buy A&P next? (RetailWire)
USDA sees limited retail food price inflation for 2013 (Supermarket Guru)
Do CPGs play favorites where big chains are involved? (RetailWire via CPGmatters)
New H-E-B store features propane refrigeration system (Progressive Grocer)
Edward Snowden, frozen broccoli and roses
Blame Edward Snowden if you soon find yourself paying more for frozen broccoli at the grocery store, or your special someone doesn't bring you roses on your anniversary. Ecuador President Rafael Correa has been using the National Security Agency leaker's surveillance scandal as a reason to pull out of trade agreements with the United States that, until now, have kept Ecuadorian imports of frozen broccoli, canned artichokes and flowers tariff-free.
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Congressional GOP split along lines of seniority, tactics
The Washington Post
Congressional Republicans have splintered into generational factions over their next step in confronting President Barack Obama's implementation of his landmark health care law, with younger GOP lawmakers urging a shutdown of the federal government in the fall.
Kentucky Senate election 2014: Poll predicts tight race
Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes are running roughly even in the 2014 Kentucky Senate race, according to a new poll commissioned by two liberal groups. Kentucky voters said they would vote for Grimes over McConnell, 45-44 percent, and 11 percent said they were undecided, according to the poll.
Democratic super PACs outraise Republicans 2-1
Democratic-aligned super PACs raised more than twice as much as Republican groups during the first half of the year, newly filed campaign reports show. It's a stark reversal from the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, when Republican groups dominated spending.
FDA outlines new facility fees under FSMA
Office of the Federal Register
In the Friday edition of the Federal Register, the FDA will announce 2014 rates for fees covering domestic and foreign facility reinspections, importer reinspections and other services. The fees take effect Oct. 1.
LAUSD adding kid-friendly options to cafeteria fare
Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Unified plans to introduce more kid-friendly options, such as taco salad and chicken-and-waffles, to its healthful lunch menu this fall, while eliminating mess-making cereal from the Breakfast in the Classroom program, district officials say.
DOT proposes to reduce trucking paperwork
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx proposed Thursday to reduce trucking paperwork to save the industry $1.7 billion a year. The paperwork deals with inspection reports required before and after every trip a commercial truck makes, called Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports.
Six items on the new NLRB agenda
Law360 (subscription required)
Now that the National Labor Relations Board will have five Senate-confirmed board members for the first time in a decade, attorneys expect the board to move full steam ahead both in rulemaking and in handing down decisions that will impact union and nonunion workplaces alike.
Opinion: Faster response needed in Cyclospora outbreak
Lincoln Journal Star
The effort by the food industry and government food safety officials to track the source for the outbreak of Cyclospora has been maddeningly slow. The episode demonstrates that holes in the food safety net gape open, despite lessons learned in previous outbreaks of foodborne illness.
Related: Infected greens not grown in Iowa, Nebraska (AP via San Antonio Express-News)
CIFOR helps food industry plan for outbreaks
The Council to Improve Foodborne Outbreak Response, a collaboration between government and the food industry, has created new guidelines to assist retailers and restaurants in dealing with outbreaks resulting from foodborne illnesses.
Related: HHS, USDA and the food industry welcome new guidelines promoting industry (HHS)
Fast food strikes not likely to result in unionization
United Press International
Some labor leaders said it's unlikely strikes in the U.S. fast food industry will result in unionization because of the 75 percent employee turnover rate.
IAFP 2013: FDA's Taylor discusses new import rules
Food Safety News
As the 2013 International Association of Food Protection conference was getting underway Sunday, a last-minute presentation was added: Michael Taylor, Deputy Commissioner of Foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, talked about new proposed import rules released as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Schwan's Consumer Brands focusing on revitalizing frozen foods
Food Business News
Bob Waldron, president of the Schwan Food Co.'s Consumer Brands business, is intent on bringing consumers back to the frozen food aisle.
Are dads beginning to rival moms for food purchasing decisions?
The times they are a-changing: Dads are beginning to rival moms for food purchasing decisions, says new research from Edelman Berland and Edelman's food sector.
Whole Foods profit climbs but growth stalls
The Associated Press via The Reporter
Amid prolific publicity around its non-GMO efforts, Whole Foods Market Inc. saw a 21 percent spike in quarterly profits, but sales at stores open at least a year have slowed.
Market research examines sodium reduction ingredients, landscape
MarketResearch.com has a new report examining the growing sodium reduction market by ingredients, applications and geography.
Oddities in revised Smithfield proxy
The Wall Street Journal
On Friday, Smithfield Foods filed a revised version of its preliminary proxy statement relating to its proposed merger with Shuanghui International Holdings. The new version gives quite a different view of the background in terms of the consideration of a breakup plan.
Separate recalls affecting chicken, beef nationwide
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
In recalls issued Wednesday, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is alerting consumers of:
• 50,000 pounds of ground beef from National Beef Packing Co., which issued a recall on the product after a positive E. coli test;
• 2,500 pounds of frozen chicken meals from Traditions, which recalled the product after discovering the labels fail to list potential allergens.
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Starbucks and Burger King: A tale of 2 Americas
The Wall Street Journal
A snapshot of the struggle and prosperity coexisting in America today: While espresso-sippers at Starbucks are set to get super-fast Wi-Fi provided by Google, fast food eaters are still straining to afford the Dollar Menu.
Handheld biosensor turns smartphone into food safety detective
The Associated Press via NPR
Researchers at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign have created a biosensor — and, of course, accompanying app — that allows consumers to use their smartphones to detect toxins, bacteria, allergens and other contamination in food.
Despite the buzz, local food has small economic impact
The local food movement has received a lot of attention both for changing diets and buying habits. But has the movement has become a significant economic force?
GEA plans 'ice pigging' pilot program for food processors
Food Production Daily
GEA is trialing a technique used in the water industry, called ice pigging, to promote as a service to the processing industry, with its debut at Drinktec 2013, and is looking for companies to take part.
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