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Making workers' rights a civil right
This week Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., and the very same John Lewis, D-Ga., introduced a bill that will give employees who are fired for union organizing the right to sue in federal court — providing them the same legal protections as enjoyed by minorities who suffer discrimination based on race.
Debate: Should union organizing be a civil right? (Newsday)
Labor leaders say from now on union organizing will be different (People's World)
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USDA unveils its revised poultry inspection plans
USDA officials on Thursday announced its final rule on revised modernization efforts for poultry inspection, including new preventative measures, re-focused inspection activities that will prevent thousands of illnesses annually and improved coordination on worker safety.
Related: US reforms poultry inspections to boost food safety (Reuters)
CDC says Foster Farms-linked Salmonella outbreak appears to be over
A salmonella outbreak linked to California-based poultry producer Foster Farms' contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
Republicans deliver another self-inflicted wound
The Washington Post
Republicans may yet win the elections in November. They may end up in control of both houses of Congress come January. But in the final week before a lengthy August recess, they have shown a remarkable capacity to complicate their path to victory.
GOP leaders stumble on Day 1
The Steve Scalise era is off to an embarrassing start. The Louisiana Republican, who boasted of his deep ties to red-state GOP lawmakers in his recent bid to become majority whip, received a very public drubbing on his first day in the No. 3 slot when his colleagues abandoned leadership's plans to pass a border security bill.
Can GOP keep a perfect Senate primary record?
The National Republican Senatorial Committee has quietly helped its preferred candidates win in a series of primaries this cycle — and it's reserving the right to step into two remaining states, Alaska and Louisiana, where fights still loom.
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Immigration, infrastructure: Congress sputters on deadline day
Lawmakers arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday with a lengthy list of critical issues to handle and little time to finish them. It didn't go so well.
Ben & Jerry's throws fudge brownie into GMO food fight
In early May, Unilever CEO Paul Polman paid a visit to the headquarters of its subsidiary Ben & Jerry's in South Burlington, Vermont, meeting with about 100 employees to share his views on deforestation, farming, and food made with ingredients from genetically modified organisms.
Congress members ask USDA to drop COOL if WTO disapproves
Food Safety News
If the World Trade Organization sides with Canada and Mexico in their complaint that country-of-origin labeling laws in the U.S. put their meat exports at an unfair disadvantage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture should rescind those laws and allow Congress to resolve the issue, said 112 members of Congress in a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
9 reasons why India's WTO veto shocked the world
India's tough diplomacy blocked a landmark world trade treaty late Thursday, despite last-ditch talks to rescue what would have been the first global trade reform since the creation of the World Trade Organization 19 years ago.
Related: Fight over comma sank WTO deal (Bloomberg)
FSIS denies CSPI quest to name antibiotic-resistant Salmonella an adulterant
Food Safety News
Thursday was a busy day for the Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. In addition to publishing its new poultry inspection rule, the agency also released its response to the Center for Science in the Public Interest's petition, denying the organization's request to have antibiotic-resistant Salmonella declared an adulterant.
Why do the feds want to dismantle the Golden Arches?
The Wall Street Journal
In a decision with potentially devastating economic effects, the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel this week ruled that McDonald's Corp. could be treated, in labor complaints, as a joint employer of its franchisees' workers. This determination directly threatens the franchise business model that has encouraged countless American small business owners, creating jobs and broad-based economic growth.
High meat prices to linger through summer
Meat & Poultry
The 2014 grilling season has come with a hefty price tag, but consumers should see some price breaks for red meat in the fall and early 2015, according to a new report from BMO Economics.
Why do 85 percent of new CPG products fail within two years?
How many consumer packaged goods that launch in the U.S. today will still be around in two years' time? The answer is a miserable 15 percent, according to Nielsen data.
Weak links in China's food chain
The New York Times
That OSI — which other suppliers have looked to as a model — is dealing with food safety issues speaks to the broader weaknesses in the Chinese food safety system. After a series of scandals in recent years, regulators repeatedly have promised to tighten food safety standards, only to have another problem arise.
Related: Burger King drops supplier after China food safety scare (Channel NewsAsia)
Decline in food stamps shows low-income relief
Participation in the U.S. government food-stamp program is declining modestly as low-income Americans get some economic reprieve.
Indiana processor launches new Asian-inspired chicken product
Milford Valley has launched a new Asian-inspired chicken entree flavor for its retail chicken product line.
Safety first: Partnership promotes food knowledge and industry growth
Food Production Daily
Elevate Canada and Alchemy Systems are joining to build the country's food industry with job development and safety training.
Food industry: targeting new occasions, best practice and new solutions
A vast number of consumers feel increasingly time-scarce, while an aging population seeking lifestyle enablers is leading to huge demands for convenience food that need to be met. The change in consumer lifestyles, including skipping meals and increased eating on the go, means retailers and manufacturers need to keep up to date with salient issues that are affecting consumer eating habits.
Maintenance systems: 15 must-haves for a more efficient, profitable shop
Maintenance software has always been a critically important tool for controlling costs and keeping equipment on the road. It's even more important now that the FMCSA's Compliance, Safety, Accountability program requires state and federal roadside inspectors to look closely at a company's maintenance records and driver inspection reports.
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