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Nine years after Congress's request, FDA defines 'gluten-free'
The Washington Post
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday detailed the requirements manufacturers must meet before labeling their foods "gluten-free," a move intended to create certainty for millions of Americans who suffer from celiac disease and to set a standard for the burgeoning industry in gluten-free products.
Related: Celiac group welcomes US gluten-free labels (Food Production Daily)
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FDA names Mexican produce supplier in Cyclospora outbreak
The outbreak of a diarrheal disease has been linked, at least in Iowa and Nebraska, to a salad mix provided to restaurants by the Mexican subsidiary of an American food service company.
Big Food preps $50 million push for 'Facts Up Front' labeling
Nearly four years after ending the much-maligned "Smart Choices" labeling program, major food companies are preparing a $50 million campaign to plug a new front-of-pack labeling system called "Facts Up Front."
August recess now high season for interests lobbying lawmakers
The Washington Post
Lawmakers hoping for a respite from Washington's intense lobbying climate won't get a break back home during the August recess. Once a lull in the political calendar, August is now officially part of the high season. An array of interest groups has methodically plotted how to use the congressional recess to press causes.
Obama reopens the fiscal cliff tax debate for small businesses
The Washington Post
In renewing his campaign for corporate tax reform, President Barack Obama has reopened a fierce debate over the effect certain tax changes would have on small businesses.
Poll: Christie, Clinton 'hottest' politicians
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) are the two most favorable, or "hottest," politicians in a new national survey from Quinnipiac University. Christie topped the list with a 53.1 rating on the survey's "feeling thermometer" while Clinton scored a 52.1.
Opinion: Big Brother declares war on consumption
Mercatus Center via USA Today
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large, sugary drinks was just ruled unconstitutional in a unanimous decision by the state Supreme Court's Appellate Division — but this ruling isn't likely to discourage hardened advocates. Research in the new field of "behavioral economics" generally supports such policies, but what scholars often overlook is the impact taxes and regulations have on the poorest members of society.
In blow against Prop 65, California judge rejects demand for health warnings
A California superior court judge has rejected demands from an environmental advocacy group for health warnings on packaged fruit and vegetable products, 100 percent fruit juices and baby foods.
USDA reviews whether bacteria-killing chemicals are masking Salmonella
The Washington Post
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reviewing research showing that new bacteria-killing chemicals used in chicken slaughterhouses may be masking the presence of Salmonella and other pathogens that remain on the birds that consumers buy, according to records and interviews.
Farm bill negotiations to continue into September as expiration looms
Sen. Jeff Flake, in a colloquy before lawmakers adjourned for their August recess, helped Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow lay down her markers for shaping a final farm bill or, failing that, another extension of the 2008 farm bill, by questioning continued payments for cotton farmers.
Appeals court upholds 34-hour restart provision in HOS rule
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld the 34-hour restart provision of the new truck driver hours-of-service rule but rejected the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul drivers.
Opinion: Fast food workers need to flip culture
Uncle Sam isn't your mom: He can't solve everything. Yet the fast food workers' strike across the country is another example of the mindset that the federal government is the solution.
Related: Problem in the US is economic mobility, not minimum wage (The Huffington Post)
Sales, profit both jump at Tyson Foods
The Associated Press via USA Today
Strong sales for both chicken and beef helped drive Tyson Foods' third-quarter financials well past analysts' expectations, as net income topped $249 million and revenue rose 11 percent.
Lab-made beef gets taste test
The first reviews are in for lab-made beef, and the stuff apparently could use a little hamburger helper. The artificial hamburger created from stem cells in a lab has the right texture but not the right flavor, reviewers say.
Preventive controls: Daunting for some, standard procedure for seafood
Food Safety News
The concept of "preventive controls" is an anxiety-producing one for many FDA-regulated food companies right now as the agency prepares to issue a final rule that will make hazard-prevention measures mandatory for processing facilities.
Cargill quantifies supply chain risks
Cargill has a new assessment tool to help food and beverage customers identify and quantify risks and opportunities in its supply chains.
Sealed Air CEO: Change is like night and day
Food Production Daily
Sealed Air CEO Jerome Peribere has labeled his 11 months in charge as a change between night and day as the firm reported its Q2 financial results.
10 tips for reducing the risk of employment-related litigation
D. Albert Brannen
This article offers tips for minimizing or avoiding employment-related liability. These tips apply even to employers who may not have enough employees to be covered by the major federal employment laws such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Family and Medical Leave Act.
Food-based industry cluster takes root in Michigan
The passing of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2010 helped open a new chapter for the Battle Creek, Mich., area. So said Julia Bradsher, president and CEO of the Global Food Protection Institute, a nonprofit organization based in downtown Battle Creek that aims to use programs aligned with FDA standards to improve food safety around the world.
X-ray machine detects hidden dangers in food
A new X-ray machine, called NextGuard, can scan objects packaged in metal foil, making it a helpful tool in food safety procedures.
New concepts help food manufacturers regain consumer trust
Teatro Naturale International
With the recent spate of food scandals, what can food manufacturers do to win back consumer confidence and protect their hard-won brand equity?
Penske Logistics wins Kroger distribution center business
Supply & Demand Chain Executive
Penske Logistics, has won the contract to operate and manage Kroger's 600,000-square-foot refrigerated food distribution facility in West Shelbyville, Ind.
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