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Experts who decide on food additives conflicted
How safe are the additives that make your food tastier, thicker, more vitamin-filled or less like to spoil? It depends on how much you trust the companies that make those additives. A study out today finds that the scientists who judge the safety are employed by the additive manufacturers or the consultants they've hired.
Frozen Food Foundation recognizes academic excellence
American Frozen Food Institute
In January 2005, AFFI launched the Frozen Food Foundation to serve as a vehicle through which we speak to, and educate, consumers about the value of frozen foods. Thanks to an expanding roster of generous supporters, the Foundation has been able to establish a diverse range of programs and services to bolster our ability to engage the shopping public. One of these programs is the Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award.
Food scientist: All of today's food animals, plants are 'genetically modified'
What precedent might it set if firms are forced to label foods made using new technologies, even if the end product does not differ in any meaningful way from foods developed by "traditional" methods?
Hawaii anti-GMO bill withdrawn; new versions forthcoming (Big Island Now)
New York lawmakers set to discuss GMO labels (WIVB-TV)
Path to GOP winning back Senate majority runs through Arkansas
GOP hopes for winning back the Senate rest on Arkansas, where Republican Rep. Tom Cotton is running to unseat Sen. Mark Pryor, widely seen as the most vulnerable Democrat running in 2014.
Editor's note: Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., will be a featured speaker at the AFFI Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 10-12 in Washington, D.C. For more information, or to register, please click here.
Focus groups on middle class: Mixed bag for GOP
The Wall Street Journal
Republicans still sifting through the wreckage of last year's election are working to solve one particularly vexing riddle: how to tap those middle-class voters who remain deeply frustrated with the direction of the party.
Schumer: House going in 'right direction' on immigration reform
Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., one of the lead players in the push to reform the nation's immigration system, expressed optimism Wednesday that the House can pass a deal.
EPA plans to reduce biofuel targets
The Obama administration said Tuesday it will lower the target for how much renewable fuel, such as corn-based ethanol, would needed to be blended into gasoline in the United States in 2014, a move that could give oil refiners some relief on compliance costs.
Related: US is hitting its ethanol limit, so EPA may relax its rules (The Washington Post)
FSMA whistle-blower lawsuit filed in federal court
The National Law Review
The food industry should be aware of new risks associated with whistle-blower protections for food and beverage company employees.
Circuit court wants business groups' input in NLRB poster rule fight
Law360 (subscription required)
The D.C. Circuit ordered the National Association of Manufacturers and other groups Monday to respond to the National Labor Relations Board's bid for rehearing of a May decision vacating its rule requiring employers to post notices apprising workers of their right to unionize.
True cost of seafood substitution remains unknown
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
When consumers think they are paying for one type of fish but are sold a fish of lesser quality or value, they are victims of a fraud that costs them money. Just how much money Americans lose as a result of such species substitutions is unknown.
Related: Austerity feeds food fraud and fakes (Reuters)
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Private label packaging playing key role in retailer brand strategies
Retailers continue to refine their private label strategies, with packaging playing an essential role. The latest package designs put the "brand" in store brands, with smart looks that convey differentiated quality. And in some cases, the packaging also offers environmental benefits.
Small businesses spooked by new food safety rule
A recent proposed rule by the FDA is causing concern among food processing facilities and small businesses involved in the production of food products.
Frozen food sales' decline paves way for fresh food innovation
How are manufacturers preparing for the ascendancy of "fresh" prepared food? A.T. Kearney, a global management consulting firm, examined the changing consumer perceptions, demographic shifts and responses that are redefining the recipe for success in prepared foods.
Boulder Brands: Gluten-free sales 'could be spectacular'
Boulder Brands, the firm behind two of the biggest names in gluten-free, Udi's and Glutino, is talking to one of America's largest coffee chains and one of its largest doughnut chains about launching gluten-free bakery items.
Related: Barbara's Bakery: 80 percent of line Non-GMO Project verified (Food Business News)
Study: Cancer-fighting agent restored in frozen broccoli
Food Product Design
A cancer-fighting phytochemical, sulforaphane, can be restored in frozen broccoli, according to a study published in the Journal of Food Science.
Related: Obama to Leno: I really do eat broccoli (USA Today)
No hormones added: Do consumers understand the label?
The Food Journal
When shoppers read a "No Hormones Added" label on a product, they assume the producer has a special process to avoid using added hormones. They overlook the USDA-mandated disclaimer: "Federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in poultry and pork." So while the claims on these products are correct, they can be misleading and may be sold at a premium price without a real product differentiation.
CDC: Some states report declining rates of childhood obesity
Kaiser Health News
Small but significant declines in obesity among low-income preschoolers were found in 18 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands from 2008 to 2011, new reports say.
Related: IOM outlines process for evaluating obesity prevention plans (Institute of Medicine)
Michigan producer recalls cantaloupes
A Grand Rapids, Mich., produce company is recalling cantaloupes that were distributed to local independent grocers. The 5,400 Athena Cantaloupes, distributed by Heeren Brothers Produce between July 23 and July 26, have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria and should not be eaten.
Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.
New president at Papa John's
Food Business News
Tony Thompson has been promoted to president and chief operating officer of Papa John's International Inc. He will report to John Schnatter, founder, chairman and chief executive officer.
5 food brands reinvented by women
CNN charts the evolution of five female-led food and drink brands, from Campbell Soup and PepsiCo to smaller startups and peripheral businesses.
Is high-calorie breakfast a new weight loss trend?
There may be some sense in the old advice to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper, according to new research that links high calorie intake at breakfast with greater weight loss and reduced disease risk.
easyJet plans discount food chain concept
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of easyJet, is planning to open a discount food chain selling private-label products in 2014.
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