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Global food safety compliance: Preparing for the rules ahead
The Wall Street Journal
The global food industry is facing a raft of new regulations, including more frequent inspections and possibly higher compliance costs, tied to the Food Safety Modernization Act. How will these new laws play out for the food industry?
FDA extends comment period for 2 FSMA rules
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA today issued Federal Register notices to extend the comment periods on the proposed rules for "Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food" and "Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption" 60 days until Nov. 15. This is the second and final extension of the comment period for these two rules.
Lack of technology hampers CDC investigation of Cyclospora
Cyclospora-related cases in Iowa and Nebraska have been traced to tainted salad from Mexico, but the source in 14 other states — with a total of 467 ill — has not been determined, because the researchers don't have the right tools.
Globalization the cause of recent food poisonings? (Food World News)
Experts: Health risks higher from packaged greens (AP via Cape Cod Times)
Poll: Obama approval drops to 42 percent
President Barack Obama's approval rating is in a summer swoon, according to a new poll from Fox News released Wednesday night, with just 42 percent of Americans approving of his job performance.
2016 is well underway in Iowa: Just look at this weekend
The Washington Post
Blink and you might have missed the start of the 2016 presidential campaign in the first-in-the-nation caucus state. It will ramp up in the next couple of days with several events featuring the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Rick Santorum and Emily's List, a group that works to elect women who support abortion rights.
Poll: 30 percent of Democrats back Chris Christie (Politico)
Georgia 2016 poll: Hillary Clinton in play (Politico)
Clinton, Christie leading in New Hampshire poll (USA Today)
5 House primaries to watch
The 2014 primary season won't get under way in earnest for another half-year or so, but lawmakers are already looking nervously over their shoulders.
Related: Poll: Congress doesn't deserve break (The Hill)
A closer look at why child obesity rates may be falling
If the U.S. is starting to get a handle on childhood obesity, as federal health officials said Tuesday, what might we finally be doing right? Experts praise the decline in childhood obesity but caution that more needs to be done.
Lawmakers weigh aggressive tactic on immigration
The Wall Street Journal
Last week, the "New Democrat" coalition of centrist lawmakers sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner demanding that he bring an immigration bill to the House floor by the end of September. If he doesn't, they said, they will introduce their own bill — and it's one that could become the basis for an in-your-face tactic known as a discharge petition.
Government shutdown? Odds are uncomfortably high
The federal government runs out of money Oct. 1, unless spending authority is granted to agencies for the new fiscal year. If Congress can't pass its spending bills by then, most of the government will shut down. Many who watch the budget process closely think there's a very good chance that's exactly what's going to happen.
People, get ready: There's a non-GMO train a comin'
Ken Roseboro, publisher of the Organic & Non GMO Report, thinks an unstoppable tide is building in favor of mandatory non-GMO labeling of foods.
IFAC: 'Generally Recognized as Safe' conflict of interest claims unsupported
Recent claims that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's food additive review process is inadequate or fosters conflicts of interest are not supported by evidence, according to the International Food Additives Council.
Farm to School: A key ingredient in recipe for success
Offering more fruits and vegetables to students is part of the new requirements recently passed by Congress to improve nutrition in the nation's schools. A farm to school approach — where locally sourced products are featured in the school cafeteria — is an effective way to make it easier to meet these new standards and help the students at the same time.
Restaurant association lobbies to ease Obamacare guidelines
Law360 (subscription required)
The National Restaurant Association on Tuesday implored its 50,000 members to press Congress to relax the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate so that large companies need only provide health benefits to workers clocking 40 hours or more per week instead of 30 hours or more, joining a growing chorus seeking the change.
USDA's role in Smithfield-type deal may be limited
The Wall Street Journal
Some U.S. senators say the Department of Agriculture and the FDA should be added to the committee analyzing the Smithfield Foods sale to look for any risks to the U.S. food supply. On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hinted that his involvement might not matter anyway in such deals.
Food safety and China: Scandal and consequence
Food safety is an issue of growing concern among Chinese consumers, and the increasing number of scandals could lead to a revision of international food safety practices across the country and worldwide.
EU-US beef import extension eases transatlantic dispute
A two-year extension of U.S. zero-duty access to the EU beef market is the latest step in the longest running trade dispute dividing Europe and America.
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FAO: Hefty crop prospects keep weighing on falling food prices
Global food prices could decline further in coming months after hitting their lowest level in more than a year in July, the United Nations' food agency said Thursday, pointing to prospects of abundant grain supplies.
US market pushes McDonald's sales higher
The Associated Press via USA Today
In its latest earnings report, McDonald's shows a 0.7 percent increase in sales at its U.S. locations, where the value menu and the Big Mac were enough to make up for sluggish performance in foreign markets.
Related: The Egg McMuffin turns 40 (AdWeek)
Half of Americans eat fast food every week
IANS via NDTV
Almost half of Americans say they eat fast food at least every week, although more than 7 in 10 Americans think fast food is unhealthy, according to a Gallup poll.
Related: Fast food goes green (Greener Ideal)
US food retailing: Pendulum swinging back to smaller store formats
Despite the proliferation of supercenters, there is a also a "vigorous counter-trend toward smaller stores" as time-strapped consumers turn to locations where they can get in and out fast, says Packaged Facts in a new report into U.S. food retailing trends.
Nestle cuts growth forecast as Q2 sales miss expectations
Nestle has cut its sales growth expectations for the full year — but even the revised target will be a stretch, according to the company's financial chief.
Related: Auction at Nestle plant offers sweet deals (Food Production Daily)
WhiteWave Foods tries to stem the tide of 'tsunami of lawsuits'
WhiteWave Foods has filed a motion to dismiss the latest in a "tsunami of lawsuits" alleging consumers are being misled by the use of the term "evaporated cane juice" to describe dried sugar cane syrup (aka sugar).
Conveyor upgrades now focusing more on plant and food safety
Regardless of the product being made, conveyors move it through processing and packaging, and the conveyors used in food plants are being upgraded.
Interactive food labels: Are they the future?
Food Production Daily
Arjowiggins Creative Papers has won an award for creating paper that can insert an interactive circuit board into its design, for use in the food industry.
McCain Foods USA invests $100 million to expand french fry options
McCain Foods USA has announced plans to expand its Burley, Idaho, manufacturing plant with the addition of a third production line. McCain is investing more than $100 million to expand the capacity at Burley.
Consumers settling into new normal
Convenience Store Decisions
The Great Recession officially ended in 2009, but budgeting is still on the menu for consumers — even though they have a sunnier outlook on the economy and their personal finances, according to a new IRI MarketPulse Survey.
Food Sentry develops food risk rating system
Food Sentry's Food Risk Rating System — designed to help consumers make informed choices about the foods they buy — features an algorithm that calculates the relative risk of a food product by examining more than a dozen individual characteristics directly affecting the safety of the product.
Why home-cooking from total strangers may be the future of food
The Atlantic Cities
A year-old food cooperative called Mealku is built on the premise of people who don't know each other sharing homemade food, with no money exchanged. These are the pioneers of the food frontier of "collaborative consumption," the growing niche of the economy where people are sharing instead of buying all kinds of consumables.
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