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Opinion: The problem with federal food labeling laws
Baylen Linnekin outlines why government mandates are less effective than the markets themselves when it comes to food labeling.
Related: On voters' plates: Genetically engineered crops (The Seattle Times)
Fresh formats, e-commerce to grow fastest through 2017
Facts, Figures & the Future
By 2017, traditional grocery stores will lose another 1.6 percentage points of dollar-spend market share to 44.9 percent — down from 46.5 percent in 2012.
Retail trends impact food processing
Food Production Daily
A report from Packaged Facts analyzes shopper behavior, retail channels and possible impacts on the food processing industry.
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GOP anxiety grows over Georgia Senate race
Republicans are increasingly concerned about Georgia's Senate race, where a crowded primary threatens to produce a flawed candidate who could put a seat in a Republican-leaning state.
Idaho ground zero for GOP proxy fight
The tensions dividing Republicans in Congress are now spilling onto the campaign trail. Ground zero for the proxy fight is Idaho, where the insurgent and establishment factions of the GOP are warring over a congressional seat in the eastern part of the state.
Kentucky Senate race could top $100 million
The Washington Post
In 2012, President Barack Obama became the first candidate to raise and spend more than $1 billion on a single race. In 2014, Mitch McConnell's re-election bid in Kentucky may result in the first Senate contest to crest the $100 million mark.
In US, fewer than half look at restaurant nutrition facts
Even as more U.S. restaurants list nutritional information on their menus, less than half of Americans, 43 percent, say they pay a "great deal" or a "fair amount" of attention to it. Americans are much more likely to take note of nutritional labels on food packages, with 68 percent saying they pay at least a fair amount of attention to this information.
Group calls for global ban on poultry antibiotic
A group of scientists is calling for a worldwide ban on an antibiotic they say is responsible for a "staggering" amount of human deaths as well as related health care costs.
COOL advocates ask to intervene in labeling lawsuit
The National Farmers Union announced Friday that it intends to intervene in the lawsuit filed July 10 against the USDA seeking to nullify USDA's May 23 final rule regarding Country of Origin Labeling.
Criminal trial of PCA executives might be delayed
Food Safety News
Federal courts in Georgia have a number of important criminal trials this fall, and it seems that Athens attorney Edward D. Tolley is involved in all of them. Tolley, who represents defendant Michael Parnell in the criminal trial of four former Peanut Corporation of America executives, filed a motion last week suggesting that the U.S. District Court hold a Sept. 4 status conference because of his crowded schedule.
FMCSA stops enforcing break requirement on short-haul drivers
Moving quickly to enforce a court decision on hours of service, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will no longer enforce the 30-minute break requirement for short-haul operations.
Research: Food insecurity plagues Canadians
Food Production Daily
A University of Toronto researcher claims food insecurity in Canada is a serious problem and says that unless officials and producers team up, public health could suffer.
A corn boom starts to wilt
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The boom in corn prices that helped propel the U.S. farm economy is fading amid expectations for a record harvest.
Disturbing fast food data points to scary new trend
A good many of us know fast food isn't good for us, yet we tend to indulge in our vice every now and then anyway. However, a new poll from Gallup released last week that looked at how often Americans eat at fast food establishments and view the food they consume shed light on some truly disturbing trends.
Twitter: Promoted, organic tweets drive offline sales, and we can prove it
Is your brand getting some decent bang for the bucks you spend on paid-for ("promoted") tweets? The answer, according to a new trial with 35 big names in consumer packaged goods (including Mondelez), is yes.
Dole Food lands higher offer from Murdock
Dole Food says it worked out an agreement with David Murdoch to sell the company back to its previous owner for $13.50 per share.
Nestle seeks to fatten up Jenny Craig, Lean Cuisine profits
Food Business News
While people watching their figures may check out Jenny Craig and Lean Cuisine products, investors watching financial figures for Nestle S.A. may wonder how sales of those products are going.
Related: Jenny Craig ad campaign seeks direct connection with women (Marketwired)
Pinnacle Foods to acquire Unilever's Wish-Bone for $580 million
Pinnacle Foods Inc., the Blackstone Group LP-owned maker of Hungry Man dinners, agreed to acquire Unilever's Wish-Bone unit for $580 million, adding the U.S. market leader for Italian salad dressings.
Supersize me! But who is actually ordering those jumbo corn dogs?
With state fair season in full swing and deep-fried Oreos on the menu, online food ordering service GrubHub embarked on a study of "extreme foods" to determine who is ordering jumbo corn dogs and Big Gulps (spoiler alert: it's men…)
Non-O157 STEC concerns lead to recall of 12,600 pounds of veal
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
United Processing LLC, a New York Mills, N.Y. firm, is recalling approximately 12,600 pounds of boneless veal products because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, E. coli O145 and E. coli O45, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Friday.
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Controlling moisture pick-up in the chilling tank
In the animal protein industry, the carcasses further intended for human consumption must be cooled as soon as possible after evisceration. The temperature reduction is achieved in environmentally controlled, cold-air blast chillers. The only exception is poultry carcasses, which are commonly chilled in immersion water chillers.
Want to go green? Here's a way to figure out what it's worth
Going green and taking on sustainability initiatives sometimes can be a hard sell to tight-fisted financial executives. Cargill marketing manager Jennifer McLenighan tells how the company's new assessment tool can make the pitch easier.
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