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USDA strengthens procedures for detecting, recalling unsafe ground beef
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA on Wednesday announced new procedures for expedited traceback and traceforward investigations, aiming to more quickly identify the source of contaminated ground beef, remove unsafe product from commerce and prevent foodborne illnesses.
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Pour on the salt? New research suggests more is OK
New research suggests healthy people can eat about twice the amount of salt currently recommended — or about as much as most people consume anyway. The controversial findings could potentially undercut widespread public health messages about salt.
Related: Study: Healthy heart needs more than a pinch of salt (Bloomberg)
Coca-Cola to settle 'copycat' Vitaminwater deceptive advertising lawsuits
Coca-Cola has agreed to settle a series of "copycat" lawsuits accusing it of deceptively marketing Vitaminwater. But the lawsuit that inspired them all — filed by the Center for Science in the Public Interest in 2009 — is still pending, as the CSPI says it wants stronger commitments from Coke.
House Democrats can't figure out why Obama won't talk to them
House Democrats are frustrated with what they say is a lack of election-year communication from the White House.
Warren dances around 2016 states
Progressives are urging Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to stump in Iowa and New Hampshire for 2014 candidates, despite her reluctance to touch down in early primary states that would catapult her into the 2016 spotlight.
In North Carolina, Hagan seeks to ride backlash against state GOP leaders
The Washington Post
New Hampshire voters' visceral reaction to Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis, who as speaker of the state House has been one of the leaders of a new conservative majority, explains why Democrats think Sen. Kay Hagan may be in as strong a position as any vulnerable Democrat U.S. senator this year.
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California will vote on multibillion-dollar water bond
The Washington Post
Voters in California will pass judgement on a massive $7.2 billion water bond package aimed at addressing a record drought after interest groups came to a last-minute agreement this week.
Dropping corporate tax revenue worries feds, feeds concerns over tax breaks
Corporate tax revenues have dropped dramatically over the past two generations, feeding concerns among tax analysts about the recent rash of so-called corporate "inversions."
European experts start emergency talks to tackle Russia food ban
Agricultural officials from all 28 European Union countries began emergency talks Thursday to weigh the impact of Russia's ban on Western food imports and discuss whether to compensate EU farmers.
Sanderson Farms sues NLRB, says agency overreached
Sanderson Farms Inc. has sued the National Labor Relations Board in federal court in Mississippi, charging that the federal agency overreached its authority by continuing to investigate a case that was dropped by the original complainants, according to court documents.
FSMA rule could drive up price of onions
A proposed rule by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would drastically increase costs for American onion farmers and consumers, without any improvement in public safety.
Burger chain returns to frozen fries
Nation's Restaurant News
Score one for frozen food. Shake Shack, a better-burger chain, has abandoned its efforts to serve hand-cut, housemade french fries and has returned to its frozen, pre-made crinkle-cut fries.
Wal-Mart cuts forecast as it spends more on healthcare, online
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its full-year profit forecast, citing higher employee healthcare costs and increased investment in its online business. As expected, the world's largest retailer also reported flat U.S. same-store sales, excluding fuel, for the second quarter — the sixth straight quarter of declining or no growth.
Frozen food market: Revenue to lift as producers focus on convenience, health
The frozen food production industry has faced some challenges, with health and nutrition movements increasingly placing an emphasis on fresh foods. Major players have proactively responded with clever new product introductions that incorporate consumer trends into their products and promotional strategies.
Global Halal market to hit $1.6 trillion by 2018
The global Halal food market will be worth $1.6 trillion by 2018, up from $1.1 trillion in 2013, according to a report commissioned by Dubai Chamber of Commerce.
Hong Kong and China food imports from California could exceed $4 billion
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, California food producers are on target to export more than $4 billion worth of fresh produce, health and organic foods, and fine wines to Hong Kong and China in 2014.
Grocery wholesale market faces tough road as food makers cut out middleman
As food manufacturers and retailers become more involved in the distribution process, demand and revenue will drop for the grocery wholesaling industry, according to a new global market report.
CTI launches light-changing packaging inks
Food Production Daily
Chromatic Technologies has launched a line of photochromic inks, suitable for food and beverage packaging, that change when exposed to sunlight.
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