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Nestlé sees signs of improvement in frozen business
Food Business News
Nestlé S.A. said the performance of its frozen food business in the United States is improving on new product launches and marketing.
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Extreme weather putting food production at greater risk
The risk of global food production shocks and price spikes is rising due to increasingly intense storms and more frequent flood and drought events associated with warmer temperatures, U.S. and British researchers said Friday.
How the U.S. trucking industry is keeping up with the economy
With the U.S. economy continuing to expand, trucking companies have had to keep up with ever-growing freight demand. They've been able to do so even with a significant shortage of licensed drivers in the country.
Kasich putting the squeeze on Jeb
There’s a fresh face in New Hampshire and his name is John Kasich.
The Ohio governor is no political newbie, having first made his way into national politics in the early 1980s as a freshman congressman, but he was a late entrant to the 2016 Republican race with limited name recognition and plenty of ground to make up against Jeb Bush, whose establishment lane Kasich has been trying to horn in on.
Crunch time for Joe Biden
Vice President Biden has little time to decide whether Hillary Clinton's problems have opened up a lane for his third presidential bid. With less than six months to go before the Iowa caucuses, Biden has to make a decision fast on whether to take on Clinton in what would be a decidedly underdog campaign.
Related: Joe Biden said to be considering one-term presidency (Politico)
An Iowa surprise: Donald Trump is actually trying to win
The Washington Post
For five days, the royal-blue bus rumbled through miles of cornfields alongside a popular annual bicycle trek across Iowa. It showed up at a country music concert in Cherokee and at a bacon festival in Ottumwa.
Related: Insiders: Trump can't win early states (Politico)
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John Kerry begins historic Cuba visit to raise flag over embassy
The Washington Post
The American flag was raised Friday over the U.S. Embassy in Havana beside the three Marines who last lowered the Stars and Stripes more than a half-century ago in a day of history-making symbolism as more Cold War vestiges were the put to rest.
Russia adds countries to food import ban over sanctions
Russia has extended its list of countries subject to a food import ban in retaliation for Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
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State, federal officials scramble to prep for bird flu
Politico via American Frozen Food Institute
One of the biggest challenges for Southeastern states as they prepare for a
possible round two of avian influenza outbreaks is finding the manpower
and the means to act fast in the event the virus strikes a flock of poultry
GMA weighs in on GMO labeling and the DGA
Food Business News
The most important issue currently facing the Grocery Manufacturers Association is piecemeal state and local efforts to require the labeling of food and beverage products that are formulated using ingredients from genetically modified sources.
OSHA fines chicken processor for unsafe working conditions
A leading fast-food and supermarket chicken supplier faces an $816,500 fine for exposing workers to serious and potentially fatal injuries.
European Commission calls on EU member states to monitor foods for arsenic
Food Chemical News
The European Commission has called on member states to check for arsenic in a wide range of foods, including cereal grains and dairy products, to allow its experts to better assess potential risks to consumers.
Office of Inspector General finds gaps in USDA's oversight of turkey products
Food Chemical News
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service needs to improve how it monitors the safety of turkey products, according to a review by the department’s Office of Inspector General, released Thursday.
CDC offers a look back at 20 years of FoodNet
Food Safety News
Twenty years ago, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta established the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) to track incidence of foodborne illness. For the September 2015 issues of Emerging Infectious Diseases, members of the FoodNet workgroup wrote about the history and achievements of the program.
A muscle drug for pigs comes out of the shadows
In the coming months, a few shoppers will encounter a new and unfamiliar phrase when looking at packages of pork: "Produced without the use of ractopamine."
Coke CEO gets a deputy, and possible successor
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Coca-Cola Co. elevated an insider to the No. 2 job amid board concern that Chairman and CEO Muhtar Kent needed a powerful deputy to help manage the far-flung business empire and try to reverse flagging soda sales.
U.S. producer prices rise for 3rd straight month
Reuters via Business Insider
U.S. producer prices rose for a third straight month in July, but inflation pressures remain benign against the backdrop of lower oil prices and a strong dollar.
Meat food waste has greater negative environmental impact than vegetable waste
Approximately 31 percent of food produced in the U.S., or 133 billion pounds of food worth $162 billion, was wasted in 2011 according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Trans fats, but not saturated fats, linked to greater risk of heart disease
In another reversal of claims that saturated fats were killing people and their replacement, trans fats, were healthier, another study has found that saturated fats are not associated with an increased risk of death, heart disease, stroke, or type 2 diabetes.
Pregnant women not following nutrition guidelines
Researchers from the University of Adelaide have made a remarkable discovery: No pregnant women were found to be correctly following the Australian Dietary Guidelines on consumption of the "five food groups", despite almost two-thirds of pregnant women believing they were eating the right diet.
Kapowsin Meats recalls pork product due to possible Salmonella contamination
Kapowsin Meats, a Graham, Wash. establishment, is recalling approximately 116,262 pounds of whole hogs that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,12:i:-, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
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Dean Foods ex-chairman said to be probed for insider trading
Tom C. Davis, who resigned as Dean Foods Co. chairman without explanation last week, is under investigation by federal authorities as part of an insider-trading probe, a person familiar with the matter said.
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