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Lawsuit accuses Campbell Soup, American Heart of labeling fraud
The American Heart Association has fraudulently certified as "heart healthy" scores of products from Campbell Soup that contain far more sodium than the FDA — and the AHA itself — recommend for people on a heart-healthy diet, alleges a new lawsuit filed in New Jersey.
Nominations open for 2013 Frozen Foods Processor of the Year
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine is now accepting nominations for their 2013 Frozen Foods Processor of the Year award. Food companies, A/E and design-build firms, suppliers or others qualified to provide a detailed rationale for a particular company or facility. Entries are due Sept. 1, and additional information on eligibility and selection criteria is available here.
Report: Consumer concern about food safety grows
Nation's Restaurant News
General public concern about food safety has shown a marked increase over the past two years, according to a recent survey by Chicago-based consultancy Technomic. In a poll conducted in mid-July, Technomic found that 40 percent of consumers were "extremely concerned" about food safety issues in restaurants.
GOP's Priebus points way toward 2016
The Wall Street Journal
A Wall Street Journal pundit says RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is trying to build a foundation for the 2016 presidential campaign while trying to get the six new seats needed to take control of the Senate in 2014.
Related: GOP may move 2016 convention up to June (USA Today)
Rep. Dave Camp won't run for Senate in 2014
Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich., on Friday announced he won't run for the Senate in 2014, denying the GOP a top recruit for the open-seat race.
Opinion: If Congress won't lead, states and cities will
This Congress could become the least effective one in decades. Partisan divides are keeping much-needed solutions to immigration, education reform and deficit reduction out of reach. So it's not surprising that state and local leaders across the country are bypassing Washington and charting their own course for action.
GOP governors out-raise Democrats (The Wall Street Journal)
The Washington Post's top 15 gubernatorial races (The Washington Post)
Opinion: Ethanol quotas pump money from your pocket
When members of Congress decided in 2007 to require that Americans put 36 billion gallons of ethanol in their gas tanks annually by 2022, they must have thought there was an award for bad public policy. The idea never made the slightest sense.
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USDA trip moves US closer to accepting Chinese chicken
Despite years of food safety scandals surrounding China and another recent bird flu outbreak there, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is moving closer to opening the U.S. market to Chinese-processed chicken by sending two of its senior food safety officials to Beijing next week for a bilateral meeting on the subject.
Employers should plan for micro-union fight after NLRB win
Law360 (subscription required)
With the 6th Circuit handing the National Labor Relations Board a major victory Thursday by affirming the agency's controversial Specialty Healthcare standard for determining an appropriate bargaining unit, attorneys say employers must now take steps to protect themselves from the proliferation of so-called micro-unions.
OIG: USDA working overtime — but not collecting industry fees
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Federal meat and poultry inspectors and graders are putting in thousands of hours of overtime each year at the request of the meat and poultry industry. But the industry isn't always billed for the extra services, nor does USDA seem to realize how much overtime is being used, according to a new report from the department's Office of Inspector General.
More pizza days on school lunch menus
The school lunch line will be a bit peppier for students in Sebring, Fla., this school year, with pepperoni and cheese pizza offered more frequently on the menu after a sharp cutback last year due to stricter nutritional standards.
The case for $15 and a union for low-wage workers
The Huffington Post
McDonald's makes $27 billion in annual revenue, which makes them the 90th largest economy in the world. Their CEO, who made $8.75 million last year and pays their U.S. employees right around the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, recently made a budgeting guide showing McDonald's hourly employees how they can survive on the poverty wages their company pays them: by getting a second job.
Minimum wage or starvation wage? (Tribune Chronicle)
Analysis: Fast food workers more often adults than teens (The Plain Dealer)
FDA to prepare environmental impact statement on proposed produce rule
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the proposed rule, "Standards for Growing, Harvesting, Packing and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption." FDA is also beginning a "scoping process" to determine relevant issues that will influence the scope of the environmental analysis. Comments are due by Nov. 15, to coincide with the closing of the recently extended comment period for the proposed produce safety rule.
Related: Michael Taylor continues tour to gauge produce proposal (FDA Voice)
Pew paper: Need more information on safety of GRAS, food contact
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Many of the generally recognized as safe determinations and food contact notifications sent to FDA's Office of Food Additive Safety are missing feeding trials and other toxicological research to prove the substances being added to, or used near, food are safe, according to a new 44-page paper from the Pew Charitable Trusts, published Wednesday in the journal Reproductive Toxicology.
Flavor mashups: Pepsi Cheetos not too wacky to sell
Frito-Lay is selling Pepsi-flavored Cheetos in Japan — proving the world's biggest snack food giant is hip to the international food trend that's spread across supermarket shelves: flavor-mashing.
Consumers trending toward prepared foods
Good news for retailers! According to a new forecast by The NPD Group, prepared food purchases from supermarkets, drug stores and other retail outlets are on the rise! Data shows that by 2022 it will grow by 10 percent, compared to a 4 percent increase in restaurant visits.
Analysis: US retailers say uneven recovery keeps consumers cautious
From Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Gap Inc. to Macy's Inc. and McDonald's Corp., chains that cater to middle- and lower-income Americans say they are feeling the pinch of an uneven economic recovery.
Related: Fridges, fudge and forecasts: Investors pick out emerging stock themes (Reuters)
Tech's the trick for food industry growth
Food Production Daily
Food and beverage leaders credit advances in technology for fueling industry growth, according to recent market intelligence.
The amazing disappearing supermarket: Building a 21st-century grocery store
As local food steps into the spotlight, the "farm-to-fridge" business model could turn the traditional supermarket on its head.
Gardein: We drove 75 percent of growth in frozen meat alternatives
Despite all the recent hype about plant-based protein, the frozen meat alternatives category was stuck in a bit of a rut until pretty recently, says the man behind the fastest growing brand in the market.
Pink slime lawsuit: BPI opposes ABC motion to dismiss
Sioux City Journal
Attorneys for BPI filed four briefs last week that oppose motions by ABC and other defendants to dismiss the company's $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit, which stems from a widespread uproar last year over BPI's lean finely textured beef, decried as "pink slime" by critics.
Campbell negotiating to sell European business
The Associated Press via Las Vegas Sun
Campbell Soup Co. says it's in final negotiations to sell its European business, which includes four plants and a range of soups, sauces and other products, to private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.
Trident Seafoods to build plant in Georgia
Seattle-based food processor Trident Seafoods is investing $41 million in a new seafood processing plant in Georgia, creating 175 jobs.
Food company trade promotions have room to improve
Facts, Figures & the Future
Shoppers seek deals — and CPG companies largely comply. According to Accenture's Perfect Promotion Study, 71 percent of brand makers have spent more to run trade promotions since The Great Recession.
Chilean chicken recall expands
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A recall of chicken from Chile that was first issued for nearly 200,000 pounds of product in July is being expanded to cover roughly 345,000 pounds of chicken — including almost 190,000 pounds that went to U.S. federal establishments for further processing, to a distributor and to retail outlets along the East Coast.
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Euromonitor offers new report on food industry prospects for replacing salt
Euromonitor International's "Hurdles to Health: Prospects for the Food Industry in Replacing Sodium Chloride" global briefing offers an insight into to the size and shape of the packaged food market, highlights buzz topics, emerging geographies, categories and trends and identifies the leading companies and brands. It also offers strategic analysis on driving packaged food industry trends.
Food brands brainstorm at PACK EXPO
Food Production Daily
The Innovation Discovery program at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2013, Sept. 23-25, gives food brand owners a chance to tap into business-building ideas.
Improving food safety — one can at a time
A major food processor needed a solution to improve inspection of product codes at high speeds, and also read the UPC barcode and ensure the labels were fully attached. Matrix Technologies provided a vision-based brightfield inspection system that would improve regulatory compliance and traceability.
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