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Birds Eye overhauls logo, packaging in bid to change view of frozen food
Birds Eye has overhauled its logo and packaging in the latest phase of its re-launch, which will see the brand aim to change consumer perception of frozen food products.
NLRB stance on 'micro-units' sets up food industry fights
Law360 (subscriber story)
An ongoing fight over a National Labor Relations Board ruling that faulted Nestle Dryer's Ice Cream Co. for refusing to bargain with a so-called micro-unit serves as a prime example of how the board's stance on small bargaining units could affect food manufacturers, attorneys say.
Ameripen: Food waste costs US consumers $162 billion annually
Food Production Daily
Food packaging can play a powerful role in preventing costly food waste around the globe, according to the sustainable packaging organization.
Reid: Democrats will hold Senate 'unless something unexpected happens'
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicted Democrats would retain control of the Senate in November "unless something unexpected happens."
Senate Republicans face last big primary test in Alaska
The Washington Post
In this midterm year, it's final exam day for the Senate Republicans' primary season.
Related: Alaska primary a test of Democratic 'meddling' (Politico)
Clintons to attend Iowa steak fry
Hillary and Bill Clinton will be featured guests at retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, marking her return to the Hawkeye State for the first time since her failed 2008 presidential campaign, sources familiar with the event said.
Blueberries are one of the hottest ingredients in all types of beverages. Part of the reason is health but part is also the across-the-board appeal of blueberries with consumers of all ages and with product developers who appreciate the multitude of blueberry products available year-round.
U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Salmonella trial illustrates glaring holes in food safety control
As the first federal criminal trial related to foodborne illnesses enters its third week, witnesses reveal a lack of regulatory oversight and unpalatable details of production at the Peanut Corporation of America, the company responsible for causing a 2008-2009 outbreak of Salmonella that killed nine and sickened over 700.
USDA estimates dozens more recalls in ground beef plans
Food Quality News
Dozens more recalls may occur as part of plans for contaminated ground beef to be traced back to its source quicker.
FDA to conduct more tests but not worried about 4-mei from caramel colors
The FDA has conducted new tests to determine exposure to 4-mei via consumption of products containing caramel colors III and IV and plans more to assess exposure from other sources such as brewed coffee and roasted meats. But for now, it says it still has "no reason to believe" that 4-mei from caramel colors poses a health risk at current intake levels.
EFSA assesses prevalence of Listeria, compliance with prevention
Food Quality News
The European Food Safety Authority has analyzed data to estimate prevalence and contamination levels of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods at the retail level.
Related: Listeria monocytogenes in foods linked to miscarriage, meningitis (News-Medical)
Russian government approves heavy fines for improper GMO labeling
The Russian cabinet has approved the bill introducing heavy fines for businessmen who violate the rules on obligatory marking of foodstuffs containing genetically modified products.
California: Grower body expects 'renewed emphasis' on food safety
Fresh Fruit Portal
Sustainability and food safety are going to be two of the most pressing issues facing the Californian produce industry in the coming years, according to one grower representative body.
Rancho Feeding faces criminal charges for selling sick cattle
A federal grand jury has indicted two workers and the co-owners of Rancho Feeding Corp., the Petaluma, California, slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall, for processing animals condemned by USDA inspectors and processing others that were known to have eye cancer. Between them, they face 11 felony charges.
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McDonald's confronts its junk food image
The Associated Press via New Pittsburgh Courier
McDonald's is taking a multifaceted approach to change its image as a purveyor of junk food. In the past 18 months, the chain has introduced the option to substitute egg whites in breakfast sandwiches and rolled out chicken wraps as its first menu item with cucumbers. Last fall, it announced plans to give people the choice of a salad instead of fries in combo meals. And in coming months, mandarins will be offered in Happy Meals, with other fruits being explored as well.
Consumer prices rise modestly in July
U.S. consumer prices barely rose in July as declining energy costs partially offset increases in food and rents, which could give the Federal Reserve ammunition to keep interest rates low for a while.
How the foods we grow, eat and trade impact the climate
As temperatures and the global population rise, we'll need to find new ways to feed a hot and crowded world. Some look to GMOs as the answer, but others see biotechnology as a threat to our soil and health. On the most recent NPR Special, Climate One speaks with experts about eating meat, growing organics, school lunches and how what we eat is affecting global climate change.
Foodservice operations need to understand meat, poultry expiration dates
Michigan State University
Recent global media reports speak of "rotten" or "tainted" meat being used in overseas meat processing and foodservice operations. Was the meat really spoiled, or did it get handled in a manner that was acceptable but not conveyed to employees or end users?
Evolva and Cargill apply to patent 'next generation' fermented sweeteners
A new patent application that covers the efficient and sustainable production of sweeteners including Rebaudioside M using fermentation technology has been published by Evolva and Cargill.
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