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National Cyclospora outbreak: What we do and don't know
Food Safety News
Nearly two months have passed since state and federal health authorities first became aware on June 28 of two related cases of Cyclospora infection in Iowa residents. Yet investigations are ongoing and a cause of the 22-state outbreak remains unclear.
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Judges put pressure on FDA to take a stance on GMOs in 'natural' foods
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
In a series of decisions handed down in three separate courts in the past two months, judges refused to settle lawsuits filed by consumers over "natural" claims in foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. The judge in each case determined it should be up to the FDA to decide whether products with GM ingredients can carry "natural" labels.
Editor's Note: AFFI's 2013 Government Action Summit, set for Sept. 10-12, will feature an in-depth panel discussion by leading thought-leaders regarding GMO food package labeling. To register for the Summit, or for more information, please click here.
Top packaged food trends in the Americas
Food Production Daily
A Euromonitor slideshow profiles notable packaged food trends in 15 countries throughout North and South America.
Boehner proposes 'short-term' bill to avert government shutdown
The Washington Post
House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday he plans to avert a government shutdown at the end of September by passing a "short-term" budget bill that maintains sharp automatic spending cuts, known as the sequester.
Democrats watch as Christie rolls
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has made little secret that he wants a resounding win in his re-election this year as a show of strength for his all-but-assumed 2016 presidential candidacy. And Democrats appear perfectly willing to comply.
Opinion: There's nothing special about the filibuster
Though the long-term outcome of last month's Senate debate over the filibuster rule is uncertain, it's already clear that gridlock won't be disappearing anytime soon. The cause is a filibuster rule that gives 41 of 100 senators veto power over the entire legislative process.
Obamacare's many definitions of small business breed confusion, challenges
The Washington Post
It is a question employers across the country are trying to answer as the government prepares to implement some of the most important provisions of the health care reform law: "Does my company qualify as a small business under Obamacare?" The answer is anything but simple.
Fast food wage protests head south
Fast food workers in the South are joining the fight against low wages for the first time since the campaign began last fall. On Aug. 29, workers will gather in cities across the nation, including half a dozen southern cities such as Memphis, Raleigh, N.C., and Tampa, Fla.
Related: Former McDonald's CEO: $15 minimum wage would kill jobs (The Huffington Post)
Michael Taylor: States have important role in food safety partnerships
"We have known for some time how important the state role will be in implementing the provisions of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, and that was very apparent during our conversations in New Hampshire on Tuesday, Aug. 20," writes FDA Deputy Commissioner Michael Taylor.
Chinese political official: Focusing on food safety supervision
Wang Yang, a member of China's Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and a vice premier of the State Council, writes, "China is at a decisive stage in its development. As the economy develops, expectations towards food and drug safety are increasing. There can be no delay in addressing quality and safety problems."
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The paradigm shift in American food
The Motley Fool
A fundamental shift is occurring in how Americans approach their food, causing the food industry to take a long, hard look at what the future model for food in America will be. As time goes on, two distinct patterns are taking hold.
FoodGenius brings big data to food industry
As the business world increasingly relies on big data to influence everything from major strategic moves to revamping hiring practices, the food industry, one of the country's biggest and most vital employers, is way behind the curve.
'Equitable Food Initiative' seeks to stop food contamination
Consumer advocates have formed a unique coalition with retailers, farmers, suppliers and farm workers to promote food safety and improve working conditions in the produce industry. Spearheaded by OxFam America, the "Equitable Food Initiative" provides training for farm workers on hygiene, clean water and more.
Rules for college eating: Make a plan, buy frozen food, have fun
The Independent Florida Gator
For college freshmen, eating can be a challenge. Nostalgic for your family and the nutrition they gave you, you must now cut the umbilical cord and find your own source of nutrition. How can you do this without starving or going broke?
Clock is ticking for 2013 Frozen Food Processor of the Year nominations
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.
Philadelphia: Chinese restaurants band together to cut salt
More than 200 Chinese takeout restaurants in Philadelphia's poorest neighborhoods — most with kitchens behind bulletproof glass — are participating in a program to reduce the salt in their cooking, according the City Department of Public Health.
South Florida Logistics Center will receive $2.5 million grant
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the $39.9 million South Florida Logistics Center project will receive a $2.5 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation, via the agency's ILC Infrastructure Support program.
Lunchables competitor hits store shelves
Revolution Foods, a company founded by two moms that serves more than 1 million meals weekly to K-12 schools, is launching a prepackaged retail lunch product aimed at socially aware consumers.
Doctors win $8 million grant to look at BPA effects on babies
Food Production Daily
A government-funded research team from the University of Illinois has landed a 5-year, $8 million grant to investigate how substances used in food packaging affect the health and development of children.
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