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Keeping foodborne illnesses at bay
The New York Times
Each year, 1 in 6 Americans becomes sick from eating contaminated food. But while outbreaks of foodborne illness linked to processing plants or imported products capture the public's attention and raise fears about the safety of the food supply, as many as 70 percent of food poisoning cases originate in the kitchen.
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Editorial: Ditch ethanol mandates; try a carbon tax
The Washington Post
Washington is seeing a great fight between two extremely powerful lobbies, Big Ethanol and Big Oil. Neither should win.
At issue is the Renewable Fuel Standard, a huge subsidy meant for companies making all kinds of ethanol but that mostly benefits the least-attractive type, derived from corn.
How Goya brought ethnic food to white America
The Washington Post
The burgeoning Hispanic population isn't enough for Goya, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S. It has started moving into other foreign cuisines, like Indian and Chinese, in a bid to become the food company for all people new to America.
Think the 2016 presidential race hasn't started yet? Look out below
The Washington Post
Jan. 1, 2016, is 859 days away. But, judging from the headlines about the 2016 presidential race blaring across news websites and cable channels this August, you might think it were next month.
Immigration bill generating little heat in town halls
Constituents at town halls for Republican House members focus more on health care than immigration, and supporters of the immigration overhaul have mobilized few protests.
Pro-reform Democrat travels to Virginia to pressure GOP on immigration
A leading Democratic advocate for immigration reform is holding events in the Virginia districts of two House Republicans on Monday to build pressure on Republicans to bring up comprehensive immigration legislation when Congress returns in September.
Farmers, consumer groups seek to defend meat labeling rules in court fight
A coalition of groups representing farmers, ranchers and consumers is pushing to join the high-stakes legal battle over new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations requiring more descriptive country-of-origin labels on meat.
New federal lunch rules mean to keep kids healthier
When new federal nutrition rules for public school lunches took effect last year, Kevin Thornton and his crew had to meticulously re-think the menus for some 33,000 meals provided daily to Brevard County, Fla., students.
Chef's touch transforms school lunches in Maine (Portland Press Herald)
Nutrition can boost school performance (HealthDay via Medical Xpress)
Golden rice: Lifesaver?
The New York Times
One bright morning this month, 400 protesters smashed down the high fences surrounding a field in the Bicol region of the Philippines and uprooted the genetically modified rice plants growing inside. But the rice, had it survived, would have been endowed with a gene from corn and another from a bacterium, making it the only variety in existence to produce beta carotene, the source of vitamin A.
Related: GMO: The anguished debate (Discover)
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.
Fast food worker strikes herald new organizing model
Law360 (subscription required)
With strikes by fast food workers gaining momentum, experts say the walkouts are unlikely to produce scores of new union members but could still advance organized labor's goals by drumming up support for higher wages in the service sector and ushering in a less formalized organizing model.
Commentary: A Sarbanes-Oxley Act for food safety could save lives
Food Safety News
Every manufacturer knows their labor numbers, productivity metrics, capital improvement project status and, likewise, every successful restaurant operator knows how they are doing with same-store sales, labor, food cost and cash handling. But when it comes to food safety, they have only vague, general knowledge.
Publix to open another store in North Carolina
Charlotte Business Journal
Publix Super Markets Inc. will open a store in Winston-Salem, N.C., as it continues to expand its presence in the state.
Little grocery, big impact
Wal-Mart, move over. The minimalist grocery is here, and shoppers are enjoying the experience. Stores like Idaho-based and privately held WinCo or German-born Aldi are enjoying a more robust following.
Related: Should supermarkets worry about drugstore food sales growth? (Supermarket News)
New report: Eco-eating goes mainstream
"Eco-eating," which encompasses everything from edible packaging trends to sustainable seafood, is moving from natural stores and fancy restaurants to the mainstream of food culture, according to a new report.
Food fraud: Which ingredients are most vulnerable?
You can't paint a horse like a cow and expect people not to notice — but grind their meat into patties and it may be a different story. So what makes an ingredient vulnerable to food fraud?
Hain Celestial CEO: Consumers don't want to buy soup in cans any more
Will New Covent Garden, the U.K.'s leading brand of chilled soup, be a success in the U.S. market?
Refrigerated trucks to keep their cool thanks to fuel cell technology
Science World Report
Grocery merchants in Texas, California and New York will soon have ice cream, frozen foods and fresh produce delivered by tractor trailers whose refrigeration units are powered by fuel cells, a clean technology that makes energy silently and with dramatically reduced emissions.
Final week to nominate for 2013 Frozen Food 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.
Cailfornia firm recalls 47,000 pounds of cured pork over misbranding
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Westlake Foods, a Santa Ana, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 47,419 pounds of cured pork products because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen, a situation resulting from a change in the company's spice mix that is not reflected in the labeling.
Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.
Cheating the taste buds: The flavor challenge of salt, sugar, fat reduction
Sugar, salt and fat reduction have topped the research agenda for most large food companies for years — but when it comes to replicating the flavor of these crucial ingredients, it's still early days.
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