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High food prices lead to trade-offs, even in upper-income households
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Rising food bills challenge consumers' internal price barriers and lead to trade-offs.
Video: Expect higher grocery bills this fall (WSJ-TV via Palm Beach Post)
Hospital system: Reduce food costs by buying frozen (Healthcare Finance News)
Top 5 tips on food safety for industry
As a result of recent food safety scandals, the public's understanding of and appetite for food traceability and safety information has never been greater. Here are five key areas a food firm can address to ensure they meet this demand and protect consumers, retailers and themselves in the future.
How much food do you waste, discarding after the best-by date?
In recent months, even organizations whose primary focus is keeping bad and gone-bad food out of people's diets have paid more attention to the issue of food waste caused by erroneous fear of bad food.
Related: Phytonext technology could help reduce food waste, cut food costs (Food Navigator)
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Farm bill has become a midterm flash point
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
On the road to winning Iowa's Republican Senate primary, state Sen. Joni Ernst opposed the five-year farm bill passed by Congress. Now, her stance on that legislation has become the focal point of attacks by her Democrat opponent.
The 10 things we know 10 weeks before Election Day
The Washington Post
The Nov. 4 election is in 70 days. With just 10 weeks separating us from our favorite biennial event, let's go through 10 things we know about the midterm election to come.
Campaign watch: Silly season starts on television
It's silly season on television, as candidates compete on crowded airwaves for voters' dwindling attention.
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White House considers proposals to sharply increase legal immigration
The Washington Post
The White House is considering proposals from business and immigrant rights groups that are pressing President Barack Obama to provide hundreds of thousands of new green cards for high-tech workers and the relatives of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
FDA's Wagner lays out latest thinking on FSMA implementation plan
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
FDA investigators will be assessing a facility's food safety culture during inspections and handing out deficiency letters for safety violations on the spot — just two of the many changes the agency is moving toward in a post-FSMA environment.
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FSIS enforcement action results in sentencing in 3 criminal cases
Food Safety News
A trio of successful prosecutions top the quarterly enforcement report from the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service for the period ending June 30. The April to June period is the third quarter of the federal fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Judge to decide if Center for Food Safety can intervene in Vermont GMO case
Food Product Design
U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss is considering arguments from both sides of the aisle as the Center for Food Safety tries to intervene in the ongoing lawsuit over Vermont's GMO labeling law.
US grower groups upset with EU GMO reviews
Agrow (subscriber story)
An array of U.S. grower groups have urged the Obama administration to press the EU to allow imports of new genetically modified crops that have been cleared by the European Food Safety Authority. At issue are nine GM crops.
Opinion: Why the feds want to treat school lunches as a national security issue
National Review Online
If a middle-school student arrives in class this fall with a lunchbox containing a 20 oz. Gatorade and a package of cheese and crackers, s/he may be transporting material the federal government has prohibited public schools from providing to children this fall. If such a simple snack were provided by the school, it might well be a threat to national security, the feds say.
Genetic engineering and the fight against Ebola
The Wall Street Journal
An experimental medicine that successfully cured two Ebola patients this summer is made through "biopharming," a relatively new and promising way to create drugs through GMOs. But the technology is stymied by regulation and fear-mongering.
Burger King-Tim Hortons deal generates controversy
Burger King's Tuesday announcement that it plans to buy about 51 percent of the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons for $11.4 billion may have been about saving on taxes by moving to Canada — or it may have been a strategic move to position itself better in the face of declining U.S. sales of fast food.
Related: BK deal: Fast food has a bigger problem than taxes (The Wall Street Journal)
KKR buys stake in McDonald's supplier to help bring safe chicken to China
U.S. investment firm KKR said Tuesday it will pay $400 milllion for an 18 percent stake in Chinese chicken meat producer Fujian Sunner Development as part of an effort to team up with companies that are working to improve safety in the country's food industry.
Salt studies present conundrums for food industry
New studies say too little salt might be as harmful as too much. What is the food industry supposed to do with this information? Take it with a grain of…
The surprising reason 'pink slime' meat is back
Since the catastrophic "pink slime" publicity bomb two years ago, BPI has been gradually regaining business. The reason is the same one that made finely textured beef successful in the first place: It's cheap. And lower costs are particularly attractive to processors facing record high prices for ground beef. For that you can thank Mother Nature.
Small brands play catch up with food labeling rules
Small brands are reacting to food labeling changes more slowly than larger peers and risk a last-minute scramble to meet Food Information to Consumer Regulation requirements, according to GS1 UK.
ConAgra launches snack line for 'health-conscious'
ConAgra Foods has launched the Delight Bites snack treat range under its Life Choice brand, targeting the health-conscious consumer market.
Ore-Ida Tater Tots celebrates 60 years with new packaging
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
H.J. Heinz Co. is celebrating six decades of producing Ore-Ida Tater Tots with the release of new packaging.
Vegetable processor needs workers
Capital Ag Press
A Quincy, Washington, vegetable processor is short 62 percent of its night crew, and there are reports of picker shortages in apples and pears.
Ensuring cargo safety, monitoring reefer temp with tracking technology
Transporting food and beverages poses a safety risk, particularly for products that need to be kept at certain temperatures throughout the entire delivery. With advancements in trailer tracking technology, companies gain enhanced asset visibility and cargo security and are better equipped to prevent the risks inherent during transport.
Safety concerns for nanomaterials in food packaging
The safety of food packaging containing nanomaterials is being called into question, with Friends of the Earth calling for more stringent regulations.
Big data feeds the food industry
From producer to supplier to restaurant, grocer and caterer, the food industry is an expansive and vital part of our economy. Here are a few ways the food industry is using big data to reach a wider customer base, increase efficiency and cater to the tastes of the consumer.
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