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FDA allows company linked to tainted salad to reopen
The Mexican unit of Taylor Farms, a food processor whose salad mix had been linked with a Cyclosporiasis outbreak that affected some Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants in Iowa and Nebraska, has been authorized by U.S. health regulators to resume operations.
Opting out: School districts parting ways with lunch program
The Associated Press via ABC News
After federal lunch guidelines forced unpopular changes to school lunch menus — which led to fewer students in the cafeteria — some U.S. school districts are opting out of the National School Lunch Program.
Related: Schools around the country successfully implementing new meal standards (USDA)
Immigration reform's No. 1 enemy: Time
Immigration reform advocates have a new enemy: the congressional calendar. Fall's fiscal fights have lined up in a way that could delay immigration reform until 2014, multiple senior House Republican leadership aides tell Politico, imperiling the effort's prospects before the midterm elections.
Boehner, in Idaho, promises brawl on debt ceiling
The Wall Street Journal
On Monday, Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew sent House Speaker John Boehner, R.-Ohio, a letter asking Republicans to raise the debt ceiling. That same day, Boehner had a message for the White House: not so fast.
Are Democrats done in the South? Arkansas governor's race a test
Twenty years ago, the notion of a Republican-controlled Arkansas was unthinkable. But as the state readies for 2014's hotly contested governor's race, Republicans have a shot at cementing their newfound dominance in the longtime southern Democratic stronghold.
Hawaiian lawmakers introduce competing GMO bills
Honolulu Civil Beat
Hawaii Island's food fight is about to get messier. After sitting on the sidelines during the last three months, South Kona/Ka'u Councilwoman Brenda Ford has entered the debate over genetically modified organisms with her own bill that would ban all transgenic crops, including modified papaya.
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.
Food groups ante up against GMO initiative in Washington (The Seattle Times)
Florida bill tackles issue of labeling genetically modified food (The Florida Current)
NGO: 'Room for improvement' on Fair Trade USA labeling
Fair Trade USA has finalized its labeling policy after more than six months of consultation. NGO Fair World Project supports some of the changes but feels the policy does not go far enough to combat exploitive sugar sourcing.
GFSI launches retail/wholesale technical working group
Food Safety Magazine
The Global Food Safety Initiative this week announced that a retail/wholesale technical working group has been formed to review the role of retailers and wholesalers in the food supply chain. The group will subsequently draft key requirements for inclusion in the GFSI Guidance Document, so that existing food safety management schemes that cover this scope can be benchmarked against them.
Coca-Cola ramps up bio-packaging technology
Food Production Daily
A materials developer has opened a paraxylene biorefinery in Texas to help bring bio-based packaging for clients like Coca-Cola to reality.
Snap-frozen often better than fresh, says nutritionist
Frozen vegetables have emerged as the fastest growing grocery sector, popular with penny-pinchers wary of throwing out unwanted produce.
Submit your 2013 Frozen Food Processor of the Year nominations now
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.
Infograph: Impact of foodborne illnesses
MBA Healthcare Management
Illnesses caused by foodborne contaminants affect millions of Americans every year. Hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, miss work or even die. The result is a multibillion-dollar impact on the U.S. economy and health care industry. And the real kicker? Most of these infections could be prevented by simple safety precautions.
Retailers seek restaurant-goers with convenience foods
Grocery retailers are chock-full of foods, but they don't always offer what consumers want most, says Stephen Sidwell, founder and CEO of LYFE Kitchen Retail based in Atlanta. He aims to offer healthy, convenient foods in the deli area and frozen food aisles.
PHA from agricultural waste closer to food packaging use
Food Production Daily
Bio-on's technology to produce PHA biopolymers from agricultural waste without organic solvents is moving closer to being used in food packaging, according to the firm.
Online auction puts processing machinery up for grabs
Food Production Daily
High Liner Foods is selling off packaging and processing equipment in a Sept. 26 online auction.
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