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'To-do list' on food safety grows longer for agencies
The largest food safety overhaul in generations is being starved of funding needed to enforce a host of new regulations for factories, farms and importers, safety advocates warn.
Why McDonalds' supplier failed in China
The problems at OSI, a key supplier to McDonald's, are a salutary lesson to companies doing business in China on the need for proper supervision. OSI, the meat processor, didn't know what was happening at its Chinese plants — and didn't have a way to check.
GMO labeling foes triple spending in first half of this year over 2013
Opponents of mandatory labeling for foods made with genetically modified organisms spent more than $27 million in the first six months of this year on GMO-related lobbying, roughly three times their spending in all of 2013, according to an analysis released Wednesday.
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The myth of the looming GOP 'wave'
The Washington Post
A new narrative seems to be forming with about two months to go in the 2014 election: The GOP wave isn't forming.
The 5 sleeper Senate races
The likeliest Republican paths to winning the Senate majority are pretty clear, but there are potential sleepers and under-covered races that could be one shock poll from bursting onto the map in the final eight weeks.
Mark Begich's first misstep
Sen. Mark Begich's (D-Alaska) ad tying a horrific murder case in Alaska to Republican Dan Sullivan was a risk that immediately backfired.
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Los Angeles mayor proposes $13.25 minimum wage
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed that the city gradually raise the minimum wage to $13.25 by 2017, up from the current $9 an hour. Plus: A look at the minimum hourly wage in each state for jobs covered by the Federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Higher minimum wage rates take effect in Michigan (WWJ and The AP)
Fast food strike plays into larger minimum wage talk (U.S. News & World Report)
Food stamp usage is starting to fall
The Wall Street Journal
After soaring in the years since the recession, use of food stamps, one of the federal government's biggest social-welfare programs, is beginning to decline.
Groups call on seafood fraud task force to require 'robust' traceability
Food Safety News
Comments submitted Tuesday by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and 12 other public health and consumer protection organizations and individuals called on the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud to recommend "robust traceability requirements" for all seafood sold in the U.S.
Food makers need to update package labels for US consumers
For too long the food label has been fuzzy territory for American consumers who struggle to determine — at a glance — exactly what is in the food they are eating.
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Consumers want organic versions of their favorite food
Organic seeds, spicy ingredients as well as organic versions of everyday meals are key trends, according to the company EHL Ingredients and a food marketing expert.
Can mass meat be both cheap and safe?
Per person, Americans eat an average 270.7 pounds of meat per year, well above the world average of 102.5 pounds and second only to tiny Luxembourg. All the while, we demand that meat stay good and cheap.
Related: US ground beef prices hit all-time high (Natural News via Epoch Times)
Unilever signs Solidaridad supply chain partnership
A Unilever agreement with Solidaridad is set to extend supply chain sustainability beyond the usual suspects of tea and cocoa to vegetables like gherkins.
Sustainable startups using technology to make use of food waste
Small Business Trends
The developed world wastes almost as much food as sub-Saharan Africa produces in a given year, according to the United Nations. This means there's an opportunity for sustainable startups to try and make use of all that food waste.
3 food waste facts about France's ugly produce campaign (Organic Authority)
Global crisis: Food waste infographic (Trendhunter)
16 CPGs on Forbes' list of most innovative companies
The list of the World's Most Innovative Companies, compiled by Forbes magazine, includes 16 consumer packaged goods firms.
Northeast Ohio makes a play for 11 food sectors
Crain's Cleveland Business
A comprehensive report vetted by hundreds of local food and beverage industry professionals calls for a concerted focus in growing certain regional food product businesses in Northeast Ohio over the next five years.
Pitfalls in logistics partnerships
Four decades have passed since a logistics magazine published an article about how the relationship between the public warehouse operator and the customer should be one of partnership. Have we made any progress in the past 40 years?
The benefits of automating produce production lines
Packaging fresh produce presents challenges in terms of handling, food safety and shelf-life, so how can manufacturers deliver a high-quality product efficiently?
Repackaging costs? Remember the cost of lost consumer confidence
Industry should put less emphasis on the cost of relabeling and remember the cost of plummetting consumer confidence, according to a European Consumer Organization campaign to extend mandatory meat origin labeling rules to processed products.
Small vs. large: Which size farm is better for the planet?
The Washington Post
The vision of small, diversified farms feeding the world, one community at a time, is a popular one. But is it a viable one?
Russia: Sales of frozen fruit and vegetables spike 36 percent
According to the analysis of Russian market of frozen fruit and vegetables prepared by BusinesStat in 2014, for the period of 2009-2013 the volume of frozen production sales in the country increased by 36 percent, and that number is expected to grow 5 percent annually through 2018.
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