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How 'Fight for $15' might make it difficult to get fast food Thursday
The Washington Post
Without better pay, fast food workers say they will walk out Thursday — and, unlike in previous actions, there may be civil disobedience. This is Fight for $15: the non-union labor movement that has been trying to call attention to the plight of fast-food workers for about two years.
Related: Workers' beef with fast food industry leads to civil disobedience? (HR.BLR.com)
Waste not, want not: Former Trader Joe's exec tackles food waste
Some estimates say Americans throw out 25 percent of the food they buy. But a former Trader Joe's executive has a plan to feed the hungry — not the landfills.
'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.
Editor's note: AFFI leads a coalition of nearly 50 food and agriculture producers in opposition of over $225 million in new food facility fees to fund the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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Democrat's withdrawal poses threat to Roberts
A Democratic candidate for the Senate seat in Kansas has withdrawn from the race, paving the way for a serious third-party contender against longtime Republican Sen. Pat Roberts — and jolting Republicans' calculus for retaking the Senate.
Democrat's exit roils Kansas Senate race (The Hill)
Legal questions complicate Democrat's exit from Kansas Senate race (The Hill)
Boehner: Expect 'brief but busy' September
Speaker John Boehner told his conference Wednesday that the September legislative session will be "brief but busy," giving Republicans a chance to paint a "stark contrast" with Democrats before the November elections.
White House official predicts CR passage
A top White House official believes Congress will pass a continuing resolution to keep the government open later this month, despite suggestions from some in the president's party that Republicans could imperil the funding measure.
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GMA using Hawaii ruling in Vermont GMO labeling lawsuit
The food industry is pointing to a recent ruling in a federal court in Hawaii to block a consumer advocacy group from helping in the defense of Vermont's new GMO labeling law.
Related: Monsanto, under attack for GMOs, has a new defender (The Wall Street Journal)
Feds slow to respond to Oregon GMO task force
Federal authorities have been slow to answer questions about genetic engineering regulations asked by a state task force assembled by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber.
Related: Oregon parties part ways on almost every issue (Portland Tribune)
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To delay or not? Timing on immigration reform holds risks for Obama
When President Barack Obama stepped into the White House Rose Garden in June to announce he would single-handedly reform U.S. immigration policy, he startled advocates by announcing a firm, end-of-summer deadline for executive action. Fast-forward nine weeks and both the deadline and the wisdom of setting it are in doubt.
USDA: Slightly fewer households lacking enough food
The percentage of Americans regarded as "food insecure" — lacking access to enough food for a healthy life — has edged down in the past few years but still represents over 17 million households, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Wednesday.
UK to establish dedicated food crime unit
A new unit dedicated to tackling crime in the food industry is being set up by the Food Standards Agency, the British government announced this week.
Related: Review of food supply chains warns against 'adversarial procurement' (Supply Management)
Canadian expert: New rules on meat labeling won't cut risk of contamination
Since Aug. 21, Canadian consumers who visit the meat counter will have noticed new labels that allow them to clearly read whether meat products have been mechanically tenderized. However, the new risk-mitigating regulation falls way short of responding to a much larger food safety threat: pathogen contamination.
Recent research on third-party audits
Ronald Doering via Barfblog
Until recently there has been little serious research on the most significant food safety advance in the past decade, a development that has been entirely outside the realm of public law — the extraordinary growth of third-party supplier audits.
Yum estimates China same-store sales fell 13 percent on food safety scare
Yum Brands Inc estimated same-store sales in China fell about 13 percent in the third quarter and continue to decline, hurt by a food safety scare in late July when a former supplier was said to have used expired meat.
US trade deficit smallest in 6 months on rising exports
The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in July to its lowest point in six months as exports rose to a record high, supporting views of sturdy economic growth in the third quarter, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
Related: US potato exports hit new record, both in value and volume (PotatoPro)
Eating healthy is big business
We're finally getting the message that we are what we eat, and more Americans are turning to all-natural and organic foods.
Tyson, Hillshire now '1 great company' as plant awaits impact of merger
With completion of a Tyson Foods buyout of Hillshire Brands, the No. 1 and No. 2 employers in Storm Lake, Iowa, will be united under one company as part of the largest food industry merger in history. City Manager Jim Patrick predicts that both Storm Lake plants will continue to operate, as employees await the full impact of the merger.
Frito-Lay president: Supply chain productivity is a growth enabler
Food Production Daily
Improved supply chain productivity using automation and better go-to-market delivery systems has driven core operating profit up 6 percent CAGR, says the president of Frito-Lay North America.
JBS to pursue $1.8 billion food unit IPO within weeks
JBS SA, the world's largest meatpacker, is resuming a plan to raise $1.8 billion from the initial public offering of its pork, poultry and food-processing operations in Brazil as early as next month, a source with direct knowledge of the deal said Wednesday.
Perdue Foods stops using antibiotics at poultry farms
An initiative that started five years ago has now come to an end, said Perdue Foods. It announced on Wednesday that it has removed all antibiotics from its chicken hatcheries.
UK: Heinz to release new product to tackle obesity
Heinz has introduced a lower-sugar tomato ketchup in the U.K., joining efforts to curb obesity. A Heinz spokesperson said, "Sugar is increasingly high on the agenda and mums are looking at ways to cut sugar in their families' diets. This is a key drive in the improved benefit mum sees between the old variety called 'reduced sugar and salt' and '50 percent Less Sugars'."
ConAgra launches Bertolli torta line
ConAgra Foods has added to its range of Bertolli Italian-style products with single-serve tortas.
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