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Starbucks, 7-Eleven in Hong Kong drawn into 'gutter oil' food safety scandal
South China Morning Post
More big chains have been drawn into the scandal over the use of old or tainted cooking oil in Hong Kong, as it emerged Monday that cakes made with "gutter oil" had been sold by 7-Eleven, Starbucks and Cafe Express, among others.
Tainted oil sold to 473 businesses (Shanghai Daily)
'Gutter oil' scandal raises food safety fears once again in Greater China (Time)
Food sales draw customers to dollar stores
Customers who seek out deals on groceries, no matter the type of store, have helped dollar stores become the fastest-growing brick-and-mortar retailers today, largely because of growing food sales, according to Kantar Retail analysts.
Activist goes Dumpster-diving to show off food waste
Rob Greenfield is on a mission, and it involves getting his hands — and the rest of him — pretty dirty. The activist is diving in Dumpsters in major cities across the U.S. to show people how much perfectly good food is tossed out.
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This is how big a drag Obama is on Senate Democrats
The Washington Post
It's been obvious for a while now that President Barack Obama was going to be a net negative for Democrats trying to hold onto control of the Senate on Nov. 4. But, just how big a drag he actually is has come into focus over the past few days — thanks to a slew of polling in some of the most hotly contested races in the country.
Hill aims to avoid shutdown drama
Congressional leaders from both parties are gearing up to pass a bill to avert a government shutdown with as little drama as possible.
GOP's September goal: Do no harm
Congressional Republicans have a simple mantra as they take a brief break from the campaign trail and return to Washington: Do nothing to harm what they see as their best chance of capturing full control of Congress for the first time since 2006.
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Russia hints at flight ban in response to new sanctions
Russia signalled on Monday it might ban Western airlines from flying over its territory as part of an "asymmetrical" response to new European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
Related: Russia threatens more retaliation if West tightens sanctions (The Wall Street Journal)
GMO experiments receive questionable oversight
Under Freedom of Information laws, Hearst Newspapers has obtained documents on hundreds of field trials involving genetically modified plants. The data, Hearst reporter Bill Lambrecht says, present a picture of vast, swiftly expanding outdoor experimentation and industry-friendly oversight of those experiments.
EU legislation on packaging, waste top of the agenda
Food Production Daily
EuroPack kicked off the 10th anniversary of its summit in Lisbon, Portugal, this week with Europen (European Organization for Packaging and the Environment) discussing EU legislation on a packaging and packaging waste directive.
Opinion: Do 'clicktivism' and online petitions go too far?
Clicktivism. It has a great ring to it, no? It says everything about our online culture these days, where just about anything can be accomplished with enough single, willing clicks — including the viral success of an online petition.
Kroger, on a roll, bucks the trend in groceries
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Kroger Co. has been a rare bright spot recently in a world of food producers and purveyors that are struggling. Will another strong quarter reflect healthier consumers?
Tyson Foods reports progress following Hillshire merger
The Poultry Site
A week after Tyson Foods Inc. completed its merger with The Hillshire Brands Company, Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith has told investors the process for combining the two companies is well underway.
Related: Hillshire CEO steps down (Food Business News)
Technology showcase: Tamper-obvious packaging for frozen desserts
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Lindar Corp., based in Baxter, Minnesota, has released a selection of tamper-obvious packaging, including two-piece pie and cake containers.
Fresh isn't always best when it comes to fruit, vegetables
Studies have shown fresh, frozen and canned fruits and vegetables to be nutritionally similar. Frozen and canned sources of produce are often cheaper. And they are already washed and cut, making them more convenient.
Gene-altered apple tested in Washington state
An inspection of an orchard of experimental, genetically modified apples in central Washington last year turned up a troubling finding: gene-altered trees flowering less than 100 feet from conventional apple trees.
Boar's Head opens new processing plant
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Boar's Head Brand has announced plans to locate a new premium delicatessen product manufacturing and research facility in New Castle, Indiana, creating more than 200 new jobs over the next few years.
Poultry products recalled because of potential processing flaw
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Perdue Food LLC is recalling approximately 720 pounds of raw, fresh chicken products because they may have experienced a processing deviation in temperature during production.
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