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AFFI Commends FDA for Release of FSMA Final Rules
American Frozen Food Institute
American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) President and CEO Kraig R.
Naasz today commended the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its
issuance of Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Final Rules on Preventive
Controls for Human Food and Animal Feed.
Related: FDA publishes final FSMA rules on preventive controls for human, animal food (Food Dive)
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New York City is now requiring restaurants to put a warning label on high-sodium foods
Reuters via Business Insider
New York City health officials unanimously voted on Wednesday to require chain restaurants to add a warning label to menu items that contain more than the daily recommended amount of sodium, making it the first city in the United States to do so.
What grocers need know about modern foodies
With the aging of millennials and the digitalization of Gen X, foodies have evolved into "housechefs," whose growing decision-making power requires a whole new set of changes in positioning, purchase patterns, and marketing practices, according to the global food, beverage and lifestyle marketing agency's latest insights.
How the GOP ended up in disarray on Iran
This was supposed to be the easy part of September. Congressional Republicans wanted to use the first week back from August recess to hammer President Barack Obama with two bipartisan votes showcasing the strong disapproval of his nuclear deal with Iran.
Related: GOP's populist revolt arrives at Capitol, complicating Iran debate (The Washington Post)
Cruz's second shutdown play rankles fellow Republicans
Ted Cruz says his hard-line strategy to defund Planned Parenthood and risk a government shutdown is about doing the "right thing" and following through on Republicans' vows to conservative voters.
But many of his Republican colleagues say it’s really all about Cruz.
New poll shows a Clinton-Sanders dead heat in Iowa
The Washington Post
Bernie Sanders has drawn even with Hillary Rodham Clinton in a new poll of likely Iowa caucus-goers, suggesting a major shift in the nation's first nominating state.
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Lawmakers yet to be sold on increased exports to Cuba
Some House members aren't sold on the idea of increased agricultural trade with Cuba, saying it wouldn't do anything to relieve human rights abuses in the communist country.
USDA announces more price options, elections for organic producers
USDA's Risk Management Agency announced Wednesday that it would offer expanded price options and elections on organic crops in 2016, helping organic producers purchase higher crop insurance policies.
Oil industry study says statutory RFS levels 'not feasible'
A new study commissioned by the American Petroleum Institute says compliance with statutory blending requirements under the Renewable Fuel Standard “will result in severe economic harm.”
Froman briefs lawmakers on status of TPP talks
Food Chemical News
Members of the House Agriculture Committee met Wednesday (Sept. 9) with United States Trade Representative Michael Froman for a briefing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership and other agricultural trade issues.
Mixed rulings seen boosting WOTUS critics
The mixed court rulings on the Obama administration's new Clean Water Act rule should motivate more Democrats to support repealing the measure or at least stalling its implementation, says Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.
Study finds children eat healthier at daycare centers than at home
A recent study conducted by researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center has found that preschool age children are consuming more calories and fewer fruits, vegetables and milk outside of child care centers than what is recommended by the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Solution to bird flu could come in GMO chickens
British scientists have developed a GMO chicken that is more resistant to the bird flu than regular chickens. When the bird flu is introduced to the GMO chickens, their genetic code has been modified to trick the virus, which copies the decoy and prevents the virus from reproducing itself.
FSMA preparation playing a role in strong U.S. food testing market – Eurofins
Food Quality News
Eurofins has reported high single digit organic growth in the US for food testing driven in part by preparation for the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More consumers embracing whole grains
Nearly two-thirds of Americans say they are heeding the Dietary Guidelines advice to "make at least half your grains whole,” with the majority of Americans eating more whole grains than they did five years ago.
Transportation sector gains 7,000 jobs in August
The transportation sector gained 7,300 jobs in August as the national unemployment rate fell to 5.1 percent, according to statistics released by the Department of Labor on Friday. The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics said there were 4,795,000 jobs in transportation in August, compared to 4,787,700 in July.
Keurig teams up with Campbell Soup in 1st foray into food
Keurig Green Mountain Inc., struggling with sluggish demand for its coffee pods and brewers, is looking for a pick-me-up from chicken soup.
Burning questions for higher chilling production
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Traditionally, chilling and freezing have been labor and energy intensive processes, yet they are critical to producing consistent, high-quality products and brands. Freezing processes often receive first attention because of their operating costs and power consumption, but choices about chilling processes can be equally important.
Stuffed-crust inventor looks to bring pizza industry into Chipotle era
When Patty Scheibmeir was working as a food scientist at Pizza Hut in the early 1990s, she came up with an innovation that would transform the industry: Stuffed crust. By infusing dough with mozzarella, Scheibmeir made crusts more appealing to customers who used to just leave them on the plate. And she helped kick off a fast-food arms race for decadent creations that has continued to this day. (Doritos tacos, anyone?)
Global food prices hit lowest level in over 6 years
Global oversupply and concerns over China's economic slowdown have knocked food commodity prices to the lowest level in over six years, the United Nation's food body said on Thursday.
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