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Gillibrand introduces legislation to preserve staffing levels for USDA inspectors
The Washington Post
Food safety legislation was introduced Thursday in the Senate that seeks to preserve current staffing levels of USDA inspectors in meat plants at the same time the agency promotes a new model that would cut the federal inspection force by as much as half.
Related: Senate bill would update meat and poultry inspection (Food Safety News)
Whole Foods will launch new product to help GMO Free CT go national
The CT Mirror
GMO Free CT, the grass-roots group that used social media to unexpectedly win a Connecticut labeling law for genetically modified foods this year, is going national — backed by the sale of an organic smoothie drink about to go on sale at Whole Foods.
Related: Lawyer: FDA losing credibility by ignoring food label skirmishes (Food Navigator-USA)
Poll: Years after recession, 1 in 5 Americans still fighting hunger
Four years after the recession ended, 1 in 5 American adults are still struggling to buy enough food, according to a survey released Thursday that underscored the unevenness of the U.S. economic recovery.
Related: Private label could account for 50 percent of food sales by 2025 (Reuters)
Reid raises cash to oust McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is hosting a fundraiser for Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic opponent running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The move marks a shift for Reid, who late last year said he wouldn't campaign against McConnell because he didn't think it was "appropriate."
Shutdown deja vu on Hill
If it seems like we've been here before, it's because we have. Once again, the government is on the brink of a shutdown — it's just 18 days away — and the House has left town with a flurry of legislative plans bouncing around. The Senate is rejecting every single one out of hand.
Related: Boehner: No resolution on spending bill (The Hill)
NBC/WSJ poll: GOP on the rise
Republicans are now leading Democrats on handling several key issues, according to a new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll. Released Friday, the poll shows more Americans think the Republicans are doing a better job on the economy, foreign policy and reducing the federal deficit.
DeLauro vows to keep fighting USDA-China agreement on US chicken
The CT Mirror
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., says she's not ready to quit her efforts to protect American consumers from imported Chinese chicken, even as the U.S. Department of Agriculture moves to open the door to such exports.
Credit Suisse: Sugar tax is best option to limit public health problems
A sugar tax is the best way to combat excess sugar consumption that doctors agree is partly to blame for growing global obesity and diabetes rates, according to "Sugar: Consumption at a Crossroads," a report from Credit Suisse.
Charities decry food aid cuts pushed by House Republicans
House Republicans plan to vote on a bill next week that could push millions of people off U.S. food aid programs that have expanded since the economic downturn, potentially burdening charities that help feed the hungry.
Project facilitates communication on food risks and benefits
After more than three years of research, an EU-funded project has released its findings and recommendations on the most effective ways to inform consumers about food issues ranging from safety risks to benefits.
The labor movement's new blood
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Worker centers stage strikes with few actual employees and do an end-run around federal laws governing unions.
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Growing demand for organic, natural boosts United Natural Foods Q4 profits
The Wall Street Journal
United Natural Foods Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter earnings rose 28 percent as the specialty-food distributor posted double-digit revenue growth amid strong demand for organic and natural foods.
United Natural Foods to create 500 new jobs in Gilroy, Calif. (Gilroy Dispatch)
$55 million warehouse will employ 400 in Montgomery, Calif. (Times Herald-Record)
Ink fights $600 billion global food fraud
Food Production Daily
Researchers have engineered a packaging ink that throws food product counterfeiters and frauds off their game.
Whole-diet CSAs offer food-and-farm connection
The Washington Post
More than a vegetable supplement, the whole-diet CSA embodies the full extent of community-supported agriculture, in which one farm provides members with the makings of a well-rounded omnivorous diet, year-round.
Kroger earnings: Sales growth continues
The Wall Street Journal
Supermarket chain Kroger Co. on Thursday reported a 14 percent rise in earnings for its latest quarter and issued an upbeat sales outlook.
Related: Kroger's Harris Teeter purchase firming up (Cincinnati Business Courier)
Craving a chocolate fix? Prepare to pay more
Chocoholics may have to dig deeper to pay for their favorite treat this festive season as sweet makers face sky-high prices for cocoa butter, the special ingredient that gives chocolate its melt-in-the-mouth texture.
Beef products recalled on E. coli O157:H7 concerns
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
National Beef Packing Co., based in Dodge City, Kan., is recalling approximately 690 pounds of beef tongue root filet products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The product was shipped to a distributor in Amarillo, Texas, for further processing.
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Supply chain shocks driving Asian food producers to Western quality
The non-Asian ingredient supply sector is fairly well represented at Food Ingredients Asia-Thailand in Bangkok, but given current concerns about food supply chain security in the region, is probably still under-represented — which is surprising.
How business can help stop food waste
If the global food waste problem is to be tackled, food industry businesses need to raise awareness about the issue, improve communication in their supply chains and develop better food harvest, storage and transportation processes, according to a U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization report and its accompanying toolkit.
Fresh on the table: Polymers for increased food safety
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Detectable, lubricant-free, FDA-conforming, chemical-resistant and anti-microbial polymers could be the industry's solution for safe and residue-free food production.
Federal executive: A framework for improving risk management
Deloitte via The Wall Street Journal
Enterprise risk management systems and methodologies are becoming increasingly important for federal agencies as they face growing internal and external pressures, as well as security and safety concerns.
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