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Poultry firms systematically feed low-dose antibiotics to flocks
Major U.S. poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to human health.
Problems at Foster Farms plants emerged amid Salmonella outbreak (Reuters)
FDA has vetted just 7 percent of animal antibiotics for superbug risk (Reuters)
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How China maneuvered to buy US pork giant
The Center for Investigative Reporting
The Center for Investigative Reporting spent four months digging into the deal between a Chinese company and Smithfield Foods, which came two years after China's communist government issued an edict directing its food industry to scour the globe in search of agricultural resources.
US faces sugar shortage with import curb
Spangler Candy Co. saw last month just how tight and costly U.S. sugar supplies are. For the first time in at least 38 years, the company couldn't get the sweetener it needed to make Dum Dum Pops and candy canes.
House Republicans say yes to Obama
The party that's acted as a bulwark against President Barack Barack Obama's agenda suddenly looks like it will quickly agree to some of his biggest demands.
Some Republicans back state minimum-wage increases
The Wall Street Journal
In Washington, Republicans are allied against President Barack Obama's call to raise the federal minimum wage. But in the five states where voters will have a say on wage floors this fall, GOP candidates in competitive races say they favor an increase.
Democrats' hopes brighten in Iowa
The Democrat cavalry is riding in to save the Senate campaign of Rep. Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, boosting the party's hopes of salvaging a seat held it has held for three decades.
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Millions wasted in federal school lunch program
An exclusive investigation reveals millions of dollars worth of fresh fruits and vegetables are being thrown in the trash in school lunch rooms in Ohio and across the country. The National School Nutrition Association blames new federal nutrition standards.
Related: California school district rewrites menu for student lunches (PBS)
Bill Clinton tells Congress, 'Don't go in reverse on school lunch'
"There's now a concerted effort among some members of Congress to roll back the [school] nutrition standards," former President Bill Clinton said this weekend at the Alliance for a Healthier Generation leaders summit in Washington, D.C., urging lawmakers not to relax the regulations.
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Anti-GMO labeling campaign shows big contributions from food industry
The campaign opposing the Oregon ballot measure that would require the labeling of genetically engineered foods late last week reported that it has raised $690,000 from several major food companies.
Vermont senator: GMO labeling not about money for organics (Vermont Watchdog)
GMO debate: Meetings about nonexistent food safety issues (Greener Ideal)
NFI, California industry cry foul over seafood labeling bill
Seafood industry organizations across California and even the U.S. are crying foul over NGO Oceana's attempt to fight seafood fraud in the state.
New legislation would speed approval of products that control bee pests
As concerns continue about the U.S. bee population, lawmakers are looking at new legislation that would expedite the registration of products intended to improve pollinator health by controlling the Varroa mite, a detrimental pest to the honey bee.
Food fads lead to food waste
The fresh, organic and local movements are partially to blame for $27 billion worth of Canadian food winding up in ladfills every year, says Jane Harris Zsovan.
Hunger easing globally but 1 in 9 people undernourished
The number of hungry people in the world has fallen by more than 100 million in the past decade, but 805 million people, or 1 in 9, still do not have enough to eat, three global food and agriculture agencies said Tuesday.
Related: Farmers, food businesses scaling up agroecological solutions (Live Trading News)
Why did General Mills acquire Annie's?
Consumers' concerns regarding processed food and food containing artificial ingredients are rising leading to continuous growth in the U.S. organic food industry.
Kashi moves back to California as brand struggles to regain footing
Kellogg's is moving its Kashi brand back to California, particularly San Diego, where it's believed that the area "offers an environment more conducive to the kind of leading-edge thinking in food production that the brand needs from its Kashi subsidiary."
Our Harvest: Growing a new type of food business
The idea for an aggregated food distribution hub that pays workers livable wages was put into motion in 2010 by union organizer Ellen Vera after a friend told her about a European business model called Mondragon.
Taylor Farms recalls tomatoes on Salmonella fears
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Routine testing turned up Salmonella contamination among Roma tomatoes used by Taylor Farms Pacific in products shipped to big box retailers in California, Washington, Nevada and Arizona.
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Past 50 years of advice on meat, saturated fat could be wrong
Nearly everything the government and the American Heart Association have recommended regarding restricting saturated fat intake to prevent heart disease, including USDA's dietary guidelines and food pyramid, appears to be wrong, according to author Nina Teicholz, a journalist who spent nine years reviewing 50 years of research and interviewing nutrition experts.
How to assess supply chain vulnerabilities
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
A supply chain vulnerability/risk assessment should be an integral part of an overall supply chain strategy analysis. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.
Technology reshapes pest control in food facilities
Extermination of rodents, insects and other pests drawn to food and beverage facilities seems like a low-tech exercise. But make no mistake: Technology more closely associated with NASA than pest remediation is beginning to reshape the way these prerequisite programs are executed.
Are nutritional rating systems a market basket killer?
RetailWire via CPGmatters
A new study by Cornell University Study found that nutrition rating guides in stores led to a sharp decline in sales of "junk food" but only a more marginal gain in healthier items.
A new paradigm for validation, verification and monitoring
Food Safety Magazine
Validation, verification and monitoring are critical components of food safety and quality management programs. But even among professionals there is confusion over the exact function of validation and verification.
New eutectic refrigeration system tailored for frozen deliveries
Materials Handling World
Carlsen Baltic is displaying its latest solutions for the temperature-controlled grocery home delivery market: a 3.5 ton multi-compartment, multi-temperature body using a low-carbon, eutectic refrigeration system.
Digital offers can boost retailer brands, shopper loyalty
Digital coupons are positively affecting the retailer's brand and boosting shopper loyalty, says a new study by Forrester Consulting and commissioned by RetailMeNot, a website displaying offers from merchants and brands.
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