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U.S. plans to cut food waste in half by 2030
The Obama administration on Wednesday announced the first-ever national food-waste reduction goal, calling for a 50 percent reduction by 2030. The goal was announced in New York by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and EPA Deputy Administrator Stan Meiburg.
USDA and EPA join with private sector, charitable organizations to set nation's 1st food waste reduction goals (USDA)
What about the rest of the food (waste)
chain? (Politico via American Frozen Food Institute)
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DNA testing for food could make listeria outbreaks a thing of the past
A food analytics company in the Bay Area could put an end to food-related illness outbreaks as we know them. According to Wired, a startup called Clear Labs is hoping "to change how manufacturers manage the food supply" by using DNA testing.
How snacks are reshaping menus
America has long been a nation of nibblers, but in the last few years, snacks have evolved from a between-meal bag of chips or apple to more elaborate plates. Snacking occasions also have risen in numbers and importance as dayparts continue to blur. Half of adults now snack two or three times a day, with 70 percent agreeing that anything can be considered a snack, reports Chicago researcher Mintel in its 2015 snacking report.
Winners and losers from the CNN debate
The Washington Post
Fifteen Republican candidates spent the better part of five (!) hours – more on that later – debating at the Ronald Reagan presidential library on Wednesday night. I watched the entire marathon live and jotted down some of the bests and worsts of the night.
'Donald Trump met his match in Carly Fiorina' (Politico)
The GOP debate: 6 takeaways (Politico)
Fiorina steps onto prime-time stage with a flourish (The Washington Post)
Is the summer of Trump over?
The conversation has moved beyond Donald Trump.
After a series of opening exchanges that picked up where the first debate had left off — with Trump at the center of the action and lobbing memorable insults — he became just another face on a crowded stage.
The rest of the field figured out how to make Trump not quite as dominant (The Washington Post)
Is the summer of Trump over? (Politico)
McConnell tries to lower GOP expectations on spending
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell acknowledged Wednesday that he and the House Speaker are discussing a short-term government funding bill to avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1.
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Committee delays reauthorization of healthy school meal rules
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., says he needs more time to finish writing legislation to reauthorize healthy-meal requirements for schools. The Senate Agriculture Nutrition & Forestry Committee was expected to mark up a package reauthorizing the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act on Thursday. But Roberts, the panel's chairman, is still negotiating parts of the bill with Democrats and waiting on the Congressional Budget Office to release cost estimates for new provisions in the proposed legislation.
FDA tells Senate subcommittee full funding is 'absolutely critical' for FSMA success
Food Safety News
It’s an oft-heard statement from officials at the Food and Drug Administration: The Food Safety Modernization Act requires sufficient funding allocated by Congress in order to be a success. The testimony that Acting FDA Commissioner Stephen Ostroff and Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael Taylor gave before the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday was no different, although the discussion was not wholly focused on funding.
Related: Food safety funding at stake in budget negotiations (Agri-Pulse)
Newfangled ways of the FDA
In the name of improving safety, the Food and Drug Administration has just finalized two of the possible 40 or 50 rules that are likely to come out of the Food Safety and Modernization Act, enacted in 2011. Yet to modernize the food industry, it reached back to a technology invented by the food industry about 50 years ago.
AFFI Immediate Past Chair attends USDA Advisory Committee Meeting
American Frozen Food institute
AFFI Immediate Past Chairman Dave Yanda of Lakeside Foods Inc., recently participated in a U.S. Department of Agriculture Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee meeting. During the meeting, committee members reviewed the status of its previous recommendations to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on a variety of key fruit and vegetable industry topics.
20 percent of snack, granola, energy bars feature non-GMO claims, reveals label insight
Data from Label Insight shows that one in five (21 percent) snack, energy or granola bars in the U.S. now makes a non-GMO claim of some kind – making it the leading category for non-GMO claims, compared with an average of 4.2 percent for all the grocery products in its database.
Related: Here are the top organic food companies owned by ant-GMO labeling corporations (Inquisitr)
Brazilian tycoons pursue capstone for beer empire
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
A combination of the world’s two biggest brewers would cap decades of beer-empire building by three Brazilian billionaires who control one of the hottest names in the takeover business and will likely play a key role in the proposed deal’s outcome.
Costs of origin labelling are marginal, says German company
Industry says origin labelling is too expensive and would reduce competitiveness but one German company is listing the origin of all its ingredients voluntarily – and the costs are marginal, it says.
No Wonder: Twinkies owner adds bread
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
More than two years after its famous yellow sponge cake returned to store shelves, Hostess Brands LLC is looking beyond the Twinkie. Under private-equity firms Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management LLC, which in 2013 bought the Hostess snack-cake brands out of liquidation, the company has streamlined production by paring the number of bakeries and upgrading them with larger ovens and robots that pack Twinkies into boxes.
Kroger takes a bite of the organic market, Whole Food downsizes
Organic has finally gone mainstream. According to some analysts, that boon is due largely to one major corporation. And interestingly, it’s not Whole Foods, Natural Grocers or another niche natural foods chain.
Most eat breakfast at home, but fast-food could threaten CPGs, Instantly data suggests
Food manufacturers can feel secure knowing that most consumers eat breakfast at or from home, but fast food chains are a competitive threat that cannot be ignored, new research from Instantly suggests.
Low- and middle-income countries suffer most from foodborne illness
Food Safety News
There are hundreds of millions of cases of foodborne illness worldwide every year, costing billions of dollars. It’s believed that low- and middle-income countries bear the brunt of these illnesses. Evidence is limited, but the author of a new report believes this to be the case because of the high level of hazards often reported in these countries, the high prevalence of foodborne pathogens in surveys of people with diarrhea, the lack of clean water for washing food and utensils, and the use of human sewage or animal waste in agriculture.
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