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US, Chinese organizations agree on food safety protocols
The U.S.-based Grocery Manufacturers Association and Chinese National Food Industry group signed a memorandum of understanding focused on ensuring food safety on Wednesday in Beijing.
McDonald's slump no easy fix; experts say focus on food, branding
The world's largest restaurant company has posted three consecutive months of declines in global sales at long-standing locations, its longest such slide since early 2003. Some of its troubles can be traced to the changing tastes of American consumers.
Only 4 states will see cuts to food stamps
The Associated Press via ABC News
Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found.
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House approves $1 trillion spending bill
The House on Wednesday approved a $1 trillion stopgap-spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 11.
Related: Reid sets Thursday vote on CR (The Hill)
Democrats, GOP in unfavorability tie
Americans hold similarly favorable views of the Democratic and Republican parties, a new poll says. According to a Gallup poll released Thursday, 42 percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Democratic Party, compared with 40 percent for the GOP.
Democrats, GOP hone messages for final campaign push
Democrats and Republicans are using Congress's final week of work before the midterm elections to make their closing arguments for why they should control the Senate in 2015.
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Pork lobby courts black caucus
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
Black lawmakers are beginning to see a new source of money in their campaign coffers: pork farmers. The National Pork Producers Council, which has traditionally supported rural, farm-state conservatives, has launched a strategy to lobby urban, minority and often more liberal members of Congress in hopes of winning over a constituency that is still seething over Republican-driven cuts to food stamps in this year's farm bill.
USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds
The Associated Press via Sioux City Journal
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the use of genetically modified corn and soybean seeds that are resistant to a popular weed killer.
Moscow court fines Burger King for food safety violations
The Moscow Arbitration Court, at the request of Russia's public health agency Rospotrebnadzor, has fined the operator and manager of Burger King restaurants in Russia, citing the storage of unauthorized items in refrigerators alongside food.
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Panama in talks to export beef to the US
Panama is now looking to fulfill all health standards in order to export beef to the United States, reports Spanish-language news publication LaEstrella.pa.
Hawaii county votes to fund court appeal of GMO pre-emption
The Garden Island
The Kauai County Council voted 5-1 Wednesday to approve funding to appeal a court ruling that County Ordinance 960 regulating pesticides and genetically modified crops on the island is pre-empted by state law, and therefore invalid.
Food industry groups move to block Vermont GMO labeling law
The National Law Journal
Several food industry groups have moved for a preliminary injunction to stop enforcement of a Vermont law that will require food labeling to disclose ingredients that have been genetically engineered.
Opinion: Our organic food obsession is ridiculous
The Wall Street Journal
Medical economist, author, health care business strategist and entrepreneur J.D. Kleinke says our obsession with trying to avoid genetically modified organisms is ridiculous.
Warren Buffett: Burger King taxes show other logic for Hortons deal
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who agreed to help finance Burger King Worldwide's planned takeover of coffee-and-doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc., says the deal wasn't motivated by taxes.
Pizza Hut tests 'Skinny Slice' pizza
Pizza Hut is testing two so-called "Skinny Slice" pizzas — with lower calorie counts — in 47 restaurants in Toledo, Ohio, and West Palm Beach, Florida.
WhiteWave spending $195 million to buy Oregon company
Denver Business Journal
Denver-based WhiteWave Foods Co. has agreed to buy So Delicious Dairy Free for about $195 million in cash. So Delicious, based in Eugene, Oregon, makes a line of plant-based beverages, creamers and frozen desserts.
ConAgra Foods profit rises as consumer business recovers
ConAgra Foods Inc., the maker of Hunt's Ketchup and Chef's Boyardee pastas, on Thursday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and said its consumer foods business was recovering.
Unilever heads for weakest sales gain since 2005 as markets slow
Unilever may post its slowest annual sales growth in nine years, according to the first analyst estimates published since the company said this week that markets have weakened further.
Why good deeds pay off for brands
The value of "intangible assets" such as brand reputation and consumer relationships is receiving greater recognition by businesses, and new research suggests those of Cadbury are more valuable than those of any other brands in the U.K.
Nestle says alliances will create 100,000 jobs in Europe
Nestle SA, the world's biggest food company, said 100,000 job opportunities will be created for young people within four years as it expands an alliance with about 200 companies, including Google Inc., to cut youth joblessness.
JV Smith Companies push message on 'healthier food choices'
JV Smith Companies, an agriculture-based company, has taken a proactive approach to sharing the message of the importance of eating fruits and vegetables.
Convenience is key — but what does this mean for food safety?
Food Production Daily
Convenience-driven consumers also expect higher food quality and more adventurous options, says the Cofresco Forum.
Food safety technology company moves headquarters to Sacramento
Sacramento Business Journal
RF Biocidics, which uses technology developed at the University of California Davis, is moving its headquarters from Vacaville to Sacramento.
Vacuum technology for the food industry
The latest Busch vacuum systems for food packaging will be presented at the Gulfood Manufacturing exhibition in November.
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