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In Oregon, a special session includes GM crop ban
The Associated Press via Mail Tribune
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Wednesday called Oregon lawmakers into special session to vote on measures affecting taxes, public-employee pensions and the regulation of genetically modified crops. The governor also planned a letter stating he will sign no bills unless all bills are approved. One on the table: a measure preventing local governments from regulating genetically modified crops.
USDA changes process for organic labeling (Food Poisoning Bulletin)
GMA launches www.FactsAboutGMOs.org (PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media)
Michelle Obama plays referee in the food tug-of-war
The Washington Post
Michelle Obama used the pull of the White House Wednesday to convene a meeting on food marketing to children, stepping directly into the tug-of-war between health advocates and manufacturers of processed food.
Related: Legal tools to stop junk food marketing to children (The Huffington Post)
AFFI leads the way on food safety education and services
American Frozen Food Institute
Food safety was a topic of much discussion during last week's Government Action Summit, especially at a session with senior U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials related to Food Safety Modernization Act implementation. That seems only appropriate since September is National Food Safety Education Month. Of course, in the frozen food community, we focus on food safety year round.
GOP fight spreads to the Senate
Infighting within the House GOP conference is threatening to spread to the Senate, where Republicans are now facing their own dilemma over a government shutdown.
Weak state parties weigh down Senate Democrats in South
Struggles in Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina could force national Democrats, and the candidates themselves, to step in with big-dollar investments to build get-out-the-vote programs that are often left to the party's state-level operations.
New Hampshire 2016 poll: Rand Paul, Chris Christie dead heat
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are neck and neck leading the potential Republican field in 2016 in key primary state New Hampshire, according to new results from the Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday.
Immigration groups push Obama for action
A slew of immigration rights groups upped the ante Wednesday, loudly demanding President Barack Obama circumvent Congress and use his executive power to effectively legalize undocumented immigrants on his own. But those tactics aren't sitting well with some on Capitol Hill.
Forget shutdown, debt hike is real problem
Everyone in Washington and on Wall Street is fixated on the potential for a government shutdown in less than two weeks. But those in power and closest to the situation say a debt default is a bigger threat.
Related: What happens in a US government shutdown? (Reuters)
SNAP showdown set in House
House Republicans pushed toward a showdown vote on food stamp cuts Thursday despite growing concern about the level of the reductions and their impact on already ongoing state and city efforts to improve employment training for the poor.
White House vows to veto Republican bill to cut food stamps (Reuters)
Food stamp usage rising (USA Today)
DeLauro, Harkin: Menu labeling will empower healthy choices
Writing in Roll Call this week, Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, embrace the benefits of the menu labeling requirements that are part of the Affordable Care Act.
Related: Jay Ricker: Menu labeling likely to raise costs, not benefits (The Journal Gazette)
Opinion: Accusing RFS of driving food prices is a whopper
The National Council of Chain Restaurants, the lobbying arm for the fast food industry, returned to the Hill Wednesday to continue its anti-Renewable Fuel Standard campaign. But according to Fuels America, a new poll shows that Americans not only love fast food, but also support renewable fuels.
McDonald's wades into Chipotle debate
Food Production Daily
Chipotle Mexican Grill has launched "The Scarecrow," a game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch and an animated short film on YouTube. Industry insiders like Dr. Douglas Powell have criticized the approach, and now McDonald's is wading into the fray.
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Healthy frozen dinners exist! 5 that fit the bill
A tried-and-true tip to stay away from fast food on a busy evening? Keep a bunch of frozen dinners tucked away in your freezer for nights when you need them. Now more than ever, there are light and healthy options on the market made with quality ingredients.
Updates from 20th International Congress of Nutrition
A weeklong event known as the Nutrition Olympics kicked off in Spain, with 5,000 nutritionists, food scientists, global policy makers and food industry members debating the world's nutrition status and its relation to human and environmental health.
Mad cow, bird flu, pink slime? The bigger threat is antibiotics in our meat
Food-related scourges like mad cow disease and bird flu pale in comparison with another threat, which was the subject of a report released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control: the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
CFSA: Study finds E. coli O:157 infections could drop with vaccinations
The Canadian Food Safety Alliance applauded a new study by the University of Glasgow, which found that vaccinating cattle against the E. coli O:157 bacterium could cut the number of human cases of infection by 85 percent.
Startup ships frozen restaurant food across the country
Looking for some Peter Luger steaks, but you live in San Francisco? How about Franklin Barbecue in Chicago? A San Francisco-based website is rethinking restaurant delivery: Goldbely ships iconic local foods from beloved restaurants to customers across the country.
Processing school combats industry 'brain drain'
Food Production Daily
A specialized education center is training the next generation of food processing talent, helping manufacturers keep up evolving technology.
Preventing glass contamination in food processing
Food Manufacturing via Manufacturing.net
A number of recent news stories have focused on glass contamination in leading global food processing facilities. Unfortunately, proper precautionary protection is not always executed or substandard protective mechanisms are installed and fail when they are needed most.
India: French fries now one of largest selling snacks in modern retail
The Times of India
A "French" revolution is steaming in the Indian snacks business. French fries, or fried potato slices, are now perhaps the fastest-growing snacks, not just in fast food chains such as McDonald's and KFC but for modern retailers and frozen food makers too, growing at an annual rate of more than 30 percent.
Immune function enhanced by red grapes and blueberries
Compounds in blueberries and red grapes came out ahead of more than 400 other compounds in a study conducted at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.
Edible coatings revolutionizing the ready-to-eat fruit and vegetable sector
Minimally processed fruits and vegetables currently account for about 10 percent of all produce sales, with sales exceeding $10 billion annually, according to the International Fresh-cut Produce Association. This large, and growing, market share has been made possible by the development of invisible, colorless, odorless, tasteless, edible coatings.
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