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Front-of-pack, standard definitions key in Food Labeling Modernization Act
Federal legislation introduced Thursday seeks to create a single, standard front-of-package label, require greater disclosure of sugar and caffeine content and define how common claims such as "natural" and "healthy" can be used. The Food Labeling Modernization Act is the work of three congressional Democrats: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (CT), Rep. Rosa DeLauro (CT) and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ).
Democrats launch food labeling overhaul (The Hill)
Organic, natural, free-range, hormone-free: Navigating labels (Global Post)
Kickstarter campaign aims to create first open-source HACCP plan
Food Safety News
To help other salami startups clear the hurdle of HACCP development, Wisconsin-based Underground Meats has created the first-ever "open source" HACCP plan for salami plants. The plan will be available for anyone to use as a template for validation.
Tyson, Birds Eye launch frozen meal options at Wal-Mart
Tyson and Birds Eye have launched a line of convenience meals available in the freezer section at select Wal-Mart stores beginning Friday. The Mix & Match Creations meal options offer 76 potential meal combinations designed to feed a family of four.
GOP base to Congress: Shut it down (if you have to)
The Washington Post
The Republican-controlled House will vote Friday on a short-term budget that would defund Obamacare — a law that Americans oppose by a double-digit margin (52-42), according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll. Where things get dicey for Republicans is when a potential shutdown approaches at the end of the month, as all indications suggest.
Democratic chief: Congress 'hurtling' toward shutdown (USA Today)
Buffett: Not lifting US debt ceiling would be 'dumb' (Reuters)
Cantor: 2014 could complicate Senate Democrats' budget plan
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said vulnerable Democratic senators up for re-election in 2014 could prevent the Senate from smoothly passing a clean funding bill.
DSCC outraises NRSC in August
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterparts again in August, $3.3 million to $1.86 million, according to figures released Thursday.
House approves GOP plan to slash food stamp funding
The Washington Post
House Republicans narrowly approved a sweeping overhaul of the nation's food stamp program Thursday that would slash about $39 billion in funding over the next decade, cut aid to about 4 million Americans in the next few years and shift the burden of providing aid to some of the nation's poor to state governments.
Goodlatte backs 'earned' citizenship for DREAMers
A top House Republican in the immigration reform debate on Thursday explicitly endorsed a pathway to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants brought to the United States illegally by their parents.
Related: Zuckerberg lobbies on immigration (The Hill)
Not-so-tasty school lunches focus of new online campaign
Launched just a week ago, New York City-based nonprofit DoSomething.org is promoting its "Fed Up" campaign to improve school lunches, citing reports that show many schools are opting out of the National School Lunch program after students balked at eating more fruits and vegetables per new federal guidelines.
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Ohio senator wants USDA poultry inspectors assigned to China
Food Safety News
American consumers need USDA "on station" to inspect chicken processing as it occurs in China, and a "labeling gap" is putting U.S. food safety at risk, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, suggests in a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.
'Food Safety Theater': FDA rules threaten to crush the good food movement
eNews Park Forest
According to a just-released white paper by The Cornucopia Institute, the FDA's draft rules for food safety modernization are so off the mark that they might economically crush the country's safest farmers while ignoring the root threats to human health: manure contaminated with deadly infectious pathogens generated on "factory" livestock farms and high-risk produce-processing practices.
Retailers arrested for food stamp fraud
A federal grand jury has indicted nine Baltimore-area retail food store owners on federal charges of food stamp fraud, on the same day that a sweep in Detroit also netted nine individuals accused of similar crimes.
Recall set after consumers find plastic bits in ground beef bound for schools
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
California-based Central Valley Meat Co. is recalling 58,240 pounds of ground beef that may contain small pieces of plastic, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday. The products were shipped to distribution centers in Arkansas, California, Montana and Texas and were intended for use by the National School Lunch Program.
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Americans love the taste of exclusive, hipster food trends
The Associated Press via Star Tribune
Americans love feeling part of something deliciously exclusive and clamor to taste trendy, hard-to-get morsels. Why? Society makes us do it.
Hershey works on portion control, big-time
The Wall Street Journal
Hershey's Q2 profit rose 18 percent year-over-year, with sales expectations adjusted upward to a solid 7 percent growth. But Hershey's success still has analysts wondering what will drive its future.
New thriller takes on China's tainted-food scandals
The Wall Street Journal
The new Hong Kong-set thriller "Something Good" explores the global traffic in tainted food, a highly sensitive political topic in China.
Sanderson to break ground on new plant in Texas
Sanderson Farms Inc. will begin construction on a new poultry complex in Palestine, Texas, Oct. 1, the company announced Thursday.
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