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AFFI lauds legislation to expand school snack program
American Frozen Food Institute
–American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R.
Naasz today expressed support for bipartisan legislation introduced in the U.S.
House of Representatives that will enable elementary schools to serve a full range
of healthy fruit and vegetable snacks.
Fruit and vegetable access for children act (Congressman Bruce Poliquin)
Bill introduced to allow all forms of fruits and veggies into USDA snack program (Politico)
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Peanut company exec in salmonella case could get life term
Former peanut company executive Stewart Parnell faces a potential sentence of life behind bars Monday for his 2014 conviction on crimes behind a salmonella outbreak blamed for killing nine and sickening hundreds.
Related: In Georgia courtroom, victims seek life sentence for executive who shipped tainted peanuts (The Washington Post)
Organics deepen their veggie roots but struggle in meat aisles
Organic foods are seizing shelf space in the fresh-foods sections of grocers but struggling to break into the bread and meat aisles. Organic-product sales farmers made to businesses including Dean Foods and Wal-Mart Stores totaled $5.5 billion in 2014, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture survey of organic growers.
Conservatives balk at GOP pitch to avert shutdown
Republican leaders who are eyeing a rarely deployed, fast-track budget procedure as a way to defund Planned Parenthood and stave off a government shutdown appear to be in for a rude awakening.
5 things standing in the way of keeping the government open (The Washington Post)
Fiorina jumps to 2nd place in post-debate poll
Carly Fiorina has pushed to second place in the crowded Republican presidential field following a strong performance in the second GOP debate, according to a new poll.
Related: Trump: I won't panic over sliding poll numbers (The Hill)
If you think super PACs have changed everything about the presidential primary, think again
The Washington Post
The 2016 presidential nomination campaigns have been lively, especially on the Republican side. Unconventional candidates, including Donald Trump, Ben Carson and now Carly Fiorina, have made a big splash in the polls. Republican elites have also atypically failed to coalesce around a more conventional candidate so far.
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USDA releases battle plan for possible bird flu return
The USDA released a preparedness and response plan to combat future outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza, which decimated commercial chicken and turkey flocks in the Midwest earlier this year.
New layers of China's food safety regulation
The China Food and Drug Administration has been working hard. It has been just about four months since the revised Food Safety Law was released, and CFDA has already issued around 10 proposed rules and finalized three of them. In a fast-paced process that could test the ability of stakeholders to keep up with commenting, CFDA is remaking China’s food safety regulatory regime under its supervision.
Vilsack names Karla Thieman as USDA chief of staff
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of Karla Thieman as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The position was recently vacated by Brian Baenig, who moved to the Biotechnology Industry Organization as vice president of its Food and Agriculture Section.
USDA detains contaminated chicken
Global Meat News
Chicken products made by Aspen Foods, a division of Chicago-based Koch Poultry Company, have positive to the same salmonella enteritidis strain that sparked a recall by the US Department of Agriculture in July.
Food Industry Asia signs agreement as part of Global Food Safety Partnership
Food Quality News
Food Industry Asia will scale-up food safety capacity building in ASEAN and China after signing an agreement with the World Bank for the Global Food Safety Partnership.
Chipotle's 'G-M-Over It' campaign slammed in new ads
Chipotle, the popular fast-food chain that pitches its offerings as healthy alternatives to burgers and fries, has been under attack since announcing virtually all its items would be free of genetically modified ingredients and antibiotics, reports CBS News correspondent Anna Werner.
Fresh ideas for cold storage
The chilled food market continues to thrive as modern time-constrained lifestyles create high demand for easy to cook meals. There have been, of course, some testing times for both the chilled and frozen food sectors of late with the latest food scares becoming flavor of the month, so to speak, with the media.
The (fake) meat revolution
The New York Times
A revolution is unfolding in the food world, resulting in the first alternatives to meat that taste like the real thing. Veggie burgers used to seem like a blend of tofu and cardboard, but in the last few years food scientists have come up with first-rate faux chicken strips and beef crumbles.
Food trader Olam eyes $2 billion opportunity after crisis
Olam International Ltd., a commodity trader controlled by Singapore’s state investment company, is ready to deploy almost $2 billion on acquisitions to take advantage of slumping agricultural commodity prices.
Frozen food can be good, says British chef Jamie Oliver
The Straits Times
Most chefs would never think of cooking with stale bread, frozen peas and meats, and leftover food. However, British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, 40, embraces these unglamorous ingredients to whip up dishes that are both wallet and palate-friendly. He makes chunky cheese-flavored croutons from stale bread to mop up a dish of smoky barbecued baked beans and sweet potatoes, and Cajun fishcakes from frozen salmon and prawns.
Is food the next health care frontier?
Consider this: The U.S. spending on health care-related costs is $2.9 trillion annually. Consumer spending on food (in-home and out of home combined) is a staggering $1.4 trillion annually. Food, in fact, is the largest expenditure outside of healthcare that significantly impacts overall health.
McDonald's leads effort to promote migrant aid
The New York Times
McDonald’s has gathered a number of like-minded organizations to raise money to help the United Nations’ food program respond to the migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East. McDonald’s, along with companies like DreamWorks Animation, MasterCard and Facebook, will donate paid television airtime or access to digital media to promote the World Food Program, including through the use of a 30-second animated commercial narrated by the actor Liam Neeson.
McDonald's turnaround strategy is in overdrive
The fast-food chain has added some new items — like the premium sirloin burger — while altering others, like the quarter pounder, and announced that it will soon offer breakfast all day, among other changes. McDonald's is hoping that the tweaks help to revive business following seven straight quarters of same-store sales declines in the U.S., where McDonald's is battling a pervasive public perception that its food is processed and unhealthy.
No bread, please, just pass the butter as fat demand to soar
Consumers are increasingly eschewing bread in favor of butter and red meat as carbohydrates take a back seat to fat and protein, a worldwide shift underpinned by a changing medical consensus that promises to transform the food industry.
Up-and-coming restaurant chains that could be the next Shake Shack
Over the last decade, there's been an explosion of exciting new gourmet fast-casual eateries from celebrity chefs like Roy Choi, José Andrés, Michael Solomonov and even David Chang. But perhaps it was Shake Shack that started it all when it opened in 2005 — with a fine-dining name like Danny Meyer behind it, the rampant popularity of the now-worldwide burger chain proved that casual food could also mean good food.
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