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Smithfield shareholders approve sale to China's Shuanghui
Smithfield Foods Inc. shareholders on Tuesday approved the pork giant's $4.7 billion sale to Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. in what is shaping up as the biggest acquisition of a U.S. company by a Chinese firm. The closely watched transaction, valued at $7.1 billion including debt, is expected to close by Thursday.
The honey launderers: Uncovering the largest food fraud in US history
Americans consume more honey than anyone else in the world: nearly 400 million pounds every year. Some 60 percent of the honey is imported from Argentina, Brazil, Canada and other trading partners. Almost none comes from China. Knowingly, that is.
Burger King concocts lower-calorie 'Satisfries'
In a move destined to shake up the fast food industry, Burger King Tuesday will unveil a simple but startling french fry innovation: french fries with 30 percent less fat and 20 percent fewer calories than BK's current fries. (And 40 percent less fat and 30 percent fewer calories than McDonald's fries.)
Senate GOP may speed up CR to give Boehner, House more time
Senate Republicans want to speed up the debate over the stopgap spending measure in order to give Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, enough time to make a counteroffer to Senate Democrats.
Conservative group: Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn 'turncoats'
A conservative political action committee on Tuesday slammed two of the Senate's top Republicans as "turncoats" who have "surrendered" on the health care fight.
Related: McConnell turns Obamacare spotlight on red-state Democrats (The Wall Street Journal)
The next Citizens United could affect campaign spending in the states
The Washington Post
In two weeks, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in what many describe as the next Citizens United, and the outcome could have major implications for campaign spending at the state level.
FDA floats pilot program to accelerate detection of chemical hazards in foods
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The FDA is developing a new internal warning system to detect "signals" that chemicals could pose hazards in foods, color additives, food additives, dietary supplements and cosmetics, FDA officials disclosed Monday at a two-day Food Advisory Committee meeting.
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As FDA implements FSMA, NASDA seeks support to get the rules right
Food Safety News
Assurance of safe, wholesome food is a responsibility of all of us in the food chain, whether producer, regulator or consumer. When a foodborne illness is identified, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture members realize the job of providing safe food to the American public isn't done.
USDA scientist leads fight against foodborne illnesses
The Partnership for Public Service via The Washington Post
If the federal government orders a recall of ground beef, pork, poultry or processed egg products because of the presence of potentially deadly bacteria like E. coli, Salmonella or Listeria, there is a good chance Emilio Esteban will be involved.
USDA's meat police report more enforcement activity after reorganization
Food Safety News
Noncompliance with USDA's meat inspectors moved only a nudge during the past quarter as the Food Safety and Inspection Service reorganized its enforcement agencies.
China launches juice probe after rotten fruit report
China's food safety watchdog has launched an investigation into local juice makers after a media report said they used rotten fruit to make their products. The probe includes two branches of the country's sector leader, China Huiyuan Juice Group Ltd.
Whole Foods supplier aims to raise $1 million with non-GMO smoothie
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
Suja Co. today rolls out its smoothie offering, Suja Elements™, exclusively in Whole Foods Markets nationwide. For every bottle sold, the manufacturer is donating 20 cents to nonprofits that are a part of the Suja Elements Cause Collective™, including Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Planet Foundation, Teens Turning Green, Citizens for GMO Labeling, New Eyes and International Rescue Committee.
Related: Iowa politician could take GMO issue to governor's race (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier)
PepsiCo's Indra Nooyi and Mauro Porcini on design-led innovation
Fast Company's Co.Design
With an eye toward the future and a mission to grow its core brands, the beverage and snacks giant has installed its first-ever design chief, with a mandate to shake things up.
McDonald's luring Starbucks crowd with pumpkin lattes
McDonald's Corp. is adding pumpkin-spice lattes to lure the Starbucks crowd and boost traffic. The McCafe pumpkin latte will come in three sizes and be available with whole or non-fat milk, the Oak Brook, Ill.-based company said.
Cargill unveils huge new poultry complex in China
In the latest nod to the protein-consuming potential of China's increasingly urban population and growing middle class, Cargill held an inauguration ceremony in Lai'an, Anhui, for its $250 million poultry complex with capacity to process 65 million chickens per year and employ 4,000 workers.
Safeway introducing Hispanic-themed store brand
Food Business News
Safeway has entered into a partnership with cookbook author Marcela Valladolid to develop a line of store-branded products featuring Hispanic formats and flavors. Products to be featured in the Marcela Valladolid line range from meats to chips.
EVOL Foods launches new frozen line aimed at Hispanic consumers
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
EVOL® Foods, Boulder, Colo.-based maker of made-from-scratch natural and organic frozen meals and snacks, has launched a new line of frozen "Quesadillas PLUS Guacamole," available at Target stores nationwide.
Armour launches 6 new breakfast items
John Morrell Food Group brand Armour has launched Armour BreakfastMakers, a new line of six refrigerated breakfast items.
Schwan's enters the fundraising business
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Schwan's Food Co. is marrying its frozen food delivery network with a new crowdsourced fundraising program to boost business and help youth softball, cancer research, schools and other organizations.
Some P.F. Chang's frozen entrees recalled on misbranding
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
A limited number of P.F. Chang's Home Menu Pork and Leek Dumpling frozen appetizer sold at retail in 12.5 ounce bags is being recalled due to the possible presence of undeclared allergens, crustacean shellfish (shrimp) and fish (pollock). There have been no reported cases of illness.
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Visibility into your food
The Strategic Sourceror
Technology has made significant improvements to the food supply chain, and in doing so has also made food companies and their supply chain more visible to the public.
Dow Performance Packaging launches innovation centers
Food Business News
Dow Performance Packaging has created a new innovation center concept called Pack Studios, which allows customers to experiment with packaging technologies.
Mettler-Toledo: More traceability needed on reject products
Food Production Daily
False rejects are the "worst thing" that can happen to a food manufacturer, according to Mettler-Toledo, but more needs to be done on traceability, said Robert Rogers, senior advisor for Food Safety & Regulations, during Pack Expo.
Meat plant closes after 58 years in North Carolina; 180 jobs lost
The Fayetteville Observer
Jeffrey Martin summed up the closure of his family's Sampson County, N.C., beef processing plant in two words: "No cows." A lack of affordable supplies of cattle forced the closure last week of the Martin's Abattoir and Wholesale Meats Inc. beef processing plant after 58 years in operation.
ADM scouts location for new global headquarters
Archer Daniels Midland Co. is scouting for a location suitable for a new global headquarters and customer center, while planning to make its current operations in Decatur, Ill., its North American headquarters.
Researchers: Brain cannot be 'fooled' by artificial sweeteners
It is hard to fool the brain by providing it with "energyless" sweet flavors, according to new research in mice that suggests consumption of zero-calorie sweeteners leads to higher sugar consumption later.
Related: Carbonation alters perception of sweetness (Food Navigator)
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