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Putting food safety first
American Frozen Food Institute
Food safety was the topic of numerous discussions during AFFI's Government Action Summit earlier this month in Washington, D.C. That seems only appropriate since September is National Food Safety Education Month. Of course, in the frozen food community, we put food safety first every day of every month.
FDA preps long-awaited guidelines to reduce salt in food
The Associated Press via Pocono Record
Food companies and restaurants could soon face government pressure to make their foods less salty — a long-awaited federal effort to try to prevent thousands of deaths each year from heart disease and stroke.
Related: World Heart Day 2014: Salt reduction saves lives (World Health Organization)
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U.S. Postal Service seeks to extend grocery deliveries
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. Postal Service wants to deliver more groceries for Amazon.com Inc. and potentially for other retailers. The agency sought approval Tuesday for a two-year test of the plan in multiple metropolitan areas, beginning as soon as Oct. 24.
In Kansas, Roberts faces doubts as he scrambles to hold seat
The Washington Post
The re-election campaign of Kansas's longtime GOP Sen. Pat Roberts, which was supposed to be a sure bet in this heavily Republican state, has transformed into the most surprisingly close Senate race in the nation.
Related: Koch brothers-backed group ties Kansas independent to Obama (The Hill)
GOP dubs Democrats the 'Party of the Rich' in 2012 turnabout
Two years after Democrats held the White House by painting Mitt Romney as a callous plutocrat, the GOP is borrowing a page from the same populist playbook.
Scott Brown turns to terror politics in battle with Jeanne Shaheen
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., delivered a foreign policy broadside against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., on Wednesday, accusing her of failing to stand up to President Barack Obama or speak out while the threats facing the nation have long been clear. And he's unlikely to be the last Republican to ramp up his foreign policy focus as the GOP looks to retake Senate control.
Pryor leads in new Arkansas poll (The Hill)
Fall lineup: Candidate debate season begins (The Wall Street Journal)
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Time to prepare for Nutrition Facts label changes, experts urge
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Food manufacturers should start preparing now for FDA's proposed Nutrition Facts label changes, which will alter how records must be kept, and in some cases, how analyses of ingredients in food must be conducted.
Soda fight's last stand
In one of the most liberal corners of the nation, health advocates are preparing for what could be their last stand in the battle over taxing soda. Voters in San Francisco and Berkeley will consider a 1 or 2 cents per ounce sin tax on sugar-sweetened drinks on the ballot in November.
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Supporters say immigration law could pass — with a GOP Senate
Pro-immigration reform Republicans say there's a better chance that Congress will produce an immigration overhaul if their party wins control of the upper chamber in November.
Nonprofit groups appeal ruling that killed Kauai anti-GMO law
Honolulu Civil Beat
Four nonprofit groups are appealing a federal court decision that overturned Kauai County's highly debated anti-GMO law. The Kauai County Council also approved up to $12,750 for the appeal last week.
Attorney doesn't think food is the next tobacco in litigation
While new class action lawsuits over "all-natural" claims on food labels are still filed in the "food court" in California on a weekly basis, some recent orders from judges handling these cases present a glimmer of hope for beleaguered food and beverage firms, says one attorney.
FSMA revisions a 'huge win' for the organic sector
Food Safety News
Organic food producers are very pleased with the FDA's revised provisions for the produce safety rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
US, China FDA officials to speak at Shanghai food safety meeting
Food Safety News
Xu Jinghe, director of legal affairs for the China Food and Drug Administration, holds a position pretty much equivalent to Michael R. Taylor, the deputy commissioner for foods at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. They will both be among the headliners at the 8th annual China International Food Safety & Quality Conference.
China's growing food problem/opportunity
China's increasing demand for food is not only creating real opportunities in China, but it is also putting a floor under the global prices of all agricultural products, benefiting everyone from farmers in the U.S. to poultry producers in Thailand, whether or not they ever sell their products to China.
Bob Evans investor group reveals talks with private equity firm
In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Sandell Asset Management revealed that it has had discussions with an unnamed private equity firm about buying all or part of Bob Evans Farms' food manufacturing business, or possibly the real estate on which Bob Evans' plants and restaurants sit.
Birds Eye, celebrity chef find new ways to get picky eaters eating better
Business Wire via MRO
Birds Eye® frozen vegetables on Thursday announced a partnership with celebrity chef Melissa d'Arabian to make a difference and help parents dealing with picky eaters by showing how to get kids to eat more veggies.
Ingredion to invest $100 million in specialty ingredients manufacturing
Global ingredient solutions company Ingredion Inc. plans to invest approximately $100 million to increase its manufacturing capacity for specialty ingredients.
Smart & Final grocery chain goes public
Los Angeles Times
Smart & Final Stores Inc., the warehouse-style grocery chain with a deep history in Los Angeles, raised about $161 million Wednesday through the public sale of nearly 13.5 million shares.
Can too many simple ideas on pack get confusing?
Putting more than one "clean" label on pack treads a fine line between informing and overwhelming consumers, one analyst warns as the European Commission issues controversial advice on egg labeling.
Active packaging must offer real added value
Food Production Daily
New ideas and fancy designs might gain short-term attention, but active and intelligent packaging products must offer clear added value if they are to survive in the ruthless food industry, according to Sirane.
Unilever's vision sees it retain No 1 sustainability position
For the second year running, Unilever has emerged as the sustainability leader in the Tomorrow's Value Rating 2014.
Top chefs, grocers choosing farmed salmon
The Wall Street Journal
While U.S. seafood consumption overall is falling because fish is expensive compared with other protein sources such as chicken, salmon is becoming more popular — and farmed is leading the charge.
What grocery stores will look like in 2065
Fast Company's Co.Exist
A pop-up project in Brooklyn next summer offers one vision of how the future of bodegas is nothing at all like the present.
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