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EFSA: No scientific evidence for Italian GMO maize ban
There is "no specific scientific evidence" to support an Italian ban on the genetically modified maize MON810, according to the European Food Safety Authority.
FDA cautious on claims that whole grains lower diabetes risk
Candy & Snack Today
The Food and Drug Administration will consider individually food manufacturers' claims that consumption of whole grains and foods made with whole grains can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
General Mills CMO on the foundation of remarkable brands
Have you seen or heard something lately that was truly remarkable? Mark Addicks, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for General Mills, says he knows how the marketing behind that remarkable moment works.
Clock ticks in budget impasse
Congress will shutter much of the federal government in four days unless lawmakers can come to terms with a stopgap spending bill and find short-lived peace in a war between the two parties over President Barack Obama's health care law.
GOP leaders still fight with right
Coming off a difficult 112th Congress, Republican leaders knew they needed to build bridges with right-leaning groups that have been giving them fits since the 2010 elections. Nine months later, the results aren't great, to say the least.
Poll: Support for tea party slips
Support for the tea party continues to fall among Americans, nearing all-time lows, according to a new poll Thursday. Twenty-two percent of Americans call themselves tea party backers, the Gallup poll found, while 27 percent consider themselves opponents of the tea party. Fifty-one percent choose neither or have no opinion.
California to raise minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2016
California has become the first state in the nation to commit to raising the minimum wage to $10 per hour, with the increase to take place gradually through the start of 2016, under a bill Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Wednesday.
California's minimum wage boost could mean more worker suits (Law360)
Senators press for federal wage floor for government contractors (WVNY-TV)
WTO adopts ruling in US poultry's favor; China must comply
The World Trade Organization has adopted a dispute settlement panel report that had ruled in favor of the United States in a major trade dispute with China over poultry trade, the U.S. Trade Representative's office said in a news release posted on its website.
Opinion: FDA overlooks biological, chemical, radiologic inputs in produce rule
Food Safety News
Violating the explicit language of the Food Safety Modernization Act, the FDA's Proposed Produce Rule gives a complete pass to imported vegetables grown with sewage sludge, contaminated to various degrees with heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, volatiles, flame retardants, pharmaceuticals, steroids, hormones, radiologicals and undescribed contaminants. At the same time, the Proposed Rule makes it more difficult for U.S. organic farmers to use compost.
Opinion: Playing chicken with the food trade
The economic concept of the "global village" has brought us a strange example in the food sector: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has changed its rules on chicken processing to allow the task to be done by Chinese companies.
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Voting opens for Wal-Mart's second Get on the Shelf campaign
Wal-Mart has kicked off the second iteration of its Get on the Shelf competition with a new crop of hopeful, emerging brands looking for coveted shelf space at the world's largest retailer.
Benchmarking food waste in manufacturing, retail and wholesale sectors
A new study from the Food Waste Reduction Alliance seeks to benchmark food waste in the US manufacturing, retail and wholesale sectors based on primary data collected directly from companies. The results show that while the manufacturing sector created more waste, it is also able to divert a larger proportion of it from landfills than is the case in the retail and wholesale sectors.
Old Orchard introduces frozen fruit-veggie concentrate
Juice manufacturer Old Orchard Brands this week launched Fruit & Veggie, a new line of natural fruit and vegetable juice blends available for the first time as a frozen fruit juice concentrate.
Selling pizza to the Germans proving tough for Britain's Domino's
Can a British food chain with U.S. origins sell Italian pizza to the Germans? Domino's Pizza is sure it can, but two years after launching a drive for explosive growth across Germany, Britain's biggest pizza delivery firm accepts that expansion will take longer and be harder than first expected.
Southeastern Grocers files to raise $500 million in IPO
Southeastern Grocers Inc., the food store chain controlled by Lone Star Funds, filed to raise as much as $500 million in a U.S. initial public offering. Citigroup Inc., Credit Suisse Group AG and Deutsche Bank AG are leading the sale, according to a regulatory filing today.
Intelligent paper bag reduces need for food additives
Together with the research institute Innventia, ifoodbag — a spin-off from KTH — is developing a food bag made of paper that can refrigerate and freeze provisions for up to 24 hours.
NanoBarrier targets improved bioplastics for food packaging
Food Production Daily
NanoBarrier is bidding to improve and modify bioplastics using nanotechnology to boost properties to compete with traditional oil-based plastics.
Listeria contamination forces recall of chicken, ham products
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Wisconsin-based Garden Fresh Foods is recalling approximately 19,054 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products after FDA testing revealed positive results for Listeria monocytogenes.
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