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Rancho Feeding criminal trial pushed into next year
Food Safety News
A trial date for the federal criminal prosecution of the former co-owner of now-defunct Rancho Feeding Corporation and two former employees won't be set until Dec. 17, according to U.S. District Court Judge Charles R. Breyer.
Almost 98 percent of General Mills shareholders reject GMO ban
Los Angeles Times
General Mills Inc. has made strong commitments this year to natural and organic foods. But when the industrial food behemoth's shareholders were presented with a proposal to dump all genetically modified ingredients from the company's vast lineup of brands, they responded with a resounding "No."
The great GMO food debate (Yahoo Food)
Pro-GMO groups attack Maui County initiative with ads (KITV-TV)
Study finds no sign of health or nutrition trouble from GMO feed (Sierra Sun Times)
Manufacturers cut food waste to build bottom line
While the industry likes to tout itself as green, claiming to be the world's oldest recycling system, the efficient use of the many foodstuffs is also profitable.
Related: Supermarkets waste tons of food as they woo shoppers (NPR)
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GOP preps for battle after Election Day
Republicans are hoarding money in a key race that could determine control of the Senate, leaving themselves vulnerable to being outgunned by Democrats ahead of Election Day.
But it could be worth it.
Liberal base sours on Obama
President Barack Obama's poll numbers are plummeting in deep-blue states, such as New York and California, with core liberal supporters who have stuck with him through thick and thin beginning to sour on his leadership.
Campaign trail Justice
As much as Attorney General Eric Holder has provided political fodder for Republicans during his tenure at the Department of Justice, his departure is likely to prove another flashpoint at the height of campaign season.
GOP bids farewell to top target in Holder (Politico)
Sources: Milton Wolf weighs Greg Orman endorsement (Politico)
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Reflecting on new food protections in the wake of PCA convictions
Five years after the original actions that led to the PCA convictions, we have stronger protections in place — with more coming soon — that will help prevent foodborne illnesses while empowering us to act swiftly against those who flaunt food safety regulations.
Food facility biennial registration renewal begins Oct. 1
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Food facilities required to register with FDA must renew their food facility registrations this year during the period beginning Oct. 1 and ending Dec. 31. FDA encourages food facilities to renew their registrations early. For assistance, see:
• Registration of Food Facilities main page
• Information for Startups and Small Entities
• Food Facility Registration User Guide
• Registration Under the FSMA
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Neonicotinoid field studies to assess effect on bees
Researchers are to carry out a series of major field studies across Europe to investigate the effects of neonicotinoid pesticides on honeybees.
China's other food safety problem
Forget Colorado, stoners. The real frontier of narcotic edibles is in Shaanxi province, China.
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Putting food safety first
Food safety was the topic of numerous discussions during AFFI's Government Action Summit in Washington, D.C., which seems appropriate since September is National Food Safety Education Month.
Soda fight's last stand
In San Francisco and Berkeley, health advocates are preparing for possibly their last stand in the battle over taxing soda. Voters will consider a 1 or 2 cents per ounce sin tax on sweetened drinks.
AFFI's Dr. Maia Jack appointed to key federal trade advisory committees
American Frozen Food Institute
American Frozen Food Institute Director of Regulatory and
International Affairs Dr. Maia Jack has been appointed to represent the frozen food
community on two prestigious federal trade advisory committees.
AFFI selects Brynn Horne to lead its member services department
America Frozen Food Institute
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R.
Naasz on Thursday announced the selection of Brynn Horne to lead AFFI's member
services department, effective Oct. 6.
Major food brands go after a once-ignored customer: Men
The Washington Post
In the race to attract consumers, major American food companies are tweaking their playbooks to go after a once-ignored group: men.
Burger King deal to buy Tim Hortons expected to survive
New Treasury Department rules aimed at stopping a wave of mergers by companies looking to lower their taxes by re-domiciling their headquarters outside of the United States are unlikely to derail Burger King Worldwide's plan to acquire Tim Hortons Inc., according to Fitch Ratings.
Frozen chicken, beef recalled in separate incidents
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
In separate recalls, consumers are being warned of foodborne pathogen concerns with:
• Frozen chicken strips: Foster Farms of Farmerville, Louisiana, recalled 39,747 pounds of product on Listeria monocytogenes concerns.
• Beef trimmings made into ground beef: Hereford, Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers recalled 23,100 pounds of product that was produced after a previous lot tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.
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US river freight system near breaking point as huge harvest looms
With a record U.S. harvest just coming in, the river transportation system that is at the heart of the nation's farm economy is overstrained by rising demand for shipping capacity, a low barge inventory and a dilapidated lock system.
Top companies link sustainability to business performance
Unilever, Nestle and Diageo are the most sustainable companies in the food and beverage industry — but more needs to be done to link sustainability efforts with business performance, according to a new report from certification body DNV GL.
Californian grower expands with Crystal Cove Berry Farms label
Following the recent opening of their new distribution facility and addition of a long-time fresh berry expert, Veg-Fresh Farms announces the expansion of their business and launch of the new consumer label Crystal Cove Berry Farms.
Drought has 14 California communities on the brink of waterlessness
Los Angeles Times
There are 28 small California communities that have, since January, cycled onto and off of a list of "critical water systems" that state officials say could run dry within 60 days.
Get rid of nutrients, focus on foods in guidelines, says sat fat researcher
Science should look beyond LDL cholesterol and saturated fat, which have dominated cardiovascular research until now, towards other contributing factors and a food-group approach to guidelines, according to one researcher.
New data may help nutrition monitoring
A new combination of household food purchases and nutrition data is being used to assess population exposure to sodium, saturated fat and sugar.
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