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Behind the Brands: Preparing for a new round of activism
OxFam America issued a call to action Friday, urging consumers to be ready to target the food industry next week via social media, online petitions and in-person events in another Behind the Brands campaign. OxFam hints the complaint centers on sugar but describes the message as "top-secret until Oct. 2."
Little-used charges employed in cantaloupe producers' arrest
The Associated Press via Manufacturing Business Technology
It took two years for federal prosecutors to bring criminal charges against the owners of a southeastern Colorado cantaloupe farm linked to a 2011 Listeria epidemic that killed 33 people. And the charges are little-used misdemeanor counts of introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce.
Related: Jensen brothers plead not guilty to 6 federal counts (Food Safety News)
McDonald's to offer alternatives to fries, soda
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
McDonald's plans to offer customers in its largest markets a choice of side salad, fruit or vegetable in place of french fries, for no added cost. It also pledged to market milk in its Happy Meals rather than soda.
McDonald's goes global on nutritional offerings (USA Today)
McDonald's says bye-bye to sugary sodas in Happy Meals (NPR)
McDonald's tries fancy food with celebrity chefs in NYC (Los Angeles Times)
Senate to vote on averting fed shutdown, but no end to duel with House
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Voting is slated to begin at 12:30 p.m. Friday as the Senate tries to approve legislation that would keep the government operating. But ongoing disputes between the two congressional houses and within the GOP itself promise a high-stakes showdown.
Democratic lawmaker: Shutdown would raise chances we win control of House
Virginia Democratic Rep. Jim Moran says a shutdown "would help the Democrats' chances," with the caveat that he thinks "it's an uphill climb to take back the majority control of the House in 2014."
Unions not marching with Obama in shutdown fight
In the run-up to a possible government shutdown, the White House's allies in organized labor are mostly silent.
Chicken processed in China triggers ongoing US food safety protests
Food safety advocates are raising alarms over a decision by the Obama administration to permit chicken processed in China to be sold in the U.S. even after several high-profile incidents of food contamination.
Related: Food safety and chicken served in the National School Lunch Program (USDA Blog)
Seattle mayor suggests soft-drink tax to support parks
The Seattle Times
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is floating the idea of a 1-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages, including canned soda and fountain drinks, as a way to raise money for Seattle parks.
Busting the myth of parent choice: Food marketing's impact on kids
Anna Lappé, educator, author and founder of the Small Planet Institute, has produced a short film about food marketing targeting children.
Scientists: Nanotech needs labeling to improve acceptance
The labeling of nanotechnology in food and agriculture will help to increase the ethical and wider societal acceptance of the technology, argue researchers in a paper published in Trends in Food Science & Technology.
NSF International to offer non-GMO project verification
To support the growing demand for credible, third-party verified non-GMO products, NSF International, a global organization with nearly 70 years of food certification expertise, will join the Non-GMO Project as a technical administrator in early 2014.
Opinion: The way America eats is killing us; something has to change
It will shock no one to hear that Americans are remarkably unhealthy eaters. A new American Diet Report Card confirms it: We eat far too much cheese, sugar, starch and red meat. We don't eat enough fruits and vegetables.
Smithfield completes sale to Shuanghui
The Associated Press via Hispanic Business
Pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. on Thursday completed its sale to Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., the largest shareholder of China's biggest meat processor.
Consumer spending in US climbs as incomes pick up
Household purchases, which account for about 70 percent of the economy, climbed 0.3 percent after a revised 0.2 percent advance in July that was more than previously estimated, the Commerce Department reported today in Washington.
Do restaurant meals in supermarkets resemble their restaurant counterparts?
Consumer Reports has compared restaurants' menus served on-site versus the frozen counterparts sold in grocery stores, seeking to analyze taste, nutritional value, fat and calorie content.
Fast-rising e-commerce could jolt CPG giants
E-commerce once may have been a minor factor for packaged goods, but it's fast becoming a significant market that could shift market share to smaller players and disrupt pricing and other key parts of the industry's business model, according to a new report by Sanford C. Bernstein.
Income, not 'food deserts,' more to blame for US obesity
In the U.S., obesity in "food deserts" is above average. However, it is not solely — or even primarily — access to grocery stores that appears to be the issue: Higher obesity rates are more likely to be linked to lower incomes.
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Packaging manufacturers, suppliers could feel FSMA pinch, expert says
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The Food Safety Modernization Act might not directly require food packaging manufactures and their suppliers to comply with the preventive controls, but that doesn't mean their customers won't ask for more information, Miriam Maxwell, senior principal regulatory scientist within the corporate quality group at Ocean Spray, said.
Ultrasonic spray coating could limit pathogens on sliced meats
Food Quality News
Sono-Tek Corp. has commercially launched its first ultrasonic spray coating equipment for antimicrobial applications for sliced meats.
Robotic 'birds of prey' make their mark on the food packaging industry
Across the globe the food and beverage industry is undergoing tremendous change at the hands of robotic technology. Most industry analysts and suppliers estimate that only a fraction of operations that could benefit greatly from robotic automation are currently reaping its rewards in the form of reduced waste, higher throughput, speedy changeover times, flexibility and improved product quality.
UV light and ultrasound show promise to decontaminate produce
Food Quality News
Ultraviolet light and ultrasound can reduce four bacteria types on strawberries and lettuce, according to a study in the International Journal of Microbiology.
Industry analysis: Fast food market will see most growth in healthy fare
A global industry analysis of the fast food market shows that while demand is on the rise, the amount of trans fat and calories in the food will impede sales, opening the door for healthier fare such as salad, according to Market Research Reports.
Market report: Global microwave packaging industry
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Reportbuyer.com has released a new report analyzing the global microwave packaging industry as it pertains to fresh food, frozen food, shelf-stable meals and others.
Obtain guidance on metal detection's role in food safety
A well-designed metal detection system will help manufacturers keep potentially damaging metal contaminants out of their production processes and finished consumer products, avoiding litigation, adverse publicity and damage to the reputation of the manufacturer.
Detroit food sector to benefit from $100,000 grant
The Associated Press via The Republic
Detroit's local food industry is getting a $100,000 boost. An event Tuesday at Eastern Market is planned to announce details of the grant money through the Charter One Growing Communities program. It will be used to buy equipment, acquire land and otherwise assist in the growth of small enterprises.
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