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Smart Snacks present challenges for schools, vendors
This year, all snacks sold in school cafeterias' a la carte lines, school vending machines and any other place during school hours must meet the federal healthy food guidelines. An Indiana school district's food services director says the "smart snack" phase of the federal regulations has been the most challenging to follow.
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Can the world keep up with soaring global food demand?
A global, and potentially historic, campaign aims to increase the world's food supplies. Launched with little fanfare last week during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Global Alliance on Climate Smart Agriculture was created to ensure food security around the world as the planet's climate changes.
The illusion of 'natural'
Misunderstandings of purity fuel fears of toxins and vaccines, but the lines between humans, technology and the environment are far blurrier than those who avoid the artificial realize.
Poll: Democrats hold slight lead on generic ballot
Democrats hold a narrow lead on a generic ballot test of likely voters in the congressional election, according to a CNN poll released Tuesday.
Rural votes stymie Democrat in Iowa race (The Hill)
House GOP targets 8 Democrats (The Hill)
Ted Cruz finds support among social conservatives frustrated with GOP
The Washington Post
While there is not yet a front-runner in the early race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is quickly becoming the favored contender of social conservatives, riding a recent wave of fiery speeches and standing ovations at right-wing conferences.
Related: Why it might be time to sell that Rand Paul stock (The Washington Post)
GOP casts Clinton as third term for Obama
Republicans are working hard to define a Hillary Clinton presidency as a third term for President Barack Obama's White House.
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FDA outlines challenges with performance standards, high-risk foods
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
The Food Safety Modernization Act's new requirements for setting performance standards and identifying high-risk foods have presented a lot of challenges for the FDA, officials said during a Food Advisory Committee meeting.
European activists protest US 'chlorinated chicken'
Mute Schimpf doesn't want to eat American chicken. That's because most U.S. poultry is chilled in antimicrobial baths that can include chlorine to keep Salmonella and other bacteria in check. In Europe, chlorine treatment was banned in the 1990s out of fear that it could cause cancer.
China launches media campaign to back genetically modified crops (Reuters)
NGO says TTIP is 'Trojan horse' for GMO imports (Food Navigator)
Blueberries are one of the hottest ingredients in all types of beverages. Part of the reason is health but part is also the across-the-board appeal of blueberries with consumers of all ages and with product developers who appreciate the multitude of blueberry products available year-round.
U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council
USDA earmarks $31.5 million for local, organic food programs
USDA officials on Monday announced more than $83 million in funding for several programs designed to encourage healthy, local food options in farmers markets and in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
Related: Famed slow-food chef: Farm-to-table 'doesn't really work' (The Atlantic)
Legislators concerned about basis for Brazil beef import decision
In two separate letters sent by Congress, a GAO audit has been requested in response to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's proposed rule to allow the importation of fresh and frozen beef from regions in Brazil and Argentina, as well as live cattle from Argentina.
US open to free trade with China despite its notoriety for cheating
If the world were a school and China a student, it would be expelled for cheating. Nonetheless, business groups from all over the United States have lately been visiting China, looking to drum up business. And the Obama administration has said it would consider letting China join the negotiations of what would be the world's largest free trade agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Treasury takes aim at a 'Double Whopper'
Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, says the Treasury Department's announcement that it will take action to slow down corporate tax inversions is good news, but it doesn't go far enough. "When big corporations dodge taxes and shortchange workers, taxpaying Americans are the ones to foot the bill."
Food facility biennial registration renewal opens Wednesday
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Food facilities required to register with FDA must renew their food facility registrations this year during the period running Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. FDA encourages food facilities to renew their registrations early on in the three-month renewal period.
Supervalu, Albertsons discover new data breaches
Supervalu Inc. and the operator of the Albertsons supermarket chain, which both suffered data breaches this year, said they discovered additional attacks in the computer networks that process card payments.
New market research: Frozen foods on a global scale
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
A new report summarizes market demand for frozen foods in 30 countries from 2012-2016, with company markets shares and brands updated continuously.
Sabra to double Virginia hummus plant capacity
Sabra Dipping Co., the venture between PepsiCo and Israel's Strauss Group, is set to double production capacity at its hummus making facility in Virginia to meet "growing consumer interest" in fresh dips and spreads.
NutriFusion appoints new VP of business
PR Newswire via Digital Journal
NutriFusion, a provider of diverse and complex natural nutrition and phytonutrient products for food manufacturers, on Tuesday announced the appointment of Myra Mackey to vice president of Business Development.
Linking pathogens to pH: A novel way to detect E.coli?
Food Quality News
A method to detect E.coli has been developed by linking pH to the pathogen.
3PL, cold storage company earns spot in 'Top 100'
Grand Rapids Business Journal
Columbian Logistics Network, a third-party logistics and cold storage provider based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has made it to the annual "Top 100" list assembled by Inbound Logistics.
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