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Government shutdown stresses food inspections
Federal meat safety inspectors might still have their jobs on Day Two of the government shutdown, keeping steaks, hamburgers, turkey and chicken safe for human consumption — but what about the rest of the food on our plates?
Editor's note: AFFI Vice President of Communications Corey Henry is quoted in this story regarding the impact the federal government shutdown may have on frozen food companies.
FDA food safety inspections suspended (The Huffington Post)
Fed shutdown affects disease detection, food safety (CIDRAP)
US government shutdown: The view on Twitter (Food Quality News)
Will a push into healthy menu items pay off for McDonald's?
While some fast food chains have remained steadfast with their menu offerings, industry giant McDonald's is embracing the consumer trend toward healthier fare. Here's why it may pay off.
Related: McDonald's stores trying loyalty program to lure millennials (Bloomberg)
Will GMO labeling raise your grocery store bill?
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Even though California's Proposition 37 failed to pass last year, the battle over GMO labeling is raging on across the country. Pro-labeling group Just Label It put out a study concluding that GMO labeling won't affect consumer food prices. But how accurate is it?
Hawaii GMO bill advances (Honolulu Civil Beat)
Oregon lawmakers move GMO bill to floor (The Oregonian)
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No end in sight to federal shutdown
The first federal shutdown in 17 years began with 800,000 federal employees furloughed and Senate Democrats rejecting a House Republican bill to set up a formal conference committee on a government funding bill. It closed with the House rejecting a trio of GOP measures offered to reopen national parks and fund the Department of Veterans Affairs and the District of Columbia's government.
Related: Collision course: CR and debt ceiling (Politico)
Republicans following Cruz's playbook as crisis unfolds
GOP leaders on Tuesday introduced a series of bills to fund specific parts of the government in lieu of one sweeping package — a strategy floated a week ago by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and promoted again Monday night as the government was closing its doors.
House Democrats to unveil immigration package with citizenship path
House Democrats plan to unveil a comprehensive immigration reform package Wednesday that includes a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally.
US farm law expires again with lawmakers split on new bill
Overshadowed by the government shutdown, the U.S. farm subsidy law expired for the second time Tuesday with lawmakers still deadlocked over how to confront cuts in food assistance programs for low-income Americans.
Anti-poverty groups' report: School meals option popular
A new school meals eligibility option authorized by Congress in 2010 is proving popular with high-poverty schools and is significantly increasing student participation in school lunch and breakfast programs funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, according to a report being released this week by two national anti-poverty advocacy groups.
Related: In Boston schools, 'CEO' means better nutrition (Public News Service)
Perishable Pundit: Naming Cyclospora suspect was 'rush to judgment'
Food Safety News
Naming Taylor Farms de Mexico as the likely source of this summer's national Cyclosporiasis outbreak was a "rush to judgment" still without sufficient evidence, says "Perishable Pundit" author Jim Prevor.
Industry analysis: Global frozen foods, 2013-2019
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
Reportlinker.com has released a new analysis of the global frozen food market, with a segmented revenue forecast to 2019.
The bright spots in the freezer case
Where are the bright spots in the frozen food aisle? A New Jersey food writer took a trip to the supermarket to evaluate the freezer cases. "The good news," she writes, "is that frozen food has come a long way recently."
New ink turns food packaging into temperature-control warning system
Food Quality News
Chromatic Technologies Inc. has developed inks that provide reminders when a product has been out of refrigeration and temperature has started to rise.
FreshDirect, RocketHub go crowd-browsing to find next major food innovation
Online grocer FreshDirect and crowdfunding site RocketHub announced Wednesday they are collaborating to launch a contest called the "Next Big Food Thing," seeking the newest, coolest food-related innovation.
JBS opens new distribution center in Nebraska
JBS USA has opened its new state-of-the-art distribution center at the company's beef processing plant in Grand Island, Neb., the company said in a news release.
10 cutting-edge fast food innovations of 2013
The Daily Meal
From a french fry that absorbs less oil to KFC's experiment with a fast-casual concept, these top 10 cutting-edge fast food innovations have made waves this year.
Quick-start freezing to suit the small lines
Based on customer research, Air Products has modified its Freshline QS tunnel to make it more user-friendly for food firms wanting to try new frozen product lines or expand their freezing capacity.
Central Valley Meat Co. expands ground beef recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Additional products have been included this week in a recall that was initiated when bits of plastic were found in ground beef produced by Central Valley Meat Co. in California.
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Aunt Bessie's expands frozen vegetable range
Frozen food company Aunt Bessie's is expanding its vegetable range in the U.K. Four new vegetable side dishes have been designed to bring "new flavor combinations to the roast occasion."
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