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GMO labeling will cost a penny per person per day, study finds
International Business Times
GMO labeling is one of the hottest issues in the food industry today — and a new study won't end the debate about what consumers need to know about genetically modified organisms.
Convenience, health driving growth in $25 billion refrigerated meals, meat
The U.S. market for market for refrigerated meats and meals is predicted to hit a mouth-watering $31 billion in 2018, up from today's $25 billion, says a new report from Packaged Facts.
Using 'natural' on a product with GMOs? Prepare for a lawsuit
While USDA has defined "natural," the FDA has only issued some general guidance that says "natural" means "nothing artificial or synthetic...has been included in or added to a food that would not normally be expected to be in the food." But where does this leave a host of processed and GMO ingredients?
Related: CSPI: Don't let 'perfect' be the enemy of a good definition (Food Navigator-USA)
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GOP surges in Alaska Senate race
Alaska Senate nominee Dan Sullivan is moving toward conquering the Last Frontier. The Republican has surged to a lead against Sen. Mark Begich (D) in recent polls in the race that's likely to be critical to the balance of Senate power.
Pat Roberts is in big trouble, but he's not a goner yet
The Washington Post
A new poll out Wednesday from Suffolk University and USA Today confirms Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.. is in a remarkable amount of trouble. The poll shows independent Greg Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent with Democrat Chad Taylor now off the ballot.
Court rebuffs Kansas GOP on Senate race (Politico)
Kansas court delivers new blow to Roberts (The Hill)
Obama's decision to wait on immigration is hurting Democrats
The Washington Post
Less than a month after President Barack Obama announced he would delay using his executive authority to reform immigration laws, there is evidence that the decision is doing exactly what he hoped to avoid: hurting Democrats.
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Federal lunch standard expenses strain school districts
School districts will take on lunch costs that are expected to triple in fiscal year 2015, leading to financial strain as fewer students participate in the program, the School Nutrition Association said this week.
Public health groups ask Congress for more FSMA funding
Food Safety News
On Wednesday, the first day of the new federal fiscal year, 16 public health organizations wrote to the heads of the House and Senate Appropriations committees urging Congress to add $50 million to the Food and Drug Administration's budget so the agency can fully implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Blueberry formats mean reductions in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup and the ability to tout the product’s nutritional benefits. Blueberries' offer fresh appeal and natural high sugar levels that help remove the sour taste associated with yogurt products. Consumers view blueberries as a value-added, healthy ingredient adding real flavor bursts, lush mouth feel and delicious sweet-tart blueberry flavor.
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Global calls for transparency on responsible use of antibiotics
The Cattle Site
As global experts come together at the 3rd International Conference on Responsible Use of Antibiotics in Amsterdam, the International Federation for Animal Health reinforces its message of responsible use of antibiotics in both human and veterinary medicines.
Commission opens infraction proceedings against UK 'traffic light' label
The European Commission has formally opened infraction proceedings against the U.K. for its "traffic light" food labeling system, giving the government two months to defend itself against business complaints.
Study: Lower-calorie foods driving growth
Lower-calorie products like Vitaminwater Zero, Skinny Cow ice cream and Fiber One granola bars are driving virtually all of the growth at leading food and beverage companies, according to a new report that calls on the food industry to continue striving for smaller "calorie footprints."
From Twitter to the table
West Central Tribune
Producing, processing and selling beef, turkey, milk and more is no longer enough for the agriculture and food industry. To win the hearts, if not the wallets, of the public, food companies must engage consumers with transparency and social responsibility.
Nestle expands quality assurance food testing facility
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Nestle USA, Solon, Ohio, expanded its quality assurance lab in Dublin, Ohio, which tests samples of DiGiorno pizza and Häagen-Dazs ice cream, among other brands, for foodborne pathogens, flags environmental contaminants and verifies nutritional claims.
Vegetables make Wisconsin near top producer
A recent report from UW-Whitewater found Wisconsin's potato crop has a $522 million dollar impact on the state's economy. But an industry spokesperson says that is just the beginning.
House of Raeford plans new South Carolina facility
Columbia Farms of Georgia Inc., an affiliate of House of Raeford Farms Inc., plans to build a new $16 million chicken hatchery in the Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina, area, the company said in a news release.
AOS filter approved for use in food processing facilities
Filtration + Separation
BioLargo Inc. says scientists at the University of Alberta's department of agricultural, food and nutritional science have tested and validated its advanced oxidation system filter for use in food and agriculture.
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