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Oregon environmentalists, food groups stunned by GMO vote
Sustainable Business Oregon
Environmental groups and local food activists are livid that a provision they believe would allow more genetically modified organisms to creep into Oregon farms sailed through the state's legislature Wednesday.
Opponents of GMO labeling raise record $17 million (KUOW)
Hawaii council advances GMO bill (KPUA)
Grocers face pressures from government shutdown
With no telling how long the current shutdown might last, The Lempert Report feels grocers should know the potential financial, regulatory and food safety impact on their stores.
Related: Shutdown affects imported canned foods inspections (Food Production Daily)
Why the agriculture industry hates Chipotle
People love Chipotle's "The Scarecrow" — a touching animated short film that's basically a polemic on industrial food. The agriculture industry calls it a damaging campaign that espouses practices that won't be able to feed the world.
No sign of government shutdown ending after White House meeting
President Barack Obama and congressional leaders emerged from a White House meeting Wednesday evening with little sign of progress toward ending the government shutdown, a standstill both parties acknowledge could last weeks.
Government shutdown: Why many Republicans have no reason to deal
The prevailing wisdom ahead of the government shutdown was that tea party lawmakers who agitated for it would fold within a few days, once they got an earful from angry constituents and felt the sting of bad headlines. But there's another reality that explains why that thinking may well be wrong.
Poll: GOP blamed more than Democrats
Americans blame Republicans for the current shutdown more than Democrats, but both still get plenty of blame, according to a new poll taken since the government shut down Tuesday.
Global food prices fall to 3-year low, FAO trims crop forecasts
Global food prices are not expected to fall much further after dipping to their lowest level in three years in September, the United Nations food agency said Thursday, trimming its estimate for 2013-2014 world cereals production.
For trade negotiators, a flashback to '95 shutdown
The Wall Street Journal
Mickey Kantor, the U.S. trade representative during the Clinton-era government shutdown, calls the current budget impasse "déjá vu all over again," and not without reason.
House immigration bill — minus the surge
The immigration legislation released Wednesday is meant to build pressure on House Republican leaders who have so far shown little public urgency on the issue of immigration reform. And already, some GOP lawmakersare expressing some openness to the Democrats' proposal.
FDA likely will include supplier verification in preventive controls rule
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
The need to verify supplier controls as part of the rules implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act is so important that FDA is likely to require U.S. companies to adopt the same supplier verification controls as will be mandated of foreign food companies. That's the prediction made by Marc Sanchez, founder and senior counsel with Contract In-House Counsel and Consultants LLC.
Preparation is key to addressing whistle-blower complaints
Food Safety Magazine
FSMA encourages employees to blow the whistle on unsafe food practices. The full deterrent effect of FSMA Section 402 remains to be seen. But as the food industry progresses under FSMA and employees become increasingly aware of their rights, it is likely that the number of whistle-blower complaints will increase.
Ad industry self-regulator expanding outreach to FDA, EPA
Law360 (subscription required)
The advertising industry's self-regulatory body has recently stepped up its efforts to educate agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency about its mission and how it can assist the regulators in policing deceptive marketing claims, the council's head told Law360 Tuesday.
Groceries are cleaning up in store-brand aisles
The New York Times
Grocery store brands once carried a stigma. With no-frills white packaging that telegraphed bargain basement and low quality, they were a last resort for consumers on tight budgets. Today, they are the stars of grocery store shelves and refrigerated cases.
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Convenience stores want fast food dollars
For fast food restaurants, convenience stores are increasingly part of the competition vying for value-oriented customers, and the c-stores are offering food that's awfully similar.
Caution: Ingredients may cause land grabs
Oxfam America says land grabbing is a bitter secret in the sugar supply chains of some of the world's largest food and beverage companies. The organization has launched a petition against the practice.
Related: Associated British Foods responds to Oxfam criticism (Food Navigator)
Hamburgers recalled on E. coli concerns
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Belmont Meats Ltd. are warning the public not to consume certain Compliments brand Super 8 Beef Burgers described below because they may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7.
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Meeting of minds on innovative food technologies
The EU-funded project RECAPT — Retailer and consumer acceptance of promising novel technologies and collaborative innovation management — is working to get key players in the food industry to come together, collaborate and innovate.
Meet the TomTato: combination tomato-potato
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Longstanding British seed company Thompson and Morgan rolled out the TomTato last week, for the first time offering the public a plant that yields both tomatoes and potatoes.
Can gluten-free, low-carb food startup succeed?
The food industry is constantly coming out with foods that are gluten-free, low-carb, low-sugar, no-sugar, low-fat, etc. This constant flow of special diet foods indicates these foods are not just a passing trend.
The Bill Gates-backed company that's reinventing meat
Opportunity exists for someone who can devise a tasty and affordable plant-based substitute for meat. That is exactly what Ethan Brown, the founder and chief executive of a California-based startup called Beyond Meat, aims to do, and he has persuaded some smart people to put their money behind him.
Siemens: Washdown equipment next big thing
Food Production Daily
The main challenges for the food and beverage industry are speed, performance and safety, and OEM's are looking for more production and less waste, says Siemens.
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