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Congress enters crucial week in budget, debt limit battles
As the U.S. government moved into the second week of a shutdown Monday with no end in sight, a deadlocked U.S. Congress also confronted an Oct. 17 deadline to increase the nation's borrowing power or risk default.
Related: Work stacking up a week into shutdown (The AP via The Wall Street Journal)
Advertising of own-brand products 'absolutely necessary'
Increased "brand awareness" of private label and own-brand products will help to reduce consumer perceptions of inferior quality and increased risk, therefore increasing the customer base, say researchers in Food Quality and Preference.
Nation churns out new era of school lunch
The place where breakfasts and lunches are made for students in Pittsburgh Public Schools bears no resemblance to a kitchen, and the process shares little in common with yesteryear's meal prep. Today, districts around the country are implementing changes that began with last year's updated guidelines for the National School Lunch Program and will continue through 2015.
Related: A fresh approach: School kitchens prepare to serve healthier foods (Press-Gazette)
Harry Reid talks tough, ramps up for 2016
Republicans are eager for November 2016 — and not just because Barack Obama's presidency will be in its final days.
It's when Harry Reid, the man reviled by Republicans for his inflammatory rhetoric and hardball tactics during the government shutdown, could be booted from his Nevada Senate seat.
Supreme Court set to consider donor limits
McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, the lawsuit challenging the total amount of money a single donor can give to all federal candidates, is scheduled to be heard Tuesday by the Supreme Court. The case could have far-reaching implications for the way campaigns and political parties are financed.
Shutdown halts federal regulations
The government shutdown has all but turned off the regulatory spigot, reducing the flow of new rules from federal agencies to a trickle.
Taxes, gambling and GMOs on election ballots across US
Pew/Stateline via USA Today
Voters in six states will consider a combined 31 ballot questions on Nov. 5, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Many are non-binding advisory votes or relatively minor bonding questions. But in a light year for elections, some have sparked near-record-breaking levels of campaign spending.
EU's new generic descriptors law: Offering clarity or compromising commerce?
The European Commission has passed a law restricting generic descriptors that could be construed as health claims for food and beverage products: Such descriptions will only be allowed if they have been in use for more than 20 years.
Uphill climb seen for expiration labeling reform
While advocates of reform for rules governing food expiration may have a strong case, the likelihood the federal government will take action is low, said Miriam J. Guggenheim, a partner at Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C.
USDA grant pours money into increasing food safety
The USDA is pouring $18.2 million into specialty crops — and food safety is at the top of the list of their priorities.
Funding shortfall could affect Reportable Food Registry submissions, FDA says
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Could the Reportable Food Registry be another casualty of the government shutdown?
4 groups granted permission to defend COOL
Food Chemical News
The battle over USDA's intentions to label meat products with country of origin information continues in the courts, and now four organizations have been given permission to intervene and defend USDA's regulations.
US-EU trade negotiations sidelined by government shutdown
Law360 (subscription required)
The U.S. Trade Representative on Friday called off an upcoming round of negotiations with the European Union for the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, saying the government shutdown in the U.S. has left the country's negotiating team too shorthanded to go forward.
Opinion: Food labs integral to changing world of food safety
Food Safety News
The work of its laboratories has long been ubiquitous in the world of food safety. Public or private, their work is usually in the background, unseen but almost always unchallenged. Those days, however, may be changing.
Florida: 9 killed, 18 sickened by Vibrio; oysters suspected as cause
Food Safety News
At least 27 Floridians have been sickened this year — and nine have died — from infections of Vibrio vulnificus, a deadly bacterium that lives in warm seawater and is commonly associated with eating raw oysters and other shellfish.
4 ways to make Facts Up Front work for you
Food, Nutrition & Science
Odds are that you are seeing more and more products on shelves bearing the Facts Up Front label. The goal is to help consumers make more informed choices when shopping for packaged food and beverages.
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Industry figures gather for 2013 World Retail Congress
Top food retail bosses have joined the list of more than 150 speakers at the 2013 World Retail Congress this week, set to share their strategies and insights into the opportunities and challenges facing the food retail industry and promising markets for growth.
Darling International to buy Vion Ingredients for $2.17 billion
The Wall Street Journal
Darling International Inc. agreed to purchase Vion Holding N.V.'s Vion Ingredients business for about $2.17 billion in cash, giving the food industry services company new animal by-product lines and greater exposure to Europe.
McCain Foods launches WISE FRIES, low-fat battered fries
After more than a decade of research and development, McCain Foods USA is proud to announce the launch of WISE FRIES™ with the new proprietary WISE FRIES™ batter recipe that keeps just enough oil on the outside for great taste and crispness while maintaining the great potato flavor inside.
KFC's Go Cup brings chicken and fries to car cupholders
KFC has introduced the Go Cup, a shallow bowl designed for chicken snacks that sits in a car's cupholder. It represents a foray by KFC into snack foods, not just full meals.
Marie Callender's launches breakfast sandwich line
Marie Callender's is launching a line of Marie Callender's Breakfast Sandwiches in honor of National Breakfast Month.
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