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Consumer confidence in food safety sinks, demand rises for unprocessed food
Consumer confidence in the safety of foods and beverages sold in the U.S. has dropped over the past five years, according to Multi-sponsor Surveys' Study of Clean Food & Beverage Labels. Efforts to consume fresh, unprocessed foods have increased over the same time span that confidence in food safety declined.
Hundreds sickened in Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken (Reuters)
Canada: 1 dead, 25 ill with E. coli O157:H7 traced to cheese (Food Quality News)
Playing chicken with food safety (The Huffington Post)
FSIS issues public health alert for chicken products produced at 3 facilities (USDA)
How the government shutdown affects food safety
Refrigerated & Frozen Food
The government shutdown is now in day seven, with little inkling of ending anytime soon. Government services and agencies are closed, suspended or otherwise affected. Edgar Asebey-Birkholm, partner and FDA practice group manager at the law firm Roetzel & Andress, discusses how the shutdown is affecting our nation's food supply and production.
The battle lines on food labeling
Washington state voters look ready to deliver the country's first mandatory GMO labeling law with no strings attached early next month. But the food and biotechnology industries have several more arrows in their quill — including a bill to pre-empt all state laws.
Battle lines drawn in Washington state over GMOs (NACS)
Labeling bill raises GMO food debate in Illinois (AP via Peoria Journal Star)
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Justices clash over campaign finance law
A sharply divided Supreme Court clashed Tuesday over campaign finance law, as the court's conservatives pressed aggressively to lift certain restrictions.
Related: Supreme Court appears divided on contribution limits (USA Today)
Who'll blink first, Obama or Boehner?
President Barack Obama and Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, are showing no signs of caving in the fiscal fight gripping Washington, raising worries the standoff will bring the economy to its knees.
Wall Street shrugs off president, focuses on Congress
Investors say they currently view the words and deeds of Congress as having more power to move markets because the president is not viewed as being intimately involved in the ongoing fiscal negotiations.
Farm bill talks revving up
The House-Senate farm bill talks are beginning to heat up again this week — with Speak John Boehner saying privately that he will finally appoint House conferees.
Leaders seek to finish Pacific trade deal this year
Leaders of the 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership pact Tuesday set a goal of finishing the ambitious regional trade agreement this year, requiring governments to make tough decisions in coming months to open long-protected markets in areas ranging from agriculture to manufacturing to services.
School meals face rules on fat, meat, veggies — but no limits on sugar
Center for Investigative Reporting via The Inquirer
As Congress faces increased scrutiny over subsidies to the sugar industry, nutritionists and anti-obesity crusaders are focusing on the amount of sugar in school meals — and asking whether regulations governing school lunches deliberately exclude limits on sugar to favor a powerful industry.
Related: Parent group objects to processed burgers on school menus (Fairfax Times)
Food safety groups oppose bill to end shutdown at FDA
Food safety advocates are telling lawmakers to reject legislation that would restore funding to the Food and Drug Administration. Instead, they say, if members of Congress really want to protect food safety they should restore funding for all government agencies in one fell swoop.
Glimmers of hope emerge as US remains in fiscal deadlock
A few faint glimmers of hope surfaced Monday in the U.S. fiscal standoff, both in Congress and at the White House, with President Barack Obama saying he would accept a short-term increase in the nation's borrowing authority to avoid a default.
FDA removing arsenic from chicken production chain
The Daily Green
In the second high-profile move on arsenic in the food supply in recent months, the Food and Drug Administration has announced it will remove three arsenic-containing drug types used to treat food animals, most notably chickens.
90 percent of seafood imports going uninspected due to FDA furloughs
The furlough of food safety inspectors at the Food and Drug Administration means vast amounts of food — including 90 percent of foreign seafood imported into the U.S. — is coming into the country unchecked.
Catfish farmers warn against mislabeling (Food Chemical News)
Law firm lists effect of government shutdown on ag (Ag Professional)
Opinion: Bad reporting bamboozles the public on food policy
The Huffington Post
Has food reform caused some reporters to lose their journalistic senses? Erroneous reports about the progress of food policies like healthier school lunches and calorie labeling have been appearing in the media in alarming numbers.
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