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USDA: US foodborne illnesses cost more than $15.6 billion annually
Food Safety News
New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service attempt to put a price on the cost of major foodborne illnesses in the United States.
The future of food: Experts predict how our plates will change
Food innovation in the next decade will be centered around understanding flavor — its composition, how we perceive it, ways to measure it and even a new language to discuss it.
Inside the fierce battle for fast-food customers
They're the four-letter words that customers can't get enough of these days. Touting "free" items and a good "deal," restaurants are trying to attract diners and combat flat traffic.
Late-season surprises shake GOP confidence in Senate elections
The Washington Post
For months, the 2014 midterm election has looked like a deck stacked in favor of Republicans.
But as campaign season heads into its final weeks, some wild cards are now on the table in states where the GOP had been expecting easy victories on its way to gaining six seats for control of the Senate.
South Dakota shakes up Senate map (The Hill)
Dems have new hope in Georgia (The Hill)
House Dems make Clinton 2016 pitch
Do it for Hillary — that's the message that Democratic operatives are hoping will keep donors from giving up on House campaigns in the final weeks before the election.
House homestretch: 5 key dynamics
The battle for the House has turned into trench warfare, with Republicans trying to scrape out enough wins to give them a historic majority and Democrats doing everything they can to minimize GOP gains.
Halloween prep time! And time for a blueberry trick or two in these
blueberry treats: Blueberry mystery muffins (a big juicy dollop of
blueberries hiding in the middle); Blue Moons, crescent moon-shaped
blueberry buttery cookies); Blueberry Bats and Boo-scotti (frighteningly
good). US Highbush Blueberry Council.
U. S. Highbush Blueberry Council
How much do voters care about food safety issues?
Food Safety News
Food issues have the potential to be a deciding factor in how Americans vote in the midterm elections this November. According to polling by Food Policy Action, messages about voting against politicians who want to cut various food programs.
White House doubts shutdown fight over immigration reform
The White House would be "surprised" if congressional Republicans link efforts to block any forthcoming executive actions on immigration to future budget or debt ceiling measures, press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday.
No matter how Colorado votes, GMO labeling debate far from over
Harvest Public Media via PBS NewsHour
At a west Denver grocery store, Ben Hamilton says he puts a lot of weight on food package labels. "I am a label reader," says Hamilton, a human resources consultant. "I think a lot of people read labels and are curious."
Opposing sides give reasons for yes or no on GMO labeling in Oregon
The biggest argument for the ballot measure pushing for clearer labeling of foods that contain genetically modified organisms is that people want to know what they are eating.
FAO: World food prices dip to 4-year low in September
World food prices fell to their lowest since August 2010 in September as prices of all major food groups except meat dropped, led by a sharp decline in dairy and sugar prices, the UN's food agency said on Oct. 9.
AFFI-CON 2015 registration is now open!
American Frozen Food Institute
Registration for AFFI-CON 2015 is now open. More than 1,400 registered delegates attended the 2014 AFFI Frozen Food Convention, and we look forward to welcoming everyone in the frozen food industry to AFFI-CON 2015, Feb. 21-25, at the Hilton Anaheim in Anaheim, California.
Burger King hires former members to work on inversion deal
Burger King has enlisted a team of lobbyists at Akin Gump, including former Reps. Vic Fazio, D-Calif., and Bill Paxon, R-N.Y., to ease tensions with the Obama administration over its inversion deal with Tim Hortons.
Land O' Lakes CEO: Food and agriculture will be the growth industry of our generation
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Move over, Silicon Valley. According to Land O' Lakes CEO Chris Policinski, the high-growth industry of the future is food production.
Experts: 'Natural' on food label is misleading, useless
What comes to mind when you see the word "natural" on a package of food? Better, healthier, maybe free of preservatives? Experts say that's likely not true.
Wal-Mart's quest for low-cost and environmentally friendly food
Recently, Wal-Mart showcased food and agriculture during its latest sustainability summit, while saying little about energy and emissions. It’s easy to see why. The company remains a long way from being powered by 100 percent renewable energy, one of its aspirational goals.
Grocery stores waste tons of food as they woo shoppers
Harvest Public Media via KVNO-FM
Grocery stores and restaurants serve up more than 400 million pounds of food each year, but nearly a third of it never makes it to a stomach.
Expert: Food tampering easy but rare
CBC via Yahoo News
Incidents involving food tampering are rare, says a food safety expert in relation to recent cases in Atlantic Canada. Two foreign metal objects have been found in potatoes packaged on Prince Edward Island and sold in Newfoundland and Labrador.
China to battle GMO crop fear from field to dinner table
China, the world's most-populous country and the biggest consumer of rice, soybeans and wheat, has begun a campaign to push genetically modified organisms as it seeks to expand food supplies.
Manufacturers to deal with contamination at the point of exposure to the product
Food Production Daily
Connect 2 Cleanrooms has launched HEPA-lite, a mobile, adjustable cleanroom unit which can be fitted at mission-critical elements of the manufacturing process line.
Breakfast a bright spot for Yum
Food Business News
Launching a national breakfast platform at Taco Bell this year has become a big success story for parent company Yum! Brands, Inc. In just over six months, the day part generates 6 percent of the chain's sales mix.
Study: 'No harm in feeding livestock GMO feed'
According to a study of over 100 billion animals, including 9 billion broilers annually, genetically engineered crops were found to be safe to feed to livestock.
Center for Produce Safety awards $2.8 million to 14 projects
Food Safety Magazine
The Center for Produce Safety recently announced 14 new grant awards valued at $2.8 million. The research awards are directed at answering critical questions in specific areas of food safety practices for fruit, vegetable and tree nut production.
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