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EPA considers US ethanol mandate cut amid complaints
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering scaling back legal requirements on the use of ethanol next year amid complaints from refiners that statutory mandates would exceed their ability to blend it into fuels without putting engines at risk.
Science panel says GMO labeling would cost — but how much remains unknown
The Seattle Times
Labeling genetically engineered foods would come at a cost, but it's impossible to say how high it will be, says a report released by the Washington Academy of Sciences. The question of cost has been a contentious one in the campaign to determine whether Washington will become the first state to implement labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food.
USDA: Foster Farms can continue operation amid Salmonella outbreak
The Fresno Bee
Foster Farms can continue operating chicken-processing plants in California that have been implicated in a Salmonella outbreak, but with intensified sampling for disease pathogens, a federal official said Thursday.
Related: Government health and safety efforts slowed or halted (Claims Journal)
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The 5 biggest political questions for the fall of 2013
The Washington Post
The new year is less than three months away. But before 2014 begins, there are plenty of questions to be answered in the realm of politics, some of which will speak volumes about what the coming year will look like. Below we give you the five biggest things we are watching.
Poll: 6 in 10 would replace every member of Congress
A new poll from NBC News and The Wall Street Journal highlighted public disgust with Congress over the government shutdown and debt-deal fight, with Republicans taking much of the blame. Six in 10 people said they would defeat and replace every member of Congress if they could, including their own, a warning to members of both parties just a year before the midterm elections.
Republicans enter talks with Obama on debt limit increase
President Barack Obama and House Republican leaders were moving toward an agreement to extend the nation's borrowing authority even as they remained at odds over terms for ending the partial government shutdown.
Opinion: What was arsenic doing in our chicken, anyway?
It might seem like cause for cheer that the FDA has ordered the withdrawal of most drugs containing arsenic fed to chickens, turkeys and hogs. Temper your enthusiasm.
Opinion: Who's guarding the hen house?
Food Safety News
A recent study found that kosher-certified chicken contains more antibiotic-resistant E. coli than non-kosher chicken. Although this study raises important questions about food safety that merit further investigation, it does little to advance understanding about kosher poultry production or kosher certification.
Food safety: Are your food labels legal in the EU?
A regulation implemented by the EU this year, governing plastic materials and articles that come into contact with food, has put food labels under scrutiny.
Campos family to buy US Del Monte canned food unit
The Wall Street Journal
Philippines-based Del Monte Pacific Ltd., majority-owned by the Campos family, will acquire the canned food business of U.S. Del Monte Foods in a $1.68 billion deal, the latest in a string of U.S. acquisitions by homegrown Asian companies. The two Del Montes aren't affiliated, despite having the same name.
Trade hindered as shutdown slows goods traffic at ports
American exporters and some companies trying to ship products into the U.S. say they are finding new roadblocks as the impact of the shutdown in Washington spreads overseas.
Hain Celestial CEO: Consumers want healthy foods
Irwin Simon, founder and CEO of Hain Celestial, discusses what's driving the company's sales growth with Trish Regan and Adam Johnson on Bloomberg Television's "Street Smart."
Report: Global hydrocolloid market to top $7 billion by 2018
The market for food hydrocolloid is witnessing a remarkable growth due to growing demand for healthier food products and natural food ingredients. A new report from Markets and Markets details the trend.
Michigan focuses on local food future
Kalamazoo Gazette via MLive.com
The past five years have delivered unprecedented growth to the local food industry in Kalamazoo, Mich. Most in the local food movement said the vitality will continue.
Guess who holds power in food industry? (Not the processors)
Once upon a time food processors were the power brokers in the food industry, and supermarkets and grocery stores were just their retail outlets. But the balance of power has shifted dramatically.
Government health and safety efforts slowed or halted
The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans’ health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking foodborne illness. With federal workers on leave, the states have had to pick up much of the slack.
New app helps feed children when users upload photos
The Wall Street Journal
Feedie is a new app from the Lunchbox Fund that donates 25 cents to help children in need each time a picture of a meal is uploaded to social media channels through participating restaurants.
Safer pallet wrap introduced to help control risks in food industry
Detectamet has launched its new Detectable Pallet Wrap, which offers a less risky means of final packaging for pallet handling in food warehouse storage and shipping.
Compostables face barriers in food business
Composters, manufacturers and restaurant executives have some ground to cover before compostable plastic products get wider use in the food industry, according to Jeff Clark, director of the National Restaurant Association's Conserve Education Sustainability Program.
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