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Supermarket surprises customers and USDA with meat label switch
The Washington Post
In recent weeks, Giant stores nationwide changed their meat labeling procedures, making it difficult for customers to know the quality of meat. What transpired at Giant and its sibling companies reflects what food safety experts say is a growing concern about food and supplement manufacturers misusing labels.
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Sysco plying FTC to save US Foods deal
New York Post
Executives at Sysco, the nation's No. 1 food supplier to restaurants and schools, are talking with government regulators in an attempt to save the company's $3.5 billion purchase of US Foods, The Post has learned.
McDonald's 'Our Food, Your Questions' campaign leads to wild tweets
In a transparency campaign that launched Oct. 13 called, "Our food. Your questions," McDonald's is taking to social media to directly respond to questions concerning the health and safety of their food content and preparations.
Who to watch in House Class of 2014
It's tough to pick most of the House's 435 members out of a lineup, but several likely incoming freshmen are sure to stand out — or at least try to — in the years ahead.
Poll shows Roberts gaining ground in Kansas contest
Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., has narrowed independent Greg Orman's lead in the Kansas Senate race, according to a new poll from the Democrats that shows him consolidating the GOP base.
Kentucky debate turns personal
The mud-spattered contest in Kentucky between Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes has become deeply personal after months of attacks in a race focused on character.
Kentucky Senate debate: 10 key quotes (Politico)
Grimes doubles down on refusal to talk about Obama vote (The Hill)
FSIS issues new notices for poultry inspectors
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued two notices for inspection program personnel, conveying directions for how to conduct their inspections under the Modernization of Poultry Slaughter Inspection rules, due to go into effect later this month.
Cornell expert: GMO foods not all bad, not all good
North Country Public Radio
Cornell University professor Dr. Margaret Smith calls the debate over GMO foods complex, controversial — and not clear-cut.
Oregon GMO measure attracts $12 million and counting (The AP via Fox Business)
GMO squabbles flair at Maui Fair (The AP via Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
China bans 'healthier' labels on non-GMO products (CriEnglish.com)
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FSIS launches study on beef and veal carcass baseline
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has launched the Nationwide Beef and Veal Carcass Baseline Survey to collect data for future risk assessments and to develop regulatory policy options.
Fast food employee unionization on the horizon?
The effort to raise the minimum wage in Chicago and throughout the state of Illinois in general is not just about a higher salaries but about the ability to unionize, a labor leader said this week.
Ma vows to clean up Taiwan's food industry
CNA via China Times
Taiwan's president, Ma Ying-jeou, on Monday condemned food manufacturers embroiled in recent food safety scandals and called on the public to join forces with the government to boycott the enterprises.
Related: Ma announces new food safety office
(The China Post)
Food industry must slash sugar — not just tinker
Food industry "tinkering" with sugar content while foods and drinks remain relatively high in sugar may detract from more basic sugar reduction strategies, warns a public health expert.
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ADM says acquisition to expand new ingredients unit
Archer-Daniels-Midland Co., the world's largest corn processor, agreed to buy a distributor of nut and fruit products for $170 million to expand its new food-ingredients business unit.
Costco enters China through Alibaba's Tmall
Warehouse club operator Costco Wholesale Corp. said it will make its China market debut through the opening of an online flagship store on Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s Tmall Global Platform, a wing of Tmall.com. The warehouse chain's online store will initially provide a range of products including food and healthcare product listings at competitive prices.
How private-label retailers benefit from supply chain collaboration
Retail Info Systems News
With increased interest in private label brands and the growing complexity of the global marketplace, it is challenging for retailers to manage the communications, certifications, ingredients and information stemming from their numerous, worldwide supply chain partners.
Emerging risk identification in the age of social media
Food Safety Magazine
Increasingly, consumers are becoming more aware of what goes into their food and how it's produced. The results of a Ketchum Global Food 2020 Survey show how a large section of the social media-savvy public has the ability to promote controversial issues and ultimately drive the discourse that can potentially impact the food industry profoundly.
Salt reduction: Challenges and opportunities for the food industry
PR Newswire via Stockhouse
Salt reduction has been one of the most prevalent topics in the food industry for many years, with a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health regarding salt intake as one of the major health issues of today's population.
UK: Warm weather, supermarket price war hit food and clothing sales
British high-street spending recorded its biggest monthly fall in years last month as supermarkets continued to cut prices and warm weather dissuaded shoppers from buying new winter clothes.
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