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Thinking outside the GMO box
The GMO debate is distracting us from less sexy interventions that have worked to dramatically reduce hunger and malnutrition over the past 50 years — and are in desperate need of continued support.
Sugar: The food industry's tobacco moment?
The food industry is facing a backlash against high sugar content on the same scale as the one experienced by the tobacco industry following studies showing a link between smoking and lung cancer, experts are warning.
FSMA aims to even playing field between domestic, foreign food suppliers
Food Safety Magazine
Two proposed FSMA rules form a regulatory framework intended to bring internationally sourced food products destined for the United States in line with existing requirements for domestically sourced food.
Senate leaders in striking distance of a deal
The Wall Street Journal
Top Senate leaders said they were within striking distance of an agreement Monday to reopen the federal government and defuse a looming debt crisis just days before the U.S. could run out of money to pay its bills.
Budget battle escalates (Politico)
Reid cites 'tremendous progress' in debt ceiling talks (CNN)
Meet John Boehner's new problem. Same as his old problem.
The Washington Post
After a more-than-two-hour meeting with GOP members, House Speaker John Boehner emerged to tell the press that there was, in fact, no Republican House plan. "There are a lot of opinions about what direction to go," Boehner said. "There have been no decisions about what exactly we will do."
Lundergan Grimes outraises McConnell
Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes outraised Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the first fundraising quarter of her campaign, bringing in $2.5 million from July through September.
GFSI opens stakeholder consultation for IFS packaging security scheme
Food Safety Magazine
The Global Food Safety Initiative on Friday officially launched its global stakeholder consultation for the International Featured Standards PACsecure scheme.
3 things to know as export control reform kicks in
Law360 (subscription required)
With the first wave of export control reforms set to take effect Tuesday, oversight of certain exports will transfer from the U.S. Department of State to the Department of Commerce, a change attorneys say requires adjustments for exporters, but will ultimately make their lives easier.
Canada discussed bailing out XL Foods to ease fallout from beef recall
The Globe and Mail
Senior federal agriculture officials in Canada discussed paying an Alberta slaughterhouse millions of dollars for its tainted meat to help the struggling company and cushion the economic blow at the height of the largest meat recall in Canadian history.
Foster Farms aims to step up food safety at Livingston, Fresno plants
The Modesto Bee
California-based Foster Farms had planned an online news conference Monday but postponed it indefinitely as it continues to collect data showing the steps it has taken to protect the public's health.
Costco recalls 40,000 pounds of chicken products (UPI)
Salmonella toll: 20 states, 317 people ill (CDC)
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Unilever's emerging-market slowdown exacerbated by US weakness
Unilever CEO Paul Polman will next week report one of the worst quarters of sales growth in his five-year tenure amid a slowdown in emerging markets. Making matters worse is that an expected recovery in the U.S., his single largest market, has failed to materialize.
ConAgra: Smooth sailing, private-label boom after Ralcorp purchase
With the acquisition of Ralcorp, ConAgra Foods has increased annualized sales of private-label goods from $1 billion to $4.5 billion, making private labels a source of significant growth.
New Del Monte owners expected to maintain US presence
Pittsburgh Business Times
While we may have to wait until the $1.68 billion acquisition deal closes in early 2014 to see how things fully shake out locally, the Philippines-based company that has acquired Del Monte Foods' consumer products businesses said it will maintain a U.S. presence.
Louisiana retailers on the hook for losses to food stamp breakdown
Wal-Mart and other retailers — not the taxpayers — will be on the hook for the food it allowed users of the Electronic Benefits Transfer card to purchase beyond their approved limits, Louisiana state officials said Monday.
Florida counts on experimental trees to fight orange plague
Florida citrus researchers are preparing to launch a large-scale test of new disease-tolerant orange tree rootstock in what one likened to a leap of faith to save the $9 billion state industry from a deadly citrus greening "tsunami."
Freak storm hits South Dakota's cattle industry
Food Safety News
Ranchers in western South Dakota have lost tens of thousands of cattle in the past two weeks as a freak snowstorm left some parts of the state under as much as 4 feet of snow beginning Oct. 3.
How will big brands celebrate World Food Day?
Dow, Unilever and other food-focused companies are pitching in to fight hunger and improve access to healthful, sustainable food in celebration of World Food Day on Wednesday.
Unilever and Coca-Cola Hellenic debate packaging
Food Production Daily
Coca-Cola Hellenic, Unilever and an NGO were among the panelists debating sustainability at Europen's 20th anniversary event on packaging in Brussels Oct. 9.
Kellogg wins 2013 Supplier Leadership Award for food safety
Supermarket News (subscriber story)
Kellogg Co. updated its food safety practices ahead of the final Food Safety Modernization Act rules with an HACCP-based system that will roll out this month. The company works with suppliers and retailers to share best practices and ensure food safety.
A better way to package fast food — from a design student
Seulbi Kim, a graduate student at the Rhode Island School Of Design, wanted to create a more convenient way to carry fast food than the current bags and drink carriers for a class project. The result is a brilliant package that reduces waste by 50 percent.
Packing nutritional punch into gluten-free
Bakery & Snacks
Bakers have a vast choice of grains and seeds that can nutritionally improve gluten-free products, including fibers, ancient grains and seeds, according to scientists.
DSM discovers enzyme to extract protein from meat by-products
DSM Food Specialties has discovered an enzyme that can extract protein that might otherwise go to waste from animal by-products, for use in processed meats.
Scientists find meth-like chemical in supplement
Food Safety News
Late Monday, you could still buy the body-building diet supplement Craze online from Amazon, but it was "currently unavailable" at Driven Sports Inc., the company that markets the product. Earlier in the day, an international panel of scientists disclosed that one of the ingredients is a chemical compound similar to the illegal drug methamphetamine.
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