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Attorneys aiming at Big Food: Consumer crusaders or cynical opportunists?
When you think of plaintiff's lawyers, two images probably come to mind: consumer crusaders like Erin Brockovich or grubby ambulance-chasers in John Grisham novels. But where in this spectrum should we insert the top attorneys representing plaintiffs in the recent wave of food labeling lawsuits?
Report: Consumers less satisfied with food manufacturers
American Customer Satisfaction Index
Customer satisfaction with food manufacturers has slipped for the first time in three years, according to a report released Tuesday by the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Rising prices are partly to blame, and smaller manufacturers and store brands are shouldering most of the loss.
Why another CR would hurt food safety
The FDA, responsible for inspecting and protecting America's food supply, is uniquely vulnerable as congressional leaders negotiate to end the shutdown and raise the debt ceiling — which will likely include another short-term continuing resolution at post-sequester levels.
Debt talks in disarray as House balks
The New York Times
With the federal government on the brink of a default, a House Republican effort to end the shutdown and extend the Treasury's borrowing authority collapsed Tuesday night as a major credit agency warned the U.S. was on the verge of a costly ratings downgrade.
The big punt: Senate deal to be unveiled Wednesday (Politico)
North Carolina is first state to cut welfare amid federal shutdown (Reuters)
Where does John Boehner go from here?
The Washington Post
It's a rough Wednesday morning for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. On Tuesday he was confronted — again — with a very uncomfortable political reality: He is Speaker in name only.
State of US poll: 81 percent dissatisfied
A new Pew Research poll shows more frustration with Washington over the government shutdown and risk of default, with the number of people satisfied with the state of the country plummeting to the lowest level since the 2008 financial crisis.
Burger cooks cost $7 billion a year in government aid
Hamburger grillers and other fast-food workers at restaurants such as McDonald's Corp. and Wendy's Co. get about $7 billion a year in U.S. government aid, according to a study released Tuesday by the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Related: NYC mayoral candidate wants fast food industry to pay (New York Business Journal)
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Farm Bureau: Don't kill old farm bills while passing new one
Leaving the old farm bill laws in place could result in doubling the retail price of milk and force the government to buy up domestic dairy products, but don’t get rid of them when passing a new farm bill, two big agriculture groups warn in separate letters to recently named conferees.
Related: Crop insurance reductions test farm power as rural lobby pushes back (Bloomberg)
FDA plans public meeting on FSMA rules
Occupational Health & Safety
The Food and Drug Administration will hold another public meeting next week on its proposed rules on foreign suppliers' verification programs and accreditation of third-party auditors/certification bodies. The Oct. 22-23 meeting will take place at the Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center in Long Beach, Calif.
Opinion: Should you eat chicken?
The New York Times
In recent weeks, Salmonella on chicken has officially sickened more than 300 people (the CDC says there are 25 illnesses for every 1 reported, so maybe 7,500) and hospitalized more than 40 percent of them, in part because antibiotics aren't working.
Opinion: Renewable fuel standard mandate is a failed policy
With the ability of policymakers to work together under intense scrutiny, several members of Congress are finding common ground around the need to address the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, an inflexible policy that has failed to meet its stated goals while picking winners and losers and causing numerous unintended consequences on the food industry, environment, consumers and taxpayers.
The controversy over fuels (Convenience Store News)
Researchers: RFS needs to be modified, not repealed (ScienceDaily)
Tackling waste in the global food supply chain
A third of food produced never reaches our plates. Better transport, infrastructure and innovative ways of dealing with waste are vital to feed a booming population.
Without grease, US would be Greece
The food industry — fast, slow, greasy or otherwise — is one of the largest in the world, and one nobody talks about. Much like the housing market with its trickle-down effect, the food industry has many facets that usually aren't considered by everyday consumers.
PepsiCo reports higher profit despite economic pressures
PepsiCo Inc. reported higher quarterly earnings Wednesday and said it was on track to meet its financial goals for the year, despite a sluggish economy.
FSMA shutdown leads to bankruptcy for Sunland
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Portales, N.M.-based Sunland Inc., the first food company to be shut down under the Food Safety Modernization Act, filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 earlier this month. The company's fate reveals the high cost of pioneering FDA's new enforcement tools.
What GFSI can do for you
GFSI scheme owners are extending coverage to animal feeds and packaging while processors see GFSI accreditation as a stepping stone to FSMA compliance.
New device speeds up foodborne pathogen detection
Medical News Today
Scientists have created a new device that is able to concentrate foodborne Salmonella and other pathogens faster than conventional methods, according to a study published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.
Group swears by sanitation of reusable produce containers
Food Production Daily
The leader of a packaging organization fires back at claims that reusable plastic containers used to transport produce are unsanitary.
Lighter packaging: How much further can we go?
Food Production Daily
Minimizing packaging waste is a clear goal for Europen's members and all food processing firms, but shifting attitudes mean weight reduction is only the beginning.
UK food boss: Shortage of job applicants 'scary'
The Food and Drink Federation's Angela Coleshill says a lack of job applicants in the U.K.'s food industry is scary, since "30 percent of our workforce [will] retire in the next 10 years."
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