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What happens if the movement to label GMOs succeeds?
The idea of labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms is gaining ground. In the U.S., something on the order of 70 percent of our food already contains at least some GMO ingredients, so the GMO label would suddenly become ubiquitous on most grocery shelves. How would consumers react?
FDA food program to wrestle with complicated 'triage' when government reopens
Food Chemical News
With the shutdown ended, FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, which sent home 96 percent of its staff, is back in business and field investigators can resume inspections. But what does this mean for the food industry?
Washington sues food industry group for campaign finance violation
Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Washington, D.C.-based Grocery Manufacturers Association for allegedly violating campaign finance laws with the $7 million used to fight Initiative 522, which would require new labels identifying genetically-modified foods.
GMO supporter tells food industry meeting to stop opposing GMO labeling (WBEZ)
Kauai council approves GMO, pesticide labeling bill (Hawaii News Now)
GMO pioneers win World Food Prize (Voice of America)
Government reopens Thursday after Congress passes budget deal, raises debt limit
The Washington Post
Federal agencies, parks, museums and monuments began to reopen Thursday morning, after a chastened Congress ended a bitter funding standoff that triggered a 16-day government closure and drove the nation toward the brink of default.
House GOP extracts no concessions
If these last two weeks have proven anything, it's that House Republicans haven't yet mastered the art of using their majority. Many House Republicans believe they've gained next to nothing from a two-week government shutdown and near debt default.
Democrats cheer, but worry about next round
Relieved by Wednesday's breakthrough budget deal, House Democrats are also disquieted about thoughts of the next round. Although the lawmakers are cheering the Senate's 11th-hour agreement to prevent a default and reopen the government, they're also decrying the temporary nature of the reprieve and warning that another fiscal crisis is not long coming.
Food prize winners: Science needed to fight hunger
The Associated Press via KCRG
The winners of this year's World Food Prize continued Wednesday to press their case that biotechnology research and innovation is necessary to keep food production in step with a growing world population.
USDA: Shutdown hasn't affected Salmonella response
The Department of Agriculture office in charge of food safety is asserting that the government shutdown has not hindered its ability to respond to a salmonella outbreak that has touched more than a dozen states.
Related: FAQ: Salmonella outbreak linked to Foster Farms (USDA)
Improving school lunch by design
The New York Times
What if the secret to getting kids to eat healthier is to stop focusing on food? In spring 2013, the San Francisco Unified School District began a five-month collaboration with the design firm IDEO to re-imagine the school food system.
Unilever and Kellogg pitch in on World Food Day
Food Production Daily
Food industry professionals from all across the supply chain tell us what they did on World Food Day. From big brands to industry associations, food professionals at all levels lent a hand to help end world hunger.
Related: 5 gruesome truths about the sorry state of the global food industry (Quartz)
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Specialty food makers worry what customers will make of GMO label
In the food business, everything comes down to that moment when a shopper studies a label and decides whether to buy or move on. That's why food producers have a big interest in Washington's Initiative 522 on the ballot next month.
Related: What happens if the movement to label GMOs succeeds? (NPR)
Nestle sees emerging markets lift sales growth — but only slightly
Nestle said an improvement in emerging market demand helped to lift sales growth in the third quarter, reassuring investors worried by recent negative news from European peers Danone and Unilever.
Related: Newspaper: Nestle has offered to buy Nutella maker Ferrero (Reuters)
Oreo-crazy rats hooked like cocaine addicts, claims unpublished study
Unpublished research by Connecticut College's psychology department claims that Mondelez's Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine for rats.
Taking aim at microbes on farm good strategy for food safety
Food Safety News
In a report, "What if we could see germs?" Phil Durst, dairy and beef extension educator at Michigan State University, fine-tunes the focus on harmful microbes, among them E. coli O157:H7, Salmonella, Campylobacter and Cryptosporidium — all of which can infect animals and people alike.
Listeria prompts recall of RTE ham, chicken products
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Garden Fresh Foods, a Milwaukee, Wis., establishment, is recalling approximately 6,694 additional pounds of ready-to-eat chicken and ham products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. This expands a recall initially launched in September, covering 19,054 pounds of food.
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