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New twist on GMO debate: Are they 'natural'?
The Washington Post
Lately, the most heated part of the food production transparency debate has been about GMOs in foods and efforts by companies to market them as "all natural" — a term that has no legal definition but that many consumers equate with products that do not contain artificial preservatives, flavorings or colors.
GMA creates PAC in wake of GMO campaign lawsuit (Food Navigator-USA)
A new method against GM salmon: Get retailers to refuse to sell it (The Washington Post)
A label for GMO-free food already exists (Sioux City Journal
UK: Experts issue GM food safety warning (IOL SciTech)
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Getting product to the store and in shopping carts
Ensuring the safe and efficient distribution of frozen foods is no easy task. Moving product through the entire cold chain to achieve time-sensitive delivery requires overcoming any number of hurdles, be it fuel costs, labor needs or new rules and regulations. Food logistics professionals face yet another challenge: Despite our best efforts to get products to the store, what if those products don't make their way into the shopping carts of consumers?
Editor's note: AFFI President and CEO Kraig Naasz authored this column promoting a new multi-year campaign being launched by the Frozen Food Roundtable to change how consumers think and feel about frozen foods.
Starbucks the latest target of food pricing, safety concerns in China
24/7 Wall St.
Starbucks Corp.is the latest global brand to be targeted by China Central Television. The world's largest coffee chain has pricing that is unfair and discriminatory in China, according to CCTV.
Mitch McConnell is right. But will Republicans listen to him?
The Washington Post
Mitch McConnell isn't charismatic. He's not dashing. He's not an amazing orator. He is, however, the most powerful Republican in Kentucky — and in the U.S. Senate. There's one reason for that: He is his party's best strategic mind.
Shutdown fuels Republican primaries
Political handicappers expect Republicans to keep the House in 2014. But plenty of GOP lawmakers will still be slugging it out in tough races next year — they'll just be hitting one another in a growing number of primaries propelled by the party's nasty split over the federal shutdown and debt crisis.
Poll: Majority opposes GOP control of House
A majority says it is a bad thing for Republicans to control the House, with an even higher percentage believing Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, should lose his job, according to a new poll from CNN-ORC released Monday.
Concerned about food and drug safety now? Look back a ways…
While critics often rail about big government regulation, the fact is that laws providing for the safety of our food, drugs, cosmetics and medical devices resulted from public uproar following exposes and tragedies. Over the past century, Americans have demanded more regulation, not less. And the result has been to make us safer and healthier.
Supreme Beef vs. USDA: Why Salmonella is on your chicken
Food Poisoning Bulletin
The Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak has consumers wondering, how did we get here? How can a company that has sickened at least 472 people, many of whom have been hospitalized with drug-resistant infections, tell consumers their product is safe if handled properly and not issue a recall? And why, if inspectors found Salmonella levels on chicken produced at the company's Fresno plant to be 3.5 times the federal standard, has production continued uninterrupted?
Related: Editorial: Continuing Salmonella outbreaks (The New York Times)
Opinion: US meat safety at a crossroads
Global Meat News
U.S. meat safety is in a state of upheaval after some unsettling revelations regarding new procedures employed in a highly contentious pilot program, which the USDA is in favor of adopting.
NGFA urges FDA to extend FSMA deadline to accommodate animal feed rule
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
With the Food Safety Modernization Act proposal for animal feed ready to spring loose any day now, the National Grain and Feed Association is asking FDA to extend the comment period for two import-related proposed rules by at least another 120 days, so the pet food and animal feed industries will have time to analyze those rules alongside the animal feed proposal.
Vegetable growers react to coming food safety regulations
Tree-fruit growers have their concerns about upcoming federal food safety regulations. So do farmers who grow food on the ground.
Corn refiners, sugar association continue war of words over HFCS
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
In the latest round in the legal contest between the Corn Refiners Association and the Sugar Association, the sugar group filed a response this week to a CRA counter-claim in which the group claims a pair of doctors paid to appear as experts on the nutritional similarities between cane or beet sugar and high-fructose corn syrup were "paid advocates" whose statements were no more than "an expression of opinion."
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Pizza: It's what's for dinner
There's no denying the popularity of pizza, especially when it's National Pizza Month in the U.S. When you consider the size of this $40 billion pie, that's a ton of slices: Americans consume 350 slices per second.
Shutdown winners club
President Barack Obama solemnly stated at his Thursday news conference that the end of the government shutdown is not a time for partisan scorekeeping: "There are no winners here." But that's not exactly true.
GMO debate gets ugly
Bakery & Snacks
In the GMO debate, General Mills is targeted in a report blasted as "a collection of discredited studies and half-truths," while the GMA has been slapped with a lawsuit over the "No" campaign to GMO labeling in Washington state.
How marketers are making fruits, veggies cool for kids
Kid-friendly characters like Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse are increasingly popping up on fruits and veggies as part of a move by marketers to make healthier foods cool through packaging gimmicks and tie-ins with children's media properties such as Disney and Nickelodeon.
Nestle feeling frostbite in frozen foods
Food Business News
Frozen foods remains a "mixed picture" for Nestle S.A. in North America, where sales of Lean Cuisine and several frozen pizza brands have cooled off in recent quarters.
Expert: Oreo cookies addiction claim shows 'sad lack of logical analysis'
A leading psychobiologist has slammed recent claims by researchers that Oreo cookies, made by international food manufacturer Mondelez, are as addictive as cocaine for rats.
EU highlights top 10 foods at risk of fraud
Olive oil, fish and organic foods are at the highest risk of food fraud in Europe, according to a new draft report from the European Union — but meat is not in the top 10, despite this year's high-profile horse meat scandal.
Website sees food supply chain transparency
Food Production Daily
Sun Branding Solutions has acquired FoodSpecifications.com, a software tool that collects, manages and distributes product information such as specification details, nutritional data and packaging information.
Despite debt drama, US still outshining Europe
If Wall Street's record high is a signpost, the U.S. economy has every chance of pulling further ahead of a stuttering Europe despite new battles to come in Washington over the government's budget and debt ceiling.
Salmonella response built on defense tech
Food Production Daily
Applied-science experts Battelle have built software that, instead of reacting to pathogen outbreaks, takes a predictive, proactive approach.
Ground beef recall expands in Canada
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
A recall on lean ground beef, initially issued Oct. 8, has expanded as a result of a recent outbreak of E. coli-related illnesses.
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Colors to die for: The dangerous impact of food coloring
Fast Company's Co.Design
In case you need something new to worry about, this infographic by SpecialEducationDegree.net illustrates the dangers of food dyes. The main culprits are listed in a key, including cereal, drinks and dog food.
Feed your customers energizing foods
Natural Vitality Living via New Hope 360
We tend to think of energy boosts as coming in liquid forms such as tea and coffee. But many foods can also provide an energy boost that's longer-lasting than a jolt of caffeine. Here are seven foods to keep on hand for the next time you're feeling sluggish.
How to develop thermal processing schedules
Thermal processing is still one of the most useful tools available to the meat and poultry industries to effectively eliminate or reduce to acceptable levels any pathogenic bacteria that may be potentially present.
Jeff Zoss builds Grocery Shopping Network
Jeff Zoss is working to build business for online advertisers targeting grocery buyers, as the new vice president of national sales for the Grocery Shopping Network, a Minneapolis-based digital marketing firm.
Getting insects past the ick factor, into mass food production
Insects form part of the traditional diets of at least 2 billion people worldwide, and more than 1,900 species have reportedly been used as food, according to the Food and Agricultural Organization report "Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security," issued earlier this year.
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