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Support for GMO labeling falls as Washingtonians cast votes
As voters begin to cast their ballots over the GMO food labeling initiative in Washington State, an Elway poll released Monday shows support for the measure has slipped considerably, with only 46 percent of voters planning to cast a ballot for initiative 522, while 42 percent say they will oppose it and 12 percent are undecided. Click here for more details on the poll.
Will GM labels make food industry ill? (Bloomberg)
Bad science, good politics? Why GMO lobby is winning the PR war (Food Navigator-USA)
Poll: GMO labeling initiative 'too close to call' (Food Safety News)
Food industry pushes back on FDA's plan to collect more facility profile data
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Food industry representatives who participated in an FDA focus group and software test questioned the value of FDA's plan to gather risk-based information during facility registrations, says a new report from FDA's Office of Planning, Risk Communication Staff.
Papa Gino's launches School Smart Pizza Program
Papa Gino's has launched its School Smart Pizza Program after testing the initiative in several school systems. The program meets the new USDA school lunch requirements that will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.
Poll: Major damage to GOP after shutdown, dissatisfaction with government
The Washington Post
The budget confrontation that led to a partial government shutdown dealt a major blow to the GOP's image and has exposed significant divisions between tea party supporters and other Republicans, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Obama to resume fundraising Friday
President Barack Obama hits the money trail again Friday with two events in New York City, one for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and another for the Democratic National Committee.
Election prospects put a spring in Democrats' steps
Senate Democrats have emerged from the government shutdown more confident about holding control of the upper chamber in 2014 — with some polls fueling hopes the party could pick up a seat or two currently held by the GOP.
25 regulations to watch
Hundreds of federal rules are making their way through the regulatory pipeline at government agencies and the White House. Many of the forthcoming regulations are required under the Dodd-Frank Act, Obamacare and other federal laws approved by Congress. But battles rage daily in Washington over their final shape and scope.
Missouri health officials investigating E. coli-related toddler death
A toddler from Monett, Mo., died Friday from an infection of E. coli O157, and the Lawrence County Health Department has launched an investigation to trace the source of the illness.
FDA tells 9th Circuit: Shutdown affected food safety deadline
Law360 (subscription required)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration told the 9th Circuit on Friday that the government shutdown made it impossible for the agency to propose a food safety rule by a court-ordered Nov. 30 deadline, asking for a freeze on the order.
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Machine-tenderized beef may require tougher labeling
Los Angeles Times
The Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak this month has underscored the importance of cooking and handling poultry properly. Now attention is turning to beef because of a little-known practice called mechanical tenderization.
To clear labeling backlog, FSIS says it will limit expedited label reviews
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
USDA's labeling staff could not conduct any labeling sketch reviews during the partial government shutdown. Now that the department is back at work, the Labeling and Program Delivery Staff is trying to deal with the backlog. As part of that triage process, expedited reviews are now only available in "extraordinary circumstances."
EPA expands renewable fuels scope with new definition
Law360 (subscription required)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday gave its controversial renewable fuels standard more flexibility, adding heating oils derived from biomass to the list of fuels that count toward federal volume requirements.
What's the public health effect of a health claim for fructose?
The EU recently approved a health claim for fructose — but the EFSA opinion also included a health warning. So could the positive health claim lead to negative health outcomes?
School lunches join farm-to-table trend
Voice of America
The state of Maryland encourages all of its school districts to buy local. It's part of a nationwide movement to improve the food served in school cafeterias while supporting family farmers.
Mexico lawmakers approve junk food tax
Mexico's lower house passed a bill to raise taxes, including a new levy on junk food, as President Enrique Pena Nieto tries to shift part of the burden of financing the government from the oil industry to consumers.
UK: Are people snobbish about frozen food?
A new series captures what life is like at frozen food retailer Iceland, but are some of us a little bit snooty in our attitude toward frozen food?
How social media could supercharge the CPG industry
The McKinsey Global Institute has published a report examining how social technologies are being used in five sectors of the economy, including consumer packaged goods. McKinsey estimates social technologies could add between $212 billion and $308 billion of value annually to an industry with global annual revenues of about $4,000 billion.
Yum sees India sales reaching $1 billion by 2015 on new stores
Yum! Brands Inc., the owner of the KFC and Taco Bell fast food chains, said sales from its own and franchise outlets in India will reach $1 billion by 2015 as it adds more stores in the second-most-populous nation.
McDonald's recovers after post-earnings drop
Fast food giant McDonald's reported third-quarter earnings before the bell Monday of $1.52 a share on $7.32 billion in revenue, a 2 percent year-on-year increase.
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Fast food, reimagined
The Huffington Post
Will the most successful fast food companies of the future reimagine themselves as "community food centers" that grow fresh food intensively on-site, diversify their business model and care for the well-being of customers and employees?
The c-store sector: A great incubator for new products
The U.S. convenience store sector is poised for continued growth driven by the growing number of Hispanic consumers (heavy users of c-stores), and increased demand for "grab'n go" convenience, better-for-you options and foodservice offerings, according to analysts at Wells Fargo.
Is Procter & Gamble's new-age packaging a B2B gold mine?
Procter & Gamble is plotting a revolution in packaged goods, but not with a new product. Rather, the Cincinnati-based marketer has developed a process to make new-age plastic that's thinner, cheaper and greener than the current industry standard.
Study: Frozen meat poses food poison threat
The International News
Researchers in the U.K. have found that defrosted meat can rapidly become contaminated with bacteria, in part because of the cellular structure of thawing tissue.
Livestock groups counter critical report
Chipotle's recent scarecrow video has once again stirred critical conversation about the sciences employed by the agriculture industry, but one industry leader is speaking up. Jeff Simmons, the president of Elanco Animal Health, defends his company's ractopamine products and suggests consumers embracing the so-called good food movement are somewhat misguided.
Supply risk a major concern for food and beverage companies
The Strategic Sourceror
Food manufacturers factor in potential contamination regarding their products when planning risk assessment procedures. As food recalls and bad press have the potential to shut down operations or drive away customers, risks related to supply management is still a major concern, according to Modern Materials Handling.
Kellogg 'spearheading' hunger relief efforts with breakfasts initiative
Bakery & Snacks
Kellogg says its commitment to fighting global hunger does not stop at events like last week's World Food Day. The cereal and snack giant says it supported the global event by "spearheading" hunger relief efforts through its Breakfast for Better Days initiative launched earlier this year.
App aims to analyze chemical makeup of food
A Toronto-based company has launched a crowdfunding campaign to create a scanner and companion smartphone app that can tell you the chemical makeup of your food.
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