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FDA schedules FSMA meeting
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA will hold a Food Safety Modernization Act Public Meeting on the Supplemental Notices of Proposed Rulemaking. The meeting is planned Nov. 13 in College Park, Maryland.
Study: Consuming single-serve frozen meals can cut calories
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Those trying to look and feel better have more options when it to comes to midday snacks and meals, thanks to two new research studies presented by ConAgra Foods Inc., based in Omaha, Nebraska.
Canada threatens trade sanctions over US meat labeling law
Los Angeles Times
Canada could slap trade tariffs on U.S meat, wine, cheese and other exports in response to a U.S. meat labeling law that the World Trade Organization recently declared unfair.
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Obama missteps boost GOP chances
Political missteps by President Barack Obama are unnerving Democrats just two weeks before the midterm elections.
Scott Brown gains on Shaheen in New Hampshire
Can Scott Brown get lucky again?
The former Massachusetts Republican senator captured the late Ted Kennedy's seat thanks to a combination of good timing, a weak rival, a nationally sour mood for Democrats and a perception that he was truly authentic.
Related: Jeanne Shaheen, Scott Brown clash in New Hampshire (Politico Pro)
Democrats: Pelosi isn't going anywhere
House Democrats face long odds at the polls and are bracing for depleted numbers next year, but that doesn't mean they're giving up on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) just yet.
Los Angeles City Council advances GMO ban
Radical environmental activists convinced the Los Angeles city council Tuesday to draft an ordinance banning the production or sale of genetically modified organisms within the city limits, less than two years after the voters of California rejected Proposition 37, which would have forced the labeling of GMO foods. The ban flies in the face of scientific evidence that there is no significant public health or environmental hazard from GMOs.
ABA chief slams US sugar program as over-protectionist
The U.S. sugar progam is frustrating, over-protectionist and counterproductive to business, says the president and CEO of the American Bakers Association.
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Pew, CSPI take a global view of meat inspection
A new report, "Meat and Poultry Inspection 2.0," looks at how selected countries operate their inspection systems and presents innovations being used in different countries and regions to modernize existing inspection systems.
Related: USDA takes 1-2 punch from GAO, advocacy groups (Food Chemical News)
Minimum wage backfire
The Wall Street Journal
If there's a silver lining for McDonald's in Tuesday's dreadful earnings report, it is that perhaps union activists will begin to understand that the fast food chain cannot solve the problems of the Obama economy.
A critical debate: The value, costs and benefits of I2P2
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed that employers need to implement a new program into their businesses called the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, or I2P2 for short. The program will mean more active planning, implementing, evaluating and improving activities that will keep employees safe and protect their health.
Blueberry formats mean reductions in sugar or high-fructose corn syrup and the ability to tout the product’s nutritional benefits. Blueberries' offer fresh appeal and natural high sugar levels that help remove the sour taste associated with yogurt products. Consumers view blueberries as a value-added, healthy ingredient adding real flavor bursts, lush mouth feel and delicious sweet-tart blueberry flavor.
U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council
Update: First major revision of EU food labeling rules
After 30 years of consolidation and amendment, the EU is implementing the first major revision of its food labeling rules for a generation; EU Regulation 1169/2011 will apply to all food products beginning Dec. 13.
Industry welcomes re-proposed animal food rule, but worries about costs
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
FDA's supplemental proposed rule on current good manufacturing practices and hazard analysis and risk based preventive controls for facilities that produce animal food, announced Sept. 19 and published in the Federal Register Sept. 29, was generally well-received by stakeholders, but feed manufacturers continue to worry about the costs of implementation.
Taiwan's new Food Safety Office begins operations
CNA via Focus Taiwan
A Cabinet-level Food Safety Office began operations Wednesday to tighten fool control and ease the public's fear in the wake of a spate of cooking oil scandals in recent months.
Aldi launches new organic range in upmarket bid
Discount retailer Aldi has launched what it claims is an affordable range of organic products that will help customers save 25 percent on their normal organic basket, as the store continued its drive to offer upmarket products.
General Mills completes acquisition of Annie's
A month after the initial announcement in September, General Mills has completed its acquisition of Annie's Inc. to expand its organic portfolio.
Consumer prices barely rise as energy costs fall
U.S. consumer prices rose marginally in September as energy costs fell broadly, the Labor Department said Wednesday, painting a weak inflation picture that should give the Federal Reserve ample room to keep interest rates low for a while.
Americold opens 3rd temperature-controlled facility in Idaho
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Atlanta-based Americold opened a new temperature-controlled facility in Heyburn, Idaho. The 160,000-square-foot building has capacity for more than 17,000 pallets.
PCA post-trial events secretive, but potential appeal arguments emerge
Food Safety News
Since the jury handed down guilty verdicts in the PCA criminal case a month ago, many of the orders, motions and documents have been sealed from public view, for reasons that are often unclear.
McDonald's millennial problem: Is new campaign working?
McDonald's is pinning its domestic turnaround hopes in part on a new campaign to dispel misconceptions about its food — and the new effort appears to be working with millennials.
Related: The future of fast food: Waffle tacos and a bot named Dom (CNBC)
The China challenge: Rising competition
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
No longer the only Western chain in town, U.S. fast food giant McDonald's is exploring new ways to keep up in the competitive market.
In-store technology provides deals for shoppers
PR Newswire via Grocerty Retail Online
Consumers will have the opportunity to receive deals and be rewarded for loyalty while they're shopping, according to The Lempert Report Innovation Series, a weekly video series featuring innovation in the food world.
Produce Pro Software's new food safety app
Food Safey Magazine
Produce Pro's new Food Safety app is aimed a helping companies to track and store their data more efficiently.
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