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Washington's GMO foods labeling initiative is nation's ballot measure to watch
All eyes, or perhaps stomachs, are focused on Washington state as the Nov. 5 election approaches.
First shareholder actions filed for GMO labeling (Environmental Working Group)
The battle over GMOs: Fighting on multiple fronts (Center for Responsive Politics)
7 lies the food industry sells (Care2)
Guilty plea to criminal charges has implications for entire food industry
High Plains Public Radio
It's rare for farmers to face criminal charges in the wake of a foodborne illness outbreak. Colorado State University food safety expert Mike Bartolo says news of the Jensen brothers' arrest sent ripples throughout the produce industry.
Can gold star nutrition labels encourage healthy shopping?
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
The proprietary gold star system used in Maine-based Hannaford Supermarkets appears to have shifted buying habits, potentially providing another tool to educate consumers on how to eat healthier, according to a new study.
Negotiations on a farm bill begin next week
The Washington Post
Members of the House and Senate agriculture committees announced plans Wednesday to begin meeting next week to negotiate details of a new Farm Bill. The agriculture conference committee is a back-to-the-future moment for Congress.
Farm bill gets no respect (Politico)
Tea party groups take aim at farm bill, Republicans (USA Today)
Why Obama is racing against the clock on immigration
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama used a very urgent tone Thursday in remarks designed to press House Republicans to pass immigration reform, calling on them at least twice to try to get it done "this year."
Democrats feel good about Montana 2014
Montana Lt. Gov. John Walsh, the Democratic candidate for Senate, has hired several veterans of Sen. Jon Tester's successful 2012 re-election campaign for his own team.
USTR Froman presses for trade bill 'as soon as possible'
President Barack Obama was often criticized in his first term for moving too slowly on trade, but now his chief negotiator is pressing Congress to pick up the pace as the White House pushes to conclude a landmark trade deal in the Asia-Pacific by the end of the year.
Deadline approaches for comment on new FSMA rules
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy
In July FDA released two new proposed rules on Foreign Supplier Verification Programs and the Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certified Bodies. Registrar Corp. is encouraging the industry to submit comments before the deadline Nov. 26.
New compliance guide omits poultry, sets guides for humane handling
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service has released "FSIS Compliance Guide for a Systematic Approach to the Humane Handling of Livestock," a document meant to achieve compliance with the 9 CFR 313 regulatory requirements for
humane slaughter of livestock.
Analysis: Little advancement addressing food system concerns
Five years after the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production released its landmark recommendations to remedy the public health, environment, animal welfare and rural community problems caused by industrial food animal production, a new analysis by Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future finds the government has acted "regressively" in policymaking on industrial food animal system issues.
The No. 1 most important thing you can do this Food Day: Fix FSMA
In its third year, Food Day — Oct. 24 — is a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, sustainable and fair food. If there's one thing you can do this Food Day — just one — it's to call on the Food and Drug Administration to "FIX FSMA."
Study: Youth obesity associated with receptiveness to TV fast food advertising
The Medical News
Youth obesity is associated with receptiveness to TV fast food advertising, Norris Cotton Cancer Center researchers found in a study published in the November issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
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Wal-Mart to accelerate China expansion with 110 new stores
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, plans to add as many as 110 stores over three years in China, while shutting some outlets and remodeling dozens more as it seeks to overhaul its business there.
'What's in Store 2014' shows trend toward less-processed foods
International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association
"What's in Store 2014," the latest edition of the annual trends publication of the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association, has found the top food and beverage trend is the consumer's move toward fresh, more real, less processed products.
Related: Seeking 'freshness,' Americans buy fewer canned foods (Bloomberg Businessweek)
FNCE 2013 highlights: Gluten, GHGs, GMOs — and breakfast
From the risks and rewards of energy drinks to what Americans eat for breakfast, strategies to tackle mindless eating and the next generation of gluten-free foods, Houston was the place to be this week as 8,000+ nutrition professionals gathered for the 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.
Trend watch: Online grocery sales to double in key European markets by 2016
Online grocery sales will roughly double on average by 2016 in five key northern European markets — Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands — the food and consumer goods research group IGD said Thursday.
Unilever: 'Now with x percent less salt/sodium' turns consumers off
Regardless of what they tell you in surveys, many consumers react negatively to "low salt/sodium" messaging on pack, underscoring the need for a stealthy approach to sodium reduction, says Unilever.
Study: Personal and social concerns motivate organic food buyers
New research may help advertisers target the rapidly growing organic food market more effectively, researchers suggest.
Social media overtakes print advertising in food industry
Social media is now considered more important than traditional print advertising in the food and beverage industry according to the Grant Thornton International report, "Hunger for Growth: Food and Beverage Looks to the Future."
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3 ways Starbucks is innovating — and why you should care
Entrepreneur via Reuters
Starbucks has one of the strongest brands in the business, but that doesn't mean it can't become even stronger.
Nestle among first companies to sign up to supply chain initiative
Nestle is among four companies that have officially registered with a Europe-wide initiative aiming to tackle unfair commercial practices in the food supply chain.
The Colonel's real secret of KFC's success
Slate via Press Republican
The foundations of the Yum! Brands empire go back to a Southern cook whose real culinary innovations had little to do with that famous secret blend of 11 herbs and spices.
Which fast food is most popular? Survey says…
Potential franchisees with their eyes on a fast food franchise are most likely to buy a traditional takeaway outlet serving up burgers, fries, chicken or pies, according to a Franchising poll.
Achilles heel of fast food chains
The Lempert Report
When did fast food get to be not so fast? And if assembling the order and serving the customer takes so much time that people feel anxious before they eat, how does that affect the overall experience and the likelihood they'll come back for more?
How good is the E2 hand soap in your food processing operation?
PRWeb via Digital Journal
The Great E2 Hand Soap Challenge identifies six key criteria that will help food industry professionals evaluate the effectiveness of their current E2 soap.
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