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Report: Surge in food lawsuits driven by lawyers, advocacy groups
The number of consumer fraud class actions brought in federal court against food and beverage companies skyrocketed from 19 cases in 2008 to more than 100 in 2012, according to the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.
Monsanto bets $5 million in fight over gene-altered food
Monsanto Co. and DuPont Co., among the biggest makers of bioengineered crop seeds, are persuading Washington state voters to change their minds about a proposal to require labels on genetically modified food.
GMO labeling measure losing steam? (The Spokesman-Review)
Push for GMO labeling gains national momentum (KUOW)
What's an average serving? Portion size guidance 'no longer fit for purpose'
European guidance on portion sizing is out of date and does not reflect how portion sizes have changed over time, claims a new report from the British Heart Foundation.
Democrats' united front cracks
The great Democratic unity of 2013 held for five-and-a-half days. The problems with the Obamacare website have transformed the president from a man who seemed to have gotten a sudden infusion of political capital to a man who's been pushed back on his heels.
GOP comfortable ignoring Obama pleas for vote on immigration bill
For President Barack Obama and advocates hoping for a House vote on immigration reform this year, the reality is simple: Fat chance.
Related: Business leaders meet with White House officials on immigration (The Hill)
Rahm Emanuel: Democrats have 'good chance' in 2014
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sometimes sounds like he misses being the quarterback for the House Democratic campaign committee. At a forum sponsored by the Center for American Progress on Thursday, the ex-congressman who helped Democrats win the House majority in the 2006 elections said the prospects are "good" for his party in the 2014 elections.
GMO labeling panel gets cool reception at agribusiness summit
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
A panel discussion about GMO labeling got heated Thursday at the annual Women in Agribusiness Summit in Minneapolis. The four-person panel was largely in favor of requiring food companies to label products that contain genetically modified organisms. The crowd of a couple hundred saw things differently, and even booed at times.
Schools rethink lunch programs
Two southern Saratoga County school districts in New York state have chosen to take separate approaches to the National School Lunch Program — and both believe the choice is the right one for them.
Mexico bans Foster Farms chicken from plants linked to outbreak
Food Safety News
The government of Mexico has banned imports of Foster Farms chicken from the poultry grower's three central California processing facilities linked to a Salmonella outbreak in the U.S., according to The Oregonian.
Leaked proposal irks both oil and ethanol groups
The Obama administration isn't giving U.S. refiners enough "wiggle room" to comply with federal renewable fuel mandates, the oil industry's leading trade group said Thursday.
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Millennials to outspend boomers within 5 years
It seems retailers continue to underestimate the size and purchasing power of millennials, despite forecasts that this most important generation will outspend baby boomers by 2017. According to a new study, "What Happens When Millennials Get the Wallet," retailers do not fully understand the needs of millennials and are employing marketing strategies that do not apply to them.
Gluten-free 2.0: Where is the gluten-free trend going next?
If the first generation of gluten-free products was short on flavor and nutrients; the next generation — "gluten-free 2.0" — is all about taste, health and convenience and is infiltrating every food category and channel, delegates at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo were told.
CDC: Some Cyclospora cases linked to Mexican cilantro
Food Safety News
In its first update since the government shutdown on this past summer's Cyclospora outbreak, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday that epidemiologic and traceback investigations have linked some illnesses in Texas to fresh cilantro from Puebla, Mexico.
Cargill to expand breakfast plant, add jobs
Cargill Thursday announced that it will expand a Lake Odessa, Mich., Cargill Kitchen Solutions plant, adding 28 jobs. The $10.6 million expansion will add nearly 22,500 square feet, with extra space for a cooler and freezer storage.
Yum Brands' problems not limited to China
International fast-food conglomerate Yum! Brands posted weak third-quarter results as same-store sales declined in China and stagnated domestically.
Study: More men going grocery shopping, cooking
Of 900 men surveyed by Midan Marketing, nearly half say they do at least half of their household's grocery shopping. Of that group, more than half do all of the shopping and 46 percent say they are responsible for cooking all of their house's food.
For millennials, food isn't just food, it's community
The Washington Post
Four years ago, as restaurants were watching their sales drop by double digits during the great recession, the owners of Silver Diner were grappling with their own response to the crisis: Would they follow the pack and cut costs to survive the downturn, or would they attempt to re-imagine the diner experience for the emerging millennial generation?
Brand names less important to millennials
America's closely watched millennials are now old enough to have kids of their own. Among those 25-34, there are 10.8 million households with children, according to a new report by Barkley, "Millennials as New Parents," which finds these new parents are less image-conscious and more pragmatic than their reputation suggests.
Nestle to shut French frozen meals plant hit by horse meat scandal
Food giant Nestle will shut a frozen meals plant at its site north of Paris after sales were hit by a Europe-wide scandal that saw horse meat find its way into processed products such as ready meals, company officials said Thursday.
Boston Salads recalls 223,000 pounds of chicken salad
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Boston Salads and Provisions Co. has issued a massive recall for its ready-to-eat chicken salad products on fears of Listeria contamination from a single source.
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Being conservative can cost you at the grocery store
Being conservative can cost you more at the grocery store. A study in the journal Psychological Science found conservatives were more likely to buy more name brand products at the grocery store than their less-expensive generic counterparts.
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