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Lempert: The supermarket of the future is now
Over the past few years we have seen modest changes in the bricks-and-mortar side of supermarkets in spite of supermarkets losing 1.6 percent of dollar sales to other channels of distribution. Shouldn't this loss be a wake-up call that things as they are need to change?
McDonald's dropping Heinz after CEO change
McDonald's Corp on Friday said it plans to end its 40-year relationship with ketchup maker H.J. Heinz Co, since that company is now led by Bernardo Hees, the former chief executive of hamburger rival Burger King Worldwide Inc.
GMO labels scary or simple? Sides differ
Those for and against Initiative 522 in Washington are at odds over the size, shape, look and tone of possible GMO labels.
Petition with 125,000 signatures urges food makers to avoid GMO label fight (McClatchy)Science not likely to resolve dicey food issues (Iowa Public Radio)
GMOs vs. overuse of antibiotics: Which is greater evil? (Chicago Tribune)
14 political races to watch in 2014
In the 2014 elections, Republicans need to net a six-seat pickup to retake control of the U.S. Senate. They have high hopes, but there is little room for error. In the House, Democrats need a net gain of 17 seats next year to gain majority control and return Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to the speaker's chair. Here are seven key races to watch in each chamber.
Republicans on track to retain control of House in 2014
The Washington Post
Real Clear Politics currently gives Democrats 46.9 percent and Republicans 40.3 percent in the generic congressional ballot, a 6.6 percentage point lead for the Democrats. This sounds pretty good for the Democrats, but historically a 6.6 percent lead is not close to enough.
House leaders plot new fall GOP strategy
For the first time in months, House Republicans are facing no immediate cataclysmic deadlines, and GOP leaders are struggling to come up with an agenda to fill the 19 legislative days that are left in 2013.
How can the food industry address the ticking time bomb of Type 2 diabetes?
Given that 1 in 3 American adults is expected to develop Type 2 diabetes by 2050 and poor diet and lack of exercise may be largely to blame, what can food and beverage manufacturers do to tackle this epidemic?
Hunting for pathogens on poultry
Food Safety News
Currently, federal law under USDA allows for 7.5 percent of whole chicken carcasses to be contaminated with pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella and Campylobacter. This means that products contaminated with Salmonella and Campylobacter have become common and are frequently shipped from production facilities to stores.
Study: Nutrition labeling requires nutrient level reference points
Consumers may only benefit from nutritional labeling schemes that use reference point information at the nutrient level, warn researchers who find that only this information can have a "significant" impact on evaluations of healthfulness.
FSMA proposal targets practices for animal food
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA on Friday released the Preventive Controls for Food for Animals proposed rule, which is required under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Under the new proposed rule, facilities that manufacture, process, pack or hold food for animals would be required to adhere to current good manufacturing practices and implement hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls. FDA will hold three public meetings on the proposal: Nov. 21 in College Park, Md., Nov. 25 in Chicago and Dec. 6 in Sacramento, Calif.
UK: Nestle, Mondelez, Unilever make saturated fat pledge
Nestle, Mondelez International and Unilever have said they will make changes to their products to try to cut the amount of saturated fat consumed in the U.K.
US food corporations fueling obesity epidemic with addictive ingredients
With 1 out of 3 adults clinically obese and 40 percent of children officially overweight, the U.S. is the fattest country in the developed world. But with food manufacturers keen on keeping customers loyal while maximizing their profits, public health concerns are likely to be dwarfed by the bottom line.
Largest US food contract manufacturer Hearthside on the block
Private equity firm Wind Point Partners is exploring a sale of Hearthside Food Solutions LLC, the largest food contract manufacturer and largest privately held bakery in the United States, three people familiar with the matter said last week.
Pennsylvania frozen food plant to close in early 2014
Houston-based frozen food provider Windsor Foods has said it is shutting down a plant in central Pennsylvania that employs 160 people and consolidating production at its Toluca, Ill., plant in late February or early March.
Kellogg frustrated and disappointed over Memphis lockout
Bakery & Snacks
The Kellogg Company has locked out workers at its Memphis, Tenn., plant over union rows regarding casual labor contracts; it says the decision has left the company in a "frustrating and disappointing" position.
California Pizza Kitchen launches gluten-free pizzas
PRWeb via Digital Journal
California Pizza Kitchen, working with the Gluten-Free Food Service Certification program, an industry program of the Gluten Intolerance Group. has launched a line of certified gluten-free pizzas at all locations nationwide.
Burger King satisfied with strong quarter
Food Business News
The launches of better-for-you Satisfries and a value burger topped with french fries helped drive traffic for Burger King Worldwide during the third quarter, but U.S. and Canada comparable sales declined 0.3 percent on soft consumer spending and continued competitive headwinds.
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Food recalls active on multiple fronts
FDA and USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Kraft: Roughly 735,000 cases of certain Kraft and Polly-O string cheese products are being recalled because they may spoil before the "best when used by" dates on the packaging. The problem was discovered and reported by consumers, and Kraft has ceased production of the affected products while it investigates.
Boston Salads: Roughly 223,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad is being recalled because of potential Listeria contamination.
Reser's Fine Foods: A Listeria-prompted recall of Reser's Fine Foods products continues to expand, now encompassing a wide range of refrigerated, ready-to-eat products that were distributed nationwide and in Canada.
Garden Fresh Foods: Another 103,000 pounds of chicken and ham products from Wisconsin-based Garden Fresh Foods is being recalled, after two previous recalls, as Listeria contamination worries persist.
Ferrarini USA: More than 15,000 pounds of salami imported from Italy by Ferrarini USA have been recalled because they were not presented for import reinspection.
Taylor Farms: Approximately 5,100 pounds of broccoli salad kit products are being recalled by Maryland-based Taylor Farms after salad dressing included in the kit became the subject of a separate recall for Listeria contamination.
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