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Have a Coke and a… GMO?
The Coca-Cola Company isn't smiling about the latest effort to force labels on foods and beverages that contain genetically modified organisms — this time in Washington State. It's on a long list of manufacturers that sell products using ingredients derived from either corn or soy, both of which are nearly impossible to source in the United States without using genetically modified crops.
GMO labeling campaign gets expensive as poll shows tight race (KIRO-TV)
No on 522 breaks fundraising record for Washington initiative campaigns (The Seattle Times)
What key trends will be driving the food and drink industry in 2014?
Market research firm RTS Resource says natural highs, one-step convenience, foraged ingredients, flavorful benefits and next-generation proteins are the five key food and drink trends to watch in the future.
Food stamp benefits will drop 5 percent as 2009 boost expires
Congress is poised to let a temporary boost in food stamp benefits end later this week for more than 47 million Americans.
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Battle lines for 2014 midterms are drawn
The twin dramas of the government shutdown and botched rollout of Obamacare have snapped a sleepy 2014 election season out of its slumber, sharpening the battle lines for each party and setting the stage for a consequential midterm that few expected even two months ago.
Mitch McConnell tells donors: No more shutdowns
Mitch McConnell isn't going to have another government shutdown on his watch. The Kentucky Republican stood up over the weekend and said he wanted to address the "elephant in the room" at a fundraising retreat in Sea Island, Ga.
Related: Hollywood A-list gangs up on McConnell (The Hill)
Some want earmarks back to help Congress pass bills
Gannett Washington Bureau via USA Today
As the federal government recovers from its 16-day shutdown and lurches toward another potential crisis in January, some lawmakers and political analysts think it's time to revive the old-fashioned horse trading that used to help Congress get things done.
Michael Froman on Pacific trade deal: Not all demands will be met
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the United States is working on closing the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks by the end of this year but is going to "let the substance of the negotiations set the deadline."
The West Coast unites on climate change
The Washington Post
The top government executives of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia signed an agreement on Monday to coordinate policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gases and promoting clean energy, according to a statement.
Under Perez, Labor Department produces a blizzard of new rules
Newly installed Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is presiding over a burst of rule-making unseen at the agency for years. Perez, in his first three months on the job, has overseen new rules on wages, hiring and chemical exposure, some of which had been bogged down by years of delay.
Farm bill 2013: An inside look at the most important bill you've never heard of
This Wednesday, the House and Senate will make yet another attempt to hash out a farm bill that's more than a year overdue. This year, those who will feel the effects of Washington's penchant for past-due bills and indiscriminate cuts are 47 million Americans who face low or very low food security, 2 million farms and 314 million Americans who eat food.
Related: Senators lobby against food stamp cuts (Star Tribune)
The adulteration of food
The Food Journal
While the FDA is working to regulate the misbranding of food, it comes down to manpower versus the sheer volume of products and food its inspectors confront.
Taiwan detects more US beef with banned feed additive
Taiwan detected cattle feed additive zilpaterol in U.S. beef, the third such incident in less than a month in Asia, heightening concerns across the region over banned animal growth drugs.
US producer prices fall unexpectedly fall in September
U.S. producer prices unexpectedly fell in September and the increase in the annual rate was the smallest in nearly four years, pointing to a benign inflation environment.
Allens declares bankruptcy, plans to sell frozen veggie division
Allens Inc., an Arkansas-based maker of canned and frozen vegetables in business since 1926, filed for bankruptcy, seeking to sell some divisions or reorganize as a new company.
Hain Celestial faces $5 million court claim over HPP
Food Production Daily
Hain Celestial Group is facing a U.S. lawsuit seeking millions in damages for alleged false claims its BluePrint fruit and vegetable juices are "unpasteurized" and "100 percent raw," since the company uses high pressure processing.
Quaker Oats starts contest to encourage American kids to get active
The Quaker Oats Company, a subsidiary of PepsiCo, and Fuel Up to Play 60, the largest in-school wellness program in the U.S., have introduced the Make Your Move video contest.
5 healthiest frozen fruits and vegetables
Stop being a food snob. If your favorite fruits are out of season or prices are just too darn high, don't worry. Say hello to the frozen food section.
Related: 5 reasons to buy frozen fruits and veggies (Health.com via ABC News)
Food plants of the future: Not bigger, just smarter
The next generation of food and beverage production facilities will be sanitary, flexible, more pleasant to work in and self-sustaining.
Study: Improve safety compliance by up to 26 percent
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
Alchemy Systems has released a new study on improving food safety and productivity. Researchers determined that supervisor-driven observations, coupled with effective training, can improve safety compliance by up to 26 percent.
Frozen dough machines help tackle cookie boom
Food Production Daily
Interchangeable frozen dough machines for the cookie sector enable manufacturers to cater to booming demands for fresh-baked cookies, Baker Perkins says.
Natural grocery chain adopts ozone disinfection process
A Los Angeles-based natural foods grocery chain has adopted Eco-Safe Systems USA's ozone disinfection process to help improve safety in its ready-to-eat foods preparation area.
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