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Food label vote may have consequences in Congress
The Seattle Times
If Washington voters ratify Initiative 522 next week, the biggest changes may go beyond the state's grocery shelves. Reverberations also may reach Washington, D.C.
Are voters in Washington state losing interest in labeling GMOs? (Mint Press News)
Food giants pour millions into defeating Washington GMO label measure (Reuters)
Janzen: State GMO labeling bills present unanswered legal questions (Hoosier Ag Today)
Michelle Obama policy initiatives are a big deal for big business
On Wednesday, first lady Michelle Obama will be joined by Sesame Street's Elmo and Rosita to unveil a new marketing effort aimed at making healthier foods more appealing to children. This latest Let's Move! event is brought to you by the letter K — as in K Street.
Related: Elmo and Rosita join Michelle Obama for fall harvest (U.S. News & World Report)
UK frozen food market comes out of the cold with 5.2 percent sales rise
Sales of frozen food have risen by 5.2 percent in value terms, according to the latest market data from Kantar Worldpanel. Covering all product types, the category has performed well with individual categories such as meat, vegetables and pizza experiencing strong value and volume growth.
Food stamps loom over negotiations to pass farm bill
U.S. lawmakers meeting today to reconcile House and Senate versions of agricultural policy legislation will find the table crowded with members who have deeply held and widely divergent views on food stamps.
Democrats propose bill to avoid 'food stamp cliff' (The Hill)
Noem, Stabenow work to bridge differences over food stamps, farmers (The Washington Post)
Conservatives lobby House GOP to pass immigration bill
Gannett Washington Bureau via USA Today
Conservatives lobbied House Republicans on Tuesday to pass comprehensive immigration reform, but the chamber is more likely to consider provisions, such as border security, in separate bills.
Related: Immigration reform is sort of undead (The Washington Post)
Republicans and Democrats really don't have much in common
The Washington Post
There are vast differences — cultural, economic and political — between areas represented by tea party-aligned members of Congress and the rest of the country.
Related: Young voters may be turning Virginia blue (USA Today)
K Street sees tax reform slowly dying
Lobbyists don't have high hopes that the 29 budget conferees, who meet for the first time Wednesday, will have a breakthrough on tax and entitlement reforms, especially since top players on Capitol Hill have gone out of their way to lower expectations.
Senate confirms NLRB nominee Richard Griffin
The Washington Post
The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Richard Griffin as counsel to the National Labor Relations Board. Republicans had been delaying Griffin's nomination, and his confirmation ends the first of what are expected to be several contentious nomination battles in the days ahead.
Organic standards for farm-raised fish come slowly
Farm-raised fish is one of the few types of food not currently available at the grocery store with a U.S. Department of Agriculture organic label on it, but the agency shouldn't be in too much of a rush to rectify that, a handful of organic and consumer advocacy groups warn.
Mexico tackles obesity epidemic with tax on junk food
Mexico is turning to its tax system to tackle the highest obesity levels in North America or Europe, with plans to raise levies on the fatty foods and sugary sodas that contribute to more deaths than drug violence.
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Foster Farms Salmonella outbreak points to flaws in food safety system
The Center for Investigative Reporting via The Fresno Bee
A Salmonella outbreak linked to three Foster Farms plants has exposed weaknesses in the country's food safety system, which is designed to spot the pathogen at one stop in the journey from the typical bird's birth to the supermarket refrigerator case. And, even as the plants continue operating, neither federal regulators nor Foster Farms officials have publicly pinpointed the cause of the outbreak.
Survey: Consumers want to avoid pesticides but unsure of label certifications
Whether a food product contains genetically modified organisms, and whether the disclosure of that information should be mandatory on the label, has dominated public discourse recently. But that focus may have obscured a more basic concern about whether that food contains residues of pesticides used in its production.
Food giants: Financial results, philanthropy and new brands
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
Today, Analysts' Corner announced new research reports highlighting PepsiCo Inc., Mondelez International Inc., Kellogg Company, ConAgra Foods Inc. and The Hershey Co. The documents can be accessed free of charge, including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings.
Packaged Facts: Future of natural food additives in colors, fat replacers
As U.S. consumers have fallen out of love with artificial additives and long, unpronounceable ingredient lists, the food additive industry is undergoing a considerable shift, according to a study by Packaged Facts.
ADP: US private sector adds 130,000 jobs in October
U.S. private-sector employers added 130,000 jobs in October, lower than economists' expectations for the month, a report by a payrolls processor showed Wednesday.
Fruit, veggies to get the cold treatment at another port
Food Quality News
Cold treatment of imported fruits and vegetables has been approved at MidAmerica St. Louis Airport, according to a final rule published in the Federal Register.
5 ways to embrace creativity and innovation, according to Coca-Cola
The Coca-Cola Company has published a précis of a presentation given at the recent Association of National Advertisers conference by chief marketing and commercial officer Joe Tripodi.
ConAgra Foods on social listening: 'It takes a village'
How does an $18 billion food company amass intelligible insights into what consumers are saying about its brands on social media?
Canada: Ontario food industry commits to generating $70 billion by 2020
The Alliance of Ontario Food Processors in Canada has released a five-year action plan for the province's food and beverage industry that forecasts strong growth within the next seven years.
Eco-friendly timing belts designed specially for food processing
Bervina, recognized for its commitment to innovation and environmental awareness, recently announced its new eco-friendly timing belts designed specifically for the food processing industry.
The Innovators: New gadgets, concepts may revolutionize food business
The Washington Times
Cooking is an ancient art, and not one many are looking to when searching for innovation. What are cooking masterminds around the world using to innovate?
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