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Washington AG amending lawsuit over GMO labeling campaign
A lobbying group for major U.S. food manufacturers continues to run afoul of campaign finance laws in the way that it has contributed funds to block a measure that would require labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington state, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the state's attorney general.
Vote on GMO labeling spurs costly battle in Washington state (The New York Times)
5 lessons from the battles against GMOs (Counterpunch)
Outsiders taking initiative on food labeling in Washington state (Los Angeles Times)
Will Hawaiian mayor veto GMO bill? (Honolulu Civil Beat)
San Francisco joins sugary drinks fray with tax proposal
San Francisco may become the latest U.S. city to try to curb the consumption of sugary drinks with a proposed ballot measure to impose a tax on beverages seen as a culprit in rising rates of childhood obesity and diabetes.
Some dollar-menu items are passing the buck
Los Angeles Times
Rising costs and changing tastes are fueling a trend in the fast food industry to give the traditional $1 deal a makeover with higher prices and more healthful fare.
In the Clintons' talk of brokering compromise, an implicit rebuke of Obama years
The Washington Post
In recent stump speeches and policy remarks, Bill and Hillary Clinton have offered sharp criticisms of the partisan gridlock paralyzing Washington, signaling a potential 2016 campaign theme if Hillary Clinton chooses to run for president.
Related: Poll: Hillary Clinton approval sinks (Politico)
Poll: Obama approval at all-time low
President Barack Obama's job approval has dropped to an all-time low, according to a new poll released Wednesday. The new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey shows a mere 42 percent of Americans approve of Obama's job performance, down 5 points from a poll conducted in early October.
The mood of the American electorate? Throw MY bum out
The Washington Post
The American public's dissatisfaction with their representation in Congress — and their willingness to let someone else have a shot — are at historic highs in a new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll, a sign that incumbents — everywhere — need to be worried.
Farm bill chiefs defend turf in conference
The leaders of the new House-Senate farm bill conference laid down the law Wednesday, declaring that they, and not the leaders of the new budget conference committee, would have the final say on the nearly $1 trillion 2013 farm bill.
Michael McCaul opposes immigration talks
A key House Republican said Wednesday he was urging his leadership to back off any formal negotiations with the Senate on immigration reform, reflecting a growing refusal from the GOP to reconcile the Gang of Eight legislation with any immigration bill the House may pass.
Ethanol, oil groups blitz White House as biofuel rule nears
Biofuel and oil industry lobbyists have raced to the White House over the past two weeks in a last-ditch effort to sway controversial ethanol blending rules for next year, fueling talk that a decision may be just a few weeks away.
169 lawmakers urge EPA to change fuel mandate (The Hill)
Circuit court fast-tracks EPA renewable fuel challenges (Law360)
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Farm subsidies to user fees said to be on budget cut menu
House and Senate lawmakers opened their latest bipartisan attempt to curb the U.S. deficit by clashing over whether to raise revenue or cut entitlement spending. Chances are they'll do neither. Instead, they're moving toward a third path: reductions to mandatory programs outside Social Security and Medicare to replace automatic cuts hitting the Pentagon, research and other programs, said two staff members involved in the process.
FDA: Imported spices tainted with filth
Insect fragments and animal hairs taint 12 percent of imported spices, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a report it initiated after outbreaks involving seasonings.
Salads with more sugar than doughnuts: Report analyzes sugar in America
The Huffington Post
You can buy a salad that contains more sugar than a doughnut: That's one finding in a recent study conducted by financial services company Credit Suisse, which revealed the sugar content of some of America's most popular foods and drinks.
Food offerings help drive Starbucks' profit up 34 percent
The AP via Yakima Herald
Starbucks says its profit rose 34 percent in the quarter, as the coffee chain used its loyalty program to get customers to visit more often and spend more on revamped sandwiches and other food.
How a franchise owner made fast food local
Entrepreneur via Reuters
Two friends from Boston focused on home-cooked food when they were developing their first restaurant: healthy fast food chain b.good.
Nestle's US pizza business leaving Illinois
Nestle USA said Wednesday it will move its pizza division, which makes DiGiorno, California Pizza Kitchen, Tombstone and Jack's brands, from Northbrook, Ill., to a Cleveland, Ohio, suburb by the middle of next year.
McDonald's and Kraft to test grocery coffee sales in 2014
McDonald's Corp. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. plan in 2014 to test sales of McCafe-branded packaged coffees at grocery stores and other retail locations in multiple U.S. markets, the companies said Wednesday.
Kraft touts increased sales by Oscar Mayer in earnings report
AP via Wisconsin State Journal
Kraft Foods Group Inc. reported a 7.3 percent increase in third-quarter net income, bolstered by cost-saving measures. But its revenue fell because of moves related to its split from Mondelez International a year ago.
Research and Markets reports on frozen food manufacturing
Fort Mill Times
Research and Markets has released "Frozen Food Manufacturing Industry in the United States — Industry Size & Growth, Trends and Competitive Analysis," a report assessing the frozen food manufacturing industry.
Service Cold Storage signifies wave of development
Stevens Point Journal
Construction has started on a new Service Cold Storage warehouse in Stevens Point, Wis., signifying what officials say is the first major development in Stevens Point's East Park Commerce Center.
California town sues hot sauce company over chili odors
A small Southern California city has sued the makers of the popular Sriracha-brand hot pepper sauce, saying tear-inducing odors emanating from its chili processing plant in town are creating a public nuisance.
Baked blueberries may have altered polyphenol content, warn researchers
Baking blueberries could lead to changes their polyphenol content and alter the potential health benefits of the "superfood," according to new research.
Premier Foods blames hot summer for sales slowdown
Premier Foods on Thursday reported a sharp slowdown in third-quarter sales, blaming a hotter-than-average summer in Britain, sending the food maker's shares down 11 percent.
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