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Hawaiian mayor vetoes measure curbing GMO crops, pesticides
The mayor of the tropical island of Kauai, Hawaii, vetoed a measure Thursday that reins in pesticide use by agricultural companies and limits where they can plant genetically modified crops, saying the bill was "legally flawed."
Related: No on 522: Label GMOs, but not this way (Institute for Ethics & Emerging Technologies)
Blogger success: Kraft will drop artificial dyes from 3 mac and cheese varieties
The Associated Press via Providence Journal
A blogger-prompted petition to remove artificial dyes from Kraft macaroni and cheese was not the driver, but the company nonetheless is retooling the recipes for three of its products in order to omit the dyes, a spokesman said Thursday.
Deep cuts to food stamp program kick in as Congress debates more
Forty-eight million Americans will have their food stamps benefits slashed starting Friday, when a recession-era boost in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program expires. The move to cut back benefits will be the first wide-scale change to the program, affecting nearly every single participant.
47 million Americans hit by food stamp cuts, starting today (USA Today)
Opinion: Protect food stamps, not junk food (Bloomberg)
Worst. Congress. Ever. The case in 7 charts
The Washington Post
The new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll paints a dire picture of Americans' opinions about Congress: 3 in 4 believe Congress is making the problems in the country worse, not better. More than 6 in 10 want to replace their member of Congress with someone new. So, is this the worst Congress ever?
Democrats renew 'nuclear option' talk
Senate Democrats are again threatening to change Senate rules after Republicans blocked a pair of the president's nominees Thursday. The blockade of two of the president's picks has renewed talk among Democrats about the "nuclear option," which would change Senate rules to allow a nominee to be confirmed with a majority vote.
Daines to announce Senate bid next week
Rep. Steve Daines, R-Mont., will announce his Senate bid next week, sources tell The Hill. Daines, a freshman congressman, has long been expected to run for the seat.
Related: Poll: Franken up by double digits in re-election fight (The Hill)
Obama will issue order to toughen climate change defenses
President Barack Obama will sign an executive order Friday aimed at helping states and local governments toughen defenses against strong storms and other extreme weather that's expected to intensify as the planet warms, The New York Times reports.
Opinion: Food industry needs new direction on supply chain risk
After months of supply chain scandals in the food sector, 31 major investment funds are quite right to support Oxfam's call on the food industry's 10 biggest companies to improve their supply chain policies and transparency to protect people, planet and profit. But, when it comes to creating the supply chain visibility and accountability vital to retaining consumer confidence and shareholder value, is there more the food industry can do, beyond this initiative?
COOL labeling a 'nightmare vision' for fats and oils industry
Country of origin labeling is among the top concerns for the European fats and oils industry, according to FEDIOL, the federation representing the European vegetable oil and proteinmeal industry.
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More supermarkets hiring nutritionists to help customers make healthy choices
Currently, between 500 and 600 nutritionists are stationed in supermarkets across the U.S., according to the newly formed Retail Dietitians Business Alliance. Industry experts estimate that number will more than double by the end of 2014.
General Mills makes health gains across US categories
General Mills has improved the health profile of 73 percent of its U.S. retail sales volume since 2005, with more than 20 percent improvement in fiscal 2013 alone.
Frozen food giant invests $184 million to build blueberry plant in Canada
Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd. is investing $184 million to construct a new processing facility and develop wild blueberry fields in Canada's northern New Brunswick, company officials announced Thursday.
Proposed food safety rules concern pallet industry
Industry members are concerned that food safety regulations stemming from the Food Safety Modernization Act could result in significant new costs to the supply chain.
Worker safety: Food production begins with your hands
Occupational Health & Safety
Food industry workers face myriad hazards, including sharp knives, extreme temperatures and harsh chemicals, as well as the bacteria, grease and oils inherent in food products. Combined, these make proper glove usage essential to worker safety.
Scientists develop handheld device to detect bacteria on food
Food Safety News
A team at Auburn University has developed a handheld wireless device that can scan the surface of food and detect the presence of pathogens.
Poor, mostly black areas face supermarket 'double jeopardy'
Los Angeles Times
Poor, mostly black neighborhoods face double jeopardy when it comes to supermarket access, according to a study recently published by the journal Preventive Medicine.
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