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GMO labeling battle consumes Washington state
Wednesday can't get here soon enough for some Washington state residents. That's the day after the state holds its election to decide, among other issues, whether it will adopt ballot initiative 522 and become the first in the nation to require — with no strings attached — the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Kauai mayor reportedly threatened over GMO veto (The Garden Island)
Vote on GMOs could alter US food system (Global Post)
Ben & Jerry: The right to know if you're eating GMO food (CNN)
Seattle burger-flippers may get $31,200
Much of the U.S. would scoff at mandating a full-time pay equivalent of $31,200 a year, but in Seattle — the biggest metropolitan area in the Pacific Northwest — it's an idea taken very seriously. There, supporting a $15-an-hour minimum wage could be suicide for mayoral candidates, because that number is too low.
Public cost of fast food industry's low pay remains unclear (The Wall Street Journal)
Is fast food bad value for the public? (The Wall Street Journal)
Feds post food allergy guidelines for schools
The Associated Press via The Daily Journal
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued food allergy guidelines for schools, calling on cafeterias to limit nuts, shellfish and other foods that trigger reactions.
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GOP moderates vow to speak louder
Moderate House Republicans say they're fed up. The next time around, they won't stand for the ill-fated "defund Obamacare" strategy that ended up paralyzing the federal government for 16 days and crippling their party's approval numbers.
Charlie Bass won't challenge Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire
Former Rep. Charlie Bass, R-N.H., will not challenge incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen next year, a big blow to Republicans' chances of making the race competitive.
Furman: White House to give Congress wide berth on budget
The Wall Street Journal
A top White House official said Monday the Obama administration would not draw lines in the sand yet as congressional budget negotiators try to determine how to replace across-the-board spending cuts, deferring to lawmakers as talks face a deadline next month.
Advocates: Food stamp cuts will hurt those still recovering from recession
The Washington Post
About 47 million Americans who rely on food stamps for their meals will have to get by on less after their benefits were cut Friday. The benefit reduction was meant to be timed to a brightening economy, yet many Americans remain stuck in poverty.
Small businesses race to renew health plans early
Thousands of small businesses around the U.S. are racing to renew their health insurance policies Dec. 1 to beat large premium increases their brokers say will hit them Jan. 1 when the Affordable Care Act takes full effect.
Vilsack: Farm bill crucial on so many levels
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack writes, "While rural Americans have already waited too long for passage of a new Food, Farm and Jobs bill, last week brought a promising new development. Conferees from the Senate and House met to begin work on the creation of a bipartisan, long-term farm bill. Their work could not be more timely — and they are in the spotlight now more than ever before."
Food prices could skyrocket without a new farm bill by Jan. 1 (KSFY-TV)
COOL law, a World Trade Organization issue, now a farm bill target (Reuters)
FDA to extend comment deadline for FSMA proposals
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA soon will announce a 60-day extension of the comment period on two proposed FSMA rules: "Foreign Supplier Verification Programs for Importers of Food for Humans" and "Animals and Accreditation of Third-Party Auditors/Certification bodies to Conduct Food Safety Audits to Issue Certifications." The current comment period for both proposed rules is scheduled to end Nov. 26.
Opinion: FSMA threatens enterprise
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Using fear as a tactic to gain control over personal food freedom and agriculture, President Barack Obama in 2011 signed into law the Food Safety Modernization Act, claiming it would prevent the spread of E. coli, mad cow disease and the like by empowering the Food and Drug Administration to regulate every facet of a farm's or food facility's operations. It's not disease we should fear so much — it's the government.
Opinion: Can you tell me how to get to Vegetable Street?
Usually marketing food products to kids isn't exactly popular.
But a new initiative plans to fight fire with fire — or more accurately, fight the barrage of unhealthy food marketing with healthy food marketing.
Global warming seen taking toll on economy, health, crops
Global warming is expected to take an increasing toll on the economy, food production, fresh water supplies and human health as the century progresses, according to a draft study for the United Nations.
Researchers: Taxing sugary drinks could reduce UK obesity
A 20 percent tax on sugary soft drinks could reduce the prevalence of obesity in the U.K. by 1.3 percent, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. But it's a claim the British Soft Drinks Association calls a simplistic approach.
Kellogg to cut 7 percent of workforce by 2017, profit rises 3 percent
Kellogg Co. reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by a fall in cereal-making costs, and said it would slash 7 percent of its workforce by 2017.
Nestle to reduce salt across its whole portfolio to meet WHO health targets
Nestle has pledged to accelerate the reduction of salt across all its food brands to support a World Health Organization salt target of no more than 5 grams of salt per person, per day, by 2025.
Food tracing a growing concern for global food supply
United Press International
Food traceability is a growing concern for both businesses and consumers who want to know exactly where their food is coming from, but the path of the global food supply is a winding one and the increasing complexity of the world's food system can make it difficult to trace products back to their source.
Pig virus squeezes Hillshire profits; sausage prices to increase
Hillshire Brands Co. said last week that cases of a virus deadly to baby piglets were growing and the company was increasing meat prices to combat rising commodity costs tied to the disease.
Cheaper chickens seen in record corn crops
The biggest-ever U.S. corn harvest is spurring poultry farms to expand chicken production, sending domestic supplies of the meat to a record and cutting costs for buyers from Costco Wholesale Corp. to McDonald’s Corp.
Lycopene-rich berry goes where tomato can't: Smoothies, sweet food
Despite a growing pile of research linking lycopene to benefits ranging from heart, cardiovascular, prostate and bone health to prevention of certain cancers, the market share for this carotenoid remains relatively small.
Study: Restaurants take 1 step forward, 1 step back in menu nutrition
Although a number of chain restaurants have announced healthy menu changes over the years, the overall calorie and sodium levels in main entrees offered by top U.S. chain restaurants assessed from 2010 to 2011 have remained the same, according to a study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Recalls stemming from Reser's continue to impact North America
CFIA and FDA
Listeria-tainted food products from Reser's Fine Foods continue to prompt recalls throughout the U.S. and Canada, with additional deli food in Canada being affected, as well as additional slaw and salad products in the U.S. also being pulled from shelves.
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Nighttime deliveries offer countless advantages to foodservice industry
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Bob Fitzsimmons, chief executive officer of Food Authority, says nighttime deliveries offer key advantages to his company's approach to the supply chain and logistics.
Mister Bee makes $2.6 million investment in potato chip plant
The smell of Mister Bee potato chips is again filling the air around the West Virginia Potato Chip Co. in Parkersburg, W.V. The company bought a new fryer for $1.1 million and spent another $1.5 million to upgrade the manufacturing side of the building.
Advice for 2nd-tier grocery brands
Conventional wisdom holds that second-tier manufacturers won't survive the ongoing tsunami of industry consolidation. Of course, that's been the conventional wisdom for 10, 20 and — in some cases 30 — years. And yet many of the firms perennially found on capitalism's endangered species list have managed to, at least so far, defy the laws of commercial Darwinism.
So, what should second-tier firms do?
Global halal food market on the upswing
The global market for halal food is growing — at a rate of 4.44 percent per year, according to a new report from ResearchMoz.us.
Global food safety testing: North America dominates market
The global food safety testing market is suggested to have reached a value of around $9.26 billion by the end of 2012, and is forecast to grow to a total of $14.03 billion by 2018. In this industry, North America dominates, with 40 percent of the market share.
Dow collaboration leads to 'revolutionary' recyclable pouch
Food Production Daily
Flexible packaging has taken off, but recyclability has been a challenge; one company reportedly has solved the puzzle with a fully recyclable stand-up pouch.
Food industry adopting wireless technology
Mobile Tech News
With fewer people carrying cash these days, some vending machine operators are going wireless in innovative ways, using near field communications and other new technologies.
Food safety benefits: Corrosion-resistant mounted bearings
Recent food safety legislation requires industry suppliers to implement preventative measures to improve food safety. Some of the main benefactors are providers of corrosion-resistant and stainless steel mechanical power transmission products, which are used heavily in the food and beverage industry.
Skills training in food processing: Model exists but are we using it well enough?
Australia's food processing training framework now focuses on key issues of compliance, technical skill, productivity improvement (including lean management) and formal accreditation. Can it improve food production elsewhere?
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