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'Yes to 522' claims slight lead going into Tuesday vote on GMO bill
The proponents of Washington state's I-522 initiative mandating the labeling of foods containing GMO ingredients claim they have a slight lead hours before the Tuesday election deadline.
Election Day 2013: The fate of the tea party, GMO labels and other issues (AlterNet)
Hawaii: Final GMO prohibition hearing Tuesday (Big Island Video News)
Opinion: A massive review of GMO food studies (Comox Valley Echo)
How the produce industry got Elmo
At the White House last week, the first lady announced that the Sesame Workshop has agreed to give two years of character licensing to the Produce Marketing Association, free of charge, as part of her Let's Move! campaign to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. How did the produce industry score a deal believed to worth tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars?
Global F&B companies optimistic about growth, worried about regulations
A vast majority of food and beverage executives — 90 percent — expect revenues to increase during the next year, with a third of them believing growth will be in double digits, according to a global survey of 250 F&B companies by Grant Thornton LLP.
The 5 biggest things to watch this Election Day
The Washington Post
From New Jersey to Virginia, Colorado to Alabama, and in between, voters are headed to the polls to make some pivotal decisions. Just because it's an off-year election doesn't mean there isn't a lot at stake across the map.
Obama courts McDonald's, Marriott CEOs on immigration reform
President Barack Obama and Vice President Biden will meet Tuesday with top corporate leaders, including the CEOs of McDonalds, Marriott and State Farm, in a bid to rally the business community to champion immigration reform.
White House embraces issue roulette
President Barack Obama has a busy schedule this week, jumping from health care to immigration to the economy at events across three different cities. All these disparate messages add up to one unifying theme for a White House on the defensive: HealthCare.gov will not paralyze the president's second term.
Food stamp cuts hit about 5,000 troops
About 5,000 troops are among those affected by cuts to the federal food stamp program, according to the Pentagon.
CFS court brief: Government shutdown no excuse to delay FSMA rule
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
FDA should not be let off the hook from meeting a Nov. 30 deadline for issuing an intentional adulteration proposed rule even if the government did shut down for two weeks, the Center for Food Safety says, in an Oct. 30 brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Related: District court refuses to stay FSMA deadlines as FDA appeals (Lexology)
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Michael Taylor: Getting importers' pulse about food safety plans
Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, discusses the Oct. 22-23 public meeting in Long Beach, Calif., where members of the food industry shared their views on two new rules proposed as part of FSMA implementation.
FSIS official: Salmonella is agency's top priority
Salmonella is job No. 1 for USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service for the next 12 months, said Dan Engeljohn, assistant administrator for the agency's Office of Field Operations, speaking to processors gathered at the North American Meat Association education forum at ProcessExpo in Chicago.
Canada's ag minister warns of 'thickening' border over COOL
Food Safety News
Canada's Minister for Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz, came south Monday to warn about a "thickening" of the U.S.-Canadian border because of country-of-origin labeling, while also saying he thinks Congress may soon scrap the controversial law.
Jensen Farms' fall underscores need for supply relation oversight in FSMA era
Food Safety Magazine
When reminded to manage their supply relationships, many food companies think only of the goods they receive or sell to others. That is, are the ingredients coming in and the improved or finished products going out safe? That inquiry is not sufficient. Preparation for and oversight of the supply of services is of equal import. The fall of Jensen Farms teaches that lesson.
Related: Fear the turtle: FDA's 1-sided food safety regulations (The Huffington Post)
Burger King re-rolls out Big Mac-buster Big King
Burger King's bringing back the Big King — which looks, sounds and arguably tastes a lot like the McDonald's iconic Big Mac — but this time, the company says, it's for good.
6 certification labels on the rise
Natural Foods Merchandiser (free registration required)
Of the 400+ certification labels available for companies, no wonder it's a puzzle to figure out the best one for your product. Should you go with Fair Trade USA or Rainforest Alliance? Humane Heartland or Animal Welfare Approved?
Save Food initiative sees urgency in filling future food needs
By 2050, the world's population will rise to 9 billion. This will require a 60 percent increase in the amount of food produced around the world. How will that happen?
AB Foods sales up 9 percent, beating estimates
Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde reports on AB Foods Group earnings with adjusted profit up 10 percent.
After the shutdown: Long-term considerations for food producers
Food Safety Magazine
The recent government shutdown, and particularly the suspension of U.S. Food and Drug Administration food inspections, served to highlight the need for food producers and importers to aggressively strengthen their own systems and practices to ensure the integrity of their products and to mitigate the possibility of liability for food-related illnesses or injuries.
Wise to be proactive: Learn about new food safety regulations now
While FSMA regulations are still in the proposed stage, it would be wise for food manufacturers and suppliers to learn them in advance of their finalization and begin these preventative measures. Here is a brief primer on all four proposed rules.
Retailers to shoppers: Food safety first
Supermarket News (subscription required)
Retailers spend a lot of time developing and implementing their own food safety standards, but what happens after shoppers take the food home? Sometimes a good old conversation is the best way to help consumers prepare food safely.
Listeria showing disinfectant resistance
Food Quality News
Listeria is developing resistance to some compounds in disinfectants frequently used to kill it in dairies and food processing plants, according to research.
Food safety experts target 'stealth ingredients' causing foodborne illness
At the "Stop Foodborne Illness" organization in Chicago, a gallery depicts some of those sickened and killed by contaminated food — a wall that motivates those who are on the lookout for solutions.
Food texture market to reach $11.8 billion by 2018
A new report from Markets & Markets points to growth ahead for the food texture market as the demand for convenience foods drives further processing.
Freezing among safest food preservation measures; risk is in thawing
The Canadian Press via Brandon Sun
Freezing food is one of the safest ways to preserve food at home for future use. In fact, the process can actually enhance the safety of poultry. The risks that do exist come from the way food is prepared for freezing — clean hands! clean surfaces! — and the way frozen food is thawed.
Study: Sugar intake not directly related to liver disease
A diet high in calories, not sugar-rich foods, may be the key driver of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to new research, published in the journal Gastroenterology, that contradicts current thinking.
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