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AFFI-CON 2015 suite and meeting room deadline is fast approaching
American Frozen Food Institute
For members of the frozen food community, February is synonymous with the AFFI Frozen Food Convention, or AFFI-CON. While February may seem a long way off, please be aware that the deadline for submitting suite and meeting room requests for AFFI-CON 2015 is Wednesday, Nov. 5.
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GOP dominates midterms, takes control of Senate
The Washington Post
Republicans scored a stunning electoral rout in the midterm elections, taking control of the Senate after a bitter campaign in which anger at Washington gridlock was turned against a president who took office promising to transcend it.
Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it (The Washington Post)
Takeaways from the GOP romp (Politico)
Top candidates for Senate chairmanships under the GOP majority (The Washington Post)
From GMOs to soda taxes, what the election means for your fridge
States and localities nationwide voted yesterday on a host of hot-button food and agriculture issues, from GMO labeling to soda taxes to food stamps. The outcomes of these contests have major implications for policy — and your dinner plate.
GMO label law crushed in Colorado, trailing in Oregon (Genetic Literacy Project)
Oregon GMO labeling: Latest count has 'No' at 51 percent (KATU)
Maui votes to ban genetically modified organisms (The AP via Bradenton Herald)
Voters pass wage hikes, divide on other issues (USA Today)
Berkeley breaks through on soda tax (Politico)
Landrieu shifts focus from clout to runoff
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., hit the ground running in the early hours of her runoff battle with Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., shifting toward a forward-looking message focused on Louisiana rather than her clout in Washington.
Dan Sullivan leading Mark Begich in Alaska (Politico)
Mark Warner, Ed Gillespie deadlocked in Virginia (Politico)
It's on: Battle for soul of the GOP
Now, the Republicans will have to live up to the expectations — and see if they can get on the same page.
Related: Ted Cruz: 'Under no circumstances' will I run for majority leader (The Hill)
No Obama pivot after midterms
Voters demanded change from Washington on Tuesday, and Republicans say it's now up to President Barack Obama to deliver it. But don't count on that happening.
Related: After blowout, Obama to answer questions (The Hill)
Mixed results for food issues in midterm elections
Food Safety News
The national headline of Tuesday's elections is that Republicans have taken control of the U.S. Senate.
FSMA's annual onsite audit requirement for FSVP raises questions
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The changes FDA recently proposed in the Food Safety Modernization Act rules would require importers to use annual onsite audits to make sure the most dangerous hazards are controlled by foreign suppliers or use an alternative method — and even experts disagree on what option companies might end up choosing.
Guiding Stars pushes for added sugar to be listed on food labels
Given that the Dietary Guidelines urge Americans to reduce calorie intakes from added sugar, helping them identify foods that actually contain it by listing it on the Nutrition Facts panel seems like a no-brainer, says nutritional ranking system Guiding Stars.
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Michael Taylor addresses food safety during speech in China
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Michael Taylor, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine, addressed food safety during a speech at the 2014 China International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo.
Senators call on lawmakers to wait for White House to move on COOL
Two Senators, longtime supporters of the country-of-origin labeling rule, are recommending that Congress wait for an official White House response on the latest version of the rule before making any legislative efforts one way or the other.
GOP set for full-bore attack on EPA climate, water rules
Law360 (subscriber story)
Republicans are likely to launch a host of assaults against President Barack Obama's environmental initiatives following their takeover of the U.S. Senate Tuesday, including legislation targeting the EPA's rule-making authority, conditional funding that blocks power plant emissions rules and other projects and more hearings on agency actions.
FDA rejects calls for aspartame ban
The FDA has rejected two citizens' petitions urging it to ban the use of aspartame as a food additive, arguing that neither presented any credible scientific data that would warrant a change of policy on the zero-calorie sweetener.
Federal produce rules still on table
Farm and Dairy
The public comment period continues for new federal rules designed to increase the safety of the nation's produce and meet the requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Inside Cargill's plan to make the world's biggest food business even bigger
If David MacLennan were CEO of any company but Cargill , he'd be in trouble right now. But all in all, Cargill has poured more than $3 billion into upgraded facilities, acquisitions and new projects around the world over the past year.
Clean eating gains popularity; can food companies ride the wave?
The gist of the highly discussed but loosely defined dietary movement known as "clean eating" is to select foods with basic ingredients — stuff your great-grandma could have gathered down on the farm. It also warns us away from many traditional brands.
Protein the latest food group picking up steam as the healthy way to go
Remember when we were told to go high on carbs, for energy? Then, low on fats, for our long-term health benefits? Well, the new trend being bandied around is protein.
Snyder's-Lance creates 'better-for-you' division
Snyder's-Lance Inc. has created a new, "better-for-you" division as well as an increase in its investment in Late July Snacks LLC, a maker of organic and non-GMO snacks. The announcement supports the Snyder's-Lance goal of creating a stronger presence in a healthier, more sustainable food industry.
Kroger keys in on 4 natural food trends
Local has become a buzzword in the food business, as consumers increasingly show preference for ingredients and brands produced close to home. For a grocery retailer with a large national footprint, achieving local relevance may seem like a challenge, but the Kroger Co. has made it a priority.
EWG database goes beyond Nutrition Facts to rank foods' health value
The interactive food database created by the Environmental Working Group aims to help consumers who increasingly want organic and natural foods select products that are "cleaner, greener and healthier."
Fullers revamps frozen potato range in partnership with Marks & Spencer
Frozen foods specialist Fullers Foods International has joined forces with Marks & Spencer to revamp its core potato accompaniments range.
ADM sees corn-based ethanol business staying strong
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Archer Daniels Midland expects its corn-based ethanol business to remain strong in the year ahead despite sliding energy prices that have cut into profit margins.
Corn harvest 65 percent complete but still lags average
Food Business News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's latest Crop Progress report said the corn harvest in the 18 major states was 65 percent completed as of Nov. 2, compared with 73 percent as the five-year average.
Electrolyzed water: Instilling confidence in the future of food safety
Food Safety Magazine
For meeting the challenges of food safety during production, there is a solution that is simpler than one might think. It's called electrolyzed water, also known as eWater.
Jumpy about germs? Anti-bacterial packaging can help
Food Quality News
The market for anti-bacterial food packaging is set to grow, predicts market research company Canadean, adding the niche market will become "more mainstream" over the coming years.
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