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Obamacare could increase food stamp rolls
Republicans have another reason to hate Obamacare: It could grow the number of people on food stamps. The Obama administration has ordered a study to determine whether the Affordable Care Act will also increase the number of people enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program based on how states enroll people.
Editor's note: For a frozen food industry perspective, please read the latest President's Perspective column from American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz.
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How FSMA's new food import fees affect your company
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Now that the federal government's doors are open again, it's critical that frozen food processors focus on major new food safety rules that are coming down the pipeline.
Editor's note: American Frozen Food Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Dr. Donna Garren authored this column. For more information on how FSMA may affect your company, please contact Dr. Garren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Washington GMO initiative trailing
Washington state's GMO labeling measure appears to be going down in defeat, early results show. With slightly less than 1 million votes counted, the current tally on Ballot Initiative 522 show those opposed leading by about 536,000 (54.8 percent) to 442,000 (45.2 percent). The figures represent about a quarter of the state's 3.9 million registered voters, but not all of the votes have been counted.
Pew Charitable Trust: Election Day recap from around the nation (Stateline)
California town moves forward with genetically engineered food labels (Contra Costa Times)
Testimony on Hawaii County GMO bill heavy, but final vote delayed (Big Island Now)
GMO bill heads to New Hampshire Ag Committee (The Conway Daily Sun)
Napa Valley officials to revisit GMO labeling law (Napa Valley Patch)
6 takeaways from Election Day 2013
The Washington Post
Terry McAuliffe is the next governor of Virginia. Chris Christie has won a historic re-election victory in New Jersey. Now comes our favorite part of elections — sorting through the data.
Political parties build dueling narratives for 2014 Senate races
Democratic optimism at holding the Senate remains high just a year out from Election Day, as emerging primaries and a toxic Republican brand complicate some of the GOP's must-win races this cycle.
Parties focus on each other's blunders to gain House seats
With one year until Election Day, Republicans appear likely to maintain House control despite the horrid state of their party's national brand. While the government shutdown badly damaged Republicans' standing with voters, the rocky rollout of the Affordable Care Act is at least as worrisome to Democrats.
Russia lifts ban on imports of US turkey, beef
Global Meat News
Russia has officially announced the removal of some restrictions on beef and turkey imports from the U.S., introduced earlier this year over the ractopamine dispute.
Telluride rejects tax on sugary drinks
The Associated Press via KUSA-TV
A penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages — which would have been Colorado's first such tax — was rejected Tuesday by voters in Telluride.
Be warned: Sugar is the next battleground
The food industry should be warned: Sugar will be the next battleground after saturated fats. Some medical experts and lobbyists claim that high levels of sugar in processed food is a far more serious issue.
Corn refiners: 'Total lack of credible scientific evidence' in HFCS lawsuit
Corn refiners targeted in a product liability lawsuit alleging high fructose corn syrup is to blame for a teenage girl's Type 2 diabetes say the case should be dismissed immediately owing to "the total lack of credible scientific evidence to support that allegation."
UK labeling faces European challenge
The U.K.'s voluntary front-of-pack nutrition labeling scheme could yet fail to be approved as other EU member states seek to challenge its use — particularly for food placed on their home markets.
Trade groups: Europe needs specific policies to spur food industry growth
FoodDrinkEurope has called on the European Commission to recognize the importance of the food manufacturing industry to the EU economy and to develop specific policies to encourage its growth, in a new study.
New Alchemy study charts food safety enhancement options
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Alchemy Systems, a global leader in innovative technologies and services, recently released an important new study on improving food safety and productivity. Researchers determined that supervisor-driven observations, coupled with effective training, can improve safety compliance by up to 26 percent.
Editor's note: For more information on the benefits of becoming an AFFI Advantage Partner, please contact AFFI Director of Member Services Patrick Kendall at email@example.com.
Some food companies ditch 'natural' label
The Wall Street Journal
Now you see them, now you don't. Food products labeled as "natural" are starting to disappear. A growing number of food and drink companies are quietly removing "all natural" claims from packages amid lawsuits challenging the "naturalness" of everything.
Cargill to change beef labeling in wake of 'pink slime' furor
Cargill Inc., one of the world's largest beef processors, will begin labeling when its finely textured beef is used in the making of its U.S. ground beef products, the company told Reuters Tuesday.
Smithfield owner Shuanghui hires banks for up to $6 billion IPO
China's Shuanghui International Holdings, which bought U.S. pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc. this year, has hired banks for a Hong Kong IPO, seeking to raise up to $6 billion in what could be the region's largest stock offering in four years.
What Heinz got wrong: The risky business of hiring from competitors
CNN via Hartford Business Journal
While Heinz has not publicly addressed its reasons for naming former Burger King chief Bernardo Hees as its new CEO, questions have been raised about the strategy behind recruiting him.
Can pizza make a healthy meal?
Pizza has a poor nutritional image — but it could be reformulated to meet dietary guidelines without losing its taste appeal, according to a team of Scottish researchers.
Nestle sets up 'innovation outpost' in Silicon Valley
Nestle has set up an "innovation outpost" in Silicon Valley to help deepen relationships with consumers online and in social media. The aim is to enhance existing partnerships with the world's largest technology corporations while looking for pioneers among the thousands of small technology startups that Nestle can work with.
Sonic gives fries a makeover
Fast food chain Sonic announced the launch of its new natural-cut fries Wednesday. Made from whole russet potatoes, the new natural-cut, "skin-on" product offers guests a higher quality fry with a crispy crunch.
Preschool years key for teaching food choices
Research showing 3- to 5-year-olds have an awareness of which foods are healthy and which are not suggests preschoolers should receive education about food and nutrition.
Related: Study: QSRs still pushing unhealthy food to kids (MediaPost)
Intelligent paper bag reduces need for food additive
Together with the research institute Innventia, ifoodbag is developing a food bag made of paper that can refrigerate and freeze provisions for up to 24 hours. The concept entails simpler and cheaper transport of refrigerated goods, less food waste, increased quality of foodstuffs and less need for additives.
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