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Food industry wins round in GMO-labeling fight
The Wall Street Journal
Big food producers and agribusiness companies defeated measures in Oregon and Colorado that would have required labeling of foods with genetically modified ingredients, after costly campaigns that energized critics and backers of the technology in two more states. The two states were the latest battlegrounds in a widening national fight between critics of the use of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and the food companies and seed makers that use biotechnology in a range of crops and food products.
Related: Lawsuit planned after Maui County voters approve temporary GMO ban (Hawaii News Now)
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Food industry faces increased social media risk
The law firm's latest Social Media at Work Survey revealed that seven in 10 businesses had some form of social media presence, but 43 percent had no policy on how to use it. Members of the Fresh Produce Consortium, The Food and Drink Forum, the British Frozen Food Federation, the Artisan Food Trail and Tastes of Anglia were canvassed for the survey.
Ebola risk low from imported bush meat
The Meat Site
Ebola virus has been found in bushmeat, which is meat derived from wild animals native to African forests, including fruit bats, gorillas, chimpanzees, and duikers. The import of bushmeat into the E.U. is not authorized. To date there have been no reported cases of Ebola infection from handling, preparation and consumption of illegally imported bushmeat in the E.U. EFSA’s scientists conclude that the risk of transmission from bushmeat is low for several reasons. Hunting and butchering of bushmeat carries a high risk for transmission, but these practices are not known to occur in Europe.
Top Republicans: Get ready to make deals
Congressional Republican leaders are sending subtle warnings to the right wing of their party: The days of crisis-dominated Washington are over.
House Speaker John Boehner’s allies are quietly telling members he wants to be a “responsible leader.” Incoming Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed little willingness to use the debt ceiling as leverage for spending cuts. And top Republicans in both chambers have even showed a new eagerness to cut deals with the White House and allow Democratic proposals to come before the Senate.
GOP preps for power (The Hill)
Boehner likely headed to another term as Speaker (The Hill)
After midterm rout, Obama says he got nation's message
The Washington Post
After a stinging rebuke at the polls, President Obama vowed to respond to the frustrations of the American electorate by using his final two years to forge compromises with newly empowered congressional Republicans and break the political gridlock that has defined Washington over the past several years.
“I hear you,” Obama said at a White House news conference, a day after voters gave the GOP unilateral control over the legislative branch and dealt a blow to Obama’s agenda after six years in office.
Related: President Obama unrepentant after losing control of Senate (The Hill)
Midterm Elections 2014: Republicans' agenda takes shape
The Wall Street Journal
Fresh off a resounding election night victory, Republican leaders began to etch out an ambitious plan to press a GOP agenda centered on taxes, trade, energy, health care and financial regulation through a divided government.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), in his first appearance since voters handed the reins of the chamber to his party in the midterm election, said he and President Barack Obama found a measure of common ground in a phone call, seeing overlapping goals to rewrite the complex tax code and ease the passage of international trade agreements.
Election Day entailed casting votes for soda taxes and food issues too
The New York Times
In Berkeley, California, voters gave a thumb’s up to the first soda tax on sugary drinks in the country, approving the imposition of a penny tax for each ounce in a container, or about 12 cents a can. In all, food and biotech companies spent at least $60 million fighting proposals linked to what Americans eat and drink, and a considerable amount of media attention was devoted to food issues in the midterm elections.
New market report details worldwide microbiology testing on food and beverage quality and safety
Food Safety Magazine
Strategic Consulting, Inc., an information resource for industrial diagnostics companies, has published a comprehensive new market report on microbiology testing in the global industrial market. Industrial Microbiology Market Review, Fourth Edition: Global Review of Microbiology Testing in the Industrial Market tracks and compares past, current and future (projected) microbiology test volumes and market values. Also included are test methods for six sectors of the industrial market, including food and beverage, in North America, Europe, Asia and the rest of the world.
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Food safety? Feds inspect just a fraction of imported products
Shopping for groceries isn’t considered a life-or-death proposition. While serious outbreaks of food-borne illness occur with uncomfortable regularity, most people live with the expectation that dinner won’t make them ill, because our food is inspected, right? Not if the ingredients you’re cooking with are imported — you can safely assume that such foods were never checked out by any federal official.
Partnerships are the key to keeping foods safe worldwide
The success or failure of our efforts to keep foods safe all over the world rests on the strength of our global partnerships and the work we can do together to verify that food safety standards are being met. Verification is key to the success of the FSMA paradigm and our global understanding of how to make food safe.
Food recall warning (allergen): Sesame paste product recalled due to undeclared peanut
JC Bunny Bunny Trading Co. Ltd., is recalling a sesame paste product from the marketplace because it contains peanut which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to peanut should not consume the recalled product described below. The following product has been sold in British Columbia.
4 things you need to accelerate America's organic food supply
Sales of organic products have increased to $35 billion in 2013, according to the Organic Trade Association, but experts say production has not kept pace. That’s not surprising: Slow food enthusiasts are almost, by definition, sworn enemies of economies of scale. But in recent months, initiatives have emerged to focus on increasing the supply chain and funding food entrepreneurs.
Frozen peas: Taste good and good for you
The Frozen Food Foundation and the University of California-Davis released a study last week showing that the nutrient content of certain fruits and vegetables is better preserved in the freezer than in the refrigerator. This is good news for those who rely on their stocked freezers, and even better for those living in areas where the fresh stuff isn’t readily available.
Frozen food market is expected to reach 31.3 billion by volume and USD 156.4 billion by value, globally in 2020
According to a new market report published by Persistence Market Research "Global Market Study on Frozen Food: Frozen Ready Meals to be the Largest Segment by 2020," the global Frozen Food market was valued at USD 122.1 billion in 2013 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6 percent from 2014 to 2020, to reach an estimated value of USD 156.4 billion in 2020.
Hispanic-owned Goya Foods looks to corner the Latin food market via $300 million expansion
Goya Foods, the United States' largest Hispanic-owned food company, has expanded its West Coast headquarters, developing a distribution center and a new facility in Southern California as a response to growing demands for Goya products among immigrant populations and Americans.
The new West Coast facilities are part of a $300 million expansion.
Within the U.S. market, Latino food is expected to leap to $10.7 billion in 2017, an increase of 31 percent from $8.2 billion in 2012, according to Packaged Facts.
5 recycling opportunities for food manufacturers
Diversion is one of the keys to a successful recycling program; every bit of weight you subtract from your trash saves you money on your solid waste hauling bill. And since food manufacturers generate large quantities of valuable recyclables, a well optimized program can create a significant revenue stream.
The future of food processing plants
Refrigerated & Frozen Food
From wastewater management to LED lighting to enhanced refrigerant management, Refrigerated & Frozen Foods uncovers the latest in green technologies for today’s cold storage distribution and processing plants. When it comes to green construction, food processing facilities can never be too environmentally friendly. From wastewater management to LED lighting to enhanced refrigerant management, all roads lead into a more environmentally-friendly way of producing cold food products.
Global demand for commercial refrigeration equipment to reach $36.5 billion in 2018
Global demand for commercial refrigeration equipment is forecast to increase 4.7 percent annually through 2018 to $36.5 billion. Advances will be bolstered in large part by ongoing industrialization efforts in many of the world’s developing countries, especially China and India. The rising ownership level of household refrigerators and freezers in the developing world will stimulate demand, since ownership of these products spurs consumer interest in refrigerated and frozen foods and drives retail food outlets to invest in more refrigeration equipment to be able to stock such items.
Kerry Group to deliver 7-9 percent growth in share earnings this year
Kerry expects to deliver 7 percent to 9 percent growth in adjusted earnings per share for the full year, it says after announcing its interim management statement for the nine months to Sept. 30, 2014.
Highlights of the statement include a 2.4 percent increase in continuing business volumes and a Group trading margin up 60-basis points.
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