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This is how the Big Mac is about to change
The fast food industry was an especially vocal critic of minimum-wage legislation, but voters essentially drowned them out last week. New laws in Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota will raise their minimum wages.
Related: How some restaurant operators plan to navigate higher wages (QSRweb)
Increasing consumption of processed foods driving machinery market
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
The global market for food processing machinery and equipment is projected to reach $60.8 billion by 2020, driven by growing population, Westernization of lifestyles and food habits, and the subsequent rise in demand for and production of processed food varieties, according to a new report from GIA.
Freezing food can cut waste, says Birds Eye owner
Eating more frozen food has the potential to almost halve food waste in the home, according to independent research conducted by Sheffield Hallam University.
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Parties head back to Capitol to carve up spoils, remains from midterms
The Washington Post
The House and Senate return to the Capitol on Wednesday to start the process by which Republicans will begin to carve up the spoils from their midterm election rout, while Democrats do battle over the left-over kernels of power available to the minority party.
Congress returns for post-election battle (The Hill)
House Democrats to lose committee spots (Politico)
McConnell, Reid look for deal
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) and Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) are both looking for a deal at the end of the 113th Congress.
Tricky Obama-Clinton handoff begins
The Washington Post
As the presumptive Democratic front-runner in 2016, Hillary Rodham Clinton has many of the same goals as President Barack Obama, starting with reassembling and re-energizing the coalition responsible for Obama's victories in 2008 and 2012.
GMO battles over 'settled' science spur new study of crops
The message of "settled" science has become the rallying cry for defenders of the crops and food commonly referred to as GMOs as they push back against consumers, environmentalists, lawmakers and others who want the crops labeled, restricted or banned.
Related: EU backs bid for national bans on GM crops (Food Navigator)
Mexico aligns residue limits for animal-based products in NAFTA pact
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Harmonization of toxic residue limits for animal-based products under the North American Free Trade Agreement came a step closer to reality with the recent publication of an accord in which Mexico agreed to align its standards with those of its NAFTA partners.
TPP countries put good face on state of talks
In a statement from the leaders of the 12 countries involved in negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership, the lengthy discussions are said to "set the stage to bring these landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations to conclusion."
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EWG releases 'Dirty Dozen' list for food additives
Food Safety News
The Environmental Working Group, famous for its list of produce most likely to be contaminated with pesticides, has now released a "Dirty Dozen" guide for food additives.
Consumers' taste, price sensitivity lead to fewer 'No HFCS' claims
Food manufacturers understand that "No HFCS" claims are not resonating with consumers, suggests data from Mintel and Nielsen.
How Foster Farms cut Salmonella rates to less than 5 percent
Food Production Daily
Just four months after closing the book on a 16-month long Salmonella outbreak, Foster Farms is touting incidence rates below 5 percent and offering its recipe for success.
Corporate responsibility programs may create a 'health halo'
Consumers underestimate calorie counts for, and consume more of, foods from companies with positive corporate responsibility programs, say researchers.
Cargill files response to Greater Omaha's latest motion in E. coli case
Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. has filed a 57-page response to Greater Omaha Packing's motion to vacate the $9 million judgment or order a new trial.
Artificial food coloring vs. natural options
The Washington Post
At the moment we favor bright orange and soon we will turn toward vivid red and intense green as we express the culinary spirit of the season in everything from candy corn to Christmas cookies. But can we do this without the use of, say, Yellow No. 5, Red No. 40, Green No. 3 and other artificial colors?
Tomra develops new fat analyzer
Global Meat News
Tomra Sorting Solutions exhibited its latest fat analyzer at an international food event in Italy.
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