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Food industry presses for voluntary GMO labeling standards
Crucial players in the American food industry are pressing for legislation that would institute a national voluntary labeling system for products that contain genetically engineered ingredients, according to documents obtained by The Hill.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story expressing its support for a federal voluntary GMO labeling program.
Food stamp cuts likely to nick CPGs
Uncle Sam has a lump of coal for retailers and packaged-goods marketers just in time for the holidays: a $5 billion cut in food stamp benefits. Sanford C. Bernstein analysts projected cutbacks could slash the revenues of U.S. food and beverage companies around 1 percent.
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Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes tied in Democratic poll
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is tied with Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, according to a new Democratic poll.
Democrat poll: Kay Hagan lead vanishes (Politico)
Poll: Can Congress go lower? Yes! (Politico)
Thad Cochran to announce 2014 plans (USA Today)
Poll: Obama's honesty rating drops in new poll
Two key measures of President Barack Obama's character have dropped in the past few months as he has battled a government shutdown and the rocky rollout of his signature health care law, according to a new Gallup poll.
Can the Obama coalition be recreated in 2016? A new poll says yes
The Washington Post
New data from an NBC poll pitting Hillary Clinton against Chris Christie in a hypothetical 2016 matchup suggest that if Democrats nominate the former secretary of state she would start out with much of the Obama coalition behind her.
FSMA comments due Friday; government website fixed
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Technical problems with Regulations.gov have kept members of industry and the public from filing comments electronically regarding the FSMA proposed rules for produce safety and preventive controls for human foods. However, the site has now been fixed, and comments on those two FSMA proposals are due Friday, Nov. 15.
US, Canada move to harmonize names of meat cuts
The United States and Canada will launch later a pilot program in November to transition into cross-border trade of wholesale meat and poultry using universal names for product cuts, according to officials working on the project.
Opinion: The food industry's choice
The Huffington Post
Many of us are waking up to the reality that while our food may look the same, a lot has changed, and it's done so without our knowledge. It appears that companies have a choice: to entrench and continue to defend the status quo or to adapt and embrace a food supply that meets the needs of today's consumers.
California Farm Bureau: FDA should revise, simplify planned food-safety rules
The administration and the FDA should be aware that federal regulation requiring farmers to grow and harvest crops in specific ways is unprecedented and, in our view, a broad overreach of executive power.
Keys to a more humane food supply
Nation's Restaurant News (subscription required)
Big changes are afoot in the food industry. A major cultural shift is underway when it comes to how we farm and how we eat.
China ponders tightening meat 'recycling' rules
Global Meat News
China's central government is currently reviewing significant amendments to its June 2009 National Food Safety Law, including the closure of a grey area that has left space for so-called "recycling" of meat products after they have expired.
Farming new innovations for the food industry revolution
Food is a $3 trillion business worldwide, but it has evolved very slowly compared to industries like medicine, communication and transportation. That's about to change.
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Yum's China sales fall less than estimated
Yum! Brands Inc., which gets about half of its revenue from China, posted same-store sales in the nation that fell less than analysts estimated last month as declines at its KFC chain slowed.
Senomyx: First PepsiCo collaboration products with S617 hit market in 2014
San-Diego-based flavor innovator Senomyx says the first products arising from a collaboration with PepsiCo using a novel sweet taste modifier called S617 should hit shelves next year — contingent upon a GRAS determination.
Arla: Availability of good quality ingredients is a major market worry
The quality of raw materials is set to become a more prevalent subject in the coming years, according to Arla Food Ingredients.
French fry franchise finds success with Belgian-style frites
Entrepreneur via Reuters
The Belgians have given plenty of culinary gifts to the world: chocolates, waffles, beer. But perhaps the one they get the least credit for is their version of french fries. That's something Florida businessman Scott Nelowet would like to change.
Ripple effect continues in wake of E. coli contamination
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
After Glass Onion Catering issued a broad recall on products made with ingredients affected by a massive Reser's Fine Foods recall, Whole Foods Market is now recalling products affected by Glass Onion Catering's announcement. To date, 26 illnesses have been linked to the E. coli O157:H7 contamination traced back to Reser's.
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Starbucks agrees to pay Kraft $2.75 billion in trade dispute
The New York Times
Starbucks said Tuesday it will pay Kraft Foods $2.75 billion, ending a long-running spat over an agreement the two food titans had for distribution of Starbucks packaged coffee in grocery stores.
Kellogg in trouble over 'distasteful tweet'
Kellogg has issued an apology for a "distasteful tweet" in which it promised to donate one breakfast to a vulnerable child for each retweet.
GreenLight for expanded microbial contamination detector
Food Quality News
Mocon has expanded its food safety system that can reduce bacterial detection times for food processors and packers.
Sanitary design: An often untapped element of food safety
Food Safety Magazine
Sanitary design — although tremendously beneficial for food processing facilities — is often an untapped element of food safety plans.
Experts reshape treatment guidelines for cholesterol
The New York Times
The nation's leading heart organizations released new guidelines Tuesday that will fundamentally reshape the use of cholesterol-lowering statin medicines, which are now prescribed for a quarter of Americans over 40.
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