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Are you FSMA-ready?
Refrigerated & Frozen Food
At this year's Food Safety Preventive Controls Forum, hosted by the American Frozen Food Institute and the California League of Food Processors, participants were challenged to answer a question with sweeping implications for their food production facilities: Are you FSMA-ready?
Smartphone use among 5 key trends driving interest in healthy eating
Unprecedented access to information about foods through smartphones and social media is a driving factor in consumers' increasing interest in healthy eating, according to a leading food culture researcher.
New coalition helps consumers with allergies 'snack safely'
PRWeb via Virtual-Strategy Magazine
For 15 million Americans suffering from food allergies, carefully reading the label is not enough to determine whether a product is safe for them. Allergence's new SnackSafely.com manufacturer partnership program aims to make snacking easier for those consumers.
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Will Obama fade or fight as Republicans gain control of Congress?
The Washington Post
When his party got walloped last week in the midterm election, an unbowed President Barack Obama declared that he would "squeeze every last little bit of opportunity" to push his agenda in the waning years of his presidency. In the past few days, he has shown that he meant it.
Related: Obama veers left after red wave (The Hill)
Democrats fault leaders for brushing off 2014 midterm losses
Senior members of the Democratic Party say congressional leaders need to look in the mirror after a disastrous Election Day.
Harry Reid wants Warren in Senate leadership
Senate Democrats want to enlist a progressive firebrand as a member of their leadership: Elizabeth Warren. The incoming Senate minority leader, Harry Reid, is engaged in private talks with the Massachusetts freshman to create a special leadership post for the former Harvard professor, according to several people familiar with the matter.
India wins US support for food scheme, ends WTO blockade
India won U.S. support for its food stockpiling scheme on Thursday, rescuing the World Trade Organization from paralysis and giving new Prime Minister Narendra Modi a victory without major concessions.
Maui GMO opponents sue county, seed companies
The Associated Press via The Garden Island
The drafters of a new Maui County law imposing a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops on Wednesday sued the county to ensure it implements the law.
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GOP prepares to thwart Obama on immigration
Conservatives in the House and Senate want to stay one step ahead of President Barack Obama, as he readies executive action to allow more illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
Related: Democrats warn Obama: Don't back down on immigration (The Hill)
Food facilities should heed new FDA drug inspection guide, attorneys argue
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Food companies should pick up a new FDA guidance laying out the agency's interpretation of when drug companies are denying or limiting drug inspections, which render a drug adulterated, because FDA suggests the new document applies to foods and medical devices, warn attorneys Lynn Tyler and Hae Park-Suk of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
FDA sued over approvals for food additives
The National Law Journal
Environmental and animal groups have sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration over their approvals of ractopamine-based animal drugs since 2008 allegedly without conducting the environmental analysis required by the National Environmental Policy Act.
Related: Senators want FDA to collect more animal antibiotics data (Food Safety News)
Obama yanks NLRB pick Sharon Block, taps Senate lawyer
Law360 (subscriber story)
President Barack Obama on Wednesday withdrew Sharon Block's nomination to the National Labor Relations Board and tapped a Senate lawyer for the post after midterm elections passed Senate control to Republicans, who had urged Block to step aside following the U.S. Supreme Court's Noel Canning decision.
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