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USDA misspent $2.4 billion on food stamps this year
Washington Free Beacon via Fox News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued over $2.4 billion in improper payments on food stamps in fiscal year 2014, according to a new audit by the Office of Inspector General.
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Vermont fights industry's bid to block GMO law
The Associated Press via WAMC
The state of Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block Vermont's new GMO labeling law from taking effect.
Frozen food market expected to be worth $307 billion by 2020
PRWeb via Digital Journal
The global frozen food market is expected to reach $307.33 billion by 2020, according to a new study by Grand View Research, Inc., which has found that consumers shift toward the time-savings of frozen food is expected to spur growth over the next several years.
GOP seeks creative ways to avert a shutdown
Republican leaders have intensified their planning to prevent a government funding showdown, weighing legislative options that would redirect GOP anger at Barack Obama's expected action on immigration and stave off a political disaster, according to sources involved with the sessions.
Related: GOP debates attack plan for funding (The Hill)
Democrats lash out at Pelosi
The discontent with Nancy Pelosi is breaking out in the open.
Democrats in the House have quietly grumbled about Pelosi since suffering devastating losses on Election Day, but there is a growing number of members willing to go public on their party leaders.
2016 hopefuls heading to Iowa
A group of Republicans will head to Iowa in January for a "Freedom Summit" that could be the launching point for their bids to be the Republican presidential nominee.
Last opportunity for public comment on FSMA regulations
Food Safety Magazine
Four supplemental rules related to the Food Safety Modernizaton Act remain open for comment — but only until Dec. 15. After that date, these FSMA regulations will be closed for comment and the opportunity to provide input before the FDA's issuance of final rules will have come to an end.
Guidance for industry: Food facility registration
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA has issued an updated guidance on food facility registration, addressing the agency's proposed change to farm definitions.
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Amendment seeks to strengthen Taiwan's food safety
Want China Times
The next steps to be taken to bolster Taiwan's Act Governing Food Safety and Sanitation will be to impose a QR code on food products allowing consumers to track their purchases to the source, reports our Chinese-language sister paper Commercial Times.
Related: Ex-US undersecretary for food safety visits Taiwan (Focus Taiwan)
Food safety and socioeconomic status: Is there a link?
Food Safety News
Curious about how race and socioeconomic factors factor into foodborne illness risk, a number of researchers over the past few years have looked at foodborne illness risk among low-income and minority populations.
NLRB poised for game-changing moves in year-end push
Law360 (subscriber story)
With National Labor Relations Board member Nancy Schiffer's term just a month away from expiring, employers are bracing for a flurry of activity from the labor board on closely watched issues like union election procedures, workers' rights to use their employers' email system for union organizing purposes and joint-employer status.
FIC countdown: Most food companies are moving toward compliance
Food companies are moving toward compliance with the upcoming Food Information for Consumers regulation but many still have work to do, according to a new report.
USDA: Food safety at hog HIMP plants 'on par' with other inspections
Food Safety News
The Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point Inspection Models Project project in hog slaughter establishments will continue, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture is its latest evaluation of the project.
Is sodium reduction falling down the food policy agenda?
Four years ago sodium was public enemy No. 1. The Institute of Medicine was calling for the FDA to modify the GRAS status of salt and slash the daily value for sodium, and the food industry was on high alert. Today, sugar is the new bogeyman, and while sodium intakes remain stubbornly high, the FDA has yet to issue voluntary guidelines.
Innovation, quality help Pinnacle Foods' Hungry-Man and Birds Eye in Q3
Innovation and dedication to quality, rather than aggressive promotions, are helping Pinnacle Foods gain distribution and hold sales steady in the frozen foods and bakery categories at a time when consumers increasingly are favoring fresh foods, according to company executives.
4 things needed to accelerate America's organic food supply
Sales of organic products increased to $35 billion in 2013, according to the Organic Trade Association, but experts say production has not kept pace.
Wholesale prices in US unexpectedly increased in October
Wholesale prices unexpectedly increased in October as higher costs for services and food outweighed a slump in energy.
Chicken juice helps Campylobacter attach to food processing surfaces
Food Quality News
"Chicken juice" — the liquid produced from defrosting chickens — allows Campylobacter to form protective biofilms and boost its survival in food processing sites, according to a study from the Institute of Food Research.
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