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United Nations, WHO, politicians commit to fight poor nutrition
International organizations and 170 governments committed to battling poor nutrition on Wednesday, saying that while hunger had dropped, half the world's population was in some way affected by nutritional problems.
Related: Pope says food commodity speculation hurts fight against hunger (Reuters)
McKinsey report backs portion control and ad restrictions to cut obesity
Obesity costs the world nearly as much as armed conflict and needs a coordinated response from industry and governments, urges a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute.
Thanksgiving meal costs barely rise as price of turkey slips
A small decline in turkey prices helped hold the increase in the cost of preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 10 to less than 1 percent this year, the country's largest farm group said Thursday.
Related: US consumer prices little changed as fuel costs decrease (Bloomberg)
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Obama's immigration order poses political challenges for both parties
The Washington Post
The political consequences of President Barack Obama's new immigration plan will probably depend on whether Americans focus on the merits of the policy or on the president's audacious means of achieving it.
The Democratic Party's No. 1 problem, visualized
The Washington Post
In the short period after the 2014 midterm near-sweep for the Republican Party, Democrats have quickly assumed the hand-wringing worrier role that the GOP perfected two years ago. For Democrats, working-class whites assumed the role Latino voters played for Republicans after Romney's drubbing.
Scott Walker plots 2016 rollout
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, pivoting from his bigger-than-expected re-election win this month, is taking active steps toward a presidential campaign that would launch next summer and contrast his record of conservative achievements in a swing state with paralysis in Washington.
Food safety issues making their way to 2015 legislative agendas
Food Safety News
Legislators and the rest of the policy crowd that hang out in the state capitols are again coming in for the unsolicited advice from the national editorial writers who want to influence processes on a variety of topics, including food safety.
Comments sought on costs of STEC testing, possible expansion
The Food Safety and Inspection Service has completed its analysis on the estimated costs and benefits associated with the implementation of its non-O157 STEC testing on beef manufacturing trimmings and the costs and benefits associated with the potential expansion of the testing.
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Why Hawaii's anti-GMO laws matter
On Election Day two weeks ago, Maui County, which includes the Hawaiian islands of Maui, Lanai and Molokai, approved a moratorium on the cultivation of genetically modified crops. This decision, by one small county, could throw a monkey wrench into the entire production system for genetically engineered seeds.
Study debunks fears that labeling added sugar would be confusing
Most Americans believe knowing how much added sugar is in a food would be helpful, according to a recent study that contradicts food manufacturers' concerns that a proposal to differentiate added and naturally occurring sugar on the Nutrition Facts label would confuse consumers.
FSIS issues directive on foreign food safety equivalence
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated its instructions for personnel who are making initial determinations of equivalence regarding foreign food safety systems.
Can David still sue Goliath?
Class-action lawsuits, a longtime check on powerful interests, are getting harder to file. Now, lawyers with large groups of clients are getting creative about leveling the playing field again.
Tyson CEO Donnie Smith: Hillshire opens door to more growth
Donnie Smith, CEO and president of Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, said Wednesday that it's an exciting time to be in the food business, especially as the company moves forward after its $8.55 billion acquisition of Hillshire Brands Inc. of Chicago.
Why Gardein is Pinnacle's ideal fodder
Protein per se is growing — both in size and popularity. Where traditionally it was the gym-goers and weightlifters on the lookout for a quick protein fix, it's now your average Joe — looking for a healthy and sustainable route to weight management.
The food industry's future: University investments and innovations
Food is changing rapidly. What we eat, how it's processed and what can be improved are all evolving at top speed. At the forefront of these change are colleges and universities, researching, innovating and guiding students, and it's certainly impacting the future of many food business aspects.
Functional foods: The end of the processed foods era?
To understand functional foods you must see it as a strategy to add value to processed foods, says the president and founder of the HealthyMarketingTeam, Peter Wennstrom.
American pigs too fat for holiday ham
Eating ham has never been more expensive than this year, partly because U.S. pigs are too fat. Hogs in the U.S. weigh the most ever after farmers fed them longer to make up for losses caused by a virus that killed millions of piglets.
International expansion: Tap into global demand without global scale
Bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to achieving international success, argues Barney Wallace from OC&C Strategy Consultants.
Ragozzino Foods hires new R&D chef for frozen foods line
A Meriden, Connecticut-based manufacturer of frozen entrees, pastas and sauces has hired a veteran chef to fill the newly created position of executive R&D Chef.
Misbranding forces recall of 2,900 pounds of sausages
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
K. Heeps Inc., based in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is recalling approximately 2,902 pounds of bratwurst and bangers sausage products because soy lecithin, a releasing agent used on contact surfaces during production, is not listed on the food label.
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