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Amount of food recalled by FDA doubles in quarter
More than double the units of food was recalled by the Food and Drug Administration from the previous quarter, according to ExpertRECALL figures.
Un-winnable battles? CDC report cites no progress on food safety
"Winnable Battles," a CDC report regarding the status of its 2015 public health goals, shows no progress on food safety issues.
Food business is booming south of the border
Food Production Daily
Thanks to affordable manufacturing labor and increased demand for Latin-flavored foods, Mexico is becoming an attractive locale for processing and packaging firms.
Filibuster vote raises stakes for 2014
Elections, as the saying goes, have consequences. And Thursday’s historic vote in the Senate to obliterate the filibuster for most presidential nominees makes Election 2014 that much more consequential. With only 51 Senate votes — a simple majority — now needed to clear presidential nominees for cabinet posts and federal judges, the power of the majority has been significantly enhanced.
Related: Filibuster rule change should help Obama meet 2nd-term goals (The Washington Post)
Politics counts: Obama's 2nd-term swoon
The Wall Street Journal
A new set of polls this week suggests the continuing problems of the Affordable Care Act's rollout have hit President Barack Obama's presidency hard. A new Gallup poll has Obama at 40 percent approval. A CBS News poll has him at 37 percent.
Farm bill talks stall, sides far apart on food stamps
The four key negotiators on the new farm bill are miles apart on the paramount issue — the level of cuts in the major U.S. anti-hunger program — with no sign of compromise as time runs down for legislative action before the end of the year.
Fuel industry head predicts biofuel rule change
The head of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers is "very confident" that congressional lawmakers will change the federal renewable fuel mandate. It won't happen this year, Charles Drevna said, but sooner or later Congress will make changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Opinion: Deeply flawed economic analysis exaggerates cost of produce rule
Food Safety News
Lisa Heinzerling of the Center for Progressive Reform writes, "Once we looked behind [the FDA economic analysis of the FSMA produce rule], it became clear that the rule's benefits will be even more significant, and its costs considerably smaller, than FDA suggests."
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Study rekindles debate over widespread use of phosphorus additives in food
A new study showing a correlation between high dietary phosphorus intakes and increased all-cause mortality has reignited the debate over the extensive use of phosphorus additives in packaged foods.
Canadean: Sunny skies ahead for functional food and drinks
PRWeb via Digital Journal
An overwhelming majority of industry players have displayed optimism for the functional food and drinks market over the next three years, according to consumer specialist Canadean's new report, "Global Functional Food Survey: Trends and Insights 2014-2016."
Datamonitor: Chia, quinoa lead the field in ancient grains product launches
The percentage of new U.S. food product launches featuring ancient grains or seeds has almost tripled since 2008, according to Datamonitor. But the bulk of activity is focused around just two ingredients: chia and quinoa.
National Beef Packing to expand Pennsylvania facility
Meat & Poultry
National Beef Packing announced plans for a $5 million expansion of its Hummels Wharf, Pa., beef processing facility, adding ground beef production capabilities to its existing infrastructure.
Despite public concern, BPA sales will approach $19 billion by 2019
Food Production Daily
Despite frequent calls from government leaders, researchers and advocacy groups to ban bisphenol A, demand for the chemical (frequently found in food packaging) continues to rise.
Additional products added to Glass Onion, Reser's recalls
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service on Thursday widened two ongoing food recalls: Glass Onion Catering, underway after E. coli illnesses were reported, and Reser's Fine Foods, which was prompted by Listeria contamination.
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