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Chemical in fries, chips and coffee prompts FDA advice
Crispy French fries and crunchy potato chips were never health foods, what with all the calories, fat and salt. But consumers just got a reminder that there's one more thing to worry about when they indulge in such foods: a chemical called acrylamide that might cause cancer.
Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this article outlining steps taken by frozen potato makers regarding acrylamide reduction.
Will McDonald's use GMO potatoes for its famous french fries?
Watchdog group Food and Water Watch last week sent McDonald's CEO Donald Thompson a letter asking the fast food giant to avoid using the genetically engineered potato being developed by its largest french fry supplier, J.R. Simplot.
New German coalition would seek stricter labeling of GMO-fed meat (Reuters)
Genetically modified foods proposed as trigger for gluten sensitivity (The Sacramento Bee)
Wal-Mart CEO steps down; McMillon successor
Wal-Mart Stores replaced CEO and President Mike Duke and named Doug McMillon as its new leader after a rough period for the world's largest retailer in which it became embroiled in a bribery scandal.
Obama's 2nd-term swoon
The Wall Street Journal
A new set of polls last week suggested the continuing problems of the Affordable Care Act's rollout have hit President Barack Obama's presidency hard. A new Gallup poll had Obama at 40 percent approval. A CBS News poll had him at 37 percent.
Related: Poll: Obama not a manager-in-chief (Politico)
Democrats worry leaders in denial on Obamacare
Democratic leaders claim the bungled launch of Obamacare is just the latest news sensation — a media-stirred tempest that looks in the heat of the moment like it could upend the midterm election but ends up fizzling well before voters head to the polls. Some party strategists say they're in denial.
Schweitzer sparks 2016 speculation
Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat, again set tongues wagging about his presidential aspirations Sunday by talking about his intention to visit every county in Iowa.
Tax plan sends chill down Madison Avenue
Lawmakers knew they would have to tangle with K Street when they tackled tax reform. But are they ready to mess with Madison Avenue? Sen. Max Baucus's latest discussion draft bill for tax reform slashes into the business expense deduction for advertising. The plan could trigger a lobbying backlash from advertisers, broadcasters and cable television.
Potential savings crop up in farm bill
The Wall Street Journal
Lawmakers struggling to hash out a budget deal could find their job easier if Congress pulls off a feat nearly as difficult: passing the first new farm bill since 2008.
FDA to outline where liquid supplement ends, conventional F&B begins
The FDA is preparing to finalize guidance clarifying the often hazy dividing line between liquid supplements and conventional beverages and foods as the debate over the proliferation of caffeine-containing products intensifies.
FSMA report analyzes food facilities, imports and FDA foreign offices
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
In its third annual report on food facilities, food imports and FDA foreign offices, as required by FSMA mandates, the Food and Drug Administration outlines the progress made in fiscal year 2012 and turns its attention to 2013.
Why dietary supplement makers need to know about food label changes
Natural Products Insider
The conventional food industry is abuzz with talk of what's going to happen to the Nutrition Facts label. FDA is planning to announce proposed changes soon. The agency plans show the proposal on the schedule for publication in 2013, even though publication is more likely to be in 2014.
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Amazon expanding its own private label to supermarket goods
All Things D
Amazon already sells its own brand of batteries, keyboards and bedding. Now it looks as though the Seattle-based online retailer is in the process of creating its own line of the kind of products you'd normally find on supermarket shelves, according to several job listings the company has posted over the past few months.
California Pizza Kitchen founders have a new food project in the oven
Los Angeles Times
Larry Flax and Richard Rosenfield, who sold their CPK chain in 2011, plan to return to their culinary roots and launch a line of fast-casual pizza joints.
New York City diverts tons of food waste from landfills
The Associated Press via CBS News
New York City officials say more than 2,500 tons of New York restaurant food waste has been diverted from landfills in the past six months — for use as compost or donations to food banks.
Misbranding forces 3 recalls, affects 157,000 pounds of frozen poultry products
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced three separate recalls Friday, each initiated by mislabeled, misbranded products — and one also attributed to food production under the wrong HACCP plan. Recalls include:
Intevation Food Group LLC: 156,924 pounds of frozen chicken fettucine alfredo products recalled because of misbranding and undeclared allergens
Creminelli Fine Meats LLC: Approximately 101 pounds of fully cooked, not-shelf-stable, ready-to-eat pork products because they were produced under the wrong HACCP plan and mislabeled
DelMonaco Specialty Foods: Approximately 5,616 pounds of Armanino brand Bolognese sauce products because of undeclared allergen and misbranding
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Whole Foods pilots tech platform to track refrigerants
Supermarket News (subscriber story)
Whole Foods Market is piloting a new technology platform designed to enable it to look at refrigerants as assets that can be managed to impact profitability, rather than as consumables that need to be continually replenished.
US pork producer to acquire GNP, subsidiaries
The Poultry Site
U.S. pork producer, The Maschhoffs, has announced plans to acquire chicken processor GNP Co. and its subsidiaries.
The Maschhoffs LLC is the largest family-owned pork production company in North America.
Next hot investment trend: Organic, natural food industry
Old School Value
One investment analyst making his way through the 2013 Forbes Best Small Companies list says a closer examination of the group reveals the next hot investment trend: natural and organic food makers.
Low carb claims double in 5 years
The number of new products carrying low carb claims has nearly doubled in Europe in the past five years, according to new research from Mintel.
New app aims to tackle food manufacturing's injury rate
In light of research indicating that the food and beverage manufacturing industry records the highest incidence of workplace accidents in Australia, the Group Training Association of Victoria has released the Safety First App to help promote workplace safety in the lead up to Christmas.
UK: Premier Foods wins 3 top national food manufacturing awards
Premier Foods has won the coveted title Food Manufacturing Company of the Year and two other trophies in the industry's Oscars — Food Manufacture's Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards.
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