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Congress to FDA: Try again on food safety
Dozens of members of Congress have told the Food and Drug Administration that its proposed food safety rules could force businesses around the country to go out of business — and that it needs to try again.
Thanksgivukkah spawning 'menurkeys' in mashup celebration
Owing to an overlap in the Gregorian and Jewish calendars, Hanukkah and Thanksgiving have collided for the first time since at least early last century. Merchants as varied as Amazon.com Inc., Martha Stewart and Teaneck's Smokey Joe's kosher barbecue are rising to the occasion with Thanksgivukkah menus, tchotchkes and merchandise.
White House keeps up food stamp pressure on Congress
The Obama administration kept pressure on Congress Tuesday to pass a new multiyear farm bill without resorting to the steep cuts in food stamp funding contained in the version approved by the Republican-led House of Representatives.
Related: Farm Bill: Great experiment or dysfunction? (Politico)
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IRS moves to curb tax-exempt groups' political activity
The Obama administration is moving to clamp down on the growing political activity of "social welfare" tax-exempt groups, six months after controversy erupted over the IRS scrutiny of conservative groups.
Related: Obama seeks limits on tax-exempt groups (The Hill)
Is another Republican wave building?
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's poll numbers are at record lows. The health care law that serves as the cornerstone of his domestic policy legacy is even more unpopular. And there are few chances to change the conversation among a skeptical public that isn't happy with Washington. Sound familiar?
Democrats eagerly seeking signs of success with health care law
The Washington Post
The political battle over the future of the national health care law is about to become a media faceoff between Republican accounts of mishap and failure vs. Democratic stories that hint at eventual success.
Related: Obama's approval in Ohio drops to record low (The Hill)
CDC, FDA target whole genome sequencing of Listeria monocytogenes
Food Safety News
On Sept. 1, the CDC began a partnership with the FDA Genome TRAKR network to conduct whole genome sequencing of all Listeria monocytogenes collected from reported human illness cases in the United States. This effort leverages public health resources to evaluate and potentially move a promising new technology forward for more routine use in public health laboratories nationwide.
Editorial: On the origins of food
Los Angeles Times
Some countries do a better job of policing their food than others, and consumers have a compelling interest in knowing where their food comes from. That has been nearly impossible when it comes to fresh and frozen meat, though.
Canada: Scathing audit warns of 'significant gaps' in food safety system
Canada's auditor general has released a scathing report on food inspection and rail safety in the country. Michael Ferguson examined the many shortcomings of the government's handling of the XL recall — the largest meat recall in the country's history.
India's food safety authority lists priorities for research
Food makers in India have a new list of priorities from the Food Safety and Standards Authority, which has identified supply chain traceability, food safety testing in all sectors and chemical safety among its list of top research concerns.
SupplySide West: A power shift in the food industry
Food Product Design
With the popularity of social media outreach and increased activism centered on food ingredients, consumers are being heard. As a result, companies are paying attention and have begun changing their formulations whether there is a serious concern with the ingredient's safety or not.
Burger King takes on McDonald's with new pact in France
Burger King Worldwide Inc., which said last week that it will open stores in India, formed a joint venture to accelerate its expansion in France, where it returned last year to take on McDonald's Corp.
Tyson names new operations executive
Tyson Foods Inc. has appointed Mike Roetzel as the company's group vice president of operation services, effective immediately.
Disney partners with Iceland to promote upcoming 'Frozen' film release
Disney has formed a partnership with frozen food retailer Iceland to promote the upcoming release of "Frozen," set to hit cinema screens next week.
Is the next generation of fruit functional?
Bakery & Snacks
Fruit may have its own stand alone functionality but Taura Natural Ingredients says fortification with milk and pea proteins, green coffee and grains will bring the ingredient into new areas.
Food allergy death less likely than murder
Food allergy sufferers are more likely to be murdered than to die from a severe reaction — but allergen labeling is about much more than fatality risk, says an allergen assessor.
Recession and innovation: 10 top tips
Food and drink businesses should focus on continuous improvement, over-invest in consumer insight and view innovation as accountable at a profit and loss level to help safeguard innovation in a recession.
Study links sugary drinks to higher cancer risk
Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages may be associated with an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women, according to new data.
Healthy snack brand, Extend Nutrition, tackles junk food giants
During the month of November, Extend Nutrition reached over 3.1 million people through outreach efforts, including 2 conferences and a 30 minute PSA radio segment called "St. Louis Voices," to raise awareness of Diabetes Month.
PDX Reactor targets US after scooping $1.6 million grant
Food Production Daily
Olympus Automation has won a $1.6 million grant from the U.K.'s Technology Strategy Board for its PDX technology, just weeks after a former Baker Perkins chief joined the company.
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