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Are some Minnesota schools out to lunch over GMOs?
Just when the backlash over first lady Michelle Obama's school lunch menu leveled off, students in a handful of Twin Cities schools got a taste of what could be another controversial food fad. The main course? Non-GMO meals.
Innovative products draw attention at private label trade show
Store brands are more innovative than ever and are often packaged attractively to stand out on the shelves of mass market stores. That much was apparent at the recent trade show of the Private Label Manufactures Association.
House Republicans propose reviving tax breaks through 2014
House Republicans are moving toward a vote this week on legislation to revive dozens of lapsed U.S. tax breaks and extend them only through the end of this year.
The new GOP divide
Changing times, shifting coalitions and actions by President Barack Obama have conspired to reopen debate among GOP leaders on many seemingly settled issues, such as surveillance, gay marriage and Common Core education.
John Boehner makes sales pitch to GOP
Top House Republicans agree on a two-part plan to keep the government from closing in nine days. Now comes the hard part: selling it. At a meeting in the basement of the Capitol Tuesday morning, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and the GOP leadership team will face rank-and-file Republicans for the first time since President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.
Potential challengers to Hillary in 2016 are beginning to line up
The Washington Post
Backers and allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton are increasingly worried about the threat posed by a motley field of Democratic presidential hopefuls who could complicate or even derail a Clinton candidacy in 2016 by focusing attention on her weaknesses.
FSIS sets food labeling regulation deadline
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is establishing Jan. 1, 2018, as the uniform compliance date for new meat and poultry product labeling regulations that are issued between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2016. FSIS periodically announces uniform compliance dates for new meat and poultry product labeling regulations to minimize the economic impact of label changes.
Chefs push lawmakers on labeling GM food
The Wall Street Journal
Some of the best-known chefs in the country are leaving the kitchen this week and heading to Capitol Hill to press for mandatory labels on genetically modified food.
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APHIS finalizes rule on poultry imports from regions with avian influenza
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service on Monday published its final rule on importing live poultry and poultry products that originate in or pass through regions where any subtype of highly pathogenic avian influenza is considered to exist.
Beef group wants to hold back on tenderized meat rule
National Cattlemen's Beef Association Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., is asking the OMB to move too quickly in finalizing a rule on mechanically tenderized beef — a move Woodall says is driven by the impending shift in partisan power in Congress.
US to discuss possible new Russia sanctions with European allies
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will talk to European allies this week about imposing further sanctions on Russia if pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine do not halt violence, a senior State Department official said Tuesday.
Lineage Logistics set to triple its capacity in Pacific Northwest
Lineage Logistics, a member of the AFFI Advantage Partner program, is beginning an expansion of its Tacoma, Washington, cold storage distribution facility. The new project will be completed in 2015 and will nearly triple the building's frozen warehouse capacity.
Deadly pig virus jumps to Hawaii, animal feed tested
Hawaii has identified its first outbreak of a deadly pig virus that emerged in the continental United States last year, confounding officials who are uncertain how the disease arrived over thousands of miles of ocean.
12 food trends reflect the consumer's quest for happiness
At the SIAL Paris food trade show recently, XTC World Innovation released 12 trends about food products and how they impact consumers.
Forecasters say El Nino looms in 2015
Forecasters in Australia and New Zealand warned El Nino may soon be back, reviving concern that the weather pattern that can bring drought to parts of Asia and rains to South America may return for the first time since 2010.
Research points to double-digit growth in refrigerated storage, transport
The global cold chain market is expected to grow 15.6 percent from 2014 to 2019, according to a new report from Research and Markets.
Related: New market report: Frozen veggies in the US (Fort Mill Times)
Cargill beef recalled in Canada on E. coli concerns
Cargill Inc., one of the largest beef processors in North American, is recalling ground beef products sold in western Canada because of possible contamination with E. coli O157 bacteria.
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Palm oil: Healthy substitute for PHOs?
The Detroit News
Palm oil has gained in popularity as food manufactures look for a substitute for partially hydrogenated oils. But palm oil is rich in saturated fats, which raise LDL ("bad") cholesterol.
CFIA confirms potato wart in Prince Edward Island fields
The Journal Pioneer
None of the six Prince Edward Island potato fields in which potato wart has been confirmed during the 2014 growing season ever tested positive for the pest previously, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency indicates.
Del Monte teams with Spanish firm for cold storage plant in the Philippines
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Del Monte Pacific Ltd. has entered into a joint venture agreement with the Spanish fruit company Nice Fruit SL and the investment firm Ferville Ltd. to build a modern cold storage facility in the Philippines.
Which GFSI-accepted food safety standard is right for you?
To help you decide, here's one expert's take on the similarities and differences between four of the most popular standards: FSSC 22000, SQF, IFS and BRC.
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