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FDA refuses to extend deadline for FSMA comments
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
FDA has repeatedly extended comment deadlines for Food Safety Modernization Act proposed rules over recent months, but luck appears to be running out for stakeholders hoping for more time over the holidays to pen thoughtful comment letters.
'Palm oil free' products could face legal challenge, say lawyers
Food manufacturers and palm oil producers could have a legal case against companies labeling products "palm oil free," according to Paris-based lawyer Anne Bourdu.
Challenge: Better food
Stores Magazine via National Retail Federation
Can the food industry innovate its way to better product solutions? Greek yogurt maker Chobani believes it's possible.
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GOP preps immigration response: No shutdown, but nod to conservatives
The Washington Post
Recent success at the polls has done little to calm the internal rancor among congressional Republicans, who remain deeply divided over how to respond to President Barack Obama's overhaul of the nation's immigration system.
Related: Conservatives scoff at Boehner deal (Politico)
Mitch McConnell already running the show for the GOP
Sen. Mitch McConnell won't become majority leader until next month, but he's already acting the part. The Kentucky Republican, who will visit President Barack Obama Wednesday at the White House, has taken the lead on a variety of thorny issues.
The would-be 2016 presidential candidates are increasingly seeing the benefits to waiting longer before declaring their intentions — including the dominant person in the race, Hillary Clinton, who shows few signs of making a decision before next year.
Most would accept nanotechnology, genetic modification in food for nutrition, safety
Food Safety News
New research suggests that most consumers will accept nanotechnology or genetic modification technology in their food if it will enhance nutrition or improve safety.
Related: Research shows nutrition, safety key to acceptance of nanotech, GM foods (Laboratory Equipment)
Long-term tax-break plan fizzles, along with hopes of bipartisanship
The Washington Post
Congress abandoned efforts Tuesday to craft an ambitious tax plan that would have raised hopes for bipartisan collaboration when Republicans take over in January, opting for a modest measure that would extend a slew of popular tax breaks for just a few more weeks.
Senator to introduce producer privacy bill
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says he's concerned the EPA is moving forward with a measure that will allow them to release more private and personal information of farmers and ranchers.
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Sentences, convictions make latest FSIS enforcement report
Food Safety News
A federal sentencing in Arkansas, convictions in Florida and a guilty plea in Puerto Rico topped fourth-quarter enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.
APHIS makes technical amendment to poultry import plan
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is making techical amendments and minor clarifications to the final rule amending the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, particularly as it relates to the standards for monitoring avian influenza.
NLRB nominee heads to Senate floor for vote
Law360 (subscriber story)
Prospective National Labor Relations Board member Lauren McFerran on Tuesday cleared a hurdle on the way to confirmation as a Senate committee approved her nomination, advancing it to consideration by the full Senate.
Industry prepares for new EU labeling rules
Food businesses are gearing up for the implementation of new labeling regulations that include the requirement to declare certain allergenic ingredients and to state the first date of freezing on products including meat.
Unilever buysTalenti Gelato to bolster business
Unilever, the world's biggest maker of ice cream, acquired Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto to expand its frozen offerings and counter sluggish growth among its mainstream food brands.
Related: Unilever deal is 'unprecedented opportunity' to expand, says Talenti (Food Navigator-USA)
Frozen french fry line turns to the exotic
Alexia Foods, a line of premium, all-natural frozen potatoes, breads and side dishes, is introducing the latest stars of the table: new Alexia Premium Seasoned Vegetables and Rib Cut BBQ Sweet Potato Fries.
Top food trends for 2015
Insect proteins and fruit-sweetened confectionery are two emerging trends food manufacturers should monitor, according to a list of top 10 food trends for 2015, revealed at the Health Ingredients Europe event.
Report: Shoppers love organic, even if they can't tell what it is
With the plethora of stores that now handle everything from organic bananas to pesticide-free, organically made canned food, today's shoppers have little problem tracking down that "back-to-basics" version in or around the produce isle. The only thing is, do they really know what it is?
Cargill reviewing processing, testing procedures after E. coli alert
Food Production Daily
Cargill Meat Solutions in Winnipeg, Canada, is examining its processing and testing procedures after ground beef in distribution tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.
Rabobank: Ag commodity prices will trend lower or remain steady in 2015
Agri commodity process will trend lower or remain stable in 2015, predicts Rabobank, which says favorable growing season conditions through 2014 coupled with moderate consumption growth have improved stocks of crops including soybeans, corn and cocoa.
Hershey exploring removal of corn syrup from some products
The Associated Press via The Frederick News-Post
Hershey is looking at replacing the high-fructose corn syrup in some of its products with sugar. Will Papa, chief research and development officer at The Hershey Co., said the company uses a mix of sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in its products but that it is "moving more toward sugar."
Study: Eat less meat, dairy to slow climate change
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Meat and dairy consumption are rising rapidly across the developing world, and consumers are unaware that their appetite for animal products contributes as much to climate change as exhaust emissions from the transport sector, a new survey shows.
Creative chains: Keep supplies running
Supply Chain Standard
A failure in the supply chain can stop a production line or leave store shelves empty, disappoint customers and ruin a company's reputation. But there is plenty of creative thinking about how to respond to the challenges, says Malory Davies.
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