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Study: Government, industry doing 'poor' job of protecting food safety
Food Quality News
More than a third of people believe government agencies and food processing corporations are doing a "poor" job of protecting food safety, according to a Florida-based study.
USDA halts national LGMA
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has terminated the proposed National Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, drawing mixed responses from the produce industry.
AFFI urges EPA to reduce ethanol mandate
The American Frozen Food Institute today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enact proposed reductions in the amount of corn-based ethanol and cellulosic bio-fuels that must be blended into the nation's fuel supply under the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2014.
Related: Lobbyists swarm Washington as EPA mulls cutting biofuels mandate (Reuters)
Big trades advance farm bill talks
Farm bill negotiators broke major new ground toward a long-sought deal, even as a leading agriculture lobby urged rival commodity groups Wednesday to "close ranks" behind a final package this winter.
Democratic infighting all the rage
Key factions of the Democratic Party, which have largely been unified through some trying times in 2013, are now turning on each other. Amid the botched rollout of Obamacare and plummeting poll numbers, the simmering tensions within the party have intensified — and become very public.
How the GOP lost its nerve on tax reform
The email blasting Rep. Dave Camp's tax plan as "disastrous" arrived two days before a pivotal meeting between House Republican leaders and their chief tax writer. It was the latest sign to Republican leaders that the timing is not right for tax reform.
Map: The 130 cities where fast food workers are striking Thursday
The Washington Post
On Thursday, fast food workers in 130 cities will go on strike to demand higher wages, a follow-up to a protest last year that The New York Times called the "biggest wave of job actions in the history of America's fast food industry."
Related: Boom times for rent-a-mobs as Big Labor buys outrage (New York Post)
Bleak outlook for WTO deal as rifts widen over food subsidies
Divisions over food subsidies widened among members of the World Trade Organization Thursday, making it unlikely a landmark trade deal could be reached with just a day left until the end of talks.
OMB's upcoming regulatory plan includes many food safety rules
Food Safety News
The White House put out its "Current Regulatory Plan and the Unified Agenda of Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions" for fall 2013 on Nov. 26, and it lists a number of food safety issues USDA and the FDA will be dealing with over the next several months.
Lawmaker reintroduces bill on trans fat labeling
Food Product Design
Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., used the final week of November to reintroduce legislation that would let consumers know if food contains at least some trans fat, however minute.
AHPA suggests revisions, clarifications in thick sheaf of comments on FSMA
In a reflection of the broad nature of its membership, the American Herbal Products Association has submitted comments on two proposed FSMA rules that run to nearly 200 pages. In part, the comments suggest ways to lessen the burden on small manufacturers who might otherwise be driven out of business by compliance costs.
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Which has more vitamins, fresh or frozen fruits and veggies?
Southeast Farm Press
A recent University of Georgia study of Americans' groceries showed that fresh may not always be the best choice — at least not in terms of delivering the vitamins and minerals that families expect from their veggies.
Editor's note: This story details a study from the University of Georgia commissioned by the Frozen Food Foundation that compares the nutritional value of frozen and fresh fruits and vegetables. For more information, visit www.frozenfoodfacts.org.
FAO: Global food prices flat in November, will fall in coming months
Global food prices were little changed in November after a rise the month before, but were down 4.4 percent from a year earlier, the United Nations' food agency said Thursday, forecasting stable or declining prices in coming months.
Infographic: What's hot and not in 2014
Goodbye, gazpacho. Hello, hybrid desserts. As 2013 welcomed the debut of a donut-croissant mash-up known as the Cronut, more crossbreed confections may be on the horizon, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual "What's Hot" culinary trends forecast.
ConAgra rolls out Bertolli, Chang's additions
ConAgra Foods is introducing 23 new Bertolli and P.F. Chang's-brand meals and desserts for supermarket sale, the company said in a news release.
HH Global launches new ready meals packaging solution
Food Business Review
Global marketing services company HH Global has launched Lidd, a patented and peelable lidding film solution designed for ready meals.
FSPCA: Industry group offers assistance in understanding food safety
Food Production Daily
While many questions remain about the Food Safety Modernization Act, one industry expert advised that the time to start putting plans in place is upon us.
2013 Processor of the Year: For ConAgra, manufacturing is core competency
Despite a dizzying variety of products, ConAgra Foods always has prided itself on manufacturing great food.
Future of food safety: Taking a proactive approach with technology
Food Safety Magazine
Many food manufacturers continue to delay investment in supplemental safety measures, believing that their current solution is "good enough." But investing in new technology can help preempt unforeseen safety threats and allow faster response to any suspected problems.
Fingerprinting technology targets mycotoxins in food
Food Quality News
An EU project is aiming to develop a novel technology to detect mycotoxins in foods and liquid foodstuffs.
5 simple techniques to generate ideas, according to Coca-Cola
The Coca-Cola Co. has published a blog by industry veteran Drew Boyd that captures his "five techniques at the heart of Systematic Inventive Thinking."
Land O'Lakes acquires agri-tech firm Geosys
Food Business Review
Land O'Lakes, a farmer-owned food and agricultural cooperative, has acquired Geosys, a global technology firm, for an undisclosed amount.
Manual HACCP monitoring: What's the worst that could happen?
Food Safety Magazine
While HACCP regulations are good, the way in which many foodservice establishments maintain their logs is not. Here's a look at what could go wrong.
European food industry: Pulse check
FoodNavigator gave the European food industry a check-up at this year's Food Ingredients Europe, talking with some of the industry's top ingredients players about EU health claims, economic recovery and how to remain competitive on a global stage.
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