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Food safety experts: Make inspections public
Oregon officials have a responsibility to make grocery and food processing inspections publicly available, leading food safety experts say. "The more information you give them, the more consumers are able to make really good decisions to keep themselves safe," said Bill Marler, a Seattle food-safety lawyer and founder of Food Safety News. "If a grocery store has a bad track record of safety, the public has a right to know that."
Bacterial areas in your kitchen
Midwest Labs Blog
The article, "7 Kitchen Items You Didn’t Know Are Filthy With Germs," looks at various areas in your kitchen that you may not be aware of when it comes to bacterial backup. Here is a list of the seven areas.
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Seafood processors worldwide receive FDA warning letters
Food Safety News
Foreign seafood processors in Ecuador, Portugal, Malaysia, Spain and Vietnam have, in the past month or so, have received warning letters from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. All face the possibility of having their fish or fish products detained at the U.S. border without any physical examination unless FDA's concerns are addressed. And, while the alleged violations differ, almost all involve the U.S. requirement that the processor of fish or fishery products adhere to a specific Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points plan.
Massive funding bill kicks off 113th Congress' final chapter
Don't worry, Washington. Congress will give you your Christmas and New Year's back this year — right after some more deadline-induced drama. The House and Senate need to pass a government-funding bill and renew a terrorism insurance program this week, the final gasp of legislating before Republicans take full control of Capitol Hill in the next Congress.
Who's most likely to end up as Republicans' nominee in 2016 presidential race
The Washington Post
If there's one thing you can say about the 2016 Republican presidential field, it is this: It is going to be huge. There are as many as 23 names on some long lists of potential candidates. That's twice as many people as have run for the GOP nomination in any previous campaign. Now, not all of those "candidates" will actually run — Sen. Bob Corker and Rep. Marsha Blackburn, both of Tennessee, don't make much sense as presidential candidates, to name just two — but a huge field of serious contenders remains.
For 2016, who will jump in first? (The Hill)
Sen. Mary Landrieu loses runoff in Louisiana to Rep. Bill Cassidy
The Washington Post
Republicans put the finishing touches on a triumphant midterm election by picking up a ninth Senate seat when Rep. Bill Cassidy defeated Sen. Mary Landrieu in a runoff election. Landrieu's loss means there will be no Democratic senators from the Deep South when the new Congress is sworn in early next year. It will end Landrieu's tenure in the Senate after three terms and deprives Democrats of holding a single statewide elected office in Louisiana.
5 reasons Mary Landrieu lost (The Hill)
Republicans tie Landrieu loss to Hillary (The Hill)
GOP pushes waiver from healthier school lunches
The Associated Press via KRQE-TV
House Republicans are making a final push this month to give schools a temporary break from healthier school meal standards. The school meal rules, phased in since 2012 and championed by first lady Michelle Obama, require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line. The standards also limit sodium, sugar and fat.
No information to change current BPA exposure guidelines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated its website to reflect the findings of its latest assessment on Bispenol A, or BPA, claiming an adequate margin of safety exists at current levels of exposure from food contact uses.
Chefs urge Congress to require GMO food labeling
The Des Moines Register
Some of the country's most popular chefs traded in serving food for serving sound bites in Washington. Instead of their restaurants, the backdrop was Capitol Hill, where the culinary artists are hoping their support will add momentum to a push that would require labels to be placed on salad dressings, soups, cereals and other grocery store staples made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.
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Cargill's Bill Buckner to retire
Cargill announced that Senior Vice President Bill Buckner will retire in 2015 after 27 years with the company. Buckner will step down from the Cargill Leadership Team in February.
Infographic: What's hot and not in 2015
Food Business News
Insects and tater tots are so 2014. Housemade condiments, upscale children's meals and artisan butchery are among the next big menu trends next year, according to the National Restaurant Association's annual What's Hot culinary trends forecast. The list is based on a survey of nearly 1,300 professional chefs and members of the American Culinary Federation.
Food banks don't solve food poverty; the UK must not
Canada has tried this, and it doesn’t work. Westminster should face up to its responsibilities and revisit the right to food. The all-party inquiry has no desire to see food banks take the place of statutory welfare, nor to simply call upon the government to deal with the issue. Whose heads are in the sand?
From wariness to welcome: Engaging New England on food safety
Food Safety News
FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods and Veterinary Medicine Michael R. Taylor and his team in August last year visited New England to talk about the rules proposed in 2013 to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. These weren't easy conversations, but they proved instrumental in FDA's decision to propose updates, or supplements, to four of the proposed FSMA rules overseeing human and animal foods, both domestic and imported. These proposals include significant changes in the produce safety proposal and related elements of the preventive controls rules for food facilities.
What the CEO of Plum Organics sees for the future of food
When new father Neil Grimmer, the CEO of Plum Organics, ventured into the business of making baby food, he was motivated by the universal impulse of busy parents everywhere: He wanted to feed his two daughters wholesome, high quality food. Today, Grimmer and partners hit their goals — and then some.
Frozen meals for the overworked undergrad
The Independent Florida Alligator
If you don't feel like cooking, frozen meals are a lifesaver. Although a frozen meal will never be as healthy as a home-cooked one, and there are a few brands to steer clear from, there are many options for the tired and hungry college student that taste good and are actually pretty healthy.
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