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Whole Foods nutritionist's tip to shop healthy and save money: Buy frozen
Lindsey Kane, MS, RD, a healthy eating specialist for Whole Foods Market, is tired of hearing "Healthy eating is too expensive." Among her tips for shoppers: Head to the frozen food department. "This is the ultimate unsung hero of the grocery store. It's where fresh stays fresh!"
Contaminated bean sprouts sicken more than 100
Food Quality News
Salmonella from bean sprouts has sickened more than 100 people from 12 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Related: Another sprout outbreak: We need a warning label, Marler says (Food Poison Journal)
USDA: Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for US agriculture
Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice, soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials said Wednesday.
Related: US food industry welcomes plan to normalize US-Cuba relations (Food Production Daily)
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Cuba decision: Bet by Obama that Cold War politics have turned corner
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's surprising move toward normalizing relations with Cuba amounts to a big bet that the nation — and, particularly, the crucial swing state of Florida — has turned a political corner from the Cold War era.
How Republicans could stop Obama's Cuba play (Politico)
Could Obama's Cuba policy help Democrats in 2016? (The Wall Street Journal)
GOP hopefuls bash Obama on Cuba moves (The Hill)
Winners and losers of lame duck
The final days of the 113th Congress were dominated by a bruising fight over government funding that nearly led to a shutdown. Here's who won and lost in the post-election scramble.
'Worst Congress ever,' by the numbers
Google "worst Congress ever" and you'll get nearly 5.4 million results — many of them scathing takes on two years of dysfunction, partisan warfare and all-around mayhem on Capitol Hill.
China approves delayed GMO imports as US ties warm
China has approved the import of a genetically modified corn strain it blocked last year, causing market turmoil, and has given clearance to biotech soybeans that had been waiting years for clearance, in a sign of improving relations with the United States.
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GMO labeling opponents contributing to candidates, PACs
The campaign against Oregon's Measure 92, which would have required labels on genetically modified food, was the most expensive in the state's history, with 99.9 percent of campaign contributions coming from out of state. As of Thursday, the No on 92 Coalition had reported raising $20.9 million, more than twice as much as supporters' $9.9 million.
Tropical deforestation threatens global food production
Tropical deforestation in the southern hemisphere is accelerating global warming and threatening world food production by distorting rainfall patterns across Europe, China and the U.S. Midwest, according to a study released Thursday.
Tim Hortons, Burger King name new executive team
Oakville, Ontario–based Restaurant Brands International, formed by the merger of Tim Hortons and Burger King, has announced its new leadership team and board of directors.
Merger of 2 meat industry associations takes effect Jan. 1
Food Safety News
NAMI is the product of the merger of the 108-year-old American Meat Institute and the North American Meat Association, with origins dating back to 1942. The merger combines into one the two large meat industry organizations that have been that sector's impact players on all issues, including food safety.
Kellogg outbids Abraaj for 3rd time in race for Bisco
Breakfast cereal maker Kellogg Co. has again raised its bid for Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr, outbidding private equity group Abraaj for the third time and snatching the lead in a $140 million takeover battle.
McCain Foods looks at expanding distribution network
Food & Hospitality World
McCain Foods, producers of frozen french fries and appetizers, is expanding its distribution network in India, as well as improving availability of its products.
Del Monte Pacific to delever after jumbo LBO
Philippine canned juice maker Del Monte Pacific Limited is planning to meet investors at the beginning of next year ahead of a rare offshore preference share offering of $360 million, according to sources close to the transaction.
Modified sensors could detect food spoilage
Food Quality News
Sensors that can be read by a smartphone have been created and could be used to combat food spoilage, according to the developers.
Cold plasma a weapon against chemical, heat-resistant spores
Food Production Daily
Cold plasma on the basis of nitrogen gas can inactivate chemical-resistant and heat-resistant spores on food and packaging, according to researchers at Wageningen UR (University and Research Centre).
Videos reveal 5 common food safety mistakes
Food Safety News
A team led by Christine Bruhn, Ph.D., food safety expert and Institute of Food Technologists spokesperson, recently videotaped 120 consumers as they prepared a chicken and a salad in their homes.
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