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Private label vs. brands: Can't we all get along?
Food Business News
Private label is here to stay, according to Information Resources Inc., and it would be in the best interest of both private label and national brand food and beverage marketers to identify ways to coexist and benefit mutually. IRI staked its position on the subject in its latest Times & Trends report, "Private label and national brands: Paving the path for growth together."
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USDA criticized for salmonella response
Federal officials aren't doing enough to combat dangerous salmonella outbreaks, according to a new report. The Pew Charitable Trusts found that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's standards for chicken should be more stringent and more expansive.
Related: Consumer group: 'Superbug' bacteria widespread in US chicken (Reuters)
IRI's NutriLink offers insight into consumer attitude toward food
To help CPG manufacturers and retailers identify and leverage the varying shopper beliefs about health and nutrition, Information Resources Inc. has released the first NutriLink segmentation study, which classifies U.S. consumers into six groups based on their behavior and attitudes toward health, diet and nutrition, as well as their demographics.
House retirements: Who's next?
Reps. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., and Collin Peterson, D-Minn., could be the next veteran legislators to retire from office, strategists say. Neither congressman has announced plans for 2014 — and rumors are swirling around both.
Senate passes budget deal
With little suspense but still a bit of drama, the Senate passed a bipartisan budget deal Wednesday that will help Washington return to some fiscal normalcy after years of gridlock.
Harry Reid wants to stay majority leader for years to come
The Washington Post
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says in a new interview that he would like as Senate majority leader potentially through another full six-year term in the Senate.
Related: White House to nominate Baucus as next ambassador to China (Politico)
GOP floats bill to merge Labor, Commerce departments
Law360 (subscriber story)
Three Republican senators on Tuesday introduced a bill aimed at saving money by consolidating the Department of Labor, the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Administration into a new agency called the "Department of Commerce and the Workforce," saying it would combine duplicative functions.
FSIS to inspectors: Verify establishments' written recall plans
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a new directive to inspection personnel, reinforcing the requirement to verify meat and poultry establishments' written product recall procedures — even though the establishments are not required to submit their recall procedures to FSIS.
Additional new directives:
Horse slaughter inspection procedures (FSIS)
Update: Safe and suitable ingredients for meat, poultry and egg products (FSIS)
Manufacturers' group files suit over labor poster
The Wall Street Journal
The National Association of Manufacturers filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a three-year-old Labor Department rule requiring federal contractors and subcontractors to hang posters about workers' rights, and cited as precedent its victory in a similar case against the National Labor Relations Board.
Lawmakers want Chinese chicken barred from school lunches
House of Representative members are calling for their fellow lawmakers to block Chinese chicken from national nutrition programs on food safety concerns.
EU Commission renews bid to ban food from cloned animals
The European Commission on Wednesday again proposed a ban on food and products from cloned animals, two years after failing to block their use.
EEOC collects record $372 million in workplace discrimination cases
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission said it collected a record $372.1 million in monetary relief for victims of private-sector workplace discrimination in fiscal year 2013 ended Sept. 30.
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