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Food safety rules delayed as farmers express concern
Two core rules of the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 that were proposed in January will be rewritten and resubmitted "by early summer," the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday.
FDA unveils FSMA proposal for food defense (FDA)
Taylor addresses key FSMA provisions affecting farmers (FDA)
Lawmakers hail planned food safety revisions (The Hill)
FDA gives industry another FSMA comment period (Supermarket News)
Prioritize holiday cooking: Store-bought vs. homemade
Supermarket Guru's Phil Lempert advises consumers on how to save valuable time when hosting holiday dinner parties: visit the frozen food aisles. "With a little pre-planning and the help of your supermarket, you may be able to take some convenient shortcuts that will save time, without sacrificing the taste of any of your favorite holiday foods."
Farm bill writers eye $8 billion in food stamp cuts
The new U.S. farm bill is likely to cut the food stamp program by $8 billion over a decade, a key Democratic senator said Thursday, an amount that is a fraction of the cuts demanded by many Republican lawmakers.
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The year in politics: Winners and losers
The political world saw its share of big news over the past year, ranging from ethical scandals to the government shutdown. Here are our picks for the winners and losers in 2013.
Likely change in Senate tax panel dims prospects for 2014 tax overhaul
The Wall Street Journal
Sen. Ron Wyden's likely move to Finance Committee chairman further clouds prospects for overhauling the tax system, at least for 2014. Stay tuned beyond that, though.
Democrats currently have a 1 percent chance of retaking the House
The Washington Post
In the first post on our House forecasting model for the 2014 election, we estimated that, as of this moment, Republicans are likely to gain five seats in the House of Representatives. That estimate is in line with some others, such as this recent analysis from David Wasserman of the Cook Political Report, who projects that right now the Republicans are likely to gain between zero and 10 seats.
Related: DSCC outraises NRSC in November (The Hill)
Baldwin urges USDA to buy cranberries for school lunch
Wisconsin Ag Connection
Seven U.S. senators, including Wisconsin's Tammy Baldwin, are asking USDA to consider adding cranberries to its grocery list when the agency makes buying decisions for the nation's school lunch and food assistance programs.
USDA names acting under secretary for food safety
Food Safety News
Food Safety News has learned that Brian Ronholm has been named acting under secretary for food safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
ConAgra's profit rises 18 percent as Ralcorp acquisition buoys sales
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
ConAgra Foods Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter earnings rose 18 percent as contributions from its Ralcorp Holdings acquisition helped boost the packaged food company's sales.
Q-and-A: Sriracha-based lessons for manufacturers
The battle between Sriracha-maker Huy Fong Foods and the city of Irwindale, Calif., has fired up in recent weeks, highlighting the importance of food companies maintaining a positive relationship with their surrounding community.
Food companies respond when consumers complain
The Associated Press via Laboratory Equipment
As Americans pay closer attention to what they eat, food and beverage companies are learning that unfamiliar ingredients can invite criticism from online petitions and bloggers. The risk of damaging publicity has proven serious enough that some manufacturers have reformulated top-selling products to remove mysterious, unpronounceable components that could draw suspicion.
10 packaging trends for 2014
Claire Phoenix, managing editor of FoodBev Media magazines, outlines what she sees as the 10 most important trends in packaging for 2014.
FPI: Top trends of 2013
Food Production Daily
The Foodservice Packaging Institute asked companies about the trends they see: raw materials used, machinery, distribution and operations. Here's a look at the survey responses.
Eggheads have started an egg war
The egg has come under attack from a technology startup offering plant-based egg alternatives. San Francisco-based Hampton Creek Foods has sparked quite the Internet buzz while attracting high-profile investors, including Microsoft's Bill Gates and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, and raising some $6 million.
Possible staph infection leads to recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Lee Bros. Foodservice Inc., a San Jose, Calif., establishment, is recalling 740 pounds of sausage products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxin.
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