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AMA, National PTA join effort to protect school nutrition standards
Environmental Working Group
More than 200 national, state and local organizations and dozens of health professionals signed onto a letter declaring their support for an amendment proposed by Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., to protect federal school nutrition standards.
Related: GOP bid to waive school lunch rules falters (Houston Chronicle)
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American Frozen Food Institute
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California bill to require warning labels on sugary drinks dies
A California bill to require sugary soft drinks to carry labels warning of obesity, diabetes and tooth decay died in the Legislature Tuesday, the latest in a string of defeats for health advocates trying to dissuade people from drinking soda.
House Republicans huddle as leadership candidates make their pitch
The Washington Post
One day before they will vote on a new majority leader — and, likely, a new whip — House Republicans gathered in the basement of the Capitol building Wednesday morning to hear pitches from candidates.
Related: Southern Republicans bemoan demise of their power in House (The Washington Post)
Kingston grabs momentum in Georgia
Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., has the momentum against businessman David Perdue and is close to giving Republicans the Senate nominee they've long wanted. But questions about shady campaign donations could still roil the race ahead of the July 22 runoff and November general election.
Tech riding high with expected McCarthy ascension
Tech's early-stage investment in Rep. Kevin McCarthy could produce a prominent payoff for both sides as the industry carves out a more entrenched role in Washington.
Petition against China processing US poultry gains 323,000 signatures
Bettina Siegel, a mom and food activist, started a petition at Change.org to stop U.S. poultry companies from shipping chicken to China for processing and then back here for us to eat. The movement is reaching a groundswell.
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US calls on Europe to ease limits on gene-altered food
The New York Times
The top American agriculture official on Tuesday called on the European Union to do more to ease restrictions on gene-altered food and feed crops if it hoped to reach a trans-Atlantic trade pact.
Organic lobbyists petition against USDA's organic food oversight
Now that organic food is a $35 billion industry and has used a substantial amount of money to create the mythology that their process makes food more nutritious and has no pesticides, the USDA has wanted to reassert some level of control.
Opinion: Is Big Food killing its own customers?
The New York Times
The first big food outfit to recognize that its future lies in creating a market for healthy and even environmentally neutral food (let's throw in justice for workers and animal welfare while we're at it!) may show the way to the future of healthy food as a sound business model.
Opinion: Increased competition could revitalize US frozen sector
just-food (subscriber story)
Sales in the frozen aisle have been lackluster in the U.S. for some years. However, increased competitive activity from the likes of Nestle, ConAgra Foods and Tyson Foods could help rejuvenate the sector, Katy Askew suggests.
Alchemy Systems to host webinar on improving operations to meet retail buyer standards
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI Advantage Partner Alchemy Systems, the global leader in providing innovative food industry technologies and services, will host a webinar Thursday, June 26, at 1 p.m. EDT on the top 10 things produce operations can do to improve operations and meet large retail buyer standards.
Beef reaches US record as rancher sees more gains
Despite selling some of his cattle at the highest price ever, Missouri rancher Ryan Sharrock says his own family is cutting back on beef because the meat is just too expensive and the cost probably will keep rising.
Iowa company gets license to sell vaccine to fight deadly pig virus
Iowa City Press-Citizen
An Iowa manufacturer has been issued a conditional license from the U.S. government to sell a vaccine to help protect piglets from a deadly virus that has killed millions of the animals during the past year.
J&J Snack Foods debuts new frozen juice bars
Hitting shelves this spring, Minute Maid 100% Juice Bars are the only frozen juice novelty made with 100 percent juice in mainstream retail.
Sprouts may expand beyond 1,200 stores
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc., the natural foods retailer that went public last year, may exceed its goal of opening 1,200 U.S. stores in the next decade and a half, the chain's CEO said.
Nestle seeks to revitalize Nescafe instant coffee brand
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Nestle SA wants to brew up interest in one of its oldest brands: Nescafe instant coffee. Sales growth of the venerable brand has slowed in Europe as more consumers buy pod coffee machines.
Look for blueberries in markets, on menus
The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Florida's 2014 blueberry crop may be just a sweet memory, but the supply of fresh blueberries from elsewhere in the U.S. is coming into its own in local markets.
Research suggests antimicrobial edible films inhibit pathogens in meat
Farm and Dairy
Antimicrobial agents incorporated into edible films that are applied to foods to seal in flavor, freshness and color can improve the microbiological safety of meats, according to researchers in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State.
Biodegradable food packaging brings high fashion to the table
Professional Search for Knowledge
Swedish design studio Tomorrow Machine has given us a glimpse of what biodegradable food items might soon look like.
UK: Iceland focused on expansion despite drop in profits
NamNews via KamCity
Iceland Foods plans to continue expanding this year by launching up to 40 new stores and completing a nationwide roll-out of its online service to help reverse declining profits.
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