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Recent lapses in global food safety worry North American consumers
Food Safety News
Stomachs in China have been turning after a recent food scandal at the processing plant of a major supplier of Chinese fast-food restaurants.
The exposé showed workers at the processing plant picking up meat from the floor and mixing expired meat with fresh meat.
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Ammonia leak closes Vanguard Culinary Group in North Carolina
The Fayetteville Observer
Anhydrous ammonia at a frozen food plant leaked out Sunday when emergency officials couldn't safely stop it, a Fayetteville Fire Department official said.
The public was not in danger, Assistant Fire Chief Mitchell Morgan said.
"The leak is gone," he said. "There's no more product to leak."
Food fight builds as US regulators weigh 'added sugar' label
Reuters via The Chicago Tribune
In Washington, a pivotal battle over sugar is heating up. One small corner of the wider culture war over public health and sweeteners, this fight isn't about how much sugar should be in your food, but how much you should know about it.
5 things to know as Congress takes a 5-week summer recess
Congress started a five-week recess on Friday night after the House approved an immigration package that was largely in line with what conservatives in the GOP conference wanted.
Rand Paul, still mum, lays 2016 groundwork
The Wall Street Journal
Sen. Rand Paul hasn't said whether he will seek the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. But his aggressive groundwork seems to point to no other outcome.
Mitch McConnell, Alison Lundergan Grimes face off at Fancy Farm
Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes used her speech at Kentucky's Fancy Farm picnic Aug. 2 to argue that Republican senator "Mitch McConnell doesn't care" about working people, seniors, women, students, unions and coal miners.
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New rule: No bee-harming pesticides, GMO crops on US wildlife refuges
Last month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it was phasing out a class of bee-harming pesticides on wildlife refuges in the Pacific region.
By 2016, neonicotinoid pesticides won't be allowed on refuges in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Hawaii and other Pacific islands (with some possible exceptions).
Fast-food workers' push for higher wages faces opposition
Now there's a movement nationally and across New York pushing for higher hourly pay for fast-food and other low-wage workers. The effort faces fierce opposition from business associations and small-business owners who say that higher wages could force them to raise prices, cut jobs or even close down.
EFSA rejects French move to ban GM crop in Europe
The European Food Safety Authority has said French documentation supporting the country's attempt to ban Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize in Europe contains no new information or scientific basis to support such a ban.
Food fight: Russia responds to EU and US sanctions with food import bans
Russia has responded to increased sanctions from the EU and U.S. with by prohibiting certain foods entering the country, including bans on fruit and vegetables from Poland and poultry and dairy products from the U.S. and Ukraine.
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Integrated food protection service makes the invisible visible
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
DuPont Nutrition & Health, Wilmington, Delaware, launched its Detect + Protect solutions service, an integrated food protection program that combines the knowledge of a global team of experts in food microbiology, microbial detection and food protection with proprietary analytical processes to give food manufacturers customized solutions.
GOP leaders stumble on Day 1
The Steve Scalise era is off to an embarrassing start. The Louisiana Republican, who boasted of his deep ties to red-state GOP lawmakers in his recent bid to become majority whip, received a very public drubbing on his first day in the No. 3 slot when his colleagues abandoned leadership's plans to pass a border security bill.
Republicans deliver another self-inflicted wound
The Washington Post
Republicans may yet win the elections in November. They may end up in control of both houses of Congress come January. But in the final week before a lengthy August recess, they have shown a remarkable capacity to complicate their path to victory.
FDA warning letters: 5 seafood processors, 3 dairies, 1 egg producer, 1 canned food processor
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's latest batch of warning letters for food manufacturers were sent to an egg producer, dairy operations, a foreign canned food producer and both foreign and domestic seafood processors.
Milk price wars force dairy producers to turn to China
Since 2008, China has increased its intake of dairy products — in particular, milk and whey powders used in infant formula and western-style baked goods. Recent successes in reducing customs and quarantine delays have made China a viable export customer for a broad range of dairy products, including fresh milk.
McDonald's to resume full menu in Beijing, Guangzhou this week
McDonald's Corp, which has over 2,000 restaurants in China, will restore its full menu in some Chinese cities this week, a fortnight after a food safety scandal forced the company to halt the sale of staples such as Big Macs and Spicy McWings.
Jiminy cricket! Bugs could be next food craze
The New York Times
A 2013 report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization that extolled insects' potential to help stabilize the global food supply, in fact, helped propel the edible-insect industry forward.
After the report came out, "all of a sudden there were a ton of people who were super interested in edible bugs," says Kevin Bachhuber, who in May started Big Cricket Farms in Youngstown, Ohio.
Packaging to become more 'theatrical'
Food Production Daily
Heineken's Ignite bottles which illuminate when clinked with another bottle, and Ballantine's graphic equalizer, which adjusts its lighting with loud music, are some of the ways brands have added "theatrical" technology to products.
Researchers develop food safety social media guide
To help protect public health, researchers from North Carolina State University have developed guidelines on how to use social media to communicate effectively about food safety.
Removing vending machines from schools may increase soda, fast food consumption
Banning vending machines form schools may not be enough to reduce soda and fast food consumption among students, according to a recent study.
The study suggests removing vending machines is the only school food policy change implemented, it may increase sodas consumption.
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