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The unnatural death of 'natural' labeling
Unlikely as it may seem, there's hope for the word natural. Consumer advocates are fighting to reclaim the word, using not only civil action but also a newly introduced bill in Congress that for the first time would legally define natural.
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Washington gridlock risks $7 milk
Congress went home for Thanksgiving break without passing a farm bill. If the bill drags out beyond New Year's Day, it could send milk prices soaring to $7 a gallon.
Vilsack: Farming 'under-appreciated' (Politico)
White House slams GOP's proposed food stamp cuts (The Hill)
The farm bill, sausage and boondoggles (The Hill)
Vilsack: Farm bill could break DC gridlock (USA Today)
Opinion: Congress needs to roll back subsidies to sugar producers
The Washington Post
Federal policy coddles the U.S. sugar industry through import controls, soft loans and price targets. The result is higher consumer prices — and fewer jobs in the U.S. food industry.
Obama's pivot No. 5 this year
The White House, for at least the fifth time this year, is seeking to pivot to the economy, this time in a bid to change the subject from the disastrous rollout of Obamacare.
Obama knows executive power has some limits, even if liberal donors don't
The Washington Post
On Monday afternoon, President Barack Obama had to deliver a civics lesson in San Francisco to some of his wealthiest donors when he explained he can't solve every thorny policy issue by invoking his executive authority.
CNN poll: Good news for Republicans in 2014 midterms
Republicans are gaining ground heading into the 2014 midterms, according to a poll Tuesday that shows a dramatic turnaround in the party's standing among voters.
Related: Poll: Republicans hold slight lead on ballot test (The Hill)
Immigration advocates' last-ditch pitch
Immigration reform forces' have a last-ditch pitch for action before the end of the year: individual political self-interest.
Legislators push back on FSMA rules
In a letter co-signed by 75 members of Congress, including 42 Republicans and 33 Democrats or Independents, a coalition led by Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and Reps. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., Chris Gibson, R-N.Y., and Annie Kuster, D-N.H., said a second draft of regulations for public comment on the Food Safety Modernization Act will be necessary before issuing a final rule.
Senators offer bill to relax FDA's proposal on menu labeling
Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, introduced the Common Sense Nutrition Disclosure Act last week, which supporters say would reduce the FDA proposed menu labeling requirements for restaurants, grocery stores and vending machines.
School lunch discussion makes a comeback
More than a year after USDA's overhaul of national school lunch standards, outspoken opponent of federal lunch regulations Rep. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., Monday released her plan to reduce federal mandates and add flexibility for school administrators.
Mandatory COOL rule now in effect
Food Safety News
As of Saturday, Nov. 23, the labels on some grocery store meat will now be required to indicate its country of origin, even as the mandate remains the center of ongoing arguments in federal court.
USDA meat labels spark international food fight (Investor's Business Daily)
New meat labels help inform consumers (Iowa Public Radio)
WTO chief: Trade talks at impasse
Talks on a worldwide trade agreement at the World Trade Organization in Geneva have reached an impasse due to last-minute backtracking, but a deal may still be possible, WTO chief Roberto Azevedo said Tuesday.
New OSHA hazard communication compliance deadline arrives Dec. 1
As of Dec. 1, employers must begin complying with OSHA's new Hazard Communication standard. Is your workforce trained?
Frozen turkey pileup signals discounts for Thanksgiving
The Henningsen Cold Storage Co. warehouse in Stilwell, Oklahoma, was so jammed with frozen turkeys from the likes of Butterball LLC and Cargill Inc. this year that manager Scott Mayberry turned down requests to store about 1 million more birds, or double his inventory.
Related: USDA to consumers: Expect protein prices to rise next year (Meatingplace)
Consumer confidence hits 7-month low
The Associated Press via USA Today
Consumers indicate they're nervous about the economic outlook for the next six months, according to the Conference Board.
New study: California kids eat fast food regularly, drink less soda
The Sacramento Bee
The good news is that overall soda consumption is on the decline among California's young children. The flip side? A new UCLA survey says kids are still being fed fast food meals on a regular basis.
Skippy deal still paying off for Hormel
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
Hormel Foods Corp. turned in record-setting fourth quarter numbers Tuesday, largely on the strength of its recently acquired Skippy business.
Packaging made from tomato waste
Food Production Daily
European researchers have hit upon the idea of creating alternative bio-based lacquers for the food industry from tomato waste.
Related: Kraft, PepsiCo tackle packaging challenges (Bakery & Snacks)
New report: Global frozen food market
Brazil, Russian Federation, India and China are the emerging and fast-growing countries within the frozen food industry, and India was the fastest growing country with a CAGR of 15.1 percent over the 2008-12 period, according to a new report from Companies and Markets.
Obesity: The role of retailers
The Food Journal
Retailers sell food, and aside from the government, retailers have a unique and compelling opportunity to influence the food choices we all make. This is especially important for our children.
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