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California lawmaker wants to ban sugary drinks from CalFresh menu
Los Angeles Times
Californians who get help under CalFresh, the food stamps program, may soon be put on a diet by state lawmakers, who are considering barring use of the benefits to buy sugary sodas and other fattening beverages. State Sen. Michael J. Rubio, D-East Bakersfield, introduced legislation that proposes to modify the list of allowable food items that can be purchased under CalFresh to exclude many sweetened beverages containing more than 10 calories per cup. More

White House: Sequestration mean big cuts to food inspections
Food Safety News
If Congress allows the sequester to kick in March 1, cuts to food safety would be one of the "most damaging" consequences of the automatic budget reductions, according to a memo put out by the White House. More

Navigating the future of food
Food Navigator-USA
Fresh juices and foods subjected to high-pressure processing, protein, cage-free hen eggs, premium private label, fermented foods, culinary botanicals and edible packaging could all be hot trends this year, predicts trend watcher Hartman Group. More

Food giants discuss lobbying for national label program
New York Times News Service via AgWeek
Executives from PepsiCo, ConAgra and about 20 other major food companies, as well as Walmart and advocacy groups that favor labeling, attended a meeting in January convened by the Meridian Institute, which organizes discussions of major issues. On the docket: a national standard for GMO labeling. More

GMO labeling campaigns enter new battlegrounds
Triple Pundit
People interested in the genetically modified organism debate know that California voters were initially very supportive of passage of Proposition 37, called "The California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act," but ultimately it was narrowly rejected by voters because the bill had weaknesses that heavily funded industry groups leveraged to foment voter doubt. As anticipated, the coalition that mobilized around California's Proposition 37 is turning its attention to other states. More


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AFFI backs congressional action on Renewable Fuel Standard
Progressive Grocer
The American Frozen Food Institute has requested that Congress reform the Renewable Fuel Standard, cautioning that without action, food manufacturers will have to deal with further cost increases and consumers will pay more for food. More

What you need to know about genetically engineered food
The Atlantic
American farmers started growing genetically engineered crops in 1996, and have since grown to plant 165 million acres annually. Food manufacturers estimate that 70 percent of processed foods contain at least one ingredient made from GE crops. But along with such rapid adoption of a scary-sounding technology have come myths propagated by proponents and opponents. Here are some facts that sometimes get lost in the hype — and that will come as a surprise to people on both sides of the constant arguments. More

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Cold chain market worth $157 million by 2017
PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
The report "Cold Chain Market for Food Industry: Global Trends & Forecasts to 2017" defines and segments the global cold chain market with analysis and forecasting of global revenue, which is predicted to top $157 million within four years. More

Prepared salads moving to the main dish
Food Business News
Despite a lack of new product introductions, prepared salads are moving from a "side" dish to the main course, according to Innova Market Insights. The reason: more protein-rich ingredients such as poultry and fish, as well as more croutons and breadsticks. A wider array of packaging formats also has helped the transition, Innova said. More

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How to solve food manufacturers' top 3 concerns
Food Manufacturing
Salmonella in your peanut butter? A salmonella outbreak with Sunland Inc.'s peanut butter caused the Food and Drug Administration to shut down one of its processing plants. Fortunately, Sunland was able to submit a plan to recall the contaminated products. But they weren't allowed to resume operations until the FDA certified that the company had safe food manufacturing practices. This is a food processor's biggest nightmare and is considered the top concern by most producers. More

Telling the truth about food ingredients helps the consumer, the economy, the environment
The Huffington Post
Food ingredient labeling makes headline news these days. On Jan. 22, ABC News reported that an estimated 7 percent of the United States food supply contains fraudulent ingredients. These are unlabeled ingredients that are used as cheap substitutes — for example, industrial dyes masquerading as paprika. Proposition 37, the California ballot measure that would have required labeling of genetically modified foods, was narrowly defeated in the November 2012 elections; however, the battle rages on. More
 

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