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Action on GMOs stops far short of mandatory labels
The San Francisco Chronicle
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will start offering to verify food companies' claims that their products do not contain genetically modified organisms, but the agency stopped far short Thursday of requiring the mandatory labeling of GMOs that many food activists say is needed.
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Consumers less confident in safety of food supply, more confused
Farm Futures
A new survey of Americans' food eating and purchasing habits finds consumers are both less confident in the safety of the food supply and more confused about what they should be eating.
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US approves SunOpta System for detecting genetically modified crops
The New York Times
A little-known but publicly traded organic food processing company, SunOpta, has persuaded the federal government that its system for detecting genetically modified crops is so effective that the company should be permitted to label ingredients from one of its plants in Minnesota as free of such alterations.
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WSJ: Target to give less priority to top packaged food suppliers
Reuters
Retailer Target Corp has informed top suppliers of packaged foods, such as Kraft Foods Group Inc., that it plans to put less money into promoting their products in favor of fresher, healthier foods, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Report shows mixed progress on curbing foodborne pathogens
Reuters
U.S. cases of two deadly types of foodborne pathogens have fallen sharply since 2008, but rates of other key types of foodborne bugs have increased, according to the latest report on nine pathogens tracked by health officials.
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Packaged foods go vegetarian
Newswise
Vegetarians used to be considered a very small percentage of the consumer market, but according to a survey by the Nutrition Business Journal as much as 26 percent of consumers now fall into the category of "flexitarians," who prefer a more plant-based diet. The food industry's technological developments have made an impact by offering a greater variety of prepared vegetarian options.
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Experts: Grocery industry disruption will profit food producers, processors
Capital Press
Grocers are expecting a disruption from online sales in coming years, but experts say the shift will likely profit farmers and food processors.
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A healthy lunch debate
National Journal
Last week's Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on reauthorization of child nutrition programs confirmed a very troubling phenomenon about school meals: Some middle-class children are rejecting the healthier meals served since the rules under the 2010 Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect, while children eligible for free and reduced-price meals are eating them in greater numbers than in the past.
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