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Soda Turns Sour: San Fran. Board Asks Voters to Approve Tax

July 23, 2014 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers in San Francisco have agreed to place a per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, including soda, on the November ballot. San Francisco is aiming to become the first U.S. city to pass a tax on sugary beverages, a move that has angered the beverage industry.

VIDEO: Land of the Free Market? Not When it Comes to Beer Trade

July 23, 2014 8:20 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

While most beers sold in the U.S. are named either Coors Light or Bud Light, craft brews are...

Wyo. Issues 39 Citations Against Western Sugar Cooperative

July 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration has issued 39 citations against Western...

Ag-Gag Laws Face Challenges in Federal Court

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse in farm organizations and...

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First Lady: Healthy Foods Belong in Schools

July 21, 2014 8:05 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

First Lady Michelle Obama's junior cooks contest was put together to show the nation that if a 10 year old kid can cook and happily eat a healthy meal, then there is no reason why every school in the country shouldn't be including nutritious food into their menus.

Do We Really Need a Nutrition Label to Tell Us What's Unhealthy?

July 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The Nutrition Facts label facelift is getting a lot of attention lately. Health experts say consumers need a label with a clear statement telling them whether a food is healthy. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I've never read the Nutrition Facts label on my food.

Soda Tax Advances in San Francisco

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A soda tax is making its way forward to San Francisco voters as the Board of Supervisors endorsed the proposed measure. With sugary drinks having been under the fire for years, San Francisco aims to become the first city to pass a per-ounce soda tax.

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Minn. Creates Coalition to Protect Food Industry

July 17, 2014 10:50 am | by A Greater Minnesota | News | Comments

To help ensure sustainability in the farm and food production industry, a new coalition called A Greater Minnesota has been created to inform Minnesota residents about the issues surrounding food production and the economic impacts to the state. 

Health Advocates: Nutrition Labels Are Not Enough

July 17, 2014 9:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials say the nutrition facts on food labels do not provide enough information to help consumers make healthy choices. They would like to see labels on the front of products with a clear statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. 

What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P. | Articles | Comments

Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 

Product Imaging in Russia Likely to Open Doors for Food Companies

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Canadean | News | Comments

Research from Canadean predicts that the new amendments on using product images on packaging proposed by Russia's Federation Council will change the FMCG market rules in Russia by creating better conditions for smaller businesses and new entrants.

French Law Kicks Packaged Food Out of the Kitchen

July 16, 2014 10:08 am | by LOUISE DEWAST, Associated Press | News | Comments

French restaurants have added a symbol on their menus, a skillet with a house on top, to indicate the choice is made in-house. This move is part of a new law meant to battle against the surprising amount of factory-made, pre-packaged foods in French restaurants.

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VIDEO: Can Traceability Prevent Seafood Fraud?

July 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Lexicon of Sustainability | Videos | Comments

Did you know one third of all fish you buy isn't what you think it is? Approximately 57 percent of the time, what is labeled as White Tuna is actually Escolar, a fish that is dangerous enough to cause serious health concerns. So, what's the solution to seafood fraud?

Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council | News | Comments

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

Canada's Health Minister Proposes Changes to Food Nutrition Labels

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Health Canada | News | Comments

Canadian Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, proposed changes to the format of the Nutrition Facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients and the Daily Values. The changes are hoped to improve the way nutrition information is presented on labels.

School Personnel Experiment with Healthier Lunchroom Options

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press | News | Comments

School lunchroom officials from around the country experimented with healthier options as the search for nutritious innovations to meet the stricter health mandates continues. This fall, new requirements from the USDA will alter the makeup of school meals.

Mass. Wine Lovers Welcome New Direct Shipping Law

July 14, 2014 9:08 am | by BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press | News | Comments

A provision in the Massachusetts state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers. Although the law won't take effect until Jan. 1, wine lovers in the state are anxious to enjoy the convenience.

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Is the 'Right-to-Farm' the New Freedom of Speech?

July 11, 2014 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Powerful agriculture interests want to declare farming a right at the state level as part of a wider campaign to fortify the ag industry against crusades by animal-welfare activists and opponents of GMOs. The battle could have lasting repercussions for America's food supply.

House Approves 5 'Manufacturing Jobs For America' Provisions

July 11, 2014 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The House approved legislation of the Senate's Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign, which includes five innovative skills-training provisions.  The approval is hoped to create smaller, more strategic state and local workforce development boards. 

8 Functions of Compliance: Building a Strong, Reliable Foundation

July 10, 2014 12:30 pm | by Tom Kunes, Principal, Client Services, Kestrel Management | Articles | Comments

Documenting procedures on how to execute these eight functions are what eventually get integrated into an overarching management system. Following these procedures will help improve the company's capability to comply on an ongoing basis.

'Right-to-Farm' Amendment Shields Against Anti-GMO, Animal Rights Groups

July 9, 2014 11:30 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

Supporters of a proposed farming amendment to be added to the Missouri Constitution hope amending the constituion could provide a legal shield against efforts by animal welfare groups to restrict particular farming methods or by organic food advocates to prohibit GMOs.

Video: Colbert on Domino's Smart Slice Pizza for Schools

July 9, 2014 8:00 am | by The Colbert Report | Videos | Comments

Stephen Colbert, host of the late-night comedy show "The Colbert Report," pokes fun at Domino's attempt to make nutritious food to fit Michelle Obama's school lunch rules. The pizza chain introduced a Smart Slice that has one third less fat, salt and cheese.

Egypt's President Doubles Beer Tax to 200 Percent

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by SARAH EL DEEB, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a move to ease the country's staggering budget deficit, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi doubled an already existing tax on beer, from 100 percent to 200 percent, and increased the tax on local and imported wines to 150 percent.

Two Calif. Cities Pursue Per-Ounce Soda Tax

July 8, 2014 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

San Francisco and Berkeley, two of the most progressive cities in the U.S., are aiming to become the nation's first to pass per-ounce taxes on sugary drinks. Many blame soda for rising rates of obesity and chronic diseases, and claim they should be taxed like a pack of cigarettes. 

New Iowa Law Allows for Votes to Increase Corn Checkoff

July 7, 2014 12:20 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new law in effect this month would  increase the amount of money collected from Iowa corn. The state's corn industry has had to fight attempts to disparage high-fructose corn syrup, a sweetener made from corn, as a major contributor to obesity. 

First Lady Fights GOP on School Lunch Campaign

July 7, 2014 12:05 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

First Lady Michelle Obama is fighting a House Republican effort to soften her anti-childhood obesity campaign. Obama lobbied largely behind the scenes four years ago for the Healthy Hunger-Free Act of 2010, but now she is ready "to fight until the bitter end." 

New Utah Liquor Law Allows Bars to Buy the Rights to Serve Alcohol

July 7, 2014 9:20 am | by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press | News | Comments

After years of having liquor regulations among the strictest in the nation, a new state law puts Utah liquor licenses on the market. Bar owners can legally buy the right to serve alcoholic drinks from other businesses. The state will still help to handle the transfer.

Trader Joe's Faces Suit for Improper Meat, Produce Origin Labeling

July 2, 2014 8:30 am | by Made in the USA Foundation | News | Comments

Made in USA Foundation Chairman Joel D. Joseph filed a lawsuit against Trader Joe's for improper use of the "country of origin" labels on its meat and produce. Joseph helped draft and achieve the passage of the federal Country of Origin Labeling Act.  

Calif. Oyster Farm Fights High Court to Stay in Business

July 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by PAUL ELIAS | News | Comments

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. is considering several options to keep the oyster farm operating after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider its appeal to stay open. Federal officials want to return the oysters to the waters of Drakes Estero in Northern California.

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