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July 13, 2015

By: Melissa San Miguel, Director, Global Strategies

Trade wonks (I’m one) sometimes joke that trade is a hot topic in U.S. public conversation about one week every five years – we’ve definitely exceeded expectations this year.

After more than a month of robust debate and some wild votes in the House and the Senate, the Congress came together to pass bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority legislation, which President Obama signed into law on June 29. 

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Not All Recalls are the Same, Not All E. coli is the Same. How the Bottled Water Recall is Different. »

June 29, 2015

By: Carla Napier, MS- Assistant Scientist, Microbiology and Jennifer McEntire, PhD- Vice President, Science Operations

E. coli in bottled water! We’ve heard of E. coli in ground beef and spinach, and the related fatalities. Now bottled water? Is this dangerous? No! Actually, safety concerns are not associated with this bottled water recall.

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Facts Up Front Makes Navigating the Grocery Aisles Simple »

June 23, 2015

By: Mary Sophos- Executive Vice President, Policy and Strategic Planning

Noticed anything new on the supermarket shelves recently?  If not, take another look! (hint: check out the “demi-lunes” on the front of packages in the cereal, soup, beverages, cookies and crackers, packaged meat and bread aisles and many more!)

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Retailers Can Gain Efficiencies by Adopting the GS1 DataBar® Format for Coupons »

June 19, 2015

By: Daniel Triot- Senior Director, Trading Partner Alliance (TPA)

By the end of June, manufacturers’ coupons for food and consumer products that use the UPC Prefix 5 barcode symbols will no longer be used, and food retailers should be preparing for this change.

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Did the FDA Really Ban Trans Fats? No. »

June 18, 2015

By: Leon Bruner, PhD- Executive Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer

The news media is filled with headlines saying that the FDA has banned trans fats from the American diet. Unfortunately, this rather startling characterization is inaccurate in several ways.

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The Risk of a No-Risk Approach »

June 11, 2015

By: Jennifer McEntire, PhD- Vice President, Science Operations

Over the past week or so, activist interest groups have attacked components of canned products and sought to ban a list of flavors found in food. These efforts remind me of infomercials urging viewers to take a chance on a product with a “30 day, no-risk money back guarantee”. Is anything ever “no-risk”? The answer is no.

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