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Food Policy Action Releases Scorecard for 113th Congress

The latest Legislative Scorecard calculated by Food Policy Action (FPA) gives 71 members of Congress perfect scores and 35 a score of zero when it comes to food issues.

“The National Food Policy Scorecard is a tool that helps Americans see how our elected leaders vote on food and farm issues,” said Tom Colicchio, FPA co-founder.

Senators were graded on how they voted on six bills and whether they supported another eight that never came to a vote. House members were graded on 18 votes and their support of an additional 12 proposed bills.

The co-sponsorships were a new addition this year, favorably weighting voting scores.

Much of the legislation FPA targeted related to hunger, food aid, labeling, farm subsidies and sustainable farming. The list also included the Senate’s Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013 (PARA) and the House’s Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2013 (PAMTA) and the Grayson Food Safety Inspection Amendment.

Most of the 17 senators to receive a perfect score were Democrats, but the rank also included Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Angus King (I-ME).

An additional 25 senators were scored above 70 percent. All 10 members with a score of zero were Republicans.

In the House, all 54 perfect scores went to Democrats, as did the additional 126 to receive scores of about 70.

The 25 members to receive a zero were all Republicans and included Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies.

The scores for some members of Congress Food Safety News regularly follows are:

  • Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM): 100
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT): 96
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME): 96
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY): 92
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): 89
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): 88
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): 85
  • Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA): 80
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): 75
  • Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR): 57
  • Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS): 50
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): 50
  • Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-7): 39
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): 17
  • Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK): 17
  • Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL): 0

FPA noted that, although 136 members’ scores have improved, 275 received lower scores than in 2012, including 82 Democrats and 193 Republicans.

The organization hopes to turn these voting records into “a kitchen table issue” — information that consumers are more familiar with in their everyday lives.

Last week, the organization released its polling data on how persuasive voters find four messages about food policy and extrapolated that food issues have the potential to be a deciding factor in how Americans vote in the midterm elections this November.

FPA was established in 2012 and its chairman is Ken Cookpresident and co-founder of Environmental Working Group. Affiliations of FPA board members include Stonyfield Farm, the Humane Society of the United States, Oxfam America, Bread for the World, Food Democracy Now!, United Food and Commercial Workers, Live Real, “Let’s Move!”, the National Black Farmers Association, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Food Policy Action Releases Scorecard for 113th Congress

The latest Legislative Scorecard calculated by Food Policy Action (FPA) gives 71 members of Congress perfect scores and 35 a score of zero when it comes to food issues.

“The National Food Policy Scorecard is a tool that helps Americans see how our elected leaders vote on food and farm issues,” said Tom Colicchio, FPA co-founder.

Senators were graded on how they voted on six bills and whether they supported another eight that never came to a vote. House members were graded on 18 votes and their support of an additional 12 proposed bills.

The co-sponsorships were a new addition this year, favorably weighting voting scores.

Much of the legislation FPA targeted related to hunger, food aid, labeling, farm subsidies and sustainable farming. The list also included the Senate’s Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2013 (PARA) and the House’s Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2013 (PAMTA) and the Grayson Food Safety Inspection Amendment.

Most of the 17 senators to receive a perfect score were Democrats, but the rank also included Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Sen. Angus King (I-ME).

An additional 25 senators were scored above 70 percent. All 10 members with a score of zero were Republicans.

In the House, all 54 perfect scores went to Democrats, as did the additional 126 to receive scores of about 70.

The 25 members to receive a zero were all Republicans and included Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), chairman of the Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies.

The scores for some members of Congress Food Safety News regularly follows are:

  • Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM): 100
  • Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT): 96
  • Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME): 96
  • Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY): 92
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA): 89
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): 88
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): 85
  • Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA): 80
  • Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME): 75
  • Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR): 57
  • Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS): 50
  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): 50
  • Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-7): 39
  • Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO): 17
  • Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK): 17
  • Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL): 0

FPA noted that, although 136 members’ scores have improved, 275 received lower scores than in 2012, including 82 Democrats and 193 Republicans.

The organization hopes to turn these voting records into “a kitchen table issue” — information that consumers are more familiar with in their everyday lives.

Last week, the organization released its polling data on how persuasive voters find four messages about food policy and extrapolated that food issues have the potential to be a deciding factor in how Americans vote in the midterm elections this November.

FPA was established in 2012 and its chairman is Ken Cookpresident and co-founder of Environmental Working Group. Affiliations of FPA board members include Stonyfield Farm, the Humane Society of the United States, Oxfam America, Bread for the World, Food Democracy Now!, United Food and Commercial Workers, Live Real, “Let’s Move!”, the National Black Farmers Association, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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Consumer Goods Forum Issues Call to Action

PARIS — The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) here issued a call to action to the CPG and retail industry to address two “megatrends” — digitization and resource scarcity — identified in a new report.

The report, “Future Value Chain 2022: Industry Initiatives Address Challenges of the Digital World and the Fight for Resources,” asks the industry to implement “critical initiatives to safeguard the future and drive change across the industry.” It was published today jointly by CGF and Capgemini here and is a product of CGF’s Future Value Chain program, established over the past seven years with a focus on extensive industry research and analysis.


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“Digitization is changing consumers’ lives and shopping behavior. At the same time, global demand for resources like food, water and energy is rising rapidly with the potential for demand to outstrip supply in the next decade,” said Thomas Storck, member of the Management Board, merchandising and multi-channel retailing officer, Galeria Kaufhof, a subsidiary of Metro Group, and co-chair of The Consumer Goods Forum’s Emerging Trends Steering Committee, in a statement. “The industry must work together to develop concrete milestones to respond to these megatrends and build an action plan to move these from theory to reality.”

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The report identified three initiatives to address the upcoming industry challenges:

Consumer Engagement Protocol, which will focus on establishing guidelines for digital engagement with consumers. It will examine the power of user-generated and social media technology platforms, including the need to mitigate risks from privacy invasion. “Increasingly, companies recognize the requirement to be proactive vs. being regulated in this area, but currently there is no voluntary global commitment concerning this in the consumer goods and retail industry,” said CFG.

Next-Generation Product Identification, which will focus on providing the industry and the consumer with accurate product information by using new technology capabilities for product identification to replace the current bar code.

Sustainable Packaging Coalition, which is designed to establish a coalition of companies to work together on non-competitive topics to improve the sustainability of packaging across the different value-chain stages.

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White House Calls for Action Plan to Address Antibiotic Resistance

The White House announced Thursday its plan to make the issue of antibiotic resistance a national priority.

In addition to the release of the much-anticipated President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report on antibiotic resistance requested by President Obama last year, there are three related developments.

These include an Executive Order (EO) establishing an interagency task force for combating antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the release of the administration’s National Strategy on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, and a $ 20-million prize, co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, for developing rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests for identifying highly resistant bacterial infections.

“Controlling the development and spread of antibiotic resistance is a top national security and public health priority for this administration,” said John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and assistant to the president, during a call with reporters.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), antibiotic-resistant infections are associated with 23,000 deaths and 2 million illnesses in the United States each year.  Estimates of annual impact of antibiotic-resistant infections on the U.S. economy vary but have ranged as high as $ 20 billion in excess direct health care costs and even higher if you count lost productivity from sick days and hospitalizations.

The interagency task force will be co-chaired by the Secretaries of Defense, Agriculture, and Health and Human Services and must submit an action plan to the president by February 2015 that implements the national strategy and addresses PCAST’s recommendations.

The PCAST report recommends steps to improve surveillance of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, increase the longevity of current and new antibiotics, and increase the developments of new antibiotics.

When it comes to antibiotics use on farms, the report states that, “The benefits of antibiotic use in animal agriculture, however, must be weighed carefully against the serious potential risks to human health posed by antibiotic resistance.”

Its recommendation for limiting the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture is to support FDA’s new Guidances 209 and 213:

  • FDA should proceed vigorously with the implementation of these guidances, including completing its rulemaking to update the language of the Veterinary Feed Directive.
  • USDA, through its Cooperative Extension Service, should establish and lead a national education and stewardship program to assist farmers, ranchers, and animal agriculture producers across the United States in complying with these FDA guidances.
  • FDA should assess progress by monitoring changes in total sales of antibiotics in animal agriculture and, where possible, in usage of such antibiotics; and by developing and undertaking studies to assess whether decreases are observed in antibiotic resistance among farm animals.

“If the FDA guidances are not effective in mitigating the risk of antibiotic resistance associated with antibiotic use in animal agriculture, FDA should take additional measures to protect human health,” the report added.

It also recommended that alternatives to antibiotics in agriculture be developed.

“The national strategy correctly recommends improved tracking of antibiotic use and resistance in human medicine and agriculture,” said Allan Coukell, senior director of drugs and medical devices at The Pew Charitable Trusts. ”The administration has already taken steps to phase out these drugs for growth promotion in livestock. It is essential now to ensure that antibiotic use in animals is really reduced and that these important drugs are administered only in medically appropriate ways under the supervision of a veterinarian.”

Some consumer advocate groups such as Keep Antibiotics Working were frustrated that the report didn’t include “more effective” actions.

“While the Council rightly acknowledges the seriousness of antibiotic resistance and its link to antibiotic overuse, their recommendations related to animal agriculture fall dangerously short,” read a statement from the coalition. “Instead of recommending that FDA move to address overuse of antibiotics for disease prevention and the farming practices that create the need for them, the report recommends a wait and see attitude on reducing antibiotic use in food animals.”

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Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Giant/Martin’s takes action against hunger this September

In recognition of Hunger Action Month this September, Giant Food Stores and Martin’s Food Markets are asking customers to join them in the fight against hunger in the local communities the grocers serve. Throughout the month, Giant/Martin’s-sponsored food drives and hunger-awareness initiatives will support regional Feeding America food banks, including the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Philabundance, Second Harvest Food Bank of Lehigh Valley, FeedMore-Central Virginia Food Bank, Food Bank of Western Maryland, Greater Berks County Food Bank, Water Street Rescue Mission in Lancaster, Food Resources of Washington County, Maryland and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Virginia.

“While Hunger Action Month is a time to raise both funds and awareness for local food banks, it’s important to remember that there is a need every month of the year,” John MacDonald, director of marketing and external communications, said in a press release. “Too many in our local communities go hungry, which is why as part of our ongoing better neighbor efforts, Giant/Martin’s remains committed to the fight against hunger through the donation of food, funds and volunteer time.”

Running Aug. 31-Sept. 13 is Giant/Martin’s annual Bag Hunger in-store campaign, where customers have an opportunity to donate $ 1 at the checkout to benefit their local food bank. Those who donate will receive a free Unilever product coupon book. A similar campaign held earlier this year raised a record-breaking $ 607,035 in support of local hunger relief efforts.

Also in partnership with Unilever, Giant/Martin’s is hosting a Stuff-A-Truck event at its Havertown, PA, store Sept. 6.

In addition, for each flu shot Giant/Martin’s pharmacies administer this year, Unilever will donate three meals to Feeding America, one of the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charities.

Recognizing that high-quality protein is most in need by hungry families, Giant/Martin’s innovative “Meat the Needs” frozen meat donation program has donated more than three million pounds of meat that would otherwise go unsold to its regional food bank partners since 2010.

In 2013, hunger relief efforts and donations to regional food banks accounted for approximately 40 percent of Giant/Martin’s community giving with over 100 regional food banks and local pantries receiving $ 10 million in product, customer, vendor and corporate donations.

To learn more about the partnership between Giant/Martin’s and Unilever to combat hunger, visit www.feedourfamilies.org.

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Next Action in Rancho Feeding Corp. Criminal Case Delayed to Sept. 24

Except for finishing up the arraignment of the defendants, who are being freed on bail, the criminal case involving the former owners and employees of the Rancho Feeding Corporation won’t really get underway until Sept. 24. Federal Judge Charles R. Breyer continued the “initial appearances” in the case until that date, and, under agreement with both the prosecution and the involved defense attorneys, the U.S. District Court for Northern California won’t start the speedy-trial clock until then.

Breyer, who was appointed in 1997 to the federal bench in San Francisco by then-President Bill Clinton, has also signed an order connecting the government’s Aug. 14 indictment against Rancho owner Jesse “Babe” Amaral Jr. and two employees with the plea bargain it has with the other former Rancho owner, Robert W. Singleton.

The delay to Sept. 24 for the first status hearing in the case came about due to scheduling conflicts among the various lawyers and the court’s schedule.

The Aug. 14 indictment, unsealed four days later, stems from an eight-month-long federal investigation of the Petaluma, CA, slaughterhouse that was previously owned and operated by Rancho. Various units of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) were involved in the federal probe, including the Inspector General (IG); the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS); Investigations, Enforcement and Audit, and Compliance and Investigations.

In addition to Amaral, 76, two former slaughterhouse employees were also charged in the indictment. They are Eugene Corda, 65, and Felix Cabrera, 55. Amaral and Corda are both residents of Petaluma, and Cabrera lives in nearby Santa Rosa.

Separately, and the lightest charged, is Singleton, 77, who is accused of just one count of distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. He is cooperating with prosecutors against his former partner and their ex-employees. Singleton will make his initial appearance before a magistrate judge this morning in San Francisco.

Amaral and Corda were immediately freed on secured bonds of $ 50,000 each. Cabrera’s release pending trial was also expected no later than today. The docket for his case indicates that a Spanish interpreter assisted the defendant during the legal proceedings.

Amaral and the two former Rancho employees face a package of federal felony charges, including multiple counts of distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat, along with mail fraud and conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that Amaral and Singleton directed Cabrera and Corda to circumvent USDA inspection for cattle showing signs of disease, including eye cancers.

Earlier, the USDA investigation brought about the recall of almost 9 million pounds of beef produced at the facility during the previously year.

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Next Action in Rancho Feeding Corp. Criminal Case Delayed to Sept. 24

Except for finishing up the arraignment of the defendants, who are being freed on bail, the criminal case involving the former owners and employees of the Rancho Feeding Corporation won’t really get underway until Sept. 24. Federal Judge Charles R. Breyer continued the “initial appearances” in the case until that date, and, under agreement with both the prosecution and the involved defense attorneys, the U.S. District Court for Northern California won’t start the speedy-trial clock until then.

Breyer, who was appointed in 1997 to the federal bench in San Francisco by then-President Bill Clinton, has also signed an order connecting the government’s Aug. 14 indictment against Rancho owner Jesse “Babe” Amaral Jr. and two employees with the plea bargain it has with the other former Rancho owner, Robert W. Singleton.

The delay to Sept. 24 for the first status hearing in the case came about due to scheduling conflicts among the various lawyers and the court’s schedule.

The Aug. 14 indictment, unsealed four days later, stems from an eight-month-long federal investigation of the Petaluma, CA, slaughterhouse that was previously owned and operated by Rancho. Various units of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) were involved in the federal probe, including the Inspector General (IG); the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS); Investigations, Enforcement and Audit, and Compliance and Investigations.

In addition to Amaral, 76, two former slaughterhouse employees were also charged in the indictment. They are Eugene Corda, 65, and Felix Cabrera, 55. Amaral and Corda are both residents of Petaluma, and Cabrera lives in nearby Santa Rosa.

Separately, and the lightest charged, is Singleton, 77, who is accused of just one count of distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. He is cooperating with prosecutors against his former partner and their ex-employees. Singleton will make his initial appearance before a magistrate judge this morning in San Francisco.

Amaral and Corda were immediately freed on secured bonds of $ 50,000 each. Cabrera’s release pending trial was also expected no later than today. The docket for his case indicates that a Spanish interpreter assisted the defendant during the legal proceedings.

Amaral and the two former Rancho employees face a package of federal felony charges, including multiple counts of distribution of adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat, along with mail fraud and conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that Amaral and Singleton directed Cabrera and Corda to circumvent USDA inspection for cattle showing signs of disease, including eye cancers.

Earlier, the USDA investigation brought about the recall of almost 9 million pounds of beef produced at the facility during the previously year.

Food Safety News

Petitions Urge Congressional Action on Antibiotics Legislation

Like many other bills introduced in Congress in recent years, movement on the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act (PAMTA) and the Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act (PARA) has stagnated.

Two weeks ago, Dr. Mark Hyman introduced a petition on Credo Mobilize to get Congress to pay attention to the two bills. As of Wednesday, Aug. 13, his petition had more than 128,000 signatures.

Food Policy Action has launched a similar petition, which has about 2,900 signatures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, antibiotic-resistant infections sicken at least 2 million people every year, and more than 23,000 die as a result.

PAMTA in the House of Representatives and PARA in the Senate would ban non-therapeutic uses of medically important antibiotics in food animal production.

“In my practice and in doctors [sic] offices across the country, antibiotic treatments are becoming less and less effective,” Hyman wrote on his petition. “In fact, nearly every major medical organization has called for ending the use of antibiotics in large-scale livestock production.”

PAMTA and PARA “would stem the use of antibiotic treatment in factory farms and help prevent the problem from getting even worse,” he continued.

City councils across the country have also been trying to prompt congressional action. In June, Chicago joined 10 other cities, including St. Paul, Seattle and Pittsburgh, in passing a resolution to encourage Congress to pass PAMTA. The consumer rights group Food & Water Watch has been instrumental in such efforts to move the legislation through Congress.

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Judge OKs settlement of A&P class action

A judge has granted preliminary approval to a $ 9 million settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against certain former executives of A&P by pension funds alleging that the retailer failed to adequately disclose its financial condition prior to its 2010 bankruptcy.

The order, filed this week in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., approves terms of a settlement reached in May between plaintiffs led by City of New Haven Employees’ Retirement System and Plumbers and Pipefitters Locals 502 & 633 Pension Trust Fund and defendants Christian Haub, Eric Claus, Brenda Galgano and Frederic Brace. Haub and Claus are former CEOs of the company; Galgano was a former CFO; and Brace a former chief administrative officer.


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The defendants admitted no wrongdoing as part of the settlement.

The case was initially filed in 2011, and amended as parts were dismissed, including charges against two additional former CEOs, Ron Marshall and Sam Martin, as well as former chairman Ron Burkle and investor Yucaipa Cos.

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