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N. Korean leader inspects army's food factory

SEOUL, Feb. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has instructed officials to normalize production of food and provide larger quantities of various foodstuffs to soldiers, the North's state-run news agency reported Thursday. Kim said he would fully take charge of providing the November 2 Factory, a food manufacturer for the military, with apt conditions for production, the Korean Central News Agency said.

Global police swoop seizes millions in fake food, drink

A global police operation by Interpol and Europol has seized more than a thousand tonnes of fake food and drink worth millions of euros, Europol announced on Friday. "More than 1,200 tonnes of fake and substandard food and nearly 430,000 litres of counterfeit drinks have been seized," The Hague-based Europol said in a statement. Operation Opson III targeted counterfeit schemes in 33 countries in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia over December and January.

N. Korea's food situation better a tad in 2013: WFP

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- The food situation for North Korean people improved slightly last year thanks to increased food rations and more outside support, a report by the World Food Programme (WFP) said Friday. According to the WFP report, about 46 percent of North Korean families consumed an "acceptable" level of essential nutrients in the October-December period of 2013. About 17 percent were categorized as having "poor" food consumption, while the rest, about 38 percent, were defined as at the "borderline" level.

UN starts food airlift to restive Central Africa

The UN food agency on Wednesday launched one of its largest-ever emergency food airlifts, flying in aliments to the Central African Republic. The World Food Programme's first cargo aircraft, loaded with 80 tonnes of rice, landed in the capital Bangui in the early afternoon, WFP spokesman Alexis Masciarelli told AFP. He said there will be 24 daily supply drops to the city, where 1.3 million people -- more than a quarter of the country's population -- is in need of food assistance. acp-mc/de/er/rmb

Fleeing traders plunge C.Africa into food crisis

Violence in the Central African Republic has forced many traders and herders to flee, exacerbating an already alarming food crisis, relief groups said Tuesday. Oxfam and Action Contre La Faim (ACF - Action Against Hunger) said three quarters of wholesalers in Bangui had already fled. "Most of Bangui's food trade relies on around 40 large-scale wholesalers who import food from neighbouring countries and resell on to small traders," a statement said.

Fax tax not on Manitoba's menu: government study showed problems

WINNIPEG - Some grassroots members of Manitoba's governing New Democrats are pushing for a tax on junk food, but newly released documents show the party has long held off on the idea. Briefing notes and other material obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation reveal the government has been monitoring fat taxes overseas as well as studies on the issue, but has found problems.

UN food agency launches urgent appeal for South Sudan

The UN's food agency launched an urgent appeal Wednesday to raise $77 million (57 million euros) for South Sudan, threatened by a major food crisis as basic commodities run out. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said 3.7 million people "are now facing acute or emergency levels of food insecurity" and seven million people "are at risk of some level of food insecurity in the world's newest nation."

Documents show Manitoba government studied fat tax, found problems

WINNIPEG - Newly released documents show the Manitoba government has looked at the idea of a junk food tax in the past, but has found problems. Documents obtained by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation under freedom-of-information laws show bureaucrats and cabinet ministers discussed a special tax on junk food. One civil servant note said there was little evidence to suggest a tax would reduce people's consumption of junk food. Another report noted that Denmark was forced to repeal its junk food tax because it was difficult to administer and it put jobs at risk.

What is the farm bill? Answers to questions about the sweeping bill headed to Obama's desk

WASHINGTON - The huge, five-year farm bill that Congress sent to President Obama on Tuesday sets policy for hundreds of programs, including farm subsidies and food stamps. It would make small cutbacks to both, eliminating some subsidy programs and cutting the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program by $800 million a year, or 1 per cent. Conservatives had proposed much higher cuts. President Obama is scheduled to sign the bill in East Lansing, Mich. on Friday. Some questions and answers about the farm bill and its politics: Q: What is the farm bill?

FDA proposed rules to ensure food is safe while it's being shipped

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration is proposing new rules to keep food safe while it's transported. The rules announced Friday are part of a sweeping food safety law signed by President Barack Obama in 2011. They would require many larger companies that ship, hold and otherwise transport food by roads or rail to prevent contamination as the food is moved.
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