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Healthier school lunch rules a challenge for food services
The Associated Press via Newsday
Serve cauliflower or lima beans with the baked chicken nuggets or barbecued beef rib, and most of the day's vegetable offering will end up in the trash — regrettably, too often alongside unopened cartons of 1 percent or skim milk.

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    A nation divided — in the food aisles
    CPGmatters
    A report from SAI Marketing finds that eaters are increasingly breaking down into two groups: food elites and food realists. Foot elites, accounting for about 16 percent of higher-income U.S. households, culturally "identify with all the aspects of the foodie lifestyle . . . and it forms a core part of their self-perception." More
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    Hershey, Mars in TGI's top 10 US brands
    Food Navigator-USA
    Hershey and Mars are among the top 10 consumer goods brands in the U.S., according to a survey by Global TGI. The data, taken from a national consumer survey, detailed the most widely consumed brands across all categories in the U.S. market. More
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    Congress ushers in new members, with old divide
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    The House and Senate ushered in a new Congress Thursday, hewing to tradition and hailing one its own who returned a year after being felled by a stroke. More
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    Has the fiscal cliff fight changed how Washington works?
    The Washington Post
    As ugly as they were, the fiscal cliff negotiations produced something Washington hadn't seen in a long time: strongly bipartisan votes in the House and the Senate on a big, contentious issue. The question now is whether that victory of pragmatism over ideology offers a new model of governing as President Barack Obama approaches his second term and the shattered Republican Party tries to regroup.

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    Democrats done hiking tax rates?
    POLITICO
    The fiscal cliff deal handed Democrats a tax victory years in the making, but it also means the party will need a new playbook for the budget battles that lie ahead. That's because many Democrats readily acknowledge they've exhausted their ability to raise taxes on the richest Americans by jacking up their rates. More
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    Harry Reid delays call on filibuster overhaul
    POLITICO
    He has a chance to go "nuclear" Thursday, but instead Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to punt a decision on the filibuster until later this month. More
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    How the fiscal cliff deal affects entrepreneurs, small businesses
    The Washington Post
    One day after the nation started sliding down the fiscal cliff, Congress Tuesday approved a stop-gap measure to raise rates on the wealthy, extend unemployment benefits and avert a sweeping round of tax increases and government spending cuts. But is the deal a win for the country's smallest employers? More
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    Despite farm bill extension, unease grips rural America
    USA Today
    Last-minute action by Congress to extend the expiring farm bill provides farmers and ranchers with a lifeline for this year, but it does little to suppress growing uncertainty in the agricultural community bracing for significant cuts to support programs. More
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    FDA asked to review Codex standards for ractopamine residue
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    The Center for Food Safety and the Animal Legal Defense Fund have filed a 37-page citizen petition asking the FDA to review the newly-adopted Codex standards for ractopamine residues and study their effects on human health and animal welfare. More
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    Food manufacturers warned of 40,000 illegal pigs/hour
    Food Manufacture
    Food manufacturers and shoppers have been warned about a tide of meat and meat products produced from 40,000 illegally produced pigs an hour entering the European food chain, after the EU outlawed sow stalls Jan. 1. More
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    Food allergies: Doctors disagree on peanut-free schools
    The Huffington Post
    The number of school-aged children reported to have food allergies rose 18 percent from 1997 through 2007. Currently, nearly 8 percent of children in the U.S. have at least one food allergy. Attempts by parents and doctors to keep these children safe has stirred public debate about the need for peanut-free schools and classrooms. More
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    GM salmon a step closer to dinner plates
    Food Manufacture
    Genetically modified salmon moved a step closer to U.S., and possibly European, dinner plates last month with the publication of a favorable environmental assessment from the Food and Drug Administration. More
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    Maryland's ban on arsenic in poultry feed takes effect
    Meatingplace
    Maryland's ban on the use and sale of poultry feed containing roxarsone or any other additive that contains arsenic went into effect this week. Last year, Maryland became the first state to pass a bill banning use of the additive. More
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    Individual food price tags no longer required in Massachusetts
    West Roxbury Patch
    As of Jan. 1, Massachusetts is the last state in the union to abolish a law requiring individual price tags on all food items. More
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    Business leaders: Cliff deal won't ease economic uncertainty
    The Washington Post
    A day after Congress managed to avert the fiscal cliff, business leaders warned the agreement will hurt sales and hiring, won't unlock investment and leaves the economy riddled with congressionally imposed land mines for months to come.

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    Wegmans freezes some food prices again
    Democrat and Chronicle
    Wegmans Food Markets has extended a price-freeze program for staple food items that expired at the end of 2012, a company spokesperson said Wednesday. Spokesperson Jo Natale said the new list, which will be in effect until April 6, replaces a list that expired on Dec. 31. The new list contains 53 items. More
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    Food trends for 2013
    Fox News
    Molecular gastronomy, bacon cupcakes — they are so 2012. Here's a look at some of the up and coming food trends for 2013, beginning with a veggie invasion. More
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    Kraft plans launch of 40 new products in US
    just-food
    Kraft Foods Group has unveiled plans to launch more than 40 new products, marking the first swathe of NPD since the group separated from Mondelez International and became an independent, publicly traded group last October. More
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    UK chief scientist: Cost of food 'not going to stop' rising
    The Telegraph
    In a new blow to families struggling to pay their grocery bills, Prof. Sir John Beddington said the cost of food was "not going to stop" rising in the foreseeable future. During a radio discussion about food prices, he said much of world's agriculture was dependent on stable weather patterns, which have undergone "major changes" in recent years. More
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    Overeating and obesity now a bigger global problem than hunger
    Food Navigator
    Chronic diseases linked to obesity and overconsumption of food are now a bigger global health care burden than illness and disease caused by malnutrition, according to the most comprehensive disease report ever produced on global health issues. More
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    Wendy's value menu prices items 99 cents to $1.99
    The Associated Press via First Coast News
    Wendy's no longer thinks a hamburger has to be 99 cents to be a deal. The fast food company known for its Frosty shakes and square burgers has replaced its 99-cent value menu with a beefed-up array of options called "Right Price Right Size," with items ranging from 99 cents to $1.99. More
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    USDA explores faster E.coli detection method
    Food Production Daily
    A new real-time polymerase chain reaction system offers a "promising method" for testing for shiga toxin-producing E.coli in food samples, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. More
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    Eyeing new horizons in North Africa and the Middle East
    Food Navigator
    Young, self-confident and increasingly wealthy populations in North Africa and the Middle East offer big opportunities for food and beverage firms — but there are risks too, according to ingredient company Wild GmbH. More
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    Using behavioral economics to influence shoppers
    CPGmatters
    Studies have shown that about 76 percent of purchase decisions are made in the store. As a result, there's increased interest in the study of mechanisms that produce consumer behavior that runs counter to the predictions of rational economic theory. More
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    Barrier to baby boomer food marketing
    UPI
    Baby boomers often say they want to live active, healthier lives as they age, yet relatively few food and drink products have been actively targeted to these aging consumers, which means this segment of the population represents both a challenge and an opportunity for food and beverage manufacturers, Food Technology Magazine reported. More
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    Dean Foods rises as deal averts milk price hikes
    The Associated Press via The Street
    Shares of Dean Foods rose more than 4 percent Wednesday, as the fiscal cliff compromise deal will avert the potential doubling of milk prices. More
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    All Natural Freshness launches HPP traceability platform
    PRWeb via San Antonio Express-News
    All Natural Freshness announces its Safe Quality Food Institute-compliant traceability platform: the HPP Intelligence Manager. More
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    Ecolab purchases Latin America food, beverage business
    Food Ingredients First
    Ecolab has closed on its purchase of Quimiproductos SA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fomento Economico Mexicano. More
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    Antibiotics fatten farm animals — people, too?
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    The link between antibiotic dose and disease prevention may be obvious. But how do antibiotics promote growth? More
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    Frozen pie crust recalled on misbranding
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Kinnikinnick Foods, based in Alberta, Canada, is warning consumers with egg allergies not to consume Kinnikinnick frozen pie crust because it contains egg products that may not be indicated on an applied ingredient label. Products without an ingredient label applied to the box are not subject to this recall as they correctly list the product as containing eggs.

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