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Obesity rate inches up for males, but levels off overall
USA Today
Obesity in the U.S. has inched up slightly during the past decade, mainly because of weight gain among men and boys, new government statistics show. Overall, there has been no overall significant change in recent years. More
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Cooking for 1: Vegetable shopping in the freezer
The Washington Post
For those accustomed to shopping at farmers markets and/or growing vegetables at home, it's tempting to lament the onset of winter.

Editor's note: The Frozen Food Foundation is cited in this story for providing tips on purchasing and storing frozen vegetables.
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Supervalu-led stores chasing $55 billion in food stamps
Bloomberg
Supermarkets that had been adding Starbucks cafes and olive bars to draw wealthy shoppers now are catering to a different audience: food stamp recipients.

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  • Idaho grocers plead for food stamp distribution fix after $1 million in spoiled food (The Spokesman-Review)
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    Romney runs strongest against Obama in new poll
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney is in a statistical dead heat in a general election comparison with President Barack Obama in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, a finding sure to bolster the former Massachusetts governor's argument that he is the most electable candidate in the GOP field. More
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    Poll: Congress gets 84 percent disapproval rating
    The Washington Post
    Lawmakers will return to Washington Tuesday to begin an election-year work session with low expectations for any significant legislative action, while also receiving low approval ratings for themselves. More
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    Super PACs dominate Republican primary spending
    The Washington Post
    South Carolina voters are being buried this week under an avalanche of combative and often nasty political commercials from super PACs, funded by a tiny group of wealthy donors with very particular interests in the state's Republican presidential primary. More
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    Once hot, tea party goes cold
    The Hill
    In presidential, House and Senate races, the tea party is struggling to float viable and effective candidates, unify its base and dictate the terms of national discourse on the economy. More
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    Axelrod sets stage for campaign against Romney
    USA Today
    The Republican presidential race is underway, but one of President Barack Obama's top political aides talks like the re-election campaign already is running against Mitt Romney. More
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    OMB says food agency merger next
    Food Safety News
    A single federal food safety agency, long sought by many advocates, will happen if Congress grants the Obama administration authority to reorganize the government, according to the subscription news service The Hagstrom Report. More
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    Opinion: Could USDA, FDA merge?
    The Packer
    Like United and PMA, the odds are long that FDA and USDA ever will become one, regardless of the potential benefits. More
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    Some fear small businesses could lose in agency merger
    The Washington Post
    The Obama administration is billing its agency restructuring proposal as easing the regulatory burden on businesses and saving $3 billion during the next 10 years. However, some trade groups are wary about the execution of the proposed plan, saying they fear the move might strip resources from entrepreneurs rather than amplify the needs of small businesses. More
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    EPA approves latest refrigerant substitutes
    Facility Blog
    Three substitutes for use in small commercial refrigerators and freezers (and their household counterparts), mark the first time hydrocarbon replacements might be used widely in the U.S. More
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    Congress likely to debate national truck weight limits
    Nation's Cities Weekly
    The congressional debate over transportation likely will include a discussion of national truck weight limits. Legislation to maintain the current maximum weight of 80,000 pounds for longer combination vehicles allowed on the national highway system has been introduced in the House and Senate during each of the past several years. More
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    FDA looks to make animal antibiotics reporting electronic
    Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration is seeking to offer electronic submissions for reports required by the Animal Drug User Fee Amendments. More
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    Reminder: California adopts new employment laws in 2012
    Lexology
    It is important for employers to be aware of the numerous new California laws in the employment area that will affect their operations. More
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    Food inspection program shifts to consultant model
    Globe Gazette
    Changes in the food inspection program in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, ultimately should benefit food service providers as well the operations they oversee, a public health official said Monday. More
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    Experts clash on how to measure greenhouse gas emission
    Food Navigator-USA
    Debate is heating up over how to calculate the proportion of greenhouse gas emissions from meat and dairy production, with ongoing disagreement among academics over varying study methodologies. More
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    Canada ag union: Food safety at risk with budget cuts
    CBC News
    Canada's food inspectors say they fear budget cuts could endanger food safety in Canada. Bob Kingston, the head of the Agriculture Union, raised the issue Monday, along with the daughter of a woman who died of Listeriosis in 2008. More
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    UK releases first nationwide guidelines for childhood nutrition
    Nursery World
    The U.K.'s School Food Trust on Monday launched the country's first nutritional guidelines to support early years settings in providing healthy meals for children younger than 5 years old. More
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    EU blocks part of Dutch frozen food merger
    Feedstuffs
    The European Commission said Monday it will return to Dutch competition authorities the assessment of the proposed joint venture in the frozen snack business between Royaan and Ad Van Geloven. More
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    EU orange juice industry on notice after carbendazim test warning
    Food Quality News
    The European orange juice industry has been put on notice — with a warning that Brazilian juice imports could face carbendazim testing if U.S. officials find high levels of the fungicide in shipments. More
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    Study: Smaller servings mean more balanced children's meals
    Reuters Health
    Feeding preschoolers smaller portions of the main dish at lunch means they'll eat more fruit and vegetables on the side and fewer total calories, according to a new study. More
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    Burger King tries home delivery
    USA Today
    The door-to-door Whopper soon may be on the menu. Burger King, the No. 2 burger chain, quietly began testing home delivery of its burgers, fries and other sandwiches at four of its restaurants in the greater Washington, D.C., area, with an eye on expanding. More
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    A&P rolls out shelf tags for diabetes, heart health, weight control
    Supermarket News
    A proprietary system that highlights foods suitable for diabetics and shoppers attuned to heart health, weight control and disease prevention was launched by A&P Friday.

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    Clean Energy unveils plan for natural gas highway
    The Trucker
    Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has unveiled the route plan for the first phase of its 150 new LNG fueling stations for America's Natural Gas Highway. More
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    Recall affects diced beef sent to USDA school lunch program
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    More than 3,000 pounds of diced beef from RSW Distributors LLC has been recalled after a conveyor belt suffered damage that led to foreign particles in the food, which was inadvertently distributed to schools in South Carolina, Tennessee and Washington as part of USDA's National School Lunch Program. More
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    Complying with meat labeling rules
    Progressive Grocer
    To help grocers understand the ramifications of USDA's mandatory meat labeling rule, Hobart Corp. has created a white paper that explains the types and cuts of meat and poultry that are affected and what labeling actions a grocer must take to be compliant. More
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    Report examines trends in private label, packaging, markets
    ReportLinker
    A new report, "Global Food and Beverage Survey 2012: Private Label Manufacturing and Innovative Packaging, Trends and Opportunities, Budget Allocation and Key Growth Markets," has been made available. More
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    College food service menus shift to seafood, vegetarian
    meatingplace
    ARAMARK is adjusting the spring menus at the 600 North American colleges and universities it serves to include more seafood, vegan and vegetarian entrees in addition to more international flavors. More
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    National Fozen Food marks 100 years of operation
    Columbia Basin Herald
    The progression from canned goods to frozen food can be traced in the history of National Frozen Foods, which marked its 100-year anniversary in January. More
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    Demand, costs high for frozen food firms like Patterson Vegetable
    The Modesto Bee
    Patterson Vegetable Co. struggles to survive in a frozen food sector that faces challenges but still has plenty of consumers. The U.S. industry has high labor and energy costs that put it at a disadvantage to foreign vegetable producers, said Corey Henry, vice president for communications at the American Frozen Food Institute in McLean, Va.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute also is quoted in this story discussing increasing consumer awareness of the nutritional value of frozen vegetables.
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    Michigan restaurant markets frozen food line
    Press & Guide
    Some popular Dearborn, Mich., cuisine soon will be for sale in frozen food aisles in New York. Bangkok 96 restaurant owner Genevieve Vang has launched Thai Feast, a frozen dinner line that is low in sodium and gluten free. More
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    Schwan's uses predictive trade analytics to gauge market
    PR Newswire
    Schwan's Consumer Brands North America Inc. is continuing its focus on letting consumer demand drive pricing and promotions by renewing its subscription to Customer Trade Planning, a predictive trade analytics app from DemandTec Inc. More
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    Ethical claims create health halo
    Food Navigator-USA
    Ethical production claims such as "fair trade" may influence how consumers perceive calorie content, according to new research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. More
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    The secret taste of umami
    CNN
    What do tomatoes, cheese and mackerel have in common? They all are responsible for umami, the slightly mysterious fifth basic taste now counted alongside sweetness, saltiness, sourness and bitterness. More
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    Retail payment standard announced
    Supermarket News
    A new global standard for retail payments designed to help exchange data between payment terminals and point of sale terminals and support new payment technologies has been released by the Association for Retail Technology Standards and EPASOrg, which sets card payment standards in Europe. More
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    Study sheds new light on antibiotics and pig feeds
    USAgNet
    Antibiotics in pig feed increased the number of antibiotic resistant genes in gastrointestinal microbes in pigs, according to a study conducted by Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. More
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    Lab-grown meat? $1 million reward deadline nears
    Food Safety News
    Four years ago when the organization long equated with the vegan lifestyle said it would give $1 million to any scientist who could make chicken in a laboratory, there were some willing to bet no one would meet the group's challenge. Now with that deadline fast approaching, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals indeed may have to pay the reward. More
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    Frozen food could slash UK food waste
    Food Manufacture
    Putting more frozen food on U.K. dinner plates could help slash household food waste, according to the British Frozen Food Federation. More
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    McCain launches microwaveable, ready-baked potatoes
    Mirror
    U.K. frozen food specialist McCain has launched Ready Baked Jackets, microwaveable baked potatoes that already are washed, cut and slow-baked. More
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