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Obama pushes salad to schools — at $3.2 billion tab
Bloomberg
School lunch counters will start replacing breaded patties and canned fruit with fresh tomatoes and chef salad as the Obama administration moves forward with an overhaul of U.S. meal standards that may cost states and local agencies $3.2 billion during the next five years.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story applauding USDA's new school meal standards.

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    Opinion: Food safety auditors too tied to industry
    USA Today
    The food safety system in America has an inherent conflict of interest: While retailers generally require audits before buying from a supplier, the suppliers often hire and pay the auditors who evaluate them.

    Opposing view: Audits only a part of safety (Produce Marketing Association via USA Today)
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    FDLI meeting breaks into heated debate over menu labeling
    Food Chemical News
    Representatives from the Food Marketing Institute and the Center for Science in the Public Interest sparred over whether supermarkets should be covered by the new menu labeling law, one of the many issues discussed at the ongoing Food & Drug Law Institute's "Food Week" conference in Washington, D.C. More
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    State of the Union speech: Confrontation wrapped in kumbayah
    The Washington Post
    At first listen, President Barack Obama's State of the Union address had all the hallmarks of the sort of bipartisan tone that characterized his 2008 presidential campaign. But listen closer and a more hard-edged, challenging tone reveals itself — a preview of what the incumbent likely will sound like as he seeks a second term. More
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    Economy will be major factor in presidential election
    The Washington Post
    For election watchers who think presidential races are always about "the economy, stupid," it didn't matter much what President Barack Obama said in his State of the Union address Tuesday. More
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    Poll shows tight GOP race in Florida
    The Hill
    Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich statistically are tied in Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday. More
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    Mica promises highway bill next week
    The Hill
    Criticizing President Barack Obama's call for spending savings from defense cuts on transportation projects in the State of the Union speech, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., said the House would unveil its version of a new federal highway bill next week. More
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    Power plant emissions regulations still far off
    POLITICO
    As environmentalists check items off their list of Obama administration victories before this year's election, one huge item still lingers: curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. More
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    Industry guidance: Prescription drug labels for humans, animals
    Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration has issued a new guidance to clarify the requirements for product name placement, size, prominence and frequency in promotional labeling and advertising for prescription human and animal drugs and biological products. More
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    Dispute over drug in feed limits US meat exports
    MSNBC
    A drug used to keep pigs lean and boost their growth is jeopardizing the nation's exports of what once was known as "the other white meat." More
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    FDA proposes guideline upates for drug usage in food animals
    Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration is proposing procedures by which a person may request that FDA establish or amend tolerances for unapproved new drugs being used in food animals. More
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    Maine company destroys salmon product on FDA's order
    Kansas City infoZine
    A Maine food processing and storage company destroyed its cold smoked salmon product under the supervision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration after inspectors found Listeria monocytogenes within the firm's facility and on processing equipment. More
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    EFSA: New strategy will monitor conflicts of interest
    Food Navigator
    The European Food Safety Authority, in its newly released scientific strategy 2012-2016, said it has established a comprehensive system to record and evaluate the declared interests of scientific experts and to manage any conflicts of interest. More
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    EU: Incremental reformulation offers better public health results
    Food Navigator
    Stepwise fat, salt and sugar reduction may be more successful than a drastic decrease that would not meet consumers' expectations of taste, according to D.G. Sanco, the Health and Consumer Policy directorate at the European Commission. More
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    Warehouse automation growing in US
    Supermarket News
    Adoption of warehouse automation in the U.S. is growing because of demographic and workforce issues, as well as the need for competitive differentiation, according to two professors at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More
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    Report: Food packaging chemical could compromise vaccines
    Food Production Daily
    A scientific study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has called on authorities to assess the immunotoxicity of a chemical found in some food packaging applications, after the chemical was found to decrease the effect of childhood immunizations. More
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    Better near-term outlook, but challenges ahead for food sector
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    While 2012 appears to be beginning on a bright note for grain-based food companies, the footing may be shaky ahead, according to Wall Street analysts. More
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    Healthy Choice calls on social media fans for pricing input
    PR Newswire
    Healthy Choice®, a brand of ConAgra Foods Inc., is bringing back its progressive coupon offer on Facebook, allowing fans to determine how much the frozen meal coupon ultimately will be worth. More
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    Annie's introduces certified organic pizza
    BakingBusiness.com
    Annie’s, a provider of natural and organic foods, has expanded into the frozen aisle with the launch of a family-sized, certified organic frozen pizza. More
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    Kashi launches new frozen pizza
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    Kashi, a natural food and lifestyle company, has introduced its new Kashi® Four Cheese Pizza to its family of frozen pizzas. More
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    Research: Frying with 'healthy' oil not linked to heart disease
    Food Navigator
    Consumption of food fried in olive or sunflower oil is not linked to heart disease or premature death, according to new research published in the British Medical Journal. More
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    Active packaging materials eliminate odors
    meatingplace
    Cryovac's Freshness Plus Odor Scavenging technology, designed for processed meats, uses active packaging materials to eliminate confinement odors that might be mistaken for spoilage. More
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    Printed sensors could help save consumers from spoiled food
    Wired
    In partnership with PST Sensor, Thinfilm, which produces printed rewritable memory, will begin making the first fully printed temperature sensor systems to monitor perishable items such as frozen or chilled food. More
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    Veggie burger's new dream: Be more like meat
    The Wall Street Journal
    The veggie burger has a new mantra: Be meatier. Makers of meat substitutes, such as vegetarian turkey and fake sausages, are working to more closely mimic the taste and texture of the real thing. More
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    New partnership focuses on sustainable fish procurement
    Perishable News
    The Ipswich Shellfish Group and the international nonprofit organization Sustainable Fisheries Partnership have formed a partnership to develop a comprehensive, sustainable seafood procurement strategy. More
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    Food trucks: New trend = New risk
    Claims Journal
    Chartis, along with Matthew Carlson, vice president of Risk Strategies Co., recently developed a food truck program that includes insurance coverage for general liability, automobile, business interruption, crime, mobile equipment and food spoilage losses. More
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