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School fruit and vegetable snack program focuses on fresh
The Packer
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed rule for a program that provides free fruits and vegetables to elementary students does not include dried, frozen and other processed produce — but advocates of dried and frozen fruit have said those products should be allowed.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story promoting the nutritional and economic benefits schools can gain through utilization of frozen fruits and vegetables.
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Study: Children get more added sugar from food than drinks
USA Today
Children are gobbling far more added sugars than they should, and processed and packaged foods — not beverages — are the leading source in their diets, a new government study shows. More
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McDonald's to tout quality in China
The Wall Street Journal
McDonald's Corp. is launching a new ad campaign in China that taps rising worries over food safety and quality in an attempt to win market share from its dominant rival, Yum Brands Inc.'s KFC.

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  • Behind in quantity, McDonald's touts quality (China Digital Times)
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    Primary results: Mitt Romney wins Michigan, Arizona
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney won both of Tuesday's Republican presidential primaries, routing Rick Santorum in Arizona and narrowly securing Michigan, his birth state.

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  • Romney survives Michigan primary, looks to Super Tuesday (The Washington Post)
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    Maine's Snowe announces retirement, citing partisanship
    The Washington Post
    Sen. Olympia J. Snowe, the iconic Republican moderate from Maine, announced her retirement from the Senate Tuesday, saying she would not seek a fourth term because political partisanship has made the Senate unproductive.

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    'Ag gag' bill clears Iowa legislature
    USAgNet
    The Iowa House and Senate have approved a so-called "ag gag" bill that prosecutes animal abuse whistle-blowers. More
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    Public-private effort leads to Sprout Safety Alliance
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    The Illinois Institute of Technology's Institute for Food Safety and Health is coordinating the Sprout Safety Alliance to help sprout growers and producers identify and implement best practices in the safe production of sprouts. More
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    Raw egg survey to focus on pasteurized or heat-treated products
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service will begin a nationwide raw liquid egg microbial study March 12, focusing only on plants that pasteurize or heat-treat dried egg products. More
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    Brazil close to upgrading mad cow rank, opening new markets
    meatingplace
    The Scientific Commission for Animal Diseases at the World Organization for Animal Health has approved Brazil's request to upgrade its mad cow disease risk classification from "controlled risk" to "insignificant/negligible," Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture has announced. More
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    Hearings to review changes to California Cantaloupe Program
    The Business Journal via Perishable News
    The California Department of Food and Agriculture has planned two public hearings to discuss possible changes in the California Cantaloupe Program, California's marketing order for cantaloupes, including a more detailed food safety program. More
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    Costco's profit rises 13 percent
    The Wall Street Journal
    Costco Wholesale Corp.'s second-quarter earnings rose 13 percent as the warehouse-style retailer's same-store sales increased. More
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    Study: Final mile visibility a growing focus in intermodal
    Truckinginfo
    Carriers and 3PLs are working together to use technology to eliminate blind spots in the movement of containers in the last mile — the final customer destination, according to a new report, "Intermodal Optimization: Enhancing Last Mile Visibility and Execution," by the Aberdeen Group. More
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    Food safety official's ties to Monsanto spur growing dispute
    Bloomberg
    A top U.S. regulator's ties to Monsanto Co., a maker of genetically modified food, are fueling a recall push by consumer and public interest groups flexing their clout online. Michael Taylor, FDA deputy commissioner for food safety, is at the center of a burgeoning dispute between opponents who have amassed more than 420,000 signatures on an online petition demanding he be fired and supporters who praise his efforts to curb foodborne illnesses. More
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    Zatarain's new meals jazz up frozen dinners
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    Zatarain's, the brand serving New Orleans-Style food for more than 120 years, is expanding its line of frozen offerings with new Meals for Two Frozen Entrees. More
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    Outsourcing logistics strategy survey: Surprising results
    Food Logistics
    A new survey of executives' views of third-party logistics providers revealed that while shippers believe lowest price to be the top criteria when selecting a new 3PL, shippers actually prioritize best quality services far above low price. More
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    ATA supports electronic logging devices
    The Trucker
    The American Trucking Associations said Tuesday that it filed an amicus brief Feb. 24 with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's defense of electronic logging devices. More
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    Why safe plants won't rely on work-arounds
    Sustainable Plant
    The workaround has become synonymous with good engineering practice — but isn't. In an ideal world, an engineering team should address a problem as soon as it surfaces. More
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