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GOP looks to take a bite out of school lunch regs
The Hill
First lady Michelle Obama's prized healthy school lunch regulations are facing a fresh attack from the GOP-controlled Congress. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., announced plans Monday to introduce legislation that would relax USDA rules on whole grain products and reduced sodium levels.

Related: Key senator proposes cuts to school nutrition standards (Agri-Pulse)

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Target doubles Made to Matter collection as part of food 'reinvention' plan
Bakery & Snacks
Target will double the size of its "Made to Matter" range of natural, organic and sustainable products this year as part of a plan to "reinvent" its grocery offering and "deliver more organic, natural, gluten-free items" to shoppers.
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US agriculture delegation visits Cuba, protests embargo
Reuters
The most important U.S. agricultural delegation to visit Cuba in more than a decade began three days of meetings on Monday, hoping to find potential business partners, while urging the U.S. Congress to lift the U.S. embargo on trade with the island.
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POLITICS


The terrible, horrible, no good start for the Republicans
The Hill
The opening weeks of the 114th Congress have been nothing short of a disaster for Republicans, who declared upon taking control of both chambers last fall that the era of governing by crisis and fiscal cliffs was over.
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Mikulski, a role model for generations of women in politics, to retire in 2016
The Washington Post
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, the Maryland Democrat who is the longest-serving woman in congressional history, will depart Capitol Hill the way she arrived — with a sharp tongue, an unabashed liberalism and a mission to make the Senate a place where women belong.

Related articles:
  • O'Malley won't run for Senate (Politico)
  • Mikulski's retirement sets off wild Democratic scramble to succeed her (The Washington Post)

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    McConnell's move to quickly pass DHS bill attracts grumbling
    The Hill
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) decision to pass a short-term Homeland Security bill late last week has attracted criticism from some conservatives.

    Related articles:
  • Deal or not, Democrats expect Boehner to cave (The Hill)
  • John Boehner: House will vote Tuesday on DHS funding bill (Politico)

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    POLICY


    SNA urges Congress to roll back Smart Snacks in School rule
    The Hill
    As Congress prepares to reauthorize First Lady Michelle Obama's prized Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the School Nutrition Association wants Congress to let schools sell all healthy meal options a la carte.
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    FDA outlook on funding for FSMA enforcement
    Food Safety Magazine
    This update provides an overview of the recent FDA summary of key funding required from Congress for the FDA's efforts to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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    Federal GMO labeling bill garners support from skeptical growers
    Genetic Literacy Project
    Could the United States have nationwide GMO labeling after all? And why aren't anti-GMO activists happy about the potential for a country-wide standard?
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    USDA withdraws proposed GMO regulation rule
    USAgNet
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is withdrawing its 2008 proposed rule that would have amended the regulations regarding the introduction (importation, interstate movement and environmental release) of certain genetically engineered organisms.
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    EU member states back national bans for GM crops
    Food Navigator
    EU member states have voted to allow national governments to ban or restrict cultivation of genetically modified crops even when approved at EU level, meaning the new rules will be written into law.
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    INDUSTRY NEWS


    Young men are breathing life into Hungry-Man frozen meals
    Fusion
    Millennials are supposed to be known for their inclusiveness and, to a certain degree, health-consciousness. But at least a segment of them are being credited with propping, and even growing, the sales of Hungry-Man frozen dinners.
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    Pioneer Frozen Foods $10 million conversion of facility
    Dallas Business Journal
    A 50-acre, 132,000-square-foot building in Dallas that formerly housed newspaper operations is being converted into a facility that will help Pioneer Frozen Foods expand production.
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    KANE adds Ohio warehouse to CPG logistics network
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    KANE has added a Northeast Ohio warehouse to its national distribution network to address growing customer demand.
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    Arctic Apples firm to be acquired by AquaBounty owner Intrexon Corp.
    Food Navigator-USA
    Okanagan Specialty Fruits — the company behind the non-browning "Arctic Apple" — is to be acquired by Intrexon Corporation, which also owns a majority stake in GE salmon firm AquaBounty Technologies.
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    Misbranding forces massive cheeseburger recall
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Campos Foods LLC, based in Tennessee, is recalling approximately 136,950 pounds of H-E-B branded ready-to-eat cheeseburgers that contain wheat, which isn't listed on the label.

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    Selecting the best identification technology
    Quality Magazine
    Almost any application in the area of automatic identification raises fundamental questions about what the appropriate identification technology is for "my application," but none more than track and trace.
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    Dole develops 'wearable banana' snack gadget for Tokyo Marathon
    Bakery & Snacks
    Dole Japan has developed a "wearable banana" for the Tokyo Marathon that tells runners their time, tweets, heart rate and doubles as a nutritious in-race snack.
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