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USDA's Merrigan: No free pass on food safety
Food Safety News
Deputy Agriculture Secretary Kathleen Merrigan touched on the importance of food safety in the growing regional and local food movement during the U.S. Department of Agriculture's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" event at the White House Monday. More
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ConAgra celebrates National Frozen Food Day
Progressive Grocer
In recognition of National Frozen Food Day on March 6, ConAgra is celebrating its decades of preparing frozen foods. From the original TV dinner, which came packaged in an oven-proof aluminum tray, to the vast array of fresh tasting options today, frozen meals have changed the way Americans eat. More
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McDonald's to air TV ads about healthy food for children
Bloomberg
McDonald's Corp., the world's largest restaurant operator, will advertise its Happy Meals on U.S. television beginning March 7 in a push to highlight its healthier menu options. More
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Voters to GOP candidates: We don't like any of you
The Washington Post
The four remaining Republican presidential candidates are viewed unfavorably by large swaths of the American public, according to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll — a sobering reminder for the party that the extended primary season has damaged the brand. More
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Ohio victory could seal the deal for Romney
The Hill
Mitt Romney could all but guarantee he'll be the GOP presidential nominee by winning Ohio on Super Tuesday. More
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2012 fundraising: Congressional races get more attention from GOP
POLITICO
Republican fundraisers and strategists, alarmed at the course of the 2012 presidential campaign, increasingly are focusing their attention on congressional races, as the party's chances of unseating President Barack Obama appear to grow more remote. More
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'What's on MyPlate' Day organized by USDA, PBH
Progressive Grocer
Produce for Better Health Foundation is teaming up with the nearly 6,000 USDA partners to designate March 8 "What's on MyPlate?" Day, with the goal of raising public awareness of the importance of choosing foods for a healthy meal.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a USDA National Strategic Partner for promoting MyPlate.
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Government buying ammonia-treated meat for school meals
The Huffington Post
Pink slime — that ammonia-treated meat in a bright Pepto shade — may have been rejected by fast food joints like McDonald's, Taco Bell and Burger King, but it is being brought in by the tons for the nation's school lunch program. More
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Carbendazim-positive orange juice shipments now total 27
Food Quality News
U.S. food safety officials have turned away three more shipments of orange juice or concentrate after tests discovered carbendazim, taking the total number of refused or detained shipments to 27. More
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USDA to hold meeting on school lunch ground beef safety
Drovers Cattle Network
The National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods will hold conference call to discuss food safety questions from USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service to support ground beef purchase for the Federal Food and Nutrition Assistance Programs. More
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India contests US charge of denying poultry market access
ThePoultrySite
India disagrees with the U.S. charge of denying market access to American poultry, with the country's officials saying the imposition of high import duty on low-priced chicken drumsticks is aimed at preventing the dumping of such items.

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    Tyson on the prowl for prepared foods opportunities
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Tyson Foods Inc. is looking to take advantage of acquisition opportunities or capacity utilization in the prepared foods category. Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Agriculture Conference in Miami, COO Jim Lochner said the company is not focused on growing its core commodity production but is looking at prepared foods opportunities. More
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    Burger King adds Chef's Choice line to menu
    QSRWeb.com
    Burger King Corp. has unveiled the new BK Chef's Choice burger collection, with the Bacon & Bleu BK Chef's Choice and Bacon Cheddar BBQ BK Chef's Choice varieties in addition to the original BK Chef's Choice — all available during the month of March. More
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    Antibiotic-free chicken line expands to freezer, deli
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    Just BARE® chicken, a nationally distributed brand of premium, natural, antibiotic-free products, announced the expansion of its line to the deli and frozen retail categories. More
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    Price Chopper recalls streusel-topped fruit pies
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Price Chopper Supermarkets is issuing a voluntary recall on its Price Chopper Bakery apple, blueberry, cherry and peach streusel pies because the streusel topping contains eggs, an allergen that was not listed on the ingredient label. More
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    FTR Trucking Conditions Index expected to climb in 2012
    Truckinginfo
    In spite of a reading of 6.1 for January's Trucking Conditions Index, FTR Associates forecasts a slow climb to strongly positive territory for trucking throughout 2012, with volumes and profits sufficient for investment for growth by year's end. More
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    Study: Convenience, quality means eating more fruits, veggies
    USAgNet
    The number of servings of fruits and vegetables people eat may have more to do with the food shopping experience than with produce costs, according to a study by researchers at RTI International and George Washington University. More
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