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Food fight starting early over school lunch rules
Politico
Keeping intact a 2010 rewrite of a law that dictates what kids eat in school — from the number of carrots to the amount of salt in their shepherd's pie — could be a major challenge as some in Congress are already angling for a rollback.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute's efforts to permanently expand a USDA school snack program to include frozen fruits and vegetables are highlighted in this story.

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That's just grate: A cheese fight
Politico
Would Parmesan by any other name be as tasty atop your pasta? A ripening trade battle might put that to the test. As part of trade talks, the European Union wants to ban the use of European names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States.
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McDonald's outlines plan to win back its customers
The Associated Press via The Spectrum
At a time when chains like Chipotle and smaller players like Five Guys Burgers and Fries are growing, there are a few strategies McDonald's Corp. is focusing on to overcome "challenging industry dynamics."

Related: Wendy's revamps line to adapt to customer preferences (Nasdaq)

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Florida loss a blow to Democrats' 2014 hopes
The Hill
Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the special election to fill Florida's 13th District on Tuesday night, delivering a stinging blow to Democrats that underscores their vulnerability to Obamacare attacks.

Related: GOP to Democrats: Don't spin Florida loss (The Hill)

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Obama hits low point in another poll
USA Today
Again: Another poll, another low point for President Barack Obama. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll gives Obama a job approval of 41 percent, a low mark for the president in this survey.

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    Will rightward moves by GOP prove tricky or do the trick in North Carolina?
    The Washington Post
    The 2014 midterm election is already shaping up as a litmus test for the political state of the state in North Carolina, where campaign appeals are full of scary language.
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    SNAP judgment: Is government program hazardous to health?
    WGBH
    Traditionally, SNAP's critics have argued that it breeds dependency. But new research suggests it may actually be hazardous to your health.
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    US gets gold medal in 'food safety Olympics' with EU
    Food Safety News
    Usually it's David Acheson, a former top FDA official, who stirs things up with his speeches or guest commentaries from The Acheson Group. But this time, it's the consulting firm's chief science officer, Jennifer McEntire, who came up with a sort of food safety Olympics between the United States and the European Union.
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    GMO labeling battle heating up in Massachusetts
    WWLP-TV
    Large food manufacturers and industry representatives are fighting a renewed push to force them to disclose genetically modified ingredients in food products as Massachusetts lawmakers weigh legislation that would require so-called GMO labels.
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    Learn the facts behind 'sustainable' meat labels
    Premium Health News Service via Chicago Tribune
    Consumers are interested in sustainable, humanely raised meats, but terms like organic, cage-free and grass-fed can confuse.
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    FSIS takes a closer look at molecular subtyping
    Food Quality News
    Subtying methods under development and planned for the future have been analyzed by the Food Safety and Inspection Service.
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    Opinion: Why the 'filthy chicken rule' is bad for workers, too
    Oxfam America
    Oxfam and advocates on Capitol Hill say the proposed poultry processing rule could threaten both food safety and workers' health.
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    Opinion: The wrongheaded law that's making your food less safe
    The Week
    One could argue that the most serious "problem we have here" in Idaho — and in other states with significant agricultural production facilities and powerful lobbies — is not so much a scourge of unfair publicity but the fact that too many employees working around animals are abusing or neglecting them, often grotesquely so, in a way that jeopardizes the safety of the food we eat and the milk we drink.
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    US to publish GDP by industry data next month
    Reuters
    A new data series debuts in April to offer deeper insight into how the nation's industries impact the broader economy and provide more timely data on the business cycle.

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    7 women changing how we think about food
    Good Housekeeping
    Good Housekeeping has named the top seven most influential women affecting American food consumption today, from the first lady to the first female Iron Chef.

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    The end of the traditional supermarket
    The Washington Post
    In another sign of an industry-wide shakeup that is transforming how consumers shop for their food, Safeway on Thursday announced what amounts to a merger with Albertsons.

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    Expo West Day 2: Non-GMO explosion, frozen food 2.0 and more
    Food Navigator-USA
    On Day 2 of Natural Products Expo West, the FoodNavigator-USA team trawled the show floor and found a proliferation of protein, popcorn, quinoa, chia, gluten-free and non-GMO claims. But there was also some innovative stuff happening in the frozen meal aisle.
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    California drought means 30 million salmon may be trucked to sea
    Reuters
    California's record drought has left the Sacramento River so low that wildlife officials say they may have to carry all 30 million young salmon from the state's largest man-made hatcheries to the Pacific Ocean in trucks to avoid depleting the stock.
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    Kraft Q-and-A: P3 a product of 'keep it simple' innovation
    MeatPoultry.com
    What Kraft Foods considers one of its most groundbreaking launches this year also may be its simplest — at least in theory.
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    FDA halts production at Delaware cheese plant
    WBOC and The Associated Press
    The Food and Drug Administration has halted operations at a Delaware cheese plant after an outbreak of Listeria linked to the company's cheese killed one person and sickened seven others.
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    Senomyx ruling clears way for PepsiCo to use flavor enhancer
    Bloomberg
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the way for PepsiCo Inc. to use a new ingredient by Senomyx Inc. to make lower-sugar beverages taste sweeter.
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    Speedy sanitation guards against deadly downtime
    Food Production Daily
    Downtime is death for food producers; according to one conveyor expert, making sanitation quick and easy can save the day.
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    Ammeraal Beltech grabs a slice of pizza market
    Food Production
    Ammeraal Beltech has launched its second-generation Permaline U2 belt with a preprinted positioning template to make it easier for bakery staff to place products such as pizza, pastry or pies onto a conveyor.
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    Air Products 'Cold Zone' highlights benefits of cryogenic food freezing, chilling
    PR Newswire via IT Business Net
    The Air Products "Cold Zone" is on the road again, making its next stop at Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America in Boston.
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    Carlsen Baltic to display new Eutectic system at CV Show
    Materials Handling World Magazine
    Carlsen Baltic is displaying its latest solutions for the temperature-controlled grocery home delivery market: a 3.5 tonne multi-compartment, multi-temperature body using a low-carbon, eutectic refrigeration system.
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