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South Dakota lawmaker disagrees with Vilsack, files new school lunch bill
A South Dakota Congresswoman and the leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture are at odds over nutrition standards in school lunch programs. Rep. Kristi Noem is providing lawmakers legislation that eases the dietary guidelines for meals provided by schools.
Related: Vilsack enlists medical experts to defend current school meal standards (Food Chemical News)
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Pesticides in produce: When to buy organic
Consumer Reports' new guidelines show you how to make the best choices for your health — and for the environment.
Shrinking household sizes are changing how Americans eat, buy food
A whopping 9 out of 10 consumers prefer to eat at home, but the size and make-up of those households are changing and so are consumers' needs from food and beverage companies, according to research firm Acosta Sales & Marketing.
Budget talks break down amid GOP rancor over defense spending
House Republican leadership will meet with Budget Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., and other key players Thursday morning, as they attempt to solve an embarrassing impasse over their 2016 fiscal blueprint.
Related: Obama criticizes GOP's budget in Ohio speech (The Washington Post)
Senate GOP budget cuts less than House, balances in decade
Senate Republicans released a budget Wednesday that would balance in 10 years and cut spending by $5.1 trillion over the next decade.
Hillary Clinton starts running — against the Republican Congress
The Washington Post
Hillary Rodham Clinton is already running her presidential campaign — against the Republican Congress. And the GOP is only happy to oblige.
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Study: Ban on fast food restaurants hasn't cut obesity
Los Angeles Times
Seven years ago, Los Angeles made national headlines with a novel attempt to reduce obesity in South L.A. by banning new fast food restaurants. But a new study found the effort has not achieved its intended goal.
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State officials knock on doors to stop spread of bird flu
From Minnesota to Arkansas, state officials are knocking on doors and quarantining areas in a fight to stop the spread of the biggest U.S. bird-flu outbreak on record.
Related: Bird flu strikes 3rd California poultry farm (Capital Press)
Target to lift minimum wage to $9 an hour, matching rivals
Target Corp. next month will raise the minimum wage for all of its workers to $9 an hour, matching moves made by rivals including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and TJX Cos., a source familiar with the matter said.
US presses Indonesia on ag trade restrictions
The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. is escalating a two-year-old fight with Indonesia over its agricultural trade restrictions by requesting formal settlement of the dispute at the World Trade Organization.
Related: US wants WTO to stamp out evasion of antidumping duties (Ag Professional)
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Agriculturalists weigh in on mandatory GMO labeling
Western Farm Press
Two speakers at major farm industry events held in the West recently shared their thoughts on the proposed mandatory labeling of food products grown with genetically-modified traits.
Food companies preserve landmark win in Prop 65 lawsuit
A California appeals court has upheld a key victory for food companies in a lawsuit claiming they failed to disclose harmful levels of lead in baby food products.
Ocean Spray 'No Sugar Added' 100 percent juice lawsuit stalls
High-profile U.S. food attorney Steven Shapiro says a U.S. federal court reached the correct decision last month by granting a partial motion a case against Ocean Spray for a "No Sugar Added" claim.
Tyson confident on prospects in US frozen
just-food (subscriber story)
Tyson Foods has expressed confidence it can grow its business in the U.S. frozen food sector, a category in the spotlight amid Nestle's continued challenges in the market.
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Potato Board allocates funds to redress port slowdown damage
The U.S. Potato Board has reallocated $500,000 in funding to place a greater emphasis on marketing and promotional programs to help foreign customers who lost product due to recent labor slowdowns affecting West Coast ports.
First a burger, now lab-grown 'chicken'
A feasibility study on cultured chicken breast production at Tel Aviv University will determine how cultured meat grown in a lab from animal stem cells could be manufactured commercially.
Decision by McDonald's has power to change entire food industry
The Tampa Tribune
McDonald's recently announced its plan to phase out the sale of antibiotic treated chicken over the next two years. When one of the largest food chains makes a decision like this, it has the power to change the entire food industry.
Consumers increasingly demand knowledge of their food
The Wall Street Journal
Bumble Bee plans to launch a website in June showing supply chain data about individual cans of tuna. The move comes in response to increasing consumer interest about the provenance of products, especially food, said Bumble Bee CIO Tony Costa. "We've heard it loud and clear."
Boca Burgers' new line focuses on grains, veggies
After years of masquerading, veggie burgers are embracing their differences. A new line from Kraft's Boca brand is showcasing the patties' unique attributes, rather than mimicking their meaty counterparts.
Potato chip plant to invest more than $1.2 million in expansion
Augusta Free Press
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Route 11 Potato Chips will expand its existing potato chip production facility in Shenandoah County, investing more than $1.2 million and create 13 jobs in Mount Jackson, while sourcing nearly half of its new potato and sweet potato purchases from Virginia agricultural producers.
Misbranding leads company to recall 32,000 pounds of pork tenderloin
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Another case of undeclared allergens has hit the food industry, with StoneRidge Wholesale Division, based in Wautoma, Wisconsin, recalling approximately 31,851 pounds of pork tenderloin.
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