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Court dismisses lawsuit seeking to ban toys in Happy Meals
Los Angeles Times
McDonald's Corp. can keep including toys in Happy Meals in most parts of California after a San Francisco judge threw out a proposed class action lawsuit seeking to ban the practice in the state. More
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USDA plans no new changes for COOL
Canadian Cattlemen
While the U.S. government's mandatory country-of-origin labeling law faces opposition from Canada and Mexico and a new round of scrutiny from global trade watchdogs, USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service said in a letter to industry representatives Wednesday it has no plans to further toughen the law in the meantime. More
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Tyson among meat companies exploring ground beef labeling
Bloomberg Businessweek
In an email Thursday, a spokesman for Tyson Foods Inc. said the company is exploring the possibility of labeling ground meat that contains lean, finely textured beef, a product also known as "pink slime."

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    Rob Portman tops 'veepstakes'
    POLITICO
    If he wins the GOP presidential nomination, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick ultimately will come down to two basic choices: a running mate who helps him govern or one who helps him politically. Right now, the name on the lips of most GOP strategists is Ohio senator and former George W. Bush administration official Rob Portman. More
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    Rick Santorum's Pennsylvania primary problem
    POLITICO
    Rick Santorum acknowledges that his home state of Pennsylvania is a must-win for his campaign. Right now, his prospects don't look good. More
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    Super PAC forms to back McConnell
    The Hill
    A super PAC has formed to support Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in 2014. The Bluegrass Votes super PAC registered with the Federal Election Commission in early April, listing Jeremy Hughes of Kentucky as treasurer. More
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    $10 million available to promote farmers markets
    Federal Register
    The Agricultural Marketing Service has approximately $10 million in competitive grant funds this year to increase domestic consumption of agricultural commodities by expanding direct producer-to-consumer sales such as farmers markets, roadside stands, agri-tourism and other opportunities. More
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    Canadian food processors, EU regulators share FSMA complaints
    Food Chemical News
    Canadian food processors and European regulators shared anxieties about implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act at a global food safety session Wednesday in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Grocery Manufacturers Association. More
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    Banned antibiotics found in poultry products
    ScienceDaily
    In a joint study, researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Arizona State University found evidence suggesting that a class of antibiotics previously banned by the U.S. government for poultry production is still in use. More
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    UK processors blast FSA over desinewed meat moratorium
    Food Production Daily
    The U.K. has vowed to suspend the production desinewed meat following pressure from the European Commission — a move the British Meat Processors Association has labeled a "criminal waste of a valuable product." More
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    Wendy's to expand in Azerbaijan, Georgia
    The Wall Street Journal
    Wendy's Co. said it reached an agreement with the Wissol Group to develop 25 restaurants in the neighboring countries of Georgia and the Republic of Azerbaijan during the next 10 years, allowing the fast food chain to continue its international expansion. More
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    Commentary: Burger King menu healthy — but is it smart?
    SmartMoney via The Wall Street Journal
    As Burger King prepares to become a publicly traded company again, SmartMoney examines the chain's revamped menu and points out the huge risk being taken when previous fast food failures are considered. More
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    1950s-style burger chain plans to triple in size
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries — the well-known and loved '50s-style restaurant chain formerly known as Andy's — is beginning a six-year expansion that will see its 100 locations grow by more than 275 additional restaurants. More
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    ConAgra Foods announces dividend payment
    EON
    The board of directors of ConAgra Foods Inc., one of North America's largest food companies, approved a dividend payment of $0.24 per common share to be paid June 1 to stockholders of record at the close of business on April 30. More
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    Sealed Air Cryovac: New packaging boosts shelf life of raw meat
    Food Production Daily
    Sealed Air Cryovac said it has developed new high-oxygen barrier packaging that extends the shelf life of raw ham by 50 percent while preserving the product's visual appeal. More
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    Canada warns against frozen berry product
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Overwaitea Food Group are warning the public not to consume certain Western Family brand frozen Pomeberry Blend berries. The affected product may contain Hepatitis A virus. More
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