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Lunchroom workers union objects to frozen-fresh ratio
Chicago Sun-Times
UNITE HERE Local 1 and Chicago Public Schools officials are expected to announce a five-year agreement Thursday that the union contends will begin to "ensure Chicago's kids will eat fresh food for years to come." The union has been objecting that more than one-third of CPS elementary schools serve reheated frozen food from "warming kitchens." More
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USDA to change whole grain requirements in school meals
Food Chemical News
School systems getting ready to purchase bread and grain items for the 2012-2013 school year received some unexpected news Monday, when USDA's Food and Nutrition Service revealed it was moving up, by one year, a new requirement for whole grain servings. More
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California heads for vote on modified food labeling
Bloomberg
Californians are on course to vote whether genetically modified food must be labeled following a campaign that has targeted Monsanto Co. and other biotech crop companies. More
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Voter turnout: 3 scenarios for 2012
The Wall Street Journal
Will strong turnout by minority voters lock up the November election for President Barack Obama? Or will the enthusiasm of the 2010 midterms carry over to boost white voter turnout, helping the Republican nominee? More
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Attack ads make early entry
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has launched a fresh attack on Mitt Romney's personal wealth, moving to define the Republican challenger as someone who shipped jobs and his own money overseas. More
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Top Senate races: Virginia, Massachusetts lead list
POLITICO
If voting closed today, Republicans would net three new seats in the Senate — one shy of a takeover — according to POLITICO's Senate Monthly 10, a rolling assessment of the most competitive races in the upper chamber. More
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Vilsack: House GOP food stamp cuts top obstacle to passage of 2012 farm bill
The Hill
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, in an interview with "The Hill" this week, said demands by the House GOP for deep cuts, especially for food stamps, now constitute the top obstacle for passage of a 2012 farm bill by September when current farm programs expire. More
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USDA unveils rules to speed tracking of tainted meat
USA Today
The government is unveiling new provisions today to keep potentially deadly E. coli from infiltrating summer barbecues and other outings when folks sink their teeth into meat. The updated rules by the U.S. Department of Agriculture allow inspectors to begin looking for meat contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 as soon as early testing shows a potential problem. More
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Yuan a top concern for US
POLITICO
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton head to China Thursday for another round of negotiations about the economy and security — but don't expect too much to be done about the exchange rate. More
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Microbiological data program ignored in budget process
Food Safety News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Microbiological Data Program almost certainly will be eliminated in fiscal year 2013 after the Senate Appropriations Committee decided against funding the $5 million program in its budget bill. More
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Kroger subsidiary fined over pricing, labeling discrepancies
Los Angeles Times
A Riverside County, Calif., judge has ordered Ralphs and its parent company, Ohio-based Kroger Co., to pay $300,000 in penalties for selling frozen dairy desserts and other items with inaccurate prices and labeling. More
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Wal-Mart to pay $4.8 million in back wages
The Washington Post
The Labor Department on Tuesday ordered Wal-Mart to pay $4.8 million in back wages and damages to thousands of employees who were denied overtime charges, the latest in a string of embarrassments for the company over its business practices. More
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Dependable food pushes sustainable supply chains
Food Logistics
Food authentication techniques are gaining popularity, partly because of growing concerns about fraud involving organic and sustainable foods. Organic Monitor finds this development is encouraging sustainability by providing greater traceability across the supply chain. More
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Consumers find food products with less trans fat
USDA Blog
In light of negative health information about trans fats, as well as labeling requirements, the incentives for food manufacturers have shifted. USDA staff examine how manufacturers have adapted to the new climate. More
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British physicians: World's largest McDonald's 'a big ad for fat'
The Christian Science Monitor
Big Macs, fries and milkshakes will be part of McDonald's exclusively branded menu at the London 2012 Olympics, where the fast food giant will open its largest franchise in the world, a two-story, cathedral-like restaurant that seats 1,500 customers. A British physician group says that sends the wrong message in a country with ballooning obesity.

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    UK: Acquisition results in major new presence in food
    Birmingham Post
    A U.K. poultry products supplier with two sites in the Midlands has acquired Cranberry Foods — the U.K.'s second-biggest turkey producer — for an undisclosed sum, making Faccenda Group one of the region's largest food manufacturers with a combined turnover of nearly $650 million. More
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    Target's grocery influence seen as minimal
    Supermarket News
    The PFresh food sections offered by Target Corp. in two-thirds of its discount stores are having only a minimal effect on traditional supermarkets, industry observers told "Supermarket News" — and they question whether that will change much going forward. More
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    Surface trade with Canada, Mexico leaps year-over-year
    Truckinginfo
    Trade using surface transportation between the U.S. and its North American neighbors, Canada and Mexico, was 17.4 percent higher in February 2012 than in February 2011, totaling $78.1 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. More
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