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All on the table in fight against obesity
The Associated Press via Chattanooga Times Free Press
In the battle against obesity, just about everything is on the table, from creating healthier children's meals to nagging people to exercise. Specialists meeting in Washington, D.C., Tuesday are looking for a blueprint on reducing America's weight problem as they debate what strategies should be a priority.

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    AFFI makes executive moves
    Progressive Grocer
    The American Frozen Food Institute has promoted Elise Cortina Fennig to the position of vice president of member services and hired Adrienne Richards to be its director of industry and public affairs. More
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    BPI shutters 3 plants, blaming 'pink slime' uproar
    The Associated Press via Broadcast Newsroom
    Beef Products Inc. will close processing plants permanently in three states this month because of the controversy surrounding its meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime," a company official said Monday. More
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    Obama pushes Congress 'to-do list' in speech
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama called on Congress Tuesday to support a five-point "to-do list" that features job creation and mortgage relief measures, in his latest effort to paint the legislative body as a obstructionist force during an election year. More
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    Dick Lugar is going to lose — but did he have to?
    The Washington Post
    Indiana Republican Sen. Dick Lugar almost certainly will lose his bid for a seventh term Tuesday at the hands of state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. There is disagreement about whether Lugar's loss was inevitable or whether he could have avoided the fate almost certainly headed his way today.

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    Tea party sees gains in Senate
    The Hill
    Conservative activists say a victory by Richard Mourdock in the Indiana Republican primary Tuesday would be a significant step toward a tea party takeover of the Senate GOP agenda. More
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    Clinton applauds NRA for childhood nutrition initiative
    Pizza Marketplace
    President Bill Clinton delivered the keynote address to a packed house Sunday at the 93rd annual National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show in Chicago. During the speech, Clinton lauded the restaurant industry for its recent changes in making children's meals more nutritious. More
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    Colombia free trade becoming a reality
    The Miami Herald
    After a long journey from conception to gestation, the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement will become a reality May 15. The accord will render clear benefits for both sides. More
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    US mounts opposition to Codex 'negative list' for animal drugs
    Food Chemical News
    As the Codex Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Food began meeting Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the U.S. delegation prepared to battle the European Union and its allies over a recommendation that member countries ban food animal use of eight drugs that carry human health risks. More
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    Raspberry producers, importers to pay new fee
    Federal Register
    The Agricultural Marketing Service has established a rule that will charge raspberry producers and importers up to $0.01 per pound, to be paid to the National Processed Raspberry Council. Businesses that handle less than 20,000 pounds annually will be exempt. More
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    Stability control proposal nears publication
    Truckinginfo
    A proposal to require stability control systems on heavy-duty tractors is nearing publication. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration proposal has been cleared by the White House Office of Management and Budget, the last step in the review process. More
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    Federal workers: Vendors make budgeting for events difficult
    The Washington Post
    Recent news of General Service Administration officials' wasteful spending at a 2010 training conference is an example of misusing taxpayer dollars. But federal workers say sometimes the fleecing of taxpayers is an outside job: Late last year, it was reported that food service providers were overcharging the Defense Department for providing food to soldiers abroad, as well as gouging the National School Lunch Program. More
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    Food processor receives second consecutive GFSI certification
    Arbre Farms
    Arbre Farms has received its second consecutive British Retail Consortium Global Food Safety Initiative certification for its food processing and cold storage facility. The BRC is an internationally recognized accreditation body for the audit and certification of the Global Food Safety Initiative. This certification recognizes that Arbre Farms' processing facility is committed to achieving best practices in the food processing industry.

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    McDonald's revenue up in April, but misses expectations
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    McDonald's said Tuesday that a key revenue figure rose in April as strength in the U.S. and parts of Europe helped offset weakness in Japan. But the results fell short of Wall Street expectations and the fast food chain's own guidance. More
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    Wendy's turns a profit, but operating results disappoint
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Wendy's returned to a first-quarter profit as it recorded a large gain on the sale of an investment. But the casual dining chain's results missed analysts' expectations, and it cut its 2012 forecast. More
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    Healthy animals lead to confident consumers?
    Farm Futures
    A team of experts took on the challenge to look at the issue of how animal health affects food safety. The official release of the report on the topic will be made today in Washington, D.C., by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology. More
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    Safeway grocery moves to crate-free pork supply
    Reuters
    Safeway Inc., the second-largest U.S. grocery chain, said Monday it plans to stop using pork suppliers that cage pregnant sows as part of their production process, a practice animal rights groups have called inhumane.

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    Kraft Foods calculates environmental impact
    PR Newswire via Manufacturing Digital
    Kraft Foods is using lifecycle assessment to reduce its environmental impacts and improve sustainability. LCA measures the footprint of what goes into making a product, from farm to fork and beyond. More
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    Idaho frozen food company settles with EPA
    The Associated Press via The Republic
    An Idaho frozen food company has agreed to pay the Environmental Protection Agency $84,000 for failing to report its possession of hazardous chemicals to safety officials. The EPA said Monday the Caldwell, Idaho, facility of Rhodes International Inc. stored large quantities of the toxic gas anhydrous ammonia without notifying officials. More
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    Ryder expands food packaging capability at Wisconsin plant
    Analytiqa
    Ryder System Inc. has expanded its food packaging and distribution capability by investing in significant enhancements to its facilities in Beaver Dam, Wis. More
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    Spirulina ingredient awarded USP certification
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Valensa International's Parry organic spirulina ingredient has been certified under the U.S. Pharmacopoeia Dietary Ingredient Verification Program, and Parry Nutraceuticals has earned the authorization to use the USP Verified Mark on product labels and Certificates of Analysis. More
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    US frozen dessert market tops $25 billion
    Food Navigator-USA
    Sales of ice cream and frozen desserts in the United States were worth $25.1 billion last year, according to a new report from Packaged Facts — representing a 2.4 percent increase over 2010, following two years of flat sales. More
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    New, fast test for Listeria certified in US
    United Press International
    A new test for listeria has received certification from the AOAC Research Institute, a U.S. provider and assessor of quality assurance programs, officials say. More
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    Restaurant eyed as possible source of foodborne illness
    Nash County Health Department
    Nash County, N.C., Health Department, along with assistance from the North Carolina Division of Public Health, is continuing to investigate a potential foodborne outbreak associated with a local restaurant, Ribeyes Steakhouse. More
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    Wal-Mart's 'great for you' labeling
    Retirement Planning
    Wal-Mart announced food standards have been devised in order to identify what food is healthy. It also plans to add bright green, "Great for you" labels for those that meet the standards. More
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