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Democratic lawmaker: 'Pizza is not a vegetable' in school meals
The Hill
Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced a bill Monday to stop the amount of tomato paste used on a slice of pizza from counting as a serving of vegetables in school lunches, arguing the standard effectively qualifies pizza as a vegetable. He said he hopes the measure can be included in this year's farm bill.

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  • Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in both stories promoting the nutritional value of tomato paste and emphasizing industry's commitment to working with school nutritionists to improve childhood nutrition.
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    USDA's new plant inspection system 2 weeks away
    Food Safety News
    Long in the making, the launch date for USDA's new Public Health Information System is just two weeks away on May 29. It will replace the Performance Based Inspection System at all regulated USDA establishments and for all meat and poultry imports and exports. More
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    Opinion: 'Weight of the Nation' light on balance about obesity
    Los Angeles Times
    There is an 800-pound gorilla looming in the background of "The Weight of the Nation," the four-part documentary that began Monday and concludes Tuesday on HBO. "The Weight of the Nation" doesn't just take the "calories in/calories out" side of the weight loss debate, it proceeds as if there is no debate at all. More
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    Poll: Romney leads Obama, 46-43
    CBS News via POLITICO
    Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has a slight edge over President Barack Obama in the race for the White House, according to the latest CBS News/New York Times poll. More
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    'Taxmageddon' sparks rising anxiety
    The Washington Post
    Defense contractors have slowed hiring. Tax advisers are warning firms not to count on favorite breaks. And hospitals are scouring their books for ways to cut costs. Throughout the U.S. economy, anxiety is rising about the potential for widespread disruptions after the November election, when a lame-duck Congress will have barely two months to resolve a grinding standoff over taxes and spending. More
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    Poll: Voters optimistic economy will improve
    The Hill
    Voters are optimistic the economy will improve in the next year, but they still hold doubts about President Barack Obama's economic policies, a new USA Today/Gallup poll released Monday finds. More
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    3 primaries to test GOP insurgency
    POLITICO
    A trio of Republican Senate primaries during the next six weeks will test whether the anti-incumbency fever that swept Dick Lugar from office was an Indiana anomaly or the opening round of another knockout year for tea party insurgents. More
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    California GM food label may confuse more than inform
    NPR
    When Californians go to the polls in November, they very likely will have the chance to make California the first state in the nation to require labeling of genetically engineered food. But a new analysis of the labeling initiative suggests that if it passes, it would create a complex mandate for food companies that may make it harder — not easier — for consumers to figure out what's really in their food. More
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    Court strikes down NLRB rule to speed up union elections
    The Hill
    A federal judge ruled Monday that a contentious union election rule proposed by the National Labor Relations Board is "invalid." In an 18-page memorandum opinion, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg struck down the regulation, saying the labor board lacked a quorum when it voted on the final rule.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute was party to the successful legal challenge highlighted in this story.
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    FDA accepts comment on new food safety plan for GM plants
    Federal Register
    The Food and Drug Administration is accepting public feedback on its proposed procedures for early food safety evaluation of new, non-pesticidal proteins produced by new plant varieties intended for food use — including bioengineered food plants. More
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    California bill stretches food safety rules to fast food play areas
    The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
    Fast food restaurants in California could face new sanitation and safety requirements for the playgrounds they install to attract children. State lawmakers approved a bill Monday that would expand food safety laws to cover the indoor and outdoor playgrounds. More
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    FSIS to study efficacy of food safety education campaign
    Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is making plans to survey consumers to help gauge the effectiveness of the recent food safety education campaign conducted jointly with FSIS, the Ad Council, FDA and CDC. More
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    USDA adds to list of allowed substances in organic livestock
    Federal Register
    USDA has issued a final rule to allow the use of two substances, fenbendazole and moxidectin, along with any restrictive annotations, as parasiticides in organic livestock production. More
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    Study: Mexico's food prices to jump if tariffs imposed
    The Poultry Site
    Retail chicken prices in Mexico will rise by 22.4 percent, the meat Consumer Price Index will jump 7.2 percent and the food CPI will inflate 1.9 percent if the Mexican government implements duties on U.S. chicken leg quarter imports, according to an Iowa State University study that assessed the likely impact of the duties on prices and inflation levels in Mexico. More
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    Canada debates processing already dead animals
    The Star
    Canada's federal government wants to allow the carcasses of already dead animals to be processed in slaughterhouses for human consumption, a move that is raising concerns about the safety of Canada's food system. More
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    EFSA assesment of composite foods will pave way for EU
    Food Production Daily
    The European Food Safety Authority has outlined a raft of key factors needed to assess the hazard posed by pathogens in composite foods after Brussels said it needed to develop harmonized, risk-based rules for importing composite foods into the region. More
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    Women say cost of food hampers healthy eating
    Progressive Grocer
    Women find many excuses not to eat healthy, and many feel bad about it, but according to a new national poll in the June 2012 issue of "ShopSmart" magazine, the cost of healthful foods is the top deterrent that keeps 57 percent of women from doing so. More
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    3 steps to implementing PTI compliance program
    The Grower
    If you haven't set up your Produce Traceability Initiative compliance program yet, now may be the time to act, says Dan Vache, vice president of supply chain management for United Fresh Produce Association in Washington, D.C. More
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    Food-based natural nanoparticle discovery opens debate on safety
    Food Production Daily
    Indian researchers have discovered carbon nanoparticles in foods such as bread, corn flakes and caramel — increasing the likelihood that consumption of nanoparticles in food is safe. More
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    Private equity firm creates premium frozen dessert company
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Private equity firm Superior Capital Partners LLC has completed its acquisition of Heinz North America's Foodservice Dessert business and renamed it Dianne's Fine Desserts. The new company will provide gourmet frozen, thaw-and-serve desserts to the food service industry and in-store bakeries. More
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    Japanese company buys Washington frozen food maker
    4-Traders
    Nichirei Foods Inc., Japan's largest frozen food company, today announced its plan to pay $11 million for a controlling, majority interest in InnovAsian Cuisine Enterprises LLC, a frozen food manufacturer based in Washington state. More
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    Linde launches cryogenic transportation system
    SteelGuru
    Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, today announced the launch of FROSTCRUISE®, an in-transit refrigeration system that offers a more environmentally friendly, efficient and reliable cryogenic alternative to diesel-powered mechanical refrigeration. More
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    Transicold to offer Idle Free's electric APU
    Food Logistics
    Midlands Carrier Transicold has signed an agreement to sell, install and service the Idle Free electric auxiliary power unit manufactured by Idle Free Systems. More
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    Virginia to be first inbound stop in new Asia service
    The Journal of Commerce
    The Port of Virginia will gain a "first-in" vessel call in June when MOL will begin making weekly calls at Norfolk International Terminals with its new all-water service between the Far East and the U.S. East Coast via the Suez Canal. More
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    Panama Canal authorities allow new container terminal
    Food Logistics
    The Panama Maritime Authority has granted permits to a private development group to build and operate a new container terminal at the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal. More
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    Kroger receives Black Pearl award for food safety
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    The International Association for Food Protection has named the Kroger Co. as its 2012 recipient of the Black Pearl award for advancing food safety and quality. More
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    Family cultivates Goya Foods into Hispanic success story
    CENTRO Tampa via TBO.com
    The Goya brand was good for more than $150 million in revenue last year in Florida alone, but in the beginning, it was worth only a buck. That's what Prudencio Unanue paid a colleague in the food business for the rights to a name that intrigued him — one that Unanue and his family have spent eight decades developing into one of the largest Hispanic businesses in the United States. More
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