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Michelle's meals turn off the kids
More than 1 million kids confronted by healthier school lunches are turning up their noses, leaving the cafeteria and heading out to get a burger instead. The difficulty in getting students to eat lower-fat, lower-sodium meals is at the center of a food fight between House Republicans and first lady Michelle Obama that erupted this week.
USDA chief blasts GOP attack on school lunch menus (San Francisco Chronicle)
House GOP plan restricts low-income food aid to 'rural' schoolkids (TPM)
FDA delays $150 million food safety rule
The Food and Drug Administration is delaying an estimated $150 million food safety rule intended to prevent contamination during transit. The FDA announced the rule in February, but said Thursday it is extending the comment period through July 30 to give the industry more time to consider the proposed rule.
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McConnell: GOP voters going for most-electable candidates
The Wall Street Journal
After years of missteps, Republicans are now picking the most-electable GOP candidates in their primaries, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said a day after winning his own primary election.
Mitch McConnell takes victory lap (Politico)
McConnell makes his case for November: I'll make Senate work (The Hill)
Obama has done 23 fundraisers so far this year
The Washington Post
On Thursday evening, President Barack Obama is scheduled to attend two fundraising events in Chicago, his 22nd and 23rd such events of the year. And they'll be on behalf of one of his favorite causes: Democratic Senate candidates.
Paul Ryan signals openness to 2016 run
Rep. Paul Ryan told a group of business elites and donors at a New York City fundraiser that he's asking friends and supporters "to keep their powder dry" as he mulls a 2016 presidential bid.
Criminal charges filed in food safety case against Iowa egg farm
An Iowa-based egg producer and two of its executives are facing federal criminal charges in connection with a 2010 salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of more than a half-billion eggs in the United States, according to federal court documents filed Wednesday.
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Ahold settles U.S. Foods customer lawsuit for $297 million
The Dutch retailer Ahold on Wednesday agreed to pay $297 million to settle U.S. class-action litigation accusing its former U.S. Foodservice distribution unit of defrauding thousands of hospitals and restaurants through overcharges.
US chicken council targets renewable fuel standard
As the federal government is set to lower the Renewable Fuels Standard for this year, the National Chicken Council says the policy has resulted in more than $44 billion in higher feed costs to producers since 2007.
Opinion: Food poisoning case raises questions about food safety
Industrial food processing represents a double-edged sword to consumers. Nearly every day, companies that process food list voluntary recalls of items, often for unlabeled allergens, but sometimes for more serious reasons.
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Protesting fast food workers arrested near McDonald's headquarters
The Associated Press via The Denver Post
Protesters were arrested after crossing a barricade outside McDonald's headquarters Wednesday, as hundreds demonstrated to call attention to the low pay earned by fast food workers.
Related: McDonald's tells workers workers to stay home amid protest (Bloomberg TV)
40 percent of global food, drink launches in 2013 focused on health
Nearly 40 percent of the global launches recorded by Innova Market Insights in 2013 were positioned on a health platform of some kind.
Buen Sabor making consumers into 'freezer believers'
As the daughter of parents who owned one of the first certified organic farms in Maine, Sarah Pike grew up in a big family for whom the freezer was the preservation tool of choice for home-cooked food. Now she's on a mission to persuade consumers of the same thing.
Amy's Kitchen prepares to enter drive-through restaurant market
The Press Democrat
Organic vegetarian frozen food maker Amy's Kitchen, which will open its first restaurant later this year in Rohnert Park, California, is going toe-to-toe with fast food chains in an attempt to change the way people eat.
Tyson expands processing, cold storage in Tennessee
Tyson Foods will invest $15.5 million to add four production lines and expand cold storage capabilities at its Tyson Fresh Meats facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, adding 157 workers.
Greencore aims to double US growth as profit soars
Convenience food giant Greencore aims to double sales in the U.S. as it steps up plans to take a bigger bite of the market. Greencore already has made multimillion-dollar investments in the U.S. in a frozen food plant in Minneapolis and sites in Florida and Rhode Island, which will finally allow the food maker to break in to the sandwich market in New York.
Unilever sells Ragu and Bertolli brands to Mizkan for $2.15 billion
Unilever has agreed to sell its Ragu and Bertolli pasta sauce brands to Japanese condiments maker Mizkan Group for $2.15 billion in cash, bringing it closer to wrapping up the restructuring of its North American food business.
China's Bright Food plans to buy Israel's largest food company
China's Bright Food Group Co. said Thursday it has signed a preliminary agreement to buy 56 percent of Tnuva, Israel's largest food company, from private equity firm Apax and Partners.
Hostess names food industry vet as president and CEO
CSP Daily News
Hostess Brands LLC has announced that food industry veteran William Toler has been named president and CEO. Longtime Hostess executive Rich Seban, who most recently served as the company's president and COO, has been named vice chairman.
Leatherhead appoints new chief of business development, marketing
Leatherhead Food Research has named Alice Cadman, a senior marketing executive at United Biscuits, as its new head of business development and marketing.
Sprouts beating Whole Foods in price war
Sprouts Farmers Market Inc., one of Whole Foods Market Inc.'s fastest-growing competitors, is undercutting the prices of its larger rival by about 13 percent, according to analysis by Bloomberg Industries.
Misbranding leads to recall of 23,000 pounds of chicken products
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Prime Pak Foods, based in Gainesville, Florida, is recalling 23,250 pounds of fully cooked, breaded chicken breast and chicken tender products after discovering the labels fail to declare the eggs, milk and wheat used in the breading.
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10 ways to keep rising food costs in check
The Huffington Post
As the heat index rises, so will your grocery bill this summer. It's all thanks to Mother Nature, who has been doing a number on our food supply.
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