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States target school nutrition to prevent obesity
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
State legislatures in 2011 continued to enact laws to promote healthy communities and prevent childhood obesity, according to a new report by the National Conference of State Legislatures. Improving school nutrition and enhancing the built environment were among the highest priorities in 2011. More
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Senate rejects effort to cut food stamp program
The Associated Press via WHP-TV
The Senate has turned back an effort by Kentucky Republican Rand Paul to drastically cut food stamp spending and replace the food aid program with block grants to the states. The 65-33 vote to defeat the Paul amendment was part of debate on a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm and food bill.

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    Wal-Mart faces new food safety complaints in China
    The Wall Street Journal
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is facing new accusations of food safety violations in China, as the retailer attempted to recover from a pork labeling scandal that jolted its China operations last year. Beijing's Food Safety Administration said Thursday it accused Wal-Mart of violating food safety standards in March by selling sesame oil exceeding standard amounts of benzopyrene and squid containing hazardous levels of cadmium.

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    House Democrats lay out path to majority
    The Hill
    The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, in a memo released Thursday, laid out the math behind their argument that Democrats can flip the 25 seats they need to reclaim the majority in the House. More
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    Obama vs. Romney in Ohio
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney offered dueling addresses on the economy in the critical swing state of Ohio Thursday, providing the first real split-screen day of the general election.

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    Opinion: Can Mitt Romney survive GOP intraparty war?
    POLITICO
    Jeb Bush has opened a can of worms the Republican Party does not want to peer into. At a time when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney needs to extend his fragile hold on the GOP, Bush has begun a new war inside the party. He created a fresh climate of doubt when it seemed there could be reconciliation between the Reagan populists and the Bush elitists. More
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    WTO panel sides with China against US antidumping complaints
    Perishable News
    A World Trade Organization dispute panel sided with China in challenging U.S. antidumping duties on imports of shrimp and saw blades, in yet another ruling against a controversial method of calculating antidumping duties that the Obama administration recently agreed to end.

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    Illinois lawmakers warn minimum wage increase not dead
    WJBC
    At a McLean County, Ill., Chamber of Commerce Legislative update Thursday, local lawmakers warned business leaders that a bill to increase the state's minimum wage may be dead, but say nothing stays dormant for long in Springfield.

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    NPPC presses Canada to suspend hog subsidies
    National Hog Farmer
    The National Pork Producers Council is requesting that Canada suspend its hog subsidy programs before entering the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks. NPPC pointed out if similar programs existed in the United States, production would more than double in 10 years and critically effect the Canadian hog market. More
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    Ag labor shortage looms along West Coast
    Capital Press
    The supply of seasonal farm labor along the West Coast continues to tighten as farmers struggle to assemble crews in time for the annual fruit harvests, and some in the industry worry the shortage will worsen. More
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    Researchers: Soft drinks not major contributor to child obesity
    Food Navigator
    Consumption of soft drinks and other sweetened beverages is not a major contributor to the rising levels of childhood obesity, according to Canadian research that assesses consumption and risk in more than 10,000 children and youths.

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    Premier Foods now a target for China's Bright Foods?
    Food Manufacture
    Premier Foods could be targeted lock, stock and barrel by China's acquisitive Bright Foods, analysts have suggested, after the U.K.'s largest food manufacturer announced it had found a buyer for its vinegars business today. More
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    Casey's General Store experiences big jump in pizza program
    Pizza Marketplace
    Casey's General Stores Inc. continues to gain more share of the pizza segment, reporting a 16.8 percent jump in same-store sales for its prepared food and fountain line. More
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    Cold chain packaging enables shippers to reduce footprint
    Food Logistics
    ThermoPod Protective Packaging has debuted a packaging solution that will help in sustainability initiatives. ThermoKeeper insulated box liners, cold chain packaging for food goods, beverage goods and other temperature-sensitive shipments, are made with ASTM tested and certified biodegradable components. More
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    New food company aims to 'unjunk the world'
    PR Newswire via The Sacramento Bee
    A long simmering feud between Boston entrepreneur Michael Bronner and his 15-year-old son, Nicky, came to a head this week with the nationwide launch of a new mission-driven food company called Unreal Brands™ — a business focused on "unjunking" food. More
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    Poll: Hourly employers optimistic about hiring outlook
    Pizza Marketplace
    While private employers added a disappointing 82,000 jobs in May, employers that are part of hourly employment network Snagajob are "optimistic" when asked about their general hourly hiring outlook. More
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