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What's behind the political food fight at school?
Bloomberg's Yang Yang reports on the battle over the $11 billion school lunch program as the School Nutrition Association attempts to roll back funding for the bill.
Senate Ag Committee explores school lunch implementation (Farm Futures)
School food pits first lady against lunch ladies (Bloomberg TV)
Scientist's healthy frozen treats find fan base across North America
The Globe and Mail
Dionne Laslo-Baker, founder of DeeBee's SpecialTea Foods Ltd., discusses the company's TeaPops — the first certified non-GMO, organic, kosher, vegan, tea-based treats that are gluten, dairy, nut and soy free.
Soda tax added to November ballot in San Francisco
The San Francisco Appeal
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week approved a November ballot measure to tax soda and sugary drinks, but not with the unanimous vote they wanted.
Related: California soda tax measures: Whose is better? (AccountingWeb)
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Has Obama hit his low point?
The Washington Post
Barack Obama has skated from crisis to crisis this summer, from insurgents invading Iraq, an avalanche of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the re-ignition of Israel-Palestinian violence and another contentious standoff with Russia. But new polling finds that, despite a wave of bad news, Obama's job approval ratings have not budged. At all.
Poll: Clinton sweeps GOP in Florida
Hillary Clinton is leading all potential Republican 2016 presidential challengers in Florida, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday.
Senate headed for record number of former House members in its lineup
The Washington Post
Despite the record levels of unpopularity of Congress, both parties are fielding members of the House as candidates in races that will probably determine control of the Senate.
China probes food businesses; Hong Kong bans imports in meat safety scare
China's food regulator has visited close to 600 restaurants, businesses and food distributors as it investigates a fast-spreading food safety scare that has dragged in a number of global brands and hit food outlets as far away as Japan.
China meat scare adds foreign suppliers to food worries (Bloomberg)
McDonald's feels 'bit deceived' by audit results from China plant (Reuters)
McDonald's sticks by meat supplier as Yum severs ties (Bloomberg)
GMO labeling initiative qualifies for Oregon ballot
Oregonians will decide in November whether they want to mandate that companies label genetically modified foods. The Secretary of State's Office Wednesday certified 118,780 signatures — well above the 87,213 needed to qualify for the 2014 ballot.
Joint initiative for global food security introduced
The Poultry Site
The Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform and the International Trade Center are inviting key stakeholders in the global food system to join a new private-public partnership initiative.
Farmworkers lose challenge to DOL prevailing wage policy
Law360 (subscriber story)
Several migrant farmworker organizations lost their challenge to the U.S. Department of Labor's implementation of a wage policy that allows employers to use private surveys, rather than publicly available data, to set wage levels, with a Pennsylvania federal judge ruling Wednesday that their claims were not ripe for a decision.
Sticky issues remain in EU-US free trade talks
European food manufacturers welcomed progress on a transatlantic free trade deal at a meeting of negotiators and business leaders in Brussels last week. However, EU and U.S. food manufacturers also took the opportunity to highlight a number of sticking points — from U.S. non-tariff barriers to EU geographical indications.
New methods of detecting Salmonella in pork meat processing
Infections caused by foodborne microorganisms are an increasing public health burden. In a PhD project at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, new methods of characterizing and detecting foodborne illness-causing Salmonella in pork meat processing and in bacteria in water, feed and food samples were studied.
Butter surges to 16-year high as US exports cut reserve
The 1,000 pounds of butter that Gerhard Michler uses every week to make cookies, cakes and petit fours at his San Francisco bakery is leaving the pastry chef with a case of ingredient indigestion.
Unilever sales growth misses estimates on Asian slowdown
Unilever reported second-quarter revenue growth that missed estimates as Asian emerging markets continued to slow and the struggling food business posted another sluggish result.
Should Taco Bell stick to the '4th meal'?
In March, Taco Bell launched its line of breakfast options, taking aim at the McDonald' s classic McMuffin and other morning offerings. So, how is that working out for Taco Bell?
Why even a supermodel couldn't sell the salad bar today
Salad consumption has declined steadily since the fitness-crazed 1980s; today only 4.8 percent of restaurant lunches include a main-dish salad, about half as many as in 1989, according to research firm NPD Group Inc.
Silliker opens lab dedicated to virus detection
Food Quality News
The Silliker Food Science Center has opened a Virus Detection Laboratory in Chicago, the company's second such facility opened this year.
3 food-waste-to-energy plants planned for Massachusetts, Rhode Island
Himark BioGas has signed an agreement with NEO Energy for the design, construction and startup of three integrated anaerobic digestion and fertilizer plants in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to recycle food waste into organic-based fertilizer and renewable electricity.
Corn processing machines geared for small business
Food Production Daily
Hughes Equipment is offering two small-scale corn processing machines designed for operations with lower capacity and smaller footprint than other processors.
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