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Food fight: The fallout over free school lunches
No one is staging a coup in the cafeteria yet, but as American students prepare to head back to school, there is a battle brewing over the National School Lunch Program that feeds millions of American children each year.
Related: Los Angeles students reject new school lunch program (The Daily Meal)
Frozen Food Foundation announces 2013 Freezing Research Award winner
The Frozen Food Foundation, in conjunction with the International Association for Food Protection, this week awarded Dr. Da-Wen Sun with the fourth annual Frozen Food Foundation Freezing Research Award.
Some food safety experts worry salad not the culprit in Cyclospora outbreak
Food safety experts are beginning to grumble that an investigation into the latest food-borne illness is taking too long to find the exact source of the outbreak. Two states, Iowa and Nebraska, have reported they believe the outbreak is linked to prepackaged, bagged salad mix, but others aren't so sure.
Related: As frustration mounts, DeLauro seeks answers on response (Food Safety News)
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Congress leaves with big problems unsolved
The government shuts down Sept. 30. The farm bill isn't done. The appropriations process is in shambles. Immigration reform is stagnant. And Congress is heading for the exits.
Judging the (un)productivity of the 113th Congress
The Washington Post
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid, D-Nev., adjourned the Senate Thursday evening by thanking colleagues for a productive work period. "None of us got what we wanted, but we all got something," Reid said. Fact check, perhaps?
Obama talks budget with GOP senators
White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has been holding low-key meetings with Senate Republicans on the budget, but on Thursday he brought in a high-profile guest negotiator: President Barack Obama.
House votes to give Congress power over costly regulations
Taking direct aim at executive branch power, the House on Friday approved legislation requiring Congress to sign off on the most costly federal regulations.
House Republicans to push $40 billion cut to food stamp program
U.S. House Republicans plan to seek a $40 billion cut in food stamps for the poor, the head of the House Agriculture Committee said Thursday — double the amount previously sought by conservatives. The plan was quickly condemned by Democrats.
Related: Pelosi predicts no farm bill by October deadline (The Hill)
US claims WTO win in China chicken fight
The United States said Friday it has won the first round of a major international trade battle over Chinese chicken tariffs, as the World Trade Organization agreed China unfairly slapped high duties on American chicken exports.
French court overturns ban on Monsanto GMO corn
France's highest administrative court on Thursday rejected a government ban on growing Monsanto's MON810 genetically modified maize.
Hawaii's GMO bill moves to committee Monday (The Garden Island)
Key points in GMO debate (AP via The Boston Globe)
Importers transformed into food safety 'detectives' under FSMA
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Transforming importers into food safety "detectives" on par with FDA food inspectors will not be easy as the industry struggles to meet a new proposed Foreign Supplier Verification Program rule, a food import expert says.
Opinion: Health lifestyle ads from Big Soda – hypocritical or helpful?
For years now, the soda and fast food industry, blamed for rising obesity rates in the U.S., have been battling an image problem. Will promoting healthy lifestyles redeem them?
EFSA green-lights time-temperature indicator materials
Food Production Daily
Active materials used to create a time-temperature indicator on the packaging of chilled food have been backed by the European Food Safety Authority.
Unilever launches first food waste app
Unilever Food Solutions has launched the first app in the industry to help chefs cut down on food waste. The Wise Up on Waste app is aimed at chefs and caterers in the food industry.
The value menu: Healthier for you and your wallet?
The Associated Press via Santa Cruz Sentinel
Picking up fast food to go doesn't have to tax your wallet or waistline quite so much — if you stick to the value menus popular among fast food chains.
Consumer spending, inflation rise in June
U.S. consumer spending increased and inflation pushed higher in June, which could strengthen expectations that the Federal Reserve will curtail its bond purchases later this year.
Kellogg CEO challenged on rain forest during earnings call
Kellogg Co. CEO John Bryant found himself ear-to-ear with a shareholder activist during Thursday's earnings conference call. As Bryant was explaining the company's profit of $1 per share on most items, a caller demanded to know what the world's largest cereal-maker planned to do about allegations that a China partner has contributed to the destruction of rain forests.
Meat bacteria 'breakthrough'
Global Meat News
A food equipment manufacturing company has claimed its upgraded patented meat treatment system can reduce microbial bacteria on all exposed meat surfaces by up to 99.9 percent.
Organic grocer Sprouts Farmers shares double in debut
Shares of organic grocer Sprouts Farmers Market Inc. more than doubled in their market debut Thursday as investors scrambled for a stake in the fast-growing health food industry.
Appeals court sides with Tyson employees on donning and doffing
An appeals court in Wisconsin this week ruled in favor of six Tyson Prepared Foods employees, reversing a county circuit court ruling that had favored the company in a donning and doffing lawsuit.
House of Raeford shutters North Carolina turkey plant
House of Raeford Farms ceased slaughter operations at its turkey processing plant in Raeford, N.C., Thursday. Closure plans also include the phasing out of turkey growing and hatchery operations in eastern North Carolina.
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