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Retired generals back FLOTUS in food fight
First lady Michelle Obama has an unexpected force backing her up in the simmering fight over school lunch standards: retired admirals and generals.
BPI to hire workers, source beef trim at Kansas plant
Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based Beef Products Inc. announced Monday it plans to begin collecting fresh beef trimmings at its Garden City, Kansas, location, in conjunction with the Tyson Foods production operations there, in support of its current Dakota City, Nebraska, facility that manufactures lean finely textured beef.
USDA's advice on food waste: 'If it's frozen, it's safe to use'
In a blog post advising consumers about how to cut down on food waste, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service explains that frozen foods "are safe forever because bacteria and other pathogens cannot grow in food that's frozen at 0°F or below."
Hillary Clinton criticizes Obama's foreign policy
The Washington Post
Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton has not yet said whether she will pursue the presidency. But for a candidate-in-waiting, she is clearly carving out a foreign policy distinct from the man she used to serve.
6 times Clinton has broken from Obama (The Hill)
Hillary Clinton gives liberals 2008 deja vu (Politico)
What if the 2014 election isn't really about Obama?
The Washington Post
Another new poll shows President Barack Obama's approval rating dropping, with just 40 percent of registered voters viewing his tenure in a positive light. The poll also shows the GOP asserting what would be quite a favorable lead in a generic 2014 matchup, 43 percent to 38 percent. But at least on its surface, the McClatchy/Marist College poll suggests the 2014 election isn't really about Obama.
Campaign 2014: Overtime optics
For those of you who thought we'd know this week whether embattled Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., and appointed Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, were headed back to Congress, think again.
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Vermont asks court to dismiss GMO lawsuit
Food Poisoning Bulletin
Vermont's attorney general has asked a federal district court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and other food industry groups over a new Vermont law that requires all food made with genetically modified organisms to be labeled as such.
Related: Vermont AG: First Amendment challenge does not stand up (Food Navigator-USA)
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Commission responds to Russian trade sanctions
The EU has reassured food producers that new measures brought in by the Common Agricultural Policy including a crisis reserve are in place to assist them in the fallout of Russian trade sanctions — adding that a joined-up European response is needed to help "reorient" markets rapidly.
FSIS tells inspectors when and how to sound the OSHA warning on safety
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
FSIS has issued new directives to its inspectors, outlining the procedures for notifying OSHA if they see any of a wide range of unchecked workplace safety hazards in meat and poultry production facilities.
Kettle's 'reduced fat' chip lawsuit to continue
Bakery & Snacks
Diamond Foods has been granted partial dismissal on claims made against its use of "reduced fat" messaging on Kettle chips, but the complainant has been given time to amend his case.
Federal data tracks antimicrobial trends
Food Safety News
A day before its 2014 Scientific Meeting at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System released its latest Executive Report, detailing the trends in antimicrobial resistance.
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