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Federal grants helping students select fresh foods in the lunchroom
Agriculture Under Secretary Kevin Concannon on Thursday announced a series of grants and tools designed to help schools serve healthier meals and snacks — and help students select them — as they return from summer breaks.
Related: Tossing the first lady's lunch (Bloomberg Businessweek)
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Food prices on the rise as fuel prices decline
American Institute for Economic Research
Higher food prices in July were reflected in grocery bills. Food at home prices increased 0.3 percent, led by meats, poultry, fish, and eggs.
Food buyers lean toward 'natural,' a claim that's hard to define
Los Angeles Times
There's something about "natural" food that appeals to consumers. But many of us are at a loss to define exactly what "natural" means. And, according to Michele Simon, a public health lawyer based in Northern California, that state of confusion is right where the food industry wants us.
The Romney-Ryan ticket rides again
Pine as Republicans might for the past, Mitt Romney's appearances on Thursday with his former running mate don't presage a presidential run for either one.
Romney: It's Ryan's turn to run for president (The Hill)
Poll: Scott Brown closes gap with Jeanne Shaheen (Politico)
Nunn whacks Perdue in Georgia forum (Politico)
Democrat committees bested GOP in July fundraising
The Wall Street Journal
Democrats' fundraising committees fared better across the board than their Republican counterparts last month in fundraising, despite indications that Democrats will face tougher elections come November.
Democrats find Obamacare ammo
Vulnerable Democrats are finding ways to tout Obamacare in an election cycle where the unpopular law was expected to be a liability for their party.
Related: Poll: Pryor up 5 on Cotton in Arkansas (The Hill)
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Russian official says US meat companies 'not coming back' after sanctions
Sergei Dankvert, the head of Russia's food safety agency, Rosselkhoznadzor, said recently banned pork and beef from the U.S. will be replaced by supplies from China and India for now. And when the sanctions lift, he said, the American suppliers are not welcome back.
Related: Russian import bans a boon for food tycoons (Reuters)
Rancho trouble trailed USDA staffing cuts
The Press Democrat
A decision by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cut the number of food safety inspectors at a Petaluma, California, slaughterhouse is coming under new scrutiny this week, with federal prosecutors alleging that Rancho Feeding Corp. employees processed 180 diseased or condemned cattle after USDA reduced its presence at the facility.
Related: Next action in Rancho criminal case delayed to Sept. 24 (Food Safety News)
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FDA fine-tunes reporting, recordkeeping related to food
Office of the Federal Register
In a proposal slated for Monday's edition of the Federal Register, the FDA is opening a public comment period for its Reportable Food Registry and recordkeeping requirements, which have been submitted to the OMB for review.
Canada introduces mechanically tenderized beef labels
The Canadian government has introduced new mandatory labels that must clearly indicate when beef is mechanically tenderized and include instructions for safe cooking. The regulation took effect Thursday.
CFIA suggests improvements to US meat inspection system
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has posted an audit report on USDA's meat inspection system that found "adequate" performance but suggested some improvements.
Frequency of reported China food safety problems could be sign of progress
High-profile reports of food safety problems at suppliers to McDonald's, KFC and Heinz in China this month might lead to you to think food safety conditions in the country are worsening. Yet an increase in the discovery of food safety threats may also be a sign that public health offices and organizations are making progress in detecting problems.
Mexico plays the heavy on food ads
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Mexican authorities are restricting food marketing to children on television and in movie theaters, part of an attack plan against rising health problems as Mexicans get fatter.
Nestle puts supply chain on alert after dairy cow abuse
After cutting ties last year with a Wisconsin supplier that was documented abusing dairy cows, Nestle announced Thursday it's making sweeping reforms to improve the welfare of farm animals in its supply chain.
General Mills files patent for sodium reduction via enhanced saltiness
Bakery & Snacks
General Mills has developed a method to enhance perceived saltiness using taste-modulating bioactive compounds, thus enabling sodium reduction.
Too much corn with nowhere to go as US sees record crop
From Ohio to Nebraska, thousands of field inspections this week during the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour show production of corn could be 1 percent more than the government's estimate and soybeans 1.2 percent higher, according to a Bloomberg survey of crop scouts.
Listeria contamination forces recall of 93,000 pounds of chicken Caesar salad
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
After inspectors in Michigan received two confirmed positive Listeria results from chicken Caesar salad kits purchased at a bulk warehouse chain, FSIS investigators traced the problem to contaminated chicken from APPA Fine Foods in Corona, California, which is now recalling 92,657 pounds of the salad kits.
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Hostess to shutter birthplace of Twinkie
The Associated Press via The Columbus Dispatch
About 400 people will lose their jobs and a piece of American baking history will shut down when Hostess Brands closes the suburban Chicago bakery where the Twinkie was invented.
Regulation uncertainty kills a product line
Manufacturing Business Technology
It appears the threat of new Food and Drug Administration regulations in the cheese industry hasn't gotten old and moldy just yet.
The strange history of frozen food: From Clarence Birdseye to the Distinguished Order of Zerocrats
Gregory Ng is a marketing agency creative director from North Carolina and the self-proclaimed "Frozen Food Master." He walks the frozen food aisle twice a week at every major supermarket chain. He gets two or three shipments of new frozen meal or snack options per week on dry ice. The options, he says, have grown as the industry has expanded.
Balancing technology and process to maintain your cold chain
Fresh Fruit Portal
Maintaining a cold chain is a science, especially in today's global market. There are numerous factors that must be considered at all times to secure the integrity of the temperature-sensitive products being transported.
Holland logistic firm to expand operations in West Michigan
Holland-based HTC Logistics Inc. on Thursday announced a 600,000-square-foot expansion to its dry and temperature-controlled and cross dock operations in West Michigan.
Annie's combining right ingredients to tempt investors
Annie's is a leading producer of natural and organic foods, offering more than 145 products in over 35,000 retail locations throughout the United States and Canada. The market leader in four categories, Annie's is attracting interest from investors.
Coveris acquires Learoyd Packaging for undisclosed sum
Food Production Daily
Coveris has acquired Learoyd Packaging, a print specialist supplying flexible packaging to supermarkets, own-brand labels, food manufacturers and retailers.
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