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School lunch fruits and veggies often tossed in trash, study finds
CBS News
New federal guidelines requiring healthier school lunches have made headlines in recent years, but that doesn't mean kids are eating them up. In fact, just a few years after the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act went into effect, a new study confirms what many parents suspected: a lot of school children are taking the required fruits and vegetables and throwing them directly into the trash.

Related: Why the healthy school lunch program is in trouble (The Washington Post)

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General Mills will remove artificial colors, flavors from fruit snacks
Food Navigator-USA
General Mills seeks to lead the charge to remove artificial colors and flavors from artificial sources from the fruit flavored snack category, just as it is doing in the cereal category.
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Splenda sweetener getting a new owner
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The artificial sweetener brand Splenda is changing hands, as Heartland Food Products Group agreed to buy it from a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson.
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Republicans worry Donald Trump will hurt their Senate chances
The Hill
Republicans are increasingly worried that Donald Trump’s candidacy will hurt the party’s quest to maintain the Senate majority in 2016. The real estate mogul’s controversial comments on immigration could cause a trickle-down effect and haunt Republican Senate candidates, party strategists say.

Related: Trump leaving rivals in the dust (The Hill )

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Eyeing March, Republican presidential hopefuls flood the South
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The race for the Republican presidential nomination is starting to develop a Southern drawl. Candidates are descending on Dixie, after changes in the Republican primary calendar put more importance on a set of Southern states that vote early in the nominating process.
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Ben Carson quietly builds support
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The retired pediatric neurosurgeon isn’t generating the headlines or drawing the crowds of Donald Trump, but his numbers in some surveys suggest the appetite for his presidential candidacy might be just as great, if not greater.
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Legal battle continues over Vermont GMO labeling law
Food Chemical News
A food industry bid to block Vermont’s GMO labeling law wrongly belittles the state’s “well-supported concerns” about GM foods “as a sop to idle curiosity” and should be rejected, Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell said in a legal brief filed Monday (Aug. 24) with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
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The government's surprisingly detailed description of what qualifies as mayonnaise
The Washington Post
When regulators at the Food and Drug Administration this month accused the company behind vegan-friendly "Just Mayo" of mislabeling its product, they relied on a decades-old government description of what actually qualifies as mayonnaise.
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Food Freedom bill aims to turn back time to 1967
Food Safety News
In a campaign helped by Virginia farmer and author Joel Salatin, the group has added House Resolution (HR) 3187, the Processing Revival and Interstate Meat Exemption Act, to allow states to permit the intrastate distribution of custom-slaughtered beef, pork, or lamb to individual consumers and restaurants and retail outlets directly serving the public.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Pork producer Smithfield says China exports soared in 1st half
Bloomberg
Smithfield Foods Inc., the world’s largest pork producer, increased shipments to China by 45 percent in the first half of this year, Chief Financial Officer Kenneth Sullivan said. The company, owned by China’s WH Group Ltd., saw exports climb from a year earlier as the country culls as many as 10 million sows, Sullivan said Tuesday on a conference call with investors.

Related: Packaged meats paying for Smithfield (Food Business News)

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Coca-Cola ahead of water sustainability goal
Food Business News
The Coca-Cola Co. is set to become the first global good and beverage company to replenish all of the water it uses in production.
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Dozens of customers report feeling sick after eating at SoCal Chipotle
NBC4-TV
Ventura County health officials say at least 60 customers reported feeling sick after eating at a Chipotle restaurant in Simi Valley, California, last week. Mike Byrne, food safety supervisor for the Ventura County Environmental Health Division, said the restaurant also sent home 17 employees for being sick, closed the business to clean it for a day and brought in new food before reopening.
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Burger King extends marketing olive branch to McDonald's
The Wall Street Journal
Burger King is requesting that McDonald’s join it to fuse the Whopper and the Big Mac into the “McWhopper” in commemoration of “Peace Day,” which is observed next month. The stunt would have the two burger barons join forces at a pop-up store in Atlanta on Sept. 21. Burger King took out full-page ads in the New York Times and Chicago Tribune Wednesday, but the gimmick is surely aimed at the kind of social-media boost it can potentially deliver.
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Organic industry to launch 'myth-busting' social media campaign
Food Dive
The Organic Trade Association and dozens of organic brands and industry members are coming together for the month of September to launch a 30-day social media campaign aimed at clearing up misconceptions about the organic food industry. "Organic Myth-Busting Month" will use the hashtag "#OrganicFestival.
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Kraft Heinz recalls Oscar Mayer turkey bacon for possible spoilage problem
Food Safety News
Kraft Heinz Foods Company of Newberry, South Carolina, is recalling approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products that may be adulterated because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday. The problem was discovered by the establishment during an investigation into spoilage-related consumer complaints.

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Business groups support appeal to keep DeCosters out of prison
Food Safety News
Sending food industry executives to jail for company food safety violations, even if they did not know about them, might seem a useful way to bring about more compliance, but corporate America is rising up to strike down the practice.
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