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What's for lunch? Meet the new school menus
U.S. News & World Report
Schools across the country are cooking up new recipes to meet updated federal nutrition guidelines that go into effect this fall. The new regulations, created by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, require schools to serve students fruits and vegetables every day and only fat-free or low-fat milk.

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    Don't blame it on the rain: Ethanol mandate a bad idea in any year
    The Huffington Post
    The long drought will have real consequences for the nation's food and energy markets. But it also creates an opportunity for Washington to take a hard look at the Bush-era mandate known as the Renewable Fuels Standard, which requires that 10 percent of the gasoline we put in our cars be composed of ethanol, most of which is made from corn.

    Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is part of a food group coalition urging the EPA to waive the ethanol fuel mandate. A copy of the coalition's Aug. 10 letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson can be viewed here.

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  • High corn prices force ethanol plant shutdowns (Minnesota Public Radio)
  • US drought and food inflation: Impact of corn, soybean, ethanol (Seeking Alpha)
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    The healthier side of fast food
    The Boston Globe
    New federal requirements for nutrition labeling at restaurants are slated to be released this fall — but health and nutrition already has become a culinary theme within the restaurant industry, according to Joy Dubost, Ph.D., R.D., the director of Nutrition and Healthy Living for the National Restaurant Association. More
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    Ann Romney, Chris Christie to address GOP convention
    The Washington Post
    After a day of suspended animation, the Republican convention will spring to life Tuesday with a busy agenda that includes the formal vote on the nomination of Mitt Romney, a speech by Romney's wife, Ann, and a keynote address by one of the party's stars, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. More
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    Poll: GOP majority calls Romney better nominee than McCain
    The Hill
    Three-quarters of Republican voters believe Mitt Romney is a stronger presidential candidate than John McCain was four years ago — and a sizable majority said the party is more closely aligned with their personal views than in 2008, according to a new poll for The Hill. More
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    Boehner: House Republicans in 'strong position' to retain majority
    The Hill
    Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Monday that Republicans are in a "strong position" to retain their majority in the House and could even expand it. Boehner's statements represent a significant change in position from his dire warnings in April that Democrats had a "1-in-3 chance" of regaining control of the lower chamber. More
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    New advisory panel broadens access to CSA planning
    Truckinginfo
    At the first meeting of a new CSA advisory panel yesterday, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration spelled out the help it needs, calling for ideas and suggestions on how to solve such longstanding issues as public access to data, improvements in the data correction system and whether or not carriers should get credit for safety technology. More
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    Slaughter: NIH outbreak shows need for action on antibiotics
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    FDA should take note of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Clinical Center's struggle to contain the outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant bacteria and move faster to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal production, says Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., in a statement issued late last week. More
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    Foreign Ag Service partners with Nigeria for food safety
    USDA Blog
    The Foreign Agricultural Service is working with the Nigerian government to help the country ensure its exported and imported food stays safe from farm to fork. The training is part of FAS capacity-building efforts that support the African Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000, which aims to boost sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth, spur development and reduce poverty. More
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    Cool Chain IQ survey: California regulations confuse industry
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Cool Chain IQ's industry-wide supply chain survey, conducted recently among 3,000 supply chain specialists, has found nearly a quarter of respondents don't know where to start when it comes to complying with California's 2015 e-pedigree requirements, and 70 percent pegged ease of integration as the factor mostly likely to improve their track-and-trace technology. More
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    Kings chain beefs up back-to-school promotions
    Progressive Grocer
    Coinciding with this year's back-to-school season, the beef checkoff will launch its first "Back to School with Beef" campaign and sweepstakes Sept. 10 through Nov. 2 to promote the nutritional value of lean, protein-packed beef to consumers in the highly populated Northeast corridor. More
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    Heinz expects higher earnings
    The Wall Street Journal
    H.J. Heinz Co. started its latest fiscal year on solid footing, with strong sales growth in emerging markets continuing to help the ketchup-maker overcome a weak recovery in the U.S. and Western Europe. Heinz said Tuesday at its annual shareholder meeting that fiscal first-quarter earnings are expected to rise 23.5 percent, while organic sales, which exclude currency effects, acquisitions and divestitures, rose 5 percent. More
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    What's driving the decline in US meat consumption?
    Food Navigator-USA
    Americans still consume more meat than nearly anyone else in the world, but consumption is declining — and people's reasons for eating less meat have evolved in recent years. More
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    Study: Fast food, fast casual show a growing overlap
    FoodBev.com
    A new report from Technomic shows that differences are blurring between fast food and fast casual restaurants in Canada and reveals the driving forces of the commercial food service industry. More
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    Controversial slaughterhouse back in business
    The Fresno Bee
    Wearing hard hats and hair nets, employees at Central Valley Meat Co. in Hanford, Calif., went back to work Monday after the USDA lifted its one-week suspension of the slaughterhouse. More
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    OSHA fines Tyson Foods after worker dies at processing plant
    Food Production Daily
    Tyson Foods has been hit with proposed fines of more than $104,000 after a worker was killed at its Dakota City processing facility in March. More
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    Food plant celebrates 10 years of no lost time
    Occupational Health & Safety
    About 70 employees work at Rich Products Corp.'s facility in Waycross, Ga., which opened Aug. 19, 2002, and has completed a decade with no lost-time injuries. More
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    Mexican mangoes may be linked to Salmonella
    USA Today
    Daniella-brand mangoes imported from Mexico are being withdrawn from sale in the United States because of a possible link to Salmonella that has sickened 73 people. Splendid Products of Burlingame, Calif., which distributes the fruit, issued the voluntary recall Monday "out of an abundance of caution," says general manager Larry Nienkerk.

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    Ahlstrom to demerge label, processing business
    Food Production Daily
    Ahlstrom announced today it plans to demerge its label and processing business to focus on other areas including food packaging. The label and processing operation will be combined with principally-owned EQT firm Munksjo AB to form Munksjo Corp. More
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    Pate Dawson breaks ground on new distribution center
    ID Report
    Goldsboro, N.C.-based food service distributor Pate Dawson Co. broke ground Aug. 20 on the expansion phase of its planned $9  million distribution center in Statesville Business Park. More
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    MOM Brands completes $140 million expansion
    Area Development
    MOM Brands, the nation's largest family-owned cereal company, will complete its $140 million expansion in Asheboro,N.C., adding 50 new jobs to the region. More
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    Z Trim helps extend shelf life of pizza dough
    Food Ingredients First
    Z Trim Holdings Inc. has announced its Mexican and Central American distributor, F.X. Morales and Associates, is helping pizza chains extend the shelf life of pizza dough. More
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