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Fast food workers to launch intensified protests across US
Line cooks, cashiers and other fast food restaurant workers across the U.S. plan to walk off the job this Thursday in an ongoing battle with their employers to gain a $15 hourly wage, organizers said Monday.
Related: Fast food workers demanding raises will strike in 150 cities (Bloomberg)
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McDonald's to boost China supplier audits after food safety scandal
McDonald's Corp. will increase the number of audits it conducts of suppliers in China, the firm said Tuesday, after a food scandal in July dented China sales at the U.S. fast food chain and rival Yum Brands Inc.
Survey: Foreign companies in China feel 'targeted' (The AP via The Inquirer)
Video: McDonald's China scandal may jolt food safety laws (The Wall Street Journal)
American diet 'improving' but remains poor overall
Medical News Today
The good news is that a new study has reported dietary quality in the U.S. has improved steadily over the past decade. The bad news, however, is a disparity in overall dietary quality between different socioeconomic, racial and ethnic groups, which continues to grow, according to a new study from Harvard.
Halfway House: GOP falling short in midterms
Tepid fundraising, underperforming candidates and a lousy party brand are threatening to deprive House Republicans of the sweeping 2014 gains that some top party officials have been predicting this year.
House races preview (Politico TV)
8 questions – and answers – about the midterm elections (The Washington Post)
GOP eyes agenda for Senate
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
As odds improve that the GOP will control both chambers of Congress next year, Senate Republicans are starting to plan an agenda intended to extract policy concessions from President Barack Obama without inducing the capital's market-rattling brinkmanship of recent years.
How the 2016 GOP presidential wannabes spent the summer
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
This Labor Day week marks the official start of the 2014 general-election season, so what's the logical thing to do? Look forward to the 2016 presidential election, of course.
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Health officials: 1 in 10 packaged foods contains trans fat
People may be consuming more trans fat than they think, as a result of misleading food labels, according to a study from the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Related: Food labels aren't easy to understand (The Washington Post)
2 central New York schools opt out of National School Lunch Program
When high school students in the Fayettevlle-Manlius and Baldwinsville school districts go back to class this week, they'll find food more to their liking in the lunch room. Both districts have opted out of the National School Lunch Program because too many students had stopped buying lunches, threatening the viability of the program.
Students strike back at healthy school lunches (KTRH)
Capitalizing on new school nutrition policies (Fast Casual)
South Korea lifts ban on beef with feed additive
South Korea has lifted a ban on the use of animal feed additive zilpaterol in beef, opening the door to imports containing the growth enhancer as well as domestic sales of the product.
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Birds Eye set to launch major campaign for new Steamfresh range
To support the launch of their new Steamfresh vegetable range, the Birds Eye brand is gearing up to roll out a $9.2 million campaign aimed at revolutionizing customer perception when it comes to frozen food products.
New report seeks to analyze effectiveness of global traceability systems
Global Meat News
The tracking of affected products, following an incident of foodborne illness or animal disease, is just one of the complications to arise as a result of increased global activity in the trading of food.
Related: Which countries are best at tracing origins of their food? (Care2)
Brand building in the Maine #blueberry barrens
Portland Press Herald
On a cloudy August day on the blueberry barrens, about a dozen female bloggers from around the country, most of them registered dietitians, picked up metal blueberry rakes and obligingly stooped to conquer Maine's wild blueberry. The feedback was immediate.
Supplier trouble forces recall of Kraft American Singles
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product because a supplier did not store an ingredient used in this product in accordance with Kraft's temperature standards.
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Cargill, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Corp. recognized for safety
Food Quality News
Cargill, Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Corp. were among winners for implementing employee safety and health programs at an industry awards ceremony.
ConAgra's Ralcorp flop invites breakup talk
The best way for ConAgra Foods Inc. to commemorate the two-year anniversary of buying Ralcorp Holdings Inc. may be to undo the deal.
Burger King has maneuvered to cut US tax bill for years
Burger King may have taken a lot of flack in the past week for a deal that should curb its U.S. tax bill but in many ways it is consistent with the burger chain's aggressive tax-reduction strategies in recent years.
New method could authenticate organic produce
How do you know you're vegetables are actually organic? According to experts, fake organic food really does exist. However, scientists studying conventional and organic tomatoes are trying to come up with a new way to make sure farms are labeling their produce appropriately.
More fruits and vegetables can add flavor and health benefits
Ohio's Country Journal
It's September and "More Matters Month" — more fruits and vegetables matter, that is. USDA encourages us through their My Plate program to fill at least half of our plates with fruits and vegetables.
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