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Maine senator postpones potato nutrition battle — for now

NPR
It's hard not to think of french fries as a key part of school lunch, glistening like a beacon from the battered plastic tray. But if the folks at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have their way, we could see a lot fewer of them. More
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Senate agricultural appropriations panel expected to boost food safety funding

The Hill
A Senate appropriations panel will vote Wednesday on legislation to increase funding for food safety by $40 million to $45 million next fiscal year, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, told The Hill. More
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Improving school food: If Los Angeles Unified can do it, why not your school district?

Eco Child's Play
Los Angeles Unified School District has taken steps to improve school lunches, replacing frozen food with fresh and giving students input into menus. If a district that size can do it, why can't your school district? More
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Teamsters' Hoffa stands by Labor Day remarks about tea party

The Washington Post
Tea party groups called on him to apologize, but Teamsters' boss Jimmy Hoffa kept to the remarks he made at a Labor Day rally in Detroit on Monday in which he called on workers to "take out" tea party members.

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Democrats fear it's too late

The Hill
President Barack Obama's new effort to revive the ailing economy may be too little, too late, according to Democrats and liberal policy experts. More
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Obama's jobs speech will renew push for spending to boost economy

The Washington Post
As the president prepares to deliver a pivotal address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, it seems like a replay of the economic agenda he outlined while seeking the Democratic nomination. More
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Rick Perry to debut as debater at Reagan Library

The Washington Post
Even Ronald Reagan won't be able to compete with the attention likely to be focused on Texas Gov. Rick Perry at Wednesday's Republican debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in California. More
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Jon Huntsman looks to back up tough talk at debate

The Washington Post
On stage tonight, Jon M. Huntsman Jr. must back up and expand on his Twitter tough talk. Otherwise, he could be remembered as the guy who tossed rocks and hid his hands — not unlike now-departed candidate Tim Pawlenty. More
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GOP freshmen return, resume effort to roll back regulations

USA Today
After the summer's red-hot battles over the nation's debt ceiling, Republican freshmen return to the nation's capital Wednesday emboldened for one of the fights that could dominate the fall: repealing environmental and labor rules Republican leaders say have stymied hiring. More
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Backdrop to Hill energy agendas

Politico
Congress is back this week, and that means lawmakers will resume their largely symbolic debate over energy policy and Environmental Protection Agency regulations — one that will set the parameters for their tussle over spending strategy for next year. More
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Spurned on smog, Lisa Jackson has choice to make

Politico
Will EPA chief Lisa Jackson stay or go? That's the new parlor game among Washington insiders after the White House publicly undercut the agency's attempts to install tougher regulations on smog. More
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Oat growers could face mycotoxin limits

Farmers Weekly Interactive
Oat growers potentially could be hit with new rules for mycotoxins amid concerns that dry summers are leading to higher levels of grain contamination, according to the European Commission. More
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Stringent norms to make food processing exports globally competitive

SME Times
The government is implementing a scheme of research and development and quality control to enable adherence to stringent quality and hygiene norms to face global competition and export, the Lok Sabha was informed Tuesday. More
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Food labeling application empowers Australian consumers

International Business Times
A review of the Australia's food labeling laws early this year failed to recommend a mandatory traffic light system for unhealthy food, pointing out the system should be implemented on a voluntary basis. This week, a new mobile phone application was launched in Melbourne to track fat and sugar content. More
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Catalina: Major packaged goods brands lost 46 percent of loyalists

Advertising Age
The top 100 packaged goods brands saw reduced loyalty from 46 percent of their loyal consumers during the past year, exacting a steep toll on sales, according to a study by Catalina Marketing based on shopper loyalty card data. More
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Kraft CEO calls timing right for split

The Wall Street Journal
Kraft Foods Inc.'s chief executive defended the timing of the food company's planned split-up, saying a separate North American grocery unit and a global snacks business can yield improved performance faster on their own. More
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When apricot met plum

The Wall Street Journal
For 50 years, the Zaiger family has been striving for a perfect piece of fruit: juicy like a plum, but not as messy. Sweeter, too, with a cherry snap. More
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Exports to China vital to food manufacturers

Food Manufacture
Food and drink exports to China — which have been increasing steadily in recent years — will prove key in helping U.K. manufacturers reverse falling margins, according to the Food and Drink Federation. More
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ISS: Ralcorp should explain ConAgra rejection

St. Louis Business Journal
Ralcorp Holdings Inc. should explain why its directors rejected ConAgra Foods Inc.'s $5.18 billion takeover bid, said ISS, a shareholder advisory service. More
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Meat processors look for secret ingredient to provide wholesome, affordable products to consumers

FoodProcessing
The U.S. has seen almost three dozen meat and poultry recalls since Jan. 1, and — while this causes fear and frustration — it also highlights the fact animal protein remains the center of most consumers' plates. In fact, two segments of the market have maintained double-digit growth even during the economic downturn. More
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BASF unveils 'Think Newtrition' marketing initiative

Nutrition Horizon
At the first Vitafoods Asia trade show, which started in Hong Kong, BASF is presenting "Think Newtrition." With this initiative BASF aims to support its customers in meeting the needs of today's consumers as their awareness of the balance between nutrition and well-being increases. More
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Flourishing food firm reflects rising fortunes of Welsh Valleys

The Western Mail
Chris Bradshaw set up Tillery Valley Foods in Wales in 1984, having identified an opportunity in the marketplace for chilled foods. Now the business has grown to supply chilled and frozen meals to U.K. hospitals. More
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Tomato conference opens with food safety spotlight

The Packer
Food safety was the focus of the opening day of this year's Joint Tomato Conference. During a Sept. 6 workshop on food safety training and good agricultural and best management practices, researchers and food safety leaders updated the industry on safe tomato handling and food safety rules. More
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