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Opinion: Nutrition guidelines are nanny state run amok

Roll Call
In two short years, the Obama administration has managed to exert partial control over the nation's health care system, automobile industry and Wall Street — and now it wants to control what you can and can't feed your children. More
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Public schools face rising costs of serving lunch

The New York Times
The federal government is making school meals more nutritious this year, but also more expensive. Under a little-noticed provision of the child nutrition bill signed by President Barack Obama in December, school districts are required to start bringing their prices in line with what it costs to prepare the meals.

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School meals healthier, but cost families more (The Takeaway)
Lunch wars: Campaigning for better school lunches (The Salt Lake Tribune)
High cost of healthy food means children eat more junk (FYI Living)

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AFFI urges extension of GSP program, action on free trade

Frozen & Dairy Buyer
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz issued a statement Tuesday urging the administration and Congress to extend the Generalized System of Preferences program and swiftly approve and implement pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia. More
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Obama's popularity slips along with job approval

The Washington Post
With President Barack Obama's approval ratings mired near career lows, the number of Americans holding favorable impressions of him has — for the first time in his presidency — sagged below 50 percent, according to Washington Post-ABC News polls.

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Is Obama an underdog in 2012? (The Washington Post)

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GOP contenders refocus efforts in Iowa

The Washington Post
Texas Gov. Rick Perry's late entrance into the race for president — and quick rise to the top of the field — have caused his top competitors to focus more of their efforts in Iowa to try to slow his rise. More
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Senate targets NLRB in spending bill

POLITICO
Building on last week's House vote, Republicans now are targeting the National Labor Relations Board budget in the Senate, hoping to win over two Democrats and attach a rider barring the agency from pursuing any order threatening Boeing's new non-union 787 production line in South Carolina. More
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Farm lobby's power withers as subsidies face cuts

POLITICO
Washington's debt crisis brings American agriculture to a crossroads this fall, and no other sector of the economy may have more to gain or lose from the debate in Congress over deficit reduction. More
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UN's Abbassian: Global food supply not adequate

Bloomberg via The Washington Post
Abdolreza Abbassian, senior economist at the United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization, speaks about food price inflation concerns, after seeing global food prices hit a record high in February.

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Perfect storm puts hunger back on the agenda (Roll Call)
Agriculture journal: The consequences of inefficiency (The Wall Street Journal)

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EPA expects new leak rule next year

Supermarket News
The Environmental Protection Agency is targeting mid-2012 as the earliest point at which a proposed amendment to Section 608 of the Clean Air Act — which regulates leak repair for commercial refrigeration — would take effect, said Keilly Witman, manager of the EPA's GreenChill Partnership. More
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FDA grants $6.5 million to International Food Protection Training Institute

The Enquirer
In the ongoing effort to prevent foodborne illness, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has awarded a five-year grant of $1.3 million per year to the International Food Protection Training Institute in Battle Creek, Mich. More
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Bachmann targets food industry regulations

International Business Times
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has a new target: food regulations. Bachmann said Tuesday that regulations from the USDA are overburdening food producers, the Associated Press reports. More
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Call for comment on processing aid to reduce Listeria risk

Food Processing
Food Standards Australia New Zealand has invited submissions on an application for a processing aid to reduce the risk of the food poisoning bacteria Listeria. More
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Schumer calls for juice standards

Food Safety News
Carefully skirting the controversy sparked last week by TV doctor Mehmet Oz, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has called on the FDA to set standards for imported juice concentrates and to step up inspection of concentrates from countries such as China that are known to use inorganic arsenic in pesticides.

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Mehmet Oz: Why we raised an alarm on apple juice (Chicago Tribune)

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EFSA chief warns EU vulnerable to food safety threats

Food Production Daily
The European Union increasingly is susceptible to food safety threats, European Food Safety Authority executive director Catherine Geslain-Laneelle has warned. More
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Bartiromo: Wal-Mart CEO sees stressed US consumers

USA Today
The largest employer in the U.S. says short-term economic fixes could work, but sustained job creation won't happen without tax reform and new trade agreements. More
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Can food industry, governments work together to fight obesity?

PBS
The food industry can be a powerful partner in the fight against obesity — if companies are willing to improve the content of products or change advertising approaches, as governments hoping to stem the tide of growing waistlines have found. More
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New York firm recalls meat products over allergy risk

RTT News
M&P Food Production Ltd., a Brooklyn, New York-based manufacturer and distributor of frozen foods, is recalling about 11,000 pounds of chicken, beef, veal and pork dumpling products because of an undeclared milk allergen that is not noted on the label. More
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PepsiCo forms Power of One, Global Snacks Group

FoodBev
PepsiCo has confirmed the formation of the Power of One - Americas Council and the creation of the Global Snacks Group, designed to drive breakthrough innovation across its leading portfolio of global snack food brands. More
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Dole to sell distribution businesses

FoodBev
Dole Food Company has signed an agreement for the sale of Dole ripening and distribution businesses in Spain and Portugal (Dole Spain) to the Compagnie Fruitiere Group. More
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ConAgra looks past Ralcorp to other deals

MarketWatch
ConAgra Foods, having thrown in the towel on its seven-month hostile pursuit of Ralcorp, remains on the prowl for other deals as other U.S. food makers split into multiple companies. More
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'Faster' software for HACCP management

Food Manufacture
A new data monitoring system designed to manage hazard analysis critical control points has been introduced for use in the food industry. More
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Transportation: Is it the weakest link?

Quality Assurance & Food Safety
As both food safety and food defense take on increased visibility and regulation, the industry is finding a bevy of "TRs" are taking on significance: Tracking, Traceability and Transparency. But even as processors are integrating systems to embrace these, one TR in the chain of custody often falls outside their systems: Transportation. More
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White fruits, vegetables linked to lower stroke risk

foodconsumer.org
Eating white fruits and vegetables may help reduce risk of stroke, a new observational study in the journal Stroke suggests. More
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Labor, production costs bedevil Florida growers

The Packer
Labor availability, regulations and increasing production costs dominated discussions during the opening day of the Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association convention. More
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Drop in Arizona food costs bucks US trend

The Arizona Republic
Food prices throughout Arizona fell slightly in the third quarter, ending six months of steady increases that saw grocery costs jump 12 percent for many Arizona consumers. More
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Delta on-site hosted system to drive Calderhead refrigerated transport, cold storage supply chain

Materials Handling World Magazine
Calderhead Refrigerated Transport, a top provider of frozen food storage and distribution, has taken steps to improve its payment model, software management and cybersecurity. More
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Artichoke Basille's arrives in frozen food aisle

The New York Times
About three years ago Francis Garcia took his artichoke pie from his family's restaurant on Staten Island, N.Y., to the Artichoke Basille's Pizza Company — and now he's taking it to the frozen food aisle at the supermarket. More
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