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Students push back on new school lunches
USA Today
Healthier school lunches, required for the first time this year, are getting some push back from students and teachers across the U.S. who say they are still hungry after eating the noon meal. More
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Follow the food: Safety laws shape global trade
Futurity
Nations should carefully consider how establishing or changing their food safety laws could influence global trade, experts caution. Social network analysis of global trade patterns for corn shows that the food safety regulations imposed by national governments are an indicator of how countries organize themselves for trade, according to research published today in PLOS ONE. More
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BASF: Millennials love new delivery formats — and snacks
Food Navigator-USA
We've heard from the branding experts and the market researchers. But what do ingredients firms working with some of the biggest names in food, beverages and supplements think about how to target millennials? BASF says one thing is clear: This generation is more focused on health than their parents were. More
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Poll: Obama widens lead in Ohio, Florida
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama leads Mitt Romney 53 percent to 44 percent in Florida, 53 percent to 43 percent in Ohio and 54 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania, according to a new swing-state poll from Quinnipiac University/CBS News/The New York Times.

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    GOP losing ground ballot-wide — but why?
    The Washington Post
    Ask Democratic strategists when they want the election to happen and they'll uniformly say, "Today." Ask any Republican strategists the same question and they'll acknowledge they're glad they have until Nov. 6 to make their case to voters.

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    Super PACs get new use as lobbying arms on Capitol Hill
    POLITICO
    There's a second act for super PACs. From autism research to dentists, a growing number of cause-based organizations are preparing to use these powerful political committees not for their prescribed purpose — advocating for the election or defeat of candidates — but as de facto lobbying arms on Capitol Hill. More
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    Emulsifying Protein Enhances Frozen Sauces
    OptiSol® 1000 is a superior emulsifying protein providing freeze-thaw stability while improving overall quality in reduced fat sauces and spreads for frozen prepared foods. A natural, clean-label emulsifier, OptiSol 1000 improves flavor and mouthfeel, as well as enhances viscosity, cling and opacity. Get reduced fat with full fat quality at a lower cost than oil. Call Tim Harried at 608-316-8526.




    USDA revises Q-and-A on the meal pattern
    School Nutrition Association
    USDA's Food and Nutrition Service recently released three documents, including a revised Q-and-A section on the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, along with adjusted calculations for short and long school weeks and other resources designed to help students, parents and administrators adjust to the new meal pattern. More
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    Russia bans Monsanto's GM corn after cancer study
    MINA
    Russia has suspended the import and use of an American GM corn following a study suggesting a link to breast cancer and organ damage. The decision by Russia could be followed by other nations in what would be a severe blow to the take-up of the controversial technology. More
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    Multistate venture aims to boost food safety research
    Food Production Daily
    Three U.S. universities have joined forces in a bid to strengthen food safety research and ensure experts nationwide work together. In the first meeting of the Tri-State Research/Extension Funding Program, experts from Michigan State University, Ohio State University and Purdue University focused on maximizing grant funding from external agencies. More
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    K-State awarded $2.5 million to study children and food
    USAgNet
    Kansas State University researchers have won a $2.5 million grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative. The money will be used to fight childhood obesity by identifying what children are eating — and why. More
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    FSIS updates operations rules for meat, poultry plants
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Food Safety and Inspection Service is amending the meat and poultry product regulations pertaining to the schedule of operations. Changes are centered on what tasks should be counted as part of the 8-hour workday in meat and poultry processing facilities. More
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    Opinion: E15 fuel and the ill-prepared marketplace
    Chicago Tribune
    The Renewable Fuel Standard, established by Congress in 2005 and administered by the Environmental Protection Agency, requires that more and more ethanol be blended into the U.S. gasoline supply each year. While the RFS was a misguided policy when enacted by Congress, the EPA has made the flawed law worse.

    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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    Public workshop focuses on food defense
    Office of the Federal Register
    A public workshop slated Nov. 7-8 at Oklahoma State University will examine food defense as it relates to farms, food manufacturers, processors, distributors, retailers and restaurants. The event is sponsored by the FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs in cooperation with OSU and the Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center. More
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    RFID tags will be required at New York, New Jersey ports
    Truckinginfo
    Trucks serving the Ports of New York and New Jersey will be required to use Radio Frequency Identification technology sometime next year. The RFID mandate will require each truck serving the port to be identified through its VIN number and other characteristics to enhance port officials' ability to identify vehicle that may pose a security risk, reports the American Trucking Associations' Intermodal Carriers Conference. More
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    Is 'green' meat safe to eat?
    World-Wire
    The organic food movement and growing interest in chemical and additive-free food sources leads to other safety concerns, especially when it comes to organically produced beef. Is "green" meat safe to eat? At what level must consumers sacrifice food purity to ensure safety? More
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    EU project to assess role of health claims on consumer behavior
    Food Ingredients First
    A new EU-funded project kicks off today, aiming to shed light on how consumers interpret health information on food labels and how it affects their purchasing and consumption behavior. Guidelines will be developed based on the results of the four-year study. More
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    Could the EU implement a Europe-wide fat tax?
    Food Navigator
    European policymakers may be considering a Europe-wide fat tax in an effort to combat obesity — although such a move would be complicated and subject to considerable debate, according to Alberto Alemanno, associate professor of law at HEC Paris. More
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    Fruit As It Should Be!

    Wawona demonstrates passion for food quality, delivering the best fruit from the orchard to your freezer. Wawona remains a family owned business with principles on quality, innovations and excellent customer services.
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    Study: Combining label types could benefit consumers
    Food Navigator
    Using a combination of GDA labeling and health logos could help consumers to understand the nutritional content and health implications of food products, according to new research in Appetite magazine. More
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    Why fast food could be good for your waistline
    U.S. News and World Report
    Many people often assume that somehow fast food is worse for weight than what you might order in a sit-down restaurant. While eating fast food on a regular basis is assuredly not a nutritionally sound plan, there are a few reasons why it may well be a weight-friendlier choice than sit-down dining. More
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    USDA's SuperTracker allows users to set calorie goals
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Agriculture Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon announced Tuesday that USDA's SuperTracker has added a new feature that allows users to set personal calorie goals based on targets prescribed by their nutritionists, dietitians and health care providers. More
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    Ben & Jerry's, Frito-Lay the latest targets of 'natural' lawsuits
    Food Chemical News (subscription require)
    Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Frito-Lay bean dip may seem as American as apple pie, but they are now the target of lawsuits by disgruntled consumers unhappy that the products are labeled as "natural." More
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    Preventing pathogen proliferation
    MeatPoultry.com
    The most recent data from Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that each year, roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) get sick from a foodborne illness. But here's the good news: These figures are down significantly from a decade ago. Still, continuous efforts are needed to effectively prevent pathogenic contamination and growth. More
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    Neogen: New products boosting food safety sales
    Food Quality News
    Revenues increased 17 percent from products used to detect pathogens such as E.coli and Salmonella, boosting food safety segment results, Neogen reported in its analysis of first-quarter earnings. More
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    Steaks recalled in another E. coli incident
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled Kirkland brand beef strip loin grilling steaks sold by Costco Wholesale in Edmonton, Alberta, after finding the potential for E. coli O157:H7 contamination.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.
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    Egg-free glaze offers solution for suppliers facing high prices
    Food Ingredients First
    A cost-effective alternative to egg-based glaze has been introduced by Meadow Cheese in an effort to offset high input prices. More
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    California meat processor looks to triple its capacity
    KNSD-TV
    Jensen Meats in Otay Mesa, Calif., is looking to triple the size of its manufacturing facility, opening 200 new jobs during the coming year. More
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