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Snacks: USDA's solution to healthy lunch complaints
ABC News
According to Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the solution to the growing grumbling over revamped school lunch menus boils down to a good old-fashioned snack.

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    Biggest food safety disasters of 2012: Peanut butter, sushi, cantaloupe and more
    The Huffington Post
    If there's something we tend to take for granted, it's food safety. We hardly expect the bag of lettuce we buy at the supermarket, or the jar of peanut butter or the cantaloupe, to harm us. But 2012 has shown us that as consumers it pays to be vigilant — mass production often lends itself to facilities that have proved a fertile breeding ground for harmful pathogens like Salmonella, E. coli and Listeria. More
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    China's corn imports will have 'massive impact' on world markets
    Food Navigator-Asia
    Corn imports to China will hit 20 million tons per year by 2017, leading to major reverberations on world markets: This is the likely scenario if current trends in the country's pork production and industrialization continue, according to a major study by Rabobank. More
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    Why Mitt Romney isn't going to get blown out
    The Washington Post
    It's easy amid a slew of polling that shows President Barack Obama opening a high single-digit lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney to conclude that we could be witnessing an electoral blowout in the making. But there are plenty of reasons — historical and financial, mainly — to believe the most likely outcome is a narrowing of the race.

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    Gallup: Obama 50, Romney 44
    POLITICO
    The latest from the Gallup tracking poll shows President Barack Obama with 50 percent and Mitt Romney with 44 percent, if the election were held today. More
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    Obama near 270 electoral votes?
    USA Today
    The Electoral College — not the popular vote — determines who wins the presidency, and there are signs that President Barack Obama is close to a majority after the website Real Clear Politics, which aggregates national and state polls, moved Ohio to a "likely Obama" state. More
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    GDP: Drought knocked 0.2 points off growth in Q2
    The Washington Post
    The U.S. economy grew even more slowly than originally thought in the second quarter of 2012, according to new data from the Commerce Department. One culprit? The severe heat and drought that has dented crop production in the Midwest this summer. More
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    Preparing for a return to 1949 farm policy
    PRWeb
    When the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 expires Monday, the nation will revert to the Agricultural Act of 1949 as the last permanent farm legislation. This poses financial pressure for farmers struck by drought this summer and for federal coffers, as "crop price supports will be tied to pre-World War I era indexes," economist Erick Schuck said. More
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    FMCSA: Hours of service rule 'reasonable'
    Transport Topics
    Provisions of the federal hours-of-service rule for truck drivers are "reasonable" and have been "adequately explained" by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency said in a court filing late Monday. More
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    Missouri gets $1.2 million in federal food safety grants
    The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
    Missouri has received more than $1.2 million in federal grants for its food safety efforts. About $900,000 will go to the state health and agriculture departments to develop safety training programs, while $300,000 is set aside for inspecting food processing plants. More
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    EFSA to give initial verdict on GM study next week
    Agra Europe
    The European Food Safety Authority has announced it will deliver its preliminary review of a new study that states concerns over the potential toxicity of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide genetically modified maize NK603 next week. More
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    Survey of comments on allowing Mexico, Canada in TPP
    InfoJustice
    In July the U.S. Trade Representative opened a public comment period on a proposal to allow Mexico and Canada to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. A survey of the feedback shows overall support for the inclusion. More
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    Vietnam set to implement frozen potato tariff
    AgInfo.net
    In accordance with a 2007 World Trade Organization accession agreement, Vietnam was to apply a 16.66 percent tariff on U.S. frozen fry imports by 2012. Potato industry officials have now confirmed that the Vietnamese government will be applying a 15 percent tariff this year. More
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    Campbell closing 2 plants as soup consumption falls
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Campbell Soup is closing two U.S. plants and cutting more than 700 jobs as it looks to trim costs amid declining consumption of its canned soups. More
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    Kraft: Salt in food down by 1 billion teaspoons — and counting
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Kraft Foods Inc. announced Wednesday that it is on track to complete a three-year initiative to reduce sodium by an average of 10 percent across its North American portfolio before the end of the year. Through these efforts, Kraft has already eliminated the equivalent of 14 million pounds of salt, or 1 billion teaspoons, from the North American diet annually. More
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    McDonald's tests in-restaurant TV network
    The Bulletin
    McDonald's is testing its own television network, M Channel, in 700 California restaurants in a pilot project that could expand to all the company's locations. It plans to offer original content and sales and promotion spots. More
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    ConAgra on the lookout for additional 'strategic acquisitions'
    just-food
    ConAgra Foods has confirmed it intends to drive growth in its core business through continued strategic acquisitions that help drive its organic expansion. More
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    Ralcorp considers selling off Post holdings
    PR Newswire
    Ralcorp Holdings Inc. announced today that it is exploring the sale of approximately 6.8 million shares of the common stock of Post Holdings Inc., representing its entire remaining stake in Post. More
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    Dean Foods seeks buyer for Morningstar
    Food Navigator-USA
    Dallas-based dairy giant Dean Foods is inviting potential buyers to cast a slide rule over its Morningstar warehouse delivery business — the smallest of its three divisions — as it seeks to reduce its debt pile. More
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    Reducing acrylamide levels in french fries
    ScienceDaily
    The process for preparing frozen, par-fried potato strips — distributed to some food outlets for making french fries — can influence the formation of acrylamide in the fries people eat, according to a new study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. More
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    Florida community mystified by alarming spike in Shigella
    Food Safety News
    Health officials in Okaloosa County, Florida, have noticed an unusual trend this year: Instead of the average three Shigella infections the county sees each year, a full 73 cases have been reported since the beginning of 2012. But the source of the outbreak remains unknown. More
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    Humidity-regulating films stop condensation in packaging
    Food Production Daily
    Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have created humidity-regulating films incorporating salts that absorb water vapor, leading to extended shelf life and better product appeal. More
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    Study: Philippines still a good target for food exporters
    Food Navigator-Asia
    A new report by a government agency in the Philippines has revealed that in spite of increasing its food production capacity, the country still remains a net food importer, giving cheer to multinational players. More
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    Country singer hopes to reheat his line of frozen foods
    The Wall Street Journal
    With the strong new album "3 Pears," his first collection of original material in seven years, honky-tonk singer Dwight Yoakam is back. He's hoping his defunct Lanky Links and Buffalo Bites frozen food lines will follow suit. More
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