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Why students hate school lunches
The New York Times
More than 30 million children trundle through school cafeteria lines every day in the United States and thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act , which took effect in 2012, they are no longer served greasy pizza, salty French fries and sauced up chicken wings. Meals must now be lower in fat, calories and sodium and contain lean proteins, more fruits and vegetables and whole grains. And kids from coast to coast are wrinkling their noses.
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Unraveling a 5-year Listeria outbreak
Food Safety News
It’s not every day that you see an outbreak of foodborne illness spanning five years. But that’s what happened with a Listeria outbreak first announced 10 days ago by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
AFFI study: Frozen food, beverage business boosts U.S. economy
Refridgerated & Frozen Food
The frozen food and beverage business plays a significant role in the U.S. economy, according to a new study commissioned by the American Frozen Food Institute. The study found that in 2012, the industry contributed $56 billion to U.S. GDP and accounts for 670,000 jobs across 49 states.
Right sees power grow with end of Boehner era
Speaker John Boehner's, R-Ohio, surprise resignation is resetting the political dynamic in Washington and boosting conservative confidence.
In the short-term, Boehner's decision to step down makes it unlikely there will be a government shutdown this week.
Related: McCarthy faces tricky path to speakership (Politico)
It's make or break time for Jeb Bush
The Washington Post
Jeb Bush is entering a critical phase of his Republican presidential campaign, with top donors warning that the former Florida governor needs to demonstrate growth in the polls over the next month or face serious defections among supporters.
After Scott Walker's exit, it's an all-out scramble in Iowa
The Washington Post
If you were looking for a Republican presidential candidate over the past few days, chances are good that they were here in Iowa.
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China commits to 'further improve' biotech approval process
China has agreed to improve an agricultural biotechnology approval process that U.S. industry officials say has left a number of new products in limbo.
GOP looks to keep government open amid House turmoil
Despite the turmoil in the House GOP caucus, Republican congressional leaders are ready to pass a stopgap funding bill this week to avoid a government shutdown when the fiscal year ends Wednesday.
Rotten eggs and spoiled regulations
Many regulations have a natural shelf life, and when left out past their expiration dates, they tend to spoil. It simply becomes a matter of cleaning out the proverbial fridge. Identifying what is ready for the trash, however, can be tricky. Sometimes it isn't the law itself that went sour, but its effects. Laws that look harmless on their face sometimes aren't, and this can be a recipe for rather nefarious outcomes
'All bets off' for policy agenda as embattled Boehner quits
House Speaker John Boehner abruptly relinquished his leadership amid a growing rebellion in his caucus, throwing into doubt the prospects for getting an agreement on highway funding and on policy issues critical to agriculture.
Senate to hold hearing on WOTUS water bill
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday will hold a hearing on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' participation in the development of the "Waters of the United States" rule.
Meat cut preferences are more important than price or origin
Consumers prefer certain cuts of meat – and origin labelling or price discounts may not affect this, researchers have found.
U.S. cold storage supplies growing
The Cattle Site
There is a lot more frozen meat in the U.S., University of Missouri economists report. Over 35 per cent more beef was in cold storage at the end of August than at the same point in 2014 at 470 million pounds, an increase of 2.4 per cent on July.
Whole Foods Market to cut about 1,500 jobs
Upscale food market operator Whole Foods Market Inc., said it would cut about 1,500 jobs, or about 1.6 percent of its workforce, over the next eight weeks. The cuts are aimed at reducing costs as the company invests in technology upgrades, Whole Foods said in a filing.
Taco Bell redesigns website to expand on mobile app's success
Taco Bell is working backward as it uses technology to sell more food. First came a mobile app, and now the Mexican-inspired chain has redesigned its website.
The 17 most Instagrammed foods around the world
A new project called "The Food Capitals of Instagram" serves to show you where Instagrammers are taking pictures of specific foods — and the geographic popularity of certain dishes might surprise you.
Report: Fast casuals seeking huge slice of $41 billion pizza market
Pizza is Americans’ second-most popular cuisine at quick-service restaurants, according to "Pizza Market in the U.S.: Foodservice and Retail, 2nd Edition," a report by market research publisher Packaged Facts. Sales at U.S. pizza restaurants reached $41 billion in 2014, up 3 percent from 2013. The restaurant pizza segment will have sales approaching $43 billion by the end of 2015, according to a company press release.
McCormick terminates contract with Kohinoor before lock-in period ends
The Economic Times
McCormick & Co Inc., the world's largest maker of spices, seasonings and flavors, has terminated its rice supply and business transfer agreement with Indian basmati rice and processed foods maker Kohinoor Foods Ltd, according to two executives.
Kellogg Company acquires Mass Food Group, Egypt's leading cereal company
Kellogg Company K, today announced it has acquired Egypt's leading cereal company, Mass Food Group, advancing Kellogg's emerging market growth strategy. "The combination of Mass Food Group's manufacturing capabilities, established local brands, and sales and distribution infrastructure, coupled with Kellogg's product innovation, international sales knowledge, iconic brands and marketing expertise, will help unlock the growth potential of the cereal category in the key markets of Egypt and North Africa," said Chris Hood, President, Kellogg Europe.
EU project aims to slash food waste by 30 percent by 2025
A new EU-funded research project involving partners across the EU, as well as in China, will help reduce food waste by 30 percent by 2025, say those behind the project.
Sanderson Farms begins recall of half a million pounds of chicken
Sanderson Farms has announced the voluntary recall of more than half a million pounds of raw chicken products. The products may contain metal fragments.
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