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USDA's plan to limit potatoes in school lunches draws reaction — from schoolchildren

NPR
The Agriculture Department plans to limit potato consumption among schoolchildren to two servings a week. But politicians and farmers in potato-growing states such as Maine say the spud is being unfairly targeted. As it turns out, schoolchildren have strong opinions about potatoes too.

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    Vilsack: FTAs offer opportunities for jobs, economic boost

    Farm Futures
    Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, during a teleconference with reporters, said the pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama will support thousands of jobs and add billions of dollars of economic activity to the economy.

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  • Washington's free trade adult: John Boehner acts presidential (The Wall Street Journal)

    Editor's note: Members of the frozen food community can urge their elected officials to support passage of the trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama through the Friends of Frozen Food grassroots platform, accessed by clicking here. More
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    Prices for food and gas soon could fall

    USA Today
    Consumers might catch a break on the price of gasoline and baked goods and sweets as the Thanksgiving-Christmas season approaches, because of a sudden tumble in worldwide commodity markets. More
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    Obama goes on the attack, to Democrats' delight

    The Washington Post
    There is a noticeably more aggressive, confrontational President Barack Obama roaming the country these days, selling his jobs plan and attacking Republicans for standing in the way of progress by standing up only for the rich. More
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    Opposition to Obama grows — strongly

    The Washington Post
    Four in 10 Americans "strongly" disapprove of how President Barack Obama is handling the job of president in the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, the highest that number has risen during his time in office and a sign of the hardening opposition to him as he seeks a second term. More
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    With Christie not running, will Romney or Perry prosper?

    The Washington Post
    With New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie forgoing a run for the Republican presidential nomination, two questions hold the key to the future of the GOP race: Can Mitt Romney finally expand his support within the party, and can Rick Perry bounce back? More
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    Poll: New low in Americans' approval of Congress

    The Washington Post
    After nine months of contentious battles on Capitol Hill, Americans have reached a new level of disgust toward Congress that has left nearly all voters angry at their leaders and doubtful they can fix the problems facing the country. More
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    CFA panel eyes ramifications of food safety, nutrition cuts

    Food Chemical News
    If the funding cuts included in the two separate bills approved by the House of Representatives and Senate appropriation committees are embraced, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service might face the decision of furloughing 350-400 of its 9,500 inspectors, Scott Lilly, a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, warned Monday at the Consumer Federation of America's annual conference, in Washington, D.C.

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  • CFA panel raises concerns about FDA implementation of FSMA (Food Chemical News) More
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    Reid sets stage for next vote on China currency bill

    The Hill
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., filed a cloture motion Tuesday night to end debate on the pending Chinese currency bill.

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    FDA research program led to Listeria discovery in lettuce

    The Wall Street Journal
    The recent discovery of deadly Listeria contamination in bags of chopped romaine lettuce was discovered by a federal research effort started this year to gauge food safety conditions surrounding leafy green vegetables.

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    Immigration audits and your business

    U.S. Politics Today
    The Obama administration has increased pressure on employers through immigration audits. Learn how you can protect your company from an I-9 audit. More
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    Laws haven't kept pathogens out of meat, poultry

    The Center for Public Integrity
    Millions of pounds of contaminated meat and poultry still reach — and kill — consumers because of flaws in the system of industry self-regulation and federal oversight. More
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    US taxpayers spent $17 billion on junk food subsidies since 1995

    This Dish is Veg
    In September, CALPIRG released "Apples to Twinkies: Comparing Federal Subsidies of Fresh Produce and Junk Food," a report that found among billions of dollars spent each year in federal subsidies for commodity crops, a steady flow of taxpayer dollars is supporting production of corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, corn starch and soy oils. More
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    FDA awards $1 million to Minnesota for food safety

    Minnesota Ag Connection
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has awarded the Minnesota Department of Agriculture a two-year, $1 million grant to strengthen its capacity to respond to foodborne outbreaks and other food safety events. More
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    EFSA advises overhaul of pork inspections

    Agra-Net
    The European Food Safety Authority has recommended major changes to the way inspections are carried out at pork processing facilities throughout the EU, saying current methods fail to address a number of key biological and chemical hazards. More
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    Exploring new opportunities for potatoes in frozen meals

    Northwest Farm and Ranch Report via AgInfo.net
    A leading provider of consumer research, Packaged Facts, is projecting sales of frozen convenience foods will grow at a rate of 2.8 percent annually during the next several years and will top $18 billion by 2015. More
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    CDC: Cantaloupe outbreak death toll rises to 18

    Time
    Federal health officials have raised the death toll to 18 in an outbreak of Listeria in cantaloupe. More
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    Wal-Mart vice chair Castro-Wright to retire

    The Wall Street Journal
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Vice Chairman Eduardo Castro-Wright, who had presided over the retailer's U.S. store business as its sales began to slump, is retiring from the company. More
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    Teens underestimate calories in fast food

    USA Today
    Teens often are clueless about the number of calories in fast food meals, underestimating the amount by hundreds of calories, a new study shows. More
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    Idaho State, Scan Tech team up for food security

    KIFI-TV
    Homeland security, healthy food and safe medicine: All are huge concerns for America, and now, Idaho State University will be a national hub for making sure all of those things happen. More
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    Frito-Lay unveils 'near net zero' facility

    FoodBev
    PepsiCo's Frito-​Lay North America division has celebrated the success of its most ambitious environmental sustainability project to date by confirming its Arizona facility has reached "near net zero" status. More
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    Legends Foods becomes Republic of Texas Brands

    FoodBev
    Legends Foods Corporation has confirmed the approval of a proposal from president and CEO Laurence Briggs to change the name Legends Foods Corporation to Republic of Texas Brands Incorporated. More
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    British scientists develop cancer-fighting broccoli

    FBR
    Scientists at the Institute of Food Research and John Innes Centre, in the U.K., have developed a heart disease- and cancer-fighting broccoli known as Beneforte, which looks the same as natural broccoli but contains higher levels of health-giving nutrient glucoraphanin. More
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    Nutrition research firm launches new solution to reduce salt

    Food Ingredients First
    It is estimated that in a Western diet, approximately 75 percent of dietary sodium is derived from processed foods while only 10 percent is added by the consumer in the form of table salt. Horphag Research Nutrition is introducing a unique, natural, cost-effective salt enhancer to help lower sodium levels in processed foods. More
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    Potato waste could provide 'new generation' of ingredients

    Food Navigator
    A new extraction method promises to deliver large-scale extraction of potato fibers that could help produce new ingredients and functional hydrocolloids, researchers say. More
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    Survey: Food logistics providers optimistic about business

    Food Logistics
    A newly released survey of third-party logistics providers shows that logistics companies experienced improved economic conditions in 2010, with 88 percent of companies surveyed in North America meeting or exceeding their revenue projections, as compared with only 50 percent in 2009. More
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    Expert: Bioplastics can challenge conventional packaging

    Food Production Daily
    Bioplastic food packaging is getting "closer and closer" to its conventional plastic counterparts and soon could challenge the market, according to European Bioplastics chairman Andy Sweetman. More
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