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School lunch proposals set off dispute
The New York Times
Proposed changes to the federally funded school lunch program have ignited a firestorm of debate over everything from the cost of the new guidelines to children's eating habits. The battle is shaping up to as a contentious and complicated fight involving lawmakers, food industry interests, nutrition advocates, farmers and more.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story regarding the effect of USDA's proposed sodium and tomato paste restrictions.
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FDA official addresses FSMA at China food safety conference
Food and Drug Administration
Michael Taylor, an FDA deputy commissioner for Foods, delivered remarks at the China International Food Safety and Quality Conference and Expo in Beijing today. Read his remarks, "Implementation of the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act: Building a Partnership for Prevention."

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is organizing a series of instructional food safety webinars with leading experts to examine topics and issues related to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To register, or for more information, please click here.
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Senate approves bill to fund agencies through fiscal year
Dow Jones via NASDAQ
The U.S. Senate approved in a bipartisan vote Tuesday a $182 billion bill that would fund several federal government departments, including the Food and Drug Administration and the departments of Agriculture, Commerce and Justice through the rest of fiscal year 2012.

Editor's note: The Senate-approved funding bill contains a provision authored by Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Mark Udall, D-Colo., and supported by the American Frozen Food Institute, which prevents USDA from excluding servings of fruits and vegetables that comply with USDA's Dietary Guidelines from federal school meal programs.
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Opinion: Campaign 2012 — Welcome to the slugfest
The Washington Post
Forget hope and change. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is going to be based on fear and loathing: fear of what a Republican takeover would mean, and loathing of whomever the Republican nominee turns out to be. More
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Obama on the rise politically
USA Today
President Barack Obama appears to be improving politically. A new Quinnipiac Poll gives Obama an approval rating of 47 percent — not great, to be sure, but better than the 41 percent he rang up in the same poll a month ago. More
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Iowa yawns at Herman Cain allegations
POLITICO
While Herman Cain struggled for a second day in Washington to push back against sexual harassment allegations, the high political drama almost went unmentioned Tuesday in one of the most important courts of public opinion: Iowa. More
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Republican nomination: Candidate tracker
The Washington Post
The first five primaries are a crucial part of the nomination for the Republican candidate for president. This tracker follows those races and looks at how they have factored into past elections. More
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Obama allies launch 'Mitt Romney's America' attack campaign
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's political allies launched a tough new campaign Wednesday against Mitt Romney, previewing a harsh line of attack the Democrats might drive should Romney become the Republican presidential nominee. More
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Poll: Rubio's the ticket in Florida
POLITICO
President Barack Obama would have a tough time winning Florida against a Republican who chooses Marco Rubio as his or her running mate — but putting Hillary Clinton on the Democratic ticket could change all that, according to a new poll. More
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FSIS issues reminder for inspectors to note, review Salmonella control procedures at establishments
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a notice Tuesday instructing all inspection program personnel to become familiar with, and to review data from, any programs establishments use to control or monitor Salmonella in raw classes of product. More
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Supreme Court scrutinizes hog slaughterhouse rule
The Washington Independent
A battle between the pork industry and the state of California soon will make national news as the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether a state prohibition of slaughtering nonambulatory livestock preempts federal law. More
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New ISO standard on traceability will improve food safety
Fishupdate
The use of a new ISO standard on the traceability of finfish products will help improve food safety by supplying stakeholders throughout the supply chain with accurate information about the origin and nature of these products. More
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Florida takes advantage of gap in blueberry market
The Associated Press via USA Today
When you think of Florida fruit, oranges, grapefruit and strawberries come to mind. But do blueberries? More
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Food safety and the rulemaking process: Putting FSMA to work
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The Food Safety Modernization Act, which became law in January 2011, is the most sweeping reform of FDA's food safety authority in more than 70 years, and a law of this scope and complexity cannot be implemented overnight. What is the process for making rules that govern food safety under the new FSMA law? More
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Georgia industries seek higher truck weight limits
The Associated Press via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Some of Georgia's largest companies are lobbying state and federal officials to raise weight limits on highways in the states, a move they say will help the economy and the environment.

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  • Senate clears 2012 transport appropriations with heavier trucks in Maine, Vermont (Truckinginfo) More
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    Chicago schools make big purchase of antibiotic-free poultry
    Food Safety News
    Chicago Public Schools made a big food policy statement this week. On Tuesday, the district began serving local chicken raised without antibiotics to students in 473 schools, launching a new program that will serve about 1.2 million pounds of antibiotic-free poultry from a nearby Amish farm.

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  • Antibiotic use increased in 2010 food animal production (Food Safety News)
  • Conference tackles antibiotic use (The Meat Site) More
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    California issues draft rules on toxics in consumer goods
    The Sacramento Bee
    After nearly a year of delays, California is moving ahead with its ambitious plan to regulate toxic chemicals in consumer goods. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control released its informal draft regulations Monday for California's Green Chemistry initiative, a rewrite of the rules it introduced in June 2010. More
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    USDA welcomes Japan review of beef import rules
    Reuters via CNBC
    The United States welcomed Japan's review of meat import rules that bar import of beef from cattle older than 20 months of age, imposed as a mad cow safeguard, an Agriculture Department spokesman said Tuesday. More
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    Refrigerated containers close 2 marine terminals
    Food Logistics
    The dockworkers' union in Oakland, Calif., forced the shutdown of two marine terminals Monday over concerns that refrigerated container units that were serviced in Vietnam during March and April could explode when they are powered up. More
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    Bankruptcy court approves plan for Perkins & Marie Callender's
    Memphis Commercial Appeal
    Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. could emerge from bankruptcy by the end of November after a bankruptcy court approved the company's reorganization plan Tuesday. The plan includes debt payoff using proceeds from ConAgra's purchase of the frozen food brand trademark from Marie Callender Pie Shops Inc. More
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    Sara Lee to sell French baked goods unit
    FBR
    American consumer goods company Sara Lee is in talks to sell its French baked goods unit, Eurodough, as a part of its effort to divest international bakery units. More
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    Beef Checkoff launches landmark sustainability project
    Cattlemen's Beef Board
    Today, the U.S. beef industry announced a landmark Checkoff-funded sustainability assessment to quantify inputs, outputs and identify opportunities for continued improvement in beef cattle raising practices. More
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    Confessions of a former Big Food executive
    Grist
    Andy Bellatti presents a Q-and-A with Bruce Bradley, a former marketing executive for General Mills, Pillsbury and Nabisco who has launched a blog addressing topics related to processed food and the food industry in general. More
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    Software helps Wrigley manage its supply chain
    Food Processing
    As an iconic confections leader for more than a century, Wrigley has experienced significant changes, including its own acquisition by Mars in October 2008. As one of the largest food companies in the world — with $30 billion in annual revenue — Mars provided new strength to the global Wrigley organization. The acquisition, however, also brought a new set of responsibilities for the Wrigley category management team. More
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    New test identifies mineral oil leakage in food packaging
    Food Production Daily
    The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment said it has developed a simplified analytical method for the detection of mineral oils that have leached from recycled cardboard packaging into foods. More
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    Defining 'food gendering'
    Brisbane Times
    Food is one of the most controversial issues of our time: food prices, food security, food safety, food access, food modification, food distribution — and, these days, food gendering. Not ringing a bell? Think "real men don't eat quiche" and "salad is for girls." More
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    Can pathogen inactivating plasma double shelf life?
    Food Production Daily
    A new method for decontaminating produce by inactivating microbes in sealed packaging has the potential to double the shelf life of fruits and vegetables. More
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    Insurance claims from Thai floods to run in billions
    The Wall Street Journal
    Thai and foreign insurers likely will face billions of dollars in claims from companies whose estates in major industrial complexes are battling the country's worst floods in decades. More
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