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Healthy school lunches not adding up
Fox Business
Although new government regulations for nutrition standards in school lunches won't go into effect until the 2012-2013 school year, many public schools already are making healthy adjustments to their meal plans. And those adjustments are showing up in the budget.

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    Experts rethink food safety advice after Listeria outbreak
    The Denver Post
    Safety experts are scrambling to revise some of the tenets of food handling dangers in the wake of the deadliest modern outbreak of foodborne illness.

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    USDA: 'Locally grown' food a $4.8 billion business — and growing
    The Associated Press via Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    A new U.S. Department of Agriculture report says sales of "local foods," whether sold direct to consumers at farmers markets or through intermediaries such as grocers or restaurants, amounted to $4.8 billion in 2008. That number is several times greater than earlier estimates, and the department predicts locally grown foods will generate $7 billion in sales this year. More
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    Poll: Obama leads Republicans, but voters sour on economy
    The Hill
    Although economic troubles continue to threaten President Barack Obama's re-election prospects, he still posts sizable leads over top Republican candidates, according to the latest Battleground poll. More
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    Mitt the inevitable?
    The Washington Post
    During the past few weeks, a realization appears to have dawned on the political world: Mitt Romney very likely will be the Republican nominee for president in 2012. More
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    Massachusetts on front line of 2012 Senate battlegrounds
    The Wall Street Journal
    A battle in Massachusetts between Republican Sen. Scott Brown and likely Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in next year's election already is drawing millions in out-of-state money because it could decide the Senate's balance of power. More
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    EPA to be GOP target in 2012
    POLITICO
    The Environmental Protection Agency is likely to play an unusually prominent role in the 2012 presidential election, reflecting ongoing partisan debate in Congress over the ties between environmental regulations and jobs. More
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    FSIS delays labeling rules implementation
    Farm Futures
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service will delay for two months, until March 1, the effective date for enforcement of the "Nutrition Labeling of Single-Ingredient Products and Ground or Chopped Meat and Poultry Products" final rule. More
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    Meat group urges government to rethink ethanol support
    The Meat Site
    The American Meat Institute has joined a diverse group of organizations in urging House and Senate leaders to reject efforts to continue or expand federal support for corn ethanol in any appropriations, supercommittee proposal or debt reduction package. More
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    EPA poised to roll out 2012 agenda
    POLITICO
    The Obama Environmental Protection Agency will have a busy 2012, proposing, finalizing, implementing and defending one rule after another, right through Election Day. Just don't expect the rules' real-world impact to play out before next November — whether those turn out to be job losses, job creation or both. More
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    Opinion: The EPA's reliability cover-up
    The Wall Street Journal
    Some 830,000 Connecticut customers only now are having their power restored after a snowstorm knocked out the state's grid last month — but the Environmental Protection Agency continues to claim its regulatory agenda won't degrade U.S. electric reliability. The reality is the EPA's own staffers are — or used to be — worried, and their political superiors have erased the warnings. More
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    US: Canada, Mexico open to Pacific trade zone
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    A U.S.-backed initiative to forge a Pacific free trade bloc got a big boost Sunday when leaders of Canada and Mexico said their countries are interested in joining. More
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    EU legislation aims at safe food additive practices
    FOCUS
    The use of additives in food soon will become even safer and more transparent because of two pieces of legislation adopted by the European Commission. More
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    $1 million pledged for new global food safety fund
    PR Newswire
    Announced at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Hawaii, Waters Corporation, along with Mars Incorporated and the U.S. Agency for International Development, jointly pledged $1 million to create the first Global Food Safety Capacity Building fund. To be managed by the World Bank, the proposed fund will support global food safety improvements through expanded understanding of food safety standards and best practices throughout the food safety system, from farm to fork. More
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    Opinion: Acceptance of stevia in the EU
    FoodBev
    The European Commission has authorized the use of steviol glycosides as a non-​caloric sweetener in the European market. This is the news we've all been waiting for.

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    US agricultural exports hit new record
    Fruitnet.com
    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and the USDA released a final tally for agricultural exports in fiscal year 2011. The figures showed a strong year for the sector, with exports climbing to record levels, with no sign of letting up, Vilsack noted. More
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    PepsiCo acquires Brazilian cookie maker
    FBR
    PepsiCo has acquired Mabel, a leading cookie and cracker manufacturer in Brazil, to strengthen its presence in Latin America's emerging markets. More
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    Dole goes bananas for frozen treats
    Quick Frozen Foods International
    Dole Foods has taken a stake in Healthy Foods LLC, producer of the yonanas frozen treat maker, to expand the frozen fruit dessert line and its distribution in retail, commercial and food service outlets around the world. More
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    Frozen Filipino entrees introduced in Los Angeles
    Quick Frozen Foods International
    Filipino frozen favorites now are available in the Los Angeles area through Orient Gourmet's line of microwavable, ready-to-eat entrees, which serve five and are ready to eat after five minutes in the microwave. More
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    ConAgra Foods acquires National Pretzel
    PE Hub
    North American food company ConAgra Foods is to acquire Lancaster, Pa.-based National Pretzel Company from Brookstone Holdings. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. More
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    Diesel shortages hit Midwest crop belt
    Truckinginfo
    Look for continued diesel shortages in Nebraska, western Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota and the Dakotas for several more weeks. More
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    Hard times cafe? High prices squeeze restaurants
    CBN News
    Food prices in the U.S. are expected to increase across the board, putting a pinch on businesses and consumers. More
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    New turkey feed helps producers gobble up profits
    The Poultry Site
    As feed prices have risen in recent years, feeding turkeys has become more costly than many producers can bear. Satisfying turkeys' hunger accounts for 70 percent of the cost of producing turkey meat. Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has produced a cheaper turkey feed, which could fill turkeys' tummies and producers' pockets. More
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    UK convenience food sector on pace to hit $67 billion
    FoodBev
    The U.K. food and grocery convenience sector is set to grow to $67 billion in five years' time, according to the latest figures unveiled by IGD at its Convenience Retail Conference. More
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