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Congress pushes back on school lunches
The Associated Press
Congress wants to keep pizza and french fries on school lunch lines, fighting back against an Obama administration proposal to make school lunches healthier. The final version of a spending bill released late Monday would unravel school lunch standards the USDA proposed earlier this year, which included limiting the use of potatoes on the lunch line and delaying limits on sodium and delaying a requirement to boost whole grains.

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  • Ag spending bill retreats on school meal standards (The Hill)

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    Rapid tests cast doubt on food safety success story
    News21
    A growing reliance on new, cheaper and faster testing for infectious diseases has experts questioning the accuracy of a reported decline of E. coli O157 cases in the U.S., challenging one of the nation's few food safety success stories.

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    'Secret farm bill' primed for passage in debt deal
    The Hill
    Lawmakers on the House and Senate Agriculture committees are trying to write a new five-year farm bill through the supercommittee process. More
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    Chris Christie: Obama will be tough to beat in 2012
    POLITICO
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says it will be tough for the Republican nominee to unseat President Barack Obama in 2012. More
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    Marco Rubio: Florida 50-50 in 2012 White House race
    POLITICO
    Even with Republicans controlling the Florida governor's office and legislature, the GOP presidential nominee will have at least a 50 percent shot at winning the crucial swing state next year, freshman Sen. Marco Rubio said Tuesday. More
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    Poll: Romney, Cain, Gingrich, Paul in 4-way tie in Iowa
    The Hill
    Herman Cain, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are locked at the top among likely Republican primary voters in Iowa, according to a Bloomberg News poll released on Tuesday. More
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    Romney campaign: Obama has 'Mitt obsession'
    The Washington Post
    Mitt Romney can't exactly say his path to the Republican nomination seems inevitable. So his campaign is phrasing it another way: Obama and the Democrats are singularly focused, to the point of obsession, on Mitt Romney — to the absolute exclusion of every other candidate in the race. More
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    Vilsack: Reflection on state of agriculture and the future
    USDA Blog
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack writes, "We set a record of $137.4 billion in agricultural exports this past fiscal year — exceeding past highs by more than $22.5 billion — to support more than 115 million American jobs. We were able to set a trade surplus record of $42 billion, which is a testimony to the hard work of our nation's producers as the backbone of the American economy. While our agricultural exports are a bright spot, I believe our economic future will be brighter with the recent free trade agreements." More
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    Opinion: China and the rules of trade
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama showed his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, a dyspeptic face in Honolulu last weekend, bluntly warning his guest to stop "gaming" the international trading system and play by the rules. Twenty-five years ago the U.S. was willing to look the other way, Obama suggested, but now that China is the world's second-largest economy it is time it behaves like a grown-up. More
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    South Korea's Lee appears in national assembly for FTA
    UPI
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak visited the National Assembly Tuesday to win passage of the long-overdue free trade agreement with the United States. More
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    No aloha for APEC
    IPS
    As President Barack Obama sought to make headway on the first significant free trade agreement since NAFTA, a week of demonstrations protested the move. More
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    Wal-Mart profit trails estimates on commitment to low prices
    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, reported third-quarter profit that trailed analysts' estimates as it kept prices low to prop up sales at U.S. stores. More
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    A window on trucking's troubles
    Fleet Owner
    In many ways, Covenant Transportation Group's recently released third-quarter earnings report neatly presents the struggles the industry is facing in microcosm. The bottom line, its president said, is that rates simply aren't keeping up with the costs the carriers face these days. More
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    Fitch: Unilever likely to focs on personal care business
    Dow Jones Newswires via The Wall Street Journal
    Fitch Ratings said it expects Unilever PLC to continue cutting its exposure to low-growth staple foods in developed markets by selling individual brands, noting the consumer products giant is likely to use the proceeds from such sales to fund acquisitions in its higher-growth personal care business, particularly in emerging markets. More
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    Nearly half of Thanksgiving hosts overwhelmed by cost
    Progressive Grocer
    Hosting a Thanksgiving meal is an honor and a joy for many, but sometimes the price tag that goes along with it can be daunting. More
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    Pork gains ground in US restaurants
    The Meat Site
    Leading restaurants are expanding their protein selection by offering more pork dishes, according to food service consultants Technomic. With a 7 percent increase in menu mentions over the past year, pork now is being showcased in appetizers, entrees and sides. More
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    Fresh Harvest Products brings frozen pizza to market
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Fresh Harvest Products Inc. recently placed its AC LaRocco frozen pizzas in a Southern California regional retail supermarket chain in a bid to expand its frozen food distribution. More
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    Frozen Food Asia set to open doors
    Quick Frozen Foods International
    In response to the growing frozen food market in China and Hong Kong, a new trade show — Frozen Food Asia — will make its debut Sept. 11-13, 2012. More
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    Heinz highlights sustainability progress in new report
    Food Ingredients First
    H.J. Heinz Co. has released its 2011 Corporate Social Responsibility report, highlighting progress on the global sustainability goals it set for itself several years ago across all sectors of its supply chain. More
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    Crowley beefs up reefers in Central America
    Food Logistics
    Crowley Maritime Corporation's liner services group enhanced its growing equipment fleet with the acquisition of 222 new 40-foot, high cube refrigerated containers, or reefers, and other gear to prepare for the peak perishables season in Central America. More
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    Santa Monica Seafood gains FSSC approval
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Santa Monica Seafood recently received Food Safety System Certification 22000, making it the first seafood company in the United States to achieve this accomplishment. More
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    Walker River plans $100 million meat processing plant
    FBR
    Walker River Meat Processing plans to build a meat processing plant in Nevada with an investment of $100 million. More
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    Olive recall expands in wake of botulism worries
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    A recall for certain types of FoodMatch Inc. Divina Stuffed Olives has been expanded because of the potential for botulism, arising from a lack of temperature control during the distribution process. More
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    IAS helps address challenges of intermodal container haulage
    Food Logistics
    IAS has unveiled a new generation of cloud technology to address the complexities associated with planning, pricing, booking and executing inland container haulage. More
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    High-speed rail expansion could offer new transport options
    Food Logistics
    As global interest in high-speed rail surges, the number of countries running these trains is expected to double during the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute for Vital Signs Online. More
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    Case study: Why a food gets first blame
    Food Processing
    When cucumbers were blamed for the E. coli outbreak that killed 54 people in Europe last May, the European fresh salad produce market was devastated. A couple of weeks later it was established that sprouts were the source of the outbreak and the cucumbers were innocent. How could officials have gotten the source of the outbreak so wrong? The answer to this question should be taken into account in all future foodborne illness outbreaks. More
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