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Congress blocks new rules on school lunches
The New York Times
In a victory for the makers of frozen pizzas, tomato paste and french fries, Congress on Monday blocked rules proposed by the Agriculture Department that would have overhauled the nation's school lunch program.

Related articles:
  • Obama administration loses effort to make school lunches healthier (The Washington Post)
  • Pizza as a vegetable? Depends on the sauce (NPR)

    Editor's note: All three stories quote the American Frozen Food Institute praising the congressional agreement that blocks USDA efforts to limit servings of starchy vegetables and downgrade the nutritional classification of tomato paste.
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    Compromise in Congress boosts FDA budget
    Food Safety News
    Congress released a compromise bill late Monday that would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration $2.5 billion for fiscal year 2012, a remarkable $50 million increase at a time when many lawmakers are determined to slash funding. More
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    South Korea's opposition party refuses to ratify US trade deal before key sticking point resolved
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    South Korea's main opposition party said Wednesday it will not support a free trade deal with the United States unless a key sticking point is addressed, dimming prospects for a quick approval. More
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    Trade groups protest plan to ban lobbyists' gifts to federal employees
    The Hill
    Trade organizations large, small and obscure are at odds with the Obama administration over a proposal that would ban lobbyists from giving gifts to federal employees. More
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    Gingrich running neck and neck with Obama
    The Hill
    Newt Gingrich is tied with President Barack Obama among registered voters, according to a new national poll. More
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    Service Employees International Union goes early for Obama
    POLITICO
    Via POLITICO's Robin Bravender, SEIU is lining up behind President Barack Obama early, even as some other unions are balking about doing much — at least at this point — in the 2012 election. More
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    Ron Paul: Can he pull off an upset in Iowa?
    The Washington Post
    Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, so far has been the Rodney Dangerfield of the GOP presidential field — he got exactly 89 seconds of speaking time in the last debate. But a new Bloomberg News Iowa poll showing the Texas lawmaker in second place behind Herman Cain suggests this might be Paul's moment, at least in Iowa. More
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    Rick Perry, conservative hero no longer
    The Washington Post
    When Texas Gov. Rick Perry entered the Republican presidential race in August, he was touted as the candidate conservatives had been waiting for — the antidote to the more country club sort of appeal of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. More
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    Opinion: State immigration laws do unintended damage
    Highlands Today
    It's a lot easier to denounce a group of people when there's no thought to how it affects everyone. That's the case with migrant workers who pick fruit and do most of the agricultural work in this country. More
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    UN: Upcoming trade talks must focus on right to adequate food
    UN News Centre
    The right to adequate food must be at the top of the agenda of next month's global trade talks, an independent United Nations expert stressed today, calling for bold policies to ensure food security. More
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    'Dolphin safe' tuna decision muddled
    Food Safety News
    Mexico claims to have won a World Trade Organization ruling on "dolphin safe" labels where the objectives of the United States were found to be legitimate, but maybe not applicable worldwide. More
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    Canada, US moving quickly to ease cross-border red tape
    iPolitics
    A bilateral regulatory agreement between the United States and Canada is "weeks" from release, a move industry executives hope will help bolster cross-border trade. More
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    Deadly E. coli outbreak in Europe prompts call for new rules
    Food Production Daily
    Sprouted seed producers should introduce extra food safety measures throughout the production chain in the wake of the deadly E.coli outbreak in Europe this year, the European Food Safety Authority has announced. More
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    Target profit tops estimates on high-margin sales
    Bloomberg via The Washington Post
    Target Corp., the second-largest U.S. discount retailer, posted third-quarter profits that topped analysts' estimates as it sold more higher-margin items and reduced costs. More
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    Sara Lee, Campbell ratings fall with pricing; Heinz tops list
    Reuters
    Sara Lee Corp and Campbell Soup Co raised their prices more than some food industry peers, a move that reduced their customers' satisfaction and put them at the bottom of an industry ranking, according to an index released Tuesday. H.J. Heinz Co.'s score increased 1 percent, putting it at the top of the customer satisfaction chart. More
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    Report: Indian food market to triple to $900 billion by 2020
    PTI via Moneycontrol
    The food sector in India is expected to triple to $900 billion within the next eight years, according to "India Food Processing: Mission 2020," a new report from Boston Consulting Group.

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  • Coca-Cola investing $2 billion in India (Prepared Foods)
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    CME: Meat exports on track to break records
    The Meat Site
    U.S. meat exports are on track for a record year in 2011. Beef, pork, chicken and turkey exports for September were a combined 1.372 billion pounds, 17.4 percent higher than a year ago, and much of the growth is attributed to strong pork exports, particularly to China. More
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    Albemarle opens new food safety research lab
    News.Gnom.es National Newswire Service
    Albemarle Corp., a global developer, manufacturer and marketer of highly engineered specialty chemicals, has opened a new microbiology lab in Baton Rouge, La., to develop new food safety solutions. More
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    Reser's to buy Chef Solutions
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    National refrigerated deli salads leader Reser's Fine Foods said it received U.S. bankruptcy court approval to buy the assets and operations of Chef Solutions Inc. and its primary operating subsidiary, Orval Kent Food Company LLC. More
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    Survey: Shoppers want value, service
    Supermarket News
    Between August and October, shoppers spent the same or more money on groceries as they did in the three months previous, but those shoppers are becoming more demanding of retailers, according to a survey by Coinstar. More
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    CTI snags Heinz Carrier of Year recognition
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Heinz North America has recognized Cryo-Trans Inc. as the winner of its 2011 National Carrier of the Year award for superior performance in transportation of Heinz' frozen food products. More
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    Global market for intelligent packaging set to double
    Food Production Daily
    The global market for active and intelligent packaging will double during the next decade on rising food safety concerns, demographic and economic changes and increasing health awareness, according to a report from industry analysts. More
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    'Use-by' dates: A myth that needs busting
    Triple Pundit
    Here's a superbly kept secret: All those dates on food products — sell by, use by, best before — do not indicate the safety of your food, and generally speaking, they're not regulated. More
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    Pacific food entrepreneurs find new uses for old ingredients
    Scoop Media
    The EU-funded Facilitating Agricultural Commodity Trade program, focusing on food safety, packaging and developing products for export, is helping food entrepreneurs find new uses for old ingredients in a bid to supply overseas markets with competitive products. More
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    New juice raises vegetable intake, lowers calorie consumption
    Food Ingredients First
    In response to the growing U.S. diet and obesity crisis, the FaVe Juice Company this week launched a new blend of fruit and vegetable juice that offers a previously unattained level of vegetable servings in the U.S. marketplace. More
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    Lascelles enters frozen meat market in Jamaica
    The Gleaner
    Lascelles Ltd. will start selling frozen meats in a bid to achieve a performance target of 20 percent returns, following its lease of a $20 million food production and storage facility formerly occupied by National Meats. More
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    UK group: Food manufacturers key to curbing dangerous diets
    Food Manufacture
    Food manufacturers have a key role to play in combating the damage done by celebrity diets such as those favored by Lady Gaga and Cheryl Cole, according to the British Dietetic Association. More
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