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Vegetables hit school lunch trays, but most kids don't bite
While nearly 7 out of 10 school kids put a vegetable on their lunch trays, only about half of them took even one bite of it, according to a new study of 274 kindergarteners through second-graders at 10 New York City public schools.
Related: School lunch program faces organized opposition from hungry students (IJ Review)
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McDonald's rejects GMO potatoes; will consumers be as picky?
McDonald's has rejected a line of GMO potatoes called Innate, even though the new GMO crop is approved by the USDA and reportedly healthier than normal spuds.
Why do CPG execs struggle with customer planning, trade management?
According to a study from Strategy&, CPG companies invest about 15 to 20 percent of their revenue on trade promotions — with ROI generally decreasing in such a highly competitive marketplace.
Executive order on immigration would ignite a political firestorm
The Washington Post
Reports are rampant that President Barack Obama will sign an executive order as soon as this week that will allow up to 5 million undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. Signing such an order would have explosive political consequences.
Related: Top GOP senator won't dismiss talk of shutdown over immigration (The Hill)
Bruised from midterm elections, Democrats face a fight among themselves
The Washington Post
Their ranks depleted even more by the midterm elections, many House Democrats say they want to regroup, plot ahead and get past the misery of the recent rout. Instead, they're going to start the week battling among themselves — and with little clout on Capitol Hill, they're basically fighting for crumbs.
Does Mary Landrieu have a prayer?
The Louisiana senator still has a path to victory in her Dec. 6 runoff. It's just a very, very narrow one.
Proposed food safety regulations put water quality responsibility on growers
Federal regulators have softened some proposed restrictions to farming practices in the name of food safety, but the Yakima Valley's tree fruit industry officials say the proposal is still too much. Fruit trade officials plan to ask for additional allowances on proposed irrigation water quality standards called for by the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Will mechanically tenderized beef labeling be pushed back to 2018?
Food Safety News
Long-planned efforts to place a label on mechanically tenderized beef may be delayed another two years if they are not finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and White House Office of Management and Budget by the end of this year.
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California plan could force organic farmers to use pesticides
California is poised to rewrite its rules governing the use of agricultural pesticides that could subject organic farmers to mandatory use without much recourse.
FIC compliance update
With just one month remaining until the main elements of the Food Information to Consumers EU 1169/2011 Regulation (FIC) are due to come into effect in the U.K., analysis of the industry's journey toward compliance has revealed a picture of where issues may persevere for those involved in the sale of food and drink products.
Health campaigners call for treaty to tackle poor diets
International health campaigners have called for a binding treaty to tackle diet-related ill health in a letter to the heads of the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization.
Top 10 food trends for 2015, from Innova Market Insights
Market research company Innova Market Insights has released its overview of the top 10 trends for global food, beverage and nutrition in 2015. Labeling leads the list.
Millennials drive food trends despite lag in spending
Increasingly, millennials are becoming known for something very different than underperforming. Their influence is bursting out all across the industry, even revolutionizing food trends.
Rash of recalls announced — including 1 million pounds of pretzel dogs
FDA and USDA
Officials from the FDA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service circulated a number of recall notices in the past several days:
● 1.2 million pounds of City Line Foods Manufacturing Co. frozen pretzel hot dogs recalled on misbranding and undeclared allergens;
● 1 ton of frozen pierogi products from Kasia's Deli Inc. recalled on misbranding and undeclared allergens;
● Hyvee Mozzarella Cheese Sticks recalled for undeclared allergens;
● Lundberg Family Farms brown rice flour recalled on Salmonella fears.
Tyson sales rise on higher beef, pork prices
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Tyson Foods said its sales grew 14 percent in the September quarter on higher prices in its beef and pork segments, along with increased volumes in its prepared-foods category thanks to its Hillshire Brands acquisition.
Trade spending: The elephant in the boardroom?
Tune into an earnings call from a big consumer packaged goods company, and you'll likely hear a lot of frustration over the ineffectiveness of trade spending. But is weary resignation a constructive response?
Reforms bring 'Fair Food' label to Florida-grown tomatoes
A new "Fair Food" label to help shoppers identify tomatoes grown under ethical working conditions is expected to debut at Whole Foods Market, a result of efforts to ensure Florida farmworkers' rights to water, shade and fair wages.
New beef company looking to set up in northeast Kansas
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Ivan Garrett, who will be the manager of a plant tentatively named Trails End Packing Co., said they are seeking a location with farms nearby that are willing to supply cattle.
Technical paper: What you need to know about FSMA's preventive controls
Food Production Daily
As the U.S. Food Safety Modernization Act shifts the focus of food safety to prevention from reaction, verification plays a critical role. Learn what verification requires, steps to include in a food safety plan and how to leverage verification as an early warning system to detect potential food safety issues.
National Geographic miniseries serves up food history in bite-size pieces
New York Daily News
In a three-part miniseries on the American food scene, National Geographic has rounded up commentary from some 70 experts from around the food world, including historians, chefs and Joe Public foodies.
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