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Out to lunch?
NBC Nightly News via MSNBC
Back in the days of the Reagan administration there was a big flap over the government's efforts to classify ketchup as a vegetable for the nation's school lunch program. Now there is a fight over pizza and what constitutes healthy food for children in school.

Related articles:
  • You say tomato paste, I say vegetable (Bonnie Taub-Dix via USA Today)
  • Pizza wins food fight in Congress (National Journal)
  • Is pizza a vegetable? Congress will decide (Los Angeles Times)
  • Does pizza deserve to be a vegetable? (TPM)

    Editor's note: American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig Naasz appears in the NBC Nightly News piece supporting the congressional agreement on school meal standards. In addition, AFFI is quoted by the Los Angeles Times, National Journal and Talking Points Memo promoting the nutritional benefits of tomato paste.
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    Wal-Mart to roll out healthy seal in 2012
    Food Navigator
    Wal-Mart will begin to roll out its new front-of-pack "healthy seal" on private label products beginning in spring 2012, FoodNavigator-USA has learned. More
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    ATA to OMB: Do 'legitimate' reasons exist for HOS change?
    Truckinginfo
    American Trucking Associations President and CEO Bill Graves has written to Cass Sunstein, administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget, asking whether any "legitimate reason" exists to change the hours-of-service rules. More
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    Inside the Obama money machine
    The Wall Street Journal
    From a suite overlooking Grant Park in Chicago, the people working to re-elect President Barack Obama have assembled an expansive — and expensive — telemarketing army that is scouring the country for donors large and small. More
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    'Big Labor' shells out for GOP friends
    POLITICO
    For House Republicans, it pays to be a friend of "Big Labor." Major unions are giving a heftier slice of campaign donations than usual to pro-labor Republicans this election cycle, even as overall union contributions to members of Congress lags. More
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    Poll: Gingrich, Romney in dead heat in New Hampshire
    The Wall Street Journal
    In the shock poll of the day, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has pulled into a statistical tie with Mitt Romney in the former Massachusetts governor's backyard, New Hampshire. More
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    Rick Perry struggles to keep campaign afloat
    The Hill
    Rick Perry has embarked on a series of campaign moves that some see as a grasping-at-straws attempt to save his struggling presidential campaign. More
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    Comment period for E. coli testing extended 30 days
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    In a letter this week to a coalition of livestock-related associations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service announced it is extending by 30 days the comment period for proposed E. coli testing rules. More
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    Ag spending bill restricts implementation of GIPSA rule
    AgWeb
    Congress voted this week on a $19.8 billion 2012 agricultural spending bill that includes language blocking the U.S. Department of Agriculture from implementing controversial reforms to livestock and poultry marketing. More
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    Crushing regulatory burdens threaten family farms
    The Voice of Agriculture
    In the past three years, the Environmental Protection Agency has set in motion a significant number of new regulations that will change the face of agriculture and threaten the continued operation of family farms and ranches, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. More
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    FSIS releases new technology information table
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    The use of new technologies has resulted in significant improvements in the safety of meat, poultry and egg products in recent years. The Food Safety and Inspection Service periodically review new technologies that could improve food safety processes. More
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    Global scientists offer food security policy recommendations
    Food Navigator
    Global food systems need an immediate transformation to meet current and future threats to food security and environmental sustainability, according to a new report. More
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    Study: Images, labels can influence flavor perception
    Food Navigator
    Images on food packaging and labels might be affecting the way consumers perceive and remember flavors, according to new research. More
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    Heinz's earnings drops 5.7 percent
    The Wall Street Journal
    H.J. Heinz Co. reported a 5.7 percent drop in fiscal second-quarter earnings as weaker North American consumer sales countered international growth, prompting the food company to announce the closure of more plants. More
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    Solar thermal project to produce hot water for poultry plant
    Food & Drink
    Prestage Foods recently teamed up with solar thermal developer FLS Energy to develop a turkey processing facility that will produce 100,000 gallons of hot water every day for use at the plant. More
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    14 million Americans will dine out for Thanksgiving
    Food Product Design
    Citing convenience as their primary motivator, more than 14 million Americans will eat their Thanksgiving meal at a restaurant this year, and another 16 million will turn to restaurants to supplement a meal at their own or someone else's home, according results of a new National Restaurant Association survey. More
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    Orval Kent installs new X-ray inspection system
    Packaging Digest
    Orval Kent, one of the largest producers of prepared salads for food service customers in North America, upgraded its X-ray inspection system to keep pace with food safety needs. More
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    High Liner to buy Icelandic seafood business
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    High Liner Foods Inc. said it agreed to acquire the U.S. subsidiary ("Icelandic USA") and Asian procurement operations of Icelandic Group, one of the largest suppliers of value-added seafood to the U.S. food service market. More
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    Report: Sodium nitrite essential, safe in processed meat
    The Meat Site
    A new American Meat Science Association white paper examining sodium nitrite in processed meats concludes nitrite is essential to ensuring product safety and cured meats contribute a very small part of human nitrite intake; the paper also asserts emerging science has identified health benefits of nitrite. More
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    What makes a world-class competitive intelligence strategy?
    Food Navigator-USA
    "War games are about anticipating competitive moves before your rivals make them," competitive intelligence guru Leonard Fuld says. Step one: Know your enemy. Step two: Prepare for battle. More
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    Your inventory footprint: Seeing beyond capital
    FoodBev
    Sustainability isn't a problem, it's a huge opportunity, according to Robert Byrne, CEO of Terra Technology. More
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