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Opposing view: School lunch standards miss the mark
USA Today
Frozen food makers are proud of our partnership with school nutritionists. Together, we serve nearly 43 million federally subsidized meals every school day to children across America. We also support efforts to combat childhood obesity and improve childhood nutrition, such as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.

Editor's note: American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz authored this opinion editorial that details AFFI's support for improving USDA's proposed school meal nutrition standards.
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Opinion: Obesity fight good for profits
POLITICO
We are facing a childhood obesity epidemic so severe that for the first time, America's children will live sicker, shorter lives than their parents. In the past three decades, the childhood obesity rate has tripled. More
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Who should pay to make ground beef safe from E. coli?
USA Today
What if it were possible to almost entirely do away with E. coli in ground beef — for a cost of only about a penny per burger? Food safety experts say it's entirely feasible with new technologies that have become available. The problem is the economics are backward.

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    Herman Cain reassessing presidential candidacy
    The Washington Post
    Businessman Herman Cain told senior members of his campaign on a conference call Tuesday morning that he is reassessing whether to remain in the Republican presidential race. More
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    Obama, Romney camps look past the primaries
    The Wall Street Journal
    Five weeks before the first nomination contest, the race for the White House took on the tone of a general election Monday, with GOP candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama's allies trading barbs. More
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    Gingrich's long history on national stage is an asset
    The Washington Post
    Among the hundreds of fans — and these days there always are hundreds of them — who stood in line for hours to meet Newt Gingrich at a book signing in Florida was an elderly man gushing about watching the former House speaker on C-SPAN in 1980. Another fan brought along a copy of the 1995 Time Magazine Man of the Year cover for Gingrich to sign. More
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    Biden to target Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida for 2012
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    A year from Election Day, Democrats are crafting a campaign strategy for Vice President Joe Biden that targets the big three political battlegrounds: Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida, states where Biden might be more of an asset to President Barack Obama's re-election campaign than the president himself. More
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    Barney Frank's exit signals growing Democratic retirements, but not yet an avalanche
    The Washington Post
    House Democrats are starting to head for the exits, but it's not quite panic time for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. More
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    Retirements hit Democratic aspirations for House takeover
    The Hill
    Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., announced Monday that he won't seek re-election — on the heels of Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, making a similar announcement last weekend. The news threw another stumbling block in the way of Democrats as they struggle to take back control of the House. More
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    Pilot project on NAFTA trucking provisions
    Federal Register
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking comment on the preauthorization safety audits for motor carriers that have applied to participate in the long-haul pilot program between the U.S. and Mexico. Feedback on the PASAs is due Dec. 9.

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    Government extends comment period for salt reduction efforts
    Federal Register
    The FDA and USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service are extending the comment period on sodium reduction guidelines until Jan. 27, seeking more information on current and emerging practices regarding sodium reduction in foods. More
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    Opinion: Make the most of new meat labeling law
    Supermarket News
    Like Country of Origin Labeling before it, the new rule mandating nutritional labeling on meat and poultry packages has inspired more annoyance than enthusiasm. But these labels could present an opportunity. More
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    Hours of service rule to undergo more scrutiny
    Truckinginfo
    The pending hours of service revision will get more congressional scrutiny at a House hearing scheduled Wednesday. The Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is planning a session titled "The Price of Uncertainty: How Much Could DOT's Proposed Billion-Dollar Service Rule Cost Consumers This Holiday Season?" More
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    EPA updates greenhouse gas rule, allows 1-time extension
    Federal Register
    The EPA is amending specific provisions in the Mandatory Reporting of Greenhouse Gases Rule and is allowing a limited, one-time, six-month extension of the 2012 reporting deadline for facilities and suppliers that contain one or more source categories for which data collection began in 2011. More
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    No hearing planned on deadly Listeria outbreak
    Food Safety News
    Lawmakers continue to investigate the Listeria cantaloupe outbreak — the deadliest in decades — but no hearing is planned. More
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    Opinion: 7 reasons FDA fees are ill-advised
    The Packer
    Facing a mountain of new responsibilities and a heightened specter of authority, the Food and Drug Administration has the unenviable task of doing more with less. But there are key reasons the agency's proposed fees might not work as intended. More
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    Comments due on changes to child labor in agriculture rules
    U.S. Department of Labor
    The comment period on proposed changes to the regulations governing child labor in agriculture ends Thursday, after being extended past its original deadline. More
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    Letters call for expanding Washington port
    Refrigerated Transporter
    More than 30 legislators, businesses, organizations and communities recently sent letters to the U.S. Department of Transportation expressing support for a grant to expand the Port of Quincy Intermodal Terminal in Washington state. More
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    French annul ruling against genetically modified corn
    The Associated Press via The Sacramento Bee
    France's highest administrative body has annulled rules suspending the planting of genetically modified corn, but two key ministries quickly said the government still is looking for ways to block such crops. More
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    China sentences 113 in tainted pork scandal; 1 sentenced to die
    The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
    More than 100 people, including more than a dozen Chinese government employees, have been sentenced over chemical-laced pork that caused a food safety scandal earlier this year, state media said Saturday. One person was given the death penalty. More
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    5 years later: Outbreak epicenter now model of safe food
    California HealthCare Foundation Center for Health Reporting
    Five years after their healthy-looking green fields became the epicenter of a national food disaster, farmers in California's Salinas Valley still are working to regain something even the most bountiful harvest can't ensure: the public's trust. More
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    ConAgra Foods becomes majority owner of Agro Tech Foods
    FoodBev
    ConAgra Foods has become the majority owner of Indian food company ATFL, increasing its ownership of shares to more than 50 percent through the purchase of existing shares from a third party. More
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    Schwan Food upgrades facility, creates jobs
    just-food
    Schwan Food Co. has invested $22 million to upgrade its facility in Florence, Ky., creating 65 new jobs and expanding its ability to meet a growing demand. More
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    Fry's Vegetarian expands reach by partnering with distributor
    Food & Drink News
    Fry's Vegetarian will expand its market reach in January when U.K. food distributor 3663 begins carrying the company's 14 frozen vegetarian products. More
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    Research finds norovirus in three-fourths of UK oysters
    Food Standards Agency
    Research published today by the Food Standards Agency shows that a significant proportion — 76 percent — of oysters tested from U.K. oyster growing beds contained norovirus. The virus was detected at low levels in more than half of the positive samples. More
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    DNA barcode could reduce 'seafood fraud'
    ConsumerAffairs.com
    Soon seafood buyers might use a DNA barcode to positively identify the species they are buying. More
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    Misbranding leads to recalled sausage
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    California-based Silva Sausage Co. is recalling more than 1,000 pounds of British-style banger sausages because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

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    US Foods activates solar power
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Continuing its commitment to sustainability, US Foods recently activated a photovoltaic solar panel system that is expected to generate up to 15 percent of the power needs for its Phoenix distribution center. More
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    Vinegar: A hurdle for foodborne pathogens?
    Food Quality News
    A distilled vinegar used to control foodborne pathogens in meats will provide more "hurdles" against contaminants such as listeria, said its developer. More
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