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Students reject Los Angeles menu; district says revisions coming
Los Angeles Times
For many students, Los Angeles Unified School District's introduction of healthful lunches — part of a campaign against obesity, diabetes and other problems — has been a flop. The district says the menu will be revised. More
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Mexico looking to buy more Idaho spuds
Quick Frozen Food International
Idaho potato industry representatives who met with top-level officials of major food companies during Idaho's trade mission to Mexico and Brazil believe the meetings will translate into more sales of frozen products in Mexico and also in Brazil — a relatively new market for Idaho spuds. More
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Another death attributed to Listeria in cantaloupe
Food Poison Journal
Paul Schwarz Sr., 92, died Sunday from complications related to severe Listeria illness contracted from eating contaminated cantaloupe. He is the 31st person to die in the outbreak. More
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Poll: Obama more likely to lose than win again
The Hill
President Barack Obama will be a one-term president, said nearly half of registered voters polled by The Hill. More
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Poll: Surging Romney ties Gingrich nationally
The Hill
Newt Gingrich's spike in the polls has reversed course, and the momentum has shifted to Mitt Romney, according to a CNN-ORC national poll released Monday. More
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Is the Iowa caucus about to go into a deep freeze?
The Washington Post
There are five shopping days left until Christmas, and only 15 days until the Iowa caucuses. In between will be New Year's Eve/Day and not one but two college football bowl games involving schools based in the Hawkeye State. More
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US senator offers cooperation for Japan to join TPP
The Mainichi Daily News
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, told Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba on Sunday that he will offer every assistance for Japan's participation in the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks, Japanese officials said. More
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Committee on Food Hygiene completes Codex documents
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
The 43rd Session of the Committee on Food Hygiene has completed work on two documents and recommended adoption by the Codex Commission. The group has finalized draft guides for controlling viruses in food via hygiene principles and a draft annex on hygienic practices when handling melons. More
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Team investigates FTA implementation
Hoosier Ag Today
An elite U.S. Grains Council delegation was the first group to meet with key officials in Panama and Colombia since U.S. passage of the Colombia and Panama free trade agreements. The team explored the outlook for FTA implementation with government officials in both countries, with private sector grain customers and with U.S. ambassadors and USDA staff. More
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NHTSA eyes possible stability control mandate for big trucks
Land Line
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration teed up a proposal that could mandate stability control systems on new heavy trucks. More
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New parts of Georgia immigration law take effect
The Associated Press via Food Manufacturing
With the arrival of the new year, a key section of Georgia's new law targeting illegal immigration will begin to take effect. Starting Jan. 1, any employer with 500 or more employees will have to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of all new hires. More
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IFAD member states target $1.5 billion for food security
Food Ingredients First
Member states of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, meeting in Rome for Consultations on the Ninth Replenishment of the Fund's resources, announced a target of $1.5 billion in new contributions to finance agriculture and rural development projects in the developing world. More
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A CEO's demand: Fix immigration
The Wall Street Journal
A government crackdown that found Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. had hired hundreds of illegal workers has turned Monty Moran, the burrito chain's fiery co-leader, into an unlikely champion of immigration overhaul. More
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Tyson recalls 41,000 pounds of ground beef on E. coli concerns
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. is recalling approximately 40,948 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Friday. More
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Chilean prosecutors raid corporate offices of Wal-Mart, others
The Santiago Times
Four major supermarket chains had their corporate offices raided last week by Chile's antitrust agency in a newly opened collusion investigation into sales of meat and cleaning supplies. More
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Virginia Tech to break ground in new Biosciences Precinct
Quality Assurance & Food Safety
Virginia Tech will break ground on the first building in the new Biosciences Precinct later this month. The building will provide 93,860 square feet of research facilities for the biological systems engineering and food science and technology departments. More
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Frozen food giant appoints new sales leader
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Frozen food giant Pinnacle Foods Group LLC said it named Christopher J. Boever executive vice president and chief customer officer. Pinnacle said Boever has more than 20 years of experience in sales management and most recently served as senior vice president, sales at ConAgra Foods, where he led the direct and broker sales organization for ConAgra's consumer division. More
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Buyer of frozen food maker revealed
WDAY-AM
The name has emerged of the buyer of Duluth, Minn., frozen food maker Bellisio Foods Inc. The Duluth News Tribune reports Centre Partners, a private equity firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles, announced its acquisition in a statement Friday. More
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Opinion: Food 'sovereignty' and food safety
Food Safety News
The movement to shift control of food systems to local governments and local communities, sometimes referred to as "food sovereignty," has gained increased notoriety with the recent lawsuit filed against raw milk producer Dan Brown in Blue Hill, Maine. "Food sovereignty" as a concept and movement is not new, nor is it defined by local food movements such as the ones in Maine. More
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