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First Lady Challenges Kids with Lunch Contest

April 4, 2013 9:31 am | by STACY A. ANDERSON,Associated Press

Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating. The first lady is asking children ages 8 to 12 and their parents to create nutritious lunch recipes that represent each of the food groups for "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."

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ConAgra 3Q Profit Falls on Ralcorp Charges

April 4, 2013 9:28 am

ConAgra Foods reported a third-quarter profit that fell shy of Wall Street expectations as the maker of Chef Boyardee and Hebrew National hot dogs booked charges related to its acquisition of Ralcorp and struggled to grow sales for its existing brands.

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Meat Industry To Reboot Labels

April 4, 2013 9:26 am | by J.M. HIRSCH,AP Food Editor

The American meat industry is rolling out a refresh of the often confusing 40-year-old system used for naming the various cuts of beef, pork, lamb and veal. That's because the system — the Uniform Retail Meat Identification Standards, or URMIS — was designed more for the needs of retailers and butchers than for the convenience of harried shoppers more familiar with Shake 'n Bake than boneless shank cuts.

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Photo of the Day: The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge

April 4, 2013 9:22 am

Children from across the nation will rub elbows with Michelle Obama and dine off fine china in the East Room of the White House this summer as part of a contest to promote healthy eating. The first lady is asking children ages 8 to 12 and their parents to create nutritious lunch recipes that represent each of the food groups for "The Healthy Lunchtime Challenge."

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Tenn. Wine Bill To Get Second Chance

April 3, 2013 12:25 pm

A tie vote in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday morning initially indicated that bill had failed for the year. But a spokesman confirmed later in the day that Democratic Sen. Douglas Henry of Nashville, who abstained on that vote now wants to vote in favor of the measure after receiving assurances that it would no longer include a provision allowing Sunday liquor sales.

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Monsanto Profit Rises in 2Q

April 3, 2013 12:23 pm | by MATTHEW PERRONE,AP Business Writer

Monsanto reported Wednesday that its income increased 22 percent in the agriculture products company's second quarter on strong sales of biotech seeds, particularly in Brazil and other emerging markets. The company boosted its full-year earnings guidance, citing its strong performance in the first half of the year.

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Complaints Filed Against National Food Companies over Prop 65

April 3, 2013 12:20 pm

The complaints charge McCormick & Co., Inc., Farmer Bros. Co. and Adams Extract & Spice, LLC with distributing food extracts, flavors and colorings containing unacceptable levels of the carcinogenic chemical 4-MEI, or 4-Methylimidazole, without a proper consumer warning label.

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Japan Panel Raises Cattle Age Limit for Mad Cow Tests

April 3, 2013 12:14 pm

A governmental food safety panel approved on Wednesday a plan to raise the age limit for exempting domestic cattle from testing for mad cow disease until they reach 48 months, up from the current 30 months. The expert panel of the Food Safety Commission under the Cabinet Office concluded that the higher age limit for tests for the disease, formally known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, would not have negative health effects.

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Conn. Lawmakers Consider GMO Bill

April 3, 2013 12:13 pm

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the labeling of genetically engineered food. The bill co-sponsored by more than two dozen legislators passed a vote in the Public Health Committee on Tuesday. It was forwarded to the Senate for further consideration.

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Consumer Trends: Global Cooking Trends

April 3, 2013 12:00 pm

Allrecipes published highlights of its global survey of more than 7,000 home cooks for the new 2013 Global Food Trends Measuring Cup Report, revealing insights on the shopping, cooking, and eating behaviors of family-focused women around the globe.

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Daily Sound Bite: Group Alleges EPA Lapse

April 3, 2013 11:02 am

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has released a report, based on a two-year investigation, which alleges that the EPA used an regulatory loophole to approve as many as 16,000 untested pesticides, a process the group says could endanger public health.

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Tenn. Wine Bill Stalls in Committee

April 3, 2013 9:33 am

Legislation to allow wine to be sold in Tennessee supermarkets and convenience stores has hit another road block. Members of the Senate Finance Committee voted 5-5 on Tuesday to keep the measure from advancing. The vote came after House leaders said they didn't want to reconsider the companion bill that earlier failed by a single vote.

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Ind. Glass Bottle & Jar Maker Pushes Refund Bill

April 3, 2013 9:31 am

Indiana companies that use discarded materials such as glass in their products are urging lawmakers to pass a bill requiring refundable deposits on beverages sold in recyclable bottles and cans. Gov. Mike Pence has not yet taken a position on container-deposit legislation, said Dan Schmidt, Pence's environmental policy director.

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Immigration Bill Envisions New Farm Worker Program

April 3, 2013 9:28 am | by ERICA WERNER,Associated Press

Farm workers already here would get a speedier path to legal status than other immigrants in the country illegally, and a likely new visa program would make it easier for foreign workers to come to the U.S. Policymakers aim to install such workers in place of the half or more of the nation's farm labor workforce estimated to be in the country illegally.

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U.S. Factory Orders up 3 Percent in February

April 3, 2013 9:25 am | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER,AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories rose sharply in February from January on a surge in volatile demand for commercial aircraft. The gain offset a drop in key orders that signal business investment. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that factory orders increased 3 percent in February. That's up from a 1 percent decline in January and the biggest gain in five months.

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Polish Horsemeat Tested Positive for Banned Drug

April 3, 2013 9:24 am

The Czech Republic veterinary authority says horsemeat imported from Poland tested positive for phenylbutazone, a drug given to horses that can cause health problems in humans. Horse meat from the animals treated with the drug is banned from being sold in the European Union.

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Photo of the Day: Forming a Farm Worker Plan

April 3, 2013 9:22 am

Sweeping immigration legislation taking shape in the Senate will aim to dramatically overhaul the nation’s agriculture worker program to create a steady supply of labor for the nation’s farmers and growers, who rely more on illegal workers than any other industry.

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Worker Confidence Nearly Unchanged in March

April 2, 2013 12:25 pm

The Randstad Employee Confidence Index edged up for the second consecutive time, reaching 53.9 in March, despite confidence in the job market declining slightly. Although workers are feeling more apprehensive in the availability of jobs, confidence in their personal ability to find a new job and in the future of their current employers remains intact.

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Report: More Than 10K Pesticides Approved Without Proper Testing

April 2, 2013 12:21 pm

A two-year investigation by the Natural Resources Defense Council has found that the federal government has potentially threatened the public’s health by improperly using a regulatory loophole to approve many untested or under-tested toxic pesticides. NRDC has found that the Environmental Protection Agency used this loophole to approve 65 percent of 16,000 pesticides for use in consumer products and agricultural processes.

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Pizza Hut Launching Pie with ‘Cheese Pockets’

April 2, 2013 12:17 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Pizza Hut has found a way to get more cheese into American diets — a pizza crust made of little cheese-stuffed bread bowls. The chain on Wednesday will introduce a new pizza that comes surrounded by 16 semi-circles of cheese that can be pulled off and eaten separately.

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