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School Lunch Debate Continues

The drama over school meals continues, following the publication of The New York Times Magazine article “How School Lunch Became the Latest Political Battleground.” The School Nutrition Association CEO wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times that called for “commonsense flexibility” in administering the healthier meals rules. Read more in an exclusive excerpt from The Hagstrom Report.

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Haley Barbour, Dairy Forum Speaker, Outlines Challenges for Congress

Economic growth, immigration reform and the ability to compromise will be the major challenges facing the 114th Congress next year, according to Haley Barbour, former governor of Mississippi, who is slated to provide the Chairman’s Lecture at the 2015 Dairy Forum. Barbour recently sat down with Connie Tipton, IDFA president and CEO, to discuss what it takes to handle political challenges and turn them into opportunities.

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USDA Report Forecasts Slight Increase in U.S. Sugar Supply

The World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report released on October 10 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reflects an increase in projected U.S. sugar supply for fiscal year 2014/15 from last month’s projection. The projected stock-to-use ratio for fiscal year 2014/15 increased to 12.8 percent, up from 8.5 percent last month.

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Analysis of Revised Proposed FSMA Rules Available for Members

The Food and Drug Administration last month released revisions to several proposed rules that, when final, will guide implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. Hogan Lovells US LLP, IDFA’s outside legal counsel, has analyzed for members the revisions to the proposed rules on preventive controls for human food and the foreign supplier verification program.

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Declaration of Added Sugars Not Needed, IDFA Tells Health Canada

Health Canada, the agency responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, proposed changes this summer to the nutrition information required on the country’s Nutrition Facts table. In comments filed last week, IDFA expressed concern about the provision that would mandate the declaration of added sugars. IDFA demonstrated that the declaration would not help consumers and in some causes could mislead or confuse them.

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Organizations Urge Obama to Continue Child Nutrition Support

IDFA and other food organizations joined a coalition of more than 1,000 national, state and local groups this week in calling for continued support to combat childhood hunger and improve nutrition offered through federal programs. In a letter to President Barack Obama, the group urged him to continue his commitment to child nutrition programs and efforts to reduce child hunger and obesity by including significant new investments to the programs in his FY2016 budget.

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Coalition to OSHA: Withdraw Proposed Rule on Recordkeeping

IDFA continues to oppose efforts by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to require all records on workplace injuries and illnesses to be published on the OSHA website. In a letter sent this week, the Coalition of Workplace Safety, comprised of IDFA and 64 other associations and businesses, urged the agency to withdraw the proposed regulation and the subsequent supplemental notice. “There is no indication that the current recordkeeping requirements in place are ineffective,” the coalition said.

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