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A truck enters the Foster Farms processing plant. (AP File Photo)

California chicken linked to salmonella recalled

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a […]

07/07/2014

The lunch line of the cafeteria at Draper Middle School in Rotterdam, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)

USDA delays whole grains requirement for schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department will allow some schools to delay adding more whole grain foods to meals this year, responding to criticism from school nutrition officials and Congress that the standards were too […]

05/20/2014

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Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Agriculture Department says 524 schools – out of about 100,000 – have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods […]

09/30/2013

This handout photo provided by the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services shows an inspection of a dog kennel in Lancaster, Pa. (AP Photo/Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services)

USDA cracks down on Internet pet sales

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Agriculture Department is cracking down on dog breeders who sell puppies over the Internet, issuing new regulations that will force them to apply for federal licenses. The rules announced Tuesday would […]

09/10/2013

In this photo taken July 15, 2013, children line-up at a bus decorated with a cartoon frog that serves as a mobile lunch vehicle in Federal Way, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Meal programs expand summer nutrition for kids

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (AP) — Four days a week this summer, lime green school buses loaded with games, books and computers rumbled through low-income neighborhoods south of Seattle. Their aim wasn’t just to entertain kids […]

08/16/2013

Soda

18 mayors: Limit use of food stamps to buy soda

NEW YORK (AP) — The mayors of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and 15 other cities are reviving a push against letting food stamps be used to buy soda and other sugary drinks. In a […]

06/18/2013

USDA expanding program to fight rural poverty

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is expanding a program intended to reduce poverty and improve life in rural areas through better access to federal money.

03/26/2013

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White House warns of food safety cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Impending across-the-board budget cuts could mean fewer government food safety inspections and higher prices for meat at the grocery store.

02/11/2013

school nutrition

Rules would make school snacks healthier

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

02/01/2013

USDA sending food aid to Sandy victims

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Agriculture Department is sending food aid to victims of Superstorm Sandy. USDA announced Monday that the department is working with the state of New York and local food banks to distribute […]

11/05/2012

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