Frozen Express
Jan. 20, 2015

FSIS: Almost 18.7 million pounds of products recalled in 2014
Food Quality News
Almost 18.7 million pounds of products were recalled last year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service. The total number of recalls stood at 94, up from 75 in 2013.
Related: Planning for a recall (Food Safety Magazine)

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Birds Eye rolls out $4.5 million 'Mix Up Your Menu' campaign
Birds Eye has kicked off a new 12 month campaign on ITV to encourage families to experiment with Birds Eye products. "Mix Up Your Menu," part of its wider Food for Life campaign, kicks off this week with a TV ad featuring mom-blogger Katie Bryson.More

Bacon gets breakfast competition from Tyson chicken
Trying to reshape the long-held eating habits of Americans, Tyson Foods Inc. wants to make chicken a mainstream choice for breakfast, just like bacon. More

Obama will give State of Union address against backdrop of deep divide
The Washington Post
The tone and tenor of the Obama White House since Democrats suffered a crushing defeat during the November midterm elections have been anything but conciliatory and have raised doubts about whether the president can — or wants to — break through partisan gridlock before voters choose his successor next year.

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  • Obama to focus on middle class in State of Union address (Reuters)
  • 5 things to watch in Obama's SOTU (The Hill)
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    Poll: Voters not jumping on the Bush, Romney trains
    Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush might be trying to break from the GOP pack by flaunting possible 2016 bids, but it hasn't done much to enthuse voters, according to a new poll.More

    GOP finds its secret weapon
    The Hill
    Republicans believe they have identified a potent weapon in their fight against President Barack Obama's regulatory agenda. GOP lawmakers plan to employ the seldom-used Congressional Review Act, which gives lawmakers the power to formally disapprove of major agency rules, as they seek to ratchet up their attacks on federal red tape.More

    WHO urges national dietary targets to cut preventable deaths
    Food Navigator
    The World Health Organization has outlined potential strategies to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases, including junk food taxes and cutting salt intakes. More

    Solving food waste with a simple app
    According to the National Resources Defense Council, discarded food worth nearly $165 billion annually is rotting in municipal landfills. This costs cities and businesses billions more in waste management expense. Now, however, there's an app for that.More

    School cafeterias use technology to create healthy eating 'report card'
    Medical Xpress
    Childhood obesity is a national issue and many communities have looked to their schools for help. While schools are required to follow new federal guidelines for healthier lunch options, whether students are actually eating the healthier food provided and making healthier behavior changes have yet to be determined. More

    Cuomo proposing raising New York minimum wage to $10.50 per hour
    Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed raising New York's minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, the highest among U.S. states, and boosting the baseline for hourly pay in New York City to $11.50. More

    Michigan department wants fees boosted for food inspections
    The Associated Press via Petoskey News/Charlevoix Courier
    The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development wants the state legislature to increase fees for food inspections to help boost its workforce.More

    What does the roadmap to food security really look like?
    Food Navigator
    Food security is vital to the food industry in both developing and developed countries, but what does "food security" really mean, how do we measure it and can we really solve the problems facing us? More

    Food diversity under siege from global warming, UN says
    Thomson Reuters Foundation
    Climate change threatens the genetic diversity of the world's food supply, and saving crops and animals at risk will be crucial for preserving yields and adapting to wild weather patterns, a U.N. policy paper said Monday.More

    EU health chief: No clear majority yet for US trade deal
    No clear majority has so far emerged among EU states for a free-trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, and both sides need to explain the benefits of such a deal, the EU's health chief said.More

    1 death linked to Listeria from soft cheese
    Food Quality News
    Two people have been hospitalized and one has died in an ongoing outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes linked to Latin-style soft cheese. More

    Kati Mora: Move over, fresh vegetables? Eat healthy all year long
    The Morning Sun
    One of the easiest ways to incorporate vegetables into your day is by utilizing frozen varieties easily made available in your grocery store. More

    Misbranding, missed inspections and poor policies prompt recalls
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    In a show of enforcement, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service publicized seven separate food recalls in the past four days, all linked to undeclared allergens, missed inspections or inadequate policies at the food production facility. Recalls include:

  • Sentry Food Solutions: 14,130 pounds of chicken and beef products with undeclared allergens;
  • Kalle USA: 168,473 pounds of pork products that were not presented for inspection upon entering the country;
  • La Guadalupana Wholesale Inc.: 8,856 pounds of chicken tamales because they were not produced under a fully implemented RTE Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points plan, a Listeria monocytogenes program and a hazard analysis;
  • Food Club Corp.: 3,233 pounds of pork products produced in Spain but not presented for U.S. inspection;
  • Kabob's Acquisition Inc.: 869 pounds of beef and chicken products with undeclared allergens;
  • Buffalo Provisions: 48,210 pounds of chorizo with undeclared allergens;
  • Heywood's Meat Haus & Provision Co.: 931 pounds of pork product with undeclared allergens.

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    PepsiCo poised for growth in 2015 and beyond
    Seeking Alpha
    The demand for snack and beverages in North America is expected to increase in 2015 as consumers' disposable incomes and consumer spending are expected to increase. PepsiCo is in position to capitalize.More

    'Better-for-you' frozen products unveiled
    Food Processing
    In efforts to assist home cooks with simplifying their time in the kitchen, Alexia Foods introduces the latest stars of the table: Alexia Premium Seasoned Vegetables and Alexia Rib Cut BBQ Sweet Potato Fries. More

    Nestle plans to invest $138 million in Egypt in next few years
    Swiss food giant Nestle plans to invest about $137.93 million in Egypt in the next few years and believes economic reforms could deliver results, its regional CEO said Monday.More

    Why Target missed the mark with Canadians
    The Leader-Post
    Sadly, Target Canada's $5 billion adventure is now over. The company had enjoyed significant attention for more than two years. As many Canadian retailing incumbents celebrate the closing of over 130 Target stores nationwide, some wonder what's next for the retail industry in Canada — and not just in food.More

    Salmonella Lubbock, new serotype, discovered by Texas Tech researcher
    Outbreak News Today
    A researcher from Texas Tech University has discovered a new serotype of the Salmonella bacteria, named (not surprisingly) Salmonella Lubbock.More

    Updating packaging can help shelf-stable foods tap into wellness trend
    Food Navigator-USA
    Minor changes in how packaged foods are presented could help them reclaim sales lost when consumers began favoring fresh and less-processed foods that they perceive as healthier and closer to nature, according to a wellness trend expert. More