Frozen Express
Feb. 9, 2015

Bill to give USDA mandatory recall authority
Meat + Poultry
Building on some federal lawmakers' support of a single food safety agency, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is proposing additional legislation that would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandatory recall authority over meat, poultry and some egg products. More

Reed bill to send more food to tables, not landfills
Star Gazette
More food could be diverted from landfills to food banks under a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed that recently moved out of the House Ways and Means Committee.More

Could a single food safety agency be the answer?
If a new federal food safety agency would help eliminate inefficiencies, it might earn widespread support.More

Coming budget poses test for GOP
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Newly empowered Republicans are looking to do something that hasn't been accomplished since 1996: funnel a budget through both houses of Congress and then pass timely appropriations bills. More

In Iowa, Republican field wide open as moderates stake caucus claims
The Washington Post
Less than a year before Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, it appears that every Republican contender is making a serious play to win the state, setting up what is likely to be one of the most active, competitive campaigns here in recent memory.

Related: Another GOP circus in 2016? (Politico) More

Obama prepares for divisive veto
The Hill
President Barack Obama is just days away from issuing the biggest veto of his tenure, with Republicans poised to send him legislation that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. More

First lady: Kids will 'eventually' embrace new school lunches
The Hill
First lady Michelle Obama is "confident" that controversial changes to school lunch programs undertaken after her lobbying will "eventually be embraced by kids." More

NASDA wants national GMO labeling
The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture have passed a resolution supporting a national uniform labeling policy for genetically modified foods. South Dakota Agriculture Secretary Lucas Lentsch says a national standard is needed to overcome all the problems caused by different and diverse state regulations that hamper bio technology.

Related articles:

  • GM foods: Science that is hard to swallow (The Washington Post)
  • EU scientists call for more studies on GMO safety (Agrow)
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    State bill would require more campaign spending reports from super PACs
    The Associated Press via West Hawaii Today
    A bill in Hawaii's state Legislature would give voters more information about who is spending money on campaign ads. The proposal would require super PACs and other noncandidate committees to file an additional campaign spending report earlier in the election cycle.More

    USDA and NIFA to fund study of foodborne pathogens
    Food Processing Technology
    USDA and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture have awarded a $150,000 grant to University of Maine researchers for studying foodborne pathogens. More

    Calorie count labels only work for wealthier consumers, study finds
    Food Processing
    Consumers actually do make decisions based on calorie counts on fast food menus — but only if they're wealthy and well-educated, researchers have found. More

    Dole CEO faces trial over privatization
    Delaware Chancery Judge Travis Laster last week refused to dismiss a case challenging the 2013 privatization of Dole Food Inc. by Chief Executive Officer David Murdock.More

    Growing US hog herd, flat Chinese demand slams pork prices
    Hog futures prices hit a four-year low in February. A strong dollar has made U.S. pork more costly than meat from competing countries, which has led to a slowdown in exports, especially to China. And cargo slowdowns due to a labor dispute at West Coast ports has left stocks of pork products piling up.More

    Food waste to energy: Kentucky food hub plans on-site power plant
    Sustainable Cities Collective
    A food hub is in the works for the west side of Louisville, Kentucky, but it's no ordinary food hub. Organizers also envision an onsite power plant, consisting of an anaerobic digester that would turn waste into methane gas.

    Related: In Seattle, throwing away food may cost you (Go Green Nation)More

    Iglo launches world foods-focused Birds Eye line
    just-food (subscriber story)
    Iglo Group has added to its Birds Eye range in the U.K. with a line it hopes will help time-poor consumers looking for flavors from around the world. More

    Meat producer Applegate Farms is pursuing a sale
    The Wall Street Journal
    Bacon and chicken-nugget maker Applegate Farms is on the auction block, in what would be the latest in a recent string of meat-company sales.More

    Nestle research finds food benefits in high-altitude cooking
    Food Ingredients First
    Nestle scientists have discovered that cooking food at high altitude, where pressure is lower, can make it more intense in flavor, color and aroma, as well as potentially improve the nutrient quality of food.More

    Calling on plants to fulfill protein's promise
    Chemical & Engineering News
    As food makers add protein to more of the things we eat, could a switch to plant-based proteins help our health and the planet? More

    CPG marketing looks to digital as cure-all
    Advertising Age
    Marketer after marketer has been telling Wall Street that while they may be cutting, or at least controlling, the growth of ad spending overall, they are still getting the same or even more bang for their buck, thanks to the miracle drug of digital media.More

    How SAP event management helps the food processing industry
    SAP Community Network
    Food processing and manufacturing is crucial but also highly complex in nature. Unlike a car or a computer, it is not possible to disassemble food and put back its components into their original states. Each food and beverage requires a separate set of processes, methods and techniques. More

    University challenges food industry entrepreneurs with startup seminars
    The Associated Press via Daily Reporter
    A pairing of food-industry seminars is offering support for entrepreneurs looking to launch food businesses in Nebraska. The Food Processing Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosts National Food Entrepreneur Program seminars throughout the year.More