Frozen Express
Feb. 23, 2015

AFFI adds Gummalla, promotes Banerjee
Politico Pro (subscriber story)
Sanjay Gummalla starts March 2 as the American Frozen Food Institute's new vice president of regulatory and technical affairs.

Related: AFFI bolsters regulatory affairs team with addition of Dr. Sanjay Gummalla and promotion of Rishi Banerjee (American Frozen Food Institute)More

Food safety, nutrition regulation to stay in the headlines for 2015
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
Finalizing the Food Safety Modernization Act rules sill steal FDA's focus in 2015, but don't expect a lot of chatter from agency officials on FSMA in the early part of the year. It's going to be a hot year for food safety regulation and possibly legislation, predicts David Acheson, founder and CEO of The Acheson Group. More

Why 'simple' and 'real' will be industry buzzwords this year
If there's one thing the industry is sure of, it's that consumer demand for cleaner, simpler food is on the rise in the U.S. This was underlined by the repeated mention of the topic through the course of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York event last week, Hannah Abdulla notes. More

Congress faces 5-day deadline for funding Homeland Security
The Hill
Lawmakers will begin returning to Washington Monday with only five days left to prevent a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security.

Related: Homeland Security fight goes into crunch time (Politico) More

Bad budgets hurt 2016 hopefuls
Caught between legal mandates to balance their state budgets and the prospect that raising taxes could derail their national ambitions, several Republican state executives eyeing White House bids are proposing deep budget cuts this month to square their state finances. The moves threaten to damage their standing at home, upset some GOP allies and cause a distraction as they ramp up for presidential campaigns. More

10 most competitive Senate races in 2016
The Washington Post
A look at the Fix's latest rankings of the 10 most competitive Senate races in 2016 immediately tells you one thing: Republicans have significant vulnerability. More

A tentative settlement in the West Coast ports disaster
The Hill
In one of the most bizarre and troubling labor situations ever to attack the supply chain of America, Secretary of Labor Tom Perez spent several days seated directly between two larger-than-life leaders who managed to drag American commerce to the brink of financial disaster. A potential agreement seems to be at hand.

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  • Dock strike settles — just in time for oil refinery strike (Breitbart)
  • West Coast ports playing catch-up as labor dispute finally ends (Seatrade Global)
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    5 things to know about new food guidelines
    The Wall Street Journal
    A panel of nutrition experts recruited by the Obama administration to help develop the next set of dietary guidelines released its long-awaited recommendations last week. They influence billions of dollars of government funding for nutrition programs, including school lunch standards and the Defense Department's menu guidelines.

    Related: What you should know about the government's new nutritional guidelines (PBS)More

    FDA warns of drug residues, seafood HACCP and mislabeling
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent warnings to three beef producers, one pork producer, a seafood processor and a biscuit manufacturer in its latest round of warning letters. More

    Commentary: GMO labeling unecessary and unfounded
    Minnesota Daily
    Near the start of the 2015 legislative session, Minnesota Rep. Karen Clark, DFL-Minneapolis, and Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, introduced joint bills that would require companies that produce and distribute food to stores in Minnesota to provide special labels if their ingredients are genetically modified.More

    Sysco on the offensive in response to antitrust lawsuit
    Houston Chronicle
    Analysts on Friday agreed with Sysco's view of the food distribution market as fragmented, the company's primary argument for why its proposed merger with US Foods should be approved. They also predicted a merger of some sort ultimately would go through.

    Related: FTC sues to block Sysco-US Foods merger (Meatingplace)More

    Record meat and dairy production expected in 2015
    Total meat and poultry production will be at a record high of 95 billion pounds in 2015, mostly due to record pork and broiler production, USDA Chief Economist Robert Johansson said in remarks prepared for delivery at the agency's annual outlook conference.More

    Environmental lawsuits could force livestock industry changes
    The Topeka Capital-Journal
    A lawsuit to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate ammonia and other emissions from livestock operations could force major changes to the Kansas livestock industry, if it succeeds. More

    White paper: How to gain consumers' trust
    Food Navigator
    Top manufacturers want to fulfill the needs of consumers from different cultures and with different perceptions. Learn what all consumers have in common and how to gain their trust in every part of the world.More

    Life's Kitchen plans new home
    Idaho Statesman
    Life's Kitchen is poised to take advantage of a couple of cultural trends as it sets out to raise enough money to break ground on its new facility by 2017.More

    New cooling system designed for wide applicability
    Potato Business
    Equipment manufacturer FOODesign has recently launched the cryo-jet 5 ambient and chilled air cooling system, suitable for applications including baked goods, snacks, bars, confectionery and fried foods. More

    Missed import inspection forces recall of 25 tons of pork
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    ESS Food, a Danish establishment, is recalling approximately 50,904 pounds of pork belly product produced in Poland that was not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection.

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