Frozen Express
Feb. 26, 2013

New beef, pork labels aim to boost sales with consumer clarity
U.S. beef and pork industry groups are proposing new labeling protocols for retail fresh meat muscle cuts (initially beef and pork) aimed at making it easier for consumers to understand what they are buying and how to cook it. The proposed new naming protocols (which are voluntary) have been approved by USDA and were rolled out on Monday after 18 months of consumer research conducted by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association on behalf of the Beef Checkoff and the National Pork Board.

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American Frozen Food Institute elects new board leadership
Business Wire
The American Frozen Food Institute on Monday announced the election of three officers and seven members to the AFFI Board of Directors. The elections took place at the AFFI Annual Meeting and Keynote Breakfast held in conjunction with the 2013 AFFI Frozen Food Convention in Anaheim, Calif.More

Agriculture has slipped from DC's radar screen
Trying to sell Ram trucks, Chrysler made a splash in the Super Bowl with a TV spot celebrating the American farmer. Nine days later, the picture was very different as President Barack Obama skipped over farmers entirely in his State of the Union address, never mentioning the yearlong farm bill stalemate in Congress nor even including "agriculture" among the thousands of words spoken that night.More

Poll: More would blame Congress for cuts
The Washington Post
A new Washington Post-Pew poll finds more Americans would blame congressional Republicans than President Barack Obama, 45-32 percent, if the sequester cuts aren't halted before Friday's deadline.More

Poll: Majority say cuts will have major effect on economy, military
The Hill
A new poll finds the public worrying that impending sequester cuts could weaken the nation's economic recovery and the Pentagon: 62 percent of respondents said the effect on the economy of the $85 billion in automatic cuts slated to take effect on Friday will be negative.More

Obama enlists governors' help on sequestration fix
USA Today
President Barack Obama sought to recruit the nation's governors Monday in his sequestration battle with Congress, telling them that $85 billion in automatic budget cuts would cripple economic progress in their states.More

McCain, Graham to meet with Obama for talks on immigration
The Hill
Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday to discuss immigration, congressional aides confirmed. McCain and Graham are both members of a bipartisan group of eight senators that in January unveiled a framework for immigration reform legislation. More

FDA rethinking GE labeling
National Cotton Council via Western Farm Press
FDA's food labeling policy may be under reconsideration: FDA officials recently met with labeling advocates and seemed receptive to a preemptive federal GE labeling law.More

Kerry pushes trans-Atlantic free trade in Germany
The Associated Press via WALA-TV
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says a free-trade agreement between the United States and Europe is a priority for President Barack Obama's second term and will help create jobs and growth on both sides of the Atlantic.More

FDA announces increased inspections for cantaloupe firms
The Packer
The domestic cantaloupe industry will experience increased food safety inspections and product sampling from the Food and Drug Administration, a letter from the agency to the industry said Feb. 25.More

Codex panel approves food inspection guidance to help member countries
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Meeting last week in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the Codex Committee on Food Import and Export Inspection and Certification Systems approved a long-awaited guidance document to help Codex member countries improve their food safety systems for domestic and imported foods.More

Canada to follow US greenhouse gas regulations for trucks
Canadian Environment Minister Peter Kent on Monday announced final regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for trucks and buses in the country that will mirror those set to go into effect starting next year in the United States.More

'Honeygate' leads to charges for illegal Chinese honey importation
Food Safety News
Five people and two U.S. honey processors were charged with federal crimes last week as a result of an investigation into illegal importation of honey from China, known as "Honeygate," led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.More

Frozen Food Foundation hosts 5K event to promote nutrition, activity
Business Wire via MarketWatch
The Frozen Food Foundation is pleased to announce it exceeded its participation goal for the Frozen Food Foundation 5K Fun Run & Walk presented by MorningStar Farms® held Monday at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Calif. More than 400 community youth, teens and adults joined the Frozen Food Foundation and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Anaheim in a public display of their commitment to health and wellness. More

Nestle CEO warns water scarcity is major threat to food industry
Food Ingredients First
Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke used his keynote speech at the annual City Food Lecture in the U.K. to warn the food industry that water scarcity is one of the greatest threats it faces, arguing that overuse of fresh water poses not only a serious environmental hazard, but also a major risk to political and social stability.More

Yum cuts more than 1,000 suppliers after China chicken scare
Agence France-Presse via Business Insider
Fast food giant KFC has cut more than 1,000 farms from its supplier network in China to ensure food safety after a scandal over tainted chicken hurt sales in the key market last year.

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ABF calls Oxfam food ethics attack 'ridiculous'
Food Navigator
Associated British Foods — rated worst-in-class in an Oxfam International report critical of 10 food giants for essentially operating under a corporate social responsibility "veil of secrecy" — has hit back, slamming the report's findings as "ridiculous."

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    Report criticizes food industry handling of farm animal welfare
    Meat Trades Journal
    Farm animal welfare is not being managed correctly by the food industry, a new report has revealed. According to the report from The Business Benchmark, "First Benchmark of Global Food Companies' Approach to Farm Animal Welfare," animal welfare is not getting as much attention as other corporate responsibility issues do. More

    Wal-Mart expands self-checkout in stores via its iPhone app
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has its sights set on the smartphone-wielding shopper, this week expanding use of the "Scan & Go" feature for its iPhone app to 40 stores in the Denver area.More

    Frozen Food Foundation's 5K supports healthy living
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    The Frozen Food Foundation's 5K Fun Run & Walk drew 400+ participants Monday in a public display of their commitment to health and wellness.More

    New Wendy's logo rolls out nationwide
    The new Wendy's logo rolled out Monday in Wendy's advertising and on packaging, uniforms, signs, menus and digital assets.More

    How will the sequester affect your state?
    The Washington Post
    The White House on Sunday detailed how the deep spending cuts set to begin this week would affect programs in every state and the District.More

    The 'new normal' for the food industry: Fines, detentions, arrests?
    Mondaq (free registration required)
    As FDA continues its march to implement FSMA, including its proposed rule concerning "Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food," there are three things manufacturers and distributors must do: comply, comply, comply.More

    Increased production costs in China will keep pork prices high
    As China's policy bias shifts to controlling inflation over supporting growth, what impact is this having on food prices? Rabobank senior analyst Jean-Yves Chow predicts volatility ahead.More

    OSI Group to launch frozen French toast, boiled eggs in India
    Economic Times
    U.S.-based OSI Group, a global player that supplies food products to top retailers, plans to launch frozen French toast, omelettes and boiled eggs at retail stores and fast food restaurants in India soon, according to Bhupinder Singh, chief executive of its Indian arm, Vista Processed Foods.More