Frozen Express
Mar. 1, 2012

Hamburg: FDA needs more resources for food safety
Food Safety
U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Margaret Hamburg warned of more outbreaks and import problems if food safety is not properly funded and defended a proposal to collect registration fees to help pay for oversight.

Editor's note: This story references a letter sent to Congress by a food coalition marshaled by the American Frozen Food Institute that is urging lawmakers to reject proposed new food regulatory fees. More

Nutrition labeling for meat becomes mandatory
The next time you shop at the grocery store, you may see something new — nutrition labels on meat. The same types of labels you already find on other foods.More

Consumers vote 2 ConAgra Foods products 'product of the year'
In a survey of more than 50,000 American consumers, Healthy Choice Top Chef inspired Café Steamers and Orville Redenbacher's Pop Up Bowl were selected as the best new products in the Frozen Foods and Snacks categories, respectively.More

Rick Santorum faced with strategy shift that will test his shoestring campaign
The Washington Post
Rick Santorum does not plan to abandon the fiery Christian rhetoric or the shoestring campaign that got him to where he is today. But as a slate of high-stakes Republican presidential primaries approaches, he is being forced to shift his strategy to beat back perceptions that he is obsessed with controversial social issues and harbors outdated ideas about women.More

Mitt Romney, facing money challenges, aggressively seeks donations
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney, eager to capitalize on his primary-election victories, is aggressively pushing for new donations to offset his presidential campaign's heavy spending and is erecting battle stations in upcoming Super Tuesday states. More

Ohio is next battlefield for the GOP
The Hill
Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have taken their battle to Ohio, the biggest prize in the upcoming Super Tuesday contests. Ten states will vote on March 6, and more delegates will be won that day than have so far been awarded.More

Opinion: Is the election over?
The Washington Post
If you believe the conventional wisdom, the presidential election is virtually finished. Barack Obama will win. Perhaps in a walk. Game over.More

Brazil orange juice exporters accept US carbendazim defeat
Food Production Daily
The Brazilian orange juice and concentrate industry has admitted carbendazim-related defeat, after efforts to increase allowable levels of the fungicide in orange juice product shipments were shot down by U.S. food safety officials.More

Senate to open debate on highway bill amendments
The Hill
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said that he would re-open debate on the $109 billion transportation bill being considered by his chamber. The transportation bill would fund road and transit projects over a two-year period.

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    Factors will determine Japanese trade agreement decision
    U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk assured lawmakers that the U.S. would not sign off on Japan's entry into trans-Pacific trade talks until it is confident Tokyo is ready to meet high U.S. goals for the pact.More

    Senators introduce legislation protecting fair for livestock producers
    Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a senior member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, recently joined a group of Senators in introducing legislation making it unlawful for a packer to own, feed or control livestock intended for slaughter.More

    Cuts 'would be devastating' to food safety inspections
    The Vancouver Sun
    Canadian Food Inspection Agency documents warn the agency could be forced to cut more than 200 food safety workers when the federal budget is delivered March 22.More

    Food-safety expert warns, beware of Norovirus
    Medical Xpress
    The leading cause of food borne disease is wreaking havoc this winter, according to a food-safety expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who says people should try to limit their exposure to Norovirus and try to minimize its spread.More

    Study finds Listeria traces in ready-to-eat fish
    Food Safety News
    A University of British Columbia study found minute traces of Listeria in one-fifth of ready-to-eat fish products purchased from Vancouver stores, but no Listeria in ready-to-eat meat products from the same retailers.More

    Wendy's makes a small profit after shedding Arby's chain
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Wendy's is still recovering from its split with Arby's. The company said that it swung to a fourth-quarter profit of $3.9 million, or 1 cent per share, compared with a net loss of $10.8 million, or 3 cents per share, last year, when it was still married to the Arby's roast beef chain.More

    Tomato growers frustrated over audits
    The Packer
    Some of the audit fatigue frustrations growers experience boiled over during a recent industry meeting discussing tomato food safety metrics.More

    General Mills acquires Food Should Taste Good
    Food Business News
    General Mills, Inc. has acquired Food Should Taste Good, a natural snack food company based in Needham Heights, Mass.More

    Just Label It GMO labeling campaign attracts record number of comments
    Food Navigator
    A petition calling for food manufacturers to state on labels whether their products contain genetically engineered ingredients has attracted more than 850,000 comments, claim organizers of the Just Label It campaign.More

    Freeze damages blueberries in US southern states
    Food News
    Freezing weather, which came after an unusually warm winter, and other production problems, destroyed about 20 percent of Florida's 2012 blueberry crop, according to the Florida Blueberry Growers Association.More

    Social media and the coming supply-chain revolution
    Use of modern communications tools within supply chains is lagging way behind their usage for other operational needs, but change is in the air.More

    Icicle Seafoods buys local firm Snopac
    U.S. seafood producer Icicle Seafoods has reached a preliminary agreement to acquire independently owned and operated seafood processing company Snopac Products for an undisclosed sum.More

    Trio of new handmade frozen desserts
    British Frozen Food Federation
    Caterers looking to bridge the gap between diners who think about ordering dessert and those who "go for it" are set for success with three indulgent, new individual desserts from Country Range.More