Frozen Express
Mar. 5, 2012

Safety concerns, industry changes push US to rethink approach to food inspection
The Washington Post
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration have taken radically different approaches to food safety and inspection, but the agencies face pressure to overhaul their procedures.More

Study: Proposed livestock rules could hike food prices
Paying more for food may not be out of the question for consumers if regulations on the U.S. poultry and livestock sectors increase. In fact, consumers could pay up to $16.8 billion more annually for meat, milk and eggs if regulations are imposed on U.S. poultry and livestock farmers that raise input costs by 25 percent.More

Industry coalition challenges EPA greenhouse gas regulations
The National Association of Manufacturers and other business groups today presented oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., Circuit, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's decision to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources through the Clean Air Act.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the coalition opposing EPA's regulations of greenhouse gases from stationary sources.More

Super Tuesday: Mitt Romney focuses on economy, while rivals seek openings
The Washington Post
On the eve of the most consequential voting day of the Republican presidential race so far, Mitt Romney homed in on his core economic message to rally reluctant Republicans around his candidacy while his opponents jockeyed for opportunities in Ohio and elsewhere.

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    Democrats told not to expect Obama money
    The Hill
    Top officials from the Democratic National Committee and President Barack Obama's re-election campaign have warned the party's House and Senate committees not to expect any financial help this year, a Democratic source confirmed Monday.More

    DCCC launches Majority Makers
    Wanted: Democratic candidates in pretty safe districts with not much of a primary and excess campaign cash. The job: Helping House Democrats reclaim the majority by donating money to other Democrats in more competitive races.More

    EPA to meet with livestock producers about inspection program
    The Grand Island Independent
    EPA Region 7 representatives will host a public informational meeting for livestock producers about the agency's inspection program for concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, March 13 in West Point, Neb.More

    GM seeks dismissal of food label lawsuit
    Food Navigator-USA
    General Mills has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing it of presenting products that were "little better than candy" as "healthful and nutritious."More

    USDA sets meeting to discuss drugs in food
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service and the Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting March 23 to determine the U.S. agenda and position on veterinary drug residues in food, in advance of the Codex Committee meeting for the same topic.More

    The cost of regulations and shrinking herds
    Drovers Cattle Network
    Shrinking livestock inventories threaten the U.S. food economy, and excessive regulations on agriculture exacerbate the problem threatening our export markets, according to a new report from the United Soybean Board.More

    Taiwan's US beef task force urges more scientific data
    Taiwan Today
    More scientific data is required to pin down the exact health impacts of ractopamine, a leanness enhancer added to cattle and swine feed, Taiwan's Council of Agriculture announced March 3, following a heated debate as Washington increases pressure on Taiwan to allow entry of U.S. beef. More

    Idaho Potato Commission to give away diamond for anniversary
    Progressive Grocer
    The Idaho Potato Commission is celebrating its diamond anniversary with one of its biggest sweepstakes ever: a chance to win a one-carat diamond solitaire pendant.More

    Indiana firm recalls uninspected frozen pizza sticks
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Pasou Foods of Syracuse, Ind., is recalling approximately 147 pounds of frozen, fully cooked, ready-to-eat pizza stick products because a meat ingredient used in the product may have been produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.More

    Dole Food acquires healthy snack business
    Dole Food Company Inc. last week announced the acquisition of Mrs. May's Naturals, a company committed to providing consumers with wholesome snacks for a healthier lifestyle. More

    Cucina Fresca updates brand, expands products
    Marketwire via Food and Drink Digital
    Cucina Fresca, a leading producer of natural gourmet foods for retail and food service, has updated its brand to "Cucina Fresca Gourmet Foods" to better capture its full range of product offerings and company vision. It also is introducing new frozen lines, including lasagna and gourmet macaroni and cheese.More

    DuPont eyes increased food, nutrition focus to boost sales
    Food Navigator-USA
    An increased focus on food and nutrition is expected to become a major sales growth driver at DuPont in 2012, according to executive vice president James Borel.More

    ConAgra teams with recording artists on child hunger campaign
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    ConAgra Foods is kicking off the third year of its nationally recognized "Child Hunger Ends Here" campaign with an original song and exclusive video content from platinum recording artists Jewel, Owl City and Jay Sean, plus a social media influencer campaign with leading bloggers.More

    Potato chips, frozen food boost Inventure income
    The Arizona Republic
    Robust sales of its boutique potato chips, frozen berries and other products led to a 17 percent jump in fourth-quarter income reported Thursday by Phoenix snack food maker Inventure Foods Inc. More

    Cold storage firm turns on savings with LED lighting retrofit
    Refrigerated Transporter
    SmartWatt Energy has helped NOR-AM Cold Storage Logistics achieve savings of 218,761 kilowatt-hours at its facility in Schuyler, Neb., after an LED lighting retrofit.More

    AcuTemp expands frozen packaging solutions
    Food Ingredients First
    The newest addition to the line of AcuTemp frozen shipping solutions focuses on substantially reducing the amount of dry ice required for shipping.More

    Study: High fructose corn syrup linked to dementia risks
    A study in the March 1 issue of "Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry" found high fructose corn syrup commonly contains small amounts of reactive alpha-dicarbonyl compounds, which can react with proteins to cause neurodegenerative disease; early studies found high intake of fructose was associated with high risk of dementia.More

    Solutions to yield challenges in further-processed poultry
    Ingredient use, raw material availability and environmental factors may pose challenges when making further-processed poultry products. But there are several solutions to overcome some of those challenges to meet product application goals.More

    Subway sued over dysnetery outbreak
    Courthouse News Service
    A Subway restaurant in suburban Chicago is being sued by 74 people who claim they got dysentery after eating at the chain.More

    Research bid aims to breed bug-resistant chickens
    Food Manufacture
    The U.K.'s Biological Sciences Research Council and poultry breeder Aviagen have awarded researchers at the Roslin Institute money for a three-year project to map genes in chickens responsible for resistance to Campylobacter, a bacteria that is the biggest cause of food poisoning in the U.K. More

    Report: More than half of Americans struggle to afford basics
    A shocking 52 percent of Americans are struggling to afford the necessities, and for many even that is a stretch, according to WSL/Strategic Retail, the leading authority on shopper behavior and retail trends. More