Frozen Express
Mar. 14, 2012

Talk of food safety consolidation takes bipartisan turn
Food Safety News
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, a conservative Republican from Wyoming, is starting to sound a lot like her colleague Rep. Rose DeLauro, a liberal Democrat from Connecticut — at least when it comes to fixing the nation's fragmented food safety system.

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    China believed to make large purchase of corn
    The Wall Street Journal
    The U.S. corn market got the sale it was looking for Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported private exporters sold 240,000 metric tons of U.S. corn for delivery to unknown destinations; commodity traders widely believe the buyer is China.More

    Study of child nutrition programs to be updated
    Federal Register
    USDA's Food and Nutrition Service is revising its study of child nutrition programs in order to provide current data for new legislation.More

    Romney's delegate lead grows
    The Washington Post
    Despite his losses in the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, Mitt Romney appears to have expanded his delegate lead Tuesday.

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    2012 definitely an anti-incumbent year
    The Washington Post
    No House incumbents lost their primaries Tuesday. But that doesn't mean their colleagues should rest easy. In fact, the results of Tuesday's primaries suggest incumbents face an environment even tougher than they did in 2010.More

    Senate approves $109 billion transportation bill
    The Washington Post
    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a two-year blueprint for transportation that gives states greater spending flexibility, allows the federal government to set minimum safety standards for subway systems and buys time to find a solution for a funding system teetering on the verge of bankruptcy.More

    Researchers identify 5 distinct US dietary patterns
    Food Navigator-USA
    American eating habits can be categorized into five distinct patterns strongly correlated with factors like age, race, gender and region, according to researchers who presented their findings at an American Heart Association meeting Tuesday.More

    EPA seeks input on pesticide regulations for food
    Federal Register
    The Environmental Protection Agency has received several petitions asking it to set or modify regulations for pesticide residue in or on various food commodities. Before taking any action, EPA wants to hear from stakeholders, including the food manufacturing industry.More

    Tollefson to serve as FDA associate commissioner
    Food Chemical News
    Rear Adm. Linda Tollefson, a 25-year veteran at FDA, will serve as the associate commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, starting Thursday, FDA Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor announced in a Monday email to staff.More

    An open look at how FSIS enforces humane handling of livestock
    USDA Blog
    Last week, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service posted copies of recent letters sent to plants facing enforcement actions for inhumanely treating animals. This effort is part of a commitment made last year by FSIS to implement new measures to ensure the humane treatment of animals at establishments we regulate.More

    Opinion: Cantaloupe food safety meetings should be open to all
    The Packer
    "The Packer" is running a poll asking whether the cantaloupe industry should open its food safety meetings to the public and the media. The upcoming meetings are limited to industry stakeholders — but should they be open for everyone?More

    FSA proposes replacing 'outdated' food safety regulations
    Food Quality News
    U.K. food safety authorities have proposed a complete rework of the 1991 Northern Ireland Food Safety Regulation after admitting the current measures are "out of date."More

    EPA set to revoke tolerances for DEP, MEK
    Federal Register
    The Environmental Protection Agency plans to revoke tolerance exemptions for residues of diethyl phthalate and methyl ethyl ketone in or on raw agricultural commodities and processed foods when these chemicals are used as inert ingredients in pesticide products.More

    US current account trade deficit widened to $124 billion
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    A slight drop in exports and a rise in imports widened the broadest measure of the U.S. trade deficit at the end of 2011. The increase pushed the gap to its widest point in three years.More

    How to play in the cold chain
    From weather conditions to politics, winning in the perishable logistics industry requires having all the elements under control, says Move One's perishables product manager Anders Bonde. More

    Save money at the supermarket with frozen foods
    The Star-Ledger
    Frozen foods are a money-saving option in these times when many home cooks are trying to stretch the budget. Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert, a spokesman for the packaged food giant ConAgra, has released some tips that can help food buyers make the better choices at the freezer case. More

    Birds Eye aims to send no waste to landfills
    Frozen food maker Birds Eye has slashed the amount of waste it sends to U.K. landfills by 21 percent in a year. The company is working with waste management firm Biffa on a plan to send no waste to landfills by 2014.More

    Taco Bell introduces the Dorito taco
    The Associated Press via Fairbanks Daily News-Miner
    Taco Bell hopes to turn orange Doritos cheese powder into green — as in cash. The Mexican-style chain plans to roll out Doritos Locos Tacos at midnight Wednesday at its nearly 5,600 restaurants nationwide. More

    US Foods launches product line for spring grilling
    Business Wire
    US Foods is helping chefs gear up for the grilling season with the launch of 30 new products today, including an exclusive chopped beef burger by Pat LaFrieda.More

    Researchers: Berries could boost brain health in aging population
    Nutra Ingredients
    A diet rich in phytochemicals from berries could help improve brain health in several ways, such as improving communication pathways and protecting against oxidative stress, say researchers.More

    Salt, fat, sugar reduction technology could aid food industry
    Food Navigator
    Technical solutions used for the reduction of salt, fat and sugar could offer the food industry additional opportunities when it comes formulating with natural and functional ingredients, according to one expert at Leatherhead Food Research.More

    Are veggies cheap?
    Despite the rumor that government subsidies make fast food less expensive than fruits and vegetables, several recent articles argue that indeed, veggies are far cheaper than a meal at McDonald's. More

    Intermodal cargo testing uses Intelleflex to find food risks
    Marketwire via Technology-Digital
    Software solutions provider Intelleflex and Ryan Systems, a supply chain traceability consultancy, have announced the results of intermodal freight tests involving land and sea transport that document the effectiveness of RFID-enabled temperature monitoring technology in improving global food safety and detecting compromised quality. More