Frozen Express
Mar. 15, 2013

FDA strikes large number of outdated food facility registrations
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
A significant number of foreign facilities failed to renew their facility registrations by Jan. 31, and FDA is marking them "invalid," U.S. Customs and Border Protection notified brokers late last month.More

Monsanto president: GMO labeling must be addressed
Whole Foods' GMO labeling mandate has certainly caught the attention of the food industry. Monsanto President Brett Begemann this week called on the ag industry to cooperate and co-exist with those who have different food policy views.

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  • Vermont House committee approves labeling bill (Lexology)
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    Report indicates food companies need to plan for the future
    The Strategic Sourceror
    Financial services leader Rabobank Group's global food and agribusiness research and advisory recently released a report that revealed many food companies lack organizational adaptability and would be ill-equipped to adjust to new sourcing, production or logistical challenges they could face in the coming years.More

    Obama support group off to sluggish start
    The Hill
    Two months after Organizing for Action was founded to bolster President Barack Obama's agenda, his poll numbers are slipping and the group remains on the defensive.More

    Top 10 Senate races of 2014
    The Washington Post
    There are at least two ways of looking at what Senate Republicans are trying to do this cycle. One is simple math: Pick up six seats and win back the majority in the upper chamber. More broadly, they are trying to snatch the Senate from the party that also controls the White House in the president's second midterm election.More

    Politics counts: The budget battle and 'NIMA bias'
    The Wall Street Journal
    Budget season came to Washington in earnest this week, bringing with it new House and Senate proposals and more talk of deficit and debt reduction. The debates are growing more intense, but if anything is to happen there are some strong historical patterns that will have to be overcome.More

    Vilsack: Good nutrition key to kids', nation's well-being
    Portland Press Herald
    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Thursday said improving childhood nutrition and preventing obesity is a critical issue to helping young people thrive in their personal health, educational attainment and economic achievement.More

    Soda ban appeal to be heard in June
    The legal battle over New York City's ban of large sugary drinks is set to continue in early June, after a New York appellate court agreed Wednesday to hear the city's appeal of a ruling that struck down the new law.More

    Kathleen Merrigan resigns from USDA
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Kathleen Merrigan has resigned as deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the agency's No. 2 job. Merrigan, an organic foods expert, "played a vital role in the department's 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative," which focused on locally grown food, as well as the agency's budget cutting efforts, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Thursday in an e-mail. No reason was given for her departure. More

    Seafood fraud bill could impact retailers
    Supermarket News
    A seafood fraud bill reintroduced to the House of Representatives by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., this month could affect retailers with the imposition of new traceability requirements for fish. More

    House panel takes on size and weight, logs, HOS
    Legislators homed in on top trucking issues such as truck sizes and weights, electronic logs and driver hours of service at a House hearing yesterday. The Subcommittee on Highways and Transit met to review the Department of Transportation's implementation of last year's highway law.More

    As Japan joins TPP, tough reforms loom
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to announce Japan will join talks on a Pacific trade pact that would oblige the country to undertake major reforms, especially in farming.More

    Peru to import more frozen food from the US
    Agra-net (subscription required)
    Makro, the largest food service supplier in Peru, has met with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service in Lima to inquire about U.S. companies that can supply frozen foods. The country reportedly already has one supplier, with $500,000 worth of frozen foods scheduled for shipment in July.More

    China sets up food safety super-regulator
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    The Chinese government this week announced it will create a new superministry to ensure the quality of China's food and drugs. The General Food and Drug Administration will assume responsibility for setting standards and monitoring production, distribution and consumption — tasks previously handled by as many as nine different government organizations.

    Related: In China, high hopes for new food safety monitoring (China Daily)More

    Consumers increase focus on sourcing, sustainability
    Progressive Grocer
    Conscious shoppers are increasing their spend on organics, sourcing food products, seeking out non-GMO and buying sustainable "Farm to Table" food products traceable to local/regional farmers and producers, according to a study conducted by Market LOHAS and laz pr.More

    Kraft fights back over Cracker Barrel grocery line
    The Tennessean
    The "food fight" between Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and Kraft Foods is getting messier. Kraft is crying foul after the Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurant chain earlier this month began selling Cracker Barrel-branded hams in grocery stores in several states despite Kraft's pending lawsuit challenging it, court records show.More

    Hostess picks McKee as buyer for Drake's cakes
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    Hostess is moving forward with the sale of Devil Dogs, Yankee Doodles and Yodels to the maker of Little Debbie cakes. The bankrupt company says it picked McKee Foods as the buyer for the Drake's cakes after nobody stepped forward with a qualifying bid to top its $27.5 million offer.More

    US producer, wholesale prices rise as food prices fall
    The Associated Press via The Vancouver Sun
    A measure of U.S. wholesale prices rose in February by the most in five months, pushed higher by more expensive gas and pharmaceuticals. But outside those increases, inflation was mild. The producer price index grew a seasonally adjusted 0.7 percent in February from January, the Labor Department said Thursday. More

    US frozen blueberry stocks up 30 percent
    Agra-net (subscription required)
    Stocks of frozen blueberries in the U.S. have been piling up in the past year, prompting industry analysts to warn that the sale of 70 million pounds of frozen product is now needed to offset the risk of prices dropping with this year's incoming crop.More

    Report: Food companies not well-prepared
    The Strategic Sourceror
    Rabobank says many food companies lack adaptability and are ill-equipped to adjust to new sourcing, production or logistical challenges.More

    All federal meat inspectors to be furloughed
    Food Safety News
    U.S. meat inspectors will be forced to take the same 11 days off, possibility shutting down the U.S. meat industry on those dates, a USDA official says.More

    Food ingredients getting more public scrutiny
    The AP via
    Previously unnoticed ingredients are in the spotlight as health-conscious consumers demand details about what they eat and drink.More

    'Wanted' ad targets food advertising to children
    Food Product Design
    The Center for Science in the Public Interest ratcheted up its assault on Nickelodeon and parent company Viacom Inc., with a new ad slamming the media company for allowing characters from its popular television shows, such as Dora the Explorer and SpongeBob SquarePants, to appear on snack food packaging targeted toward children.More

    UK report: Using frozen foods can save pubs big bucks
    The Publican's Morning Advertiser
    Using frozen food could save a U.K. pub more than $150,000 a year, according to new research commissioned by the British Frozen Food Federation.More

    Telematics providing food shippers with better product visibility
    Transportation & Logistics
    As the Food Safety Modernization Act rolls out, producers and shippers of food products in the U.S. are likely to be looking for increased visibility of their products as they are transported through the supply chain. What does this mean to refrigerated trucking companies?

    Related: FSMA will impact Canadian food haulers (Transportation & Logistics)More

    Plastics deliver more choices, less waste in frozen foods
    PR Newswire via Waste Management
    Frozen food packaging has changed dramatically since the 1920s when Clarence Birdseye developed methods for quick freezing foods. While frozen foods today are packaged in many materials, technological advances coupled with the rise of the microwave have made plastics the go-to choice for many frozen foods, from vegetable medleys to ready-to-heat meals to gourmet ice cream. More

    Report casts critical eye on poultry worker conditions
    A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice says poultry workers in Alabama are often injured on the job and face frequent deportation threats, and predicts the situation could worsen under proposed new USDA regulations.More