Frozen Express
Mar. 16, 2015

FDA warns of more victims from deadly Blue Bell Ice Cream
Uncover Michigan
The FDA has issued a warning about the likelihood of more victims related to the Blue Bell ice cream brand Scoops being contaminated with the deadly Listeria virus, which claimed three lives in Kansas over the weekend.More

Leveraging the growing influence of the male food shopper
How and where Americans shop for food is changing dramatically with more men steering their baskets down grocery aisles. Their shopping preferences and habits provide cues for food and beverage marketers. More

As tastes change, big food makers try hipster guises
The Associated Press via
Major companies are testing whether it would pay to tuck away their world-famous logos in favor of more hipster guises. The stealth efforts reflect the pressures on the country's biggest food makers, which are contending with the surging popularity of smaller brands that position themselves as decidedly less corporate.More

White House calling the shots
In the months since Republicans took charge of Congress, GOP divisions have given the upper hand to President Barack Obama. The White House is declaring victory over Washington — at least in terms of setting the agenda for Republican leaders, rank-and-file members of Congress and even the GOP presidential field.More

Nancy Pelosi, Democrats chart their own path for 2016
The Hill
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Democrats are poised to launch their own messaging strategy ahead of the 2016 elections. More

In 2016 race, an electoral college edge for Democrats
The Washington Post
No matter whom Republicans nominate to face Hillary Rodham Clinton in November 2016, that candidate will start at a disadvantage. It's not polling, Clinton's deep resume or the improving state of the economy. It's the electoral college. More

Senate GOP budget to break with Paul Ryan's blueprints
The Hill
Senate Republicans will not include detailed plans to overhaul entitlement programs when they unveil their first budget in nearly a decade this week, according to GOP sources.

Related: 5 big hurdles for the GOP's budget blueprint (The Hill) More

This week: Human trafficking, secret science, ambush elections
The Hill
The Senate will try to find a way forward on a bill to prevent human trafficking this week, while the House will advance legislation to rein in Obama administration rulemaking. More

Group seeks to reverse upward trend in E. coli in ground beef
Food Safety News
E. coli infections have been on an upward trend since 2010, and this slight uptick was reportedly enough to prompt the creation of a six-point strategy to reverse the trend, designed by USDA's Strategic Performance Working Group within the Food Safety and Inspection Service More

Fischer: New food guidelines harm agriculture
The Grand Island Independent
Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., is one of 29 senators who are objecting to a report on food guidelines that advises Americans to decrease consumption of red meat. She says the report's recommendations are misguided and, if enacted, "could have a devastating effect on Nebraska's livestock industry."More

Elizabeth Warren challenges Obama (and Clinton) on trade
Elizabeth Warren's push to kill major trade negotiations — backed up by the AFL-CIO's plans to cut campaign contributions to its traditional Democrat allies to fight alongside her — could become major headache for President Barack Obama. And, eventually, for Hillary Clinton.More

Forensic accounting can track food fraud
Food Manufacture-UK
Forensic accounting can track food fraud and must be a weapon in the arsenal of the U.K. Food Crime Unit, according to Lisa Jack, professor of accounting at the University of Portsmouth. More

University calculates cost of recalls to public protein companies
Researchers at Utah State University have calculated the cost of recalls to publicly traded companies by looking at stock price reactions when meat, poultry and processed egg recalls occur. Some of the findings were predictable; others were not.

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

General Mills: Out goes gluten, in comes more fiber, protein, whole grains
Seeking Alpha
The company is making corporate structural changes that will allow it to behave more like its smaller competitors, making better decisions faster.More

Breakfast of champions: Navigating risk in the food industry
Business Reporter
Joanne Frearson talks to Jonny Shimmin, one half of breakfast pioneers Spoon Cereals, about how industry peer groups can help take the sting out of working in what can be an exceptionally risky sector.More

Settlement reached in Barefoot Contessa's frozen meal copycat lawsuit
Fox News
Just over three weeks after filing a lawsuit alleging copyright infringement over her "Barefoot Contessa" branded frozen foods, Food Network star Ina Garten has reached a settlement. More

Coke a healthy snack? Evolution of a brand
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
The world's biggest beverage maker is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. More

Target looks to bag market share through its grocery biz
RetailWire via CPGmatters
It's not a surprise, considering Target CEO Brian Cornell's history as an executive at PepsiCo, Sam's Club and Safeway, that he would see grocery as an important element in his plan to revitalize the chain's business. More

Recalls from undeclared allergens continue at brisk pace
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced more recalls over the weekend, linked to undeclared allergens and misbranding:
16,722 pounds of beef and chicken products from Gourmet Kitchen Inc., based in Neptune, New Jersey;
3,700 pounds of beef products from Bear Creek Smokehouse, based in Marshall, Texas.

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

Food preservatives market expected to top $2.5 billion by 2020
Increased business related to food products has led to the need to adopt food spoilage prevention and reduction techniques, which in turn is driving growth in the food preservatives market. More

Replacing chemical disinfectants with engineered water nanostructures
The burden of foodborne diseases worldwide is huge, with serious economic and public health consequences. The food industry is in search of effective intervention methods that can be applied from "farm to fork" to ensure the safety of the food chain and be consumer- and environment-friendly at the same time.More

Simplifying machine-robot integration
Automation World
The new Factory Automation Playbook is packed with best practices, practical tips and pitfalls to avoid, from defining project objectives to selecting components to implementing technologies that can make your automated systems smarter and more productive.More