Frozen Express
Mar. 19, 2013

Alliance to Feed the Future recognizes National Ag Day
PRWeb via San Francisco Chronicle
The Alliance to Feed the Future — an industry coalition that includes the American Frozen Food Institute — will join in the celebration of National Agriculture Day today to recognize the significant contributions farmers and producers make to providing a safe, affordable, abundant food supply.

Editor's note: AFFI is a member of the Alliance to Feed the Future, consisting of more than 100 farm, food and academic organizations committed to promoting awareness and improving understanding and appreciation for the benefits and necessity of modern food production and technology in order to meet global food demand. More

Mintel: Young adults, parents key to ethnic food market
Retail Times
Young Americans and those with children like to spice things up in the kitchen, according to new research from Mintel on the ethnic foods market. Some 9 in 10 adults ages 25 to 34 say they prepared ethnic food at home in the past month versus only 68 percent of those 65 or older. The most popular cuisine in this growing market category? Hispanic food, the survey found.

Related: Study: Ethnic food appeals to the young (Supermarket News)More

FDA issues corrected proposal for CGMP, hazard analysis
Office of the Federal Register
The Food and Drug Administration is re-issuing its proposed "Current Good Manufacturing Practice and Hazard Analysis and Risk-Based Preventive Controls for Human Food," in order to correct errors throughout the document.

Related: FDA corrects errors in FSMA proposed rule (Office of the Federal Register)More

What Republicans need to win Senate in 2014
POLITICO
It's clear what Republicans need to do to take back the Senate in 2014: Stop blowing races they should win, knock off some wobbly Democrats and break a string of bad luck. That's no small order. More

Struggling Republican Party announces plan to rebuild itself
The Washington Post
The Republican Party ended months of self-criticism Monday with a wide-ranging plan to transform itself into a modern, welcoming home for a rapidly diversifying American electorate. Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus ­presented a 100-page blueprint aimed at rebuilding his struggling GOP after a four-month analysis.

Related: House GOP rebounds, finds new leverage after disastrous start (The Hill)More

Organizing for Action courts unions as cash grab accelerates
The Hill
Officials with the advocacy group formed to support President Barack Obama's second-term agenda have been courting unions, a major source of Democratic campaign cash. Unions have said they are open to bankrolling Organizing for Action, the controversial revamp of Obama's re-election machine, and are now discussing partnerships with the nonprofit.More

Pizza operators ask DC for menu labeling flexibility
Pizza Marketplace
A group of pizza executives descended upon Washington, D.C., in early March to ask the Domestic Policy Council for menu labeling flexibility as part of the impending Obamacare legislation.More

Senate's Gang of 8: We'll have immigration bill in April
The Hill
Members of the Senate's Gang of Eight say they are on track to reach a deal on immigration reform by the end of March, despite skepticism and sniping among outside groups. Sources familiar with closed-door talks between the four Democratic and four Republican senators said members hope to unveil a bill when the Senate returns from a two-week recess in early April.More

Oregon could ban GM fish, require GM food labeling
The Oregonian
State lawmakers in Oregon are considering at least eight bills on genetically modified food labeling, fish and crops. Several bills would require foods produced with genetically engineered materials to be labeled. Others bills would prohibit importing or cultivating genetically engineered fish.

Related articles:

  • GMO labeling laws on deck in the Midwest (KBIA)
  • Letters to the editor: Knowing what's in the food we eat (The New York Times)
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    EPA seeks dismissal of poultry producer lawsuit
    The Associated Press via The Republic
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a judge to dismiss a West Virginia chicken grower's lawsuit over water pollution orders the agency issued against her then withdrew in December, arguing the case is now moot. But court filings show Eight is Enough farm operator Lois Alt believes the underlying issues need to be heard because they could potentially affect poultry growers nationwide.More

    Trade deal to boost EU food exports to US by $21.6 billion per year
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    The European Union could boost its total exports of agri-food products by some $21.6 billion per year by 2027, if a comprehensive trade deal is negotiated with the United States, Agra Europe reports after analyzing an economic assessment by the EC.More

    ConAgra to expand frozen meal production
    Meat & Poultry
    ConAgra Foods is expanding its Russellville, Ark., facility, where Banquet, Healthy Choice and Marie Callender's products are made. The $100 million expansion will accommodate production of Bertolli and P.F. Chang's Home Menu frozen meal lines, which ConAgra acquired from Unilever PLC last year.More

    Smarter Lunchrooms Movement aims to change food choices
    3BL Media via Justmeans
    The Smarter Lunchrooms Movement, developed by the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, has partnered with Sodexo to improve students' cafeteria choices through a range of simple techniques designed to subtly guide behavior.More

    Burger King to add turkey burger to menu
    Scripps Media via WXYZ-TV
    Burger King is adding a new sandwich to its menu this spring: the turkey burger, an item the chain says is gaining popularity among health-conscious consumers.More

    Local food may feel good — but it doesn't pay
    NPR
    The market for locally grown food has seen dramatic growth during the past decade. Despite this boost in sales and popularity, evidence suggests the economics behind the movement still don't favor the farmer. More

    SNAXPO: SymphonyIRI addresses state of the snack food industry
    Business Wire
    Snacking behavior has escalated in recent years, catapulting the blurring of eating occasions to a whole new level. From frequency and time of day to goals and desires, many snacking influences are impacted by age and life stage. Understanding how all the pieces fit together is critical. More

    Burger King talks turkey
    Scripps Media via WXYZ-TV
    Burger King's spring menu will include the turkey burger, an item the chain says is gaining popularity among health-conscious consumers.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 KyPost.com
    Previously unnoticed ingredients are in the spotlight as health-conscious consumers demand details about what they eat and drink.More

    Fighting food waste with frozen food packaging
    Plastics Today
    Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, says that by helping to preserve fresh flavors and nutrients in frozen foods, plastic packaging often leads to less food waste.More

    Study: Contaminated water could lead to Norovirus in supply chain
    Food Quality News
    Contaminated water used to dilute pesticides could be responsible for viruses entering the fresh food supply chain, scientists claim.More

    Cold plasma could revolutionize pathogen control in food processing
    Food Production Daily
    Food industry advisory body Campden BRI is exploring the effects of cold plasma technology on specific surfaces and microorganisms to help food manufacturers wage war on pathogens.More

    Computer system being developed for food safety, sustainability
    Engineering and Technology Magazine
    Scientists at the University of Lincoln are working to create a flexible and efficient new computer system that can be used to quickly detect faults in food products and packaging on the production line. Safer foods, less waste and better use of natural resources is the goal.More