Frozen Express
Mar. 31, 2014

Proposal reignites California debate over labeling genetically modified foods
Los Angeles Times
The high-stakes battle over labeling foods with genetically engineered ingredients is back. Less than two years after California voters narrowly turned down a labeling ballot measure, the state Senate is grappling with the issue.

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    Do consumers trust your food products?
    Food Production Daily
    U.S. consumers feel they don't know enough about where their food comes from, and how it's grown and produced — and that knowledge gap could be creating mistrust of retail food products.More

    Opinion: BPI vs. ABC News
    Food Safety News
    Last week's ruling by South Dakota Circuit Judge Cheryle Gering is troubling because, in declining to dismiss the lawsuit against ABC, she also did not release two of the network's sources from the case.More

    Republicans have a better than 80 percent chance of winning the Senate
    The Washington Post
    The GOP could have as much as a 4 in 5 chance of controlling the chamber, according to a new analysis by The Washington Post.

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    Poll: Democrats missing mark with swing voters
    The Hill
    A new political advocacy group has teamed up with former Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., to argue that the economic inequality agenda of Senate Democrats is a loser with swing voters. More

    Democrats, GOP prepare for new round of battles over health care law
    The Washington Post
    The first enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ends at midnight Monday, closing one chapter on President Barack Obama's landmark health care law and paving the way for a new round of confrontations that could ultimately determine the law's long-term prospects.More

    Circuit court upholds COOL regulations in preliminary injunction context
    The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court ruling denying the motion for preliminary injunction filed by meat producer interests in litigation challenging USDA regulations requiring retailers of "muscle cuts" of meat to list the countries of origin and production during each step of production.

    Related: Meat groups lose bid to block COOL rule (Bloomberg)More

    UN: Global warming threatens food supply
    Global warming poses a growing threat to the health, economic prospects and food and water sources of billions of people, top scientists said in a report that urges swift action to counter the effects of carbon emissions.More

    Humane Society files to stop overturning of California egg ruling
    World Poultry
    An attempt by six states to overturn a California law that requires more humane treatment of egg-laying hens and higher food safety standards will face legal opposition from The Humane Society of the United States.More

    Lawmakers eyeing USDA, EPA budget requests
    The House is keeping up its aggressive schedule this week through a series of hearings to debate the administration's fiscal year 2015 budget request for governmental agencies, including USDA and EPA.More

    EFSA assesses the risk of Salmonella and Norovirus in leafy greens
    European Food Safety Authority
    Rainfall, use of contaminated water for irrigation or contaminated equipment are among the factors that cause contamination of leafy greens with Salmonella and Norovirus. These are some of the findings of EFSA's latest opinion on risk factors that contribute to the contamination of leafy greens at different stages of the food chain.More

    Maintaining the cold chain during storage and transport of meat
    European Food Safety Authority
    Meat can be transported at temperatures higher than the current maximum without causing additional bacterial growth, provided that specific maximum transport times are applied and bacterial growth is controlled by efficient chilling. That is the main conclusion of an EFSA scientific opinion on the public health risks related to the maintenance of a cold chain during the storage and transport of meat.More

    What it's like to taste frozen food for a living
    The Billfold
    Matthew, a former professional "sensory panelist" for a frozen foods company, talks about eating french fries and other frozen foods during an 8-month stint as a paid participant.More

    Judge rejects bid to toss 'pink slime' lawsuit
    ABC News has failed to persuade a South Dakota state judge to dismiss a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit centering on reports that referred to a meat product as "pink slime."More

    FDA ready to finalize GMO labeling guidance
    FDA will soon re-assert it's unnecessary to mandate labels for foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg said Thursday.More

    Feed is suspect in spread of deadly pig virus
    The Wall Street Journal
    Scientists and regulators investigating the mysterious spread of a deadly virus plaguing the U.S. pork industry are stepping up their scrutiny of what the nation's hog herd eats. With a dearth of solid leads, investigators are exploring whether something in pig feed could be a conduit for porcine epidemic diarrhea virus, which has spread to 27 states and killed millions of young pigs since it was first identified in the U.S. last April. More

    Kraft challenged by 'healthier' macaroni and cheese brands
    Kraft Macaroni & Cheese has been a favorite meal for generations of American children, but smaller brands made with more natural ingredients are starting to nibble at its market share, part of a trend that is biting into growth at large U.S. food companies.More

    Rudolph Foods: Grow local, buy local movement driving R&D
    Bakery & Snacks
    Consumers are wiser and want to know everything about their foods from farm to table, demands that are shaping the food industry's research and development, says Rudolph Foods.More

    US: Reid to replace retiring Michaels as Mars president
    Mars Inc. has named Grant Reid, the head of its chocolate business, as its new president after announcing Paul Michaels will retire at the end of the year.

    Related: Mars opens $270 million factory in Kansas (FBR)More

    FDA closes Jensen's Old Fashioned Smokehouse
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    The FDA has closed Jensen's Old Fashioned Smokehouse in Seattle after environmental samples confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the facility. Inspectors found the pathogenic bacteria in food processing and storage areas.More

    Opinion: Don't give frozen food the cold shoulder
    Burlington Free Press
    March is the 31st Annual Frozen Food Month — which seems strange, considering spring brings renewed interest in fresh produce. But then, not everyone has access to more expensive fresh choices. Also, frozen (and canned) foods are equally nutritious at a lesser price.More

    PepsiCo: A push into emerging markets
    Seeking Alpha
    While the $820 billion global soft drink industry saw continued steady growth in 2013, with sales increasing by around 5 percent compared to the previous year, the competitive pressure continues to intensify. More

    Grocery stores require new business models in food deserts
    Nathanael Johnson reports on what makes healthy grocery stores succeed in food deserts. Contrary to popular notions, "It's not that grocery executives turn up their noses at poorer neighborhoods; they just couldn't figure out how to make money there."More

    Ocean-derived packaging material fights microbes
    Food Production Daily
    US Aragonite Enterprises has launched renewable plastic, made from materials culled from the ocean, imbued with anti-microbial properties. More

    New C&M research published: Global frozen food market
    Brazil, Russian Federation, India and China are the emerging and fast-growing countries within the frozen food industry, with India tallying a CAGR of 15.1 percent over the 2008-2012 period. More

    China food processing: Latest market analysis presented
    A new report from analyzes the food processing industry in China using a PEST framework analysis.More