Frozen Express
Apr. 6, 2015

Private eyes in the grocery aisles
The New York Times
Civilian shoppers see food when they go to the market. Mansour Samadpour, the chief executive of IEH Laboratories (short for Institute for Environmental Health), sees mystery, if not downright fraud. More

Would GMO labeling requirement cost $500 more in groceries per family a year?
The Washington Post
Discussion about GMOs is picking up steam on a national level as Congress debates a bill that would trump states' decisions to mandate GMO labeling. The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is one of the bill's proponents, which include many food industry groups, who want to see a voluntary labeling system. Would mandating GMO labels really cost an additional $500 per year for a family of four?

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is a member of the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, a broad-based coalition that advocates for a federal labeling solution for food products made with genetically-enhanced ingredients.More

US firms fed up with shortage of organic produce
The Wall Street Journal via The Australian
Executives at organic cereal maker Nature's Path Foods grew so frustrated last year with ­organic-grain shortfalls they took a radical step: They bought a farm. Nature's Path is among a number of organic-food purveyors taking steps to tackle supply constraints that are hampering the growth of one of the hottest categories of the U.S. food ­industry.

Related: Organic shoppers: Who buys and where they buy is evolving (Food Navigator-USA)More

Conservative lawmakers weigh bid to call for constitutional convention
The Washington Post
Conservative state legislators frustrated with the gridlock in Washington are increasingly turning to a plan to call a convention to consider a new amendment to the U.S. Constitution — an event that would be unprecedented in American history and one that could, some opponents predict, lead to complete political chaos.More

POLITICO Campaign Pro's 2016 Senate rankings
Harry Reid's retirement announcement last month upends the Senate landscape, giving Republicans a rare opportunity for offense in an otherwise defensive 2016 election cycle. But where does it fit among the parties' biggest targets next year? More

Paul seeks Republican revolution
The Hill
Sen. Rand Paul wants to change the GOP from the inside by becoming the party's standard-bearer in 2016.

Related: How presidential hopefuls try to create magic with campaign launch events (The Washington Post) More

Big city mayors press courts on Obama immigration orders
The Hill
Leaders of more than 70 cities and counties signed on to a legal brief Monday calling for President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration to move ahead. More

California governor: Restricting farms' water 'not needed' yet
The Hill
California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday defended the state's new mandatory water limits, which have drawn criticism for largely leaving out agriculture, the state's biggest water consumer. More

Federal report: Vegan diet best for planet
The Hill
A federal panel that helps set federal dietary guidelines is recommending Americans eat less meat because it's better for the environment, sparking outrage from industry groups representing the nation's purveyors of beef, pork and poultry.

Related: New science on cholesterol, eggs and vegetarian diets (The Seattle Times) More

USDA tracks avian influenza across country
Meat + Poultry
A second commercial turkey farm in Stearns County, Minnesota, has confirmed cases of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.More

Anti-GMO measure topic of chamber forum
Corvallis Gazette-Times
The Corvallis, Oregon, Chamber of Commerce will host a discussion this week about Measure 2-89, which would ban the use of genetically modified organisms in Benton County. More

An easier way to untangle regulatory knots
Reg Blog
As if federal budget negotiations weren't messy enough, President Barack Obama is hoping to use the process simultaneously to untangle regulatory knots, starting with food safety. More

Listeria fear spreads as Blue Bell closes Oklahoma ice cream plant
U.S. health officials have warned consumers against eating any products from a Blue Bell Creameries Oklahoma ice cream plant, which has temporarily closed because of possible Listeriosis contamination.More

Companies deal with losses from port slowdown
Tri-City Herald
A backlog of apples, potatoes and other goods is clearing out of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. Still, Washington's Mid-Columbia growers and exporters continue to feel the pains of lost sales and customers created by a lengthy export slowdown.More

Rising demand sweetens sugar prices
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
The price of raw sugar, which refiners process to make white sugar for food companies and grocery stores, has pulled up from a six-year low. Some of the buyers are refiners taking advantage of the difference between prices for raw sugar in New York and white sugar in London, said analysts at Commerzbank. More

Overflowing corn bins spur most bearish outlook ever on grains
U.S. corn stockpiles at the start of last month were the biggest in 28 years, adding to signs of a glut that's driven global food costs to the lowest since 2010. Hedge funds have been net-short on agriculture from cotton to wheat for three weeks, the longest since the government data started in 2006.

Related: Asia's middle class changes demand for wheat grain (Voice of America)More

Growth seen rebounding along with jobs after U.S. hits soft spot
The U.S. economy looks set to come out of its soft patch just as the labor market entered one of its own. More

Yum Brands issues CSR report on food, people, community, environment
Yum! Brands has released its 2014 Corporate Social Responsibility Report, tracking the progress Yum! is making towards its goals in four strategic areas of focus: food, people, community and environment. More

A wonder material that can sniff out deadly food toxin
Could wonder material graphene — the thinnest on earth and 200 times stronger than steel — help solve food safety woes linked to storage and transportation? More

Taste beyond the tongue: How do other senses influence flavor?
Food Navigator
Taste is much more complex than the experience of basic flavors on the tongue — it also encompasses our other senses to a larger degree than most people realize, according to Charles Spence. More

ProMat 2015 features latest in supply chain management solutions
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Here's a rundown of the latest food supply chain solutions, designed to drive productivity, improve efficiency and introduce innovation to your facility. More

Avure: We are working on avenues for HPP not even being thought about today
Food Quality News
Avure Technologies is working on new avenues for high pressure processing that are "not even being thought above today," according to its CEO. More

Student develops modernized procedure to determine lobster livelihood
The Maine Campus
A University of Maine undergraduate student has developed a noninvasive procedure to determine the livelihood of lobsters. This test will help determine how healthy and shippable a lobster is.More