Frozen Express
Apr. 19, 2012

PriceWaterhouseCooper: Optimising produce food safety is 'simply good business'
PriceWaterhouseCooper has warned against an over-reliance on finished product testing in the U.S. food sector and called for additional focus on the implementation of strategic food safety practices. More

ABC slams USDA's poultry inspection plan
Food Safety News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture will delay a proposed rule to expand a controversial poultry inspection system, ABC World News reported in a scathing segment.More

What's their beef? Meat additives spark backlash
News Chief
The consumer backlash against a meat product made from leftovers and treated with chemicals is making a bad situation worse for Cargill and Tyson Foods ahead of the beef industry's peak sales period.More

Romney gaining conservatives' support, if not their hearts
The Washington Post
Mitt Romney was not his first choice for president, but conservative political activist Scott Magill has come to accept that Romney is now his only choice. So Magill is now looking for reasons to get jazzed about the candidate he once dismissed.More

Poll: Women, minorities give Obama an edge
The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama's popularity with women and minorities contributes to his 46 to 42 percent lead over former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to a recent Quinnipiac University national poll.More

Senate Democrats keep a fundraising edge
The Wall Street Journal
The Senate Democrats' campaign arm is holding onto a fundraising edge as the party tries to protect its narrow majority in the chamber, according to numbers released to Washington Wire.More

Cantor: GOP will expand majority
The Hill
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., recently said he is confident that Republicans will not just hold but will expand their majority in the lower chamber in November.More

Condi Rice, Gov. Christie, Sen. Rubio top VP polls
USA Today
With the battle between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney now joined, attention has turned to possible Republican vice presidential picks. New polls are offering likely GOP nominee Romney plenty of ideas — from oft-mentioned names like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida to some out-of-the-box choices such as Condoleezza Rice.More

Sen. Casey calls for action as salmonella outbreak reaches 20 states, including Pennsylvania
With a salmonella outbreak reaching 20 states, including Pennsylvania, U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Penn., called on the Office of Management and Budget to act on proposed food safety rules that are intended to protect consumers from foodborne illness.More

Canada seeks Pacific pact entry soon, to protect farmers
Reuters via The Vancouver Sun
Canada hopes to join a pan-Pacific trade pact in the first half of this year, Trade Minister Ed Fast said, but is committed to maintaining contentious tariffs that help its farmers, though some see them as protectionism. More

Change in labeling of corn syrup opposed
A coalition of groups recently sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration opposing a proposal by manufacturers to call high-fructose corn syrup "corn sugar" instead.More

Farm bill cuts would hit food stamps
Complying with GOP mandates to reduce spending, the House Agricultural Committee voted to cut $33 billion over 10 years to the nation's cornerstone nutrition program.More

Highway bill's farm-truck exemption awaits House approval
Hobby Farms
Farmers are pleased with the Senate's amendment to exempt farm trucks from bill S 1813, allowing flexibility with state-border regulations, and await House approval.More

Vermont's real food safety issue
Truth about Trade & Technology
Vermont legislators are reviewing a bill that would not only potentially hurt farmers in the Green Mountain State, but across America. The bill would require all food that possibly contains genetically modified ingredients to say so on a special label.More

Geithner: Recent China currency and trade moves 'significant'
The Washington Post
A series of steps by China is encouraging U.S. officials that Beijing is proceeding with changes to currency and other financial policies that the two countries have long disputed.More

Listeria concern prompts expanded deli sandwich recall
Food Safety News
M.E. Thompson of Jacksonville, Fla., is expanding the recall of its Anytime Deli Turkey & Ham Footlong to include the Italian Footlong and Classic Cuban, sold under the brand names Anytime Deli, Sandwich Central and Dandee, because the sandwiches may be contaminated with Listeria.

Editors Note: AFFI's Listeria Monocytogenes Control Workshop is scheduled for April 24-25 in St. Louis. The workshop provides frozen food processors and other associated industry professionals with a unique opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest state-of-the-art approaches for controlling Listeria. Click here to register, or for more information. More

Food processors to study US laws
Viet Nam News
Viet Nam food processors and exporters must study changes in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and measures to avoid common mistakes.More

Food inspectors, consumers to deliver safe poultry petitions
Wisconsin Ag Connection
Consumer watchdogs, concerned citizens and federal food inspectors represented by the American Federation of Government Employees will deliver more than 150,000 petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture opposing proposed changes to the poultry inspections process that will impact the health and safety of the American public.More

HSUS files complaint against pork industry
Farm Futures
The Humane Society of the U.S. has made a move against the National Pork Producers Council, claiming that the group is "engaging in deceptive advertising related to animal well-being in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act."More

Tesco's plans to expand are scaled back
USA Today
British grocery chain Tesco, which predicted it would become one of the largest grocers in the U.S. when it started opening its first Fresh & Easy stores five years ago, recently announced a far less ambitious plan for its growth and profitability.More

Kraft goes green by reducing packaging
Triple Pundit via PSFK
Kraft Foods recently announced they have cut 45 million pounds of weight from the packaging of their products since 2010. More

Jury sides with Hormel over food lost in 2008 flood
Bloomberg Businessweek
A federal court recently ordered an Iowa warehouse operator to pay Hormel Foods Corp. more than $4 million to cover losses to its products caused by flooding in 2008.More

Greencore acquiring Marketfare Foods
Ireland-based international convenience food manufacturer Greencore Group plc has agreed to acquire U.S. sandwich maker Marketfare Foods LLC for $36 million.More

Kraft discontinues Athenos Greek Yogurt
Consumer Goods technology
Athenos Greek yogurt was launched in the fall of 2010, with full national distribution by early last year. The Northfield, Ill.-based company did not specify why it decided to end the line of Greek yogurt. More

China market report: Food for thought
Corporate Counsel
China's food scandals have prompted widespread alarm as multinationals scrambled to ensure the safety of supply chains. But recently there have been signs of progress.More