Frozen Express
Apr. 28, 2015

Court rejects bid to 'stop the clock' on Vermont GMO labeling law
Food Navigator-USA
A federal court has rejected an attempt by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and other trade associations to prevent the state of Vermont from implementing its controversial GMO labeling law until litigation over the legislation has been resolved.

Related: Hundreds expected at New York rally for GMO labeling law (WSYR-TV)More

New bird flu cases probable in Iowa, millions of birds affected
Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

Related: Vilsack asks China to drop ban on poultry imports triggered by bird flu (Reuters)More

Tyson sets aggressive timeline for eliminating antibiotics in US flocks
Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. poultry producer, plans to eliminate the use of human antibiotics in its chicken flocks by September 2017 — one of the most aggressive timelines yet set by an American poultry company.More

Bob Corker puts brakes on budget deal
Sen. Bob Corker is holding up a much-awaited GOP budget deal, barring Republican leadership and top budget negotiators Monday night from filing the agreement that was weeks in the making, his office confirmed.More

GOP's open season on Clinton
The Hill
Democrats are quickly learning the perils of having a de facto presidential nominee in Hillary Clinton. With the controversy around donations to her family's charitable foundation growing, Democrats are bracing for more attacks on the former secretary of State — just the beginning of what they expect to be an 18-month assault on their party's front-runner.

Related: Republicans chart divergent paths to take on Hillary Clinton (The Washington Post) More

Never before have so many people with so much money run for president
The Washington Post
The 2016 Republican presidential contest, designed to be a tidy affair, is instead shaping up to be a chaotic, drawn-out slog, thanks largely to an expanding pool of rich patrons raining money on a broad field of candidates. More

Trade deal needed to curb China, Obama says
President Barack Obama intensified his push for a Pacific trade pact on Monday, warning that without it, China could come to dominate the region by using its size to "muscle other countries in the region around rules that disadvantage us."

Related: Massive trade deal could come down to 2 things: Rice and cars (Politico) More

Report: FSIS hazards analysis regulation still lacking in key areas
Food Safety News
Almost 20 years ago, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service introduced a food safety program called Pathogen Reduction/Hazards Analysis and Critical Control Points aimed at verifying the effectiveness of the food safety systems at meat and poultry facilities. That program, however, has at least two ongoing problems, according to a new report released Tuesday by the Consumer Federation of America, with support from the Pew Charitable Trusts.More

USDA grants will support nanotechnology in ag research
Farm Futures
The USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will provide $3.8 million in grants to Universities to study nanotechnology's role in food security, food safety, nutrition and environmental protection, the agency announced Monday. More

China gives new food law more teeth and tougher penalties
Food Navigator-Asia
The standing committee of China's National People's Congress, the country's top legislature, has voted to adopt an amendment to the food safety law that proscribes the heaviest penalties yet to offenders. More

Big data is future for better food safety
Food Manufacture-UK
Food giant Nestle has suggested the huge amount of data collected by companies such as itself and regulatory authorities like the Food Standards Agency should be shared so it can be "mined" for information about emerging food safety problems. More

PepsiCo's Nooyi: Consumers as confused as ever
Food Business News
More than a decade ago PepsiCo began sorting its portfolio into three buckets: fun-for-you, better-for-you and good-for-you. Today, the food and beverage maker finds itself still working to fill those buckets in a manner consistent with consumer needs. It hasn't been an easy task, said Indra Nooyi, chief executive officer of PepsiCo.More

Redefining Target
Supermarket Guru
In an effort to entice customers to linger in stores and spend a little more, many retailers are looking to diversify their offerings and reinvent themselves. Target, for example recently announced a new strategy to reposition its approach to food, focusing on six categories and expanding the availability of natural, organic, locally grown and gluten-free choices.More

Food companies come forward to help Nepal earthquake victims
Jagran Post
Major food companies in India including ITC, Nestle and PepsiCo India have come forward to help earthquake victims in Nepal, even as Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal has asked others to join the relief operation.More

E.coli leads to beef recall; misbranding forces expanded Tex-Mex food recall
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Inspectors are working with companies on two new recalls today:
1,029 pounds of beef used for further processing, distributed by Skyline Provisions but later found to have tested positive for E. coli O157:H7.
Additional items that should have been included in the original recall of 15,600 pounds of pork and beef products made by Corn Maiden Foods.

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5 ways to maximize your F&B supply chain
Penske Logistics
Today's busy customers demand fresher, more interesting grab-and-go offerings from their grocers and convenience stores. To meet these needs, transportation providers must guarantee that deliveries will be on time, with built-in flexibility to respond when volumes spike. More

Jeni's may face long recovery from recall
The Columbus Dispatch
Jeni's fans could be waiting for weeks before new products are available if the experience turns out similar to what a Washington ice cream company endured late last year. More

Kellogg to close Utah frozen food facility
Standard Examiner
Cereal giant Kellogg Co. is closing its frozen food plant in Clearfield, Utah. The facility employs about 200 people and makes a variety of frozen vegetarian foods, such as Gardenburger.More

Bumble Bee Foods, 2 others charged after employee died in pressure cooker
Los Angeles Times
Bumble Bee Foods and two of the tuna company's employees were charged Monday with willfully ignoring safety rules, leading to a plant worker burning to death inside an industrial pressure cooker in 2012, prosecutors said. More