Frozen Express
May. 14, 2012

Regulatory leapfrog gets underway
Food Safety News
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a series of prevention-based food safety policy measures, some of which trump various aspects of FDA regulations and FSMA legislation.

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    Vilsack: Beef consumption steady
    Gannett Washington Bureau via Des Moines Register
    U.S. beef consumption has remained strong despite attacks questioning the safety of lean trimmings in hamburger, the country's top agriculture official said in an interview Friday. "We haven't really seen that much of a drop, maybe a small, one-tenth of 1 percent kind of drop — not significant," Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said after speaking to the Greater Des Moines Partnership, a business group from central Iowa.More

    HBO's 'Weight of the Nation' series: New solution to old problem?
    ABC News
    Today, HBO is premiering its four-part series called "Weight of the Nation." A collaborative effort with the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine, the series focuses on different issues surrounding the epidemic: consequences, choices, children in crisis and challenges.

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    Obama's more modest pitch
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama campaigned for president in 2008 with a long list of ambitious goals. Among them: cut middle-class taxes, tackle climate change, cover the uninsured, overhaul Wall Street regulations and pass sweeping immigration changes. This time around, his scope is smaller.More

    In military-rich battlegrounds, Obama targets veterans
    The Washington Post
    As he gears up his re-election effort, President Barack Obama is trying to use his military leadership record, and especially his emphasis on the home front, to win the political support of veterans and military families in a handful of important swing states.More

    Obama camp opens fire on Romney's Bain years
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Obama campaign is taking aim at Mitt Romney's central pitch as a jobs creator with the release of a scathing television ad that examines the fate of a steel company Romney's firm acquired in 1993.More

    Highway bill conferees face daunting schedule
    House and Senate conferees last week began work on the highway bill under considerable pressure of time and necessity: Counting today, the conferees have 19 working days left before the current extension expires June 30.

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    US defines goals in TPP trade talks
    TTR Weekly
    The United States said Sunday it wants rules on state-owned enterprises as part of a Pacific free trade agreement, but it acknowledged differences in negotiations on crafting the ambitious deal. Negotiators from the U.S. and eight other nations were holding talks in Dallas on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which advocates hope will form the basis for a sweeping free trade pact in the dynamic region.More

    US, South Korea to hold first joint FTA meeting this week
    Yonhap News Agency
    South Korea and the United States will hold their first free trade agreement joint committee meeting this week to discuss rules and procedures for dealing with disputes and other issues, the South Korean government said Monday.

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    Executive order sets deadline to reduce regulatory burdens
    Federal Register
    A Sept. 10 deadline has been set for all government agencies to submit reports and recommendations on how to streamline and lessen the regulatory burdens each agency imposes, according to Executive Order 13610, published today.More

    Kroger sets sight on local strawberries
    Supermarket News
    In response to booming consumer interest in local foods, Kroger Co. announced a new partnership with North Carolina supplier Jackson Farming Co. to offer local strawberries in the retailer's Raleigh-Durham stores.More

    ConAgra to move frozen food operations, lay off 250
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    A ConAgra Foods Inc. plant in Batesville, Ark., is to lay off between 230 and 250 workers in July when it moves frozen dinner preparation from the Arkansas facility to Missouri, the company said Friday.More

    Dough company seeks to expand frozen range
    The Grocer
    New frozen food business The Northern Dough Co. is seeking wider listings for a range of pizza dough products. The dough range recently launched into Whole Foods Market and is available through independents. More

    Chuck E. Cheese tests gluten-free options
    Pizza Marketplace
    To accommodate guests with special dietary needs, Chuck E. Cheese's has added gluten-free options to its menu. The new food items, which include a gluten-free pizza and chocolate cupcake, is being tested at all Minnesota Chuck E. Cheese's locations to gauge demand for future national availability.More

    Thai company: Not bidding for UK Birds Eye
    Dow Jones Newswires via Fox News
    Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL hasn't submitted a bid for U.K. company Birds Eye Ltd., the Thai company said in a filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand. The company's statement comes after U.K. newspaper "The Sunday Times" reported the Thai firm was preparing a bid for Birds Eye. More

    Comprehensive National Beef Quality Audit nears completion
    Drovers CattleNetwork
    A comprehensive study that evaluates the nation's efforts to enhance beef quality is nearing completion, and results will be distributed at the cattle industry's summer conference in July.More