Frozen Express
May. 17, 2013

Judge: Referring 'natural' claims issue to FDA would be 'futile'
Food Navigator-USA
In an order that will be read carefully by those following "natural" labeling lawsuits, a California judge presiding over a lawsuit against General Mills has rejected an argument routinely made by defendants: that the FDA has primary jurisdiction when it comes to judging whether "natural" claims are deceptive.More

McDonald's may overhaul US menu from 145 choices
Bloomberg Businessweek
The world's largest restaurant chain might stop selling Caesar salads, the McSkillet Burrito, the Southern Style Biscuit and steak bagels, according to a franchisee email obtained by Bloomberg News.More

84 percent of NYC fast food workers report wage theft; AG investigates
The New York attorney general's office is looking into reports of wage theft violations within the state's fast food industry, department officials confirmed Thursday as Fast Food Forward released a report alleging widespread wage theft within the industry.More

Obama attempts scandal reduction surgery
President Barack Obama appeared before the White House press corps Thursday, performing what could best be described as scandal reduction surgery: an operation to cut the number of scandals he's dealing with from three to one.More

House group has deal on immigration
House immigration negotiators emerged from a meeting Thursday with an agreement "in principle" and plan to turn their attention to drafting a comprehensive reform bill, Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, said. He declined to elaborate on the details of the deal.More

Labor secretary nominee Perez clears early hurdle in confirmation
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama's pick for labor secretary cleared a minor hurdle in the confirmation process Thursday as a Senate committee voted to clear the nomination of Thomas Perez for consideration by the full Senate.

Related: Senate panel backs McCarthy to lead EPA (Reuters)More

Second appeals court invalidates Obama's NLRB recess appointments
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on Thursday became the second appeals court to rule that President Barack Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional, concluding that some board actions taken in the wake of those appointments were also invalid.

Related: Senate committee to vote on NLRB nominees Wednesday (The Examiner) More

D.C. to list calories on drink vending machines in municipal buildings
The Washington Examiner
By placing labels with calorie counts on Washington, D.C., government vending machines, Mayor Vincent Gray hopes city workers will pick healthier drinks.

Related: Indiana health system bans sugary drinks from hospitals (The Indianapolis Star) More

OIG report: FSIS does not deter repeat FMIA violators
Hog slaughter plants have repeatedly violated the same federal regulations because the Food Safety and Inspection Service's enforcement policies do not deter plants from becoming repeat offenders, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.More

House Ag Committee votes to repeal USDA catfish inspection
Food Safety News
The House Agriculture Committee voted to repeal a controversial catfish inspection program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture late Wednesday night — a sign the program, which was mandated by the 2008 farm bill to help protect U.S. catfish farmers from cheap imports, may be headed for the chopping block.More

Reconnecting with food: Essential for our health
PLOS Blogs
Despite a near-obsession with food-related TV shows, seasonality and slow-food are becoming foreign or niche concepts as supply becomes constant and expected and fast-food becomes ubiquitous.More

Canadian government to address food safety
The Wall Street Journal
Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz will make an announcement today regarding food safety in Canada.More

Chinese city officials advocate for chilled, frozen chicken
Shanghai Daily via
Shanghai will advocate the consumption of chilled and frozen poultry products to help revitalize the industry, which has been badly affected by the recent H7N9 bird flu outbreak.

Related: New reports yield clues about H7N9 detection, links to poultry (CIDRAP)More

New frozen pizza: Healthier than a salad?
Medical Daily
A new seaweed-infused frozen pizza is healthier than the salads you can buy in stores, its makers claim. The frozen pizza, now sold in England and Wales in addition to Scotland, contains 47 essential nutrients, with vitamin- and mineral-rich ingredients, including ground seaweed and red pepper.More

Is there such thing as the 'Latino' consumer?
Food Navigator-USA
Census statistics show Latinos are the fastest-growing group in the U.S. But is there such thing as a "Latino" consumer?More

Obama struggles to get beyond a scandal trifecta
The Washington Post
The White House could have difficulty putting the current corrosive political scandals behind it any time soon.More

Gluten-free market to top $6 billion by 2018
Food Business News
The gluten-free products market will reach $6.2 billion by 2018, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets.More

Michigan looks to develop foreign food trade
Michigan feeding the world and the state government's support of that initiative was a hot topic at a food business summit at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids Thursday. More

Morrison seals $306 million Ocado deal for online groceries
British supermarket chain Morrison is investing more than $306 million in a 25-year deal with online grocer Ocado, seeking to catch rivals in home delivery and sending Ocado shares sharply higher.More

Grocery: Time to revamp the front-end
Supermarket Guru
Chalk up one more consequence of people shopping with smartphones: They browse their screens while waiting to pay at the supermarket cash register and largely ignore the painstakingly merchandised magazines, candy, gums and other temptations within easy reach for impulse sales. More

Jack in the Box Q2 earnings tumble 39 percent
Meat & Poultry
Jack in the Box second-quarter profits declined 39 percent on lower sales, and revenues eased 3 percent to $355.6 million.More

North Carolina turkey plant to close, chopping 1,000 jobs
News & Observer via Winston-Salem Journal
House of Raeford Farms will close its turkey slaughtering plant in Raeford, N.C., in July and layoff 1,060 people. The company, which first announced plans to shutter the facility in March, informed the state last week that the plant would close by July 27.More

Food wholesalers adopt track-and-trace system
Supermarket News
The Retailer Owned Food Distributors & Associates, a cooperative of independent food wholesalers, announced it is adopting track-and-trace technology from ReposiTrak.More

Research: Omega-3 may minimize junk food's damaging effects on brain
Food Navigator
Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids could help to minimize the debilitating effects that high junk food consumption has on the brain, according to a new review of more than 180 research papers.More

Ecolab rolls out new pest-control option for foodservice sector
Ecolab introduces the STEALTH® Fusion Fly Light, a proprietary addition to Ecolab Pest Elimination's Large Fly Program that combines the company's patented fly light and STEALTH Fly Station technology into one solution for eliminating large flies indoors.More