Frozen Express
May. 18, 2015

US loses WTO appeal in meat label dispute with Canada, Mexico
Yahoo Finance via Reuters
The United States has lost a battle with Canada and Mexico over meat labeling and will consult with Congress and the public over next steps, a U.S Trade Representative official said on Monday. USTR Chief Counsel Tim Reif said he was disappointed the World Trade Organization confirmed an earlier ruling that country-of-origin labeling (COOL) rules illegally discriminate against imported livestock, rejecting a U.S. appeal.More

US approves SunOpta System for detecting genetically modified crops
The New York Times
A little-known but publicly traded organic food processing company, SunOpta, has persuaded the federal government that its system for detecting genetically modified crops is so effective that the company should be permitted to label ingredients from one of its plants in Minnesota as free of such alterations.

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    Paying for Ethanol at the Pump and on the Plate
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    What do a franchise owner of four chain restaurants in Virginia, a food service distributor in Ohio and a poultry farmer in Kentucky have in common? They are all small-business owners who work in local communities and help Americans put food on the table. More

    Iowa GOP Lincoln Dinner: 5 takeaways
    From pancake breakfasts to fundraisers to candidate meet-and-greets, this was a big weekend for presidential politicking in Iowa. Most of the major Republican candidates could be found culminating with 11 hopefuls converging in a downtown ballroom filled with 1,400 party members and activists Saturday night.

    Related: 6 dangerous issues in the 2016 GOP White House race (The Hill)More

    Mitch McConnell confident Senate will pass trade bill
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confidently predicted on Sunday the Senate this week will give final approval to pending trade legislation. The legislation has met with strong resistance from many Democrats, who believe the legislation is not in the best interests of American workers, but McConnell was able to get enough votes to begin debate on Thursday.

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    Clinton is banking on the Obama coalition to win
    The Washington Post
    Hillary Rodham Clinton is running as the most liberal Democratic presidential front-runner in decades, with positions on issues from gay marriage to immigration that would, in past elections, have put her at her party's precarious left edge.More

    GOP seeks summer fix for road funding
    The Hill
    House Republicans are preparing to begin moving a two-month extension of federal transportation funding, delivering a victory to Democrats who have long preferred a shorter extension. The measure, which is scheduled to come up in a House Rules Committee hearing on Monday, is intended to prevent an interruption in the nation’s infrastructure funding that is currently scheduled to begin on May 31.More

    Time crunch pushes Senate to edge of surveillance cliff
    Capitol Hill is – again – barreling toward deadlines on must-pass legislative items, this time on government surveillance powers and federal money for roads and bridges. The Senate, particularly the GOP, finds itself in a bind over surveillance, even as the chamber remains bogged down in a contentious fight over trade that’s scrambling party lines and eating up valuable floor time. More

    Green diet guidelines trigger food fight
    The Hill
    The guidelines recommending Americans eat less meat for "the sake of our health and that of the planet" have led to a flood of tens of thousands of public comments to the departments of Health and Human Services and Agriculture, most of them applauding the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for taking environmental sustainability into consideration.More

    FDA warning letters: Dairy, seafood processors
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published warning letters last week sent to a dairy and to two seafood processing facilities. Seafood processing facilities Gold Kosher Catering of Florida band Family Loompya Corporation of California were both warned about "serious violations" of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) regulations.More

    Food industry braces for Obama trans fat ban
    The Obama administration is expected to all but ban trans fat in a final ruling that could drop as soon as next week, killing most uses of an ingredient that has been put in everything from frozen pizza to Reese's Pieces but has since been deemed harmful to human health. More

    Week ahead: Child nutrition programs under scrutiny
    The Hill
    Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee will meet next week  to talk about waste, fraud and abuse in federal child nutrition programs. More

    Target to give less priority to top packaged food suppliers: WSJ
    Retailer Target Corp has informed top suppliers of packaged foods, such as Kraft Foods Group Inc., that it plans to put less money into promoting their products in favor of fresher, healthier foods, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.More

    At Chobani, Rocky Road From Startup Status
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Hamdi Ulukaya used to say that no one could run his yogurt startup better than he could, proud that Chobani Inc., grew to $1 billion in annual sales without help from a "professional CEO."More

    Blue Bell Will Lay off 1,450 Employees
    The Wall Street Journal
    Ice-cream maker Blue Bell Creameries LP said it would lay off 37 percent of its 3,900 employees, as it works to recover from a sweeping recall of all its products last month because of a deadly listeria outbreak. The Texas company, among the largest U.S. ice-cream producers, said it would lay off 750 full-time and 700 part-time employees, and put another 1,400 on partially paid furlough.More

    Flavors and Fragrances: The big sector you can taste and smell
    Organic and sustainable eating are hot trends nowadays, but one sector's growth suggests the death of processed food may be exaggerated.More

    The un-red meat: Restaurants embracing new proteins
    Fast Casual
    With Americans trying to eat healthier, it's no surprise they've cut back on red meat. Clearly, Americans are looking for healthier protein alternatives, and restaurants hoping to keep customers happy need to fill that need. More

    HPP gains attention beyond traditional food safety solutions
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    Refrigerated food manufacturers continue to implement high-pressure processing (HPP) into their production lines to eliminate spoilage organisms and foodborne pathogens and extend shelf life. More

    Sysco may face about $1 billion in costs if US Foods merger dies
    Sysco Corp will be left with a bill of around $1 billion if the U.S. government kills its $3.5 billion merger with US Foods, regulatory filings show, underscoring the perils of doing deals that have a good chance of being blocked by antitrust regulators.More

    FoodNet report shows mixed bag of foodborne illness trends
    Food Safety Magazine
    New federal data released by the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) shows little improvement in terms of foodborne illnesses compared to previous years. The 2014 Food Safety Progress Report compares foodborne outbreaks with data collected from 2006 to 2008, and 2011 to 2013.More

    Education shows little effect on students' vending machine choices
    Food & Beverage Development
    Educating secondary school students about low-calorie foods and drinks may have little effect on their vending machine purchases, according to a study from The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO).More