Frozen Express
Jun. 4, 2012

FDA appeals order to act on antibiotics in animal feed
Lincoln Journal Star
The Food and Drug Administration is appealing a federal magistrate's ruling that the FDA must act on its long-standing proposal to ban the use of three antibiotics in animal feed because they may contribute to antibiotic resistance in bacteria. FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg, Director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine Bernadette Dunham and Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius together filed an appeal with the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the March decision.

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    Frozen food among top 3 most important food trends
    CPG Matters
    What are the three most important food trends today? They are the rise of protein, gluten-free products and frozen food, says XTC North America, an organization that provides insights to foster innovation for brands sold in grocery stores. More

    Beef plants continue advancing food safety
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    Expanded testing for additional strains of E. coli in beef packing plants begins today, and while packers undoubtedly will experience some difficulty in the transition, history suggests they will adapt to the new requirements and continue to improve beef safety.More

    Obama likely to face record re-election jobless rate
    USA Today
    One fallout from Friday's poor jobs report: President Barack Obama almost surely will have to win re-election with a record high unemployment rate for modern incumbents. No president since the Great Depression has won re-election with a jobless rate higher than 7.4 percent, and the latest Labor Department report says the current rate now has ticked up to 8.2 percent.More

    Romney sees jump in voters who hold positive view of him
    The Hill
    Mitt Romney is viewed favorably by 48 percent of voters in a new CNN-ORC poll, a huge jump for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

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    When party affiliation could be liability, ads focus on personal
    The Washington Post
    Sen. Jon Tester's massive right hand is capable of a vise-grip handshake. In old photographs, however, the Montana wheat-and-barley farmer often has his left hand in the pocket of his barn jacket. Or down by the leg of his jeans.More

    Massachusetts Senate race shifts into higher gear
    The Wall Street Journal
    Democratic activists say an overwhelming convention victory will enable embattled U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren to reboot a campaign that had been knocked off stride in its quest to unseat Sen. Scott Brown.More

    Bloomberg's hard line on soft drinks shakes beverage industry
    The Hill
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposed ban on large sodas put big beverage companies back on the defensive this week — an increasingly familiar spot for the industry.

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    New rules look to improve food safety
    Star News
    Changes aimed at protecting the public from foodborne illnesses could be coming to North Carolina as soon as Sept. 1. That's the date the 2009 U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Food Code could be implemented in the state. More

    FSIS formalizes 90-day rule for HACCP assessment in E. coli cases
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a notice formalizing its new policy that requires establishments to reassess their HACCP systems in response to non-O157 STEC positive test results within 90 days of the start of new FSIS E. coli testing procedures, which took effect today.More

    USDA proposal would nearly double California-grown olive fees
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service has proposed a rule to raise the assessment rate for the California Olive Committee from $16.61 to $31.32 per assessable ton of olives handled.More

    USDA sets Codex Alimentarius meeting for tomorrow
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    A public meeting will be held Tuesday, June 5, to discuss U.S. stances and agenda priorities for the upcoming Codex Alimentarius Commission summit. Participants can attend in person or via teleconference by calling (888) 858-2144, code 6208658.More

    Making sense of the gluten-free food frenzy
    U.S. News & World Report
    For a substance largely unheard of until recent years, gluten — a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and other products — seems to be on everyone's lips these days. And why wouldn't it be? A gluten-free diet has been touted as a cure for everything from obesity and rashes to autism and migraines.More

    Ketchup makers give customers choices
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Maybe ketchup fans aren't all that focused on high fructose corn syrup, after all. ConAgra Foods, maker of Hunt's ketchup, made a bold move a couple of years ago by switching away from the controversial sweetener in favor of traditional sugar. The Omaha, Neb., company said at the time that it was changing "in direct response to consumer demand." More

    Study: Grocery shoppers make purchasing decisions in the store
    CPG Matters
    A new study says 3 out of 4 grocery shoppers make their purchasing decisions while they're shopping in a store, rather than while they're making a shopping list, clipping coupons or browsing online.More

    Tons of pork products recalled because of misbranding
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    BaLe Meat Processing and Wholesale has recalled 13,200 pounds of various raw and ready-to-eat pork roll products because the labels do not list wheat, a known allergen.

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    Possible Listeria contamination forces Keoki's pork recall
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Potential contamination by Listeria monocytogenes has led to a recall of 400 pounds of Keoki's Lau Lau brand ready-to-eat pork, distributed to retail centers in Hawaii.More

    Company plans new halal frozen items for Ramadan
    With Saffron Road's national success with 23 current products, seven new items will be rolled out nationally in Whole Foods Markets' stores between July and August, just in time for Ramadan. More

    US Foods acquires New City Packing
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    US Foods has purchased New City Packing Company, a supplier of high-quality steaks and fresh-cut portion meats to restaurants and customers across the country. More

    Food maker preps for big-box, overseas markets
    Business Wire via MarketWatch
    Ramona's Mexican Food Products Inc., a manufacturer of specialty Mexican foods, plans to implement Ross Enterprise to manage its growth while helping to improve efficiency, reduce costs, facilitate compliance and mitigate risk. More