Frozen Express
Jun. 20, 2014

Non-GMO not necessarily organic, and other GMO myths busted: OTA
Food Navigator-USA
With all the attention GMOs have received in recent months — good and bad — confusion in the marketplace has inevitably followed, as consumers scramble to make sense of the pro- and anti-camps' arguments and product manufactures scramble to keep track of what consumers want. More

Food producers look to Africa to feed globe's growing population
Producers are looking to Africa to feed a growing global population as land and water constraints curb the scope for raising output in other regions, the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association said.More

Nestle CEO says size matters even as focus narrows
Nestle is trimming its huge range of businesses and pushing deeper into niche medical products to improve returns, but the food and beverage giant still likes its heft.More

Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise vault into GOP leadership
House Republicans elevated California Rep. Kevin McCarthy to majority leader and elected Louisiana Rep. Steve Scalise whip Thursday in a rare mid-session leadership shakeup.

Related: Kevin McCarthy wins House majority leader race (Politico)More

Poll: Obama sinks on immigration
A new Gallup poll shows 2 in 3 Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of immigration, contributing to the highest disapproval rating Gallup has recorded since it began polling on the subject.More

Thad Cochran's Senate friends are trying really hard to save him
The Washington Post
There are only five days left until Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran and Chris McDaniel face off one final time. The latest polls are close, and allies on both sides of the race are spending gobs of money in hopes that it could tilt the results, if only by tenths of a percentage point.

Related: Mississippi carnival: Sarah Palin vs. Brett Favre (Politico)More

Senate vote on ag funding bill delayed twice by partisan wrangling
Food Safety News
The $180-billion "minibus" package of appropriations bills to fund agriculture and other government programs for fiscal 2015 was pulled from the Senate floor Thursday afternoon by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, after his attempt failed to require 60 votes to adopt any amendments.More

Opinion: Why raise the minimum wage?
Oxfam President Raymond Offenheiser outlines the results of a minimum wage study his organization conducted, showing how 1 in 5 workers in every congressional district in America would benefit from a higher minimum wage.

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  • Massachusetts approves $11 minimum wage (CNN)
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  • US mayors set to discuss minimum wage during Dallas conference (KTVT-TV)
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    USTR's anti-transparency rules For TAFTA/TTIP documents published
    Alongside the corporate sovereignty provisions, perhaps the most controversial aspect of the TAFTA/TTIP negotiations is the deep secrecy that surrounds them.More

    Court order delays implementation of Hawaii GMO regulation
    Hawaii Reporter
    The implementation of the Ordinance 960, which regulates the use of pesticides and genetically modified organisms on Kaua‘i, will be delayed to Oct. 1, via a court order issued last week.More

    CARB reminder: Reefer engine compliance deadlines approach
    Refrigerated Transport
    The California Air Resources Board recommends that owners of transport refrigeration units and TRU generator sets should have already began their planning strategies and budget approval processes to ensure model year 2007 TRU and TRU gen-set engines are in compliance by the end of 2014.More

    Opinion: Real food is the solution to changing eating habits in US
    Natural Resources Defense Council
    We live within a food system that makes it almost impossible to avoid sugar and hyperprocessed foods, which are in a shocking 80 percent of our food products. This begs the question: Do we invest in healthier, real food now, or wait for a public health crisis to overburden national medical costs? More

    Pilot project targets multi-material pouches
    Plastics News
    There's the blue bag for traditional recyclables, red for medical waste and black for regular old trash. Now comes the purple bag, officially known as the Energy Bag.More

    Birth defect cluster: Could food additive help?
    NBC News
    A baffling cluster of birth defects in central Washington state is raising new questions about whether adding a vital nutrient to foods favored by Hispanic families could prevent it.More

    Michelle Obama keeps up fight for nutrition rules
    The Washington Post
    First lady Michelle Obama vowed again Wednesday to fight attempts to delay enforcing school nutrition standards, expressing surprise and regret at proposals in Congress.More

    High hopes for hypoallergenic peanuts
    Reuters Health
    Hypoallergenic peanut products could someday be available to the millions of Americans allergic to regular peanuts.More

    New guide focuses on global food market leaders
    The "Global Top 10 Food Companies: Company Guide" is a crucial resource for anyone looking to gain information on the top companies in the global food industry.More

    Major orchard in Canada targeting worldwide markets
    The Guardian
    Canadian Nectar Products is planning to put more polish on the P.E.I. fruit industry after announcing plans to produce 1 billion-plus pieces of fruit annually for the European and Asian markets in the next few years.More

    Allergens, spoilage concern forces recalls: Velveeta, frozen entrees, bacon
    FSIS and MarketWatch
    Current recalls underway are affecting food products throughout the United States, with the majority centered in the Midwest. The following companies are participating in voluntary recalls:

  • Kraft Foods Group: 260 cases of Velveeta from Wal-Mart due to inappropriate levels of preservative, which could lead to spoilage and illness
  • Bellisio Foods Inc. of Ohio: 12,180 pounds of Thai Kitchen Pad Thai frozen entrees due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen
  • Dearborn Sausage Co. of Michigan: 3,660 pounds of bacon due to misbranding and undeclared allergen

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    SnoTemp opens 2.4 million-cubic-foot frozen warehouse
    Portland Business Journal
    SnoTemp Cold Storage has opened what's billed as a "state-of-the-art" cold storage facility in Eugene, Oregon, to provide deep-freeze storage for reams of fruits, bakery items and dairy goods.More

    Former ice cream plant to get new life as Vermont slaughterhouse
    North Springfield, Vermont-based Black River Produce, which until recently focused on selling wholesale produce, meat and fish to restaurants and grocers across the Northeast, has been approved for a $1.5 million state loan to add locally raised and processed beef, pork and lamb slaughtering and processing to its food distribution business.More

    New food sorting facility expands in West Sacramento
    Daily Democrat
    TOMRA Sorting Solutions held a grand opening in West Sacramento, California, this week, launching a facility that will focus on providing better solutions for the region's food industry.More

    Cascades launches eco-friendly ready-meal packaging
    Food Production Daily
    Respak is designed to give food producers a sustainable alternative to polycoated packaging material. More

    LiquiGlide develops groundbreaking coating technology
    Packaging Europe
    A cutting-edge development in coating technology is on course to revolutionize the packaging industry.More