Frozen Express
Jun. 25, 2012

Former BPI employee to file lawsuit over 'pink slime' backlash
Food Safety News
A former Beef Products Inc. employee plans to file a civil lawsuit in response to the national frenzy over lean finely textured beef, now widely known to consumers as pink slime. A press release said the lawsuit, being brought by former BPI environmental health and safety officer Bruce Smith, would be against "national news broadcasting company" and "other prominent individuals" involved in the controversy. More

Unfilled trucking jobs lead to delayed deliveries
USA Today
A worsening shortage of truck drivers is pushing up freight rates and delaying some deliveries, defying the weak economy, high unemployment and falling gasoline prices. "It's getting harder to get drivers," says Mike Card, president of Combined Transport of Central Point, Ore., and incoming chairman of the American Trucking Associations. More

Opinion: A mediocre farm bill
The New York Times
The farm bill approved by the Senate last week makes significant changes in existing farm programs, some for the better. But it takes a disproportionate whack from environmental programs, needlessly trims food stamps and does not fundamentally alter the program's bias toward relatively well-off growers of big crops like corn, wheat and soybeans.

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    Poll: Election won't change economy
    A Washington Post/ABC News poll found two weeks ago that a plurality of voters have an unfavorable view of both President Barack Obama's and Mitt Romney's plans for the economy. Today, data from the latest AP-GfK poll tends to confirm that sense of futility.

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    4 states could be election game-changers
    The Wall Street Journal
    Much attention is lavished on the election-year "battleground states," the 10 or so states commonly thought to be the places that will determine the outcome of the presidential contest. But let's consider for a minute the role that could be played by a smaller group of states — call them the game-changers.More

    Supreme Court axes Montana ban on corporate campaign spending
    The Washington Post
    The Supreme Court on Monday effectively overturned a century-old Montana law that prohibited corporate spending on political races in the state, ruling 5-4 that the measure violates the First Amendment rights of companies to spend funds on elections.More

    4 scenarios for impending ruling on health care
    The Wall Street Journal
    The Supreme Court's eagerly awaited ruling on the 2010 federal health care law is expected Thursday, when the court will announce its final opinions of the term.More

    Congress faces Saturday deadline on highway bill
    Congressional negotiators facing a June 30 deadline before federal money runs out for highway construction projects across the country have the choice of punting a 10th consecutive time with a short-term extension or compromising on a multiyear bill.

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    Commodity import approval website to be established
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is creating a new plant protection and quarantine website in response to business' requests for more information about the commodity import approval process and the opportunity to comment on draft risk assessments as they're being developed.More

    US looks to extend AGOA free trade agreement
    Bipartisan bills have been introduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to continue the expansion of United States trade with sub-Saharan Africa and Central America, by means of extending and changing key provisions of the African Growth and Opportunity Act and the Dominican Republic-Central America-U.S. free trade agreement.More

    Children's cereal still too sweet? Group updates 'worst' list
    USA Today
    While most cereals marketed to children have gotten a bit healthier — lower in sugar and salt and higher in whole grains and fiber — they still typically contain a spoonful of sugar for every three spoonfuls of cereal, says a new report from watchdogs at the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. Meanwhile, companies are spending more money to market their least nutritious brands, researchers say.More

    Once-eclectic Sara Lee soon to be down to meat, cheesecake
    Chicago Tribune
    It has made Coach handbags, Isotoner gloves, Kiwi shoe polish and Playtex bras. But by Thursday, Sara Lee Corp. will have slimmed down to meat and cheesecake. What was a $20 billion, multinational holding company with more than 150,000 employees in 2000 will become a food-focused company renamed Hillshire Brands, with about 8,500 employees, a portfolio of meat products and frozen desserts and nearly $4 billion in sales.More

    Greening the supply chain: Driving transportation reform
    Although Whole Foods is a major national chain, it prides itself in "buying local." As the recent Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership conference made clear, however, there are opportunities and limits when it comes to reducing miles traveled.More

    Food companies aim for DNC business
    Charlotte Observer
    Southern Foods, a North Carolina food broker, hosted "Charlotte Goes Local" this weekend, drawing food makers interested in doing business with the Democratic National Committee during its September convention in Charlotte.More

    The hunt for exotic flavors
    The Wall Street Journal
    Consumers soon could be snacking on picanha potato chips, matambre instant soup and chorizo burgers. These flavor, based on South American beef dishes, are among a dozen recently developed by flavor and fragrance house Givaudan SA.More

    Even known food allergens dangerous for children
    USA Today
    Even when parents and caregivers are aware of infants' food allergies and have been instructed in avoiding potentially dangerous trigger foods, allergic reactions still occur, the result of both accidental and non-accidental exposures, according to a study in today's "Pediatrics" journal.More

    Mid-South producers fight regulations to meet demand
    The Commercial Appeal
    Consumer demand for "natural" meat produced without growth hormones or antibiotics is said to be growing so rapidly it is outstripping supply. But many of the farms that produce such meat are seeing only a trickle of the demand.More

    Grocery cooperative nearly doubles frozen distribution capacity
    Central Grocers Inc. via Perishable News
    Central Grocers Inc., a members-owned grocery cooperative based in Joliet, Ill., has announced a 60,000-square-foot freezer expansion to their distribution facility, increasing capacity by 75 percent.More

    Rabobank: Frozen bakery sector set for next round of consolidation
    Food Ingredients First
    Europe's frozen bakery industry is set to see a spate of mergers and acquisitions in response to five major challenges it faces in the coming years, according to a new report from Rabobank Food and Agri Research.More

    Iceland plays it cool by looking long-term
    Yorkshire Post
    U.K. frozen food chain Iceland unveiled record profits last week, three months after Yorkshire entrepreneur Malcolm Walker led a $2.3 billion deal to buy back the business he founded more than 40 years ago.More

    C.H. Guenther & Son buys frozen pizza dough business
    C.H. Guenther & Son Inc. has acquired Pizza Blends Inc., a maker of frozen and dry mix pizza crusts and other custom flour-blended products. Pizza Blends Inc. has four manufacturing plants throughout the United States. More

    E. coli outbreak still under investigation as illness count levels
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    A total of 15 people in six states now are counted among the victims of an E. coli infection whose source has not been identified. Four of the 15 people have been hospitalized, and one — a toddler from Louisiana — died in May. However, officials believe the outbreak might be over because it has been nearly six weeks since the most recent report of illness.More