Frozen Express
Jul. 11, 2014

USDA submits final HIMP poultry plant inspection rule to OMB
USDA has finally sent its proposal to update the federal poultry inspection system to the White House Office of Management and Budget for approval after over 15 years as a pilot program and in the face opposition from consumer activist groups, the union that represents federal inspectors and some legislators.More

Taco Bell's appeal to protein junkies
The Wall Street Journal
After introducing the world to Doritos Locos Tacos and the breakfast Waffle Taco, Taco Bell is talking up tweaks to its menu to appeal to diners interested in somewhat more wholesome fare. More

UN: World food inflation slows as farm prices set to stabilize
The outlook for world food inflation looks lower and more stable as agricultural commodity prices settle over the next decade following years of volatility, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization and the OECD said Friday. More

Clinton takes hit in New Hampshire poll, but still leads Democrats
The Hill
Hillary Clinton remains the favorite for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination in the early primary state of New Hampshire — but her rating has dropped 15 percent since January, according to a new poll from Granite State-WMUR.More

Conservative donors stay the course against GOP establishment
Conservative donors fueling the civil war within the Republican Party are showing no signs of surrender, despite recent losses in primaries and mounting criticism that the groups to which they are giving might damage the GOP's prospects at winning control of the Senate. More

Democrats are running out of states to flip
National Journal
White voters in Georgia, Arizona, and Texas are becoming overwhelmingly Republican, while Hispanic turnout continues to lag.More

No gridlock: Highway deal nears
The Hill
House and Senate committees both approved measures on Thursday to fund highway projects into next year, raising hopes that Congress could soon reach a deal to prevent sidelining construction projects this summer.More

Obama picks former recess appointee for NLRB
Bloomberg Businessweek
President Barack Obama will nominate Sharon Block to the National Labor Relations Board, the White House said, potentially reigniting a fight with Republicans over the panel's composition. More

Give students what they are asking for: healthier foods, healthier lives
Howell Wechsler, EdD, MPH, CEO of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, says students want and deserve healthy choices throughout the school building — in the cafeteria line, vending machines and school stores.

Related articles:

  • Are nutrition standards for school meals too tough? (The Christian Science Monitor)
  • Scientists talk food addiction at IOM; school lunch talks make headway (Politico)
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    China's food safety issues worse than you thought
    Food Safety News
    National food policy activist Nancy Huehnergarth shares insight on China's food safety, gleaned from ongoing correspondence with "Susan," who lives in China and offered firsthand knowledge of food safety practices that should lead to serious concern.More

    How not to annoy grocery shoppers via mobile
    While consumer packaged goods brands spend more of their digital ad dollars on desktop than they do on mobile, many say their mobile spend is increasing. More

    'Aquatic chicken' could feed billions
    Food Navigator-Asia
    A common fish that was said to have fed thousands in biblical times could feed billions of mouths in the future as food stocks struggle to keep pace with the population.More

    School cafeteria fight: What's for lunch?
    The New York Times
    Patti Montague, CEO of the School Nutrition Association, weighs in on recent and ongoing coverage of the battle involving the federal school nutrition program.More

    Inventure launches 'fortified' frozen fruit
    Inventure Foods has claimed it is advancing the frozen fruit category in the U.S. with products including five extra vitamins. More

    Unilever sheds Slim Fast brand
    The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
    Unilever said it has shed the Slim-Fast brand in a deal with private-equity firm Kainos Capital under which the Anglo-Dutch company will retain a minority stake in the weight-loss and meal-replacement business.More

    General Mills launches 150 products inspired by food trends
    Bakery & Snacks
    General Mills has introduced a range of 150 products across the U.S., inspired by leading consumer food trends: protein, bold flavors, gluten free, indulgence and whole grain. More

    Researchers find cloths transfer Salmonella during tomato harvesting
    Food Safety Magazine
    A new study confirms what mandated Florida tomato safety practices have long recommended: Cloths used in harvesting of tomatoes shouldn't be reused. More

    Millsboro poultry plant fight shifts to court in Delaware
    The News Journal
    A battle over plans to convert a former Millsboro-area pickle plant into a large poultry processing and cook plant has shifted to Superior Court, with opposition groups suing to overturn a state Environmental Appeals Board ruling in May. More

    Insect farms: Investors see big profits in thinking small
    When it comes to resolving a big global food problem, a new breed of farmers and their financial backers are thinking small. Work on the world's largest fly farm has begun in South Africa after the European firm behind the project won much-needed funding from investors, propelling the use of insects as livestock feed beyond academic theory to a commercial venture.More

    New LED lighting cuts costs in food processing applications
    PRWeb via Moto Emag
    Energy-efficient lighting manufacturer Precision-Paragon has introduced an ultra-efficient LED sealed sanitube for food service and food processing applications.More

    Contest highlights cantaloupe board's food safety efforts
    The Packer
    The Dinuba-based California Cantaloupe Advisory Board has launched the Summertime Yum & Cantaloupe Fun online sweepstakes to draw people to its redesigned website,, and social media. The contest is part of an overall online campaign to educate consumers about California's mandatory cantaloupe food safety program that was established last year.More

    Nampak targets Africa deals as consumers turn to packages
    Nampak Ltd., Africa's biggest maker of beverage cans, plans to expand in Nigeria through acquisitions that may exceed its largest takeover deal to counter slowing growth in its main South African market. More