Frozen Express
Jul. 23, 2012

Congress delays farm bill as drought spreads
In the midst of a severe drought, the House Republican leaders are proposing to walk away from farm states and decades of precedent by not calling up the new five-year plan before the current law expires Sept. 30.

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    Meat protein: Can supply match growing demand?
    Food Navigator
    As the global demand for meat protein rises, new and innovative ways to produce the necessary quantities will be required, say researchers in an upcoming article in "Trends in Food Science & Technology."More

    Californians to vote on GMO food labels
    United Press International
    Voters in California could soon decide to make the state the first in the country to require labels identifying genetically engineered foods. Proposition 37 on the November ballot has seen the natural food industry and activists on one side and multinational companies, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola and Kellogg, on the other already raising nearly $4 million combined for campaigns to sway voters on genetically modified, or GMO, food products.

    Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations working to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.More

    The incredible shrinking — and increasingly valuable — undecided voter
    The Washington Post
    President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and a slew of outside groups will spend hundreds of millions of dollars between now and November trying to convince 1/16th of the American electorate to vote their way.More

    In swing states, economic picture a little brighter for Obama
    The Washington Post
    Nationally, the economic picture is decidedly dismal — a sullen state of affairs that has led many political observers to conclude that President Barack Obama is an underdog in his bid for a second term. But in the swing states, where Democrats and Republicans will spend the lion's share of their time and money in the 100 or so days between now and Nov. 6, the economic picture is considerably sunnier.

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    Democrats shun Nancy Pelosi's plea for cash
    One by one, the pictures of House members adorning the lobby of Democratic Party headquarters have come down, turning neat rows of framed photos into a disjointed mess — "splattered," as one aide described it. These are the half-dozen or so lawmakers who are ignoring pleas to kick in cash for Democrats' increasingly uphill slog to take back the House.More

    'SuperTracker' to offer consumers government advice on diet, exercise while collecting, storing data on food intake patterns
    Federal Register
    USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has proposed SuperTracker, an online tool that will help consumers make diet and exercise decisions as CNPP collects information regarding demographics, food choices and physical activity habits. More

    Q-and-A with Al Almanza: FSIS redesigns data system
    Food Safety News
    "Food Safety News" presents a conversation with USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Al Almanza on the agency's recently launched Public Health Information System, which centralizes plant inspection data and makes it accessible in real time. More

    Small carriers, brokers launch legal challenge of CSA
    A group of small carriers and brokers asked a federal appeals court to review a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explanation of its CSA safety enforcement program. The petition for review filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit starts the clock on a legal challenge to CSA's Safety Measurement System.More

    Public meeting set to discuss Codex agenda for fresh produce
    Office of the Federal Register
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is hosting a public meeting at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 to discuss the U.S. agenda in advance of the Codex Committee on Fresh Fruits and Vegetables summit Sept. 3-7 in Mexico.More

    Feedback sought on nutrition campaign plan
    Office of the Federal Register
    As it continues to advocate for good nutrition practices and collect information about consumer habits in order to set government guidelines, USDA's Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion is accepting comments about its ongoing education campaign.More

    Opinion: Sniffing out Hawaii's food safety
    Big Island Now
    On June 25, after 80 years in operation, Kanemitsu's Bakery on Molokai, had its permit revoked by the Hawaii state department of health, closing down an iconic part of its operation. These kinds of closures are rare, but not for a lack of violations. There are simply far too few inspectors to frequently canvass the hundreds of restaurants across the state, and the current system relies heavily on public complaints in a culture where residents grow up learning to keep their gripes to themselves.More

    Stronger dollar hurts McDonald's results
    The Wall Street Journal
    McDonald's Corp.'s second-quarter earnings fell 4.5 percent as a stronger U.S. dollar weakened its margins, despite stronger-than-expected sales.More

    Dole Food mulls sale, spin-off of packaged foods
    The Associated Press via Bloomberg Businessweek
    Dole Food Company Inc. says it is considering a possible sale or spin-off of its packaged foods business as part of its current strategic review of the company. The fruit and vegetable company has hired Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and Wells Fargo Securities LLC to assist it in a strategic review.More

    California's Pacific Ridge Farms stops growing produce
    The Packer
    Pacific Ridge Farms LLC, a grower-packer-shipper of organically grown strawberries and more than 30 different vegetables, ended its farming operations July 17 after more than 25 years. The company will continue its frozen division and cooling operations, said Kelly Wilmer, vice president of sales and marketing.More

    Cal-Maine Farms to acquire egg operations of Pilgrim's Pride
    Refrigerated Transporter
    Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has reached an agreement to acquire the commercial egg operations of Pilgrim's Pride Corp., buying two production complexes in Texas to increase its production capacity.More

    New developments in convenience-based poultry meat products
    Trends in Food Science & Technology (subscription required)
    Convenience food products that include ready-to-eat products or foods requiring a short preparation period are becoming increasingly popular. The chicken nugget, an early success story in the category, presents opportunities for further growth as global food trends intermingle.More

    Salmonella forces recall of nearly 30,000 pounds of ground beef
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Cargill Meat Solutions, based in Wyalusing, Pa., is recalling 29,339 pounds of fresh ground beef products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. The use-by date on all tubes of the 85-15 product has passed, but officials are concerned some consumers may have frozen the ground beef for future use.

    Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here. More

    Study: Future of grains, biofuels and feed
    Feed costs account for 50 to 70 percent of livestock and poultry production. What factors are driving these costs, and how are scarce resources for food, feed and fuel going to be allocated in the future as we struggle to feed a growing population? These questions and more are answered in a landmark study reporting on the factors impacting current feed costs.More

    Veggie pops hit store shelves in bid to improve youths' diets
    The Orange County Register
    Veggie Mama's Garden Pops are coming to three Whole Foods Markets in Orange County, Calif., this month, offering three flavors of frozen fruit and vegetable treats. The idea is to provide a fun, tasty way to get children to eat their vegetables.More

    California processor streamlines risk management
    One of the largest food manufacturing and processing companies in the U.S. is driving better control over food safety risks with MetricStream Food Quality and Safety Management Solution, which enabled the company to streamline supplier audits, quality management, enhance product safety and strengthen compliance with regulatory requirements.More

    Software tools designed to help SMEs meet safety regulations
    Food Production Daily
    Food Mapper, Food DefenseTQ and Food Safety TQ, all launched this month by FoodQuestTQ, are software solutinos to help manage threats associated with production, processing, transportation, distribution and retails sales of food — especially for small- and medium-sized businesses.More