Frozen Express
Aug. 6, 2014

The secret life of food stamps might get less secret
Should the public know how much money Wal-Mart, or that convenience store down the street, takes in through the federal food stamp program? Or does that amount to a retail trade secret? Those are the questions at the heart of a request for public comment announced recently by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which runs the food stamp program.More

Mixed reception for poultry inspection rules
Iowa Public Radio
Change is coming to the poultry industry, but not everyone is happy about it. Chicken and turkey industry groups generally support the changes, but critics include animal welfare advocates and the union that represents USDA's inspectors.

Related: Crawford: USDA rule keeps domestic poultry at global disadvantage (Times Record)More

Packaged Facts: Health reviving mature frozen desserts category
Food Navigator-USA
With 9 out of 10 households regularly buying frozen desserts and ice cream, it's safe to say that the $26 billion category is already mature. More

Sen. Pat Roberts defeats tea party primary challenger
The Washington Post
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) won his closely watched primary Aug. 5, dealing a dispiriting blow to the national tea party movement in one of its final chances this year to unseat a Republican senator.

Related: How Pat Roberts beat Milton Wolf (Politico)More

Dems throw kitchen sink at Republicans
The Hill
While the Democrats' official campaign strategy focuses wholly on the economy, education and women's rights, party leaders have charged into the August recess with a much broader message that paints Republicans as too tough on immigrants, too easy on corporate election donors and too focused on toppling President Barack Obama in lieu of helping the middle class. More

Is the race for control of the Senate over already?
The Washington Post
The midterm contest is almost over and the Republicans are winning. That, at least, is the impression left by some modelers and other analysts. But three months out from November, many questions are still left to be answered before the ballots can be counted.More

Ethanol explosive for Cruz, Paul
The Hill
Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and Rand Paul (Ky.) are trying to avoid an ethanol landmine in Iowa. Both Republican senators have criticized federal subsidies for ethanol, which are popular in Iowa, the state hosting the first Republican contest in the 2016 race for the White House. More

Conneticut Democrats want front-of-package food labeling
The Hill
A pair of Connecticut Democrats is pushing the Food and Drug Administration to require labels on the front of food packaging to display ingredients more prominently. In a recent a letter to the FDA, Rep. Rosa DeLauro and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, asked the agency to tighten its regulations on food marketing.More

Study: Food companies set health criteria too low on child marketing
The Guardian
Large food companies have set their standards for what constitutes healthy food so low that they consider products laden with fat, sugar and salt to be healthy and so continue to market them towards children, a Sydney study found.More

Former DOT chief: $10.9B highway bill 'totally inadequate'
The Hill
Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said that the $10.9 billion highway bill that was approved by lawmakers recently is "totally inadequate," the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. LaHood was speaking Aug. 5 about the need for a long-term transportation funding package that would also include an increase in the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax at the Georgia state capitol. More

An app to help stop food waste
The U.S. wastes up to 40 percent of its food. This is not only sad, considering how many people struggle to feed their families, but also costs America's economy an estimated $165 billion a year. But don't despair; PareUp has a plan.More

Chris McDaniel challenges Mississippi Senate runoff
Nearly six weeks after he lost the Mississippi Republican Senate runoff, state Sen. Chris McDaniel announced at a news conference recently that he will formally challenge the results of the vote. More

A majority of people don't like their own member of Congress. For the first time ever.
The Washington Post
House members at home for August recess might want to hide their congressional pins: A new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a record-high share of Americans disapprove of their own congressman/woman.More

Nestle to consolidate Hot Pockets production
Food Business News
Nestle USA announced it will halt production of its Hot Pockets brand sandwiches at its Chatsworth, California, facility. The company has made the sandwiches at the plant since 1988. Approximately 360 employees will be affected by the decision.More

Frozen food gets a fancy French upgrade at new uptown shop
New York Post
In an era — and a city — obsessed with all things seasonal and local, opening a store devoted to frozen foods might seem counter-intuitive, but Elisabeth de Kergorlay insists it isn't. She is opening Babeth's Feast (1422 Third Ave.) on the Upper East Side, a 1,700-square-foot emporium inspired by Picard, a popular chain of frozen food stores in France, that will stock 360 high-end frozen foods. More

Real-life stories reveal the true impact of foodborne illness
Food Safety News
In the wake of her son's death from E. coli infection, his mother, Nancy Donley, chose to dedicate her life to fight for improvements to the safety of the U.S. food system. She took his story to whoever would listen: food companies, trade groups, media, politicians, FDA and USDA.More

Wawona Packing expands fruit recall out of Listeria concerns
Food Production Daily
Wawona Packing is broadening its voluntary recall of packaged fruits sold to Walmart, Trader Joe's, Kroger, and other U.S. retailers, out of concern for Listeria contamination.More

Grocery chain reels as employees and customers rally for an ousted company president
The New York Times
With a crippling job action enveloping the New England supermarket chain Market Basket for a third week, the company's board is conducting round-the-clock negotiations with its former president — and others — in search of a deal that will quell the turmoil.More

India and China are the world's worst food safety violators
Food Production Daily
A rundown of the number of food safety violators around the globe finds India and China are the countries with the highest number of offenses.More