Frozen Express
Aug. 15, 2012

Corn varieties engineered to withstand drought offer hope
The Washington Post
At hundreds of sites across the Great Plains, seed companies such as Monsanto and Pioneer are testing a slew of corn varieties engineered to withstand drought. As the harvest approaches, they're anxious to see the results.

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    Opinion: What if we regulate junk food the way we do alcohol?
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    Here's a suggestion offered by two researchers at the Rand Corp.: Why not take a lesson from alcohol control policies and apply them to where food is sold and how it's displayed?

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    FDA submits second annual FSMA-required report to Congress
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The Food and Drug Administration has released its second annual "Report on Food Facilities, Food Imports and FDA Foreign Offices," which it submitted to Congress this month as required by the Food Safety Modernization Act. The report highlights FDA's activities in protecting the U.S. food supply.More

    A most poisonous campaign
    The Washington Post
    No one expected campaign 2012 to be positive or uplifting. But what is most striking about the campaign at this point is not just the negativity or the sheer volume of attack ads raining down on voters in the swing states. It is the sense that all restraints are gone.More

    Democrats' registration down in key states
    A new report on voter registration trends finds that Democratic voter registration is down by more than 800,000 since 2008 in eight key battleground states. GOP registration has also declined — but by only 79,000, one-tenth of the Democrats' losses.More

    Romney campaign raises $7.4 million with Ryan on board
    USA Today
    After only 72 hours as the GOP vice presidential contender, Paul Ryan has helped the Romney campaign bring in some big bucks. Campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul posted on Twitter that the Romney-Ryan ticket has raised $7.4 million online with more than 101,000 donations.More

    Tommy Thompson wins Wisconsin Senate nod
    Wisconsin Republicans bucked tea party forces to pick 70-year-old former Gov. Tommy Thompson, a pillar of the GOP establishment, as their Senate standard-bearer Tuesday in a contest that could determine control of the upper chamber.More

    Blunt asks Reid to end recess, bring Senate back to help farmers
    The Hill
    In an op-ed Tuesday, Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to bring senators back to Washington this week to pass a disaster relief package for farmers, ranchers and families desperately in need of relief from one of the worst droughts in history.More

    Feedback sought for studies that take aim at consumers' understanding of 'fortified' labels on sugary snacks
    Federal Register
    The FDA has set an Oct. 15 deadline for feedback on its experimental studies of consumers' understanding of labels on fortified foods. FDA is interested in studying whether fortification of certain foods — sugars, snacks and carbonated beverages — could cause consumers to believe that substituting fortified snack foods for more nutritious foods would ensure a nutritionally sound diet.More

    Federal egg regulation bill pushed in Indiana
    A national push to change the way eggs are produced across the nation has arrived in Indiana, the third-largest egg producing state in the country. It's an addition to the federal farm bill that would essentially make cages bigger for hens and chickens on egg farms.More

    FDA warns Hershey over chocolate syrup labeling
    Reuters via Fox News
    In a warning letter dated Feb. 14, made public Tuesday, the FDA said the labels on Hershey's Syrup+Calcium and its Syrup Sugar Free with Vitamin & Mineral Fortification violate federal law.

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    South Korea bans Pacific Northwest potatoes
    The South Korean government will shut off all shipments of fresh potatoes from Oregon, Washington and Idaho beginning Aug. 17 because of concerns over the presence of zebra chip in Pacific Northwest potatoes. The disease, which was found for the first time in the Northwest last year, has been found in one field in Oregon and four fields in Idaho this summer. More

    Criminal charges loom in Jensen Farms Listeria investigation
    I-News Network via Health Policy Solutions
    Federal prosecutors are close to concluding a criminal investigation into last fall's deadly Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupes grown at Jensen Farms in Colorado. Federal investigators could file criminal charges against the farm in Southeast Colorado within the next few weeks, said a source close to the investigation.

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    Kraft board approves spinoff of grocery business
    Kraft Foods Inc.'s board of directors on Tuesday approved the spinoff of its North American grocery business to shareholders, with the date for the spinoff set for Oct. 1.More

    Utah meatpacker recalls 19 tons of beef after E. coli testing
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    A refrigeration malfunction may be the cause of a recall by Utah's Dale T. Smith and Sons Meat Packing, which issued the notice for 38,200 pounds of beef products after a positive E. coli test by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

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    IFT launches new certification program for food technologists
    Food Ingredients First
    The Institute of Food Technologists has launched a new Certified Food Scientist program to provide a specific credential that recognizes applied scientific knowledge and skills.More

    Bob Evans Q1 earnings down 16 percent on restructuring
    The Wall Street Journal
    Bob Evans Farms Inc.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 16 percent as the restaurant chain operator saw restructuring and other one-time costs, as well as softer margins, weaken results. More

    Hog processors face charges for inhumane treatment, selling uninspected product
    Two operators of a Miami hog slaughterhouse have been arrested on the charges of inhumane slaughter of swine and the sale of uninspected and adulterated pork for human consumption in violation of the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and the Federal Meat Inspection Act, according to a release by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida and the regional director of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.More

    Seafood pot pies raise the bar on frozen dinners
    Quick Frozen Foods International
    Retailers across the United States have begun to up the ante on food manufacturers in their search for new and innovated products to introduce to their customers. Now, with more than 5,000 new products being introduced at retailer stores yearly, the demand for manufactures to produce unique products has never been higher. More