Frozen Express
Aug. 29, 2014

Lawmakers urge FDA to drop the push for FSMA user fees
Food Safety News
Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., and Sam Farr, D-Calif., are calling on the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Health and Human Services to request full funding for implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act rather than continuing to consider user fees as a funding source. More

McDonald's says 12 Russian branches temporarily closed
McDonald's said Friday that a total of 12 of its branches in Russia had been temporarily closed over the state food safety regulator's allegations of sanitary violations.

Related: Russian regulator inspecting 100 McDonald's locations (Bloomberg)More

How do you sell frozen meals to older folks? Spin the wheel…
The Wall Street Journal
While other food companies may be chasing the millennial generation, ConAgra Foods Inc. is doubling down on the old fogey demographic. The maker of Healthy Choice and Banquet frozen meals announced it's partnering with "Wheel of Fortune" for a promotion and game. More

One Democrat's gamble on climate change
This Rust Belt state is one of the last places you might expect to wage a winning Senate campaign by trumpeting climate change to liberals at Netroots Nation and boasting about voting for cap and trade. But Michigan Democrat Gary Peters is making the climate cause a central message in his neck-and-neck Senate campaign, in a state that for decades built gas-guzzling cars into a foundation of the U.S. economy.More

GOP douses shutdown threats
The Hill
Another government shutdown isn't going to happen next month — at least if you ask Republican leaders. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who's facing a tough re-election challenge this fall, said turning the lights out in Washington is a "failed policy."More

Ted Cruz feeds 2016 buzz with hires
Ted Cruz is beefing up his political staff as speculation heats up that the Texas senator may run for president in 2016. The Republican firebrand is adding muscle to his campaign and political operations to help keep up with the growing political demands since he arrived in the Senate in 2013.More

EPA blasts 'myths' on water jurisdiction rule
The Hill
The Environmental Protection Agency hit back Thursday after a top Republican accused it of trying to take over large pieces of private land and water via the Waters of the United States rule.More

School district survey finds widespread salad bar use
The Packer
More than 60 percent of 1,100 school districts polled this year offer salad or produce bars, according to a national survey from the School Nutrition Association.

Related: District opts back in to federal school lunch program (The Altamont Enterprise)More

APHIS seeks input on Chinese citrus fruit imports
Food Safety News
China will have to jump through some hoops, but it may soon be able to sell previously barred citrus fruit in the United States, specifically fresh pomelo, mandarin orange, ponkan (tangerine), sweet orange and Satsuma mandarin fruit.More

AFFI Government Action Summit: Sept. 9-11
Register today for AFFI's 2014 Government Action Summit, Sept. 9-11. Gain insight and be involved in the political issues that matter most to the frozen food industry.More

Tyson, Hillshire settle with Justice Department
Chicago Tribune
The Department of Justice will require Tyson Foods to divest Heinold Hog Markets in order to move forward with its purchase of Chicago-based Hillshire Brands Co.More

Big Food will disclose chemical info to FDA
Food companies announced a transparency initiative this week, giving the FDA access to a large database of safety information for chemicals commonly used in processed foods.More

China arrests 6 OSI employees after food safety scare
Chinese police have formally arrested six staff from a unit of U.S. meat supplier OSI Group Inc, the company said in a statement Friday. The employees were previously detained at the start of August.More

Private-label lessons from the mighty Ritz Cracker
A new analysis from the Hartman Group reveals some surprising — and counterintuitive — insights about the categories where consumers are indifferent to name brands, and those that are so solid Hartman has dubbed them Brand Fortresses. More

Targeting the millennials
Supermarket Guru
What's a great way for supermarkets to build their millennial base? Seek them out at work!More

2014 HACCP Award winners announced
Food Processing
The winners of the 2014 HACCP Awards have been announced at an event hosted by SAI Global. Outstanding food safety experts were recognized across five major categories, including the Ross Peters Memorial Award for Excellence in Food Safety. More

Dole recalls spinach after nut contamination during harvest
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Dole Fresh Vegetables has initiated a recall of bagged spinach sold in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico after discovering that walnuts fell from a tree into spinach bins being delivered from a field.

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

Researchers work to prevent organic food fraud
A new study from the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, describes a new way to make sure farms are labeling their produce correctly. The team says their work with conventional and organic tomatoes could help prevent food fraud.More

Food exports: Emirates SkyCargo adds Los Angeles to US freighter network
Emirates SkyCargo has added Los Angeles to its network of freighter destinations across the United States, with the start of a weekly service to the city. The top exports from Los Angeles are mainly perishables ranging from fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables, chilled and frozen meat and seafood. More

Lindt & Sprungli acquires new warehouse space in Pennsylvania
Lindt & Sprungli has acquired a new warehouse and distribution centre in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The approximately 400,000 square foot space will house a distribution center and, eventually, a Lindt U.S. retail factory store. More