Frozen Express
Aug. 30, 2012

Florida enters fresh vs. frozen food fight in Congress
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
With a special school snack program caught in the middle, Florida growers have plunged into a food fight in Congress that pits promoters of fresh fruit and vegetables against producers of canned, dried and frozen foods.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is quoted in this story advocating the nutritional and economic benefits of frozen fruits and vegetables.More

EPA sets deadline for comments on renewable fuel standard
Federal Register
The Environmental Protection Agency has set a Sept. 26 deadline for feedback on whether to grant a waiver of the renewable fuel standard. The EPA will base its decision of whether to waive the mandate on the terms and definitions established during discussion of similar requests in 2008, which it denied.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is urging the EPA to waive its ethanol fuel mandate. Click here to submit comments to the EPA and click here to write to Congress. Consider urging your coworkers and colleagues to make their voices heard as well.More

Health groups sue FDA, OMB over FSMA delays
Two U.S. health and environment organizations — the Center for Food Safety and the Center for Environmental Health — sued the federal government Wednesday for what they say is a failure to implement and enforce a new food safety law that could help prevent thousands of deaths caused by foodborne illnesses each year.More

Obama suggests amendment to overturn Citizens United decision
The Washington Post
In an online chat at Reddit, President Barack Obama suggested a constitutional amendment to overturn the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United vs. the FEC, which is the case that paved the way for super PACs to raise and spend unlimited funds. More

Super PACs hunt for new donors
The Wall Street Journal
The Republican National Convention is providing super PACs access to a new group of potential donors to fund TV ads this fall attacking President Barack Obama and supporting Mitt Romney.More

Many tea party freshmen legislators avoid GOP convention
Los Angeles Times
When Mitt Romney accepts the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, Rep. Mo Brooks plans to be in the hall, unlike most of his fellow freshmen in the influential tea party class in the House, who skipped the convention.More

Soda ban changes won't be revealed until vote
The Wall Street Journal
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration plans to keep tightly under wraps any potential changes to a controversial proposal to restrict the sale of large sugary drinks in New York City until the day of the Board of Health's vote next month, the city's health commissioner said Wednesday.More

In drought, should corn be food or fuel?
Standing outside the Central Minnesota Ethanol Co-Op in Little Falls, Minn., there's not a lot going on. The pungent smell of fermentation that typically hangs in the air here is absent. And trucks piled high with corn are nowhere to be seen. They're idled in part because of high corn prices. And it's unclear when that will change.More

EPA sets limit for controversial pesticide's residue in food
Federal Register
In a final rule issued Wednesday, the Environmental Protection Agency has set a limit for residues of clothianidin in or on rice or grain, responding to a request from Valent Corp. The rule directly regulates growers, food processors, food handlers and food retailers. Clothianidin has been suspected in the death of honey bees. The EPA also established limits for pendimethalin in or on lettuce, leafy greens, turnip greens, melons, vegetables, soybeans and small fruit vines, excluding grapes.More

Customs sets date for East Coast trade symposium
Federal Register
The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol will host the 2012 East Coast trade symposium, "Expanding 21st-Century Global Partnerships," Oct. 29-30 in Washington, D.C.More

North Carolina food safety changes take effect Sept. 1
Greater Wilmington Business Journal
Changes to North Carolina's food safety code take effect Sept. 1, establishing practical, science-based rules and provisions to help restaurants avoid spreading foodborne illnesses, according to a news release Wednesday from the New Hanover County Health Department.More

Scrapping 'fat tax' on Denmark budget agenda
Food Navigator
The idea of scrapping taxes on sugary and fatty food and drink has been incorporated into budget proposals by the Danish government.More

US consumer spending posts best showing in 5 months
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
Americans spent at the fastest pace in five months in July after earning a little more. The increase in income and consumer spending could help boost an economy mired in subpar growth. Consumer spending rose 0.4 percent in July from June, the Commerce Department said Thursday. More

Study: Big calorie cuts don't equal longer life
The Wall Street Journal
Calorie restriction confers health benefits on monkeys but doesn't increase their life span, a new study suggests, undermining some people's belief that a sharply restricted diet could help them live longer.More

Mango brand pulled from shelves in Salmonella scare
USA Today
Eleven U.S. grocery chains have pulled Daniella-brand mangoes from Mexico off store shelves as federal officials investigate 103 cases of Salmonella that may be linked to the tropical fruit. The cases have occurred in 16 states since July 1, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

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

Birko defends hand soap linked to impaired muscle function
Food Production Daily
Birko has defended an antibacterial ingredient it uses in hand soaps for the food processing industry after it was linked to impairing muscle function in a study by the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado.More

Meat decontamination: Esoteric technology used innovatively
Seeking Alpha
Gyrotron Technology's meat decontamination technology could produce promise for the meatpacking industry, which has been beset with negative headlines and lawsuits. Most recently, the company announced it has filed a provisional patent for its technology for the decontamination of meat carcasses.More

Study: No produce wash consistently better than water
The Grower
A new study finds that while fruit and vegetable washes may work better than water at preventing certain diseases from infecting certain commodities, no solution worked better in general than water.More

Starbucks' food waste fuels experimental biorefinery
QUEST Northern California via KQED
An experimental biorefinery turns spent coffee grounds and old pastries from Starbucks into a building block for plastic. Using food waste as fuel might improve the sustainability of biobased chemical production, the researchers say.More

Researchers aim to develop new 'super spaghetti'
Food Navigator
An international team of researchers are working to produce better quality pasta that could contribute to improving health.More

Food manufacturer goes solar
Clean Technica
Sunvalley Solar Inc. recently announced a new contract to install 112 kilowatts of solar energy for a Santa Ana, Calif., food manufacturing company. The plans have the potential to create 160,338 kilowatt-hours yearly. More

Global survey reveals routes to boosting crop yields
With 9 billion people expected to be alive in 2050, researchers are running out of time to develop new ways to feed them sustainably. But an analysis published Wednesday in the journal Nature suggests that strategies already exist that could shrink the "yield gap."More

June surface trade with Canada, Mexico up 6.6 percent
Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners, Canada and Mexico, was 6.6 percent higher in June 2012 than in June 2011, totaling $82.6 billion, unadjusted for inflation, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. More

New food plant boosts San Joaquin Valley economy
A new 70,000-square-foot frozen food plant is coming to Merced, Calif., this winter. The company, White Oak Frozen Foods, plans to supply hundreds of jobs and buy locally grown crops.More