Frozen Express
Sep. 4, 2012

Study questions the benefits of organic food
The Associated Press via Yahoo News
Patient after patient asked: Is eating organic food, which costs more, really better for me? Unsure, Stanford University doctors dug through reams of research to find out — and concluded there's little evidence that going organic is much healthier, citing only a few differences involving pesticides and antibiotics, the researchers reported Monday.More

UN: Action needed to prevent food price catastrophe
World leaders must take swift, coordinated action to ensure food price shocks do not turn into a catastrophe that could hurt tens of millions of people in coming months, the United Nations' food agencies said in a statement Tuesday.

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    Palermo's CEO and AFL-CIO chief meet, but no progress
    Journal Sentinel
    As striking Palermo workers picketed and chanted, "No Justice, No Pizza," outside the Milwaukee plant Friday, the president of the frozen pizza manufacturing company was meeting in Washington, D.C., with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. Both sides said they appreciated the opportunity to sit down and talk. But no progress was reported on the strike that began June 1 after the company failed to recognize the workers' petition to form a union.More

    Poll: Voters say second term undeserved, country is worse off
    The Hill
    A majority of voters — 52 percent — believe the country is worse off today than it was four years ago and that President Barack Obama does not deserve re-election, according to a new poll for The Hill.

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    Democrats confident about holding Senate, despite being outspent
    The Hill
    There is surging optimism among Democrats that the party will hold the Senate in the November election, despite Republicans outspending them 2 to 1.More

    Michelle Obama tops 5 things to watch at the DNC
    USA Today
    Democrats kick off their three-day convention celebrating all things Barack Obama with remarks tonight from his more popular and better half: First lady Michelle Obama.More

    Candy tax approved in US city as levy for other foods ditched
    Confectionery News
    The city of Lakewood, Colo., has implemented state laws to tax candy and soft drinks at 3 percent while repealing earlier rules to tax a wider variety of foods, including snacked and other foods marketed for "immediate consumption."More

    Opinion: Yes on 37? No on 37? Everyone loses
    Food Navigator-USA
    It doesn't matter whether you support Proposition 37 or oppose it; whatever happens in November when Californians vote on whether or not to label GMOs, everyone loses. But the issue should serve as a wake-up call to industry, encouraging respectful debate with consumers rather than facing off against a resentful public.

    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.

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    Argentina challenges US ban on its beef
    The Wall Street Journal
    Argentina formally challenged U.S. import restrictions on its beef at the World Trade Organization amid strained ties between the South American nation and several of its biggest trading partners.

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  • Argentina's latest trade dispute challenges US over lemons (Reuters)
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    Upcoming changes for CDL holders already causing problems
    Regulations for commercial motor vehicle drivers are changing in regard to medical cards. The rules remain the same as to which drivers need a federal medical certificate while operating a commercial vehicle, but drivers will now have to provide an up-to-date copy of this card to the DMV when they obtain it.More

    'Stealth health' may account for decline in low salt label claims
    Food Navigator
    European food manufacturers are embracing "stealth health" when it comes to salt reduction, according to Clare Farrand, international program lead for World Action on Salt and Health. Unless an individual has a specific health condition requiring lower salt intake, it may not be beneficial for them to know a manufacturer has slashed salt levels in their favorite foods, she said.More

    Weight loss groups back NYC's sugary drinks plan
    The Associated Press via USA Today
    Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and other diet groups said Tuesday they are supporting New York City's proposed crackdown on super-sized sugary drinks, adding prominent weight loss groups' influence to the campaign ahead of a vote next week.More

    Frozen: The new green?
    British Frozen Food Federation
    A new scientific report on carbon emissions has exposed a mistaken belief that frozen food is more energy-intensive than chilled. Assessing a range of carbon emissions — from post-harvest or slaughter to consumption by the consumer — researchers found that a frozen meal for a family of four produced 5 percent less carbon dioxide than its identical chilled counterpart.More

    Microwave sterilization system rolled out in US
    Food Production Daily
    A developer of microwave food sterilization technology has rolled out its first commercial system after 15 years in development. The rapid sterilization technique using microwaves for the shelf-stable food industry was developed at Washington State University and has FDA approval.More

    French fries deal nets millions for Tomra
    Food Production Daily
    Tomra Sorting Solutions has netted $18.5 million of optical sorting and peeling contracts at a plant processing French fries and related products in the U.S. The order — placed by an undisclosed buyer — represents the first major business to follow the merger of U.S. equipment suppliers Odenberg and Best.More

    Schnucks, BrightFarms partner on hydroponic greenhouse
    Supermarket News
    Schnuck Markets of St. Louis and BrightFarms, based in New York, announced a partnership to build a hydroponic greenhouse for the 99-store chain that will supply at least 10 stores with fresh, local produce year-round. More

    Frozen food giant aims for global dominance on Foley's watch
    Daily Post
    A frozen food giant is aiming for global dominance in the retail market. U.K.-based Iceland Foods recruited Paul Foley to its operating board in the new role of international business director.More

    Research: Chilling methods could change meat tenderness
    Food Ingredients First
    In a recent paper in the Journal of Animal Science, meat scientists reported that a method called blast chilling could affect pork tenderness.More

    Global breakdown of label demand
    Beverage Manager
    According to a market survey by the labeling association Finat, self-adhesive labels are now accounting for a good 55 percent of all labels used. World label demand growth for 2012-2013 will be approximately 7 percent, with the prime volume markets being foods, beverages, personal care products and pharmaceuticals.More

    Idaho food processor faces odor violation
    The Argus Observer
    Officials with Dickinson Frozen Foods in Fruitland, Idaho, were expected in Payette County Magistrate Court Friday morning to answer complaints from area residents about odor coming from the plant's wastewater treatment facility.More

    Nebraska meatpackers indicted for selling uninspected meat
    Food Poisoning Bulletin
    The owners of a Nebraska meat company have been charged in a six-count indictment for selling meat that was not inspected or was misbranded to the Omaha public school system. Paul Rosberg and Kelly Rosberg, who own Nebraska's Finest Meats LLC, were indicted by a grand jury for the District of Columbia.More