Frozen Express
Sept. 9, 2011

Collins urges regulators to rethink school lunch standards

The Hill
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wants federal regulators to set new standards for public school lunches based on how food is prepared rather than the ingredients used.More

For grocers, pricing becomes more perilous

The Wall Street Journal
Supermarket chains, many of which face a 4 percent rise in food costs this year, are being forced to reconcile raising prices with potentially losing shoppers to rivals who hold the line.More

CDC: Salmonella, norovirus top causes of foodborne illness

Food Safety News
Norovirus remained the most common foodborne disease, but more people were hospitalized for Salmonella poisoning than any other food-related illness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says in its annual report on foodborne illness.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is organizing a series of instructional food safety webinars with leading experts to examine topics and issues related to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To register, or for more information, please click here.More

Editorial: A union goes too far

The Wall Street Journal
It turns out a union can go so far that even the current National Labor Relations Board can't turn a blind eye. A grain operator at the Port of Longview in Washington state was hit with a violent strike yesterday by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute's upcoming Government Action Summit will include a keynote presentation by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President Randy Johnson examining the policy agenda of the labor movement and how it could impact the frozen food industry. To register or get more information, please click here.More

Obama's bid to spur growth

The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama called on Congress on Thursday to pass a $447 billion package of spending initiatives and tax cuts to boost economic growth, in what might be the White House's last chance to revive its political fortunes before the 2012 campaign kicks into high gear.More

Small business focus of tax cuts

The Wall Street Journal
President Barack Obama's new jobs plan seeks to coax wary employers to invest and hire more by slicing their share of payroll taxes next year.More

Barbour joins super PAC with ties to Karl Rove

USA Today
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is joining an influential super PAC tied to GOP strategist Karl Rove, as the group doubles its fundraising goal to $240 million to influence the 2012 elections.More

Crossroads doubles $120 million goal

Ken Vogel flags an iWatch News report that Karl Rove's and Ed Gillespie's group has more than doubled its initial $120 million fundraising goal from earlier this year. More

Frozen seafood seized by FDA

The Downey Patriot
At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. marshals last month seized seafood products manufactured by the Meiko Food Co. of South El Monte, Calif., because the products are adulterated. More

New US website promotes healthy eating

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Mariella Funk of Operation Food Search held up a picture of the icon recently to help teach her audience about nutrition. More

Thai government's rice buying scheme expected to reduce exports, drive up prices worldwide

The Washington Post
Thailand's plan to pay its rice growers far above market rates is expected to push up prices for the staple that feeds almost half the world's people as rice importing nations look to other countries for tightened supplies.More

Greens to EPA chief: Don't quit over White House smog reversal

The Hill
A group of environmentalists have launched an online petition drive urging Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson not to resign in the wake of the White House scuttling her plans to toughen Bush-era smog standards.More

Time to take on anti-biotech crowd over GMO labeling

Western Farm Press
The Farm Press Blog declares, "Time to put end to the mandatory GMO labeling charade. Put it on the California statewide ballot and duke it out with radicals using the truth."More

Group reports on 5-year plan for food processing industries

F&B News
The working group for India's food processing industries, as constituted by the Planning Commission (Industries Division) for laying down the terms of reference for the preparation of the 12th Five Year Plan, submitted its report recently.More

Agriculture spending bill for 2012 approved

Northwest Ag Information Network
The full U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee has approved the fiscal year 2012 agricultural appropriations bill. Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin, chair of the agriculture appropriations subcommittee, called it a very austere bill with non-security discretionary spending $200 million lower than 2011 and $3.2 billion lower than 2010.More

Brussels: EU looks to end sugar quotas by 2016

Food Navigator
The EU is set to abolish the system of sugar production quotas and guaranteed minimum prices by 2016, according to a Brussels source.More

FSA board meeting available online

Food Standards Agency
Wednesday's Food Standards Agency open board meeting now is available as a video-on-demand and as a podcast. The agenda included the proposal to relax certain provisions of the current animal feed ban, the imports strategy and the extension of remedial action notices to all food establishments.More

GreenChill offers global warming calculator

Supermarket News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Partnership has created a new online "Greenhouse Gas Impact Calculator" that allows food retailers to compare the effect that their refrigerant leaks and electricity consumption each has on global warming and climate change.More

Kellogg: We lost our momentum but in better shape now

Food Navigator
Cereals and snacks giant Kellogg took its eye off the ball in 2009-2010 but now is firing on all cylinders again, its chief executive says.More

McDonald's August sales rise less than analysts expected

USA Today
McDonald's revenue at restaurants open at least 13 months climbed 3.5 percent in August, led by strength in the U.S. and Europe. But the performance missed Wall Street's expectations, and shares of the world's biggest hamburger chain fell in premarket trading Friday.More

Overpackaging vs. underpackaging: Finding the balance

Environmental Leader
A new store called in.gredients is planning to open this fall in Austin, Texas, offering high-quality grocery products that include organic grains, natural baking ingredients and local meats. What makes in.gredients different than others is its package — or lack thereof: The grocery store is making its debut as the first package-free and zero-waste grocery store in the United States.More

Radical cryogenic food freezing research begins

Food Production Daily
A groundbreaking new U.K.-led research project will investigate the potential for cryogenic and electromagnetic freezing and chilling technologies for food processing applications.More

UK, France on alert after botulism outbreak

Food Production Daily
An international alert has been issued after a botulism outbreak in France linked to tapenade spreads has struck down eight people in the country.More

Protecting food supply a priority in post-9/11 world

Capital Press
With the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks imminent, the food processing industry is preparing to implement changes approved by Congress last winter. The Food Safety Modernization Act requires a food defense plan and includes 64 provisions that go into effect during the next five years, said Connie Kirby, vice president of the Northwest Food Processors Association. More

Freeze-dried cauliflower called nutritious addition for children

Food Ingredients First
Freeze-dried Cauliflower from Van Drunen Farms is being promoted as the perfect addition to children's favorite meals such as spaghetti, taco fillings and dips.More

Gluten-free meals signal the move to mainstream

Food Manufacture
The launch of two new gluten-free products by a U.K. manufacturer is further evidence of the category's move from niche to mainstream lifestyle choice.More

New perishables warehouse built near Los Angeles airport

Refrigerated Transporter
Apollo Freight Inc has begun construction on a state-of-the-art 15,663-square-foot perishables center at an off-airport warehouse adjacent to Los Angeles International Airport.More