Frozen Express
Sep. 10, 2012

FSMA: Keeping an eye on food supply
Orlando Sentinel
Sandy Eskin, project director of the Food Safety Campaign with the Pew Health Group, discusses the potential impact of the Food Safety Modernization Act.More

Congress comes back to a faceoff with angry farmers
The New York Times
When Congress returns to business this week, it will be met not by the Code Pink antiwar protesters or the tea party supporters who often gathered near the Capitol last year. Instead, farmers will be out in force, rallying for a bill that lawmakers failed to pass before they recessed five weeks ago. More

Report: 'Food environment' in schools getting a bit better
Reuters
U.S. schools took small steps toward encouraging students to make healthier food choices between 2006 and 2010, but there's still a lot of room for improvement, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Illinois in Chicago.

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    Poll: Voters see election as choice, not referendum on Obama
    The Hill
    A clear majority — 61 percent — of likely voters consider the presidential election to be more of a choice between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney than a referendum on the president's first term in office, according to a new poll for The Hill.

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    With Senate at stake, GOP awaits Akin's next move, McCaskill goes on offense
    The Washington Post
    Three weeks after Republican Rep. Todd Akin upended the national political landscape by claiming that pregnancies rarely result from "legitimate rape," the race for Senate in increasingly conservative Missouri — and in many ways the battle for control of Congress' upper chamber — has settled into a waiting game.More

    Welcome to the beginning of the end of the 2012 campaign
    The Washington Post
    With the two parties' conventions now over, the final days of the 2012 campaign are upon us. As this sort of beginning of the end — well, begins — it's worth noting a few things we know will matter in the battle between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during the next 57 days.More

    Returning lawmakers' key objective: kick the can down the road
    The Associated Press via The Washington Post
    When lawmakers return to Washington Monday, they face big issues, including taxes, spending cuts and the prospect of a debilitating "fiscal cliff" in January. Yet Congress is expected to do what it often does best: punt problems to the future.

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    With sugar price supports, sour taste for consumers
    Center for Investigative Reporting
    Behind every candy bar and can of soda is a complex government program of import tariffs and farmer loans establishing the price of sugar. Government and independent studies show the sugar program inflates the U.S. price of sugar, costing consumers about $2 billion annually in increased food prices.More

    FDA warns Iowa egg firm over Salmonella Heidelberg
    The Associated Press via The Crescent-News
    A company that promised to clean up Iowa's egg industry after a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010 said Friday that a recent government safety inspection discovered the bacteria in two of its barns and that it took steps to protect consumers.More

    Inspectors critical of Tennessee food safety law
    The Tennessean via WBIR-TV
    State health officials and members of the restaurant industry in Tennessee plan to ask the legislature to update state's 1976 food safety law. The Tennessee Food Safety Task Force first considered tweaking compliance rules but finally decided the law itself needs a complete overhaul.More

    Market research: Naturalness a key consideration for industry
    Food Navigator
    Consumer demand for "more natural" foods and beverages continues to grow — and food manufacturers are responding by highlighting naturally derived ingredients and the natural credentials of new products, according to market researchers at RTS.More

    Food industry's impact goes beyond 'organic' paradigm
    Journal Sentinel
    What's most significant about a Stanford study released last week — examining the tangible benefits of organic food — is the power of solid scientific inquiry to ripple through the food industry, from farm to table. More

    Report: Meat production could lead to 'water apocalypse'
    Meatingplace
    As long as consumers slash their consumption of animal-based food calories to 5 percent from 20 percent currently, there should be just enough water to keep the human race alive but not enough to produce affordable meat products, according to researchers with the Stockholm International Water Institute. More

    Heinz CFO: 'Aggressive changes' ahead in Europe
    Food Navigator
    Heinz has said it is investing in aggressive change in Europe, in a presentation at the Barclay's Back to School Conference.More

    McDonald's reveals controversial plan to open vegetarian outlet
    Food Magazine
    McDonald's has announced plans to open its first vegetarian-only restaurant next year near India's Golden Temple, a pilgrimage site located in the city of Amritsar in the north of the country.More

    Niche category leadership propels Hormel Foods
    FoodBusinessNews.net
    Built upon a foundation of well-known brands such as Hormel, Spam, Jennie-O Turkey Store and Dinty Moore, Hormel Foods Corp. sees future growth opportunities by attaining leadership positions in niche categories.More

    USDA puts Central Valley Meat back on school lunch list
    Meatingplace
    USDA has lifted its hold on Central Valley Meat as a beef supplier for the school lunch program after concluding the company has taken appropriate steps to improve animal handling in the wake of a covert video that shut the plant down for a week while USDA investigated.More

    Television show to target 'lies' told by food manufacturers
    Food Navigator
    Major food manufacturers which tell marketing "lies" and are "only concerned with the bottom line" will be exposed in a new TV series, one of its presenters has vowed.More

    Indiana farm recalls watermelon in wake of cantaloupe testing
    Food Poison Journal
    Chamberlain Farms of Owensville, Ind. has expanded its original recall of cantaloupes to include watermelons distributed during this past growing season that could have been contaminated with Salmonella.

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    How to maximize your operation's value
    Meatingplace
    Many operators can't simply build a new plant, but they are still asked to do more with less. Making changes as small as keeping detailed accounts of motor efficiency or as large as installing solar energy systems can result in lower energy-consumption costs — up to $18 billion in savings industrywide.More

    Food safety instructors need business-building guidance
    The Washington Post
    Restaurant operators and owners often are required to complete training to become certified. Food safety instructor Mark Shain made his living driving from one small town to the next, delivering training seminars in person. His son, Ryan, saw an opportunity to take the training online.More

    Hormel Foods named 2012 Green Plant of the Year
    Food Processing
    Being able to produce high-quality products in a sustainable and energy-efficient facility garnered Hormel's Progressive Processing facility in Dubuque, Iowa, the third annual prize for sustainability from the editors of Food Processing. More