Frozen Express
Sep. 12, 2014

Are 'all-natural' claims worth the hassle?
Food Navigator-USA
With a class action lawsuit filed almost weekly over the word "natural" on food and beverage labels, many firms are now wondering whether the most used and abused word in food marketing is really worth all the hassle. But should they ditch "natural" altogether, or just qualify it? More

Private group scrutinizes Foster Farms violations
A New York environmental advocacy group, Natural Resources Defense Council, is concerned with what it calls a continuous pattern of food safety violations at Foster Farms.

Related: NRDC posts FSIS inspection reports on Foster Farms (Food Safety News) More

Why GMO labeling may finally win approval in Colorado and Oregon
After efforts to label genetically modified food have failed in most states, there's reason to think things will go differently in November in Oregon and possibly Colorado.

Related: TraceGains explores implications of mandated GMO labeling (ReleaseWire)More

GOP Senate's first 100 days
The Hill
Republicans are putting together an agenda for the first 100 days of 2015 in case they win control of the Senate. Authorizing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, approving "fast-track" trade authority, wiping out proposed environmental regulations and repealing the medical device tax top their list.More

Poll: Iowa Senate race a dead heat
The Hill
Most recent polling has found a tight race between the two candidates in the perennial swing state of Iowa. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Democrat, leads Iowa state Sen. Joni Ernst, a Republican, by 49 percent to 48 percent in the live-caller poll conducted by ORC International.More

Hillary Clinton tops Iowa poll ahead of steak fry fundraiser
According to a CNN/ORC International poll released Friday, 53 percent of registered Iowa Democratic voters would vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016, giving her a commanding lead over the rest of the potential 2016 Democratic presidential field.More

Food & Water Watch sues to halt new poultry inspection rules
Food & Water Watch has filed a lawsuit in federal court to stop the implementation of USDA's new poultry inspection rules, claiming the new system violates the Poultry Products Inspection Act of 1957.More

DOL can use invalidated H-2B rule temporarily, judge says
Law360 (subscriber story)
A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by several migrant farmworker organizations to force the Department of Labor to discontinue invalidated 2008 regulations that govern applications for the employment of foreign workers under the H-2B program, saying the agency's interim use of the rules was reasonable.More

Another Washington city pushes for $15 minimum wage
The Seattle Times via CPA Practice Advisor
Fast-food workers and their union allies plan to take the fight for a $15 minimum wage to Bellevue, Washington, in the first attempt to expand the movement regionally since the Seattle City Council passed a $15 minimum-wage plan in June. More

Frozen food finalists for SupplySide award
Food Product Design
Find out which frozen foods are the finalists for the 2014 SupplySide West Editor's Choice Awards, recognizing standouts in 20 consumer packaged goods categories.More

Kellogg dismissed from 'natural' labeling suit
The National Law Journal
Kellogg has gotten out of a class action alleging that consumers of Kashi's "natural" food were deceived because the products contain GMOs and synthetic ingredients.More

E. coli kills 2 girls, leaves boy hospitalized
Officials are seeking the source and strain of the bacteria that killed a 3-year-old girl in Washington and a 4-year-old girl in Oregon, leaving a third hospitalized.More

Changing food landscape: 'I need a passport, food doesn't'
Food Quality News
The landscape of food safety is changing with shifting consumer diets, enhanced legislation, globalization and increased public awareness, according to 3M. More

Immigrants' tastes leading to changes in local food production
New immigrants often face an unexpected challenge: how to navigate away from an American diet that takes a toll on your health. That's becoming easier in New Hampshire due to a network of markets and farms that carry familiar foods for the state's foreign residents. More

Blackstone to sell Burger King locations to Houston Foods
Houston Foods Inc., a fast food franchisee in Texas, plans to buy about 260 Burger King locations owned by Blackstone Group LP's Heartland Food Corp. in the Midwest, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.More

Frozen Food Hall of Fame member named to Tennessee higher ed board
The Chattanoogan
Julia Wells, a member of the Frozen Food Hall of Fame, has been appointed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam to serve on the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees. Wells is vice president of marketing services at the Pictsweet Company.More

Commodities fall to 5-year low with plenty of supplies
Commodities fell to a five-year low on speculation abundant supplies and slowing economic growth outside of the U.S. will curb demand for raw materials. More

Tons of sausage recalled on misbranding
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A Washington meat processor, Interbay Food Co., is recalling approximately 4,820 pounds of pork Banger-style sausage because milk, a known allergen, is not listed on the label.

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Food plant to reopen under Echo Lakes Foods management
Inside Indiana Business
Frozen food manufacturer Echo Lakes Foods has announced plans to locate a processing facility in Huntington, Indiana, and create up to 100 jobs by 2015. The Wisconsin-based company bought the former Unilever plant in 2013 and is renovating.More

Nevada county denies meatpacker's request for kosher operations
Reno Gazette-Journal
Despite the applicant citing its history of meatpacking operations at the site and how its small size created a hardship as it couldn't meet setback requirements, the Lyon County, Nevada, Board of Commissioners denied requests to allow for a kosher meat packing operation. More