Frozen Express
Sept. 14, 2011

GAO: Stronger oversight needed on food safety

Homeland Security Today
The U.S. government's overall progress implementing the nation's food and agriculture defense policy lacks centralized coordination and oversight, according to a Government Accountability Office report released yesterday.

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Since 9/11 billions spent on food safety, but results elusive

The Associated Press via The Denver Post
An Associated Press analysis of post-9/11 food safety programs found the government has spent at least $3.4 billion on food counterterrorism in the past decade, but key programs have been bogged down in bureaucracy. And with no single agency in charge, officials acknowledge it's impossible to measure whether orchards or feedlots are any safer.More

Immigration check proposed for food workers

The Press-Enterprise
Applicants for San Bernardino County, Calif., food handler cards would have their immigration status checked under a proposal introduced this week by Supervisor Neil Derry.More

Congress, Obama's attempt at compromise short-lived

The Washington Post
The great hunt for common ground on Capitol Hill that opened hopefully with the post-summer session of Congress lasted, in all, about a week.More

Republican wins Democratic New York House seat

The Washington Post
With the outcome of his own reelection effort 14 difficult months away, President Barack Obama suffered a sharp rebuke Tuesday when voters in New York elected a conservative Republican to represent a Democratic district that has not been in GOP hands since the 1920s.More

Top Republicans gird for long, bitter Perry-Romney duel

The Washington Post
Republican Party leaders, who only a few weeks ago viewed the GOP presidential nomination race as wide open, now consider it a two-man contest between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, and they are choosing sides in what many think could be a long and potentially divisive campaign.More

California avocado products recalled because of Listeria

RTT News
Fine Mexican Food Products Inc., California-based manufacturer and distributor of frozen food products, is recalling its avocado products due to a possible contamination by Listeria bacteria.More

CDC: Deadly Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe

USA Today
Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit.More

USDA looks to get more meals to kids in summer

The Associated Press via Google News
Food can be scarce around the Mendoza household during the summer. School food service worker Alina Mendoza loses most of her hours and pay at the same time her daughter stops getting free meals at school. That's why Mendoza was excited this summer when a federal grant provided money for her daughter and other children to pick up backpacks full of food each Friday from a local elementary school.More

Senate GOP seeks regulatory 'time out'

The Hill
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and 16 other Senate Republicans on Monday proposed a moratorium on new federal regulations in order to give U.S. companies a "sensible breather" from what she said are rules that are stifling job creation.More

Lisa Jackson: I'm staying

EPA chief Lisa Jackson is staying put, she told POLITICO on Tuesday, despite speculation that she might step down after the White House undercut her efforts to set a stricter smog limit.More

House passes short-term bill funding FAA, highways

The Hill
There was a time when advocates for modernizing the nation's aerospace system and highways would have been disappointed in a short-term funding extension that kicked major decisions down the road. But times have changed. More

STEC testing: The past and future for industry

Food Safety News
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture moves to ban the sale of meat tainted with six serotypes of E. coli, companies likely will feel pressure to implement screening programs for these rarer pathogens. A handful of businesses who already have non-O157 testing in place say it's worthwhile and relatively easy to adopt.More

EC prolongs radiation controls on Japanese food imports

Food Production Daily
Tougher controls on Japanese food imports into the European Union introduced after the Fukushima nuclear accident in March have been extended to the end of this year.More

Korea approves bill aimed at fast food for children

The Korea Herald
Korea's Cabinet endorsed a bill on Wednesday to place all retailers suspected of selling junk food to children under the monitoring of local governments.More

Giant snags former Wal-Mart executive Anthony Hucker

The Washington Post
Former Wal-Mart executive Anthony Hucker is taking the helm as president of Giant Food's Landover division next month, according to the grocery chain's parent company, Ahold USA.More

PepsiCo names Albert Carey CEO of Americas Beverages

The Wall Street Journal
PepsiCo Inc. has named longtime executive Albert P. Carey as the new chief executive of its PepsiCo Americas Beverages, a move the food and beverage company makes amid intense competition in its North America beverages segment. More

US study casts doubt on bisphenol A threat

Food Production Daily
A study funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found the blood serum of 86 percent of subjects who were exposed to elevated dietary levels of BPA by eating canned foods over a 24-hour period contained undetectable amounts of the chemical.More

What's in store for private labels?

Beverage Industry
Retailers are getting more sophisticated, says Richard Haffner, head of beverages global research at Euromonitor International, Chicago. Private label has been prevalent in Canada and Europe for a long time. But the United States' private label sector was lagging behind — until recently.More

Solar panels save distributor 310,00 kilowatt hours

Road Transport
Frozen food distributor Yearsley Group is saving 310,000 kilowatt hours of energy use per year after installing solar panels at two of its warehouses in England.More

Country Chicken plans 300 outlets in India foray

Financial Chronicle
Australia's Country Chicken, a turnkey fast-food restaurant, is set to make its India foray. Besides eyeing a 300 outlet-strong chain in three years through the franchisee route, it also plans to set up a processing unit and establish a frozen food chain in the country.More

5 basic innovation ideation principles for food companies

Fast Casual
Rank-and-file employees of a food company might think they can't generate innovative ideas like Apple computer's staff does. But five basic principles can help companies foster a culture of innovation.More