Frozen Express
Sept. 15, 2011

User fees for meat, poultry federal inspection opposed

The Meat Site
More than 20 food and agriculture organizations in the U.S. have sent a letter to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Super Committee," opposing user fees for federal inspection of meat, poultry and egg products as the committee works to craft a deficit reduction plan. More

Poll: Less concern over food safety despite rise in illness

Reuters via Baking Buyer
Consumer concern about food safety has declined during the past year even as the number of people experiencing serious foodborne illnesses nearly doubled, according to a Thomson Reuters-NPR Health Poll.

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

Foodborne illness outbreak response network established

Kansas City infoZine
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced a streamlined, integrated approach to effectively and rapidly respond to human and animal foodborne illness outbreaks: the FDA Coordinated Outbreak Response and Evaluation Network.More

After losing special House election in New York, Democrats look toward 2012

The Washington Post
The tendency in Washington is to focus on the next election, so Democrats spent much of Wednesday trying to shake off the beating they took Tuesday in a special congressional election in New York.More

Could Pennsylvania Republicans end the electoral college as we know it?

The Washington Post
Republican leaders in Pennsylvania are pushing forward with a plan that would change that way the state awards its electoral votes for president and could have a significant effect on the 2012 presidential race.More

Opinion editorial: The rise of Democratic discontent

The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday's special elections for House seats in New York and Nevada were devastating for Democrats. Both races turned into a referendum on President Barack Obama, who again proved how unpopular he is.More

Obama under attack — from Democrats

It's open season on President Barack Obama — and that's just from members of his own party. More

First lady to join restaurant chain's menu announcement

The Associated Press via The Seattle Times
Encouraged by Michelle Obama's campaign to reduce childhood obesity, the company that owns Olive Garden, Red Lobster and four other popular restaurant chains is pledging to cut the calories and sodium in its meals and overhaul its kids' fare.More

FDA disputes TV suggestion of apple juice risk

USA Today
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and a leading doctor are disputing claims by television show host Dr. Mehmet Oz that trace amounts of arsenic in many apple juice products pose a health risk.More

'Bachelorette' takes on senator over nutrition guidelines for school lunches

The Hill
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is taking heat from another popular Mainer over her stance against new nutrition standards for school lunches — ABC's most recent "Bachelorette," Ashley Hebert.More

Blogger makes it easy to put healthy options on 'My Plate'

USA Today
When the government released the new MyPlate image earlier this summer, the message seemed simple enough: Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, make one-quarter of it grains like rice or pasta, and the rest should be protein-rich foods, such as lean meat, poultry, seafood or eggs.More

New legislation would limit EPA control of farm dust

Texas Farm Bureau via News Radio 1420-AM
U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., introduced legislation that aims to prevent further EPA regulations on air and farm dust; the American Farm Bureau Federation says such regulations could severely hamper food production in the U.S.More

FSA issues guide for removing food colors

Food Standards Agency
The Food Standards Agency today has published guidance to help food businesses remove from their products certain food colors associated with possible hyperactivity in young children.More

Practical implications of food safety research

Progressive Grocer
Three produce professionals discuss the results from the second annual Center for Produce Safety Research Symposium.More

Official slams corn syrup rebranding

The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
A recent attempt by the corn industry to change the name of a widely used but increasingly controversial sweetener was misleading and could have robbed consumers of important information, a top official at the Food and Drug Administration said in documents obtained by The Associated Press. More

UK recommends removing 'sell by' date from packaging

Quality Assurance & Food Safety
The U.K.'s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has recommended food and drink manufacturers remove "sell by" and "display until" labels from packaging to avoid consumer confusion and reduce waste.More

International Food Safety Training Laboratory opens

PR Newswire
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the University of Maryland, their Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and the Waters Corporation today opened the International Food Safety Training Laboratory, a public-private partnership that applies government, university and private industry expertise and resources to the global food safety challenge.More

1 death, 8 illnesses in Wisconsin E. coli outbreak

The Capital Times
Wisconsin officials are trying to track down the source of an E. coli outbreak that has claimed the life of a 1-year-old girl and has sickened several others.

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

Global demand drives food prices higher

American Farm Bureau Federation via Southeast Farm Press
Strong global demand, especially for pork and other protein-rich foods, was a primary driver behind higher retail prices at the supermarket during the third quarter of 2011, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. More

Apple juice statements lead to showdown on 'GMA'

ABC News
In a spirited showdown on "Good Morning America" today, ABC News health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser confronted Dr. Mehmet Oz on what he called "extremely irresponsible" statements made on "The Dr. Oz Show" Wednesday concerning arsenic in apple juice.More

New corn fiber gum extraction process offers emulsion boost

Food Navigator
A new process to isolate corn fiber gum and preserve more of its functional components might contribute to better emulsifying properties, researchers said.More

'Mom Made Meals' becomes national, organic frozen option

Tucked away in a small office complex in Alexandria, Va., Heather Stouffer and her staff of four spend their days building a now-national frozen food brand of all organic children's meals. More

India food inflations slows
India's food inflation eased slightly in the week ending Sept. 3 but still remained at elevated levels, doing little to change expectations that the central bank would further tighten its monetary policy Friday.More

Sealed Air gains approval to acquire Diversey Holdings

Sealed Air Corporation, a provider of food and industrial system solutions, today announced it has received all regulatory approvals required for completing its proposed acquisition of Diversey Holdings Inc.More

Cornell scientists develop 3-D food printer

Castle Ink
Researchers at Cornell's Creative Machines Lab have developed a printer that can produce specific shapes from soft foods.More

Canadian technology firms hails patented E. coli killer

Food Production Daily
Canadian firm Theralase Technologies claims "unprecedented destruction" of the E. coli bacterium via a new application of its patented photo dynamic compounds.More

Ecolab unveils new clean-in-place formulations

Food Production Daily
Improved performance and a reduction in carbon footprint are benefits claimed by Ecolab for its new range of clean-in-place formulations for food and beverage processors.More

Tunnel freezer works quickly

Refrigerated Transporter
Air Products is introducing its Freshline QS tunnel freezer, which can cryogenically freeze or cool a variety of foods such as meat and poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables, pasta, dairy products and prepared meals.More

Superior Farms launches value-added lamb products

Packaging Digest
Superior Farms continues its innovative development of value-added lamb products with a fall lineup of retail comfort food items.More

New research and development center for frozen baker

Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Campbell Soup and Pepperidge Farm executives broke ground on a 34,000-square-foot innovation center in a ceremony at Pepperidge Farm's headquarters in Norwalk, Conn. More

US potato exports hit record high

USAgNet via Wisconsin Ag Connection
U.S. potato and product exports were a record $1.3 billion and 1.3 million metric tons for the July 2010-June 2011 fiscal year — a 15 percent increase in value and 11 percent increase in volume.More

Millennials' brand choices shift

Brand managers faced with the challenge of marketing to millennials should look to the dynamics of household structure for effective ways to reach that population.More

ConAgra sets deadline for Ralcorp acquisition

ConAgra Foods said it will withdraw its $5.2 billion offer for Ralcorp Holdings unless the maker of Post cereal enters negotiations by Monday.More