Frozen Express
Sept. 20, 2011

FDA confirms Listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe grown at Colorado farm

The Washington Post
An outbreak of foodborne illnesses that have killed four people and sickened nearly three dozen others is linked to cantaloupe produced at a Colorado farm, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed Monday.
• Related article: FDA finds bacteria on produce, equipment

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Udall comes to defense of potatoes

A proposal to limit starch in U.S. school lunches has drawn fire from Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., as being unfair to his state's $300 million potato industry.More

Rising prices squeeze food producers, retailers

Jeremy Hobson reports, "We'll get earnings this morning from ConAgra — which makes packaged food products like Hunts Ketchup and Healthy Choice. That company is being squeezed by the rising cost of ingredients. And as Marketplace's Alisa Roth reports, that squeeze is happening at every link in the food chain — from farm to supermarket."More

Mitt Romney names Sen. Roy Blunt congressional liaison

The Washington Post
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has tapped Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a veteran lawmaker and onetime House leader, to spearhead his efforts to win support from Republican senators and House members.More

Ezra Klein: Can the new Obama get anything done?

The Washington Post
There are two ways of looking at the theory behind the president's new deficit plan. One is that he's finally doing what he needs to do to reverse his slide in the polls and craft a message for the next election. The other is that he's finally doing what he needs to do to strike a deal with the Republicans and get something done before the election.More

GOP fissures hurt Pennsylvania Senate hopes

Be careful what you wish for, Pennsylvania Republicans. The party finally has a slate of legitimate Senate candidates and a fighting chance at unseating first-term Democrat Bob Casey. But the influx of contenders means the GOP faces a looming tea party vs. establishment wrestling match. More

Lamar Alexander to resign from Senate leadership in January

The Washington Post
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, will resign from his leadership post in January.More

Chamber sues NLRB over union poster rule

The Hill
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has sued the National Labor Relations Board to block its new regulation that would require employers to post notices informing employees of their right to form a union.More

McConnell turns up the heat on Obama over trade

The Hill
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Tuesday accused President Barack Obama of "dragging his feet" on critical job-creating free-trade agreements and said he intends to offer an amendment that would grant the White House broad authority to enter agreements around the world.More

Study suggests weight might affect food impulses

The Washington Post
Thin people might be able to summon more mental defenses to resist tempting, high-calorie foods than obese people, U.S. researchers said Monday.More

US takes action against China on chicken duties

The Wall Street Journal
The U.S. on Tuesday accused China of imposing wrongful trade duties on U.S. chicken and poultry exports, saying the fees will cost U.S. poultry producers an estimated $1 billion by year's end.More

California Food Handler Card Law requires special accreditation to provide training

Daily Markets
The new California Food Handler Card Law — based on S.B. 303, which requires food handlers to complete a training course and assessment to obtain the food handler card — has been signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown. More

Dated and wasted: The expiration of expiration dates

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Loss Project, Americans are inclined to discard more than 25 percent (approximately 25.9 million tons) of all the food produced domestically. More

Chicago council calls on agriculture, food industries

Truth About Trade
A new report released by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in advance of the United Nations' meeting on noncommunicable disease calls on the agriculture and food sectors to play a role in mitigating the global rise in these diseases. More

Second go at animal disease traceability hits bumps

Food Safety News
The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is experiencing a hailstorm of opposition to its new animal disease traceability system as the proposal reaches the halfway point in the comment period that ends Nov. 9.More

WHO targets trans fats, salt to curb disease

Food Navigator
The World Health Organization has identified trans fats and salt intake among its list of low-cost interventions to counter the rise of diseases like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.More

Listeria research forces bacteria to jump hurdles

Food Production Daily
A new research project is under way at Campden BRI, aimed at using "hurdle technology" to help food firms manufacture products with less susceptibility to Listeria.

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

ConAgra's profit takes hit from higher costs

The Wall Street Journal
ConAgra Foods Inc. posted a 42 percent drop in first-quarter earnings as rising sales couldn't offset a jump in the cost of goods for the packaged-food company.More

Tyson to pay $32 million in wage settlement

The Wall Street Journal
Tyson Foods Inc. agreed to pay as much as $32 million to settle 12-year-old litigation over whether it should pay its hourly poultry plant workers for the time it takes them to get in and out of their work clothes and gear.More

Wendy's remakes its burgers; here's how it did that

The Associated Press via USA Today
When Wendy's decided to remake its 42-year-old hamburger, the chain agonized over every detail. A pickle chemist was consulted. Customers were quizzed on their lettuce knowledge. And executives went on a cross-country burger-eating tour.More

California grocers, union reach labor deal; strike averted

Los Angeles Times
In the end, Southern California's big three grocery chains and their unionized workers settled their labor fight because of this economic reality: Another strike would have damaged both sides severely.More

PMMI: Safety, cost, convenience form basis of food processing purchase decisions

Packaging Digest
According to "Food Processing Machinery Market Assessment," a new market study from PMMI, food safety ranks as food processors' leading consideration.More

Cargill launches new functional system to help dairy food makers contain costs

Food Ingredients First
To help global dairy food manufacturing customers remain competitive in the face of these price pressures, Cargill developed Vitex AYS.More