Frozen Express
Sept. 26, 2011


USDA recalls ground beef headed for school lunches

International Business Times
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a Class I recall for 40,000 pounds of ground beef product intended for Georgia school lunches because of possible E. coli contamination.

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Children say 'potato,' USDA says 'poh-tay-NO'

The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
The potato is on the verge of being banished from the nation's school lunch program, but not if Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Mark Udall of Colorado have anything to say about it.

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    Corn's ripples

    The Columbus Dispatch
    It's not your imagination: It costs more to fill your grocery cart this fall than it did at the beginning of spring. A key reason for rising prices can be summed up in one word: corn.

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    Shutdown looms: Spotlight now on Senate after Boehner wrangled House GOP votes

    The Washington Post
    With time running out, Congress returns Monday to try to pass a short-term funding measure to avert a government shutdown and avoid yet another market-rattling showdown over the federal budget.More


    Cain victory in Florida straw poll a sign of voter displeasure with GOP field

    The Washington Post
    Republican activists want a candidate who is not just conservative on almost every issue, but has been so his or her entire career. A good enough politician to debate and then defeat President Barack Obama. Charismatic, too. They're still looking.More


    Romney wins Michigan straw poll, Perry a distant second

    The Washington Post
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says he isn't competing in any straw polls — not even the one this weekend on the island where he spent summers as a boy, where pictures of his father adorn the Grand Hotel and where George Romney's legacy as a popular governor hung over the proceedings.More


    Ezra Klein: Why some Democrats want a shutdown

    The Washington Post
    Another week, another shutdown threat. This time, for better or worse, the stakes are very, very low.More


    Christie courted, still says no

    The Wall Street Journal
    A determined cadre of Republican donors is casting wishful eyes on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in an 11th-hour push to persuade the former prosecutor to enter the 2012 presidential race.More


    Opinion: Inside the EPA

    The Wall Street Journal
    The Environmental Protection Agency claims the critics of its campaign to remake U.S. electricity are partisans, but it turns out they include other regulators and even some in the Obama administration.More


    Opinion: To grow the economy, enforce rules

    POLITICO
    Here is a modest step the United States and other governments can take to help stave off a global economic slowdown: Insist that countries play by the rules on trade and investment to which they have committed in international treaties.More


    Report links farm subsidies, obesity

    Los Angeles Times via The Bellingham Herald
    Are farm subsidies making us fat? Billions in taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food, according to a report released this week by the California Public Interest Research Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, both consumer advocacy groups. More


    Expert: Traceability key in avoiding E. coli crises

    Food Production Daily
    Effective traceability systems are key to avoiding a repeat of the spring E. coli crisis that led to the German food industry losing control to health authorities, according to a crisis management expert.More


    Better safe than sorry

    Food Logistics
    In early September, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety & Health Administration proposed a fine of $76,005 against a frozen foods and perishables logistics provider for 13 alleged safety and health violations at its Delaware warehouse.More


    Report: Lobby groups hamper GM foods in Europe

    Food Navigator
    Anti-GMO groups wield significant influence on policy-making groups in the EU and are threatening public acceptance of the technology in the bloc, new research suggests.More


    Yoplait adds new flavor to frozen smoothie range

    DBR
    Yoplait, a French dairy group and a subsidiary of General Mills, has added a new flavor, chocolate banana, to its frozen fruit and yogurt smoothies lineup.More


    Radiation worries rise on Japan's rice crops

    NASDAQ
    As Japan grows more of the rice it consumes, authorities are urged to be more stringent in keeping radioactive cesium out of the food supply. Following news reports last week about radioactive iodine leaking outside the earthquake-crippled Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima, officials have been testing harvested rice for possible contamination since Saturday. More


    Nestle expands UK-based global product technology center

    Food Ingredients First
    Nestle is strengthening its leadership in research and development by enlarging its global Product Technology Center for confectionery, based in the United Kingdom.More


    Heinz heads to $60 with TGI Friday's deal

    Forbes
    After ending its relationship with Boston Market in June 2011, H.J. Heinz Company is repositioning itself to move further into the meals and snacks segment by promoting T.G.I. Friday's branded single-serve entrees to expand its restaurant-quality packaged frozen food products.More


    3M, Kraft Foods collaborate on new procedure

    Food Ingredients First
    3M Food Safety and Kraft Foods have partnered to create a new test called the aerobic procedure for lactic acid bacteria; the procedure is expected to help monitor shelf life for foods.More


    Vibrio outbreak in Washington; oysters recalled

    Food Safety News
    Oysters from Washington State are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Vibrio parahaemolyticus. More


    International Food Risk Analysis Journal debuts

    openPR
    InTech has launched the first issue of the International Food Risk Analysis Journal in collaboration and with the support of Health Canada's Food Directorate and Food Standards Australia New Zealand. Available in English and French, the new publication reports on the latest developments in risk assessments associated with current and emerging food chemical, microbiological and nutritional safety issues.More


    Packaging industry: Part and parcel of industrial growth

    Asia-Pacific Business & Technology
    The packaging industry caters to the needs of consumer convenience while providing a longer shelf life for food and other consumables. The importance of packaging and the need for advanced packaging technology is proven by the fact that this sector is expected to grow to $23 billion in 2015, at an estimated CAGR of 8.2 percent from 2010 to 2015.More


    Packaging is biggest environmental concern in food waste

    FoodBev
    Research findings show 62 percent of professionals say packaging is their biggest environmental concern against food waste.More


    No. 2 pouch: Recyclable innovation

    Packaging Europe
    Ampac, a global leader in the retail, food, pet food and medical packaging markets, introduces the No. 2 Pouch®, a stand-up pouch with excellent stiffness and strength characteristics as well as the ability to be recycled with retail shopping bags.More


    Sobeys to supply food for Target in Canada

    Supermarket News
    Sobeys said Friday it has struck a deal to distribute food and grocery items for Target's expansion to Canada.More


    Trends in US consumers' food safety practices, perceptions

    Journal of Food Protection
    The Journal of Food Protection has analyzed records from a 20-year time span and found that media coverage of food safety influenced consumers' food safety practices.More


    Cold storage report supportive of meat prices

    The Meat Site
    The USDA released its latest "Cold Storage" report last week, offering a snapshot of the supply of beef, pork and poultry in cold storage as of Aug. 31. The results of the survey were supportive for meat prices going forward, particularly for pork and chicken, write Steve Meyer and Len Steiner.More


    Columnist: Frozen foods fit changing lifestyles

    Desi Blitz
    British Asians are throwing away the rolling pin and rolling down their sleeves. This population, especially women, now have busier lifestyles and less time to spend in the kitchen.More


    Food retail and efficiency

    The Economic Times
    By any measure of efficiency, the food retail sector in India is crying out for reform. Agricultural produce worth more than $12 billion spoils every year because of inefficiencies in food distribution networks. More