Frozen Express
Oct. 5, 2012

Planning for FSMA compliance
While planning for new regulations is under way, there are ways to optimize preparation for FSMA and any regulations that may occur in the future. The following steps are a list of actions food and beverage manufacturers can take now to stay ahead of the curve.More

Weathering the drought
As a result of this year's drought, many food companies already are seeing an uptick in commodity prices that is impacting their bottom lines. Attorney Brette Simon spoke about how the drought may affect both large and small food companies, especially when it comes to mergers and acquisitions.More

Analysis: The rise of the supermarkets
Food retail has been transformed in the past 20 years. Rebecca Thomson reviews how the sector has changed and evaluates its prospects.More

Sources: Obama shatters 2012 fundraising record
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that President Barack Obama's reelection campaign has raised more than $150 million dollars in September. Obama campaign officials declined to address specific numbers, but a campaign source tells POLITICO that Obama has blown past his previous fundraising record of $114 million for the 2012 cycle.More

Polls: Obama crushing Romney among swing-state Hispanics
The Hill
President Barack Obama is crushing Mitt Romney among swing-state Hispanics, according to two new polls out from nonpartisan pollster Latino Decisions.More

Senate battle hits Big Sky country
Rep. Denny Rehberg sports black cowboy boots and drives a Jeep Wrangler with "RNCHR MT" on his license plates. Sen. Jon Tester — a farmer himself — thinks Rehberg's putting on an act. As these two candidates crisscross the Big Sky state in the final month of a bitterly contested race that could decide the Senate majority, this is the essential question facing voters: Is Tester too much like Obama, or is Rehberg not a real Montanan? More

FDA: Unclean conditions at farm linked to Salmonella outbreak
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
A federal inspector found two strains of Salmonella and unclean conditions at an Indiana cantaloupe farm's fruit-packing plant during inspections prompted by a deadly outbreak linked to the farm's melons. The FDA report on the mid-August inspections at Chamberlain Farm Produce Inc. shows an inspector found improperly cleaned and apparently rusted and corroded equipment. The inspector also found what appeared to be algae growing in standing water beneath conveyer belts at the Owensville, Ind., plant, the report said.More

Labeling lure: Will GMO food info provide a benefit for the cost?
Cornell University via Newswise
Margaret Smith, Cornell University professor of plant breeding and genetics and agricultural extension leader whose research concentrates on corn breeding, comments on the local and national implications of California Proposition 37.

Editor's note: AFFI is a member of a diverse coalition of food, nutrition, tax and consumer organizations working to stop this misguided food labeling scheme. For more information, please click here.

Related articles:

  • TV ad opposing Prop 37 temporarily suspended (Los Angeles Times)
  • California Farm Bureau opposes food labeling initiative (Daily Democrat)
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    FDA testing for pathogens on produce to continue after MDP ends
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    The testing of produce for pathogens won't end when USDA's largest testing program for produce sunsets at the end of the year, FDA officials assured the produce industry during a meeting sponsored this week by United Fresh Produce Association.More

    FSIS updates residue sampling instructions
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Food inspection personnel are being advised of slightly amended guidelines for carcass sampling under the National Residue Program. Under the revised guide, inspectors are to select carcasses randomly at the kill floor stage.More

    Canadian lawmakers amend food safety bill
    The Gazette
    Canada's Senate agriculture committee has amended a bill on food safety to include a mandatory review every five years of the resources and inspectors available to enforce the system. The review will be conducted by the federal agriculture minister. More

    BIFAD to address food security, ag development, nutrition
    Office of the Federal Register
    The Board for International Food and Agricultural Development will meet Tuesday, Oct. 16, to discuss "The Nexus of Agriculture, Nutrition and Human Health," including sessions addressing food security and capacity-building.More

    How Wendy's 1980s turnaround changed fast food business
    Wendy's restaurant chain provides a case study as one of the most successful turnarounds in American business history. It also set the stage for a new era in fast food.More

    Food safety a growing sector for Maryland biotechs
    The Gazette
    With developing countries shipping more food to the U.S., biotechs face the opportunities — and challenges — of ensuring imports are safe for consumption.More

    Mondelez launches mobile marketing initiative
    Mondelez International, formerly Kraft Foods, has launched a mobile marketing initiative during New York's Advertising Week. According to the company, the new program, Mobile Futures, aims at igniting the company's consumer connections by working and collaborating with some innovative minds in the mobile space: startup entrepreneurs.More

    Study: Time spent chewing food key to feeling full
    Food Navigator
    The amount of time spent chewing food could have an important impact on feelings of fullness — calling into question the suitability of beverages for increasing satiety, according to a new Nestlé-sponsored study.More

    Text analysis tool developed to analyze scientific literature on food
    Food Ingredients First
    A consortium of Dutch companies and universities will develop a text analysis tool to systematically analyze worldwide scientific literature for food-related knowledge, providing new insights for innovations in food processing.More

    UK: Hybrid labels will be 'massive blow' to suppliers
    Food Manufacture-UK
    It is "inevitable" that the U.K.'s Department of Health will recommend a single hybrid front-of-pack labeling system that combines guideline daily amounts and traffic light labeling, which will serve a massive blow to the industry.More

    Superior Foods appoints Neil Happee president and CEO
    Progressive Grocer Store Brands
    Superior Foods Inc., a California-based supplier of frozen fruit and vegetable products — including value-added store brand items — announced the appointment of Neil Happee to president and CEO. Happee replaces David E. Moore, who will join his co-founder Mateo Lettunich as co-chairman of Superior Foods Inc. and Superior Foods International, as well as continue to serve on the board as directors for the American Frozen Food Institute.More

    Founder of Palermo's Pizza passes away
    WUWM 89.7
    Milwaukee-based frozen pizza company Palermo's announced Thursday that its founder has passed away. Gaspare "Jack" Fallucca, also known as "Papa Palermo" died Thursday morning at the age of 82. More