Frozen Express
Oct. 8, 2012

AFFI urges waiver of corn ethanol mandate
Quick Frozen Foods International
What America needs during a historic drought that is devastating corn production sure isn't a mandate to divert a lot of what corn is being harvested into 13 billion gallons of ethanol. So the American Frozen Food Institute and a coalition of nearly 20 food groups have called on the Environmental Protection Agency to waive a Renewable Fuel Standard that forces that diversion.

Editor's note: The AFFI comments to EPA referenced in this article can be viewed here.More

Oil prices, global demand push food higher
United Press International
Food prices are up, but the global economy — rather than a lack of rain in the U.S. — are likely to blame, a U.S. food marketing expert says. John Stanton, professor of food marketing at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, says increasing global demand for crops such as corn is putting pressure on U.S. food prices.

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    School superintendent: Food guidelines 'counterproductive'
    The Daily Republic
    New federal nutrition guidelines for the National School Lunch program are becoming "counterproductive" in the fight against teen obesity, Mitchell, S.D., Superintendent of Schools Joe Graves said Friday. "The program is creating real problems," Graves said. "It isn't permitting enough calories for our high school students, especially for those students who spend a long day at school participating in sports or other activities."More

    Obama quickens fundraising pace
    The Wall Street Journal
    President Barack Obama's $181 million fundraising haul in September is helping to calm Democrats who fear a deluge of negative ads from Republican super PACs and remain anxious after Mitt Romney's strong performance in last week's presidential debate.

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    Romney campaign seizes momentum with 30 days before election
    The Hill
    With 30 days before the election, Mitt Romney has breathed new life into his campaign as a result of last week's debate. President Barack Obama has had a small edge over Romney in most national polls, though the impact of the president's weak debate performance has yet to play out in polling.

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    Opinion: GOP facing longer odds in bid to gain Senate control
    The Hill
    At the start of this political cycle, basic math favored Republicans claiming the Senate majority in November and joining the Republican House majority to turn all of Capitol Hill into GOP territory. But with a month to go before the election, that math is upside down.

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    Labor widens its vote push
    The Wall Street Journal
    New campaign finance laws are reshaping, among other things, how organized labor rallies voters this fall. The Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision allowed unions, for the first time, to knock on doors and make phone calls to prospective voters who aren't their members.More

    What Prop 37 means for marketers
    Advertising Age
    In the latest regulatory food fight, California voters on Nov. 6 will consider a measure that would require special labels for items containing genetically engineered ingredients. Proposition 37, which a majority of voters favored in a new poll, could have far-reaching implications not just in the Golden State, but across all of ad-land for food marketers and agencies.

    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.More

    France to ban BPA in food packaging by 2015
    Plastics & Rubber Weekly
    The French senate this week adopted a law that bans the use of bisphenol-A in food contact packaging, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Quoting scientific studies carried out by French research bodies Inserm and Anses, the senate said the toxicity of BPA is proven in animals and suspected in humans and that it doesn't have to "wait for absolute proof of causality or understand the exact mechanisms to protect the health of populations."More

    Certification gains importance for produce farms
    The State Journal-Register
    Even the smallest fruit and vegetable farms are feeling the effects of a federal food safety crackdown. The added scrutiny, however, is coming from commercial buyers, not federal regulators, says Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, a University of Illinois Extension educator for local food and small farms.More

    Canadian union: Speed makes food safety more difficult
    The Western Producer
    A massive beef recall that led to the temporary closure of the XL Foods processing plant in Alberta, Canada, shows inherent problems with modern meat processing, says a union official.

    Nation's largest food distributor delivers
    USA Today
    Extra Table, a new nonprofit based in Hattiesburg, Miss., boasts that it can make donations go further for less money and at less effort for donors and food banks alike. Rather than relying on donations of individual cans of food, the group goes through Sysco, the nation's largest food distributor, to cut costs like a restaurant would.More

    Kaiser Permanente commits to healthier food
    PR Newswire via MarketWatch
    Kaiser Permanente, a champion of healthy eating, announced Saturday it has signed a commitment with the Partnership for a Healthier America to improve food offerings in its 37 hospitals. It plans to do this by offering more fruits and vegetables in cafeterias and on hospital meal trays, providing healthier beverages and meal options with fewer calories, less saturated fat and a balance of nutritious ingredients, and promoting a wide variety of healthy food and beverages to its workforce.More

    Study tracks US Hispanics' food, beverage knowledge, patterns
    PRWeb via
    U.S. Hispanics, particularly those foreign-born and Spanish-language dominant, claim to know more about nutrition than most people, but they define nutrition in terms of quality as well as quantity, according to The NPD Group, a leading market research company. Filling and eating everything on a plate conveys that a person "eats well" and a nutritious meal was served, which is a symbol of good health among Spanish-language dominant and foreign-born U.S. Hispanics, according to insights shared in a recently released NPD study on U.S. Hispanics' food and beverage consumption patterns.More

    XL Foods recall continues to ripple in frozen, RTE sector
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    After conducting effectiveness checks, the Food Safety and Inspection Service has more than doubled its estimate of the amount of beef trim and beef products the U.S. received from XL Foods in Canada. The 1.1 million pounds of trim and 1.4 million pounds of primal and sub-primal cuts of beef all are part of an ongoing, widening recall because of E. coli contamination found at the plant.

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  • Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here. More

    Chicken quesadillas recalled on misbranding
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Stefano Foods Inc., a Charlotte, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,744 pounds of a chicken quesadilla product because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product contains isolated soy protein, a known allergen, which is not declared on the label. More

    Nontraditional competitors threaten restaurant market share
    Food service operators are busy looking over their shoulders to guard against other restaurateurs who are threatening to grab market share from them, but they may be turning a blind eye to another equally aggressive form of competition in the form of grocery, convenience and drug stores. More

    Refrigeration named most significant invention in food history
    Appliance Magazine
    The Royal Society, the U.K.'s national academy of science, named refrigeration the No. 1 most significant invention in the history of food and drink. Some relatively modern appliances were in the Top 20 along with inventions that have been around for centuries, such as barrels, fishing nets and the knife.More