Frozen Express
Oct. 10, 2013

Environmentalists ask US biotech firms to sit out GMO vote
Reuters
A month before election day, environmentalists urged biotechnology companies and a food industry group to stop pouring money into a campaign against a proposed food-labeling law in Washington state.

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  • Just Label It: Changing labels won't increase food prices (The Huffington Post)
  • Hain Celestial: I think GMO labeling will pass in Washington (Food Navigator-USA)
  • Hawaii officials plead for more time on GMO bill (Honolulu Star Advertiser)
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    Salmonella outbreak shines harsh light on government meat safety policies
    Politico
    The shutdown might be making it more difficult for the government to respond to a massive Salmonella outbreak, but experts say the incident shines light on a more critical problem: major gaps in meat safety.

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  • Shutdown, Day 10: Stuck in neutral (USA Today)
  • Furloughed inspectors leave gaps in safety oversight (Bloomberg)
  • Still working, FSIS inspectors report confusion during shutdown (Food Chemical News)
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    Insurers: Product recalls a 'death sentence' to food manufacturers
    Insurance Journal
    Food recalls are on the rise, but that isn't necessarily because food manufacturers are not meeting safety requirements and more food is contaminated or unsafe. In fact, insurers in the product recall space who insure food manufacturers say safety standards are higher than ever before, thanks in part to the Food Safety Modernization Act.

    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

    The ice breaks; fiscal talks set
    The Hill
    President Barack Obama will meet with 18 House Republicans at the White House Thursday as leaders of both parties intensify their efforts to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17.More

    Shutdown tightens grip on federal agencies
    The Hill
    Dozens of federal agencies are operating with a barebones staff and halting all but their most critical services, as the strain caused by the government shutdown begins to show. More

    Polls: Immigration reform could aid GOP
    Politico
    A trio of polls in key GOP-held House districts being released Thursday show that voters overwhelmingly back immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship, and suggest the Republican Party would improve its image in these predominantly Latino areas if Congress passes a rewrite of U.S. immigration laws.More

    Opinion: Advergames show why government should stand up to food industry
    Slate
    Food companies are increasingly turning to a form of marketing called "advergames" to push their wares. But research from Michigan State University shows 95 percent of the meals and 78 percent of the snacks fail to meet nutritional guidelines.

    Related: Public relations a key part of a food organization's growth (Everything PR)More

    Vilsack listens to poultry groups, reopens vaccine office
    Food Chemical News (subscription required)
    Poultry groups thanked the House Agriculture Committee and U.S. Department of Agriculture Tuesday for reopening the Center for Veterinary Biologics after concerns were raised the shutdown would affect vaccine supplies.More

    Kickstarter: Godsend for food entrepreneurs
    The Boston Globe
    Online crowd-funding sites allow entrepreneurs to solicit monetary contributions from ordinary people eager to support a new business. Kickstarter is the most prominent.More

    CDC staff nearly restored to tackle outbreak
    Food Production Daily
    Whittled away by the U.S. government shutdown, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is back to nearly full force to monitor a multistate Salmonella outbreak.More

    Prosecutions for illness scare food industry
    Politico
    Until recently, criminal penalties attached to foodborne illness outbreaks have been virtually unheard of. The Obama administration is changing the legal landscape, however.More

    Shutdown could stall corporate merger bonanza
    USA Today
    Big corporate mergers may be in hyperdrive this year, but they could hit big delays if the government shutdown persists. So far, deals are still getting done, but fast-tracking is gone, and worries arise if the shutdown goes into next week.More

    The homegrown success (and mild indigestion) of Annie's natural foods
    Forbes
    Over the past five years, sales at Annie's have steadily grown at a 17 percent average annual clip. In the latest 12 months Annie's earned $11 million on $175 million selling nearly 150 healthier alternatives to junk food. More

    McDonald's names new CEO for German division
    Reuters
    McDonald's Corp said it has appointed Holger Beeck its new head of German operations, as the world's largest restaurant chain grapples with a downturn in consumer spending in Europe.More

    Portion size science: There is still a lot we do not know
    Food Navigator
    Simply reducing portion sizes is not an easy solution to reducing energy intakes, because results from lab-based experiments do not necessarily reflect what happens in the real world, according to a new article in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.More

    Smithfield to cut hog feed additive to boost exports to China
    Bloomberg
    Smithfield Foods Inc., the world's largest hog producer, said it will reduce the use of a feed additive that makes pork leaner as it seeks to win more business in China.More

    Judge certifies class-action suit against XL Foods
    Edmonton Journal
    A Canadian judge has green-lighted a $10 million nationwide class-action lawsuit against the Alberta meat packer at the center of a massive beef recall after a 2012 E. coli outbreak.More

    Penford adds potato-based, non-GMO soluble fiber
    Food Navigator-USA
    Food and industrial starch supplier Penford Food Ingredients has launched its newest potato-based soluble fiber, PenFibe RO, for calorie reduction, fiber enrichment and partial sugar replacement. More

    Host of brands go Fair Trade USA certified
    Confectionery News
    Lake Champlain Chocolates, Alter Eco and Ripple Brands have all announced products that will carry Fair Trade USA certification labels.More

    Soy Vay attempts to cook a marinated chicken in stratosphere
    Food Navigator-USA
    As food-related PR stunts go, this one is probably up there with the best of them — and we mean literally up there — because it's in space… (well, almost).More

    Pennsylvania food business starts $2.2 million expansion
    Lancaster New Era
    Esh Foods in Gordonville, Pa., has launched a $2.2 million expansion to meet growing demand for its products. The family business is in the midst of a three-phase project that will add office, cooler, freezer, dry storage and processing space. More

    Nielsen: Rising food prices to drive own-labels sales in UK
    Food Manufacture-UK
    Rising food prices will prompt more than a third of U.K. consumers to buy more own-label food and drink products, reveals research from consumer insight organization Nielsen.More

    Study: Containers used in shipping pose risk of contamination
    PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
    A new study indicates that reusable plastic containers used to ship fruit and vegetables in Canada pose a risk for contamination.More