Frozen Express
Oct. 18, 2013

Obama says new US farm bill is near-term priority
President Barack Obama, in a rebuke to proposals by House Republicans for steep cuts in food stamps for the poor, urged Congress Thursday to pass a farm bill "that protects children and vulnerable adults in time of need."More

Another green light for traffic light nutrition labels?
Food Navigator
A "traffic light" labeling system improves consumer awareness of health and healthy choices at the point of purchase, according to an American study that adds further research to an issue proving prickly in Europe of late.More

GMO debate gets ugly
Bakery & Snacks
In new developments in the highly charged debate over GMOs, General Mills has been targeted in a report blasted by a plant geneticist as "a collection of discredited studies and half-truths," while the GMA has been slapped with a lawsuit alleging it concealed the identity of contributors to the "No" campaign to GMO labeling in Washington state.

Related: Judge: Courts, not FDA, can decide if GMOs are "natural" (Food Navigator-USA)More

The shutdown winners club
President Barack Obama solemnly stated at his Thursday news conference that the end of the government shutdown is not a time for partisan scorekeeping: "There are no winners here." But that's not exactly true. More

In a crisis, Republicans again turn to Mitch McConnell
The Washington Post
By Tuesday night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., realized he had run out of luck. House Republicans had failed once again to pass critical legislation out of their chamber, so the Democrats who control the Senate had all the leverage. McConnell was cornered, "caught in a cul-de-sac," he said, with the "worst hand" he had ever been dealt.More

Vulnerable Senate Democrats hit fundraising payload in third quarter
The Hill
Vulnerable Democrats and top Democratic candidates boosted their re-election bids with strong fundraising in the third quarter, but Republican challengers are picking up their own pace as 2014 campaigns intensify.

Related: Tepid fundraising hampers House incumbents, 2014 challengers (The Hill)More

Improved test scores for vegetarian school in Queens
Public School 244, in Flushing, Queens replaced sloppy joes and chicken nuggets with organic roasted tofu and braised black beans back in January. Not only are the kids liking the food, but school officials are also reporting longer attention spans and better test scores since the school went vegetarian.

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    Analysis: Brewing US ethanol legal battle hinges on meaning of 'supply'
    The fate of a landmark U.S. requirement to blend increasing amounts of biofuels into the nation's gasoline pool rests on the meaning of three words tucked into a mammoth law: unless there is "inadequate domestic supply."More

    Why snack foods ads aren't helping anyone
    Fast Company's Co.Create
    A recent study in the Journal of Consumer Psychology argues that people who see too many pictures of food will find it less enjoyable and, over time, may even stop buying it. More

    Oreo-crazy rats hooked like cocaine addicts, claims unpublished study
    Confectionery News
    Unpublished research from Connecticut College claims that Mondelez's Oreo cookies are as addictive as cocaine for rats.More

    What happens if GMO labeling succeeds?
    In the U.S., about 70 percent of food already contains GMO ingredients, so the GMO label would suddenly become ubiquitous on most grocery shelves. More

    America's changing taste buds: Tortilla chips outselling potato chips
    The Associated Press via THOnline
    Salsa overtaking ketchup as America's No. 1 condiment was just the start. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic. Welcome to the taste of American food in 2013.More

    McDonald's Q3 earnings preview: Steady as she goes
    International Business Times
    The world's largest fast food company, McDonald's Corp., is likely to post steady earnings in its third-quarter report Monday, in line with expectations as it deals better with slow global sales than rivals.More

    Chipotle Q3 profit jumps 15 percent
    Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.'s third-quarter earnings jumped 15 percent as the burrito chain reported more customers visited its restaurants, boosting sales to help offset some food cost pressures.More

    Nestle pledges zero waste in Europe by 2020
    Food Navigator
    The world's biggest food company has already achieved its zero waste goal in 39 of its 468 factories around the world. By the end of the decade, Nestle pledges, all waste will be eliminated in its 150 European factories.More

    Consumer willingness to pay for most meat, poultry products drops
    Driven by both consumer uncertainty regarding the government shutdown and by a widely publicized Salmonella outbreak in California, consumers' willingness to pay for everything from steaks to deli ham dropped by nearly 6 percent from September.More

    Colorado melon farmers sue inspector who gave them 'superior' rating
    The Denver Post
    Two brothers who grew Listeria-contaminated cantaloupe linked to 33 deaths are suing the inspector who gave them a glowing "superior" safety report in 2011 as the deadly melons were shipping to grocery stores. More

    Inspectors find cross-contamination likely as chicken recall expands
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    A recall on Foster Farms' chicken products issued Oct. 12 was expanded Thursday, as Costco's El Camino Real store in San Francisco warned against an additional 14,093 units of rotisserie chicken. FSIS officials say traceback indicates this new recall is the result of cross-contamination in the food prep area of the store.

    Related: Safe Food Coalition demands action from USDA (Food Chemical News)

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    Preferred Freezer forms joint venture to expand presence in China
    Preferred Freezer Services
    Preferred Freezer Services has formed a joint venture with Chinese logistics provider Sinotrans Ltd., affiliates of Taiwanese cargo services provider Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. and the Yida Group, an urban design and real property developer, to build and operate cold chain logistics businesses throughout China. More

    Future food prescribed to heal you
    Southeast Farm Press
    How consumers view, understand and get food will change in the near future, Supermarket Guru Phil Lempert told the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association's convention keynote audience. Baby boomers and millennials both view food not only as a pleasure but also as a way to change and improve health conditions.More

    At the cutting edge of environmentally advanced cooling
    Andrew Gaved
    RAC Magazine's recent Cooling Industry Awards once again provided refrigeration and air conditioning suppliers the opportunity to demonstrate their environmentally advanced innovations. These award winners often reveal emerging trends as the industry responds to the various challenges of legislation, energy and carbon reduction and customer expectations.More

    Study: Health supplement could reduce strength of E. coli
    Food Safety News
    Researchers at North Dakota State University have discovered that a mood-enhancing substance can help reduce the virulence of E. coli.More

    Travaglini: Now designing custom industrial automated food plants
    Travaglini is now designing custom food production plants for companies of all sizes. The company's team of experts can now project single machines or entire plants combining their skills and experience with the most advanced technologies applied to the food industry.More