Frozen Express
Oct. 20, 2014

Inside the new school lunch
The Atlantic
Amid the furor over federal school nutrition regulations and the reports of students throwing away untouched lunches in droves, one town stands out. In Lincoln, Nebraska, the public school system has gone above and beyond the legal requirements, dishing out a daily vegetable smorgasbord.

Related: Why schools should make morning meals a priority (U.S. News & World Report) More

McDonald's says Russia inspecting more than 200 outlets
Bloomberg
Russian consumer safety regulators are conducting inspections at more than 200 McDonald's Corp. restaurants around the country. More

Has sugar lost its sweet spot?
Reuters
The maker of America's top sugar brand, Domino Sugar, is launching its first no-calorie "natural" sweetener extracted from the stevia plant in Paraguay, the strongest sign yet that the upstart product is threatening to eat into raw-sugar demand.More

Democrats' new Senate move: Backing long-shot candidates
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Democrats, worried as polls show their chances of retaining control of the Senate dwindling, are plowing money into long-shot races in unexpected states as embattled incumbents elsewhere seem to be slipping behind.More

McConnell seeks clean slate for Republican majority in Senate
The Hill
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) wants to get all must-pass legislation completed in the lame-duck session so Senate Republicans will have a clean slate at the start of 2015 if they control the upper chamber. More

Poll: Absent Mitt Romney, who can claim the 2016 GOP banner?
The Washington Post
When Mitt Romney managed to get about 25 percent support in the early polls against his 2012 Republican rivals, everyone asked, "What's wrong with Mitt?" He was, after all, the presumed front-runner. Today, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing something similar about 2016, the question could be, "What's wrong with all the others?"More

Wal-Mart workers make push for $15 minimum wage
Law360 (subscriber story)
Workers at nearly 1,700 Wal-Mart Stores Inc. locations throughout the U.S. have signed on to a push for the retail giant to raise its wage floor to $15 per hour, the United Food and Commercial Workers union said.More

Battle over GMO labeling sets records
Portland Tribune
It's official: Measure 92 supporters and opponents have raised a record amount — and are about to spend a record — in their battle over whether Oregon should require labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms.

Related: Colorado voters asked to decide about GMOs (Denver Business Journal)More

FDA seeks to mesh public and private food safety accountability
The Packer via Food Safety News
The last word on food safety regulations for the produce industry won't be written next year, even though the FDA has committed to publish final versions of the produce safety and preventive controls rule for food facilities next year.More

USDA's poultry slaughter inspection rule becomes effective
Food Quality News
The New Poultry Inspection System rule from the U.S. Department of Agriculture becomes effective Monday, when FSIS inspectors begin requiring poultry companies to take preventative measures combatting Salmonella and Campylobacter, rather than addressing the problem after it occurs.More

UK: Protest against controversial EU-US deal
Milton Keynes Citizen
U.K. Member of Parliament Keith Taylor will speak at a public meeting next week, protesting against a controversial trade deal that some say will hit food safety rules, privacy laws and regulations on toxic chemicals. More

'Trivial' information increases consumer trust
Food Navigator
Trivial scientific information presented on packaging in the form of graphs or formula can lead consumers to believe a product is more effective, according to new research. More

GMO labeling bill would trump states
Politico Pro
Food manufacturers currently don't have to label products that contain genetically modified ingredients, and now they have a bill that would keep it that way.More

How to save hundreds on groceries: Buy frozen
Money
Money magazine's top 29 tips for saving money on groceries — the third-largest household expense, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — includes this: Buy frozen.More

Whole Foods launches first-ever national brand campaign
Fort Mill Times
Whole Foods Market is launching its first national brand campaign Monday to highlight its quality standards, healthy offerings and key milestones as a pioneer in the natural and organic food industry. More

Butter prices tumble most in 18 years as imports climb
Bloomberg
Butter prices plunged the most in 18 years as increasing shipments to the U.S. ease tight supplies that pushed costs to a record last month. More

Ingredion on Penford deal, gums, bolt-on acquisitions and non-GMO
Food Navigator-USA
Press coverage of Ingredion's $340 million acquisition of starch and gums maker Penford made much of reducing its reliance on high fructose corn syrup in the light of lackluster soda sales. But HFCS now accounts for just 15 percent of sales at Ingredion, which has been steadily transforming itself into a value-added ingredients company since the $1.3 billion acquisition of National Starch in 2010, says the company. More

Long-idle beef processing plant set to reopen
The Associated Press via KCRG
A resuscitated beef plant in Tama, Iowa, resembled a hive last week, as workers busied themselves on finishing up work for an Iowa Premium Beef facility that is due to open by the end of the month.More

No export bonanza this year from record US harvest
Reuters
The largest U.S. grain harvest in history has pushed prices to four-year lows, which usually means a sales bonanza for the world's largest food exporter. Not this year.More

Sealed Air and Ifco partner to ensure food safety
Packaging Business Review
Global reusable packaging solutions provider Ifco Systems has entered into a partnership with Sealed Air to ensure that all IFCO reusable plastic containers washed with the latter's product follow an integral cleaning and sanitation program. More

Why isn't choline higher up the food policy agenda?
Food Navigator-USA
As the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are developed, there has been a lot of heated debate about saturated fat (not the nutritional bogeyman we always thought?) and protein (it's a hot trend, but do we really need more?). But what about choline? More

Chilling technology could solve Campylobacter issue
Meat Trades Journal
Bernard Matthews' rapid surface chilling technology could be the answer to the poultry industry's Campylobacter problem, but retailers are hesitant to adopt it, due to cost. More