Frozen Express
Nov. 6, 2012

How to prevent food labeling mixups
Packaging World
The No. 1 cause for North American food recalls in 2011 wasn't a foodborne illness — it was unlabeled or mislabeled ingredients. But the problem is just as serious, because in the United States, approximately roughly 2 percent of U.S. adults and 5 percent of U.S. children have at least one food allergy, and reactions to an undeclared allergen can be fatal.More

Opinion: New school meals are important for children's health
The Hill
Our children eat at least half of their daily calories at school. School meals can play an important role in introducing children to healthy food options, encouraging children to make healthier food choices and ensuring proper portion sizes.

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    How much will this summer's drought impact food prices in 2013?
    Food Navigator-USA
    While the cost inflation situation has eased recently for many food manufacturers, summer drought conditions are widely expected to put renewed pressure on food prices in 2013.More

    Battleground tracking poll: Dead heat
    The presidential race is tied going into Election Day. The final POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Tracking Poll of 1,000 likely voters — conducted Sunday and Monday — shows Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama each claiming 47 percent nationally. More

    Five things to watch on election night
    The Wall Street Journal
    The presidential campaign has wrapped up pretty much the way smart folks in both parties expected all along: It's close, with the outcome dependent more on whose partisans are loyal on Election Day than on how many voters changed their minds along the way. In fact, with partisans on both sides so dug in, never have so many billions of dollars been spent to move so few votes. So which factors determine who wins in such a race? More

    Hasen: If it's close in Ohio, we could wait weeks to know
    The Washington Post
    The Washington Post spoke Thursday morning with author and Election Law Blog founder Rick Hasen about the landscape for voting rights in 2012, how Hurricane Sandy could play a role and why we may not know the outcome in Ohio until Nov. 17. More

    House elections: 10 things to watch
    The House is almost certain to remain in Republican control after Tuesday. Yet, even without a change in power, it's going to look like a very different place in 2013 as a result of once-in-a-decade redistricting, defeats and a surge of retirements.

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    FSIS updates written recall procedures, food defense plans
    USDA Food Safety and Information Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued instructions for inspection program personnel to follow when verifying that large meat and poultry establishments (those with 500 or more employees) have prepared and are following written recall procedures. FSIS also has told inspectors to offer guidance for food defense plans, which also involve removing food from commerce.More

    Analyst: Farm bill possibly delayed until 2013
    Reuters via Costa Rica Star
    Congress could delay passage of a new five-year farm bill until spring planting, given the full plate of legislation needed after the election to avoid a fiscal cliff with its mandatory U.S. budget cuts, a top farm policy expert said Monday. "My prediction is that we will get a farm bill by April 2013. It will look very close to the Senate version," Barry Flinchbaugh, a Kansas State University agricultural economist who advises legislators on shaping U.S. farm bills, told an agricultural bankers meeting.

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    G20 presses Europe, US to fix fiscal challenges
    The Financial
    The world's leading economies pressed the United States and Europe to swiftly resolve their fiscal challenges Monday, warning that they threaten to harm global growth. Finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of 20 leading developed and emerging nations vowed to do "everything necessary" to strengthen the world economy, reduce financial market volatility and generate jobs.More

    Senior EPA official chosen as new US Codex manager
    Pesticice & Chemical Policy (subscription required)
    Mary Frances Lowe, a senior EPA official, has been chosen by USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to be the new U.S. Codex manager. Lowe will replace Karen Stuck, who announced her retirement in March but may continue in the post until next month.More

    Policies and steps outlined for FSIS investigations, enforcement
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has revised the methodologies that are to be applied when determining action on Reports of Investigation, Administrative Enforcement Reports and other case documentation, including referral of a case for criminal, civil or administrative enforcement.More

    Thanksgiving turkey dinner to be easy on the wallet
    Americans will be able to enjoy relatively cheap Thanksgiving turkeys this year, thanks to many retailers locking in their costs before a drought this year drove up U.S. feed prices. And retailers are determined to keep prices for the traditional Thanksgiving main course as low as possible, even though sky-high corn prices have nearly doubled the cost of producing a pound of turkey meat this year.More

    Americans fighting fat, but odds stacked against them
    USA Today
    More than half of Americans (55 percent) say they are trying to drop some weight, up significantly from 43 percent in 2011, according to a recent survey conducted for the International Food Information Council Foundation. Bigger food portions and less physical activity have contributed to the worsening obesity problem, experts say. More

    Study: Ethanol could cause $30 billion meat production shortfall
    Combined meat and poultry consumption in 2013 would be 25 pounds per person more if the federal government relaxed its mandate on using corn for ethanol production, according to "Ethanol Production: Economic Impact on Meat and Poultry Consumption, Value, and Jobs," a study issued last week by FarmEcon LLC.More

    Scientists report 'guidelines' for tagatose use in food
    Food Navigator-USA
    Using tagatose to sweeten food and drink products has taken a step forward as Korean scientists report the "first quantitative data on the relationship between the sweetness of tagatose and sucrose over a range of sweetness levels commonly encountered in foods and beverages."More

    Global food safety testing market sees 'remarkable' growth
    Quality Assurance & Food Safety
    Global Industry Analysts has reported the global market for food safety testing is projected to reach $19.7 billion by 2018, driven by the continuous rise in product recalls because of contamination by bacteria and other microorganisms, increased awareness and the implementation of new regulatory specifications.More

    Spinach E. coli outbreak toll rises to 19
    Food Safety News
    At least 19 New Yorkers have fallen ill in an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to spinach salad mix purchased at Wegmans stores. That number has risen from the 16 cases first confirmed by the New York State Department of Health Friday.More

    Survey: UK shoppers buying fewer sweet treats
    The latest Fast Moving Consumer Goods industry trends report from SymphonyIRI Group reveals a decline in the volume of confectionery sales over the past year in the U.K., despite events like the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games.More

    Borealis innovation takes on frozen food packaging sector
    Packaging Europe
    Borealis, a provider of chemical and plastics solutions, is offering a step up in performance and processing sustainability to the frozen food packaging sector with the launch of next-generation transparent polypropylene grade Borpact™ SH950MO. More