Frozen Express
Nov. 9, 2011

Report: Product recalls on the rise
Packaging Digest
Food recalls in the third quarter affected nearly six times as many units as the previous three-month period, according to the quarterly ExpertRECALL Index, released today.

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-kind program. For more information, please click here. More

FDA officials in China to plug new food safety law
Food Logistics
Top FDA officials made the trip to Beijing this week to attend the China International Food Safety & Quality Conference + Expo. Their key goal is educating Chinese food exporters on the Food Safety Modernization Act.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute is organizing a series of instructional food safety webinars with leading experts to examine topics and issues related to implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. To register, or for more information, please click here.More

Mexican trucking companies cautious in cross-border program
Transport Topics
Most Mexican trucking companies are not willing to make the long-term investments to participate in the latest cross-border pilot program with the United States, in part because of uncertainties about the program's future, Bloomberg reported Tuesday.

Related article:

  • Editorial: Despite danger, US companies can't afford to ignore Mexico (The Commercial Appeal)More

    2011 voters give a glimpse into 2012
    USA Today
    The off-year elections offered a glimpse of voter attitudes a year before the presidential election: Ohio voters rejected a new law sharply restricting public workers' right to collective bargaining Tuesday, and Mississippi rejected an anti-abortion proposal that would have defined life as beginning at conception. Voters in Mississippi and Kentucky kept their governorships in the same party's hands despite worries over a sluggish economy. More

    Republican debate: 5 key questions
    The Washington Post
    Another day, another debate — only a dozen or so more to go. The GOP field takes the stage tonight for a CNBC debate in the oh-so-important state of Michigan (Romney's stomping grounds) and once again, this could be a game changer — but we always say that. More

    Herman Cain's organization problem
    The Washington Post
    Businessman Herman Cain's performance at his much-anticipated news conference Tuesday was the best his supporters could hope to see.More

    Ohio voters reject public union limits
    The Wall Street Journal
    Ohio voters on Tuesday defeated by a wide margin a law that would have restricted the powers of unions representing teachers, police officers and other public sector workers.More

    Missouri E. coli outbreak grows; source remains mystery
    Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services
    The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services is leading a team of local, federal and state public health experts in investigating the cause of the E. coli outbreak that has hit the St. Louis region. To date, 30 cases have been confirmed, but the source has not been found, despite testing 55 food samples.More

    New report shows California child obesity rates leveling
    The Sacramento Bee
    More than one in three California children remain unhealthily overweight, but that number finally, at the very least, has stopped rocketing skyward. More

    Opinion: The secret farm bill
    The New York Times
    The so-called supercommittee — charged with creating an outline for reducing the deficit by $1.2 trillion during the next 10 years — could preclude full discussion of the farm bill. But it's the farm bill that largely shapes food and agriculture policy and ultimately supports the cynical, profit-at-any-cost food system that drives obesity, astronomical health care costs, ethanol-driven agriculture and more.More

    Russia on verge of WTO membership
    The Washington Post
    Eighteen years after it first asked to join the World Trade Organization, a still-ambivalent Russia is on the verge of membership, with negotiators expected to sign off on the final terms at a meeting in Geneva beginning Thursday.More

    FSIS reopens comment period on enhanced meat, poultry
    Food Chemical News
    USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has reopened the comment period on a proposed rule that would establish definitions for meat and poultry products enhanced with a saline or solution injection.More

    Talking food safety in Minneapolis
    FDA Transparency Blog
    Michael R. Taylor, deputy commissioner for foods, recently toured a facility in Minneapolis to see first-hand the practices one company follows as the FDA continues to study the best ways to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act.More

    EPA reinstates TRI reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide
    ThomasNet News
    The Environmental Protection Agency is reinstating Toxic Release Inventory reporting requirements for hydrogen sulfide. The move will affect food processors, who will need to comply with the reporting regulations.More

    Update on petition to change HFCS to corn sugar
    Several months ago the Corn Refiners Association filed a petition with the Food and Drug Administration to officially change the name of high-fructose corn syrup to corn sugar. That petition is in the open comment period now.More

    Food fight: Food policy and the 2012 election
    The Jewish Daily Forward
    With the next presidential election a year away and the new farm bill scheduled to move through Congress in 2012, it is time to take stock of President Barack Obama's record on food policy and see what the Republican presidential candidates have said and done so far on the subject. More

    Coalition sues EPA over fuel economy standards, GHG rule
    Land Line
    The Environmental Protection Agency's greenhouse gas emissions regulation for diesel trucks has been challenged by a coalition of small businesses and trade organizations that filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.More

    Smaller harvests could keep food prices high
    The Associated Press via The Miami Herald
    The government slightly reduced its estimate for next year's corn supply, a move that could keep food prices high for most consumers. The Department of Agriculture estimates a smaller harvest will leave farmers with 843 million bushels of corn at the end of next summer. That's lower than last month's forecast of 866 million bushels. Wednesday's crop forecast is the first since farmers harvested most of their corn crop last month. More

    Firm recalls chicken liver products linked to Salmonella cases
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Schreiber Processing Corporation, a Maspeth, N.Y., food processor, is recalling an undetermined amount of broiled chicken liver products that are linked to a cluster of Salmonellosis illnesses in New Jersey and New York, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday.More

    Cheddar cheese recalled on Listeria fear
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    Golden Glen Creamery of Bow, Wash., is voluntarily recalling a limited amount of raw cheddar cheese because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria.More

    Study: Cooked food might offer more energy than raw
    Food Navigator
    Cooking might increase the energetic availability of food, meaning that energy assessment for food labeling could depend on how a product is prepared, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.More

    Database lets public search companies' sustainability details
    Sustainable Plant
    A wealth of sustainability data, hard to find in thousands of reports, will be unlocked in a new database launched today by the Global Reporting Initiative. The new Sustainability Disclosure Database includes data on the sustainability and environmental, social and governance transparency of more than 3,000 thousand companies worldwide. More

    Iceland's calorific double-decker pizza causing a stir
    Pizza News
    The release of the brand new double-decker pizza from U.K. frozen food retailer Iceland has been met with criticism from some corners because the 9-inch pizzas contains a belly-busting 1,780 calories per pizza, which equates to 90 percent of a woman's recommended daily calorie allowance.More

    New 'Get Involved' website launched to help food programs
    USDA Blog
    Looking to help USDA fight hunger and obesity? The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has launched a new website just for you! The "Get Involved" site is full of tools your organization can use to improve outreach efforts for food assistance programs like SNAP, Summer Food, CACFP At-Risk Afterschool Meals and more.More

    Bakery products facility to be built in New Jersey
    Puratos plans to break ground this month on a 171,000-square-foot facility in Pennsauken, N.J. The company will invest $42 million in the facility, which will produce a variety of bakery improvers, bases, mixes, bio-fermented sourdoughs and finishers, including icings, glazes, fruit fillings and cream fillings.More

    Aquaculture meets growing demand for fish
    World Fishing & Aquaculture
    Aquaculture is the world's fastest-growing source of animal protein and now provides nearly half of all fish consumed globally, according to a report published by FAO.More

    Wendy's third-quarter loss widens
    The Associated Press via CBS News
    The Wendy's Co. says its third-quarter loss widened as the fast food company faced higher beef prices and costs related to selling its Arby's franchise.More

    Kraft Foods faces challenges in East Africa
    Kraft Foods Inc., the world's second- largest food company, said it had a "challenging" time in East Africa this year as slumping currencies and surging inflation forced consumers to cut nonessential spending. More

    Survey reveals 'flavor flashbacks' among top trends
    New research shows that experiencing new cultures through food is becoming a flavorful pastime, especially during the holidays.More

    UK: Eco-friendly methane trucks optimize Nestle's supply chain
    Food Production Daily
    Nestle U.K. has scooped an award for its use of methane trucks that has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 14 percent compared to diesel trucks, with further potential to slash emissions in half. More