Frozen Express
Nov. 28, 2011

What's on the menu in school cafeterias?
PBS NewsHour
Last week, amid the continued tensions over the federal budget, Congress did agree on one thing: the rules for school lunches. Here to explain the rules and what they mean for the millions of children who eat school lunches is Ron Nixon of The New York Times.

Editor's note: The American Frozen Food Institute's support for amending USDA's proposed school meal nutrition standards is referenced in this story.More

Opinion: The NLRB Putsch
The Wall Street Journal
The descent of the National Labor Relations Board from independent referee to a wholly owned AFL-CIO subsidiary is speeding up. Now its two Democratic appointees are attempting to ram through a new rule requiring quickie organizing elections, with barely any notice and little consultation with its sole GOP member.

Editor's note: You can urge Congress to stop the NLRB's "ambush election" rules through the American Frozen Food Institute's Friends of Frozen Food grassroots online platform. Click here to write to Congress and consider urging your coworkers and colleagues to make their voices heard.

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    USDA: Food price increases will ease in 2012
    Dow Jones Newswires via Chicago Tribune
    The U.S. government left its food price inflation forecast unchanged in a monthly report Friday, projecting that a sharp climb in prices will abate in 2012. More

    What the Union Leader means for Gingrich (and what it doesn't)
    The Washington Post
    The endorsement by the New Hampshire Union Leader of the presidential candidacy of Newt Gingrich provides the former House speaker with a boost in the Granite State and likely solidifies him as the conservative alternative to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.More

    Newt Gingrich's chance to narrow GOP field
    Months of speculation about whether the GOP race eventually would come down to two candidates finally might be coming to an end — if Newt Gingrich can seize the opportunity. More

    Obama swing-state visits surpass presidential record
    The Wall Street Journal
    When President Barack Obama jets to Scranton, Pa., Wednesday to promote his jobs package, he'll log his 56th event in a presidential battleground state this year, putting him far ahead of President George W. Bush's swing-state travel in 2003.More

    Debt panel failure sets up contentious December for Congress
    The Hill
    On Capitol Hill, it's shaping up to be another punishing December. While the failure of the deficit-cutting supercommittee came with no immediate policy consequences (the $1.2 trillion in automatic cuts won't take effect until 2013), December's agenda is another story. More

    Teamsters sue to close border to some Mexican trucks
    The Teamsters filed lawsuits last week to block the U.S. Department of Transportation from opening the U.S. border to dangerous Mexican trucks through what the organization calls an illegal pilot program.More

    CDC: Teens don't eat enough fruits, veggies
    WebMD Health News
    Many American teens might be eating fewer fruits and vegetables each day than nationwide guidelines recommend for their age group, a CDC report suggests.More

    Second chance for faulty food? FDA calls it 'reconditioning'
    Turning imperfect, mislabeled or outright contaminated foods into edible — and profitable — goods is so common that virtually all producers do it, at least to some extent, sources say. More

    EU labeling: The facts behind the figures
    New EU labeling laws are forcing companies to look more closely at the accuracy of product information. Find out how standardizing European labeling regulations will affect packaging companies, food producers and retailers. More

    China's health ministry limits bacteria in frozen food
    People's Daily Online
    China's Ministry of Health released new national safety standards for quick-frozen flour and rice products, including dumplings, wontons, steamed buns, rice dumplings, rice balls and other quick-frozen foods. The new standard will take effect Dec. 21.

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    EC issues guidance on active, intelligent packaging regulations
    Food Production Daily
    New guidance on active and intelligent food packaging will help industry players, professional bodies and national authorities understand and implement legislation passed two years ago, according to the European Commission. More

    UK threatens to ban egg imports over welfare standards
    Food Manufacture
    The British government says it has not ruled out a ban on imported eggs that do not comply with new welfare standards scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. More

    Expanding vending machine menu: Frozen options
    Vending Times
    Frozen convenience foods have become a staple for today's busy consumers, who often lack the time to prepare meals from scratch. As more people turn to the supermarket frozen food aisle for convenient solutions, many operators say their customers' confidence in their favorite microwaveable meals is carrying over to frozen food machines.More

    Alaska welcomes frozen pizza factory
    Homer Tribune
    The only pizza factory in the state of Alaska opened quietly recently when Starvin' Marvin's Pizza owner became the first in state history to win USDA approval.More

    No slowdown in California lawsuits over food labels, marketing
    Natural Resource Report
    Consumer class action plaintiffs remain very active in California, with cases continuing to be filed against food manufacturers and suppliers regarding alleged misleading labeling and marketing claims.More

    Jeno Paulucci: Remembering a frozen food icon
    Industry Leaders Magazine
    Food magnate Jeno Paulucci passed away, leaving a legacy of ready-made products that became American staples.More

    Food choices affected by motivation, attention more than labels
    Medical News Today
    The final results from the Food Labeling to Advance Better Education for Life project, which provides the latest research on consumer behavior and nutrition labels, demonstrate that even though the nutritional information on European food labels is well understood, consumers lacking motivation and attention nevertheless prevent the labels from having a positive effect on food choices. More

    Improving the effectiveness of third-party food safety audits
    Food Safety News
    The controversy continues over the value of third-party audits in food safety at the fresh produce level. The lingering question remains: How can we improve this system?

    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

    CHS to acquire soy protein company Solbar for $133 million
    Food Navigator-USA
    The United States' biggest farmer-owned cooperative, CHS Inc., has signed an agreement to acquire soy protein company Solbar for $133 million, sending share prices in the Israeli company soaring. More

    Botulism, undeclared allergens, metal fragments prompt recalls
    U.S. Food and Drug Administration
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, working with food manufacturers and distributors, is warning consumers about Ocean Spray cranberries, Caribbean Rum Balls products, stuffed chicken products and uneviscerated fish.More