Frozen Express
Dec. 2, 2011

USDA: Local food demand growing faster than infrastructure
Food Navigator-USA
Local food infrastructure needs to deepen to ensure production can grow in line with consumer demand, which could be greater than previously thought, according to a new report from the USDA's Economic Research Service.More

Meat industry urges delay of ban on non-O157 E. coli
Beef industry organizations and some U.S. trading partners urged the U.S. government to delay its planned ban on non-O157 strains of pathogenic E. coli in beef, saying the need is unclear and tests aren't ready, while consumer groups urged the government to forge ahead with the program. More

Unions reach deal to avert railway strike
The Hill
An agreement has been reached to avert a strike of the freight rail system in the middle of the holiday season, negotiators for a group of unions and railroad companies announced. More

Obama polling like Carter
Gallup has some historical perspective on President Barack Obama's current 43 percent approval rating. The polling firm finds only Jimmy Carter had an approval rating lower at this point in his presidency.More

Romney shows first signs of strain
The Hill
Mitt Romney's campaign showed signs of strain this week as Newt Gingrich rose in the polls, Democrats increased their attacks and the former Massachusetts governor stumbled in a national interview.More

House votes to end public funding for presidential campaigns
The Washington Post
The House voted along party lines Thursday to abolish public funding for presidential campaigns and eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, the latest salvo in separate battles over deficit reduction and alleged voter suppression.More

How much time is Obama spending on his re-election campaign?
The Washington Post
President Barack Obama obviously is seeking to be re-elected. But the question raised at one of this week's news briefings is an interesting one: How much time is he spending on getting re-elected? More

Child labor rules rile rural lawmakers
The Hill
Rural-state lawmakers and agriculture groups are up in arms about new Labor Department regulations that would limit the work young people can do on farms. More

CARB TRU compliance extension application forms available
Owners of reefer equipment unable to comply with California's Dec. 31 deadline for new transport refrigeration unit rules because of delays in delivery, installation or financing can apply for a compliance extension.More

House kills all but 1 Democratic amendment to small business regulation bill
The Hill
The House on Thursday rejected 5 of 6 Democratic amendments to a bill that would require federal agencies to take more care to ensure their rules do not stifle small businesses.More

Mexico to require new bilingual certificates for meat, poultry
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Effective Dec. 16, Mexico will require that, in addition to FSIS Form 9060-5, new bilingual FSIS Letterhead Certificates must accompany shipments of meat and poultry products coming into the country.More

Mica: No highway bill until next year
Transport Topics
Rep. John Mica, R-Fla., said this week he will not introduce a highway bill until next year, with the latest extension for transportation spending scheduled to run out March 31.More

Australia reject food traffic light labels
Food Product Design
The Australian government is feeling the heat from health officials and consumers after it rejected the introduction of a mandatory "traffic light" food labeling system similar to the one enacted in the U.K., which would have required foods and beverages to carry red, amber or green ratings for key ingredients such as fats, salts and sugars.More

Lawsuit alleges in-flight meal caused flier's death
USA Today
The family of a now-deceased American Airlines passenger is suing the airline, claiming the man died from food poisoning he got from his in-flight meal.More

The demise of fast food and the rise of 'fast casual'
The need for healthy food that's convenient and can be eaten on the go is one of the fastest-growing trends in the U.S. and already is established firmly in the U.K.More

Cold storage, distribution center in New Mexico boosts capacity
US Foods has opened a newly expanded distribution facility in Albuquerque, N.M., with more than double the cold storage capacity, additional shipping and receiving docks and new sustainable features.More

USDA offers tips in aftermath of California windstorm
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
A severe windstorm that disrupted power for more than 340,000 residents has prompted the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service to issue safety tips to minimize the potential for foodborne illnesses in the storm's aftermath.More

Red Mango partners with Cinemex for Mexico expansion
Red Mango, a U.S. frozen yogurt and smoothie chain, has announced its first international franchise agreement with Cinemex, the leading national chain with 184 movie theaters operating in Mexico. More

Couscous product recalled on Listeria fears
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Aliments Fontaine Sante Inc. are warning the public and retailers not to sell, use or consume certain lots of "Sal-Couscous Royale" (Royal Couscous Salad) because the product could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.More