Frozen Express
Dec. 7, 2011

Meat labeling to ease
The Wall Street Journal
Companies would be able to call meat "fresh" or "low-fat" without getting government permission for the labels, under a proposal released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.More

Study: Some children's cereals packed with sugar
The Washington Post
At least three popular children's cereals are packed with more sugar in a 1-cup serving than a Hostess Twinkie®, and an additional 44 are loaded with more sugar in a cup than three Chips Ahoy® cookies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Environmental Working Group.More

Congress to try again on farm bill
USA Today
The secret farm bill lawmakers drafted this fall now is history. Congress will take a second stab at overhauling agricultural policy next year, starting with public hearings in January.More

Obama back to 51 percent disapproval in latest Gallup polling
The Hill
President Barack Obama's job approval rating has ticked down to 41 percent in Gallup's latest daily tracking poll, with his disapproval at 51 percent. More

Why Newt's surge is for real
Top Republican and Democratic strategists say they greatly underestimated the potential for a Newt Gingrich comeback and now calculate he could upset Mitt Romney to become the Republican presidential nominee.More

Gingrich or Romney: McCain prepares to play kingmaker
The Hill
Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee in 2008, is moving toward endorsing a candidate for 2012. More

Lawmakers push for 6-year highway bill
The Hill
A bipartisan pair of lawmakers argued for a 6-year federal highway bill, saying an agreement between Democrats and Republicans was in reach. More

USDA invests $8.5 million in micronutrient-fortified food aid
United States Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday that USDA is investing more than $8.5 million to help six organizations develop improved food aid products under the Micronutrient-Fortified Food Aid Products Pilot Program.More

FDA enlists states to finish egg rule inspections
Food Safety News
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is going to require a big finish, but apparently it remains on target to complete new egg rule inspections of all 517 American egg producers with 50,000 or more laying hens by Dec. 31.More

Meat groups challenge perceived effects of production
The Meat Site
The American Meat Institute, in conjunction with the American Meat Science Association, are taking on the environmental lobby over the global warming effects of livestock production. More

Advisory group wraps up work on electronic on-board recorders
The Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee this week wrapped up work on recommendations to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on technical details of the pending electronic on-board recorder requirement.More

New GRI chairman expects more to adopt 'report or explain'
Sustainable Plant
Sustainability leader Herman Mulder, the newly appointed chairman of the Global Reporting Initiative board of directors, said he expects more companies to adopt "report or explain" policies.More

Vilsack tells AC21 panel to 'lead from middle' on coexistence
Food Chemical News
At the second plenary meeting of the newly revived Advisory Committee on Biotechnology and 21st Century Agriculture Tuesday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told the AC21 panel that "leadership comes from the middle" on biotechnology coexistence.More

Macquarie executive warns of US farmland price bubble
The Wall Street Journal
U.S. farmland prices are due to drop after having risen sharply in recent years because of speculative investment, low interest rates and high prices of crops, a Macquarie Agricultural Funds executive said. More

Aging population, food intolerances to carve food trends in 2012
AFP RelaxNews via New York Daily News
An aging population means grocery store shelves increasingly will be lined with foods that come with added health claims while younger consumers with food intolerances will drive demand for gluten-, nut- or dairy-free foods in 2012, predicts a market research group in the U.K. More

India halts plan to allow Wal-Mart, other foreign retailers
Bloomberg Businessweek
India suspended its decision to allow overseas retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc. to open supermarkets, dealing a blow to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's efforts to boost foreign investment and end a policy paralysis.More

Rabobank: Sugar prices to fall for 2012 amid volatility
Sugar prices for the coming year are forecast to fall by 12 percent as the market records a surplus for the first time in three years, according to financial service provider Rabobank. More

Quorn debuts vegan product to its US market
Quorn, a U.K.-based company specializing in meatless meals, has launched its first all-vegan product — the "egg-free" vegan burger — in the U.S.More

Mars Food recalls some Uncle Ben's® rice
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Mars Food has issued a voluntary recall of two date codes of Uncle Ben's® Whole Grain White Rice Garden Vegetable product because of an undeclared milk allergen.More

Japanese company buying US salmon plant
Quick Frozen Foods International
As Japan's supply of salmon drops sharply, Marubeni Corp. is making plans to acquire Yardarm Knot Fisheries' sockeye processing plant in Seattle.More

New study puts seafood eco-labels to the test
Food Ingredients First
A new report released by the University of Victoria ranks eco-labels intended to distinguish seafood produced with less damage to the environment. It is the first study to evaluate how eco-labels for farmed marine fish compare to unlabeled options in the marketplace. More

Crisp Sensation coating technology expands to baked, toasted
Food Ingredients First
The possibilities for Crisp Sensation's microwaveable coating technology are being extended into the baked and toasted food categories. More

Can absorbent packaging change industry standards?
Food Production Daily
A grease- and moisture-absorbing flexible packaging will give new food applications access to the microwave market and "extend" the industry standard, said its developer. More

Food safety key focus for Florida tomato industry
The Packer
Florida tomato growers and packers remain on the forefront of food safety practices. To help assure the tomatoes they ship remain free of contamination, Florida tomato industry leaders in 2008 persuaded state lawmakers to institute mandatory food safety practices and laws.More

Evaluation method supports soy as quality protein
A new study from the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry takes a closer look at the criteria for determining the quality of a protein. More

Mercury Packaging takes aim at frozen food sector
Packaging Europe
Mercury Packaging, one of Europe's leading suppliers of packaging solutions, has implemented an aggressive sales drive aimed at significantly growing its presence within the frozen food sector during the next 12 months. More

Supply Chain: Demand-driven production
Food Engineering
Mastery of the supply chain can yield tremendous cost savings for food companies, but only if production is aligned with what will sell in the months ahead. More