Frozen Express
Dec. 9, 2011

Food safety eclipses costs as top story of 2011
Marketwire via MarketWatch
Food safety tops the list of an annual survey asking Americans to choose the most significant food story of 2011. Even in a year when global food prices hit record highs and both restaurant menus and retail food labels got a new look, the safety of the American food supply dominated the headlines — and consumers took notice.More

'Voluntary' food advertising principles raise legal questions
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The proposed nutrition principles for industry self-regulation of child-directed food marketing have faced withering criticism from affected businesses, legislators and the public. In response, the Interagency Working Group, which issued the draft, has pledged to make changes. But the IWG has shown no inclination to make one critical change that, if unmade, could expose the nutrition principles to a legal challenge.

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