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Frozen food and beverage leaders gather in Anaheim for AFFI-CON
American Frozen Food Institute
More than 1,300 frozen food and beverage leaders gathered in
Anaheim, California, this week for the 2015 American Frozen Food Institute Frozen Food Convention. AFFI-CON delegates gathered at the Hilton Anaheim to attend educational sessions and business networking meetings.
American Frozen Food Institute elects new board leadership
American Frozen Food Institute
The American Frozen Food Institute on Monday, Feb. 23,
elected its officers and newest members of the AFFI Board of Directors. The elections took place at the AFFI Annual Meeting and Keynote Breakfast held in conjunction with the 2015 AFFI Frozen Food Convention in Anaheim, California.
Companies should prepare for FSMA's new emphasis on allergens
Food Chemical News (subscriber story)
The Food Safety Modernization Act renders undeclared food allergens adulterants for the first time, and this legal change is one of many reasons why food companies should start preparing for FSMA's changes and should expect increased attention to allergen control programs from FDA inspectors, says Robert Lake, senior consultant with EAS Consulting Group and 30-year veteran of the FDA.
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McConnell moves Senate closer to deal on DHS funding; House support unclear
The Washington Post
The Senate moved closer Tuesday to a deal to avert a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, but the proposal faced an uncertain future in the House, where Republican leaders conspicuously refused to embrace it.
A monumental test for John Boehner (Politico)
House GOP bashes McConnell; Boehner mum on next steps (The Hill)
Poll: Scott Walker leads the pack in Iowa
Scott Walker is off to a strong start among caucus-going Republicans in Iowa, according to a new poll released Wednesday morning.
Related: Walker up by a mile in Iowa – but don't start comparing him to Hillary yet (The Washington Post)
Ted Strickland running against Rob Portman in Ohio
Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland announced Wednesday that he would run for Senate in 2016, giving Democrats a recruit with past statewide success — but one who's been out of office for more than four years — for the race against GOP Sen. Rob Portman.
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NAMI asks for time to comment on dietary guidelines
The North American Meat Institute formally requested an extension on the comment period for the recently submitted report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, to 120 days from 45 days, the organization said in a news release.
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FDA plans national kick-off meeting for FSMA implementation
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is holding a national FSMA implementation kick-off meeting April 23-24 in Washington, D.C. More details will be made available in March.
Idaho proposal encourages action on GMO labeling
A bill that would request action from Congress to develop labeling laws for genetically engineered products was referred to the Idaho Senate from committee Tuesday.
Related: Bill Gates plugs GMOs to reduce starvation in Africa (Daily Tech)
GMO debate ensnares Washington state apple industry
The apple industry in Washington state is viewing with alarm the prospect of Canadian apples that are genetically engineered to keep their color after the skin is disturbed.
Hampton Creek Foods sued again over 'deceptive' Just Mayo name
Just weeks after Unilever dropped its false advertising lawsuit against Hampton Creek Foods over its egg-free spread "Just Mayo," a consumer class action making nearly identical claims has been filed in Florida — and then abruptly withdrawn again.
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Kansas Senate considers eliminating food sales tax
Legislation to make fresh food more affordable in Kansas has been filed by Senator Michael O'Donnell, R-Wichita, and Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau, D-Wichita.
EU lawmakers back new limit for food-based biofuel
A European Parliamentary committee on Tuesday backed a new limit on traditional biofuels made from food crops that critics say stoke inflation and do more harm than good to the environment.
Early sign of continued focus on food information, authenticity, traceability
The National Law Review
Well into the second month of 2015, there is no sign that the regulatory focus on food information, authenticity and traceability is slowing down.
The biggest culprits of foodborne illness
A new report by a collaboration of U.S. federal health agencies finds that potentially lethal bacteria in food is to blame for some 9 million cases of illness annually. In an effort to cut down on such illnesses, health officials have come up with a new method for analyzing data on outbreaks to help figure out which foods are most likely to make people sick.
Related: New detection method will assist in pinpointing foodborne illness origins (Farm Futures)
New report: Private label foods and beverages
Retail sales of foods and beverages have been challenged by a frugal consumer who is struggling with the lingering effects of recession, a continuing sluggish economy and higher food prices. These factors have affected overall spending on both national and private label brand groceries in the U.S.
FTC threatens to cancel a megamerger by Sysco
The Motley Fool
For more than a year, Sysco Corp. has tried to absorb archrival US Foods in what has been called "a transformative acquisition." But last week, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission decided it likes things just fine the way they are, thank you very much.
Gourmet supermarket meals click with working women
The Fiscal Times
If like most Americans you're so busy juggling work, friends and family that you don't have time to cook on most nights, you might already be shopping for gourmet ready-to-eat meals, which supermarkets are increasingly promoting.
Coconut sugar: The latest sugar alternative
Coconut sugar is increasing in popularity because it is seen as being a healthier, more ethical alternative to sugar — but nutritionists remain sceptical of the health claims.
Study: Reusable plastic containers harbor bacteria even after being sanitized
Food Safety News
Reusable plastic containers used to transport large amounts of fruits and vegetables to grocery stores can continue to harbor potentially harmful bacteria directly on their surfaces, even after undergoing industry-standard cleaning and sanitizing, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Arkansas and WBA Analytical Laboratories.
Former ConAgra facility open for new tenants
The Buffalo News
The former ConAgra facility in Dunkirk, New York, has been bought by the Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, which is working to find a tenant that will revive the manufacturing plant rather than turn it into a warehouse.
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