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American Frozen Food Institute
American Frozen Food Institute President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz, attending the 2014 Produce for Better Health Foundation's Consumer Connection Conference in Arizona this week, writes, "I'm proud to report that PBH has again recognized AFFI as a PBH Fruits & Veggies — More Matters® Role Model, marking the third year in a row AFFI's efforts have earned this distinction from PBH."
FSIS fires back at inspector shortage charges
Food Quality News
A New York Times article alleging staff gaps at USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service are causing a boom in food product recalls is not true, according to one FSIS leader.
Companies tap celebrity power for extreme vegetable makeover
Marketing to kids may have gotten a bad rap in the past. But it's a new day. Increasingly, companies are seeing profits pushing ultra-healthy stuff. And they're not using a finger-wagging, guilt-ridden, eat-your-veggies-because-they're-good-for-you messaging.
Related: Vegetable marketing: New efforts at targeting children (Nashville Scene)
Charlie Cook is getting more bullish on a Republican Senate in 2015
The Washington Post
Republicans have more reasons than perhaps at any previous point this election cycle to be bullish about winning back the majority. Today comes more evidence the tide is shifting in Republicans' favor.
Lots of tea party candidates are running — but not winning
The Washington Post
Tea party-aligned primary candidates have fizzled. But, according to a fascinating new project out of the Brookings Institution, the tea party remains relevant — largely because it supplies the vast majority of candidates willing to take on sitting Republican incumbents at the federal level.
Related: Poll: GOP establishment strikes back in Georgia Senate race (The Hill)
Fundraising fight: Senate Democrats outraise Republicans in February
The Wall Street Journal
The Senate Democrats' campaign arm outraised its Republican counterpart in February, pulling in $6.8 million compared with Republicans' $5.5 million.
Related: DSCC outraises NRSC by $1.3 million (Politico)
Rep. Kingston salutes National Frozen Food Month in Congressional Record
American Frozen Food Institute
To recognize March's designation as National Frozen Food Month, Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga., recently honored frozen foods in a statement submitted to the Congressional Record, hailing a recently completed Frozen Food Foundation-commissioned nutritional comparison project conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia.
FDA extends FSMA comment periods
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Based on stakeholder requests for additional time to comment on the proposed rule on mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration, and the accompanying draft qualitative risk assessment, FDA will soon announce a 90-day extension of the comment period for both documents to June 30. FDA also is extending the comment period on the designation of high-risk foods for tracing until May 22, which provides an additional 45 days for comment.
Could our food supply be a target for terrorists?
It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood blockbuster: Villains bent on chaos set their sights on a food company — an easy target — with plans to lace its products with a chemical or pathogen. The hero finds out in time to save the day. Sound far-fetched? Not according to U.S. regulators who have been pondering such scenarios.
California to ease water restrictions in move to help farmers
Drought-plagued California will ease some protection for fish in the fragile San Joaquin-Sacramento River Delta, officials said Tuesday, a move expected to make more water available for farming and ease political tensions in an election year.
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How a PepsiCo flavor partner fooled Wall Street and the press
Al Jazeera America
Senomyx is developing innovative flavor ingredients for the food and beverage industries, including a proprietary natural sweetener for PepsiCo. But the confusion surrounding its new Sweetmyx ingredient is troubling.
Court rules poultry workers lack FLSA, state law claims for lawsuit
Two union-represented poultry processing workers seeking overtime pay for time spent changing out of and into protective clothes during their 30-minute unpaid meal breaks have no triable Fair Labor Standards Act or Illinois law claim, a divided U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled this week.
FDA decision to omit EMA in FSMA rule could be costly
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
Industry was surprised that economically motivated adulteration was not part of FDA's Dec. 24 intentional adulteration proposal, and now there's concern that food companies may have to add costly testing to try to anticipate EMA as part of their food safety plans.
Heinz the latest target in new wave of 'all natural' GMO lawsuits
Heinz has vowed to vigorously defend itself after becoming the latest food giant to be targeted in a false advertising lawsuit alleging it is misleading consumers by describing products made from GM crops as "all-natural."
Related: Hershey told to get real on fruit claims after Mars complaint (Food Navigator-USA)
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Feds ban all Rancho slaughtered meat from being sold
The Press Democrat
Custom beef ranchers who used the now-shuttered Rancho Feeding Corp. for a slaughterhouse will not be allowed to sell any of the meat they processed at the Petaluma, Calif., company's plant, the federal government told the ranchers Wednesday. USDA also does not have the authority to pay the ranchers for the embargoed product.
How a frozen food company cracked the Top 100 list without social media
Inc. via Business Insider
When Adam Vaccaro began profiling Inc.'s "Build 100" list of America's premiere sustained-growth firms, social media channels provided all the details he needed for every company except one: Georgia-based frozen food packaging company Signature Foods.
TreeHouse Foods joins list of Michael Foods suitors
Food manufacturer TreeHouse Foods Inc. is weighing a bid for Michael Foods Group Inc., joining a list of suitors that includes much larger rival Tyson Foods Inc., people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.
Goldman Sachs, Vestar to acquire Hearthside Food
Goldman Sachs and Vestar Capital Partners, a private equity firm, have signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hearthside Food Solutions, the nation's largest and fastest-growing independent bakery.
How many '0g trans-fat' products still contain PHOs?
How many products with "0g trans-fat" on the label still contain partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, a key source of harmful artificial trans-fats? Not as many as you might think, according to a new study.
'GMO Answers' site addresses top consumer questions
Food Safety News
Through GMO Answers, an offshoot of the Council for Biotechnology Information, the industry is doing the digital equivalent of renting a big hall, inviting everyone to attend, taking all questions and staying until the last one is answered and everybody has gone home.
Farm to Table Conference: Sustainability, before it was fashionable
Judy Wicks, a Pittsburgh-area native who started a sustainable food business before sustainability was fashionable, will headline the Farm to Table Conference Friday and Saturday, March 21-22, in Pittsburgh.
General Mills blames food industry weakness, weather as sales fall
The Wall Street Journal
General Mills Inc. said its fiscal third-quarter sales fell on lower volumes, blaming weakness in the overall food industry and bad weather.
ConAgra Foods' private-label sales jump, but weakness still prevalent
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
ConAgra Foods Inc. said its fiscal third-quarter sales surged and profit nearly doubled on the strength of its private-label brands business, but the packaged food company continued to struggle throughout much of its business as volumes continued to decline.
ConAgra faces $117,000 fine for safety violations
Food Quality News
ConAgra Foods is facing a $117,000 fine after being hit with multiple safety violations at its Columbus, Ohio-based flour mill. Most of the citations center on machinery that lacks proper guarding, OSHA reports show.
Kellogg adding Eggo Bites
Kellogg Co. is expanding its Eggo line with the launch of Eggo Bites, microwavable, portable pouches of bite-sized, flavored waffles or french toast.
Frozen food maker introduces Mac n' Mamas™
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
MamaMancini's Holdings Inc., an emerging manufacturer and marketer of specialty prepared, frozen and refrigerated "all natural" food products, on Wednesday introduced Mac n' Mamas™.
RFID technology startup tackles perishables freshness
Infratab, based in Oxnard, Calif., offers a perishables food monitoring system that uses smart sensors and RFID technology, coupled with their software platform, to deliver better and more precise metrics about the condition of perishables.
Can your packaging keep up with your marketing?
Your marketing plan has you serving myriad local businesses, all of which require their own unique regulatory and customer-specific labeling, with many different sized containers. Can your packaging planning systems keep up?
Aseptic: The future of processing and packaging
Food Production Daily
Aseptic processing can better retain product quality while using heat to kill spores, according to a leading academic.
'Brighter' future for bacteria detection on foods
MIT via Laboratory Equipment
MIT assistant professor Tim Lu's startup company, Sample6, is commercializing an advanced assay platform that "lights up" pathogenic bacteria for quick detection, with the ability to detect only a few bacteria.
Canada's food industry in flux, but still 'powerful,' according to study
One Western professor contends Canada's food manufacturing industry remains a "viable and a powerful economic force," despite a string of recent high-profile closures, including the Kellogg's plant in London and Heinz plant in Leamington.
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