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Celebrating Frozen Food Month in the nation's capital
American Frozen Food Institute
March is National Frozen Food Month. At AFFI, one of the ways we celebrate Frozen Food Month is by engaging key lawmakers on Capitol Hill to tout the many nutritional and economic benefits made possible by frozen foods.
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Industry to FDA: Here are 2 practical alternatives to blanket PHO ban
Two practical alternatives to a blanket ban on partially hydrogenated oils would help the FDA achieve its objective (cracking down on trans-fats) without causing formulation nightmares, claim leading food manufacturers.
Opinion: New FDA food label rules ignore GMO elephant in room
The Huffington Post
The Organic Consumers Association agrees in principle with the nutrition label changes recently proposed by the FDA and touted by first lady Michelle Obama. "But conspicuously absent from the media hype was any mention of the one label that consumers have been crystal clear about wanting, the label that consumers in nearly 60 other countries have but Americans don't — a label that tells us whether or not our cereal or soda or mac-and-cheese contains genetically modified organisms."
Senate Democrats unveil election-year agenda
Senate Democrats are developing a strategy to preserve their majority: pairing campaign-style votes with legislation that might actually get some Republican support.
NRCC upgrades 17 candidates to 'contender' status (The Hill)
Chamber and GOP bury the hatchet (The Hill)
Revisting FL-13: What special election did (and didn't) reveal (The Washington Post)
The invisible primary: GOP preps as Chris Christie stumbles
The Republican presidential field is aflutter with behind-the-scenes activity even at this preliminary stage, giving early shape to a race that has been defined in public by a handful of outsized media personalities, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
Obama endorses House Democrats' immigration push
President Barack Obama formally endorsed a long-shot legislative gambit from House Democrats aimed at forcing a vote on comprehensive immigration reform as he blamed House Republicans for stalling an overhaul.
FDA open for comments on implementing FSMA rules for food recalls
The FDA has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to solicit comments, data and information about implementing FSMA amendments, which added new provisions to the Reportable Food Registry requirements. Under the new provisions, FDA may require a responsible party to also submit to FDA "consumer-oriented" information regarding certain reportable foods, including information necessary to enable consumers to accurately identify whether their food has been subject to a recall. Comments are due June 9.
Comment period extended for high-risk food traceability
The FDA is extending the comment period for the notice entitled "Designation of High-Risk Foods for Tracing; Request for Comments and for Scientific Data and Information." The new deadline is May 22.
Green revolution or agricultural disaster? A statue in DC rekindles debate
The Wall Street Journal
The latest flashpoint in the escalating debate over food production stands about 7 feet tall and is made of bronze. The statue of Iowan biologist Norman Borlaug, unveiled Tuesday in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, showcases the roots of the current pitched battle over how the world should support its burgeoning population.
Poultry production: California flies the constitutional coop
The Wall Street Journal
Six states — Missouri, Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Nebraska — sued California in federal court last month. If they are successful, the U.S. Constitution will be vindicated, and Californians may be spared having to pay through the nose for an omelet.
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FDA 'borders on scientific misconduct' with botched BPA study
Eat Drink Better
Is BPA safe to eat? According to a recent FDA study, it is. But according to about a dozen researchers close to the project, that BPA study is total bunk — and even worse, the FDA knew it was bunk when they published it.
No need to worry about (most) country-of-origin labels
Some well-traveled poultry may go to China and back before reaching a frozen food section near you. Even less appetizing to those unimpressed by China's food safety record is that none of it will carry labels that it's processed overseas.
Opinion: Are we becoming China's factory farm?
China is in the midst of a love affair with pork. Its consumption of the stuff has nearly doubled since 1993 and just keeps rising. So where is China looking to supply its demand for chops, ribs, loins, butts and bellies? Not Southeast Asia or Africa.
Opinion: Why it's vital the organic food industry is given room to grow
In the U.K., argues food journalist Ally Fogg, organics could solve many problems with food poverty and how society eats. But only if the industry is given a chance to grow.
USDA: Pricier beef 'here to stay' as food costs seen higher
U.S. food prices are expected to rise more rapidly this year after a very tame 2013, led by gains in beef, poultry and egg prices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.
Utah grocer takes on confusing food labels with Dietitians Choice program
The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah-based Harmons has created a Dietitians Choice sticker on a variety of food categories — cereals and bread to frozen dinners and deli meat — to help make shopping for healthy foods easier.
Frozen veggies: It's time to show some respect
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Frozen fruits and vegetables really are the Rodney Dangerfield of foods — they "get no respect" — but it's undeserved. When fresh produce and fruits are unaffordable or unavailable, frozen varieties can be a quick, healthy and economical alternative.
Ag industry scores low on transparency
Nearly 2 out of 3 consumers (65 percent) want to know more about where their food comes from, according to a new white paper, Emerging Faith in Food Production, by Sullivan Higdon & Sink FoodThink.
Battling bad buzz: Companies turn to social media coaches
The Wall Street Journal
As online chatter wields more power than ever to influence public sentiment, companies are hiring online monitors and making daily interactions standard practice.
Top (missing) food industry trends for 2014
Amid the many predictions put forth each year for every industry, there are some holes in the trends for food and beverage, argues one columnist.
Warehouse the size of nearly 34 football fields proposed in Pennsylvania
The Morning Call
California billionaire Ed Roski Jr.'s company has proposed another massive warehouse — as big as 33.75 football fields — for a remote part of the former Bethlehem Steel plant. If fully built, economic development officials say the 1.94 million-square-foot warehouse at Bethlehem Majestic Center would be the biggest in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.
Organic food company to build in New York
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
Organic food company Amy's Kitchen is going to put a new manufacturing plant in the Orange County, N.Y., town of Goshen. Empire State Development says the company will invest nearly $100 million and build a 500,000-square-foot organic food manufacturing plant with nearly 700 new jobs.
Tricorder technology advances with nanoscale discovery
Handheld, tricorder-style devices that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis are a step closer following the application of carbon nanotubes to sample swabs.
JBT: Get equipment sanitation down cold
Food Production Daily
One food technology expert says it is more important than ever for processing firms to keep their equipment up to stringent safety standards.
Former Schwan exec's sanitizer startup takes on Lysol and Clorox
Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
A Minneapolis startup led by a former Schwan Food Co. executive is preparing to expand into the household cleaning market with a germ-fighting spray.
Nutrition group: Eat more plant-based food to improve health
Consumers should be encouraged to eat more plant-based food to improve their nutritional health and relieve rising global demand for meat protein, which is pushing up the price of imports, a leading nutritionist has advised.
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