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Honoring AFFI members who go above and beyond
American Frozen Food Institute
To honor individuals, or member companies, whose efforts have contributed to the success of AFFI's programs and services, the AFFI Past Chairmen Advisory Committee created the AFFI Member Recognition Award — and two inaugural recipients have been announced.
Chicago fast food, retail workers plan strike today
Community organizers expect hundreds of fast food and retail workers in Chicago to walk off the job Wednesday in a campaign to push for higher wages. The action follows a nationwide Black Friday strike by Wal-Mart workers and comes just weeks after 400 fast food workers walked off their jobs in New York City.
'Food fight' brewing on Capitol Hill
Salinas Valley growers are up in arms over efforts by the canned food industry to change key language in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, a federal project that provides fresh produce to more than 2,500 low-income elementary schools in the U.S.
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Baucus retirement opens way for sweeping legislative changes
The Washington Post
Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., one of the most influential congressional figures of his era, announced his intention Tuesday to retire, a move that could produce sweeping changes in the political and legislative landscape over the next two years.
Democrats' early cash could pay off in 2014
In the 2014 election cycles, Democrats face a harder map and more challenges in maintaining their Senate majority than they did in the last go-around. But they see a distinct edge in their candidates' large war chests, with Republicans still figuring out who will run in some of the most competitive states.
2014 retirements: Top Democrats pack it in
Midway through candidate recruitment season, the bad news for Democrats is this: They are watching a generation of talent leave the Senate and head for retirement.
Meat and poultry labeling changes unveiled at Prime Label conference
Food Chemical News (subscription required)
USDA's year-old Label Submission and Approval System soon will become the best and easiest way to submit label sketches for review, and within a few months, it will become the preferred way, according to Jeff Canavan, deputy director of FSIS' labeling and program delivery division.
Opinion: Pact must open Japan's markets
While Congress is focused on reducing the budget deficit, another deficit is costing America thousands of jobs every year: our trade deficit. Now the American government has the opportunity to decide whether or not it will act to lower the trade deficit.
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Maine lawmakers take up GMO labeling bill
Nearly half of the states in the U.S. are considering laws requiring food containing genetically modified organisms to be labeled. Hundreds of people showed up in Augusta, Maine, Tuesday to support a similar bill in front of Maine lawmakers.
Related: Vermont AG signals interest in food marketing to kids (Lexology)
Genetically engineered salmon firm expects US regulatory OK in 2013
AquaBounty Technologies Inc. expects regulatory approval by the fourth quarter of this year to produce its controversial genetically engineered salmon, its CEO said Tuesday.
Calorie-burn labels: Would you like two hours of exercise with that?
Seeing the calories listed next to a menu item isn't likely to affect your decision, according to a new study being presented at the Experimental Biology 2013 meeting this week. But seeing the amount of time it would take you to work those calories off at the gym just might, researchers at Texas Christian University have found.
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Clear Springs Foods launches new seafood blog
American Frozen Food Institute
Clear Springs Foods recently launched a blog solely dedicated to the seafood industry. The Stream features topics ranging from sustainability and the importance of water quality, to species and new product news and recipes.
CSPI: Chicken, ground beef pose biggest food safety risk
Food Product Design
Ground beef and chicken are the riskiest meat and poultry products in the U.S. food supply and pose the greatest likelihood of hospitalization from foodborne illness, according to "Risky Meat," report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Related: Food poisoning: What you need to know (CNN)
Martin Glenn: How PACE helped build a frozen food giant
PRWeb via Digital Journal
Outgoing Iglo Group CEO Martin Glenn reflects on how the PACE culture has been a key tool to enable and accelerate its growth strategy, resulting in record financial performance.
Beef processor BPI to pay $450,000 settlement
The Omaha World-Herald
Beef processor Beef Products Inc., based in Dakota Dunes, S.D., has agreed to pay a $450,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated the Clean Air Act at its now-closed Waterloo, Iowa, plant in 2007 when more than 1,000 pounds of anhydrous ammonia was released in a production area, killing one BPI employee and permanently disabling another.
Yum profit beats expectations even as bird flu batters China sales
KFC parent Yum Brands Inc. reported Tuesday that quarterly profit fell less than Wall Street expected, despite a sharp drop in sales in its top China market.
Beef campaign targets older millennials, Gen-Xers
A new campaign from the Beef Checkoff hopes to inspire consumers aged 25 to 44 to recognize beef as the most powerful protein through ads featuring a new spokesperson supporting the "Beef. It's What's for Dinner." tagline.
Why Annie's charges more for mac and cheese
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Annie's CEO John Foraker discusses the organic food company's IPO, going beyond the organic aisles and why people will pay more for its macaroni and cheese — and other products.
Agro-food industry unites on sustainable supply issues
Some of the world's biggest agriculture firms have united with food industry and scientific partners to form a steering committee, intended to share initiatives for achieving a sustainable global food and water supply chain.
You equipment partner needs an effective food safety culture, too
Food Safety Magazine
A company-wide culture focused on food safety is vital for today's food processors, and the same company-wide culture should be just as important for your equipment partner.
Undercooked ready-to-eat chicken breast strips recalled
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Desco Services Alimentaires Inc. are warning the public not to consume Le Champ du Coq brand cooked chicken breast strips because they may be undercooked and, therefore, contaminated with Salmonella.
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