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AFFI leads the way on public policy priorities
American Frozen Food Institute
The AFFI Board of Directors held its annual spring meeting last week in Pinehurst, N.C. In this column, AFFI Chairman Jeff Varcoe offers a look at the broad range of AFFI activities, initiatives and programs underway to help frozen food companies succeed.
Food Sentry continues analysis of food safety violators: US in spotlight
After previously reporting on global violations, Food Sentry has released an analysis of the primary food safety mistakes committed by U.S. companies during the past 15 months, and the results are surprising.
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New York City mayor launches vegetarian-only school lunch
The Washington Times
Blocked by the courts from banning big sodas in the Big Apple, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration has zeroed in on another target in a quest for healthier lifestyles: meat. Public School 244 has gone vegan — the first public school in the nation to serve only vegetarian meals for breakfast and lunch.
Related: Elementary school to serve only vegetarian fare (New York Daily News)
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Rubio: Immigration bill probably won't pass the House
The Washington Post
On Tuesday, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the most prominent conservative member of the Senate's "Gang of Eight," said the immigration reform bill he helped craft would probably not pass the GOP-controlled House without some tweaks.
Rubio: Gang of Eight's immigration bill can't pass the House (Politico)
Advocates dig in for immigration fight (The Hill)
Poll: Democratic edge for 2014
Slightly more voters say they'll vote Democratic in the 2014 congressional elections than Republicans, bucking a historical trend of the president's party losing seats in his sixth year, a new poll Wednesday shows.
Poll: Partisan voters want one party running White House, Congress
U.S. voters who identify themselves with a political party would prefer a White House and Congress controlled by a single party, according to a poll out today that also gives the Democrats a slight edge in next year's congressional elections.
Fearing job loss, Chicago lunchroom workers call for end to frozen meals
Dozens of Chicago Public Schools food service workers rallied Tuesday afternoon to call for an end to quickly prepared frozen meals that can be readied in smaller kitchens by fewer workers.
Conflicting developments on timing of new food safety rules
National Law Review
Just as the FDA extended its comment period for input on two FSMA rules by another 120 days, a district court in California ruled the agency has violated the law by missing its FSMA implementation deadlines. As the court awaits a new proposed implementation schedule due May 20, will the comment period extension be overruled?
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Food inspectors target 'Big 8' allergens
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service personnel are stepping up efforts to verify that establishments are accurately labeling the eight most common food allergens. The increased awareness comes after a steadily rising number of recalls because of undeclared allergens.
Three chemicals approved for use in meat, poultry
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Sodium benzoate, sodium propionate and benzoic acid have been removed from the list of substances prohibited for use in meat and poultry products, effective May 6.
FSIS outlines inspections for RTE meat, poultry processing
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Food inspectors have been given a more detailed set of instructions for verifying the safety of all ingredients added to ready-to-eat meat and poultry products, particularly in the context of HACCP regulations.
OSHA eyes workplace safety for temporary workers
According to a new memo this week, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an initiative to further protect temporary employees from workplace hazards.
US proposes WTO farm trade talks aimed at boosting food security
The United States said Tuesday it is prepared to examine how agricultural policy reform could boost global food security as part of a package of commitments at the World Trade Organization's upcoming meeting in December.
Europe must change policy on GM crops, warn experts
The European Union will be unable to meet increased demands for food and crops in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way without its changing policy with regard to genetically modified crops, according to a group of European academics.
Frozen foods don't deserve bad rap, industry says as it plans image overhaul
Leading food manufacturers and retailers have joined forces to launch a consumer education campaign designed to change the way consumers think about frozen foods.
Investigation: 90 percent of turkey samples positive for bacteria
In Consumer Reports' first-ever lab analysis of ground turkey bought at retail stores nationwide, more than half of the packages of raw ground meat and patties tested positive for fecal bacteria. Some samples harbored other germs, including Salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus. Overall, 90 percent of the samples had one or more of the five bacteria included in the screening.
Related: Turkey federation rebuts 'alarmist' food safety claims (The Poultry Site)
Adults consume 13 percent of calories from added sugars
The intake of added sugar has declined over the past decade, but it's still higher than the American Heart Association recommendations, according to government statistics released Wednesday.
General Mills releases its sustainable supply chain strategy
Material Handling & Logistics
In this effort to measure and manage the use of water and energy throughout its supply chain, the chief sustainability officer reports to the senior vice president of supply chain.
Frito-Lay outlines 'extreme' shift in marketing approach
The "Corn Queen" — Frito-Lay North America's Ann Mukherjee — is using unconventional and creative methods that represent Frito-Lay's new marketing approach in what she calls the volatile world of today and tomorrow.
Loss control tips for 2013: Sharing with contract workforce
By Dennis Truitt
Communication has a significant impact on the supply chain. Sharing the safety culture with your contract workforce goes a long way in protecting your business.
Study: Grocery home delivery drastically cuts carbon emissions
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Having groceries delivered can involve lower carbon dioxide emissions than driving to the supermarket: That's the finding of a study that modeled Seattle-area households as grocery shoppers and delivery destinations.
Companies hire less, manufacturing growth slows in April
Companies hired the smallest number of employees in seven months in April while manufacturing growth slowed, providing more signs that the economy is encountering a soft patch.
SoBe to launch frozen fruit bars in US
SoBe is extending into the frozen food category for the first time with its new line of fruit-flavored frozen bars. The deal brokered by Joester Loria Group will see SoBe team with the Philly Swirl company to introduce Yumberry Pomegranate and Pacific Coconut frozen bars to the U.S. this summer.
Herr Foods buys New Jersey snack food company
Journal Register via Mainline Media
Herr Foods Inc. of Nottingham, Penn., announced an agreement with Silk City to acquire a majority share in the Clifton, N.J.,-based snack food manufacturer.
Smart Fog launches food safety disinfection product
Food Quality News
Smart Fog has launched a food safety disinfection product that offers a non-wetting, distribution method for disinfecting and microbiological control through a fogging solution.
Science competes to create 'non-food ethanol'
Harry Boyle, lead analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, discusses the future of renewable energy as scientists look to cheaply create a new, non-food ethanol biofuel.
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