|This message contains images. If you don't see images, click here to view.|
Advertise in this news brief.
As imports rise, the FDA is losing its fight against foul food
FairWarning via The Modesto Bee
The FDA has been outgunned and overmatched for years as a rising tide of imported food has found a place at the U.S. dinner table.
Holes remain in FDA safety net for imported food (FairWarning)
Laugh if you want, but the food supply is safer than ever (Food Production Daily)
Is your product ready for nutrition label changes?
Food and beverage manufacturers are holding their collective breath in anticipation of the proposed changes to the Nutrition Facts panel put forth by the Food and Drug Administration and likely to be finalized next year.
AFFI names Joe Clayton as Executive Vice President of Public Affairs
American Frozen Food Institute
AFFI President and CEO Kraig R. Naasz on Thursday announced the addition of Joe Clayton as AFFI's new executive vice
president of public affairs. "Joe's extensive communications, public affairs and management experience will enable AFFI to further strengthen our efforts to engage consumers, key opinion leaders and public policy makers in support of the frozen food and beverage category," Naasz said.
Obama tells Democrats to pep up
President Barack Obama gave a pep talk to Senate Democrats over drinks at the White House this week, telling them a rising economy and Obamacare's healthy numbers should give them optimism about keeping their majority in November.
Chris McDaniel looking into 'irregularities'
Mississippi Republican candidate Chris McDaniel hasn't given up, telling Fox News host Sean Hannity that he's still looking into voting irregularities in his runoff election against incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran.
Scalise names McHenry as chief deputy whip
Incoming House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., has named fifth-term Rep. Patrick McHenry, R-N.C., as his chief deputy, rewarding one of his top supporters during last week's leadership race.
Vilsack sees a smart(phone) solution to GMO labeling fight
The New York Times
At the Aspen Ideas Festival, a pair of (current and former) secretaries of agriculture, Tom Vilsack and Dan Glickman, discussed food policy and politics, focusing in part on some under-appreciated aspects of the latest farm bill, including provisions boosting the value of food stamps at farmers' markets.
Related: Aversion to GMOs becoming driving factor to buying organic (PotatoPro)
| Looking for similar articles? Search here, keyword GMO LABELING|
Our combination of comprehensive supply chain expertise, advanced, customizable technology and superior carrier relationships enable us to deliver smarter logistics solutions for virtually any industry. MORE
Supreme Court narrows president's recess-appointment powers
The Wall Street Journal
Settling a constitutional showdown over presidential power, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority in making temporary appointments to the National Labor Relations Board during a brief Senate break in 2012.
National labor board in crosshairs following Supreme Court ruling (The Hill)
Decision opens new debate on limits of presidential powe (The New York Times)
How immigration reform died
President Barack Obama paused for what felt like an eternity to the immigration reform activists seated around the Roosevelt Room. Janet Murguia, president of the National Council of La Raza, had just explained why she declared him the "deporter in chief" in a speech in early March.
Democrats to Obama: Forget GOP on immigration, change policy now (The Hill)
Poll: More want less immigration (Politico)
Immigration reform is dead: Very bad news for GOP in 2016 (The Washington Post)
FSIS responds to salmonella recall bill
USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is maintaining its position on the implementation of its Salmonella Action Plan, in light of the introduction of legislation that would give the agency the authority to recall any product contaminated with Salmonella and Campylobacter.
New York's highest court blocks sugary drinks ban
The Wall Street Journal
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio supported his predecessor's proposal to ban the sale of large sugary drinks. Now, he faces a decision following a rejection of the ban by the state's highest court: Persuade the City Council to approve it or give up.
Opinion: TPP a secret, bad deal
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a comprehensive trade agreement being negotiated between 16 Pacific Rim nations and including 600 corporations. Excluded from the talks are representatives of labor, advocates for the environment and even our own U.S. Congress.
Creeping global protectionism? Not so fast, World Bank says
The Wall Street Journal
The world's biggest economies have been quietly raising barriers at their borders since the financial crisis in an attempt to stifle trade and boost struggling domestic industries. That is the warning from many backers of free trade, who have pointed to hundreds of new tariffs imposed by the Group of 20. But the trend isn't so simple, and there is at least some evidence the wave of protectionism could be subsiding, the World Bank said in a report Thursday.
Frozen foods grow cold as tastes shift to fresher fare
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Americans' ardor for frozen food is going cold. Long at the center of the supermarket and the heart of kitchen convenience, freezer-aisle items are struggling today as Americans shift their tastes to fresh food that they see as healthier.
Related: Slideshow: Inside a frozen food plant (The Wall Street Journal)
Ohio company builds massive pizza freezer
The Community Press
A Sharonville, Ohio, company that manufactures freezing and chilling equipment has nearly completed work on what could be the largest cryogenic freezer for food in the world.
Palm oil seen rallying less on El Nino delay, biofuel
Palm oil, the most-used cooking oil, may rally less than an earlier forecast as demand for biodiesel trails estimates and an El Nino starts later than expected, said Dorab Mistry, director at Godrej International Ltd.
Michigan fruit growers cautiously optimistic after harsh winter
Michigan fruit growers and processors don't expect the bumper crop of apples, cherries and blueberries they enjoyed last year. But after a long and brutal winter, they're happy to predict an average yield for their specialty crops this year.
Restrained consumer spending curbs US growth optimism
Consumer spending grew less than forecast in May, putting a damper on the strength of the projected rebound in U.S. economic growth this quarter.
Misbranding forces recall of 7 tons of raw pork nuggets
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
Las Vegas-based Mr. Wok Foods is recalling approximately 14,760 pounds of raw pork nuggets because of misbranding and undeclared allergen.
Editor's note: Members of the American Frozen Food Institute have access to AFFI's unique Product Recall Insurance Program. Ensure you're protected during a food safety crisis using AFFI's one-of-a-kind program. For more information, please click here.
Top 10 tips to improve food industry traceability
The public's understanding of food traceability has shot up the agenda in recent years, as a result of much hyped food scandals. The recent media furor around halal only serves to highlight this and reinforces the fact that traceability is an area of great interest among consumers.
New blackberry propagation technique increases production
Berries Unlimited has developed a blackberry propagation process that not only produces accelerated growth, but yields healthier, more robust, disease-resistant plants. The new method is a proprietary blend of currently accepted practices with the addition of new, state-of-the-art technologies.
Probiotics for poultry production
The Poultry Site
Researchers in Malaysia have identified three new strains of bacteria that show good potential as probiotics for poultry production.
Missed our previous issues? See which articles your colleagues read most.
7701 Las Colinas Ridge, Ste. 800, Irving, TX 75063