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In observance of Labor Day, Frozen Express will take a brief hiatus. Regular publication will resume Tuesday, Sept. 3.


A price war arrives in the grocery aisle
The Wall Street Journal
Food costs are finally receding, for the first time since 2009, and companies like Kraft and Campbell Soup, as well as the stores that sell their food, are likely to use this long-awaited relief as a chance to discount items in hopes of boosting sales.
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McDonald's defends ads targeting kids as study says self-regulation ineffective
Food Navigator-USA
McDonald's has challenged the conclusions of a new study alleging that self-regulation is not working when it comes to advertising to kids.

Related: Study slams industry self-regulation and kids' marketing (Advertising Age)

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Consumer Reports taste test: Private-label foods often meet or beat brands
Consumer Reports
It's one thing to save money by buying store-brand paper towels or trash bags, but do you dare replace a name-brand food favorite with a store brand? Consumer Reports expert tasters judged 33 of 57 store-brand foods as good as or better than the national brand.
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Supreme Court's campaign finance case gets new firepower
USA Today
The Supreme Court has granted Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell oral argument time in a major campaign finance case being heard in early October, giving opponents of current contribution limits new firepower.
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Pelosi says she doesn't want to be House Speaker again: 'I did that'
The Hill
Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., the first female House Speaker in the country's history, said she doesn't want the job again. "No, that's not my thing. I did that," Pelosi said in an interview with the National Journal published Thursday.
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White House, Senate GOP debt talks on the rocks after meeting
The Hill
A Thursday deficit meeting between White House officials and GOP senators failed to yield progress toward a deal, sources said. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough, Budget Director Sylvia Burwell and deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors hosted the senators at the White House, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest confirmed.
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Anti-trade-pact ammunition: Vietnamese child labor
Politico
President Barack Obama is trying to finalize a blockbuster Pacific Rim trade deal by the end of this year, but a typical ally is ready to fight him on it with a compelling argument: child labor abuses overseas.
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Behind the big increase in food stamps
The New York Times
Changes in rules and eligibility have contributed to very large increases in the cost of the food stamps program, SNAP, an economist writes.
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Are GMOs safe? Global independent science groups weigh in
Forbes
What have world's top independent science organizations concluded about the safety of GMOs? The Genetic Literacy Project has released an infographic on crop biotechnology safety.
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Final rule on H-2B wage methodology delayed 'indefinitely'
Federal Register
The Department of Labor is delaying indefinitely the effective date of the Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H-2B Program final rule (2011 Wage Rule), in order to comply with recurrent legislation that prohibits DOL from using any funds to implement it, and to permit time for consideration of public comments sought in conjunction with an interim final rule published April 24, 2013.
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California's LGMA changes standards on animal intrusion into fields
Food Safety News
California's Leafy Green Marketing Agreement announced a "significant change" Thursday to its standards concerning animal intrusion into fields, according to LGMA CEO Scott Horsfall.
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Are you the Frozen Food Processor of the Year?
AFFI
Nominations for Refrigerated & Frozen Foods magazine's 2013 Frozen Foods Processor of the Year are due Sept. 1. Is your company the next winner?

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How long will low inflation in food prices last?
The Food Institute
Marking the 15th consecutive month, food price increases over the prior year at the wholesale level exceeded those at retail as July saw the gap between the two narrow only slightly.

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Taylor Farms grapples with frequent recalls
The New York Times
Taylor Farms, the large vegetable producer whose salad mix has been linked to hundreds of sickened people in 22 states, has had multiple voluntary recalls for potentially tainted products in the past three years. Bruce Taylor, chief executive of Taylor Farms, attributed the number of recalls to the sheer size of his company: It sells as much salad as its next three largest competitors combined.

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ConAgra: 5 food safety hazards… and how to prevent them
Packaging Digest
ConAgra's engineering department is rewriting its packaging machinery specifications to better ensure food safety for systems operating in the "product zone."
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'Natural' labeling on the decline?
Lexology
Manufacturers are removing "natural" statements from their labels, both as part of lawsuit settlements and as an alternate marketing strategy.

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  • Naked Juice class action settlement: $9 million for consumers (The Huffington Post)
  • Frito-Lay 'all-natural' deceptive label suit allowed to proceed (Bloomberg Businessweek)
  • Smucker gets short shrift in latest twist in GMOs, 'natural' claims (Food Navigator-USA)

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    Linking the global food chain and $2.9 billion in food microbiology testing
    PR-BG.com
    The world's food chain is growing increasingly complex, with foodstuffs and finished food products of all types crossing borders at a rapid pace. At the same time, food microbiology testing around the world is increasing at an annual growth rate of 5.5 percent. On the surface, these two trends seem to be in concert. A closer look, however, reveals inconsistencies.
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    Organic foods: The safety question
    Food Safety News
    Are organic food products safer than non-organic food products? Given the requirements set forth in the National Organic Program legislation, and based on what conventional wisdom says about pesticides and antibiotics, the logical assumption would be that organic food products are indeed safer and less risky than non-organic food products. But the evidence shows the differences are not as vast as logic and conventional wisdom might dictate.
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    Consumer spending in US increased in July
    Bloomberg Businessweek
    Consumer spending in the U.S. rose 0.1 percent in July for a third month as Americans' incomes increased, indicating household purchases are sustaining the economic expansion, the Commerce Department reported Friday.
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    Cargill spends $10 million to upgrade Thailand poultry processing plant
    Food Production Daily
    Cargill is spending $10 million to upgrade a poultry processing facility in Thailand, which is expected to be completed by July 2014. Improvements focus on food safety, efficient processing and more cold storage.
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    Jamie Oliver picks a new fight — over migrant workers
    Food Manufacture-UK
    TV chef Jamie Oliver has sparked fresh controversy this week by claiming British youth are "wet behind the ears" and don't work as hard as migrant workers.
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    Labeling errors lead to additional product recall for Westlake Foods
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Westlake Foods, a Santa Ana, Calif., establishment, is recalling a total of approximately 69,123 pounds of cured pork products because of misbranding and undeclared allergens, expanding a recall first initiated Aug. 23.

    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.

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