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Why the frozen food industry should consider LEED certification
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
The frozen food industry is battling a public perception problem. Even though advertisers increasingly use the word “fresh” to entice consumers, sales still continue to slip. Meanwhile, frozen foods suffer from a branding problem, as buyers assume they are processed and bad for their health. The cold food industry should take this opportunity to consider its own frozen food processing facilities. Sustainable facilities communicate a message of cleanliness and a positive impact on the environment and human health. And, a LEED rating serves as marketable validation that a facility was designed to meet a certain level of performance.
Arbor investments acquires frozen cookie dough manufacturer
Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
Chicago-based Arbor Investments acquired Best Maid Cookie Co., Inc., a frozen cookie dough manufacturer based in River Falls, Wis. Terms of the sale were withheld. Best Maid Cookie provides custom-formulated, gourmet-quality baked cookies and pre-portioned cookie dough products made with the freshest ingredients, available in the foodservice, convenience store and fundraising channels across the United States.
Grocery byproduct proves effective as energy supplement in cattle
Food waste has become a serious problem in the United States and other countries. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the use of food waste as animal feed as one of the best means to add value to food waste, while reducing landfill costs and greenhouse gas emissions, and at the same time improving food security.
GOP operatives take victory lap
The operatives who led the National Republican Senatorial Committee to victory this week took a 100-minute victory lap.
They were most eager to criticize the Democrats’ much-ballyhooed ground game and turnout operation.
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee spent the past nine months touting what it called The Bannock Street Project, a $60 million registration and turnout effort in 10 targeted states.
Republicans say midterm wins show party has mastered the art of the ground game
The Washington Post
Republicans said that their midterm triumph shows they have caught up with Democrats in mobilizing voters on the ground, a top priority for the party after it failed to win the White House in 2012.
GOP strategists said they spent two years quietly assembling a permanent field operation that expanded their electorate and targeted voters with more precision. Democrats had touted their multimillion-dollar organizing effort in the months leading up to Election Day.
Reid plots final days in power
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hopes to confirm 50 of President Obama’s nominees and move an omnibus spending bill in a last hurrah before Democrats give up power in the Senate.
The nominees are part of a packed lame-duck schedule that Reid is furiously planning, and that will be a topic at Friday’s White House lunch meeting between Obama and congressional leaders.
Groups sue FDA over livestock-feed additive.
The Wall Street Journal
A coalition of advocacy groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, seeking to vacate its approvals of several livestock-feed products that are widely used to add weight to farm animals such as turkeys, cattle and pigs. In two different lawsuits filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California in San Francisco, groups including the Center for Food Safety, the Humane Society of the United States and United Farm Workers of America argue that in approving drugs like Topmax, a medicated feed additive used to produce lean muscle instead of fat, the FDA failed to adequately consider the drugs’ collective effects on animal welfare, worker safety, wildlife and U.S. waterways.
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Feds to allow Chinese chicken imports
China has been the given green light to start shipping chicken to America. Recently, the Agriculture Department told stakeholders it had certified four poultry processing plants in the Shandong province of China to export fully cooked, frozen and refrigerated chicken to the United States. Though raw chicken must still come from countries approved by the USDA’s Food and Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) — the U.S., Canada and Chile — consumer rights activists are calling the certifications for cooked chicken from China dangerous.
CSPI wants to see FDA's findings on drugs in milk
Food Safety News
The Center for Science in the Public Interest is anxious to see the results of the Food and Drug Administration’s report on whether illegal drugs were found in the country’s raw milk supply. The organization has now filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for data from the Center for Veterinary Medicines’ Raw Milk Drug Residue Survey conducted from January 2012 to January 2013.
Environmental, public health groups sue FDA to pull ractopamine approvals
A group of environmental and public health groups sued the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, seeking to set aside the agency's approvals for feed additives containing ractopamine that are used to boost the weight of cattle and pigs. The groups, in two related lawsuits filed in federal court, claim that the FDA failed to adequately assess environmental and health issues related to ractopamine.
FMI partners with Alchemy Systems for new SafeMark online food safety course
Food Safety Magazine
Alchemy Systems has just announced the release of the highly anticipated online course, SafeMark™ Food Safety Manager: Certification Training for Retail Food Stores. Food safety is the highest priority for food retailers and the new SafeMark™ training course equips food managers with innovative tools to help reduce the risk of foodborne illness, and to meet regulatory compliance as outlined in the 2013 FDA Food Code. The course prepares food professionals to take the SafeMark™ Food Protection Manager Certification Exam offered by National Registry of Food Safety Professionals.
10 surprising foods you can (and probably should) freeze
It happens every week: You buy lots of great food at the grocery store and end up throwing half of it away. Whether you were too busy to cook or just plain forgot about it, it never feels great to trash food you never touched. Even when you do cook, there are usually enough leftovers to feed the entire neighborhood. Turns out, you can freeze a bunch of the food that you’ve been tossing. Some you may already know can be kept in the freezer, while others just might blow your mind. Either way, you can save money and cook less by freezing these foods — and who doesn’t want that?
Snowville milk now can carry non-GMO label
The Columbus Dispatch
Dairyman Warren Taylor wants to start a revolution. He has thoughts on politics, vegans, the entire dairy industry and more, but Taylor wants his revolution to begin with milk. Taylor's Snowville Creamery in Meigs County has become the first in Ohio to label its products as free of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, and coming only from grass-fed cows.
Natural Machines launches Foodini 3-D edible food printer
One Barcelona-based startup may just revolutionize the food industry. Natural Machines unveiled the Foodini which serves up edible food like pizza and burgers. Foodini revolutionizes food preparation This machine allows cooks to place the ingredients in the machine and "print" out the food. Printing out natural ingredients was substantially harder to do than printing out plastics.
Do it yourself: Dairy in the 21st Century
Australian Broadcast Company
Mat is the third generation on his Group Settlement property near Northcliffe. He hopes there will be a fourth. "A difficult decade," is how Mat describes the turbulent times following deregulation of the industry in the 90s. At that time, farmers made different choices: some choose to get out, some to get bigger or diversify. Major retailers discounted milk as a consumer enticement and put a squeeze on prices to suppliers.
Meridian company helps ensure food safety
New technology from a Meridian company is helping get food to market fresher than ever. PakSense makes special tracking devices that monitor the temperature of food as it moves across country in trucks. Its latest development allows shippers to catch and fix problems as they happen. It alerts a buyer by cell phone if the temperature ever gets too high.
Streamlined approach for including a 'non-genetically engineered' statement on certified organic meat and poultry products
United States Department of Agriculture
Organic meat and poultry producers can now use a streamlined process to get approval for labels verifying that their products do not include genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) released new procedures for including a “non-genetically engineered” statement on the label of organic meat and poultry products. This is consistent with organic regulations, which have always prohibited the use of GE in all organic products. Now, with the new process, it will be easier for certified organic entities to add these claims to existing FSIS-approved products, speeding up the label review process.
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