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Promoting frozen fruits and vegetables
American Frozen Food Institute
In an effort to encourage consumers to think frozen, the Frozen Food Foundation, in partnership with the University of Georgia, recently released the results of a multiyear study comparing the nutrient content of eight commonly purchased fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables.
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Farm bill study may get potato out of hot water
The potato industry and lawmakers have another card up their sleeve in their effort to protect the starchy spuds from those who seek to remove them from federal nutrition programs: a study inserted in the House's version of the farm bill that could be used to promote their healthful qualities.
Heinz plans $28 million flagship in Ohio
Pittsburgh Business Journal
H.J. Heinz Co. is planning a $28 million expansion at the company's Masillon, Ohio, frozen food production facility that company officials say will become the flagship "Heinz Frozen Food Center of Excellence."
Frank Lucas: This week key to farm deal
Hopeful but also impatient, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas says "this is deadline week" for a farm bill deal if he is to have any chance of enacting legislation before Congress goes home for the year in December.
DCCC has another big money month
Powered by the tea party-fueled government shutdown and debt ceiling fights, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee notched another big fundraising month in October, pulling in an impressive $7 million.
Obama hits new low with Democrats
President Barack Obama's relationship with congressional Democrats has worsened to an unprecedented low, according to Democratic aides who say House and Senate Democrats are increasingly frustrated, bitter and angry with the White House over Obamacare's botched rollout, followed by the president's ineffective mea culpa.
Related: CBS poll: Obama, ACA hit record lows (Politico)
Hawaii's Big Island council restricts GMO crops
The Hawaii County Council has passed Bill 113, which restricts expansion of transgenic crops on the island by limiting their use to enclosed structures, such as a greenhouse. The vote, which comes after months of public meetings and vocal input from both sides, was 6-3.
Baucus offers overhaul of corporate tax code
The New York Times
The chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday released a long-awaited plan to overhaul the tax code for multinational corporations, trying to jump-start an effort to stem the flow of jobs and money abroad.
GOP Senate bill would nix ACA fee relief for unions
Law360 (subscription required)
Republican senators rolled out legislation Tuesday that would prevent unions from dodging an Affordable Care Act fee to be levied against businesses, charities and faith-based organizations for each employee whose health insurance they cover.
GFSI publishes first food safety auditor competence framework
Global Food Safety Initiative
The Global Food Safety Initiative has published the first edition of the GFSI Food Safety Auditor Competencies, a framework backed by three years of work by a multidisciplinary group of food safety investigators and stakeholders.
FSMA-mandated report to Congress details food emergency response
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
The FDA, in its biennial report to Congress on the Food Emergency Response Network, cites funding and IT challenges as the primary concerns for the near future.
Meatpackers fight new COOL labels
The Wall Street Journal (subscriber story)
Big U.S. meatpackers are appealing to Congress in a last-ditch effort to stave off new federal labeling rules that require more information about the origins of beef, pork and other meats.
USDA announces Farm to School grant awards
USDA on Tuesday announced awards for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia, all of which support USDA's efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School program.
Bakers urge FDA to keep food safety GMP regulations simple
Baking & Snack
While generally supportive of a risk-based approach taken by the FDA in connection with a set of regulations proposed in connection with the Food Safety Modernization Act, the American Bakers Association urged the agency to keep its guidance "as simple as possible."
UK: Top 5 food law themes for 2014
Five top themes — led by the impact of the grocery code adjudicator — will dominate the U.K.'s food law landscape of 2014, predicts law firm Roythornes.
Battling food insecurity
Chef and restaurateur Mario Batali says the first step in empowering children to succeed is ensuring they are properly fed.
Skinny turkeys mystery leads to Butterball shortage
The Associated Press via The Republican
After announcing last week that it will have a shortage of large, fresh turkeys this Thanksgiving — marking a first in company history — Butterball has turned its attention to solving the mystery of why its turkeys wouldn't fatten up in time for the holiday.
Campbell Soup CEO: I'm disappointed by our performance
Campbell Soup has posted a 30 percent slide in first-quarter profits to $172 million and downgraded its guidance for the full year. Revenue declined 1.8 percent to $2.17 billion.
Consumer prices decline for first time in 6 months
The cost of living in the U.S. declined in October for the first time in six months, showing inflation remains below the Federal Reserve's goal, a Labor Department report showed Wednesday.
Pilgrim's Pride relocates 1,200 workers as it closes Alabama plant
A chicken processing plant that employs about 1,200 workers and is the largest employer in Boaz, Ala., is set to close Jan. 24, State Sen. Clay Scofield, R-Guntersville, said Tuesday. The company told officials it intends to relocate workers at the Boaz plant to processing facilities in Guntersville and Russellville.
OSHA cites Tyson, proposes hefty fine
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Tyson Foods Inc. for "repeat and serious violations" of workplace safety standards following an inspection at the Buffalo, N.Y., manufacturing plant, the agency said in a news release.
Hardee's parent company sold to Cinnabon owner
St. Louis Business Journal
California-based CKE Inc., which owns St. Louis-based Hardee's, will be sold to the owner of Cinnabon and Auntie Ann's. Terms of the deal, which is expected to close in the fourth quarter, were not disclosed.
Case study: Using natural refrigerants in the food industry
Ammonia, a natural refrigerant, has proven its worth in industrial refrigeration for nearly 130 years. Following the widespread use of the now-prohibited CFC refrigerants during the 1960s and 1970s, ammonia is making a comeback today and increasingly being used in industrial refrigeration.
Tetra Pak rockets private-label products to market
Food Production Daily
Tetra Pak is helping retailers grab a bigger share of the booming private-label business with services that speed time to market.
Safe Food Healthy Business launches new food safety app
Safe Food Healthy Business is a new food safety app created by environmental health graduates that aims to educate food handlers, managers and proprietors of food businesses about the merits of good food hygiene practices.
Study: Food texture can help reduce calorie intake
Designing foods and beverages to be consumed with small sips or bites and a longer oral transit time may be effective in reducing energy intake in consumers, say researchers in Food Quality and Preference.
Minnesota competition adds food category, sweetens prize pot to $300,000
Twin Cities Business
A new food industry category has been added to the Minnesota Cup competition and the total prize amount has been raised to $300,000 for the 10th annual contest, which kicks off in March. Businesses that work with food products, food processing and ingredients technologies, ag innovation and food safety can now get into the race.
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