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Holiday Observance
In observance of the holiday season, Frozen Express will be on hiatus from Monday, Dec.24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1. Regular publication will resume Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. Frozen Express extends Seasons Greetings to our readers and all the best for a Happy New Year.



Food safety: The new DEW line
Food Safety News
The original "Distant Early Warning" line may be obsolete, but the concept has been borrowed by national and regional health officials in both Canada and the U.S. The "threat" is contaminated food. The "radar screen" is composed of consumers. More
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FDA, OMB seek more time for food safety rules
The Packer
Even with the White House Office of Management and Budget now sitting on several Food Safety Modernization Act rules for more than a year, the Food and Drug Administration wants the U.S. District Court to provide the administration with more time. More
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What's hot and what's not as we head into 2013?
Food Navigator-USA
From coconut water, to Greek yogurt, gluten-free, veggie proteins, dairy-alternatives, non-GMO and whole grains; what were the biggest trends of 2012, and what's on the menu for 2013?

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    Boehner abandons plan to avoid fiscal cliff
    The Washington Post
    House Speaker John A. Boehner threw efforts to avoid the year-end fiscal cliff into chaos late Thursday, as he abruptly shuttered the House for the holidays after failing to win support from his fellow Republicans for a plan to let tax rates rise for millionaires.

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  • What House failure has shown about the cliff (The Wall Street Journal)
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    Sequestration: Where will the cuts hit?
    POLITICO
    When it comes to sequestration, President Barack Obama and most lawmakers would prefer to just not go there. That's especially true in talking about how the administration would go about implementing the first installment of about $100 billion in across-the-board spending cuts set to go into effect Jan. 2 absent a last-minute deal with Congress to avert them. More
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    Gallup: Obama approval hits three-year high
    POLITICO
    President Barack Obama's three-day approval rating in Gallup tracking polls hit 56 percent Thursday, the highest since 2009. More
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    District of Columbia schools lose millions on meals program
    The Washington Post
    Taxpayers in the District of Columbia have subsidized a public schools meals program that lost more than $10 million a year since it was outsourced to save money in 2008, according to an independent audit commissioned by the school system. More
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    Appeals upholds EPA authority over emissions
    POLITICO
    An appeals court on Thursday denied a request from industry groups to rehear a case in which the court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's climate change regulations. More
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    Food, animal groups seek lower ractopamine limits
    Reuters
    Food safety and animal welfare groups petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday, seeking limits on an animal feed additive that is the subject of concerns about human and animal health. More
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    New Mexico Senate to consider GE food labeling amendment
    ENews Park Forest
    This week New Mexico state Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, pre-filed a proposed amendment to the New Mexico Food Act to require the labeling of genetically engineered food and feed. The amendment, SB 18, was drafted with support from the consumer advocacy group Food & Water Watch. More
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    US, China discuss trade measures to beef up $500 billion trade
    The Economic Times
    The world's top two economies, the U.S. and China, have agreed on a number of measures during the latest round of talks to iron out differences on issues concerning their $500 billion bilateral trade. The U.S. pledged to address concerns over fair treatment for Chinese investment, while China vowed to strengthen protection of intellectual property rights at the China-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade, state-run China Daily reported. More
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    FMCSA sets listening session on driver training rule
    Truckinginfo
    Federal truck safety regulators are looking for public comments on plans to toughen entry-level driver training requirements. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will host a listening session on the issue January 7 in Charlotte, N.C., at an American Bus Association meeting. More
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    Markets tumble after 'Plan B' collapses
    The Hill
    Financial markets tumbled Friday morning — one day after Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was forced to abandon a vote on his backup tax bill. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 150 points in the first minutes of trading, while the Nasdaq and S&P 500 both tumbled over 1 percent.

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    Food retailers leveraging 'economics of experience'
    MediaPost
    Given the frequency and share-of-wallet owned by grocery retailers, this retail segment is on the front lines when it comes to the impacts of changing consumer behavior and expectations. And grocery retailers, facing commoditization and intense cross-channel competition, early on grasped that delivering the right experiences to their shoppers is a critical differentiator and highly effective strategy for growing their top lines and maintaining margins, according to a new PwC report, "Experience Radar 2013: Lessons from the U.S. Grocery Industry." More
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    Top food science of 2012 under the microscope
    Food Navigator
    It has been a busy year in the food science arena, with a whole host of important and controversial findings that would affect the industry. FoodNavigator was there to break you the news — and now it offers the highlights. More
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    EPA settlement to fund Perdue poultry waste project
    Meatingplace
    Perdue Farms' processing plant in Beaver Dam, Ky., will receive $145,000 to support a project to convert poultry waste into electricity as part of a settlement between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Valley Authority. More
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    Feds sue peanut butter maker
    Food Safety News
    The U.S. government has asked a federal court to issue a permanent injunction against Sunland Inc., the New Mexico-based company whose peanut butter was the source of a multistate Salmonella outbreak this fall. More
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    BPA: An in-depth look at the key rulings in 2012
    Food Production Daily
    This year has been action-packed when it comes to rules, regulations and opinions on bisphenol A, which is used in food packaging applications such as epoxy linings in food and beverage cans. More
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    Retailers, intermodal trucking worry about potential port strike
    Truckinginfo
    A coalition of more than 100 local, state and national trade associations sent a letter to President Obama yesterday urging action to prevent an East and Gulf Coast port strike next week over intermodal container handling. More
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