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As 2013 comes to a close, the American Frozen Food Institute would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we prepare for the year ahead, we would like to provide our readers with a look at Frozen Express's most-read articles of 2014. Regular publication will resume Jan. 5.
FSIS issues directive on foreign food safety equivalence
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
From Nov. 20: USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has updated its instructions for personnel who are making initial determinations of equivalence regarding foreign food safety systems.
Paul Ryan's budget: 5 takeaways
The Wall Street Journal
From April 1: House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R.-Wis., released what is likely his last budget plan in his current role on Tuesday, calling for many of the same changes to government programs that he has proposed in recent years. Here are highlights of his proposal and a look at where the process goes from here.
Related: It's junior year and Paul Ryan must pick a major (The Washington Post)
America's 50 most powerful people in food for 2014
The Daily Meal
From Jan. 22: Who are the most powerful people in the food world in America? For the fourth year in a row, The Daily Meal attempts to answer that question — and it begins with USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack at No. 1.
E. coli kills 2 girls in Pacific Northwest, boy hospitalized
From Sept. 11: Investigations have been launched into the source and strain of the bacteria that killed a 3-year-old girl in Lynden, Washington, and a 4-year-old girl, Serena Profitt, in Otis, Oregon. A third child, Bradley Sutton, 5, has also tested positive for E.coli and was being treated at Mary Bridge Children's Hospital in Tacoma, Washington, a hospital spokeswoman said.
Buffett's Heinz sequel may be his biggest deal
From May 6: The busiest period for mega-deals in seven years may be an appetizer to Warren Buffett's biggest takeover yet. Food companies Kellogg Co., Kraft Foods Group Inc. and General Mills Inc. — each valued at more than $20 billion before debt and a takeover premium — may fit the bill.
Eating Better Alliance publishes policy recommendations for healthy diets
From June 4: The Eating Better Alliance launched its policy recommendations to promote healthy sustainable diets. It calls on policy makers in the U.K., devolved administrations and EU to work together to create and push new nutritional guidelines.
FSIS compliance guide addresses Listeria control in processing plants
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
From Jan. 13: A new compliance guideline from USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service provides specific recommendations that establishments producing post-lethality exposed ready-to-eat meat and poultry product may follow to meet the requirements of 9 CFR part 430, the Listeria Rule.
Sysco's US Foods deal faces federal antitrust review
From Jan. 17: Sysco Corp.'s agreement to buy US Foods for $3.5 billion is drawing antitrust scrutiny from U.S. regulators and some states that are joining the federal review over concerns the acquisition may undermine competition.
Former Kellogg CEO: The FDA is attacking the food industry
The Daily Caller
From April 2: Carlos Gutierrez, formerly secretary of commerce under President George W. Bush and president, chairman and CEO of Kellogg Co., warned members of the audience at the Annual Food Marketing Conference on Tuesday that the FDA has launched an all-out attack on the food industry.
What experts and loyalists think about pizza brands
From May 8: The biggest pizza expert turns out to be a guy named Tom Vilsack. His office — the U.S. Department of Agriculture — just issued a new USDA report all about it.
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Tyson offers to buy Hillshire for $6.13 billion
From May 29: Tyson Foods Inc., the largest U.S. meat processor, has offered to buy Hillshire Brands Co. for $6.13 billion to expand into the fast-growing market for breakfast foods.
US frozen food maker Windsor Quality sold to Japanese company
From Sept. 10: Japan's Ajinomoto Co. Inc. said Wednesday it will buy unlisted U.S. frozen foods maker Windsor Quality Holdings for around $800 million as it seeks to expand in North America to offset slowing growth at home.
How Chipotle changed American fast food forever
From March 14: Chipotle set out to challenge fast food trends and be better than the competition. In the end, they launched a new industry. Here's how.
Food poisoning? It was likely a restaurant worker, says CDC
From June 4: Approximately 20 million people fall ill every year due to norovirus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says the food service industry could do much to decrease that number.
Pinnacle Foods boss: Industry now is a 'zero-sum game'
From Aug. 15: As several CEOs have recently observed, big brands are not getting so much bang for their promotional buck these days. But in the current climate, targeted trade spending is a must to retain market share, although other strategies must be pursued in the longer term, Pinnacle Foods boss Bob Gamgort told analysts this week.
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