By John Moore, Venable LLP
Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a notice, due to publish in tomorrow’s Federal Register, tentatively determining that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for use in food. If this determination is finalized, PHOs would effectively be banned from use in foods unless they are first approved by FDA as “food additives,” which would likely be difficult. This would have a major impact on the food industry. In particular, products such as donuts, cookies, margarine, microwave popcorn, frozen pizzas, baked goods, frostings, and many other foods would need to be reformulated.
FDA’s concern focuses on trans fats, which are deliberately produced in the manufacturing process for PHOs to help increase the melting point, shelf life, and flavor stability of the oil. Although trans fats exist elsewhere in the diet to some extent, PHOs are the major source. According to FDA, trans fats may have adverse effects on blood cholesterol parameters that affect the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), and may have other health implications that, as FDA acknowledges, are unconfirmed. This tentative determination that PHOs are not GRAS follows a 2003 rule requiring labeling of trans fat content in nutrition labeling, as well as various state and local initiatives that have restricted the use of PHOs.
FDA has established a 60-day public comment period from publication of the notice. Given the complexity and economic significance of the tentative finding, it is likely that this period could be extended if requested by stakeholders noting a need for more time to prepare fulsome comments. Besides requesting comments on whether FDA should finalize its tentative determination, the Agency also requests comments on:
The pre-publication version of the notice is available at https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2013-26854.pdf.
John Moore is an Of Counsel in Venable LLP’s Washington office. Dr. Moore, who holds a PhD in chemistry, previously worked for food manufacturers overseeing production. Dr. Moore’s practice focuses on the full spectrum of federal and state food and drug regulations, covering packaged foods, food additives, food contact substances, dietary supplements, alcoholic beverages, biologics, as well as consumable products of biotechnology.
AdvancePierre Foods today announced that Tom Lavan is the new President of its retail division, which sells fully assembled sandwiches and value-added protein products to major grocery chains and club stores across the country.
Lavan is a consumer packaged goods executive with more than 25 years of experience in all facets of sales, marketing, distribution and new product development with both private label and branded products. He has held leadership positions in a variety of settings, including start-up, private equity-backed and Fortune 50 companies.
For more than 14 years, Lavan was in leadership roles with ConAgra Foods, managing parts of its seafood companies, frozen food company, and leading a $420 million business unit. He was most recently the President of Wolfgang Puck consumer products division, managing and growing the Organic/All Natural Wolfgang Puck brand worldwide. Prior to that he was President and COO of Spartan Foods of America.
Lavan and his wife will be relocating from Richmond, Va. to Cincinnati where AdvancePierre is headquartered.
Coffee lovers who enjoy the convenience and consistency of single-cup brewing systems can now also enjoy a unique brand of premium-quality coffee, as specialty roaster Copper Moon Coffee LLC® (Copper Moon®) has introduced its new line of single-serve ‘AromaKups®.’
Designed specifically for use in the increasingly popular single-cup brewing systems, these new AromaKups —available in several of Copper Moon’s 100 percent Arabica coffee blends from around the world—feature an innovative open-filter pouch.
According to Copper Moon CEO, Brad Gutwein, the AromaKups offer both an environmental and brew-quality benefit, explaining, “The open-filter package uses 35 percent less plastic versus the rigid-cup design, while it also facilitates ideal aroma and flavor extraction. It really yields a superior brew that optimizes the great taste coffee lovers have come to expect from Copper Moon.”
For the initial launch, Copper Moon is offering these single-serve AromaKups in four of the company’s most popular world coffees, including:
Copper Moon plans to support its single-serve launch with coupon promotions, location-based sampling, email blasts and social-media promotions. Consumers can purchase the new Copper Moon single-serve AromaKups in 12-, 20- or 40-count packs, available at many popular retailers, as well as online at CopperMoonCoffee.com and Amazon.com.
Thanksgiving is a traditional holiday with a delicious turkey taking center stage. Celebrate the holiday with a scrumptious turkey recipe that harkens back to colonial times from culinary historian and PBS-TV Chef Walter Staib. Chef’sChoice®’s carving tips will help make it as easy to serve as it is to eat!
Preheat oven to 325° F. Place oven rack on bottom level. Place wire roasting rack in large roasting pan and spray with vegetable cooking spray. Remove giblets, neck and any visible fat from cavity. Discard liver and fat. Rinse turkey inside and out with cold water; pat dry. Sprinkle turkey cavity with salt and pepper. Place quartered onion inside. In small bowl, combine parsley, thyme, shallots and 1 tablespoon of the oil. Sprinkle with salt and a generous grinding of pepper. Rub herb mixture on meat under the skin on each side of the breastbone. Place fresh sage and tarragon under skin, leaving whole. Tie drumsticks together with kitchen string and twist the wing tips behind the back. Place turkey, breast side up, in prepared roasting pan. Roast for about 2 hours, until breast is browned. Cover with foil and roast for 3 to 4 hours, basting the turkey every 15 minutes with its own juices. Roast until a meat thermometer inserted in a thigh muscle registers 180 –185° F.
“Turkey is delicate by nature—the sharper the knife, the cleaner the cut and the nicer the presentation,” says Staib. “Thankfully, we don’t have to rely on the 18th century grinding stone to create sharp knives. EdgeCraft makes holiday entertaining a little easier with Chef’sChoice® sharpeners.”
Chef’sChoice Turkey-Carving Tips:
• Step 1
Be sure to use a good, sharp knife. Sharp knives are not only safer, they will help you smoothly cut thin, even slices without shredding the meat. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to put a razor-sharp edge on your knife. Chef’sChoice® M130 professionally sharpens, steels and strops all brands and types of knives. Precision guides eliminate guesswork for sharp, durable edges. For help finding a sharpener that’s right for you, call (800) 342-3255 or visit www.chefschoice.com.
• Step 2
After the turkey is cooked (meat thermometer should read 180–185° F when inserted in the thickest part of the turkey), cool the bird for 15 minutes. Cooling makes the meat firmer and easier to slice. Remove and set aside the turkey legs and the last joint of each wing. Make a long, deep (to the bone) horizontal “base cut ”into the breast just above the wing.
• Step 3
Slice down vertically through the breast until you meet the original base cut. This will release perfect, even slices. Following these preparation and carving tips can help make your Thanksgiving a meal to remember and one that our country’s founders would have enjoyed!
s.a.l.t. sisters is offering a Vanilla Bean Infusion Kit that would make a great gourmet gift idea. The kit includes a 16-ounce bottle filled with top grade Madagascar vanilla beans, from which an aromatic vanilla extract can be made simply by adding premium vodka, bourbon or rum and allowing time for the infusion of flavor. There is plenty to love about the essence that vanilla adds to baked goods.
Charmane Skillen, the Founder of s.a.l.t. sisters and a champion of unprocessed and unrefined products, has developed several lines of exceptional salts and spice flavors that enhance and celebrate food. These lines include the highest quality sea salts (s.a.l.t.), vanilla infusion kits and vanilla beans (b.e.a.n), natural herb blends (h.e.r.b), seasoning rubs (r.u.b.s) and gift packages designed for the giving (g.i.f.t.).
Suggested retail price: $30.25.
For the first time outside of France, La Maison Maille has opened a boutique in the heart of the United Kingdom’s capital, London. Located in the West End district, at 2 Piccadilly Arcade, the boutique is the brand’s third exclusive retail location, after its two long-established boutiques in Dijon and Paris. A new must-visit destination, the boutique offers London’s foodies as well as international travelers the opportunity to delve into a captivating world of premium French mustards, oils, vinegars and gift sets.
More than 60 brand-new varieties of mustards, vinegars and cornichons are now available in the U.K. for the first time. With creative, never–seen-before mustard flavors such as Crème de Cassis de Dijon, Parmesan & Basil, and Fig & Coriander, La Maison Maille ensures you can find the perfect delicacy to suit every palate.
The boutique also features Maille’s exclusive ‘mustard on tap’, a unique experience otherwise only available in its French boutiques and since July, at the Fromagerie Hamel, in Montréal, Québec. This delicacy is served using an authentic French porcelain mustard pump, the very same method used by Maille’s founder to serve European royal Courts in the 18th century. Served from the pump, these selected mustards have special characteristics including a rich, creamy consistency and nuances of spice.
To celebrate the opening, the boutique is currently featuring Maille Chablis Mustard with Black Truffle on tap, a refined blend containing Chablis, the renowned white wine of the Burgundy region, and black truffle from the Périgord region. For discerning epicureans looking for the perfect gift, La Maison Maille offers a wide range of seasonal collections and limited edition mustard varieties that will thrill even the most discerning gourmet! Especially designed for the holiday season, this year’s autumn/winter collection includes three newly released mustards.
Sartori Company will be releasing a limited quantity of Cannella BellaVitano and Cognac BellaVitano for the 2013 holiday season. Each cheese wheel will be hand signed and numbered by a Sartori Master Cheesemaker.
Cannella BellaVitano was created by taking sweet, buttery BellaVitano, aged at least 15 months, and steeping it in a cinnamon liqueur. “The smells and flavor of cinnamon give people a feeling of warmth over the holidays, which inspired me to create this unique holiday cheese,” states Sartori Master Cheesemaker Mike Matucheski. “Some small pieces on top of a slice of warm apple pie make for a mouthwatering experience,” he adds.
Cognac BellaVitano, the most premium limited edition item, truly stands out as a cut above the rest. The cheese itself is extra-aged; it matures for at least 18 months. After the aging process, it is submerged in a premium cognac and is only ready for sale when Sartori Master Cheesemakers believe it is just right. The end result is a unique and complex celebration of smoky, nutty, oaky flavors with toasted notes of vanilla and caramel from the cognac. In 2011, Cognac BellaVitano finished third overall at the World Cheese Awards, the highest-ever finish for an American artisan cheese.
These products are only available during the holiday season and can be purchased at select specialty cheese shops acrossthe United States. Cannella BellaVitano will be available now through the end of the year and Cognac BellaVitano will be available in December. Additionally, a limited supply of 4-ounce wedges will be available for sale on the Sartori website cheese shop and will be included in an exclusive 2013 Sartori “Limited Edition Gift Box” this holiday season.
“We are very excited to share our hand-crafted limited edition products over this holiday season,” says Sartori CEO Jim Sartori. “I hope they are passed around many tables and brighten the days of our customers, their families and friends.”
Johnsonville has developed an entirely new product line for the brand, bringing fully cooked and skillet-ready meatballs in three flavors – and sausage slices in two flavors – to the freezer section of grocers nationwide.
“Meatballs have been a family favorite but often are considered too time consuming to make. From the freezer to the oven, stove or even the microwave, our new meatballs and sausage slices offer our customers this popular protein in a flavorful and convenient option to enhance their pasta dishes, pizzas, sandwiches and appetizers,” said Johnsonville’s Valerie Zanchettin, Sr. Brand Manager.
Made with premium cuts of fresh pork and unique blends of herbs and spices, the new Johnsonville Meatballs and Sausage Slices are available in five delicious flavors and packaged in a re-sealable zipper bag that allows for multiple use while maintaining freshness and flavor. All five products are also free of MSG, artificial colors and flavors. The Johnsonville Sausage Slices are gluten free.
The new Johnsonville Meatballs (available in 24-ounce packages/28 meatballs to a package) and Johnsonville Sausage Slices (22-ounce package) retail for $7.99 and are being introduced to grocers nationwide over the next few months. Recipes are featured on the packages, as well as the company’s website: http://www.johnsonville.com/recipes.
The new product line includes:
Lee Kum Kee today announced the availability of its newly launched Sriracha Mayo exclusively at well-known retailers throughout Hawaii. Joining its line of more than 200 authentic Asian sauces and condiments, Lee Kum Kee’s Sriracha Mayo is a must-have pantry essential, offering a unique flavor profile that adds a hint of heat to a much-beloved condiment.
“For 125 years Lee Kum Kee has been committed to offering great-tasting sauces that enable at-home cooks to make Chinese meals easily in their own kitchen, and the introduction of Sriracha Mayo is no different,” said Elaine Thai, Director of Marketing at Lee Kum Kee. “Building off the long-standing success of our Sriracha Chili Sauce, Sriracha Mayo combines traditional flavors of sriracha with the cool and creamy texture of mayo, to create a spicy yet versatile condiment that is sure to become a staple, especially in Hawaii.”
Taking the culinary trend of sriracha to new heights, Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo can be used as a complementary ingredient or standalone sauce to enhance the flavor of many of your favorite dishes—from sandwiches, to wraps, spreads and more. It’s also gluten-free, catering to the growing population of those with food allergies and sensitivities.
For a quick and easy way to incorporate Sriracha Mayo into your cooking, try this recipe for poke:
Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Mayo ($4.99 SRP, 18-ounce) is available at retailers throughout Hawaii, including Don Quijote, Foodland and Times stores. For additional information and recipes, please visit www.LKK.com. For questions about distribution, please call 1-800-654-5082.
UrthBox, a monthly subscription service that helps consumers discover healthy foods and beverages, today announced its official launch. Each month, UrthBox members will be shipped a box of up to 20 hand-picked food and beverage products available in standard, gluten-free, diet, vegan or snacker options. Members may purchase more of what they love in local stores or in the UrthBox shop at special discounts.
“Longevity of life has a direct correlation to eating healthy and UrthBox is all about the ongoing discovery of healthy new foods and beverages,” said Ben Behrouzi, CEO of UrthBox. “UrthBox is unique in that the service is not about monthly trail-mix type snacks but rather real foods, beverages and snacks that busy folks would love to discover and make a part of their lives.”
Each month, UrthBox members will receive hand-curated healthy products from existing and up-and-coming brands with an emphasis on organic, all natural and non-GMO products. Each product undergoes a panel review of ingredients, sources, calories and nutritional benefits prior to selection. Shipments are accompanied by a product summary that highlights each product’s benefits and notes specific local stores that carry the products.
For at home, on-the-go or at the office, UrthBox currently offers five box options including standard, gluten-free, vegan, diet and snacker. Boxes start at just $19 a month and members do not pay a shipping fee. Subscribers can also purchase more of what they love at the UrthBox Shop or local stores with big member-only discounts.
“We’re truly excited at the opportunity to surprise members every month with innovative new products that keep health a priority in their daily lives,” said Behrouzi.
For November only, early bird customers will receive discounted pricing that UrthBox will grandfather in for the life of their membership.
To learn more or become a member, visit www.urthbox.com