Sorry French Fries I don't agree with what governnment states . Only one way defrosted food should be refrozen and that is if ice crystals are still present. Which means product is semi frozen, this does not help quality of food but at least it is safer then fully thaw and refreeze. To thaw a product then cook it then freeze it, is acceptible. When You purchase in a supermarket most of the fish and some of the meat and poultry have been previously frozen don't believe they label it all. Most poultry in supermarket is what is called Frosted, which is not frozen and not unfrozen ,its about 30 to 32 f. with ice crystals still formed inside cavity of bird, almost like suspended animation. It is debateable or a grey area to call this fresh or frozen.
chefedb, I worked in the frozen aisle of a supermarket for a while. The truth is, most frozen products you buy in a supermarket have been thawed and refrozen. Supermarkets only have a certain amount of freezer space, and when the trucks deliver the new stock of frozen food, the freezer is often still full. When it is, you have to wait until later in the day when the shelves get emptied, then at that point you can take the contents of the freezer onto the shelves, and the new frozen stuff into the freezers.
During that whole time, which can be several LONG hours (I've seen it be 8hrs+), the "frozen" food sits in the loading dock, in full sun. Let me tell you that at that point, some of the boxes (especially the ones on the top and the ones on the sides) are completely thawed.
FWIW I agree with you and would never do that myself, if for no other reason than quality and texture, and I rarely buy frozen products.