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USDA to Approve Simplot's Genetically Engineered Potato

August 28, 2015 | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops. Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. says that the Russet Burbank can also be stored at colder temperatures longer to reduce food waste.

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Fast-Food's New Target: The Snack Attack

August 28, 2015 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken sandwiches and shakes that are smaller than a small.

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Judge Tosses Lawsuits Over Supermarkets' 'Baked Fresh' Bread

August 28, 2015 12:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has thrown out lawsuits filed by New Jersey consumers who said supermarkets fooled them into paying more for bread by advertising it was made fresh in their stores.

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MAPI Report Tempers Expectations For U.S. Manufacturing Sector

August 28, 2015 12:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The latest quarterly forecast from the MAPI Foundation is slightly more pessimistic about the nation's manufacturing sector than three months ago.

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Study: Fair Trade Labels Linked To Higher Cost Threshold, Better Taste

August 28, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The study also showed that consumers believed foods labeled as fair trade tasted better than foods with no such label — even though scientists said that the products in the study were identical and that the differences in taste were "pure imagination."

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Kapowsin Meats Recalls Pork From Washington, Oregon, Alaska

August 28, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kapowsin Meats is recalling more than 520,000 pounds of pork shipped to Washington, Oregon and Alaska after food inspectors found that it may be contaminated with salmonella.

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Philadelphia Pilot Program Helps Reduce Supermarket Waste

August 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A trio of Philadelphia-area universities partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help make use of food that would otherwise be discarded.

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Ruling Could Ease Way for Unionizing at Fast-Food Chains

August 28, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

It will be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday.

Dole Food CEO, Chief Counsel Ordered to Pay $148M

August 28, 2015 8:00 am | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A Delaware judge on Thursday ordered 92-year-old Dole Food CEO David Murdock and a former top lieutenant to pay $148 million in damages for misleading directors and shareholders in a deal that took the company private in 2013.

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Minnesota Company Recalls Beef Products Due to Misbranding

August 28, 2015 7:05 am | by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service | News | Comments

Swanson Meats is recalling approximately 20,063 pounds of beef products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

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America's Schools Make Positive Changes to Create Healthier School Meals, CDC Says

August 27, 2015 5:04 pm | by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention | News | Comments

Most schools in the U.S. are implementing healthy practices to help meet federal school meal standards by offering whole grains, more fruits and vegetables, and reducing sodium content, according to data published Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

McDonald's, Tyson Cut Ties With Farmer Tied to Abuse Video

August 27, 2015 1:10 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm.

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Involve Your Operators In Every Daily Maintenance Plan

August 27, 2015 12:35 pm | by Brad Fulghum | Blogs | Comments

Operators may not know exactly what is causing a problem with the equipment or how to fix it, but they do know that something isn't normal, and chances are good that means it is affecting safety, quality, delivery, and/or cost.

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Report: California Farmers Post Record Revenue Despite Drought

August 27, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A report from a California think tank says that the state's farmers received record revenues for their crops in recent years despite a historic drought.

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Syngenta Cites Market Volatility, Unanswered Questions In Rejecting Latest Monsanto Offer

August 27, 2015 12:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta said that it remains confident in its long-term prospects after rival Monsanto abandoned months-long takeover efforts on Wednesday.

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Reducing Risk, Fortifying Supply Chains to Counteract the Crippling Effect of Food Recalls

August 27, 2015 12:10 pm | by Brian Miller, VP of Services at Intesource | Articles | Comments

To mitigate the risks associated with food recalls, the food industry needs to approach sourcing holistically and implement four important best practices.

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Bimbo Bakeries Recalls Bread Sold in 11 States

August 27, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Sara Lee, Nature's Harvest and other brands is recalling about 48,000 packages of bread sold in 11 states because they may contain fragments of glass from a broken light bulb at a company factory.

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Coffee Pods, Pet Food Boost Smucker's 1Q Results

August 27, 2015 11:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker Co. posted strong fiscal first-quarter results Thursday, thanks to its new Dunkin' Donuts coffee pods and its recently-acquired pet food business.

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Farm Profits to Fall for Second Consecutive Year

August 27, 2015 9:15 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Net farm income is expected to decline 36 percent to $58.3 billion, the USDA said in a report released Tuesday. That's down from last year's $91.1 billion and the lowest in nine years.

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Federal Appeals Court: Tyson Foods Doesn't Underpay Workers

August 27, 2015 9:00 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods doesn't have to pay workers at two of its Nebraska plants for the time they spend putting on and taking off safety gear and preparing for work, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

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U.S. Bottled Water Sales Could Surpass Soda By 2017

August 27, 2015 8:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Bottled water is expected overtake soda in the U.S. market for the first time in 2017, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

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