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Farmers Get Creative in Ways to Defraud Federal Insurance Programs

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest case involves two brothers from North Dakota accused of using various techniques to destroy their potatoes, such as adding septic tank chemicals and bringing in a portable heater to turn their warehouse into a spud sauna.

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Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

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Q&A: Baskaran Thyagarajan, Chili Peppers and Weight Loss

March 9, 2015 10:40 am | by Lily Barback, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Baskaran Thyagarajan, from the University of Wyoming, and a team found that capsaicin — the chief ingredient in chili peppers — could be a diet supplement for weight loss.

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Vermont Farms Use Cell Phones to Monitor Storage Conditions

March 9, 2015 10:05 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers in Vermont are gaining access to remote monitoring by using their cell phones to provide updates.

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CFIA Says There is 'No Safety Concern' Over Alberta Mad Cow Disease

March 9, 2015 9:30 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada's chief veterinary officer says some cattle associated with the investigation into a case of mad cow disease in Alberta were slaughtered over the last few years and entered the human food chain.

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Girl Scouts Open Cookie Drive-Thru

March 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in a hurry, this just might be a dream come true. A Girl Scouts troop out of Salem, New Hampshire has found a way to boost its cookie sales: a drive-thru option.

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Arizona Meat Distributor Recalls 50K Pounds of Pork, Beef

March 9, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA said that Premiere Distribution Center in Nogales is recalling more than 22,000 pounds of frozen bulk pork and more than 28,000 beef products.

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McDonald's Global Sales Decline in February

March 9, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain has been struggling with disappointed sales amid shifting tastes and intensifying competition, including places that position themselves as more wholesome alternatives. 

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Pinch-Bottom Bag For Powdered, Granulated Products

March 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Pinch-Pro large-format industrial bag supports many powdered and granulated product applications, including pet food, sugar, bakery ingredients and specialty chemicals.

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Bars, Restaurants Top February Job Gains

March 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Bars and restaurants added an estimated 59,000 jobs last month to lead all sectors tracked by the U.S. Labor Department. Officials said those numbers reflected increased consumer spending at dining establishments.

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Flexi-Rope System

March 9, 2015 7:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

Ideal for fresh produce, frozen foods and hot products, the flexi-rope option allows users to automatically apply spaces between stretch film rotations — creating ventilation throughout the pallet.

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Introducing the Food Quality Alliance: A Total Management Solution

March 6, 2015 3:35 pm | by Global ID Group | News | Comments

How would you like to have an all-in-one source for food safety testing, training and certification services, including GFSI, organic, kosher, gluten-free and non-GMO?

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Idaho Bans Booze at '50 Shades' Showings

March 6, 2015 3:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Idaho State Police's Alcohol Beverage Control has contacted at least two theaters showing the popular R-rated flick, ordering them to comply with a law banning businesses from serving booze to people watching sexually explicit films.

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Tales to Protect Your Vision: True PPE Stories

March 6, 2015 2:20 pm | by Mandy Savage, Copywriter with Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

According to OSHA, eye injuries alone cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time and medical compensation. When it comes to workplace safety, words of caution from the experienced follow us into adulthood, for good reason.

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Does Sugar By Any Other Name Still Taste as Sweet?

March 6, 2015 1:42 pm | by Washington Post | Videos | Comments

The United States is the world's largest consumer of sugar, and the nation's top nutrition panel recently recommended that Americans cut down on consuming the sweet stuff. So our panelists tested five alternative sweeteners — stevia, sucralose, tagatose, yacón powder and xylitol — to see how they compare with sugar.

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Amazon, Others Sued Over Teen's Caffeine-Powder Death

March 6, 2015 1:10 pm | by MARK GILLISPIE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com and caffeine powder distributors didn't provide proper warnings about the supplement's dangers, resulting in the death of an Ohio high school student last year, the teen's father said in a lawsuit filed Friday.

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Report: Reshoring to Boost Industrial Construction in 2015

March 6, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Construction research firm CMD expects starts of industrial construction projects to increase 7.8 percent this year due in large part to reshoring efforts by U.S. manufacturers.

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Wisconsin Poised to Join Right-to-Work States

March 6, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Wisconsin is just days away from joining the ranks of the nation's right-to-work states following a marathon legislative session that concluded Friday morning.

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Bourbon Master Tester For Brown-Forman: 28-Year-Old Marianne Barnes

March 6, 2015 11:00 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Marianne Barnes, a 28-year-old former chemical engineer, is the master taster for Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve. Her job involves making sure the product tastes top notch before it hits shelves. 

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Why You're Paying $10 For Juice

March 6, 2015 10:25 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The booming business of juice has climbed to more than $4.3 billion a year globally. CNN Money's Vanessa Yurkevich explains why your juice is so expensive.

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