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Nestle Recalls 10K Cartons of Mislabeled Ice Cream

June 30, 2014 8:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

With the hot summer months ahead, ice cream lovers should be wary of their product choices. Nestle USA is recalling 10,000 cartons of one of its most popular ice cream brands because the packages are mislabeled. The ice cream was distributed to at least 11 states.

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ConAgra Completes Oregon Potato Plant Expansion

June 30, 2014 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Food giant ConAgra Foods Inc, popular for its Slim Jim and Chef Boyardee brands, has completed the $200 million expansion of its Lamb Weston frozen potato plant in Boardman, Oregon. The expansion will create more than 100 additional jobs.

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Photo: Day Drink Meets Night Drink

June 30, 2014 8:00 am | by Friends Fun Wine | News | Comments

Friends Fun Wine, producer of low-alcohol, low-calorie wines, combines the world's most popular day drink with the world's most popular night drink. Coffee and wine become one in the company's Cabernet Coffee Espresso and Chardonnay Coffee Cappuccino beverages.

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Industries Urge Congress to Prevent Country of Origin Labeling

June 30, 2014 8:00 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Canada and Mexico challenged the Country of Origin Labeling rule for muscle cuts of meat in the WTO after the USDA issued the revised rule, arguing that COOL has a trade-distorting impact by reducing the value and number of cattle and hogs shipped to the U.S.

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Pneumatic 90 Degree Push Transfer

June 30, 2014 7:15 am | Product Releases | Comments

This multi-conveyor's pneumatic 90 degree transfer was designed for a packaged meat operation that required products that are two or three abreast to be transferred at 90 degrees at 20 cycles per minute. 

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Packaging Label

June 30, 2014 7:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company redesigns the packaging label for one of their family brands, Mom's Pasta Sauce. The new packaging will make its debut at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York and will be on the grocery store shelves nationwide later this summer.

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Astronauts Look Forward to First Espresso Machine in Space

June 27, 2014 2:33 pm | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Astronauts living in the International Space System are excited to finally be getting their very own espresso machine. Beginning early next year, ISSpresso — ISS for International Space System — will launch its way into the hands of astronauts.

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Coca-Cola Builds $100M Green Plant in China

June 27, 2014 2:10 pm | by Coca-Cola | News | Comments

Coca Cola's new green plant in South Harbin Industrial City, China, will accommodate nine production lines for both sparkling and still beverages, including Coca-Cola and Minute Maid. The plant is part of a three-year plan that underscores the company's confidence in China.

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Consumer Trends: Are Insects the Food of the Future?

June 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

According to Florence Dunkel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Entomology at Montana State University and editor of Food Insects Newsletter, 85 insect species in the U.S. are documented as potential food sources; worldwide, there are 1,900 species.

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McCormick Mulls Move, I Want My Old Bay

June 27, 2014 12:18 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

With Maryland's historical spice and ingredient manufacturer, McCormick, debating moving out of state, a big question comes to mind. What's really more important: the company's history near Baltimore or the efficiency to be gained from consolidating?

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Maryland Sonic: Would You Like Pot with That?

June 27, 2014 11:48 am | by The Frederick (Md.) News-Post, Frederick, Maryland | News | Comments

A Fredrick, Maryland woman was not laughing when she found a bag of marijuana tucked inside with the French fries she ordered at a Sonic drive-in on Wednesday, saying her two young children were in the car, within easy reach of the baggie.

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Japan's Mizkan Group Receives $2.2B Loan to Buy Ragu Brand

June 27, 2014 11:31 am | by Kyodo News International ,Tokyo | News | Comments

In a deal with Unilever that toals $2.15 billion, Japanese food manufacturer Mizkan Holdings Co. secured a loan from four banks on Friday worth $2.2 billion. Mizkan will purchase several major food brands from food giant Unilever, including Ragu and Bertolli.

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Food Poisoning Reporting System is Free, Universal

June 27, 2014 11:00 am | by DiningGrades.com | News | Comments

DiningGrades.com has developed an innovative solution solving a need for reporting suspected restaurant food poisoning. This eporting system allows patrons to report a food poisoning event and provide critical information to restaurant management.

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Las Vegas Facility Recalls 15K Pounds of Misbranded Pork

June 27, 2014 9:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service the Las Vegas food distributor recalled almost 15,000 pounds of misbranded raw pork nugget product because of an allergen that isn't declared on the product labels. 

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Are Misleading Warnings to Blame for Avoided Ingredients?

June 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Cornell Food & Brand Lab | News | Comments

A Cornell University study investigated who is most prone to food fears, why and what can be done to correct misperceptions. Researchers found that giving consumers more information about the ingredient, such as its history, can be effective in reducing fears.

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Organic Trade Association: Aversion to GMOs Drives Organic Purchases

June 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Organic Trade Association | News | Comments

Parents are avoiding GMOs, for themselves or their children. This an increasingly important reason why parents choose organic food, according to the Organic Trade Assocation's U.S. Families' Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2014 Tracking Study, a report of 1,200 households.

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Infographic: The Impacts of FSMA on Manufacturers

June 27, 2014 8:30 am | by PMMI | News | Comments

Since 2011, the Food Safety Modernization Act has been top of mind throughout the food and beverage industry. PMMI’s recent Food Safety and Traceability Study analyzes the effects of FSMA on packaging and processing, and the steps to take to address the regulation.

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VIDEO: Get Your Protein From Crickets

June 27, 2014 8:10 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

Bitty Foods makes food products based on cricket flour. Founder Megan Miller says the flour is sustainable and high in protein. The flour is made up of crickets that have been dry roasted and ground up into a fine powder and put into food products, such as cookies.

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Food Safety Update: Lab Testing

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged | Articles | Comments

Most facilities are testing for quality when they perform lab tests, according to respondents. Nearly 86 percent said quality is their first priority, followed by 65.7 percent that said they test for the pathogens, biological contaminants and other food safety dangers.

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Maryland-Based McCormick Considers Relocation

June 27, 2014 8:00 am | by JONATHAN O'CONNELL, The Washington Post | News | Comments

McCormick, the sixth-largest company in the state of Maryland, is considering a relocation of its headquarters that could move it out of state. Founded in 1889, McCormick is now a $9.3 billion company with spices and seasonings that sell to more than 110 countries.

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