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General Mills Scraps Controversial New Legal Terms

April 21, 2014 9:56 am | News | Comments

General Mills is scrapping a controversial plan to strip consumers of their right to sue the food company. A notice on the General Mills website informed visitors that by using its websites or engaging with the company online, they would have to give up their right to sue.

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Kraft Recalls 96K Pounds of Oscar Mayer Wieners

April 21, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft's "Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners" may instead contain the company's "Classic Cheese Dogs."

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Photos of the Day: Colorado Deaths Raise Concerns About Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

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Colorado Deaths Stoke Fears About Pot Edibles

April 21, 2014 9:44 am | by SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two recent deaths have stoked concerns about Colorado's recreational marijuana industry and the effects of the drug, especially since pot edibles can be exponentially more potent than a joint. Pot legalization opponents say the deaths are a sign of future dangers.

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Going into Battle over GMO Labeling

April 21, 2014 8:00 am | by MSNBC | Videos | Comments

There are currently more than 60 legislative proposals in about two dozen states that would impose some form of labeling requirements for foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio discusses the issue with Ronan Farrow.

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Q&A: Working with Packaging Closures

April 21, 2014 8:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

To get a better understanding of the issues surrounding closures, and how best to deal with them, Food Manufacturing spoke with experts with different responsibilities at CROWN Closures Americas, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc.

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Warehouse Management System

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The AccellosOne Warehouse Management System (WMS) version 6.5 is built on Company's unifying technology platform, the AccellosOne Platform version 3.0.

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Liquid Filtration Housings

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The P-FG series of liquid filtration housings is designed for the filtration of process water, mineral water, beer, wine, soft drinks, juice and other liquids.

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Implementation Accelerator for PLM System

April 21, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Infor Implementation Accelerator for Infor Optiva allows organizations to implement and utilize the integrated Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) product with a preconfigured database and supporting documentation.

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Blasius Chocolate Factory Resolves Tax Issue

April 18, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

Blasius Chocolate Factory says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter. The company says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever. No more tax issues."

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China Farmland Polluted with Heavy Metals

April 18, 2014 12:27 pm | by IAN MADER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule.

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WhiteWave Foods Plans Pa. Production Facility

April 18, 2014 12:25 pm | News | Comments

WhiteWave Foods, which specializes in premium and organic food and drink products, plans to open a production facility in central Pennsylvania that is expected to create 100 jobs. The company plans to occupy a vacant facility in Sandy Township in Clearfield County.

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Chobani Unveils New Oats, Dessert Products

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Chobani plans to expand beyond its Greek yogurt cups this summer as it faces intensifying competition. Starting in July, the company will offer Chobani Oats, yogurt mixed with fruit and oats; a dessert called Chobani Indulgent; and new flavors for kids.

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Lean and Beyond: Increasing the Awareness of MRO

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by George Krauter, Storeroom Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

The recognition that a world-class MRO operation is a necessary component of reliable equipment — and a reliable plant — is essential. Subsequently, awareness is not enough. The ability to actually implement change is critical to produce a competitive and reliable product.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Will Spend Less This Easter

April 18, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

According to NRF’s Easter Spending Survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, the average American celebrating the holiday will spend an average of $137.46 on apparel, food, candy, gifts and more, slightly less than the $145.13 spent last year.

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PMMI Partners with Ipack-Ima to Launch East Afripack

April 18, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, has partnered with Ipack-Ima Spa to produce East Afripack, the processing, packaging and converting technologies exhibition. East Afripack will debut Sept. 9–12, 2014, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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GMA: Vt. GMO Bill a Step in the Wrong Direction for Consumers

April 18, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association responded to the movement of HB 112, a bill that would require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients, through the Vermont legislature, calling it "a step in the wrong direction for consumers."

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Japan to Hunt Fewer Whales This Season

April 18, 2014 9:53 am | by MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the goal of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the country's fisheries minister announced on Friday.  

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Chipotle Plans First Price Hike in 3 Years

April 18, 2014 9:49 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MAE ANDERSON, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Chipotle said Thursday that it would raise prices for the first time in three years as its popularity continues to soar. Menu boards with the new prices should start rolling out in coming weeks and be in place at all restaurants by this summer.

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Food Poisoning Report Shows Fewer Salmonella Cases

April 18, 2014 9:44 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The CDC released its latest report card on food poisoning, indicating a dip in salmonella cases but an increase in illnesses from bacteria in raw shellfish. Salmonella remains at the top of the chart, far ahead of most other foodborne germs.

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