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Study Linking HFCS To Diabetes Faces Criticism

November 28, 2012 9:45 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

A new study released Tuesday from the University of Southern California and Oxford suggests that diabetes occurs more frequently in countries with large amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in their food supplies. According to the study, type 2 diabetes occurred 20 percent more often in nations which commonly use HFCS in food.


Judge Leaves ‘Pink Slime’ Case Over ABC Ties

November 28, 2012 9:33 am | News | Comments

A federal judge has recused himself from presiding over a $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on one of the network's morning shows. Judge Lawrence L. Piersol recused himself from hearing the defamation lawsuit because his daughter-in-law works as a producer on "Good Morning America."


ConAgra And Ralcorp Ratings Reviewed After Deal

November 28, 2012 9:31 am | News | Comments

Fitch Ratings downgraded its ratings on ConAgra Foods and two other rating agencies are reviewing their assessment of ConAgra and Ralcorp, following the food company's announcement Tuesday that it plans to buy private-label food producer Ralcorp for $5 billion.


Frozen Foods Owner Sentenced In USDA Scam

November 28, 2012 9:29 am | News | Comments

A 47-year-old business owner from northern Georgia was sentenced to 12 months and one day in federal prison for defrauding the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Mushtaq "Mike" Mistry, of Lawrenceville, submitted about $300,000 worth of false claims to the USDA.


Photo Of The Day: Frosty The Cake Pop

November 28, 2012 9:25 am | News | Comments

Cake pops are one of the most popular forms of dessert at parties and gatherings this season. Angie "Bakerella" Dudley created this exclusive recipe — Bakerella's Snowman Cake Pops — in partnership with Betty Crocker for the 2012 Red Hot Holiday Trends.


Achieve Excellence And Make Better Decisions In 2013

November 28, 2012 9:23 am | by Mark Humphlett, Director, Infor | Articles | Comments

By automating and streamlining processes from department to department or person to person, you create a holistic, integrated decision-making environment, where you can make proactive operational decisions at every level of your business.


Consumer Reports Finds Harmful Bacteria In Pork

November 28, 2012 9:11 am | Videos | Comments

A new study from Consumer Reports shows that pork chops and ground pork products may be full of bad bacteria. The group says that the kind of bacteria and the rates at which they were found could indicate lax food safety standards at the country's top pork production facilities.


XL Meat Lockers

November 28, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

XL Lockers with quiet-slam doors and sloping drains for easier cleaning compete with lockers only 2/3 the size.


Medium Pressure Check Valves

November 28, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The CP series of Medium Pressure Check Valves is factory-set at one fixed cracking pressure while the CPA series allows for adjustment of the cracking pressure in the field.


Flexible Steam Tunnel

November 28, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The KST 140-712 Dual Zone Steam Tunnel was engineered specifically for packagers of food and beverages who want 300 cpm capacity without the cost and complexity of multiple tunnels.


Tennessee Selected For Food Safety Center

November 27, 2012 12:40 pm | News | Comments

The University of Tennessee and the state Department of Health are partnering to develop training to improve responses to food-borne illnesses and outbreaks in Tennessee and across the country. The Food Safety Modernization Act directed the CDC to create five Integrated Food Safety Centers of Excellence at state health departments across the country.


Economist: U.S. Corn Dominance Fading

November 27, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

A Purdue University agricultural economist says America's role as the world's corn export king is on the decline. Purdue's Philip Abbott says that prior to a 2007-08 spike in commodity prices, the U.S. exported well over half of the corn that entered international markets.


Lobster Experts Gather For Maine Symposium

November 27, 2012 12:36 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press | News | Comments

Top lobster scientists are meeting to look at fundamental changes that have affected lobsters in recent years after a summer that featured a potentially record-breaking haul in Maine and Canada and a crash in wholesale prices. The Maine Sea Grant program at the University of Maine is hosting the conference in Portland beginning Tuesday.


Consumer Reports: Harmful Bacteria Found In Pork

November 27, 2012 12:34 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Consumer Reports says it has found high rates of bacteria in its testing and analysis of pork chop and ground-pork samples from six U.S. cities. Especially high rates of yersinia, a bacterium that can cause food poisoning, were found, with the bacterium being detected in 69 percent of the 198 pork samples tested.


Halal Food Supplier Investigated For False Labeling

November 27, 2012 12:24 pm | News | Comments

The maker of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims says in court documents that it is facing a potentially crippling investigation into whether it falsely labeled meat products as being processed in compliance with Islamic law. Midamar Corp. says that investigators seized its bank account and records under search warrants executed at the Cedar Rapids firm last month.


Consumer Trends: Holiday Baking Ideas

November 27, 2012 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Whether it's baking cookies for a neighborhood cookie share or a sweet treat to enjoy after wrapping gifts, the McCormick Kitchens are helping home bakers get "Cookie Inspired" by infusing seasonal signature favorites with inspirational new twists.


Links In The Chain

November 27, 2012 12:04 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Built from a career in supply chain and manufacturing leadership, Chip White, an expert in transportation and logistics, offers some interesting perspective on where U.S. manufacturing has been and where it can go with the right direction and investment.


Sugary Soda May Hurt Joints

November 27, 2012 9:44 am | Videos | Comments

Long known to be a leading cause of weight gain while providing no nutritional benefit to consumers, sugary soft drinks have become the enemy of dieticians everywhere. But a new study suggests that sugary drinks not only lead to obesity, they may also be linked to osteoarthritis of the knee.


New Zealand Backs Anti-Whaling Suit Against Japan

November 27, 2012 9:43 am | News | Comments

New Zealand is supporting Australia's attempt in an international court to stop Japan from whaling in the Southern Ocean. New Zealand wants to intervene in a lawsuit Australia brought against Japan two years ago in the International Court of Justice.


Analyst Downgrades McDonald’s, Citing Competition

November 27, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. was downgraded Monday by a Lazard Capital Markets analyst, who said that tough competition may hinder sales growth. Analyst Matthew DiFrisco, cutting McDonald's to "Neutral" from "Buy," said he expects that a key sales figure will shrink 1.8 percent in the last three months of 2012, with a slow start in 2013.


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