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FDA: New Rules Would Make Food Safer

January 7, 2013 9:34 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year. The long-overdue regulations could cost businesses close to half a billion dollars a year to implement, but are expected to reduce the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness.

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Hostess in Talks to Sell Bread Brands

January 7, 2013 9:30 am | News | Comments

The makers of Thomas' English muffins and Tastykake snacks are emerging as two of the bidders for Wonder Bread and other Hostess bread brands as the company tries to sell off its assets under bankruptcy-court oversight, a newspaper reported Saturday.

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Sometimes Success Means We Break the Rules

January 7, 2013 9:29 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

 Rules are important, especially when it comes to governance, but they cannot possibly anticipate or address every single scenario that might come along. Not every process solution fits within the guidance of the process improvement methodologies we know. Sometimes, the best solution to the challenge comes from doing what our methodologies would decidedly not do. 

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Photo of the Day: Fishing for Aid

January 7, 2013 9:27 am | News | Comments

In a Dec. 12, 2012 photo, fishing boats lie smashed against one another from Superstorm Sandy at the Belford fishing port in Middletown, N.J. The port sustained nearly $1 million in damages, some of which its owners hope to recoup through federal storm aid.

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Analog Laser Sensor

January 7, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The new IL Series represents a significant advancement in laser displacement technology, incorporating performance features typically not found in other systems.

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Shrink Wrapper

January 7, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The 598 Tritium™ Shrink Wrapper is a continuous motion shrink wrapper capable of handling applications in the food and beverage industries.

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IPPE Coverage: Food Former, Booth #3666

January 7, 2013 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The 720 all-hydraulic, microprocessor-controlled, multi-outlet forming machine now offers greater versatility.

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Thought of the Day: FDA Proposes Stricter Food Safety Rules

January 4, 2013 12:58 pm | News | Comments

In the wake of several high-profile and deadly foodborne illness outbreaks, the FDA is proposing stricter rules in an effort to prevent the kinds of contaminations that have led to large-scale threats to public health in recent years.   

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The Year Ends on a Better Note in U.S. Manufacturing

January 4, 2013 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The overall economy continued to grow for the 43rd consecutive month while economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded, moving the Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) back over the 50 percent mark in December, according to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Midwest Dairy Farmers Have Strong November

January 4, 2013 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Dairy farmers in Wisconsin and Minnesota had an especially strong month in November. Milk production in both states increased 5 percent compared to their output in November 2012. No other state showed as large an increase, and the increase nationwide was just 1 percent.

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Company Recalls Brownie Mix in Three States

January 4, 2013 12:37 pm | News | Comments

An Illinois-based company says it is recalling one lot of Food Club Chocolate Chunk Brownies Mix distributed to stores in three states from a warehouse in southwestern Virginia. Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. said Thursday that packaging does not list walnuts among the ingredients.

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Farm Bill Extension Evidence of Lost Clout

January 4, 2013 12:35 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising but doesn't include many of the goodies that farm-state lawmakers are used to getting for their rural districts.

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Horse Advocates Fear Slaughter of Nevada Mustangs

January 4, 2013 12:32 pm | by SCOTT SONNER,Associated Press | News | Comments

State agriculture officials have discussed ways to muster support for the slaughter of stray horses in Nevada, and the discussions stirred protests among advocates for the free-roaming animals. Wild horse supporters plan a rally at the state Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Brian Sandoval to call off next week's scheduled auction of 41 wild mustangs they fear will end up at a slaughterhouse.

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FDA Proposes Sweeping New Food Safety Rules

January 4, 2013 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed the most sweeping food safety rules in decades, requiring farmers and food companies to be more vigilant in the wake of deadly outbreaks in peanuts, cantaloupe and leafy greens. The long-overdue regulations are aimed at reducing the estimated 3,000 deaths a year from foodborne illness.

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Consumer Trends: R&D Spending Expected to Grow in 2013

January 4, 2013 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Innovation leaders from a broad cross-section of industries are anticipating a period of managed growth in 2013, according to the 29th Annual R&D Trends Forecast conducted by the Industrial Research Institute (IRI). Specifically, new business R&D projects are expected to remain a significant driver of investment.

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Starbucks Opening First Vietnam Café

January 4, 2013 9:45 am | by MIKE IVES,Associated Press | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp. will open its first Vietnam cafe early next month in Ho Chi Minh City as part of its strategy to expand across Asia, the company said Thursday. The Seattle-based chain will be entering a country of coffee lovers that already has an established market.

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Ralcorp Closing Two NY Manufacturing Plants

January 4, 2013 9:43 am | News | Comments

Food company Ralcorp Holdings Inc. says it will close two upstate New York manufacturing facilities in a move that will leave 375 workers without jobs. The St. Louis-based company says it will close its Silver Creek and Dunkirk facilities in western New York as it shifts manufacturing to improve efficiency.

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Poll: Obesity Is a Crisis but We Want Junk Food

January 4, 2013 9:41 am | by JENNIFER AGIESTA and LAURAN NEERGAARD,Associated Press | News | Comments

We know obesity is a health crisis, or every new year wouldn't start with resolutions to eat better and get off the couch. But don't try taking away our junk food. Americans blame too much screen time and cheap fast food for fueling the nation's fat epidemic, a poll finds, but they're split on how much the government should do to help.

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Whisky Maker Mixes Drinking And Driving

January 4, 2013 9:39 am | Videos | Comments

Millions of people around the globe toasted the new year with a glass of one of Scotland's best exports but only one traditional whisky also provides fuel for your car. Ivor Bennett reports from the Scottish distillery, Tullibardine, which has gone into business with Celtic Renewables, part of Napier University, to convert its whisky leftovers into auto fuel.

Patrick Dempsey Buys Tully's Coffee for $9.15M

January 4, 2013 9:38 am | News | Comments

Actor Patrick Dempsey said it appears his bid to buy a small coffee chain has prevailed in a bankruptcy auction that included Starbucks Corp. Late Thursday night, Dempsey announced that his company, Global Baristas LLC, made the winning bid for Tully's Coffee.

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