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Calif. Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 18, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor were charged with serving meat from the Sei (say) whale. 

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VIDEO: When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 18, 2014 9:36 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing.

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VIDEO: Are Robots Replacing Jobs? Meet Baxter

November 18, 2014 9:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

From factory floors to warehouses and hospital floors, humans are increasingly finding themselves working alongside robots, and the impact of robots in the workforce are only expected to grow. Meet Baxter, the new face of manufacturing.   

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Bad Weather Takes a Bite Out of Europe's Olive Harvest

November 18, 2014 9:22 am | by BARRY HATTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather. The shortfall could translate into higher shelf prices for some olive oils and is dealing another blow to southern Europe's bruised economies as they limp out of a protracted financial crisis.

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Vermont Fights Attempt to Block Food Labeling Law

November 18, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block the state's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Association of Manufacturers are suing to overturn the law.

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Colorado Panel Makes No Progress on Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 9:10 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be possible to make sure pot products don't look like regular foods. Instead, marijuana regulators decided to send lawmakers several proposals.

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US Producer Prices Rise 0.2 Percent in October

November 18, 2014 9:08 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork and electric power. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent in October from the previous month, the Labor Department said. 

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One Mom's Mission to Encourage STEM Careers For Girls

November 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JOSEPH B. FREDERICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kelly Matthews is on a mission to get more girls interested in STEM. Her mission began at home with her 9-month-old daughter. Matthews reads books to her like "Rosie Revere, Engineer" and "HTML for Babies."            

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7 Ways to Pest Proof Your Business During Rodent Awareness Week

November 18, 2014 8:00 am | by McCloud Services | Articles | Comments

The National Pest Management Association has declared this week Rodent Awareness Week as rodent populations continue to rise during the winter months. Learning to pest proof your business, especially those in the food industry and food supply chain, is essential.

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Whey Protein For Sports Yogurts

November 18, 2014 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Whey protein is easily digested and absorbed quickly in the body, offering yogurt manufacturers the opportunity to create great tasting yogurts that provide a combined muscle and bone health proposition. 

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VIDEO: Brewery Serves $15 Hot Pockets to Get Around Law

November 17, 2014 2:22 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis is offering a new menu in order to comply with Indiana state law. The law requires food to be available in order to serve liquor by the glass; two of the items on the menu are Hot Pockets and Cup of Noodles.  

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Minnesota Food Company Sued for Unpaid Loans

November 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Minnesota businessman and his food company are facing three lawsuits over unpaid loans. Pioneer Bank has filed two lawsuits and John Bean Technologies, a food processing equipment maker, filed a third. Together they seek more than $6 million from Stephen Singleteary and Singleteary Food Solutions.

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Hellmann's Maker Tweaks Site in 'Mayonnaise' Spat

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

After suing a small California company for calling its product "Just Mayo" because the product is made without eggs, it was discovered that Unilever had tweaked its website to make clear that some of its own products are "mayonnaise dressing," rather than mayonnaise.

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'Red Warning Lights Are Flashing' For Global Economy

November 17, 2014 1:51 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hours after the leaders of the world's 20 most developed economies sought to boost confidence by promising to increase global output by $2 trillion over five years, Japan said it had fallen into recession.           

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Photos: 400-Foot-Long Hallaca

November 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelan cooks set a record for making the world's biggest hallaca — Venezuela's version of the tamale that is traditionally eaten in December. The creation features pork, beef, chicken, olives and raisins folded into corn dough and wrapped in a banana leaf.

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Fire Destroys Spain's Largest Meat Plant

November 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by HAROLD HECKLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire has destroyed one of Spain's largest meat producing plants and created a plume of black smoke that forced the closure of a highway in the northern city of Burgos. The blaze began early Sunday at the Campofrio plant where 1,000 employees work. 

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50-Year-Old Man Drinks 10 Cokes a Day For Science

November 17, 2014 10:33 am | by George Prior | News | Comments

George Prior, a Los Angeles resident, is carefully documenting his health while consuming 10 Cokes a day. Prior hopes to increase public awareness about the dangers of excessive sugar in the standard American diet.         

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Wearing its Labels With Pride

November 17, 2014 10:27 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor | Articles | Comments

Berner Food & Beverage is an Illinois-based contract manufacturer of private label and store brand beverages, cheese products and other dairy-based foods.                         

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Turkey Production Down, Wholesale Prices Up as Thanksgiving Approaches

November 17, 2014 10:20 am | by BILL DRAPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

This year's anticipated stock is 235 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service — the lowest since 1986, when U.S. farmers produced roughly 207 million birds.     

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Michigan State Recalls Cookie, Ice Cream Products

November 17, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Michigan State University is recalling some cookie and ice cream products because malfunctioning equipment may have contaminated them with metal shavings. The products also were ordered pulled from store shelves. No injuries have been reported.

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