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Washington Lawmaker Proposes 'Ag-Gag' Bill

January 14, 2015 11:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A Washington state legislator introduced a bill emulating Idaho's controversial "ag-gag" law, which criminalizes undercover recordings at slaughterhouses and factory farms. Animal rights activists, though, are strongly working to overturn the bill.

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Calif. Unveils Strict Rules on Pesticide Use

January 14, 2015 10:45 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

The restrictions target chloropicrin, a pesticide injected into the ground before planting crops such as strawberries, tomatoes and almond orchards. In recent years, the chemical has caused hundreds of people to suffer from irritated eyes, coughing fits and headaches.

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Gourmet Oatmeal: It's Not Just For Breakfast Anymore

January 14, 2015 10:20 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

If you aren't already aware, January is National Oatmeal Month. ABC's Tina Trinh takes a look at the wonders of gourmet oatmeal by visiting Oat Meals in New York City. Learn the various ways you can dress up this breakfast staple, like with bacon and peanut butter or even pesto and tomato.

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Friendly Robots: The Future of Advanced Manufacturing

January 14, 2015 9:55 am | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing robots aren’t typically the friendliest of fellows. That’s why Rethink Robotics introduced Baxter in 2012. Baxter is leading a new category of smart, collaborative robots designed to safely and intelligently work right next to people. 

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Study: Wheat Yield to Decline as Temperatures Rise

January 14, 2015 9:20 am | by University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences | News | Comments

Production of wheat, one of the world's most important food crops, will decline as temperatures increase, a finding made possible by pooling computer models worldwide, in a study led by a UF/IFAS researcher.           

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Keys to Building a Culture of Food Safety

January 14, 2015 9:00 am | by Jan Lillemo, Principal Consultant at Lillemo and Associates and Sonal Sinha, Associate Vice President of Industry Solutions at MetricStream | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, food safety programs have focused on more tactical activities such as auditing and product testing. Today, though significant strides have been made to ensure food safety, organizations are still looking for more comprehensive programs that can integrate food safety activities into core business functions and processes.

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Chipotle: No Pork at a Third of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 8:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A spokesman for the Mexican food chain said it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos and bowls. He said Chipotle learned of the violation by the supplier on Friday through a routine audit, and did not have a timeline for when carnitas would return to affected stores, about a third of its total base.

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Can Manufacturing Learn a Lesson From Farm-to-Table?

January 14, 2015 8:00 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Blogs | Comments

For manufacturers to find the new competitive advantage, it will depend on social and environmental responsibility, and ultimately how to stand out with customization and added services for business viability. Manufacturers are — and must — change their mindset. 

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Pump Fillers

January 14, 2015 7:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The pump fillers are ideal for entrees and frozen meal processing and are the most modern fillers on the market today. Accurately fill products such as gravies and sauces or prepared fish, meat and chicken. 

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Patty Fill System

January 14, 2015 7:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Product Releases | Comments

The interweaving strands allow for excellent transfer of heat through the product, making cooking times faster and patties more uniform. 

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GMOs With Health Benefits Have Large Market Potential

January 13, 2015 2:55 pm | by GHENT UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

Over the last few years, various GM crops with health benefits have been developed in which genes, mostly originating from other organisms, have been added. Examples include rice enriched with pro-vitamin A and folate-enriched rice, developed at Ghent University.

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Study Says Eating School Lunch After Recess Boosts Produce Consumption

January 13, 2015 2:20 pm | by BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

With food waste as a growing problem in the U.S., a new study looked at ways to get kids in school to eat more produce. The researchers found that by switching the recess hour to before lunch, kids consumed up to 54 percent more fruits and vegetables. 

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VIDEO: Pringles Releases New 'Food Truck' Flavored Chips...in Secret?

January 13, 2015 1:45 pm | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Did Pringles just release a new flavor and not even tell anybody? New Kickin' Chicken Taco flavored Pringles are popping up in a supermarket chain in the Midwest, apparently part of a new 'Food Truck' collection.          

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How to Protect Your Facility Floor During Winter

January 13, 2015 1:10 pm | by Robert Kravitz | Articles | Comments

Rain, snow, ice, and ice melt can play havoc on a floor’s finish, and when this happens, they can also damage the floor itself. But there are ways to keep hard-surface floors clean, safe, and healthy during the winter.       

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66 Percent of US Workers Admit to Workplace Mistakes Due to Tiredness

January 13, 2015 12:30 pm | by Red Bull | News | Comments

To be more productive at work, pick-me-ups like coffee, energy drinks and tea are more popular choices than energy bars, smoothies or juices. About 93 percent of respondents said they have taken action to boost their energy at work, with caffeine as a top workplace necessity.

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Holy Guacamole! Americans to Eat a Record 240M Avocados During Big Game

January 13, 2015 12:00 pm | by Hass Avocado Board | News | Comments

It's estimated Americans will eat nearly 120 million pounds or 240 million fresh avocados during the week leading up to the Big Game on Feb. 1. That's a whopping 3,785 avocados per seat in the University of Phoenix Stadium and it's 21 percent more avocados than in 2014.

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VIDEO: What's Hot in Food Trends, From Seaweed to Toast

January 13, 2015 11:20 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Toast as a taste, seaweed on everything and chocolate as dark as night. These are just a few of the trends at this year's Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco. Watch this video to find out what other wacky food trends may be coming your way. 

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Mozambique Links 72 Contaminated Beer Deaths to Crocodile Bile

January 13, 2015 10:30 am | by EMMANUEL CAMILLO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Three more people have died from drinking contaminated beer, bringing the number of fatalities to 72, as the number hospitalized fell by more than 150. Dozens of people fell ill in Chitima after drinking the traditional beer, known as Pombe. 

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Alabama Principal Seeks Food Cans to Defend Against School Intruders

January 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An eastern Alabama school principal is asking students to bring cans of food such as corn and peas as a way of fighting off a school intruder. In a letter to parents, Principal Holley said the food can could stun an intruder "or even known him out."

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Tips for Lift Truck Maintenance: Maximizing Uptime and Minimizing Costs

January 13, 2015 9:54 am | by Anthony Fedele, Chief Operating Officer, Abel Womack, Inc | Articles | Comments

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck fleet service program is critical to optimizing the fleet’s uptime and productivity. To make the most of the program and the equipment, be sure to include a few maintenance components to ensure the long-term health of any lift truck fleet.

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