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'Made In Israel' Not A Simple Statement

June 1, 2012 10:00 am | by JOSEF FEDERMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent criticism, coming most prominently from South Africa, is putting Israel in a bind over the muddle it has created in the West Bank: Despite 45 years of control and a massive and costly effort to settle it with Jews, Israel has never annexed the territory — and the Palestinians claim it for a future state.

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New Technology Provides 'Indefinite' Shelf Life

June 1, 2012 10:00 am | Videos | Comments

Mountain House Foods processes freeze dried, pre-packaged, shelf-stable entrees. Business is booming, especially as "doomsday preppers" stockpile food for the end of the world.

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Hundreds Of Salmonella Cases Tied To Mail-Order Chicks

June 1, 2012 9:58 am | by MIKE STOBBE,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Those cute mail-order chicks that wind up in children's Easter baskets and backyard farms have been linked to more than 300 cases of salmonella in the U.S. — mostly in youngsters — since 2004.

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Kellogg Completes $2.7B Purchase Of Pringles

June 1, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

Kellogg, which gets most of its revenue from North America, is hoping the acquisition can help it expand into a global snacking company. Pringles, known for iconic tube packaging, are sold in more than 140 countries and produce two-thirds of their annual revenue overseas.

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Photo Of The Day: A Melon For A Melon

June 1, 2012 9:51 am | News | Comments

For decades, Israel has marketed an array of cosmetics and food products manufactured in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank as "Made in Israel," blurring their true origins in settlements opposed by virtually the entire international community. That practice is increasingly being challenged by other countries insisting on a more correct label putting Israel in a bind, because despite 45 years of control it never did annex the Palestinian-dominated West Bank.

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Obtaining Accurate Viscosity Measurements For Food And Beverages

June 1, 2012 9:38 am | by KROHNE | Articles | Comments

Quality control labs are looking for ways to control viscosity more tightly so they can eliminate off-spec product. One method being used more frequently is a new type of in-line viscosity measurement device, which uses patented technology based on mixing principles applied to pipes.

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Motor Run-Time Data Logger

June 1, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The HOBO® UX90 Motor On/Off Logger is a matchbox-sized, LCD-display data logger for monitoring run-times of motors, pumps, compressors and other equipment.

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Food Wash And Antimicrobial

June 1, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

eatSafe™ Natural Food Wash and eatFresh™ Natural Antimicrobial are designed as effective end-to-end alternatives to chemically-based food sanitizers and preservatives that will also enhance the taste, sensory profiles and shelf-life of fresh produce, seafood and poultry as well as prepared and processed foods.

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Natural Sweetness Enhancer

June 1, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new natural flavor NSF-02 has various modes used in virtually any key food and beverage category. The flavor can be used at particular concentrations to provide significantly enhanced flavor and sweetness profiles that deliver a more rounded, sugar-like taste.

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Wash. Fishermen Oppose Proposed Alaska Mine

May 31, 2012 1:13 pm | News | Comments

Washington fishermen who oppose a proposed mine in Alaska are having their say at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing Thursday in Seattle. Sen. Maria Cantwell requested the hearing because she says fishermen would be affected if the Pebble Mine damages the Bristol Bay salmon fishery.

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Barbecue Chain Enters Hog Processing Business

May 31, 2012 1:11 pm | by ROY L. WILLIAMS,The Birmingham News | News | Comments

The chain co-founded in 1985 by Jim Pihakis and his son, Nick Pihakis, in mid-July is opening a pork processing facility in Eva, 60 miles north of Birmingham. The plant will process hogs raised by farmers Jim 'N Nick's is recruiting as partners, said Nick Pihakis, who has run the company since his father passed in 2000.

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Robotic System Automates Poultry Deboning Process

May 31, 2012 1:09 pm | by Rick Robinson | News | Comments

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute have developed a prototype system that uses advanced imaging technology and a robotic cutting arm to automatically debone chicken and other poultry products.

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NYC: Slim Down The Soda To Fight Obesity

May 31, 2012 1:03 pm | by SAMANTHA GROSS,Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks in the city's restaurants, delis and movie theaters in the hopes of combating obesity — an expansion of his administration's efforts to encourage healthy behavior by limiting residents' choices.

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Ky. Residents Sue Distillers Over Whiskey Fungus

May 31, 2012 1:01 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Louisville residents is suing three distillers claiming ethanol emissions produced by making booze has caused a black, soot-like growth known as whiskey fungus to bloom on cars and houses.

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Consumer Trends: Teenagers Have No Time For Mealtime

May 31, 2012 12:59 pm | News | Comments

Teenagers up and down the country are skipping meals because they just don’t have the time to eat, reports a new survey on behalf of Lean on Turkey carried out by Opinion Matters.

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Q&A: Judging By The Label

May 31, 2012 12:52 pm | by David L. TerMolen, Partner, Freeborn & Peters LLP | Articles | Comments

Ferrero USA recently settled a class action lawsuit over the marketing of its Nutella chocolate-hazelnut spread. We spoke with David L. TerMolen of Freeborn & Peters LLP about the lawsuit and why food processors should think carefully before placing health claims on their product labels.

Bloomberg Says 'No' To Super-Sized Drinks

May 31, 2012 10:21 am | Videos | Comments

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing legislation that would ban super-sized soft drinks in the city's restaurants, theaters and delis.

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Wal-Mart To Spell Out Expansion Plans

May 31, 2012 10:14 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO,AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart executives are expected to detail how the world's largest retailer plans to turn around its Brazil and China operations and report on its expansion efforts in Canada at an annual pep rally Wednesday for its international workers.

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Pepsi Launching Twitter Effort

May 31, 2012 10:12 am | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. is lifting the curtain on its music partnership with Twitter, saying it plans to offer its followers chances to win free downloadable songs through the social media site starting Wednesday and that it will stream video of live concerts this summer.

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FDA Rejects New Name For HFCS

May 31, 2012 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename its sweetening agent "corn sugar." Given the sweetener's bad reputation in recent years, the association submitted an application to the agency in 2010 to have the product renamed on nutrition labels. But the FDA said that it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food — not a syrup.

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