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Co2 Leak Detectors

May 3, 2012 3:19 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new LeakMatic II utilizes an optical CO2 sensor to detect leaks in modified atmosphere packages (MAP). The sensor is faster and more responsive to detecting even trace amounts of CO2.

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Washdown Fan

May 3, 2012 3:00 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The Powerfoil® X2.0 Wash Down features a stainless steel, washdown motor to withstand frequent intense cleaning, food-duty epoxy and a completely sealed NitroSeal™ gearbox with food-grade oil.

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Foot-And-Mouth Disease May Spread Across Middle East

May 3, 2012 12:48 pm | News | Comments

A U.N. agency says Egypt's outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease has reached neighboring Gaza Strip and could soon spread across the Middle East.

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Miss. Governor Signs Bill For Stronger Beer

May 3, 2012 12:46 pm | by LAURA TILLMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi's sole brewery will soon be able to make stronger beer to sell outside the state. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2370 into law Tuesday, which allows breweries to manufacture and sell beer with more than 8 percent alcohol by weight to states that allow sales of stronger beer.

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Hawaii Lawmakers Vote To Remove Kona Certification Requirements

May 3, 2012 12:44 pm | by TREENA SHAPIRO,Associated Press | News | Comments

Kona coffee farmers are asking the governor to veto a bill that removes mandatory certification requirements for Hawaii-grown coffee. The bill was one of dozens that cleared the full House and Senate on Tuesday, two days before the end of the 2012 legislative session.

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Union To Resume Talks With American Crystal

May 3, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Officials representing American Crystal Sugar Co. and its locked-out union workers plan to meet again on June 8, but a resolution to the 10-month-long contract dispute appears unlikely.

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Pepsi Brings Back Michael Jackson

May 3, 2012 12:40 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The Purchase, N.Y.-based company on Thursday announced its deal with the estate of Michael Jackson to use the late pop star's image for its new global marketing push. The nature of the promotion will vary by country, but will include special edition cans bearing Jackson's image, a TV ad in some markets and chances to download remixes of some of Jackson's most famous songs.

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Consumer Trends: Calif. Consumers Push For GMO Labeling

May 3, 2012 12:34 pm | News | Comments

The California Right to Know campaign filed 971,126 signatures for the state's first-ever ballot initiative to require labeling of genetically engineered foods. The huge signature haul, gathered in a 10-week period, is nearly double the 555,236 signatures the campaign needs to qualify for the November ballot.

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Ohio Food Distribution Center To Close

May 3, 2012 10:30 am | News | Comments

A Michigan food supplier says it's closing a newly acquired distribution center in northwest Ohio that employs about 120 people.

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Cinco De Mayo In The U.S.: Lots Of Beer, Little History

May 3, 2012 10:28 am | by RUSSELL CONTRERAS,Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the years, the holiday has been adopted by beer companies as a way to penetrate the growing Latino market, even as the historical origins of the holiday remain largely forgotten.

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Offspring Of Mad Cow Did Not Have Disease

May 3, 2012 10:24 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Investigators looking into California's first case of mad cow disease say they have tracked down at least one of her offspring in another state. Since there is no live test for the disease also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, it was euthanized and brain samples were sent to the national laboratory. The test was negative, officials said Wednesday.

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Judge Allows BP Oil Spill Settlement To Proceed

May 3, 2012 10:22 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Wednesday preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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USDA To Speed Tracking Of E. Coli In Meat

May 3, 2012 10:20 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press | News | Comments

The government plans to speed up the process for tracking E. coli in meat, a move that will help authorities more quickly find the source of bacteria outbreaks and hasten recalls of tainted food.

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Photo Of The Day: Cinco De Mayo — From Beans To Beer

May 3, 2012 10:17 am | News | Comments

Cinco de Mayo has become in the U.S.: a celebration of all things Mexican, from mariachi music to sombreros, marked by schools, politicians and companies selling everything from beans to beer.

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H-1 Food-Grade Lube

May 3, 2012 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

This new line of Omnilube® food-grade rotary screw and reciprocating air compressor lubricants provide improved wear, oxidation and lubricity compared with currently available H-1 food grade synthetic lubricants.

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Biodegradable Lubricant

May 3, 2012 9:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

UltraLube® Slide Way Oil is a biodegradable lubricant designed to lubricate ways, slides and guides of machine tools such as grinders, milling machines, planers and saw guides.

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Tank/Hopper Weighing System

May 3, 2012 9:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The new CenterPoint series Tank/Hopper Scales utilize double-ended shear beam stainless steel load cells with center load design for efficiency in mixing, blending, batching, inventory control and general weighing.

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Starbucks Names Fmr. Defense Secretary As Board Member

May 2, 2012 10:21 am | News | Comments

Starbucks Corp. has named former Defense Secretary Robert Gates as a board member. The coffee chain said Wednesday that Gates will serve on its nominating and corporate governance committee. 

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'Gluten-Free Pantry Raid' Aims To Ease Transition For Newly Diagnosed

May 2, 2012 10:16 am | News | Comments

The “Gluten-Free Pantry Raid” is designed to help to ease the transition for newly diagnosed families who often struggle to adapt to the gluten-free lifestyle. The goal is to raise money for the  National Foundation for Celiac Awareness' programs and services and to produce an educational video that will assist in the transition to a gluten-free diet. 

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Watchdog: 'Big Alcohol' Uses 'Drink Responsibility' As Marketing Gimmick

May 2, 2012 10:03 am | News | Comments

An alcohol industry watchdog has released a report criticizing the alcohol industry's plea that consumers "drink responsibly," claiming that the public safety request is little more than a marketing gimmick.

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