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Consumer Health Group Finds Toxic Chocolate Valentine Surprise

February 11, 2015 11:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

A consumer health protection organization, As You Sow, filed legal actions today against Hershey's, See's Candies and Mars for allegedly violating California's Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act. The consumer health group says the confectioners have failed to warn its consumers of the toxic chemical cadmium in the companies' chocolate products.

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Panel Could Lift Limits on Dietary Cholesterol

February 11, 2015 10:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

An advisory committee's recommendations for the nation's dietary patterns are due soon, and some advice may be changing. The committee is expected to downplay the importance of lowering cholesterol intake and may put less emphasis on eating lean meats.

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Q&A: Quality Assurance, Quality Control Processes

February 11, 2015 10:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Jorge Hernandez about the quality assurance and quality control processes at US Foods, and other topics related to QA/QC in the food manufacturing industry.

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New Packaging Laws Hit Marijuana Edibles Market

February 11, 2015 9:35 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Videos | Comments

After many incidents where kids accidentally ate edible marijuana products led to a string of emergency room visits, new laws were put in place to mitigate these risks. The laws affect how much THC — the active chemical in pot — are allowed in edible marjiuana products and how they're packaged so that it's not as easy to take too much.

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Flies Sniff Out Antioxidants

February 11, 2015 9:10 am | by The Conversation, Anwesha Ghosh | News | Comments

In recent years, more and more studies are finding how animals are conscious of their diets, supplementing it with antioxidants. Following these animals could help us understand how early humans found nutritious foods and how that helped us evolve our senses.

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Frito-Lay Snacks Help PepsiCo Deliver Quarterly Profit

February 11, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Stronger sales of Frito-Lay snacks helped PepsiCo deliver a quarterly profit that came in above Wall Street expectations on Wednesday. During the period, PepsiCo said revenue for its Frito-Lay North America division rose 3.5 percent, boosted by a mix of stronger volume and higher prices.

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Mercury on Rise in Hawaiian Yellowfish

February 11, 2015 8:30 am | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

Mercury is a potent toxin that can accumulate to high concentrations in fish, posing a health risk to people who eat large, predatory marine fish such as swordfish and tuna. Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to research that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxin are to blame.   

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Obesity is Mostly About Calories

February 11, 2015 8:05 am | by The Conversation, Hazhir Rahmandad | News | Comments

The prevailing notion about obesity is that if we just work out harder and eat a little bit better, then perhaps the obesity trend will subside in a few years. However, the key to really making a difference is food – the number of calories we eat is the most important factor in obesity. 

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Ironclad Fluorescent Vapor Tight Fixtures

February 11, 2015 7:45 am | by Shat-R-Shield | Product Releases | Comments

Many lighting products are used in establishments that require NSF certification, especially food processing facilities. The Ironclad fixtures now meet all qualifications for any facility that mandates a NSF rating.

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Cryowave IQF Freezer

February 11, 2015 7:30 am | by Linde LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The Cryoline CW IQF freezer keeps IQF products separate as they freeze with a patented rolling-wave action. 

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VIDEO: Why Swiss Cheese Has Holes

February 10, 2015 3:30 pm | by SciShow | Videos | Comments

"Why does Swiss cheese have holes" is probably the most-asked question on the Internet. As it turns out, the answer is actually pretty simple. SciShow breaks it down, hole by hole, for us. But the real question here is: "What is Swiss cheese called in Switzerland?"

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Molson Coors 4Q Profit Disappoints on Falling Beer Sales

February 10, 2015 2:55 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Molson Coors Brewing Co. reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell short of Wall Street's forecasts. Its worldwide beer volume fell 0.3 percent. Molson Coors said a spate of issues including stronger U.S. currency will leave it with less free cash in 2015.

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Industrial IoT in 2015: Sensors, Software and Breaking Down Barriers

February 10, 2015 2:25 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

This year is poised to be a big year for the industrial internet of things. As the number of manufacturers looking to capitalize on IoT efficiencies grows, so will the amount being invested in related equipment, platforms, components and systems.

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Capri Sun to Replace High-Fructose Corn Syrup With Sugar

February 10, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods says it will start sweetening its Capri Sun drinks with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup. The company says the change will apply to its original Cpari Sun drinks, and the number of calories will decrease from 60 per pack to 50.

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PACK EXPO East Brings Manufacturing Innovation to Philadelphia

February 10, 2015 1:35 pm | by PMMI | News | Comments

PACK EXPO East will be a resource for food brands, processors, and packagers seeking the latest solutions and insights to improve the sustainability, efficiency productivity and security of the manufacturing supply chain.    

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Study Reveals Shopping Habits of Male Consumers

February 10, 2015 1:15 pm | by MSLGROUP | News | Comments

How and where Americans shop for food is changing dramatically. Men are still less likely to be the biggest spender in the household, but more men are now helping their partners by sharing grocery shopping duties and should be counted as a major force in the marketplace.

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Sysco, US Foods Merger Faces Skepticism, Doubts About Remedies

February 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by International Brotherhood of Teamsters | News | Comments

Consumer advocates warn that the deal merging the top two broadline foodservice distributors — the only two with national industry footprints and national customers — would eliminate a significant competitor from the broadline industry and also reduce competition.

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VIDEO: Colorado Pot Shops Bring Upgrades, Unlikely Benefits to Community

February 10, 2015 10:25 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Colorado is about to release marijuana tax figures for December, which will give a complete picture of how much the state made in the first year of recreational sales. Meanwhile, residents in Aurora, Colorado, say they are pleasantly surprised by their new pot-selling neighbors.

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Technology on the Shop Floor: Empowering Your Manufacturing Team

February 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Lori Payne | Articles | Comments

Much of the burden of bringing in jobs on-time and on-budget falls on you, which explains the thirst for visibility and hawkish attention to detail regarding everything on the shop floor. Technology providers offer many solutions to remedy this stress.

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Coke Profit Pops on Higher Prices in North America

February 10, 2015 9:35 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest beverage maker is struggling to boost global sales volume amid economic volatility overseas and a shift away from soda back at home. To make up for weak volume gains, it's using a variety of tactics, including a focus on smaller bottles.

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