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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid on Factory

February 25, 2015 | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory. 

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Chemical Industry Group Launches Defense of BPA

March 3, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The American Chemistry Council announced an ad campaign highlighting recent evaluations of bisphenol A as "safe." The ads urge readers to "listen to science" on BPA, a synthetic compound found in many plastics.

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Meat Distributor Sued After Worker Killed in Running Blender

March 3, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The family of a cleaning worker who was killed when he fell into a running industrial meat blender at an Oregon plant is suing the meat distributor for $5 million. The lawsuit filed last week accused Interstate Meat Distributors of failing to follow safety procedures.

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Popeyes CEO on Rivals, Why Deep-Fried Wins on Menus

March 3, 2015 1:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder addresses a number of topics about her company and the fast-food industry in a wide-ranging Q&A with The Associated Press.

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NY Farming Economy Grows 22 percent in Five-Year Period

March 3, 2015 1:15 pm | by MICHAEL VIRTANEN, Associated Press

Agriculture contributed an estimated $37.6 billion to New York's economy by 2012, an increase of more than 22 percent over the previous five years, but the number of farms declined slightly, according to the state comptroller. Milk was the largest commodity, with $2.4 billion in sales, followed by grains, peas and beans at $856 million, the report said.

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Divorce Fuels Sugary Beverage Consumption, Says Study

March 3, 2015 12:35 pm | by SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY

Children of recently separated or divorced families are likelier to drink sugar-sweetened beverages than children in families where the parents are married, putting them at higher risk for obesity later in life, according to a new study.

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GMO Corn Spreads Reach Domestically; Is India Next?

March 3, 2015 10:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Genetically modified corn is steadily gaining prominence in the U.S. grain market, while China has lifted one of its ban on imports of modified seeds. Now, agribusiness companies also have high hopes for introducing modified corn in India.

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Childhood Hunger From the Educators' Perspective

March 3, 2015 9:45 am

In a recent report, more than 1,000 school employees were surveyed on the effects that hunger can have on children. Nearly 76 percent of educators say they believe breakfast served as part of the school day could be an easy solution.

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US Manufacturing Slows as Output, Hiring Weaken

March 3, 2015 8:55 am | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER, AP Economics Writer

U.S. factories expanded last month at their weakest pace in a year, with orders, hiring and production all growing more slowly.

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Enjoy a Good Tearjerker? Study Says Sad Movies Can Make You Fat

March 3, 2015 8:20 am | by Cornell Food & Brand Lab

A new study shows that movie-goers watching tearjerkers ate between 28 to 55 percent more popcorn both in the lab and in a mall theater. But research also says sad movies lead people to eat more of any healthy food that's in front of them.

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Veterans Help Bridge the Manufacturing Skills Gap

March 3, 2015 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Helping vets transition into the workforce is something that is near and dear to my heart, as my boyfriend will soon be getting out of the military after serving five years in the U.S. Marine Corps. They don't know where to start or how their military skills can translate into the workforce.

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Feds List Manufacturing Jobs Among Best That 'Don’t Need a Degree'

March 2, 2015 2:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Labor Department highlighted millwrights, industrial machinery mechanics and machinery maintenance workers on a recent list of "10 Good Jobs that Don’t Need a Degree." The agency expects those jobs to grow by 17 percent through 2022 and that prospects for qualified applicants "should be very good.”

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EU Nations Power Together to Ban Genetically-Modified Crops

March 2, 2015 1:20 pm | by Associated Press

The European Union is giving member states the power to ban the cultivation of genetically-modified crops even if they have been approved by the bloc's food safety authority.

Researchers Call For Licorice Limits After Boy Develops Seizures

March 2, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

University researchers in Italy said candy producers should set recommended limits on daily consumption of licorice after a local boy developed seizures. 

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Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 2, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal regulators recently announced improved practices for identifying sources of foodborne illness. Data from nearly 1,000 outbreaks were used to analyze foods most responsible for causing sicknesses.

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Bolthouse Farms Releases #Urwhatupost Campaign to Promote Healthy Choices

March 2, 2015 11:00 am | by urwhatupost.com

Social media is changing the way America eats. According to a Harris Interactive survey, more than half of Americans who use social media agree that seeing photos of fruits and vegetables motivates them to eat healthier.

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NY Farmers Lobby Congress For Immigration Reform, Food Rules

March 2, 2015 10:40 am | by Associated Press

Farmers in New York state are asking Congress to push for immigration reform and changes to new federal food safety rules. The organization is also seeking to expand school lunch programs that use New York products.

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Video Addresses Myth That BSE is a Common Health Threat

March 2, 2015 10:20 am | by NAMI

Bovine spongiform encephalopathy is a major concern for beef producers around the world and generates headlines on the rare occasions it is found, but the newest Meat MythCrusher video rebuts the claim that it is a ‘common’ threat to human and animal health.

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Lager, Stout Yeast Share DNA

March 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Trinity College Dublin

There are few drinks as iconic as a pint of Guinness. It might surprise beer connoisseurs to learn that the DNA of the all-important brewing yeast is the same as that which encodes the yeast required to brew a clean, crisp lager.

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Regulating Genome-Edited Crops That Aren't GMOs

March 2, 2015 9:10 am | by Cell Press

A survey of rice, wheat, barley, fruit, and vegetable crops found that most mutants created by advanced genetic engineering techniques may be out of the scope of current genetically modified organism (GMO) regulations.

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Possible Listeria Contamination in Toronto Deli Meat; Illnesses Reported

March 2, 2015 8:00 am | by The Canadian press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says illnesses have been reported among people who ate meat being recalled by a Toronto deli. The CFIA says Lady York Foods is recalling its sliced Mortadella products.

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