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Not Feeling Sexy? Juice Up Some Frogs

November 19, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

High in the Andean mountains, some locals believe putting frogs in a blender is the answer. There is no scientific evidence confirming any medicinal benefits from frog juice, but the Peruvians juice the frogs to cure asthma, bronchitis, sluggishness and a low sex drive.

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Smoked Salmon Sold in mid-Atlantic Area Recalled

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York City company is recalling 564 pounds of Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme smoked salmon that was sold to Giant supermarkets in the Mid-Atlantic region because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.       

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Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.     

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Cost of Booze Set to Rise in Virginia After Board Vote

November 19, 2014 8:10 am | by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginians will pay at least 24 cents more on average for a bottle of booze starting Dec. 8 as a result of action taken by the board that oversees the state liquor monopoly. The increase is a part of a broader plan to plug the $2.4 billion gap in the budget. 

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Magazine Names Eggland's Best as 'Best Foods For Men'

November 19, 2014 8:00 am | by Eggland's Best | News | Comments

Each year Men's Health magazine recognizes the best packaged foods for men in their list of "Best Foods For Men" and this year Eggland's Best has been selected. Eggland's Best eggs are available in Classic, Cage-Free, Organic, Hard-Cooked and Peeled and Liquid Egg White varieties.

Carlsberg Becomes No. 2 in Greece With Olympic Brewery Takeover

November 18, 2014 2:20 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Carlsberg, a Danish company, said that the two breweries combined would hold a market share of about 29 percent in Greece. Carlsberg already fully owns the Mythos Brewery, Greece's third-largest.               

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Study: Sugar Substitutes Don't Overstimulate Taste Buds

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by SPLENDA | News | Comments

A new study from scientists at Penn State University shows that low calorie sweeteners, when used in amounts typical for preparing foods and beverages, do not overstimulate a person's sweet taste buds. Among the sweeteners used in the study was sucralose.

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Dairy Foods: Stronger Than the Alternative For Children

November 18, 2014 1:38 pm | by National Dairy Council | News | Comments

By the time many children reach kindergarten they consume fewer nutrient-rich dairy foods than recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Further magnifying the problem, they increasingly turn to less nutritious beverage choices.

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Gluten-Free Foods Surge 63 Percent in Last 2 Years

November 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mintel | News | Comments

It seems these days, grocery shelves are exploding with gluten-free choices. All gluten-free food segments increased in the past year, though the snacks segment increased the most. Gluten-free snacks increased 163 percent from 2012 to 2014. 

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Chinese Company, Dairy Farmers to Build $100M Kansas Plant

November 18, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Dairy Farmers of America, a cooperative owned by 13,000 dairy farmers, and a Chinese company say they are planning a $100 million plant in Kansas. The plant will produce up to 88,000 tons of milk powder a year.          

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Will Robots Replace Humans?

November 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Mike Collins, Author | Articles | Comments

American manufacturing has had great success in automating factories with robots and computers in the last 50 years, and computers are now eliminating many service jobs. This has caused a lot of speculation about how far artificial intelligence can be developed.

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Tyson Foods Beats Fourth-Quarter Forecasts

November 18, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Springdale, Arkansas-based company acquired Hillshire Brands in August, which helped boost its sales of prepared foods. It also benefited from increased demand and higher prices for chicken during the quarter, as feed ingredient costs have fallen.

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Calif. Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 18, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor were charged with serving meat from the Sei (say) whale. 

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VIDEO: When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 18, 2014 9:36 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing.

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VIDEO: Are Robots Replacing Jobs? Meet Baxter

November 18, 2014 9:28 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

From factory floors to warehouses and hospital floors, humans are increasingly finding themselves working alongside robots, and the impact of robots in the workforce are only expected to grow. Meet Baxter, the new face of manufacturing.   

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Bad Weather Takes a Bite Out of Europe's Olive Harvest

November 18, 2014 9:22 am | by BARRY HATTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather. The shortfall could translate into higher shelf prices for some olive oils and is dealing another blow to southern Europe's bruised economies as they limp out of a protracted financial crisis.

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Vermont Fights Attempt to Block Food Labeling Law

November 18, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press | News | Comments

Vermont is asking a federal judge to throw out a food industry lawsuit that seeks to block the state's new GMO labeling law from taking effect. The Grocery Manufacturers Association and National Association of Manufacturers are suing to overturn the law.

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Colorado Panel Makes No Progress on Marijuana Edibles

November 18, 2014 9:10 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The group of regulators, law enforcement, parent groups and edible-pot makers has mostly argued about whether it would be possible to make sure pot products don't look like regular foods. Instead, marijuana regulators decided to send lawmakers several proposals.

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US Producer Prices Rise 0.2 Percent in October

November 18, 2014 9:08 am | by JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation picked up in October due to higher prices that U.S. companies received for new model cars, beef, pork and electric power. The producer price index increased 0.2 percent in October from the previous month, the Labor Department said. 

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One Mom's Mission to Encourage STEM Careers For Girls

November 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JOSEPH B. FREDERICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kelly Matthews is on a mission to get more girls interested in STEM. Her mission began at home with her 9-month-old daughter. Matthews reads books to her like "Rosie Revere, Engineer" and "HTML for Babies."            

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