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IDFA Applauds Introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | by International Dairy Foods Association | News | Comments

The International Dairy Foods Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that will create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms. IDFA has joined with others to urge Congress to quickly pass the bill.

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Lawsuit: Boy, 11, Died of Allergic Reaction to Publix Cookie

March 25, 2015 12:22 pm | by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of an 11-year-old boy is suing the Publix grocery chain, saying the child was allergic to nuts and died from a severe reaction after eating a cookie despite a worker's assurance it was safe.

In The News: The Heinz-Kraft Merger

March 25, 2015 12:12 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Find out everything you need to know about Wednesday's big announcement by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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Changes to Catfish Regulations Could Stifle Imports, Increase Industry Costs

March 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

The controversy involves pangasius, a catfish native to Southeast Asia that has slowly grown its U.S. market share in recent years. The lower-priced import, along with higher corn prices, contributed to a declining market share for American catfish.

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Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 25, 2015 11:30 am | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

Taiwanese health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and consequent nuclear disaster.

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Heinz Buying Kraft and Building a Food Giant

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Kraft Heinz Co. will own Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida and a large stable of other brands. Eight of those brands have annual sales of $1 billion or more and five others log sales between $500 million and $1 billon every year.

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Professional Help Increases Health Food Consumption in Schools

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

According to a recent article published online by JAMA Pediatrics, it was only after schools began hiring chefs to enhance meals that fruit and vegetable consumption began to increase in school aged children.

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Listeria Outbreak Traced to 2nd Blue Bell Production Plant

March 25, 2015 9:00 am | by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said. He said the cups with pull tab lids are not sold in retail locations and instead are shipped in bulk to "institutional accounts" in 23 states that comprise less than 5 percent of the company's sales.

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The Top 5 'Must-Have' APM Technologies For Food Manufacturers: No. 3

March 25, 2015 8:45 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Articles | Comments

The following is the third installment in a five-part series counting down the top five "must-have" asset performance management technologies for food manufacturers, courtesy of Greg Goodwin of LNS Research. Today, Greg discusses No. 3.

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USDA Develops New Poultry Vaccine, Incorporates New Testing Standard

March 25, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

U.S. Agriculture Department scientists recently announced a new vaccine to protect chickens against a pair of potentially fatal diseases.

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3 Organic Food Companies Recall Spinach Products Over Listeria Fears

March 25, 2015 8:10 am | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are aware of the recall. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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Alabama Agriculture Officials Checking for Recalled Ice Cream

March 25, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama agriculture officials said in a statement Tuesday that single-serving cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla have been recalled across 23 states after a cup in Kansas tested positive for Listeria. Officials say they're checking whether any of the recalled products are being served in Alabama.

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Engineering Plastics for Food Production

March 25, 2015 7:00 am | by Ensinger | Product Releases | Comments

These devices, along with visual inspection, are commonly used in food production to make sure unwanted particulates do not end up in the food product.

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Four-Foot 28 Watt LED Light Bulb

March 25, 2015 6:00 am | by Larson Electronics LLC | Product Releases | Comments

The LEDT8-28W-V1 28 watt T-series LED bulb from Larson Electronics works with any T8 fluorescent light fixture, can be configured for any T series fluorescent light fixture and requires no ballast for operation.

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Prosecutors Demand 5-Year Sentence For Horse Meat Fraud

March 24, 2015 3:05 pm | by AP Exchange | News | Comments

Prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for the owner of a Dutch meat processing plant who is accused of selling horse meat as beef.

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Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Birds in Nevada

March 24, 2015 2:25 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

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Fast-Food Ban in LA Fails to Cut Obesity

March 24, 2015 1:30 pm | by Rand Corp. | News | Comments

A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or reduce obesity rates in the targeted neighborhoods.

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Meat Industry Exec: Federal Panel Inconsistent in Developing Dietary Guidelines

March 24, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A meat industry trade group official on Tuesday reiterated the group's concerns about proposed federal dietary guidelines and suggested the committee charged with developing the recommendations applied evidence inconsistently.

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Brainstorm: Which Innovations in Food Packaging Should You Pay Attention To? Pt. 2

March 24, 2015 12:35 pm | by Ryan Till, Product Manager — Packaging Materials, Flavorseal | Articles | Comments

In the second part of this four-part series, we ask: Which innovations in food packaging should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer, and how are they best implemented?

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In The News: Arsenic in Wine

March 24, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

A lawsuit filed in California last week alleging that high levels of arsenic were found is some California-made wines resulted in plenty of headlines. Find out more by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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