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Kraft Gets Booted From Dow

September 18, 2012 9:18 am | Videos | Comments

Kraft Foods is booted from the Dow Jones Industrial Average — the list of 30 leading U.S. stocks — in favor of United Health. As Kraft prepares to split its business in two — forming the smaller Kraft brand for its U.S. grocery business and the much-buzzed-about Mondelez for its international snack business — it is no longer eligible to be included among the big players in the Dow.

Investing In Labor Pays Off With Productivity

September 18, 2012 9:07 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Keeping labor costs down has long been a preferred method for manufacturers around the globe to achieve sustained success and profitability. However, lately it seems manufacturers have found investing in efforts to raise workforce productivity to be a reasonable and desirable alternative.

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Sulfur Detection & Calibration

September 18, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The computer-controlled Gas Standards Generating System dynamically blends calibration gas standards for trace sulfur compounds in food grade carbon dioxide.

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Agglomerate-Free Powder Introduction

September 18, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ystral Conti-TDS brings major efficiencies to the production process by offering powder induction, wetting and then dispersing of an agglomerate-free liquid.

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Chlorine Dioxide Analyzer

September 18, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The CDA-22 Chlorine Dioxide Analyzer simplifies the monitoring and control of Chlorine Dioxide (CIO2) in applications for the food and beverage industry, including Clean in Place (CIP) sanitizing and rinsing operations.

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Economically Motivated Adulteration: Is Your Brand At Risk?

September 17, 2012 1:05 pm | by Don Hsieh, Director of Commercial and Industrial Marketing, Tyco Integrated Security | Articles | Comments

Economically motivated adulteration (EMA) is estimated to cost the global food and consumer products industry $10-15 billion a year, with the cost of one adulteration incident averaging between 2-15 percent of yearly revenues. Clearly, with such a significant economic impact, EMA deserves attention.

Recalled Chicken May Contain Plastic Pieces

September 17, 2012 12:35 pm | News | Comments

Serenade Foods, Inc., a Milford, Ind., establishment, is recalling approximately 2,250 pounds of crunchy chicken strip products that may contain foreign materials, fragments of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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Canadian Ground Beef Recalled In E. Coli Scare

September 17, 2012 12:31 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is warning against the consumption of several brands of ground beef from XL Foods of Alberta because of possible E.coli contamination. The beef was sold under the Kirkland Signature, Safeway and Calahoo Meats brands in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and B.C.

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Expert Warns Of Ear Rot In Corn

September 17, 2012 12:29 pm | News | Comments

A Purdue Extension plant pathologist says the drought and extreme heat this summer have created conditions prime for a condition known as Aspergillus ear rot to develop in corn. Kiersten Wise says there is no cornfield without some potential for developing the fungus.

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California Cantaloupes Could Be Tainted

September 17, 2012 12:27 pm | News | Comments

A California company is voluntarily recalling cantaloupes in several states, including Colorado, because of possible salmonella contamination. Fresno-based DFI Marketing Inc. issued the recall as a precaution after salmonella was found on a single sample of cantaloupe during routine testing.

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CDC: Kids Eat Too Much Salt

September 17, 2012 12:26 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER,AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

American children eat as much salt as adults — about 1,000 milligrams too much, or the same amount as in just one Big Mac. Extra salt is linked with higher blood pressure, even in kids, but government research says those who are overweight and obese may be most vulnerable to its effects.

Consumer Trends: Organic Continues To Grow

September 17, 2012 12:24 pm | News | Comments

The recent Stanford University study that concluded organic foods were no more nutritious than their conventionally-produced equivalents is unlikely to deter consumers from purchasing organics, according to findings from a soon-to-be-released new report by The Hartman Group.

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Will Menu Board Calorie Counts Help Consumers?

September 17, 2012 9:55 am | Videos | Comments

As McDonald's and other fast food eateries get a jump on new federal menu labeling requirements by unveiling menu boards with calorie information prominently displayed, some nutritionists wonder if the boards will really help consumers make healthy choices.

Price-Fixing & Other Horizontal Agreements (Part II)

September 17, 2012 9:50 am | by Roberta F. Howell, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

Antitrust guidelines and subsequent interpretations by government agencies provide an analytical framework and specific “safe harbors” based on factors like market share, market concentration, and the scope and length of the collaboration, all of which help assess whether a proposed joint activity is more or less likely to achieve efficiencies that will benefit consumers.

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Minn. Ag Dept. Wins Food Safety Grant

September 17, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is getting federal help to more quickly trace contaminated food to grocery stores and other distribution points. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration grants of $600,000 over three years will help the agriculture department quickly remove any contaminated food or recalled products from the marketplace.

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Roll Maker Values History, Looks To Future

September 17, 2012 9:43 am | by BRAD HARPER,Montgomery Advertiser | News | Comments

Historic preservation is a cause that's close to the heart of Patricia Barnes, founder of Sister Schubert's Homemade Rolls. Her belief in its tenets also could be one of the reasons for the company's success. "If you don't know where you came from, how in the world are you going to know where you're going?" Barnes said.

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Czech Bans Spirit Sales In Wake Of Poisonings

September 17, 2012 9:41 am | by KAREL JANICEK,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Czech Republic has taken an unprecedented emergency measure and banned the sale of spirits with more than 20 percent alcohol content as it battles a wave of methanol poisonings that has already killed 19 people. Health Minister Leos Heger said Friday the ban was effective immediately and applies nationwide.

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Teamsters Approve Contract With Hostess

September 17, 2012 9:39 am | News | Comments

Workers belonging to Hostess Brands' biggest union on Friday narrowly approved new contract terms, raising the possibility that the maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread will stay in business. But another group of employees rejected the contract terms that Hostess says are needed for it to survive.

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FDA Detains Imports Of Mexican Mangoes

September 17, 2012 9:37 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is detaining mango imports from a Mexican packing house after the company's mangoes were linked to salmonella illnesses in 15 states. The FDA announced the import alert Friday against Agricola Daniella, a mango supplier with multiple plantations and a single packing house located in Sinaloa, Mexico.

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Photo Of The Day: Man Arrested For Deadly Tainted Liquor

September 17, 2012 9:34 am | News | Comments

A policeman leads a man accused in the case of illegal alcohol to the court in Zlin, Czech Republic. His arrest is in connection with the latest police discovery. Around 500 bottles and several barrels of illicit booze were found in a garage in the eastern city of Zlin on Thursday. Eighteen people have recently died after drinking liquor tainted with methanol in the Czech Republic.

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