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UPDATE: At Least 1 Dead In Tainted Cheese Outbreak

September 13, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

U.S. health officials say imported Italian ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death.The ricotta salata cheese distributed by Forever Cheese Inc. of New York is linked to illnesses in 11 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Photo Of The Day: Big Vote Against Big Soda

September 13, 2012 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

 One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings. 


Campbell's Soup Is HOT: Is The Economy Cooling?

September 13, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Shares of Campbell's Soup Company are up sharply. While this is certainly good news for the company and its investors, the fact that more people are buying the company's inexpensive soups and other products — presumably in lieu of more expensive items — may signal bad news for the economy.


Organic Milk Processor Packs A Punch

September 13, 2012 8:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

WhiteWave Foods’ processing facility in City of Industry, Calif., is employing unique packaging systems to produce an array of organic milk, plant based beverages, coffee creamers and iced coffee to meet a broad range of consumer needs.


Drought Looms Large For Food Processors

September 13, 2012 8:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Experts aren't sure about the long-term impact the Midwestern drought will have on food prices across North America. Media reports have conflicted on the severity of the drought's effect on crop yields and consumer food costs.  


Surface Mount & Flood Light Luminaires

September 13, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Induction Surface Mount and Flood Light Luminaires are ideal for indoor and outdoor industrial lighting applications.


6-Axis Packaging Robot

September 13, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The retooled IRB 120T 6-axis robot provides significant increases in the maximum speeds of axes 4, 5 and 6, delivering increased cycle speeds from the standard model.

Hybrid Planetary Mixers

September 13, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The line of Planetary Dual Dispersers (PDDM) now comes in more sizes. All are comprised of four agitators — two planetary stirrers and two high speed dispersers — rotating on their own axes while orbiting the mix vessel on a common axis.


Dog Food Recalled For Salmonella Risk

September 12, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

 Breeder’s Choice Pet Food is recalling a single manufacturing batch of Breeder's Choice AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula due to possible contamination with salmonella. Salmonella can affect animals eating the products and there is a risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products. 


USDA Lowers Corn Yield Forecast

September 12, 2012 12:44 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has slightly lowered its forecast for the nation's drought-damaged corn crop, from 123 bushels per acre last month to 122.8 bushels per acre in this month's report. That yield would be the lowest since 1995.


McDonald’s To Post Calorie Counts On Menus

September 12, 2012 12:42 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's restaurants in the U.S. will soon get a new menu addition: The number of calories in the chain's burgers and fries. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday.

Rice Farmers Challenge TransCanada’s Land Rights

September 12, 2012 12:41 pm | News | Comments

A group of Texas rice farmers is challenging a Canadian company's right to condemn land to build a pipeline to carry crude from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. The Texas Rice Land Partners will appear before a judge in Beaumont on Wednesday.


Iowa Egg Farm Manager To Plead Guilty To Bribery

September 12, 2012 12:39 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal prosecutor says a manager at the Iowa egg farms linked to a 2010 nationwide salmonella outbreak will plead guilty to trying to bribe a USDA inspector to allow the sale of unsafe eggs. Tony Wasmund is charged with conspiring to bribe a public official.


Consumer Trends: Canada’s Beef Industry At Tipping Point

September 12, 2012 12:36 pm | News | Comments

A new study released by CAPI, the Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute, indicates that Canada's beef industry is at a profound tipping point and corrective action is needed if it is going to deliver maximum benefits to producers and industry stakeholders and deliver on its potential of being a reliable contributor to a protein hungry world.


Understanding Combustible Dust Standards For Food Manufacturing

September 12, 2012 12:03 pm | by Tony Supine, Plant Manager & Mike Walters, Senior Engineer, Camfil Farr APC | Articles | Comments

Preventing combustible dust explosions in food processing plants is a topic of widespread concern, and dust collectors are often at risk. This article describes the agencies that set and enforce standards and codes, and provides general guidelines on applying the right standards to protect against combustible dust explosions.


Food Packaging Gone Wrong

September 12, 2012 10:14 am | Videos | Comments

When food packaging fails, consumers frustrations flair. In this cheeky YouTube video, a man struggles with some common (and not-so-common) food packaging failures. From broken esay-open tabs to peel-away lids that just won't peel, these packages keep this consumer from enjoying his favorite foods.

How To Restore Consumer Confidence During A Product Recall

September 12, 2012 10:04 am | by Mike Rozembajgier, Vice President of Recalls, Stericycle ExpertRECALL™ | Articles | Comments

A recent study conducted by the American Marketing Association (AMA) found that the majority of American consumers are quick to forgive a firm that effectively responds to and manages a recall event. But that patience can be limited. 


PepsiCo President Leaving After Less Than A Year

September 12, 2012 9:52 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. said Tuesday that its president is leaving after less than a year on the job, indicating a CEO succession may not be coming any time soon. The Purchase, N.Y., company said John Compton's departure is effective immediately. After joining the soda and snack food giant about 30 years ago, Compton had been named to the newly created position of president in March.


McDonald’s Bounces Back In August

September 12, 2012 9:50 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN,AP Business Writers | News | Comments

McDonald's said a key sales figure climbed 3.7 percent in August, as the fast-food chain emphasized the value of its menu offerings amid the challenging global economy. The world's biggest hamburger chain said Tuesday that its breakfast menu and value items pushed up sales by 3 percent in the U.S.

Preliminary Isaac Crop Damage Estimate $100M

September 12, 2012 9:48 am | by JANET McCONNAUGHEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Good weather over the next several weeks could do a lot to reduce a preliminary estimate of $100 million in Louisiana crop damage from Hurricane Isaac, LSU AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry said Tuesday. Of course, bad weather would do the opposite.



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