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Proposed Horse Slaughter Plant Fined

August 20, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

The Roswell-area meat processing plant that has made national headlines for its proposal to begin slaughtering horses is being fined for its handling of cattle waste. The Albuquerque Journal Friday reports that Valley Meat Co. is being fined $86,4000 for failing to register a composting facility next to the slaughterhouse and for failing to properly dispose of solid waste.

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Dust Explosion Demonstration

August 20, 2012 9:45 am | Videos | Comments

The Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minn., offers a flour explosion demonstration to give visitors an idea of how dangerous flour dust can be. The museum guide says that these explosions happen "very suddenly, very unexpectedly, and are over in an instant."

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6 Die From Tainted Pickles In Japan

August 20, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

Health officials say six people have died and at least 100 others have been sickened by pickles contaminated with E. coli bacteria in northern Japan. The officials in Hokkaido said Saturday that the pickled Chinese cabbage was made by two local producers and sold across the prefecture. The first reports of illness occurred about 10 days ago.

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Photo Of The Day: Drought Hits Ranchers Hard

August 20, 2012 9:41 am | News | Comments

Due to the summer's record drought and heat, Todd Eggerling's cattle operation is in bad shape. Eggerling would normally graze his 100 head of cattle through September, but the drought has left his pastureland barren. He's begun using hay he had planned to set aside for next year's cattle, and is facing the reality that he will have to sell the cattle for slaughter early at a loss.

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Cantaloupe Strikes Again

August 20, 2012 9:31 am | Videos | Comments

Salmonella-tainted cantaloupe has again appeared on store shelves. This time health officials have discovered the contaminated fruit in over twenty states. The race is on to stop a deadly outbreak, as over 140 illnesses and two deaths have already been connected with this most recent salmonella outbreak.

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Q&A: Harnessing Food And Beverage Resources

August 20, 2012 9:26 am | by Deepali Mohindra, Global Business Development Manager for Food, Thermo Fisher Scientific | Articles | Comments

The food industry is constantly changing, so there are always new opportunities for food manufacturers to expand their technical knowledge and expertise. Food Manufacturing spoke with Deepali Mohindra of Thermo Fisher Scientific about the company’s new Applied Food Testing Library, designed to address concerns of the food and beverage industry.

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Epoxy-Based UV Curable System

August 20, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company's UV15 epoxy-based UV curable system is 100% reactive and does not contain any solvents or other volatiles.

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Low-Profile Filler

August 20, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

A Multi-Purpose Filler dispenses bulk solid materials into boxes, drums and bulk bags by weight.

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Bellows Seal Valves

August 20, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Single and double bellows Clampseal® valves allow for zero emissions and are ideal for applications where packed valves may not reliably contain light gases or hazardous system fluids due to leakage in the stem/packing seal area or stuffing box wall/packing seal area.

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J.M. Smucker Beats Wall Street Expectations

August 17, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

J.M. Smucker's fiscal first-quarter net income declined slightly as the food company faced higher expenses and continued to deal with rising commodity costs. But its adjusted results and revenue topped Wall Street expectations. J.M. Smucker Co. earned $110.9 million, or $1 per share, for the three months ended July 31. That compares with $111.5 million, or 98 cents per share, a year ago.

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Duck Farm Uses Waste To Create Methane

August 17, 2012 12:35 pm | by TIM VANDENACK,The Elkhart Truth | News | Comments

Culver Duck Farms is taking the move toward use of renewable energy resources a step further — it plans to use the duck parts that don't make it to the dinner plate to help power the facility. Duck offal would be put into what's called an anaerobic digester to produce methane, making Culver Duck one of a select group of ag operations nationwide using such technology.

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Buyer Pays $13M For Closed Indiana Food Plant

August 17, 2012 12:33 pm | News | Comments

A food-processing company from Ohio is buying an eastern Indiana plant where an organic food company had planned to have 1,000 workers before shutting down last year.Wayne County attorney Ron Cross says Sugar Creek Packing Co.'s $13 million bid was the only one submitted for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court sale of the former Really Cool Foods plant near Cambridge City.

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Weddings Tap Craft Beer Craze

August 17, 2012 12:31 pm | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press | News | Comments

You may now chug with the bride.Toasting the bride and groom with Champagne is de rigueur. But recently, couples hip (or is that hops?) to craft beers are shaking up the wedding reception scene by insisting on serving the brews they love on their big day, everything from local ales to home brews concocted by the bride and groom.

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Government Cracks Down On Jobs Bias

August 17, 2012 12:29 pm | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces the nation's workplace anti-discrimination laws, hopes that larger settlements that generate widespread publicity will send a strong message to employers about complying with the law. Last year, for example, Pepsi Beverages Co. paid $3.1 million to settle allegations it used background checks to screen out more than 300 black job applicants.

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Consumer Trends: Food Manufacturers Harness Social Networking

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

Social media has changed how brands engage with consumers, and a management briefing looks at how manufacturers and retailers are using the likes of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.The four-part briefing includes analysis on why social media is now an integral part of marketing strategies, the potential of using networks to enhance brand communication but also the challenges manufacturers and retailers face.

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Green Energy Storage May Be On The Horizon

August 17, 2012 11:25 am | Videos | Comments

Liquid Metal Battery is now developing new technologies that could help manufacturers looking to green up their businesses. The lack of storage options for solar and wind energy have long been barriers to entry for companies to source less electricity from the grid. Liquid Metal Battery's new low-cost battery may help ease more companies into the green energy market.

Powder-Solutions Group Expands Minn. Facility

August 17, 2012 11:13 am | News | Comments

Powder-Solutions Group has expanded its corporate office building to make room for more employees, to free valuable warehouse space necessary for shipping, and to expand space for inventory of spare parts, the company has announced. The company says the expansion has come at a time of growing demands in the bulk powder handling industry, which has required them to accommodate their space accordingly.

Obama Speaks To Iowans About USDA Purchases

August 17, 2012 10:23 am | Videos | Comments

President Obama stopped in Iowa this week to talk to local farmers about the USDA's plan to buy pork, chicken, lamb and catfish from farms hurt by the drought hammering the Midwest. Dry conditions have created difficulties for farmers who rely on corn for animal feed. The USDA's plan is meant to mitigate these losses by providing an addition revenue stream to these farmers.

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Coca-Cola Bottling Execs Switch Roles

August 17, 2012 10:13 am | News | Comments

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, the nation's biggest independent Coca-Cola bottler, said Thursday that its board named Henry Flint as president and chief operating officer and William Elmore as board vice chairman, effectively switching the roles of the two men.Coca-Cola Bottling said the moves are the result of a planned succession process.Coca-Cola Bottling shares fell 19 cents to $65.88 in afternoon trading.

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Drought May Play Role In Anthrax Cases

August 17, 2012 10:10 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press | News | Comments

Anthrax has killed more than 100 animals on ranches in Colorado and Texas within the past two weeks, and experts say the risk of infection may be greater with drought covering much of the United States.Anthrax outbreaks happen occasionally in livestock herds and wild animals in the U.S., usually west of the Mississippi River. More than 60 cows on three Colorado ranches and nearly 50 sheep from a Texas herd have died so far.

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