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Lab Warned Egg Company Of Salmonella In Hens

June 4, 2012 12:51 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

An Iowa State University scientist found evidence that sick hens at farms owned by an Iowa egg producer were "almost certainly" laying eggs contaminated with salmonella months before one of the nation's largest outbreaks of food-borne illness came to light, newly released records show.


Midwest Farms Buried In Sand After Flooding

June 4, 2012 12:48 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Hundreds of farmers are still struggling to remove sand and fill holes gouged by the Missouri River, which swelled with rain and snowmelt, overflowed its banks and damaged thousands of acres along its 2,341-mile route from Montana through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. The worst damage and the largest sand deposits were in Iowa and Nebraska.


Company Considers New Site For Mo. Horse Slaughter Plant

June 4, 2012 12:43 pm | News | Comments

A Wyoming company that processes horse meat for human consumption is considering opening a plant in western Missouri after cost considerations and local opposition stalled plans for another location in the state.


Q&A: Overcoming Private Label Challenges

June 4, 2012 11:57 am | by Jérôme Malavoy, CEO, TraceOne | Articles | Comments

Jérôme Malavoy of TraceOne discusses challenges facing private label manufacturers and how manufacturers most effectively can overcome these challenges and increase profitability.


Dairy Recalls Whipping Cream

June 4, 2012 9:57 am | News | Comments

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advising consumers to avoid a specific whipping-cream product after routine sampling found that it hadn't been properly pasteurized.


Judge Won’t Move Hershey School's HIV Discrimination Case

June 4, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

A federal judge says an HIV discrimination case involving a boy who says he was refused admission to a boarding school connected with the Hershey candy company will stay in Philadelphia.


Federal Bill Would Give Hens More Room To Roam

June 4, 2012 9:53 am | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

The effort to increase cage sizes for the 270 million laying hens in the U.S. is a compromise bill working its way through Congress supported by the Humane Society of the United States and the United Egg Producers, the industry's largest advocacy group.


PepsiCo's Snack Subsidiary Attacked Again

June 4, 2012 9:51 am | News | Comments

Assailants in western Mexico burned another delivery truck of a PepsiCo-owned Mexican snack company, shortly after a drug cartel claimed responsibility for last week's arson attacks against the company, police said Friday.


Jury Awards $181M To 3 Hurt In Grain Elevator Blast

June 4, 2012 9:49 am | by JIM SUHR,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal jury sided against ConAgra Foods Inc. and a subcontractor Friday in awarding roughly $181 million in damages to three workers severely injured in a 2010 explosion at a southern Illinois grain elevator.


Q&A: The Complete Package

June 4, 2012 9:49 am | by Scott Pleune, VP, Marketing Research Consultant, Packaging, Priority Metrics Group | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing spoke with Scott Pleune of Priority Metrics Group about recent trends in food packaging and how manufacturers can utilize the latest packaging tools to improve their operations.


Photo Of The Day: Room To Move

June 4, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

The animal welfare group that gave laying hens more room in California is working to increase cage sizes nationally with an unlikely ally — the biggest opponent to the state's successful 2008 voter initiative regulating the conditions for egg production.


Robotic Chicken Deboning In Development

June 4, 2012 9:31 am | Videos | Comments

The Georgia Tech researchers developing the robotic chicken deboning technology reported last week discuss their project and the implications for the poultry processing industry.


Speed Systems With Servo Performance

June 4, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

MCS (Motor Control System) is a new generation of variable speed systems with Servo performance. The product opens the way for engineers to design smaller footprint, higher performance machines.


Tuft-Retention Brushes

June 4, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Resin-Set DRS (Dual Retention System) is designed as an improvement in brush filament retention where each tuft is anchored into the brush back with food-grade stainless steel stapes, and then epoxy resin is floated in.


Wireless Monitor & Alert System

June 4, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Quick Talk™ RQT is an industrial-grade radio transmitter with sensor inputs and voice recording storage that automatically alerts radio-equipped individuals when plant conditions change.


PROCESS EXPO 2013: The Global Food Equipment and Technology Show

June 1, 2012 4:44 pm | by Process Expo | Videos | Comments

PROCESS EXPO is the premier worldwide trade show for leaders in the food and beverage industry. Join us to learn about the latest trends, demonstrate the newest food equipment and technology, and address the most pressing issues affecting the marketplace. This 100% food-focused event attracts attendees from the world's leading food companies who are looking for solutions that will help them more rapidly, efficiently, safely, and successfully create and bring food products to market. EXPO magazine recently awarded PROCESS EXPO as the #1 Fastest Growing Trade Show in America for 2011. The show was also recognized for Trade Show Executive's Gold 100 Award and ranked by Trade Show News Network in their 2011 list of Top 250 Trade Shows! PROCESS EXPO 2013 will be held November 3 – 6, located in the North and South Halls of McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. For more information go to


NFRA Celebrates June Dairy Month With 'Ice Age' Promotion

June 1, 2012 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Consumers can expect “mammoth” promotions in the refrigerated dairy aisles this June as NFRA celebrates the 10th annual June Dairy Month with a tie-in to Fox’s theater release of Ice Age: Continental Drift on July 13, 2012. This year’s theme, Dairy Keeps Your Herd Healthy, tells shoppers that a healthy lifestyle for the whole family can begin in the dairy aisle.


Flowers Foods Buying Lepage Bakeries For $370M

June 1, 2012 12:57 pm | News | Comments

Flowers Foods Inc., which makes Nature's Own bread, Tastykake treats and other baked goods, said Thursday that it has agreed to buy Lepage Bakeries Inc. for $370 million in cash and stock, expanding its presence in New England and New York.


Is It 'SaaS' Or 'Cloud'? Is That Even the Right Question?

June 1, 2012 12:57 pm | by Cindy Jutras, Founder, Mint Jutras | Articles | Comments

You would think with all the talk about SaaS and cloud today that by now we would all be talking about the same thing. But in spite of, or perhaps because of the huge volume of discussion around SaaS and cloud computing, there remains much confusion over the terminology.


McDonald's Outlines Pork Pen Plan

June 1, 2012 12:55 pm | News | Comments

McDonald's Corp. said Thursday that its U.S. pork producers will work over the next 10 years to phase out the use of crates to confine sows when they're pregnant.



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