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Iowa Won't Pursue Charges In Turkey Plant Exploitation Case

September 27, 2011 4:59 am | News | Comments

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa won't pursue criminal charges against a Texas company that's accused of exploiting developmentally disabled workers at a turkey plant in eastern Iowa. According to The Des Moines Register (http://bit.ly/ofDfiB ), the Iowa attorney general's office said the civil penalties that other agencies have obtained against Henry's Turkey Service and its owners will hold the company accountable and serve as a deterrent.

Recalled Pork May Contain Metal Fragments

September 27, 2011 4:54 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities say an eastern Pennsylvania company is recalling about 5,550 pounds of pureed pork products that may contain foreign materials. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Monday that the recall by K. Heeps Inc. of Allentown is for 4.

Photo Of The Day: The Right To Infuse Your Booze

September 27, 2011 4:35 am | News | Comments

(AP) — In this Sept. 22, 2011 photo, Daniel Hyatt, a bartender at Alembic bar, makes an infused alcohol "Bee's Knee's" at his bar in San Francisco. This drink is made of house-made aquavit, cinnamon, cardamom, anise, caraway, horse radish, honey and lemon juice. A Prohibition-era law that banned bars and restaurants from infusing herbs, fruits or other flavors into alcohol has recently raised the hackles on bartenders in San Francisco.

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Nearly 1,000 Pigs Stolen In Multi-State Animal Theft Operation

September 26, 2011 12:16 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

About 1,000 hogs have recently disappeared from Iowa and Minnesota farms, with many of the thefts occurring at larger animal confinement facilities. Investigators suspect that most of the stolen pigs have been sold to slaughterhouses. So far the animals have … 

Piston Filling Machine

September 26, 2011 12:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The 3P-32 piston filling machine for horizontal vacuum formers is ideal for accurate, clean filling of a wide range of products, from thin sauces or marinades to viscous mashed potatoes or deli salads. Positive shut off spouts are used to maintain a clean seal zone. The system fills from fractions of an ounce up to 32 fluid ounces per piston.

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Stainless Steel Floor Scale

September 26, 2011 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The PFA569lift is a stainless steel floor scale with an easy-to-fit platform for simplified washdown in hygienic applications. The unit's built-in gas springs control lifting and lowering speed so that the platform opens with minimal effort and closes gently. The springs are sealed for safe, failure-proof operation, while spring-loaded plungers automatically lock the platform in place when it is lowered to the weighing position.

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Metal Detectable Thermoplastic

September 26, 2011 11:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

TECAPEEK® ID is made from FDA, USDA and 3A Dairy compliant components and a special additive to form a thermoplastic visible to standard metal detection systems. The use of this product for components along the production line allows detection for a broken part earlier than visual inspection.

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40,000 Pounds Of Beef Recalled For E. Coli

September 26, 2011 5:17 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amarillo-based Palo Duro Meat is recalling 40,000 pounds of frozen fine ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said the product was produced Sept. 9 and shipped to two warehouses in Georgia for distribution to institutions that include six Georgia school districts associated with the National School Lunch Program.

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Japan Finds Radiation In Rice

September 26, 2011 5:15 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan is ordering more tests on rice growing near a crippled nuclear plant after finding elevated levels of radiation, government officials said Saturday. A sample of unharvested rice contained 500 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, they said. Radioactive cesium was spewed from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant after it was damaged by a massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

Beef Plant Worker Falls 25 Feet, Avoids Serious Injury

September 26, 2011 5:12 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — A worker helping build a beef packing plant in northeastern South Dakota fell off a structural beam, tumbling 25 feet to the ground. But company officials at the Northern Beef Packers plant near Aberdeen say Jeong Su Han was not seriously hurt in the fall. The Aberdeen American News reports that the accident happened as workers were going on break Friday.

USDA Says No To Potatoes

September 26, 2011 5:09 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Sen. Susan Collins, who hails from Maine's potato country and picked potatoes as a girl, is working to restore some respect for the humble spud, which is on the verge of being virtually banished from the nation's school lunch programs. New guidelines from the U.

Pepperidge Farm Recalls Sesame Sticks For Embedded Wire

September 26, 2011 5:06 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Pepperidge Farm Inc. is recalling 261,000 packages of its Baked Naturals Sesame Sticks due to the possible presence of small, thin pieces of wire, the snack maker said Friday. Four consumers reported minor scrapes in and around the mouth from trying to eat the product.

Photo Of The Day: Potatoes Get Chopped

September 26, 2011 4:33 am | News | Comments

(AP) — In this Sept. 14, 2011 photo, Peter McDaniel eats some fries during lunch at Gardiner High School in Gardiner, Maine. New guidelines proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture would eliminate potatoes altogether from school breakfasts and drastically reduce the amount of potatoes served in lunches.

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Special Pope Beer Brewed To The Tune Of Gregorian Chants

September 23, 2011 12:14 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

According to Spiegel Online International, a special beer has been created in Berlin to commemorate Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Germany. The organic brew known as Papst Bier (“pope beer”) was “ensouled” with Gregorian chants on the night of a … 

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Beermasters Keep It Local

September 23, 2011 9:51 am | Videos | Comments

Reinvigorating an old agriculture tradition, New York farmers are growing hops again, providing local beer-makers with locally sourced ingredients for their brews.

EU Court: Two Bud Beers Can Coexist

September 23, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

LUXEMBOURG (AP) — "There's only one Budweiser beer," according to the Anheuser-Busch advertising jingle. But that's not the case in Britain, as an EU court ruled Thursday that Anheuser-Busch and the Czech brewer Budvar can both continue to use the Budweiser trademark. British beer drinkers are well used to there being two Buds.

Coca-Cola To Lower Mini Can Prices

September 23, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Coca-Cola Co. said Thursday that it will lower the recommended price for a pack of mini soda cans, touting the move as a way to help customers with portion control. But the company is also trying to lure budget-conscious customers wary of spending on non-necessities like soda.

NM School District Food Storage Infested With Rodents

September 23, 2011 4:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico school district's food warehouse is infested with rodent droppings, food hazards and improperly placed rat poison, and district officials refused to discard the food in question, according to a memo from a state inspector. In the document written after a Sept.

Tyson Plant Temporarily Suspended By USDA

September 23, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

September 23, 2011 WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — Slaughtering operations have resumed at a Tyson Foods plant in Waterloo after being temporarily suspended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The suspension was reported by KWWL-TV in Waterloo on Thursday. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says production in the slaughter part of the plant was temporarily suspended for a few hours due to "USDA concerns over a procedural matter.

Yum Sells Long John Silver's And A&W

September 23, 2011 4:46 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter | News | Comments

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The operator of the Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut fast-food chains said Thursday that it has found buyers for its Long John Silver's and A&W Restaurant chains. Yum Brands Inc., based in Louisville, put the brands up for sale in January, saying the move will help it focus on international business, where it has seen dramatic growth.

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