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Hershey Pledges $10M To Improve Business Practices

February 1, 2012 10:19 am | Videos | Comments

In the wake of the CNN Freedom project, which uncovered evidence of rampant child labor in the cocoa industry, Andy McCormick, Vice President of Public Affairs for the Hershey Company, explains Hershey's decision to pledge $10 million to improve West African cocoa farming practices.

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HACCP Update: Maintenance & Implementation

February 1, 2012 10:16 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

This month, Food Manufacturing readers were surveyed about HACCP plan maintenance and implementation. This topic was last visited for the March 2011 issue, and since that time, the HACCP planning atmosphere has changed significantly. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law on Jan. 4, 2011, and its full implications for HACCP planning in the food industry were not yet articulated.

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Maryland Fishermen Reel In Profits

February 1, 2012 10:06 am | by SCOTT MUSKA | News | Comments

It's unlikely you'll just stumble upon the Maryland coastline's only commercial fishing harbor. But it's there, and it's moving millions of pounds of seafood. In 2010, more than 8 million pounds of catch, valued at more than $8 million, was harvested by commercial vessels that dock there. 

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Japanese Dairies Check For Milk Radiation

February 1, 2012 10:03 am | News | Comments

Major dairy companies will inspect their milk products made in 17 prefectures in northeastern to central Japan for radioactive contamination and disclose their findings to the public at the end of February, the Japan Dairy Industry Association said Wednesday.

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Obamas Embrace Seasonal Eating

February 1, 2012 9:58 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House has fully embraced one of eating's hottest trends — seasonal cooking with ingredients grown at home. Presidential chef Cristeta Comerford credits the change in the food coming from the White House's kitchen to Michelle Obama's decision in 2009 to start a garden on the South Lawn as part of her Let's Move campaign to encourage kids to eat healthier. 

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China's Manufacturing Boosted By Food Industry

February 1, 2012 9:55 am | by ELAINE KURTENBACH,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing sector was boosted by strong holiday season demand for food, beverages and other consumer products in January, though export demand and other indicators remained weak, according to surveys released Wednesday.

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Humane Society: Okla. Pork Processors Mistreat Pigs

February 1, 2012 9:50 am | by KEN MILLER,Associated Press | News | Comments

The Humane Society of the United States alleged Tuesday that pork producers Seaboard Foods and Prestage Farms Inc. are mistreating pregnant pigs by keeping them in so-called "gestation cages." Paul Shapiro, the Humane Society's senior director of farm animal protection, said at an Oklahoma City news conference that investigators worked for both companies and videotaped the conditions in late 2011 at production facilities in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

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Photo Of The Day: Eating Seasonal At The White House

February 1, 2012 9:40 am | News | Comments

The White House has fully embraced one of eating's hottest trends, seasonal cooking based on home gardening. Comerford credits the change in the food coming from the White House’s kitchen to first lady Michelle Obama’s decision in 2009 to start a garden on the South Lawn.

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Surge Protectors

January 31, 2012 3:32 pm | Product Releases | Comments

UL 1449 3rd Edition certified OVR DIN Rail surge protective devices guard equipment from damage caused by transient surges from lightening strikes, upstream equipment and utility load switching.

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Mixing And Melting Kettles

January 31, 2012 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Melt Kettles are rated for full vacuum and 250°F. Each hemispherical vessel is jacketed for 15-psi steam. A submerged steam calandria is also supplied for additional heating. Both the vessel and jacket are constructed in accordance with ASME Section VIII, Division I.

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Servo Depositors

January 31, 2012 3:13 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Servo depositors are ideal for icing cakes, spreading sauces or viscous batters. Many spout and depositor variations are available to meet customer specifications. Units are available either as pump or piston style with multiple spout units available for high-speed applications.

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Food Safety In Farming

January 31, 2012 1:06 pm | Videos | Comments

Ashley Redding of Homestead Family Farms in central Kentucky describes what farmers are doing to make sure the food they produce is safe. She argues that farmers use biotechnology and chemicals to produce more food in a safe manner.

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Warm, Dry Conditions Good For N.D. Livestock

January 31, 2012 12:54 pm | News | Comments

Below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures in January have provided good news for North Dakota livestock ranchers, but some farmers are expressing concern about snow protection for alfalfa and winter wheat.

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Wis. Ingredients Company Plans $10M Expansion

January 31, 2012 12:50 pm | News | Comments

Kerry Ingredients & Flavours said Tuesday it will invest $10 million to expand its Beloit plant, a move that will add nearly 50 new jobs. The company plans to add 30,000 square feet to its existing plant, which is currently 260,000 square feet.

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Archer Daniels Midland Profit Slides On Charges

January 31, 2012 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland's second-quarter net income tumbled 89 percent, the company said Tuesday, weighed down by hefty impairment charges and weakness in its three major segments, oilseeds, corn processing and agricultural services.

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Food Groups: FDA Should Be Funded Without New Taxes

January 31, 2012 12:43 pm | News | Comments

The American Frozen Food Institute and a coalition of more than 30 food groups today urged senior administration leaders to develop a fiscal year 2013 budget request that fully funds U.S. Food and Drug Administration food safety programs without saddling consumers and food makers with burdensome new taxes or fees.

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Salami Plant To Pay $700K For Ammonia Leak

January 31, 2012 12:32 pm | News | Comments

The owners of a South San Francisco salami plant will pay nearly $700,000 and overhaul its refrigeration system as part of a federal judgment stemming from an ammonia leak that sickened almost four dozen people.

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Consumer Trends: Americans Spend Thousands On Food At Work

January 31, 2012 12:28 pm | News | Comments

American workers spend an alarmingly high amount of their hard earned cash on daily food expenses, according to a new Workonomix survey by Accounting Principals. The survey found that 50 percent of the American workforce spends approximately $1000 a year on coffee, and two-thirds of working Americans buy their lunch instead of packing it.

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Deli Salad Recalled For Listeria

January 31, 2012 10:14 am | News | Comments

18th Street Deli Inc., a Hamtramck, Mich., establishment, is recalling approximately 118 pounds of julienne salad products with turkey, ham and hard-boiled eggs. The salads contain eggs that are the subject of an FDA recall due to contamination with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

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A Glass Of Milk A Day May Benefit The Brain

January 31, 2012 10:08 am | News | Comments

Pouring at least one glass of milk each day could not only boost your intake of much-needed key nutrients, but it could also positively impact your brain and mental performance, according to a recent study in the International Dairy Journal.

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