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Pepsi Launching Twitter Effort

May 31, 2012 10:12 am | News | Comments

PepsiCo Inc. is lifting the curtain on its music partnership with Twitter, saying it plans to offer its followers chances to win free downloadable songs through the social media site starting Wednesday and that it will stream video of live concerts this summer.

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FDA Rejects New Name For HFCS

May 31, 2012 10:08 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename its sweetening agent "corn sugar." Given the sweetener's bad reputation in recent years, the association submitted an application to the agency in 2010 to have the product renamed on nutrition labels. But the FDA said that it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food — not a syrup.

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Think Outside The Box By Training Employees In The Cube

May 31, 2012 10:05 am | by Patrick Michel, Vice President, DELMIA Industry Solutions & Marketing, Dassault Systèmes | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is clearly growing at a solid pace led by pent-up demand for consumer durables, such as motor vehicles, business equipment and medical devices and, as a result, manufacturers are hiring.

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USDA Exanding E. Coli Testing In Meat

May 31, 2012 10:03 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is expanding E. coli testing in some raw meat, a move expected to prevent more people from contracting the bacteria that can cause severe illness or death. Starting Monday, the meat industry will have to test beef trimmings for six new strains of E. coli that have been linked to a growing number of illnesses.

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Lawsuits Slam 'Natural' Food Claims

May 31, 2012 10:00 am | by JESSICA GRESKO,Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past several years, a number of major national brands have been attacked for what consumers have called deceptive labeling. Tostidos, SunChips, Snapple and Ben & Jerry's ice cream have all faced similar attacks.

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Photo Of The Day: FDA Rejects 'Corn Sugar'

May 31, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 rejected the Corn Refiners Association's bid to rename its sweetening agent "corn sugar." The FDA said that it defines sugar as a solid, dried and crystallized food — not a syrup.

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Automatic Lubricator

May 31, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The MEMOLUB® ONE LPS is a low-pressure, 240cc, single-point, self-contained automatic lubricator with simple operation and low environmental impact.

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Energy Monitoring Unit

May 31, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The OptoEMU Sensor DR is a compact energy monitoring unit for monitoring energy usage at commercial and industrial facilities such as factories, warehouses and office buildings.

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Pre-Oiled Degassing Valve

May 31, 2012 1:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Flexis™ Air for Coffee pre-oiled, one-way valve speeds processing throughput by up to 30%. Unlike injection molded button valves, this product is flexible and conforms to a package's contours.

Sanderson Farms Returns To Profit In 2Q

May 30, 2012 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Sanderson Farms Inc. returned to a profit in its fiscal second quarter on higher revenue, lower feed costs and improved market conditions.

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Wash. Opens Up Liquor Sales; Prices Expected To Rise

May 30, 2012 12:53 pm | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Washington state residents might want to stock up on tequila and rum if margaritas or mojitos are on their summer menu, because prices are likely going up at many retailers this week — and prices are just one of several big changes in store when Washington state abandons its long-held place in the liquor business.

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Foie Gras Feeding Frenzy Grows As Ban Nears

May 30, 2012 12:51 pm | by TRACIE CONE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Chefs are loading their high-end menus with duck liver: terrine de foie gras, seared foie gras with mango chutney, foie gras salad and sweet foie gras for dessert. And they are keeping secret the locations of their multi-course dinners to avoid protesters as a July 1 ban looms in California, the only state to outlaw foie gras.

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USDA: Pesticides Pose No Risk To Food Supply

May 30, 2012 12:47 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has posted data from the 2010 Pesticide Data Program (PDP) Annual Summary. The 2010 PDP report confirms that food does not pose a safety concern based upon pesticide residues.

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Video Draws Animal Cruelty Charges

May 30, 2012 12:43 pm | by GILLIAN FLACCUS,Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors have filed animal cruelty charges against the owner and seven employees at a Southern California livestock auction house after undercover video shot by an animal rights group showed workers kicking, hitting and tossing the animals as they were readied for sale.

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Consumer Trends: A ‘Seductive’ Approach To Dining Healthy

May 30, 2012 12:38 pm | News | Comments

Unilever Food Solutions' latest World Menu Report titled "Seductive Nutrition" finds that U.S. restaurant guests want the choice of eating healthier when dining out, but those good intentions do not always translate into action.

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Using Behavior-Based Training To Create A Food Safety Culture

May 30, 2012 11:31 am | by Dan Fone, Business Development Director, Global Food Safety Division, NSF International | Articles | Comments

The food industry has long recognized that proper food safety training is a critical component to ensuring a safer global food supply. And yet, issues surrounding food handler personal hygiene and cross contamination continue to top the list of food safety risk factors in processing plants.

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UK Drops Proposed Tax On Savories

May 30, 2012 10:09 am | by DAVID STRINGER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's government has cooled on its plan to impose a new sales tax on hot savory snacks, such as the humble Cornish pasty and sausage roll, after being criticized for unfairly attacking the poor.

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Maine Lobster Licensing Under Review

May 30, 2012 10:05 am | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press | News | Comments

Scott Beede is one of 302 people on the waiting list for a Maine lobster license. By his calculations he'll be nearly 80 years old — or dead — by the time his wait is over. Beede, 50, says the state's 15-year-old licensing system needs an overhaul to give newcomers like him a fair shot at getting a license to fish their own traps in Maine's lobster-rich waters.

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Idaho: Five Wives Vodka Offensive To Mormon Residents

May 30, 2012 10:02 am | by JOHN MILLER and PAUL FOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The middle-shelf vodka is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago.

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Mexican Police Protect Pepsi Subsidiary After Attacks

May 30, 2012 9:58 am | News | Comments

Mexican police are providing stepped-up security for a PepsiCo subsidiary targeted by firebomb attacks over the weekend, official said Tuesday. About one hundred state and federal police are guarding the distribution centers of Sabritas, a Mexican snack firm owned by PepsiCo, said Julio Hernandez, a spokesman for western Michoacan state.

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