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Chicken Nuggets, Patties Recalled In Alaska

December 10, 2012 9:57 am | News | Comments

Chicken nuggets and patties distributed in Alaska by Suzanna's Kitchen are being recalled. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says consumers have found pieces of plastic in the products that may have come from bags that held the chicken before production.

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Hershey Building Peanut Plant To Fight Malnutrition

December 10, 2012 9:56 am | News | Comments

The Hershey Co. plans to build and operate a peanut processing plant aimed at fighting malnutrition in the African nation where it obtains much of the cocoa it uses to make chocolate. The plant will partner with Project Peanut Butter, a pediatrician's program to distribute a peanut-based, nutrient-enriched food to malnourished children in rural Ghana.

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USDA Allowing More Meats, Grains In School Lunches

December 10, 2012 9:54 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack told members of Congress in a letter Friday that the department will do away with daily and weekly limits of meats and grains. Several lawmakers wrote the department after the new rules went into effect in September saying kids aren't getting enough to eat.

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XL Foods Cleared To Ship To U.S.

December 10, 2012 9:52 am | News | Comments

A Canadian meatpacking plant involved in a large recall of contaminated beef products over E. coli bacteria concerns is again being allowed to ship products to the U.S. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday that the U.S Department of Agriculture has relisted the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alberta, effective immediately.

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Diamond Foods Posts 4Q Loss, But Beats Expectations

December 10, 2012 9:50 am | by SARAH SKIDMORE,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Diamond Foods Inc. on Friday reported a loss for its fiscal fourth quarter, but after adjusting for costs tied to an accounting probe the snack company beat market expectations. Shares of the struggling San Francisco company fell in after-hours trading.

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Photo Of The Day: More Meat, Grains In School Lunches

December 10, 2012 9:48 am | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department is responding to criticism over new school lunch rules by allowing kids to eat more grains and meat in the lunchroom. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a letter to members of Congress Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, that the department will do away with daily and weekly maximums of meats and grains.

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Clear Thinking: The Last True Competitive Advantage

December 10, 2012 9:39 am | by IMPO Staff | Articles | Comments

Employing Clear Thinking process, from the C-Suite to the plant floor, is the only way to empower the capability to manage fast and well all the big issues associated with constant change through an organization, says Ray Baxter, CEO of Kepner-Tregoe.

The Fiscal Cliff And Food Safety

December 10, 2012 9:29 am | Videos | Comments

As the so-called "fiscal cliff" looms large, some fear that the mandatory budget cuts set to be enacted will negatively impact food safety. FDA and USDA budgets are some of those on the chopping block if a new deal isn't reached in Washington.

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My First Trade Show & The Digital Revolution

December 10, 2012 9:16 am | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution | Blogs | Comments

For companies in modern America and across the globe, the digital revolution is every bit as unsettling today as the financial crisis was in 2008. The ways in which we interact today are so different from what we have encountered in the past.

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Energy-Saving Conveyor Belt

December 10, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The CompactGrid™ conveyor belt is engineered with 70% open surface area and provides optimal performance in processes where product coating, drainage and liquid or air circulation are factors.

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Seal Rings

December 10, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Metcar Grade M-58 has received approval from the FDA for use in food-contact applications.

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Hi Cube Drawers

December 10, 2012 1:00 am | by Food Manufacturing Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The larger Hi Cube Drawers can increase poultry processing line capacity by increasing the number of birds ready for processing.

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Yum Brands Expanding To China’s Smaller Cities

December 7, 2012 12:52 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The owner of KFC and Pizza Hut is taking its fast-food menus to the lesser-known regions of China, with plans to set up shop in smaller cities throughout the key market. After expanding in China's biggest cities in recent years, Yum Brands Inc. is focusing on populating the country's less urbanized areas.

U.S. Adds 146K Jobs, But Manufacturing Loses 7K

December 7, 2012 12:49 pm | by CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER,AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. hiring gains held steady in November despite disruptions from Superstorm Sandy and employers' concerns about impending tax increases from the year-end "fiscal cliff." Overall manufacturing jobs fell 7,000. That was pushed down by a loss of 12,000 jobs in food manufacturing that likely reflects the layoff of workers at Hostess.

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Groups Back EPA, Try To Join Poultry Suit

December 7, 2012 12:46 pm | by VICKI SMITH,Associated Press | News | Comments

Several environmental groups want a federal judge to let them join a lawsuit by a West Virginia chicken grower who is challenging new water-pollution rules aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay watershed. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey has already allowed the American and West Virginia Farm Bureaus to intervene in Lois Alt's complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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SD Slaughterhouse Accused Of Wastewater Violations

December 7, 2012 12:44 pm | News | Comments

A beef processing plant in northern South Dakota that is trying to get up to speed after years of delays caused by everything from financial problems to lawsuits to flooding is now accused of violating its wastewater permit. The city of Aberdeen says the Northern Beef Packers plant is failing to monitor pollutants and properly operate its treatment lagoons.

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Exotic Elephant Dung Coffee Costs $50 A Pop

December 7, 2012 12:40 pm | by JOCELYN GECKER,Associated Press | News | Comments

Trumpeted as earthy in flavor and smooth on the palate, the exotic new brew is made from beans eaten by Thai elephants and plucked a day later from their dung. A gut reaction inside the elephant creates what its founder calls the coffee's unique taste. At $1,100 per kilogram ($500 per pound), it's among the world's priciest coffee.

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Consumer Trends: Flavor Forecast For 2013

December 7, 2012 12:28 pm | News | Comments

McCormick & Company, Incorporated has unveiled its McCormick® Flavor Forecast® 2013. Now in its thirteenth year, the report is an annual spotlight on the emerging trends that the company expects to drive in terms of flavor innovation over the next several years.

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A Tour Of Methods

December 7, 2012 10:24 am | Articles | Comments

Each organization has its own culture. It is a natural phenomenon of any group of social creatures. Establish a culture of continuous improvement around a central, common method for solving problems. Adopt one of the common or popular ones, or use them as inspiration for your own.

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Ga. Food Processor Recalls 35K Pounds Of Chicken

December 7, 2012 9:55 am | News | Comments

A Georgia food processing company has issued a recall for about 35,800 pounds of breaded chicken products that may contain pieces of plastic. USDA officials Thursday announced the chicken was processed at Suzanna's Kitchen, based in Duluth.

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