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Factory Worker Sentenced to 3.5 Years For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 9:28 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo | News | Comments

A former contract worker for the subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. in Japan was sentenced to time in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide. Toshiki Abe was working at Aqlifoods Co. when he sprayed products with the pesticide malathion.

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Utah Judge Refuses to Block Lawsuit Challenging 'Ag-Gag' Law

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge ruled that animal rights activists can continue their lawsuit seeking to overturn Utah's 'ag-gag' law — a law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Activists say the law is designed to silence them.

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Consumer Group Asks Food Facilities to Accurately Label Sugars

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Citizens for Health | News | Comments

One of the country's oldest consumer action groups, the Citizens for Health, has filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration to compel food manufacturing facilities to spell out the type of sweeteners they add to products.     

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VIDEO: 40 Different Fruits, 1 Tree

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Sam Van Aken, a professor from Syracuse University, has created a tree that holds 40 different kinds of fruit. He set out to find a permanent home for varieties of stone fruit that trace back thousands of years. Introducing: the "Tree of 40 Fruits."

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Infographic: Food Industry Worth $2.45T by Next Year

August 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Clean Rental | News | Comments

Discover the opportunities for growth in the food industry and where the challenges lie. This infographic by Clean Rental shows that poultry product manufacturing has room to grow by exporting, utilizing feed research and increasing production speed lines.

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A Uniform Way to Avoid Class 1 Recalls in Food Production

August 8, 2014 8:00 am | by Clean Rental | Blogs | Comments

A recall can potentially cost a food company millions of dollars from lost sales, the recall execution process and brand reputation management. To prevent food contamination and recalls, food manufacturers should be proactive when it comes to public safety.

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Indiana Meat Plant to Begin Operations Next Year

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sugar Creek Packing Co. in eastern Indiana is expected to begin operations in July 2015. The meat packing plant will invest $100 million in construction, equipment and land acquisition near Cambridge City. The food facility is expected to bring 400 jobs to the state.

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Labeling System

August 8, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

New labeler achieves label orientation on handled containers with offset spouts up to one gallon in size. Ideal for vinegar and other foods, the servo-driven labeler offers high speed wrap-around labeling with high operating efficiencies.

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Magnetic Separator

August 8, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The spherical pipeline magnetic separator is used for powder processing. The product houses a high-intensity magnetic element with flux strengths ranging from 10,000 gauss to over 12,000 gauss in larger models.

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Combating the Talent Gap With Targeted Training

August 7, 2014 2:50 pm | by Jeannine Kunz, Managing Director of Workforce and Education, SME | Articles | Comments

The demand for skilled workers has never been higher as manufacturers struggle to find the talented workforce needed to fill jobs currently available. To combat the talent gap and build a high-performance team, some are increasingly turning to competency models. 

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Calif. Collector Who Sold Bogus Wine Gets 10-Year Term

August 7, 2014 2:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California collector convicted of making fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling it for millions of dollars was sentenced for a decade in prison.  The judge said the public needs to know that food and drinks are safe and "not some homemade witch's brew."

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Bad Bite: A Tick Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

August 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions.

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J.M. Smucker Co. to Acquire Nut, Fruit Snacks Brand

August 7, 2014 12:29 pm | by The J. M. Smucker Company | News | Comments

The J.M. Smucker Company, popular for its Folgers, Pillsbury and Smuckers brands, has agreed to acquire Sahale Snacks, a Seattle-based company. Sahale is a manufacturer of branded nut and fruit snacks, which are primarily sold in the United States.

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Chobani Partners With IMG to Increase Brand Awareness

August 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Chobani | News | Comments

Chobani will increase its presence and products to students and fans by leveraging IMG College's access to school decision makers and its partner schools' intellectual property on campus, in local retail locations, food service, at athletic facilities and more.

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Nestle Profit Falls on Stronger Swiss Franc

August 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nestle SA, maker of the Haagen-Dazs brand, experienced decreased sales in the first half of the year as a stronger Swiss Franc weighed on the bottom line. A stronger franc shrinks earnings in dollars and other currencies when those earnings are restated in francs.

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Consumer Trends: Cheese-Eaters Want Specialty Flavors

August 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

A new report says consumers are looking for cheese products that are more indulgent, with new tastes and experiences. Consumers are broadening beyond traditional favorites, such as cheddar and mozzarella, and are now looking for higher priced specialty cheeses.

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Photo: Getting Sweet With Apple Fries

August 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Sweet Apple Pie Fries! | News | Comments

It all started with an addictive twist on an America classic that became a local sensation. Nine years later, Niki Durig of Portland, Ore., has her eyes on creating a national franchise that would share her dessert and opportunity with the country.

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Can MRSA be Controlled in Our Food Supply Chain?

August 7, 2014 10:22 am | by Jim Praechtl, CEO, Clearstream, LLC | Articles | Comments

MRSA and other resistant microorganisms on their own will not control themselves. The industry has to take proactive measures to bring this and similar pathogens that affect livestock operations and production processes under control.      

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Canada Officials Recall Food Products Over Listeria, E.coli Concerns

August 7, 2014 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling two products due to concerns about listeriosis and a third recall due to possible E.coli. The products include Genoa Salami, Sliced Crimini Mushrooms and certain brands of French cheeses.

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Russia Bans US Food Imports in Retaliation to Western Sanctions

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press | News | Comments

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk, milk products, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union and other countries. Russia depends heavily on imported food, particularly in the largest city of Moscow.

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