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EU's Fear of 'Chlorine Chicken' Complicates US Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

A year ago, President Barack Obama and his European peers sought an agreement to create the trading bloc by the end of 2014. Now, the thought of chlorine-drenched chickens on the dinner table is driving the EU away from the free trade agreement.

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Oregon Sues 5-Hour Energy Over False Ad Claims

July 18, 2014 8:10 am | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon is sueing 5-Hour Energy for falsely claiming customers get extra energy and focus from a unique blend of ingredients, when in truth the boost comes from a concentrated dose of caffeine. The suit also targets claims that the product is OK for adolescents.

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Infographic: 3 Reasons to Choose Organic

July 18, 2014 8:05 am | by The Organic Center | News | Comments

Analyzing 343 studies in what was the largest research effort of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University found that organic crops are up to 60 percent higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.

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VIDEO: Weird Al Sings on the Importance of Food Safety

July 18, 2014 8:00 am | by CollegeHumor | Videos | Comments

Weird Al Yankovich parodies pop-singer Lorde's "Royals" with a song whose first verse emphasizes the importance of food safety. Yankovich's song "Foil" in his new album "Mandatory Fun" also includes a cameo by the popular comedian Patton Oswalt.

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Quickbooks in the Cloud: How Mobile Does Your Company Want to be?

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

The demand for employees wanting to check their data anywhere is a growing trend. While enabling a mobile workforce can raise concerns about security, data protection and integrity typically is greater with a hosted solution than with an in-house implementation.

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CFIA Investigation Leads to Recall of Podravka Brand Lunch Meat

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Marketwired | News | Comments

The investigations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lead to the recall of Podravka luncheon meat. The product recall is from an undeclared milk ingredient in the meat. Consumers with an allergy to dairy are being advised not to consume the product.

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Plastic Display Pallets

July 18, 2014 7:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

New plastic display pallets allow for easy set up in a warehouse or co-packing facility. The ability to move from truck to retail floor seamlessly reduces packaging waste by eliminating wood pallet disposal.

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Automation Suite Software

July 18, 2014 7:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

New automation suite software for packaging, food and converting applications, means more accurate web tracking, sealing, gluing, cutting and slitting. 

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What's Trending: Summer Fancy Food Show Spots 5 Novelties

July 17, 2014 2:51 pm | by Specialty Food Association | News | Comments

This year's Summer Fancy Food Show was the largest since the trade-only event made its debut in 1955. The exhibit's trendsetters spotted the latest products in food, including oatmeal cookie butter, bourbon smoked sugar and wild salmon jerky. 

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Do We Really Need a Nutrition Label to Tell Us What's Unhealthy?

July 17, 2014 2:28 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

The Nutrition Facts label facelift is getting a lot of attention lately. Health experts say consumers need a label with a clear statement telling them whether a food is healthy. I’ll let you in on a little secret: I've never read the Nutrition Facts label on my food.

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Can Cinnamon Prevent Foodborne Illnesses? Scientists Say Yes

July 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Washington State University | News | Comments

Recent findings by two Washington State University scientists suggest cinnamon oil to effectively work as a natural antibacterial agent in the food industry. The study acknowledges improved food safety and the reduction or elimination of food posioning deaths.

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Ancient Farming Method Makes a Comeback

July 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Lempert Report | News | Comments

Urban Organics, a Minnesota-based company, is taking an ancient farming method and making it trendy. Aquaponics, a technique that grows vegetables in water and uses fish waste for nourishment, is featured in this week's segment of "The Lempert Report" Innovation Series.

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Soda Tax Advances in San Francisco

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A soda tax is making its way forward to San Francisco voters as the Board of Supervisors endorsed the proposed measure. With sugary drinks having been under the fire for years, San Francisco aims to become the first city to pass a per-ounce soda tax.

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Got the Blues? This Fruit's Health Benefits Spur Production

July 17, 2014 11:40 am | by Washington Blueberry Commission | News | Comments

Blueberry growers in Washington are projecting to harvest more than 90 million pounds of the fruit this year, making it the fourth state in total U.S. total blueberry production. Awareness about the health benefits of blueberries has caused the spike in production.

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Minn. Creates Coalition to Protect Food Industry

July 17, 2014 10:50 am | by A Greater Minnesota | News | Comments

To help ensure sustainability in the farm and food production industry, a new coalition called A Greater Minnesota has been created to inform Minnesota residents about the issues surrounding food production and the economic impacts to the state. 

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The Snack Italians Are Nutty For

July 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Canadean | News | Comments

A new report by Canadean says Italian consumers choose savoury snacks to accompany their moments of relaxation, with nuts and seeds being their top choice. The demand for on-the-go packaging will rise as consumers turn to this popular snacking option.

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Mars Food Recalls 2K Cases of Uncle Ben's Rice

July 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Mars Food North America | News | Comments

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots and Corn products were voluntarily recalled by maker Mars Food North America. The company is taking approximately 2,000 cases off store shelves for including an ingredient that is not listed on the packaging.

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Yum Brands Hurt by KFC, Pizza Hut Sluggish Sales

July 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

While Yum Brands Inc, a Kentucky-based company who operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, reported a 19 percent increase in its second-quarter profits from its rebounding business in China, sales in the U.S. continue to drop as much as 4 percent.

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Health Advocates: Nutrition Labels Are Not Enough

July 17, 2014 9:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials say the nutrition facts on food labels do not provide enough information to help consumers make healthy choices. They would like to see labels on the front of products with a clear statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. 

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What ISO 21469 Lubricant Standard Means for Food Safety

July 17, 2014 8:30 am | by Toby Porter, Food Market Manager, Klüber Lubrication North America, L.P. | Articles | Comments

Compared to the existing H1 lubricant standard, the NSF ISO 21469 standard is a significant advancement. NSF ISO 21469 improves formulation and label review, requires manufacturing risk assessments and involves analytical product testing. 

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