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Horse Meat Scandal Hits Canada

May 16, 2011 12:27 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Tonight’s episode of Top Chef Canada is featuring a classic French dish in which one of the contestants has to use horse meat. News of this episode is spreading across Canada like wildfire, and a lot of people are upset. …

Record-Breaker: Dairy Queen’s 10-Ton Ice Cream Cake

May 13, 2011 11:11 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A Dairy Queen in Toronto has just broken the world record for the world’s largest ice cream cake, according to the NY Daily News. The dessert weighs in at 10.13 tons and is comprised of 20,000 pounds of ice cream, …

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Each Consumer Wastes 660 Pounds Of Food Per Year

May 12, 2011 11:44 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Good, the FAO has released a report weighing the amount of food losses (due to failing infrastructure, harvesting technology or faulty packaging) and food waste (food thrown away by restaurants and households). As you can see, food losses … 

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European Fishermen May Catch More Than Fish

May 11, 2011 11:33 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Good, the European Union is considering paying fishermen to catch plastic trash. A pilot project is set to launch in the Mediterranean where fishermen will be provided with special equipment for catching plastic and bringing the trash back … 

The $2,600 ‘Bentley Of Bottled Waters’

May 10, 2011 11:15 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Smart Money reported that Bling H2O is selling a luxury bottled water that can cost as much as $2,600 for 750 ml. The bottle is coated with more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals, but the water itself comes from a Tennessee … 

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The Incredible, Edible Food Label

May 9, 2011 11:48 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

While some consumers don’t pay attention to the nutrition facts on food packaging, a new concept by Dnewman will be hard to miss. The new design is a nutrition label that can be printed directly on eggs using an Eggbot … 

4 Killed By Raw Beef, Japan’s Food Safety Questioned

May 6, 2011 2:35 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the Wall Street Journal, four have died from eating raw beef at a barbecue restaurant in Japan. Many more are critically ill, and two different strains of E. coli were detected in the restaurant’s raw beef dishes. The …

Defining Gluten-Free

May 3, 2011 4:36 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

In 2004, Congress told the FDA it had until 2008 to officially define the meaning of “gluten-free.” Well, it’s 2011, and the FDA still hasn’t defined what it means to be gluten-free. So what happens when you miss a Congressional … 

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Historic Storm Devastates Poultry Industry

May 2, 2011 11:15 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A historic storm that decimated Alabama left more than 300 dead and billions in damage. According to BBC, that damage extends to the state’s $2.4 billion per year poultry industry. Chicken houses and processing plants were flattened, leaving many owners …

Can Peanut Butter Cause Cancer?

April 29, 2011 11:48 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Slashfood reported that peanut butter may contain aflatoxin, a carcinogen that has been shown to cause liver cancer. Aflatoxin makes its way into the nut through fungus that can penetrate the soft, porous shell of a peanut. Currently, all commercially …

Taco Bell May Sue Law Firm After Withdrawn Beef Claim

April 28, 2011 12:08 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the New York Post, Taco Bell is so upset that it may sue the law firm that accused the restaurant’s beef of being less than stellar. The fast food chain has also taken out “Would it kill you … 

Four Loko Founders Tell All

April 26, 2011 12:48 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Remember the controversial alcoholic energy drink, Four Loko? The drink has been linked to deaths, forced to go decaf and sued for causing heart problems, yet the drink’s founders refrained from commenting through it all– until now. They’re finally speaking … 

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Will Your Easter Basket Break The Scale?

April 22, 2011 11:18 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Candy is one of the first things that comes to mind when people think of Easter. Everyone knows candy isn’t the healthiest food option out there, but some treats are worse for you than others. The Daily Beast has compiled … 

They Can’t Take Your Peanuts Away

April 21, 2011 12:14 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Peanuts on planes, it’s always been sort of a package deal. However, after some concerns over passengers with severe allergies, there was some discussion on whether to remove the traditional airplane snack. But that’s just not possible, says the Department … 

Mom Sues McDonald’s Over Happy Meals

April 20, 2011 11:30 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Reuters is reporting that  a California mother is suing McDonald’s for allegedly using its Happy Meal toys to lure children into its restaurants. She claims the fast food giant’s popular kid’s  meal violates the state’s consumer protection laws. McDonald’s wants … 

Words To Lose Your Job By

April 20, 2011 10:21 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

I’ve never been fired from a job before. I’d like to think I’ve been pretty responsible, for the most part, since I started working at age 15—the exception being the time I accidentally locked myself … 

The Princess And The Jelly Bean

April 19, 2011 12:27 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Slashfood, one lucky Brit has landed himself a mango jelly bean featuring the visage of Kate Middleton. With the royal wedding approaching quickly, the man says he hopes to sell the confection on eBay for at least 800 … 

New Film Detects Spoiled Meat

April 18, 2011 10:58 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Fast Company, the Fraunhofer Institution in Munich has developed a film that changes color when packaged meat has gone bad. The film works by detecting the chemicals that make rotten meat smell. The research team has also developed … 

BP Documents Reveal Company Tried To Influence Oil Spill Research

April 15, 2011 10:58 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to BP’s internal documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the company made attempts to influence the independent research of scientists examining the effects of the Deep Water Horizon oil spill that devasted the Gulf seafood industry. Photo … 

A Hot Tub Of Corn Syrup

April 14, 2011 11:18 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

That’s how much high fructose corn syrup the average human will eat in a lifetime. That’s a little over an ounce a day and about 4 gallons a year. The New York Times featured this graphic along with an article … 

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