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The Dietary Guidelines Of 1861

April 13, 2011 10:39 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

America has changed a lot since the Civil War began in 1861, but apparently its food advice hasn’t. Food Politics discusses the dietary guidelines of 1861 and how nutritional guidance hasn’t changed much in 150 years.

High Food Prices? Blame The Bats

April 8, 2011 11:16 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Fast Company, an epidemic is wiping out U.S. bats, which are responsible for consuming large amounts of pests every day. In fact, the industrious little brown bat eats up to 1,200 insects per hour– a very large feat … 

NYC Wants To Get In On The Happy Meal Toy Ban

April 6, 2011 10:46 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A New York City councilman has introduced legislation to ban toys from fast food meals that don’t meet certain nutrition guidelines. San Francisco enacted a similar ban last year. According to the ban’s supporters, nixing the toys will lessen the … 

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Cows Genetically Modified To Produce ‘Human’ Milk

April 4, 2011 10:47 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to The Telegraph, scientists have successfully genetically engineered 300 cows to produce humanlike breast milk. Human genes were introduced into the cows in an attempt to make their milk more nutritious. The researchers are hoping the altered milk will … 

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Food Fight: BPA– Use It Or Lose It?

April 1, 2011 10:15 am | by LindDr. John Rost, Chairman, North American Metal Packaging Alliance, Inc. (NAMPA)

Controversy has heated up in recent years over the safety of Bisphenol A (BPA), a common additive used in the plastic lining found inside most food cans …

Freaky Friday: March’s Weirdest Food News

April 1, 2011 10:08 am | by Krystal Gabert, Associate Editor

On the last Friday of each month (or, in this case, a week late), Food Manufacturing looks back at the most surprising or unusual food-related stories of the month. Here are our top picks for March: A … 

Is Chicken Feed Causing Cancer?

March 31, 2011 11:12 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Author and journalist David Kirby wrote a piece for The Huffington Post discussing the possibility that arsenic in chicken feed may be causing “cancer clusters,” or areas of the country that have significantly more instances of cancer than the rest …

’Healthifying’ Junk Foods

March 30, 2011 10:54 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Everyone loves a good “unhealthy” snack like chips and soda once in a while, but according to the Food Politics blog, “junk” food companies may be in trouble due to the new trend of healthy foods. In fact, many companies, … 

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FDA Crackdown On Raw Milk Cheeses Was Exaggerated

March 29, 2011 12:16 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to The Atlantic, speculations by The Washington Post and The New York Times that the FDA was planning on limiting or banning the manufacture of raw milk cheeses were greatly exaggerated. This is good news for artisan cheese makers, …

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The Impact Of Science On Food

March 24, 2011 11:39 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Nathan Myhrvold, author of Modernist Cuisine, discusses how using meticulous science can improve the quality of food. 

Vintners Try Out New Wine Pouch

March 23, 2011 12:10 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Slashfood has reported that Indulge Wines, a California company, is now selling wine in a pouch. Each pouch equals two 750mL wine bottles, and apparently, it’s eco-friendly. Fewer fossil fuels are needed to transport the product in a pouch versus … 

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Burrito Price Dispute Leads To Shootout

March 22, 2011 11:02 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to My San Antonio, a man became slightly more than agitated after he found out that Taco Bell’s Beefy Crunch Burritos were no longer 99 cents. In fact, he decided to shoot an air gun at the restaurant’s manager, …

Banning Happy Meal Toy Bans

March 21, 2011 11:38 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s ban on Happy Meal toys has led to other states taking legislative action to ban their cities from banning the fast food toys. Legislation recently passed by Arizona’s House prevents cities from … 

Japan Tests Food For Radiation

March 18, 2011 2:21 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Slashfood, the damaged nuclear power plant in Japan has several countries fearing that Japan’s food may be contaminated with radiation. Italy has banned all Japanese food imports, and Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Singapore and China have … 

Who’s Second To Coke? Diet Coke, Of Course

March 17, 2011 11:34 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Chicago Breaking Business, Diet Coke has officially unseated Pepsi as the No. 2 soda behind Coca-Cola. This is a huge blow to Pepsi in the Cola Wars, as Pepsi and Coke been fighting each other for the “king …

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NFL Lockout Could Hurt Chicken Wing Industry

March 16, 2011 10:47 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to Yahoo!, a long-lasting NFL lockout would be “devestating” to the chicken wing industry. Chicken wings are one of the more popular items at sports bars and restaurants, and prices for the wings typically increase during football season. …

Delicious Ideas: Portion-Controlled Packaging

March 15, 2011 4:10 pm | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to GOOD, A British student has designed a portion-controlled spaghetti package that allows you to make just the right amount of pasta for up to six people. 

Iowa Man To Drink Only Beer For Lent

March 11, 2011 10:57 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A newspaper editor in Corning, Iowa plans to celebrate the season of Lent by drinking only water and four pints of beer per day. According to Today, the man is trying to recreate the way Franciscan monks observed Lent centuries … 

Couple Arrested For Smuggling Contaminated Cheese

March 10, 2011 10:35 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the Miami New Times, a couple has been arrested for importing cheese known to be contaminated with bacteria like salmonella. After suspecting that the imported cheese was contaminated, the FDA took away the couple’s authorization to import the … 

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Fish Armageddon: A Million Dead Sardines Wash Ashore In California

March 9, 2011 11:14 am | by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

According to the Wall Street Journal, a million dead sardines washed ashore in a Southern California harbor, the largest fish kill known in the state. Scientists tested the surrounding waters for oil and chemicals, but found nothing. It’s theorized that …

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