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Cyclospora Outbreak Hits 9 States

July 25, 2013 9:45 am | by ABC News | Videos

The CDC continues to investigate the source of a stomach bug outbreak that has spread across eight states and sickened hundreds of people. The Cyclospora outbreak could stem from contaminated food and is rare in North America, typically found in the tropics.

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Hershey Cornering Chinese Candy Market

July 24, 2013 9:15 am | by CBS News | Videos

Despite its storied history here in the United States and around the world, chocolate giant Hershey's is just beginning to tap into the Chinese candy market. CBS's Seth Doane reports on how the brand is positioning itself in this growing market.

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Something to Chew On: Wrigley's & RFID

July 17, 2013 4:17 pm | by Cisco | Videos

Peter Granger, Senior Industry Solutions Manager for Cisco, presents the success achieved by Wrigley's — the largest producer of chewing gum in the world — as the company uses RFID with their Cisco wireless network to improve visibility to the plant floor, reduce losses and save time.

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Tasting the New Twinkies

July 17, 2013 12:59 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Eatocracy's Kat Kinsman taste tests the newly re-released Twinkie — back from hiatus after the bankruptcy and liquidation of the company that produced the spongy cakes — for CNN Money to find out how it compares to the the Twinkies we all grew up eating. Kinsman finds some unexpected changes.

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Robots May Soon Replace Farmers

July 16, 2013 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | Videos

Engineers are now developing intelligent machines to do farm work and help ease a worsening labor shortage on American farms. See the engineers test the Lettuce Bot, a machine that can "thin" a field of lettuce in the time it takes about 20 workers to do the job by hand.

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Even Starbucks CEO Can't Believe You Spend $7 on a Cup of Coffee

July 15, 2013 2:58 pm | by CNN Money | Videos

Starbucks' CEO Howard Schultz tells CNN's Poppy Harlow he's "stunned" by the number of Starbucks customers who buy the company's "premium drinks," but he also points out that the company has divesified its product offerings to include lower-cost beverages for budget-conscious consumers.

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FDA's New Apple Juice Rules

July 15, 2013 9:35 am | by ABC News | Videos

ABC's Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser discusses new regulations lowering acceptable limits of arsenic in apple juice. The FDA announced the new regulations last week following last year's scrutiny of the beverage, popular with children.

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Taking Food Safety to the Next Level

July 11, 2013 2:32 pm | by NBC News | Videos

In the wake of several high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced a plan to heighten food safety standards and implement a food-tracking system in order to better secure the U.S. food supply.

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Smithfood: Food Safety Threat?

July 11, 2013 9:00 am | by CBS News | Videos

Concerns deepen over a recent deal by which Chinese meat processor Smithfield Foods would buy American meat giant Smithfield Foods. Critics of the deal are now saying that increasing U.S. exports to China could have a serious and negative impact on U.S. food safety.

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Taking a Bite out of the Fancy Food Show

July 9, 2013 3:49 pm | by FOX News | Videos

Fox & Friends stopped by this summer's Fancy Food Show in New York City last week to get a taste of some of the summer's hottest food trends. The 59th Annual Fancy Food Show featured over 180,000 products in the specialty food and beverage category.

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China Tries to Ease Food Safety Fears

July 9, 2013 10:18 am | by AlJazeera | Videos

Amid ongoing food safety scandals in China, nations that import the country's products are growing uneasy. The U.S. Foreign Affairs Committee has heard testimony that China's poor human rights record contributes significantly to the low quality of goods produced there. In an attempt to ease concerns, China has introduced new food safety controls.

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Deadly Listeria Outbreak Moves Through Midwest

July 8, 2013 9:47 am | by ABC News | Videos

A deadly Listeria outbreak linked to cheese manufactured by Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese and sold in Whole Foods stores has swept through Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. At least one person has died as a result of the outbreak, and five reportedly have been sickened.

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Food Companies Can Cure Obesity Epidemic

July 3, 2013 11:21 am | by CBS News | Videos

David Freedman's article "The Cure for Obesity: How Science Is Engineering Healthy Junk Food" will be published in The Ideas Issue of the Atlantic. On CBS This Morning, Freedman discusses the role of food giants in the obesity epidemic and how engineering healthy junk food may be a key component in curbing U.S. eating habits.

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Study: Brains Love Processed Carbs

July 3, 2013 9:17 am | by CBS News | Videos

A new study from Boston's Children's Hospital suggests that foods with highly processed carbohydrates — foods like cookies, cakes and chips — can trigger strong cravings that can drive consumers to overeat. Researchers also noticed changes in the brain among subjects eating these foods, suggesting a response very similar to addiction.

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SLIDESHOW: A Fresh Take on Innovation

July 2, 2013 9:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Videos

Bolthouse Farms has long been known for its baby carrots and other bagged produce items, but at its new Innovation Center in Bakersfield, Calif., the company is ramping up its efforts to develop other fresh, nutritious products that will appeal to a growing consumer interest in healthy eating.

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Gut-Busting Fast Food Offerings

July 1, 2013 9:29 am | Videos

Despite consumer and industry trends indicating a renewed interest in healthy foods, some fast food restaurants are still helping consumers pack on the pounds. Good Morning America takes a bite into some of the unhealthiest items on fast food menus.

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Inside a Stella & Chewy's Dog Food Factory

June 27, 2013 2:28 pm | by FOX Business | Videos

Stella & Chewy's began in an apartment kitchen on the Upper West Side of New York City and has now expanded to a large processing facility in Milwaukee, Wis. The company touts the pet food as being 95 percent meat, with added probiotics and vitamins. FOX Business takes viewers on a tour of this remarkable factory.

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Walmart Gives Paula Deen the Boot

June 27, 2013 9:27 am | by ABC News | Videos

Walmart becomes the latest company to sever ties with celebrity chef and television host Paula Deen amid a racial controversy that has some consumers fuming. The controversy is just the latest setback for Deen, who was under fire last year after she revealed her diabetes diagnosis along with a lucrative contract with drug maker Novo Nordisk.

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Labeling Mechanically Tenderized Meat

June 26, 2013 9:47 am | by ABC 7 | Videos

Though consumers may be unaware, much of the beef purchased in grocery stores has been mechanically tenderized — punctured with needles or blades. The USDA is proposing new labeling rules for mechanically tenderized meat after several recent food safety outbreaks have been associated with these products.

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Fighting Real-Life Sea Monsters

June 24, 2013 4:11 pm | by The Weather Channel | Videos

U.S. and Canadian authorities are working together on a project straight from a sci-fi novel. The sea lamprey are an invasive species capable of decimating native species from the Great Lakes. The international effort to kill off the lamprey has reduced the population by 90 percent, but officials are hoping to drive down the species' number even further.

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