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A Food Poisoning Report with Good News: Fewer E. coli Cases

May 14, 2015 11:17 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer

While some diseases decreased, overall infections from foodborne illness remain the same, according to the CDC.

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US Develops New Government Label for GMO-Free Products

May 14, 2015 9:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Certification would be voluntary — and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, the foods would be able to carry a "USDA Process Verified" label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.

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Cereal Maker Post Says Bird Flu Squeezing its Egg Supply

May 14, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. says the Midwest's deadly bird flu outbreak is affecting more of its egg supply. Post estimates that roughly 20 percent of its egg supply is impacted by the outbreak, up from 14 percent just days ago.

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USDA Rules Will Require Safety Labels on Tenderized Beef

May 14, 2015 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Agriculture Department said Wednesday the labels will be required starting in May 2016. Mechanically tenderized meat is poked with needles or blades to make it tender, a process that can transfer bacteria from the outside of the cut of beef to the inside. Since many people eat cuts of meat that aren't fully cooked in the center, that bacteria can pose a safety hazard.

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Geoduck Farming Takes Off as Demand for Clams Grows in Asia

May 14, 2015 8:30 am | by PHUONG LE, Associated Press

Last year, the U.S. exported $74 million, or about 11 million pounds, worth of live wild and farmed geoduck, mostly to China and Hong Kong. That's double the volume and value exported in 2008. An average clam weighs about 2 pounds and can fetch up to $100 per pound overseas.

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Carl's Jr., Hardee's Top Burger with Hot Dog and Chips

May 14, 2015 8:10 am | by Associated Press

The upcoming menu item is made with a beef patty that is topped with a split hot dog. The meaty duo sits on a layer of Lay's potato chips between hamburger buns. Ketchup, mustard, tomato, red onion, pickles and American cheese will be thrown in, too

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US Producer Prices Fall in April; Food Costs Experience Drop

May 14, 2015 8:00 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Writer

A sharp drop in the cost of gasoline and food pushed down overall U.S. producer prices in April. The Labor Department said Thursday that its producer price index fell 0.4 percent last month after rising 0.2 percent in March.

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Food Safety Summit Resource Center Returns to PACK EXPO Las Vegas

May 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by PMMI

The Food Safety Summit Resource Center, a regular PACK EXPO feature since 2010, brings together experts in food production and food safety for a series of educational opportunities.

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Research: Over Half of US Consumers Think Organic Labeling is an Excuse to Charge More

May 13, 2015 1:45 pm | by Mintel

Organics would seem tailor-made for shoppers seeking foods and beverages that are healthier for them, their families and the planet, but new research from Mintel reveals that Americans appear confused about the benefits of organics, with many perceiving the organic label as nothing more than an excuse to sell products at a premium.

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Restaurant Sales Surpassed Grocery Store Sales for the First Time

May 13, 2015 1:33 pm | by National Restaurant Association

Monthly sales at restaurants exceeded grocery stores sales for the first time on record, the National Restaurant Association noted Wednesday.

Monsanto Vows To Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

May 13, 2015 1:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Monsanto Company this week announced a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its crop protection operations by 22 percent by 2020.

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Survey: Cloud Systems Boost Manufacturing Productivity, Quality

May 13, 2015 8:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new survey of manufacturers found that nearly two-thirds saw improved plant productivity after implementing a cloud-computing system. Nearly three-quarters reported process improvements following cloud deployment, while just over 60 percent said product quality improved.

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US Beekeepers Lost 40 Percent of Honey Bees in 2014-15, Survey Says

May 13, 2015 7:45 am | by University of Maryland

Commercial beekeepers were hit particularly hard by the high rate of summer losses, which outstripped winter losses for the first time in five years, stoking concerns over the long-term trend of poor health in honey bee colonies.

First Nebraska Cases of Bird Flu Confirmed in Flock of 1.7M

May 13, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

The ongoing bird flu outbreak has spread into northeast Nebraska, and officials are planning to kill 1.7 million chickens on a farm where the disease has been confirmed.

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House Votes to Block EPA Regulation of Streams, Wetlands

May 13, 2015 7:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The rules proposed last year by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have fueled political anger in the country's heartland, becoming a top issue of concern for many farmers and landowners who say there are already too many government regulations affecting their businesses.

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ConAgra Foods Acquires Blake’s All Natural Foods

May 13, 2015 6:45 am | by ConAgra Foods

ConAgra Foods, Inc., announced Tuesday that it has acquired Blake’s All Natural Foods, a rapidly-growing, family-owned company which makes natural and organic frozen meals, including pot pies, casseroles, pasta dishes and other entrees.

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How Visual Aids Can Improve Workplace Safety

May 13, 2015 6:15 am | by Magnatag Insight

Implementing and maintaining a safety program in your work environment can be a challenging task, but it is necessary for your company. Check out the infographic to find the shocking workplace injury statistics and how to prevent them by using visual aids.

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Owens-Illinois to Spend $2.15B Buying Vitro Food and Beverage Container Businesses

May 13, 2015 5:45 am | by Associated Press

Beer and wine bottle maker Owens-Illinois will pay about $2.15 billion to buy the food and beverage glass container business of the Mexican company Vitro. Owens-Illinois Inc. said Wednesday that the all-cash deal will bolster its stake in Mexico's packaging market and start helping its earnings by the first year after it closes.

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Egg, Turkey Meat Prices Begin to Rise as Bird Flu Spreads

May 12, 2015 11:45 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Prices for eggs and turkey meat are rising as an outbreak of bird flu in the Midwest claims an increasing number of chickens and turkeys.

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Texas Lawmakers Back Raw Milk Legislation

May 12, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Raw milk proponents in Texas are one step closer to buying the product outside of the state's dairy farms. The Texas House gave final approval late last week to legislation that would allow consumers to buy unpasteurized milk at farmers markets or via delivery services.

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