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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 Will Feature Its Largest-Ever Show Floor

April 16, 2015 12:15 pm | by PMMI

The Sept. 28-30 event held at the Las Vegas Convention Center will bring together more than 2,000 exhibitors showing their processing and packaging innovations to 30,000 attendees in over 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space. Registration for the event is now open.

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Health Advocates, Agribusiness Spar Over Weed Killer

April 16, 2015 12:05 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The decades-long debate over the health risks of a popular weed killer took another turn last month when an international agency classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen.

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Photo of the Day: Pamela Anderson Serves Veggie Meals in US Jail

April 16, 2015 9:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Inmates at a Phoenix jail were surprised to see actress Pamela Anderson serving up their lunches. The former "Baywatch" star and animal rights activist turned up at the Maricopa County jail on Wednesday to show support for the jail's vegetarian meal initiative.

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Powdered Alcohol Creator Tries to Get Ahead of State Bans

April 16, 2015 8:55 am | by ALANNA DURKIN, Associated Press

The creator of powdered alcohol is furiously trying to fend off efforts to ban the product in Maine and across the country before it even hits stores. After winning federal approval last month, Palcohol founder Mark Phillips is preparing to soon begin selling the powder.

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USDA to Propose Standards For Organic Seafood Raised in US

April 16, 2015 8:25 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Agriculture Department says it will propose standards for the farmed organic fish year this year. That means the seafood could be available in as few as two years — but only if USDA moves quickly to complete the rules and seafood companies decide to embrace them.

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India's Die-Hard Hindus Push For Beef Slaughter Ban

April 16, 2015 8:00 am | by NIRMALA GEORGE, Associated Press

Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred — and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most of the country — India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. 

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Beech-Nut Recalls Baby Food After Glass Found in Jar

April 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Beech-Nut

Beech-Nut today has issued a voluntary recall of its Beech-Nut Classics Stage 2 Sweet Potato & Chicken in 4oz glass jars. The recall follows a single report of a small glass piece found in a jar of the product.

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Heinz Recalls Baby Food

April 15, 2015 1:55 pm | by The Canadian Press

A batch of Heinz brand baby food is being recalled across the country due a potential loss of the container seal, which could cause the product to spoil.

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Consumers Buying More Organic Products, New Data Shows

April 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The organic industry says U.S. sales of its products jumped 11 percent last year alone, to more than $39 billion, despite tight domestic supplies of organic ingredients. And the number of U.S. organic operations has grown by 250 percent since the government started certifying organic products in 2002, according to new Agriculture Department data released Wednesday.

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Forest Service Examines Long-Expired Nestlé Water Permit

April 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Forest Service is investigating Nestlé over a report that the company drew water from drought-ravaged California using a long-expired permit.

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Tech Tastes Wine: When Start-Ups and Investors Meet Over Great Wines

April 15, 2015 10:45 am | by PR Newswire

The goal of Tech Tastes Wine is to introduce tech entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts for collaboration and investments - and at the same time learn more about fine wines, the wine industry, and new technologies for the food, fashion, and wine sectors.

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Bird Flu Spreads to Iowa Turkey Flock; 6th Midwest State

April 15, 2015 10:20 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

A bird-flu strain that has already led to the deaths of nearly 2 million turkeys nationwide spread to an Iowa turkey farm, authorities said on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of states hit with the outbreak that was also confirmed at eight more farms in Minnesota.

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'Entopreneurs' Feed Growing Appetite For Edible Insects

April 15, 2015 10:00 am | by TERENCE CHEA, Associated Press

They hop. They crawl. They squirm. And they could be coming to a dinner plate near you. An increasing number of "entopreneurs" are launching businesses to feed a growing appetite for crickets, mealworms and other edible insects.

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Sheriff: Purloined Bourbon May Involve Multiple Suspects

April 15, 2015 9:00 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Whoever stole five heavy barrels of Wild Turkey bourbon from a Kentucky warehouse may have taken a lot more liquor than previously thought and the case could result in multiple indictments, according to the sheriff investigating the whodunit mystery in the world's bourbon-making hub.

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Report: Nestlé Expected to Sell Frozen Foods Unit

April 15, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Swiss multinational Nestlé is reportedly close to an agreement that would sell its Davigel frozen foods unit to Brakes Group.

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Coke to Return First Names to Bottles

April 14, 2015 12:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Coca-Cola Company announced Tuesday that first names will return to its soda bottles as part of an expanded packaging campaign beginning May 1.

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$260 Bar of Chocolate Comes From Rare 19th Century Cacao Trees

April 14, 2015 12:15 pm | by To’ak Chocolate

Many people are wondering how To'ak Chocolate can charge $260 for a single bar of chocolate. New DNA tests confirm that one of the reasons is genetics; To'ak Chocolate is sourced from cacao trees that represent one of the last genetically-pure remnants of a rare heirloom variety called Nacional.

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Study: College Educations Drive US Economic Growth, Including Manufacturing

April 14, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The study by Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce said although the percentage of manufacturing jobs plummeted from 40 percent to 10 percent of all U.S. jobs since the end of World War II, output in those jobs climbed from $100,000 per person to $300,000.

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Penn. Slaughterhouse Recalls 1.8K Pounds of Uninspected Veal

April 14, 2015 9:45 am | by Associated Press

A Pennsylvania slaughterhouse is recalling 1,800 pounds of veal carcasses that were sold to families for Orthodox Easter without being inspected. They didn't bear the Agriculture Department's mark of inspection.

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First Bacteria-Infected Olive Trees Felled in Italy

April 14, 2015 9:10 am | by AP Exchange

The xylella fastidiosa bacteria has ravaged olive trees in the Puglia region and contributed to a 35 percent drop in the region's olive oil production last year. Its spread has so alarmed the EU that France announced a boycott of Puglian vegetables.

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