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Hidden Video Exposes Pizza Cheese Supplier Factory Animal Abuse

September 17, 2014 9:53 am | by Mercy For Animals

An undercover video from Mercy For Animals exposes animal cruelty at Winchester Dairy, a supplier to Leprino Foods — the world's largest pizza cheese supplier factory farm. The footage shows workers viciously kicking and whipping the cows.         

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Anti-GMO Measure Allowed on Maui Ballot

September 17, 2014 9:41 am | by Associated Press

Monday's decision dissolves a temporary restraining order after those who support genetically modified organisms sued to remove the measure. They argued its wording was deceptive, misleading and would confuse voters.         

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Anheuser-Busch Among Sponsors Voicing NFL Disapproval

September 17, 2014 9:34 am | by MAE ANDERSON, The Associated Press

Anheuser-Busch and other major sponsors have spoken with the NFL about concerns related to recent incidents that are sparking outcry from fans, including an investigation into how long the NFL knew about a video that shows former Baltimore Raven Ray Rice beating his then-fiancee.

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Heinz to Resume Production in Pittsburgh for First Time Since 2002

September 17, 2014 9:22 am | by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

When the ketchup giant H.J. Heinz Co. sold its production plant to Del Monte Foods in 2002, the company closed the doors of its Pittsburgh food facility. Now, officials say they will resume food production in the city, making jarred baby food.  

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OSHA's Top 10 Violations of 2014

September 17, 2014 9:15 am | by National Safety Council

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced the preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2014.                      

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US Consumers Embrace Carbonated Water

September 16, 2014 1:43 pm | by Canadean

The U.S. is predicted to have one of the highest growth rates of 12 percent in carbonated packaged water consumption in 2014, compared to an average global growth of 1 percent.                  

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Infographic: Around the World in Various Meats

September 16, 2014 1:34 pm | by MeatLust

Call yourself a meat lover? A real meat lover knows all anyone could ever know about meat. Did you know that Australia is the only country that eats its national emblem? This infographic gives you meatlicious facts from around the globe.  

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Burger King Wants Hawaii Needle Lawsuit Dismissed

September 16, 2014 1:18 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

Clark Bartholomew sued after he said he was injured in 2010 when he bit into a Triple Stacker from a Burger King on a Hawaii base. The former Army sergeant's lawsuit said one needle pierced his tongue and another was lodged in his small intestine.

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Captain Citrus to the Rescue! Face of Florida OJ Gets a Makeover

September 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

Captain Citrus was born in 2011 as a talking orange wearing a cape. Now, he's being transformed into a Marvel Comics superhero to promote the benefits of orange juice in a country where carb-conscious dieters are increasingly turning away from the beverage.

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Report: Russian Ban Won't Derail Outlook for Poultry Meat Prices

September 16, 2014 12:55 pm | by Rabobank

Rabobank has issued a new report on the global poultry industry for Q3 2014, saying that the Russian ban on poultry meat imports from the U.S., EU, Canada, Australia and Norway will not derail the bullish outlook for poultry meat prices.   

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Consumer Trends: Beverage Promotes Healthy Sleep

September 16, 2014 12:37 pm | by Scientific Nutrition Products, Inc.

The Center for Disease Control reports that 50 to 70 million people in the U.S. suffer from disorders of sleep or wakefulness. Most Americans who suffer from poor sleep are too overworked to easily fall asleep at night.       

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General Mills Among the Top 5 Best Companies

September 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by General Mills

General Mills was recognized among the top five "2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies" for outstanding leadership in establishing policies, programs and corporate culture that supports working moms.               

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Diageo Welcomes Visitors to Historic Distillery

September 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Liquor giant Diageo PLC said it is opening a visitors' center at Stitzel-Weller, part of a $10 million investment that includes a new bottling line and a small batch craft still that will bring whiskey production back to the distillery southwest of downtown Louisville.

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Infographic: The Great Wheel of Food Mashups

September 16, 2014 10:11 am | by Co. Design

If you want to make your culinary creation go viral, make it a hybrid. Take a look at this hybrid food landscape, and all the ways chefs have found to combine our favorite foods, in whimsical (Ansel's milk-and-cookie shot), unexpected (an eggocado) and occassionaly monstrous ways. 

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NJ Company Recalls Ground Black Pepper

September 16, 2014 9:28 am | by Gel Spice Company, Inc.

New Jersey's Gel Spice Company issued a recall for 16,443 cases of Fresh Finds-Ground Black Pepper because it has the possibility to be contaminated with an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections.         

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Supermarkets Launch Anti-Bottle Deposit Campaign

September 16, 2014 9:16 am | by STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

Supermarket chains are launching an ad campaign in hopes of persuading voters to reject a ballot question that would expand Massachusetts' bottle deposit law to include bottled water and other non-carbonated beverages.         

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Hop Growers Face Worker Shortages as Craft Beer Industry Booms

September 16, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

To keep up with the surging growth of a national craft beer industry that opens a brewery a day, Washington commercial growers, located exclusively in the Yakima Valley, boosted their hop acreage by 7 percent and expect the largest crop in five years. 

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Arizona Dog Food Plant Surveyed After Explosion

September 16, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press

Nestle Purina is assessing damage from a grain-dust explosion that injured four contract workers at the company's plant in Flagstaff, Arizona.                               

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Researchers Find 'Most Famous Wheat Gene'

September 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Washington State University

The discovery clears the way for breeders to develop wheat varieties with the disease- and pest-resistance traits of other grasses, using a legion of genetic tools that can reduce crop losses and pesticide use while foregoing the cost, regulatory hurdles and controversy of GMOs.

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FreshPet Files For IPO Valued at up to $100M

September 15, 2014 2:47 pm | by Associated Press

FreshPet Inc. didn't say when it plans to go public or how many shares it plans to sell. FreshPet says it makes its foods out of fresh meats and vegetables in a refrigerated facility and does not use contract manufacturers.        

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