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Calif. Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall on Listeria Concerns

July 22, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

Wawona Packing, a California fruit company, has issued a nationwide recall of peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots for possible listeria contamination. The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers, including Costco and Trader Joe's.

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Consumer Trends: Pizza Hut Turns to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Special Delivery

July 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut unveils an enormous live-action Pizza Thrower for comic enthusiasts and diehard Ninja Turtle fans worldwide. Standing at more than 12 feet tall, the Pizza Thrower boasts a 180-degree rotating tower with a turret-mounted seat to trigger the pizzas.

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Coca-Cola Sales Up, Thirst for Diet Coke Fizzles

July 22, 2014 12:32 pm | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola, the world's largest beverage maker, said its quarterly sales fell short of estimates as the demand for Diet Coke has fizzled out. The sales volume, however, rose 3 percent, boosted by the gains in China, India and the Middle East.

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Cost Savings Calculator Helps Companies Eliminate Paper

July 22, 2014 12:22 pm | by Aptean

A new online calculator can help manufacturers eliminate paper on the shop floor. The calculator, created by Aptean, can help companies save in labor costs, material yields and capacity uplift potential, allowing companies to improve in every area of their operations.

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Changing Eating Habits Causes McDonald's Sales to Slip

July 22, 2014 12:09 pm | by Associated Press

The world's largest hamburger chain, McDonald's, is struggling to boost its sales due to changing eating habits and the persistent financial struggles of lower-income customers. Sales fell approximately 1.5 percent for the second quarter.

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Kentucky Brewery Facility to Boost Production by 400 Percent

July 22, 2014 11:59 am | by Associated Press

Against the Grain Brewery, a Kentucky facility, plans to expand its facilities in Louisville, boosting production by more than 400 percent. The company expects to create 20 new jobs as a result of the expansion. The addition will include a barrel brewhouse.

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Infographic: What's Behind the Coffee Buzz?

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Compound Interest

Coffee is a cornucopia of chemical compounds that influence its taste. One group of compounds about which plenty is known are the chlorogenic acids. In medium to light coffee brews, the main source of bitterness comes from the chlorogenic acids.

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What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar? Unilever Closes Florida Ice Cream Plant

July 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press

Florida ice cream lovers may be crushed to hear a Tampa Bay area ice cream factory, Pinellas Park, will close its doors as the company shifts its production to plants in Tennessee and Missouri. The 55,000-square-foot factory produces Klondike and Popsicle treats.

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? To Get to Your Plate

July 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by National Chicken Council

The National Chicken Council says more consumers are choosing chicken. In a study, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1, up 17 percent from 2012 findings.

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Report: Russia Lacks Dairy Products Aimed Towards Elders

July 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by Canadean

Currently, the Russian dairy market offers many products targeted at younger generation; at the same time, there is lack of products specifically targeting those aged 55+, who consume dairy due to the habit rather than health and age-aligned reasons.

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Thirsty for Growth: US Craft Brewers Flourish Overseas

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

The U.S. craft beer scene is so fresh and dynamic, Europeans are becoming as excited about it as Americans. Many large American craft breweries are setting up businesses in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom in hopes to make the industry grow.

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Halifax-Area Meat Market Recalls Beef, Pork for Metal Filings

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press

The Gateway Meat Market in Dartmouth, near Halifax, is advising its customers to avoid eating any ground beef and pork sold by them. The Agriculture Department says the products might look OK to eat, but doing so could be a health risk.

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Teen's Death Leads FDA to Inspect Caffeine in Food, Drinks

July 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, ANN SANNER, Associated Press

The caffeine overdose of an 18 year old Ohio student has led to investigations by the Food and Drug Administration of the powder's safety in energy drinks and food, as manufacturers have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent years.

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Wyo. Issues 39 Citations Against Western Sugar Cooperative

July 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration has issued 39 citations against Western Sugar Cooperative, fining the company $194,000 for numerous fall hazards, inadequate signage and failing to place safety guards around moving equipment.

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NC B. Roberts Foods Recalls 200 Pounds of Chicken

July 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press

B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, North Carolina is recalling 200 pounds of grilled chicken entrees for mislabeling and containing milk, an allergen not declared on the label. Among the products recalled are Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market and Deli-Bakery.

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Ag-Gag Laws Face Challenges in Federal Court

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse in farm organizations and livestock producers is moving from state legislatures to federal courts. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful.

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Peoria Packing Company Recalls Beef Jerky

July 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press

The Peoria, Illinois-based Raber's Packing Company is recalling 21 pounds of beef jerky for improper inspection. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the product was sold in 25-ounce bags labeled "Grand Champion Raber's Beef Jerky."

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Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labels Take Effect Next Month in Canada

July 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

Canadian shoppers will soon be seeing labels on their meat notifying them if it has been mechanically tenderized. The regulations taking effect Aug. 21 are designed to protect consumers after the largest meat recall in the country's history two years ago.  

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First Lady: Healthy Foods Belong in Schools

July 21, 2014 8:05 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama's junior cooks contest was put together to show the nation that if a 10 year old kid can cook and happily eat a healthy meal, then there is no reason why every school in the country shouldn't be including nutritious food into their menus.

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McDonald's, KFC in China Are Supplied Expired Meat

July 21, 2014 8:00 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

McDonald's and KFC in China said a supplier, Husi Food Co., sold them expired beef and chicken. The report added to a series of food safety scares in China that have battered public confidence in dairies and fast food outlets.

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Study Shows Essential Oils Can Extend Shelf-Life of Food

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

According to a recent study in the Journal of Food Science, scientists at the Institute of Food Technologists have found that essential oils — those extracted from plants roots, peels, seeds, etc. — may be used as food preservatives in packaged food products.

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