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Wal-Mart Presses Meat Suppliers on Antibiotics, Treatment

May 22, 2015 9:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their animals, a common industry practice.

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53 People in 9 States Sickened After Eating Raw Tuna

May 22, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press

Most of the cases — 31 — are in California, officials at the California Department of Public Health said. Other affected states include Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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Bird Flu Crisis Slows in Minnesota, Focus Now on Recovery

May 22, 2015 8:09 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

The first case of H5N2 in the Midwest was confirmed in early March at a Minnesota turkey farm, and the virus then spread to 88 farms in the country's top turkey producing state, affecting nearly 8 million birds, mostly turkeys. But new cases have fallen off sharply and the focus is turning toward getting poultry farms back into production.

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High-Tech High Balls? New Tech Uncorks Liquor Bottle Intelligence

May 21, 2015 3:30 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

This new use of tech means consumers can customize messages on the bottles they are drinking. Heck, they even can track its exact location. Distributors and bar owners can use the same technology to track purchases and get sales data.

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Report: USDA Won't Investigate Organic Farm Allegations

May 21, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute released springtime aerial photographs of the operations late last year, none of which showed livestock or poultry roaming the grounds. Federal organic regulations stipulate that animals be given access to the outdoors.

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Listeria: FDA Finds Problems at Ohio Ice Cream Plant

May 21, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says there was inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was found in some of its ice cream. The ice cream company recalled all of its products last month.

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ConAgra Plans to Expand Eastern Iowa Plant, Add 55 Jobs

May 21, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

ConAgra Foods says it plans to expand its Waterloo, Iowa plant and add 55 jobs to the local payroll. Officials say Omaha, Nebraska-based ConAgra expects to break ground next month on the 99,000-square-foot expansion, pending approval of state and local incentives.

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Meaty Menu on Tap as Summer Grilling Season Kicks Off

May 21, 2015 12:35 pm | by North American Meat Institute

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, Americans are expected to eat seven billion hot dogs, or 818 per second, during that period. Hot dog manufacturers estimate that nearly 40 percent of hot dogs are sold during the summer grilling season.

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First Microwavable Dog Food to Hit Shelves June 1

May 21, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

For dog lovers whose hard-to-please pets cause them stress because they simply refuse to eat their daily fare, one innovative company appears to have found a unique answer: the first ever microwavable dog food, said to bring out the aroma dogs cherish.

Calif. Decision on Farmer Water Cuts to Apply Broadly

May 21, 2015 9:15 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Water Resources Control Board Director Tom Howard said that whatever he decides will apply to the entire basin of the Sacramento River, which supplies most of the surface water in the food-producing Central Valley.

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Coke Continues Bottling Overhaul

May 21, 2015 8:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Coca-Cola Company recently announced plans to sell territories to two U.S. bottlers, the latest step in an overhaul of its bottling operations.

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Hershey to Display Upgraded Chocolate 3D Printer

May 21, 2015 8:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Hershey Company will showcase the most advanced 3D chocolate printer in the world at a confectioners' conference in Chicago this week.

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McDonald's Shuts Down Restaurant Amid Protest Over Low Wages

May 21, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

McDonald's shut down a restaurant near its headquarters Wednesday after the area was swamped by hundreds of protesters calling for pay of $15 an hour and a union.

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In the News: ConAgra to Pay $11.2M to Settle Salmonella Criminal Case

May 21, 2015 7:35 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out the latest developments by browsing a compilation of media coverage.

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Hormel Beats 2Q Profit Forecasts Despite Bird Flu Outbreaks

May 20, 2015 2:15 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Hormel reported a record second-quarter profit of $180.2 million Wednesday despite the impacts of bird flu that has killed more than 8 million birds in Minnesota.

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ConAgra to Pay $11.2M to Settle Salmonella Criminal Case

May 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million to settle a federal criminal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia more than eight years ago, triggering a massive recall and food-safety investigation after more than 600 people got sick.

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Top 9 Natural, Organic Food Trends in 2015

May 20, 2015 12:20 pm | by Sterling-Rice Group (SRG)

With a continued interest in food that offers targeted nutrition and keeps the environment in mind, consumers will discover new products that meet their dietary needs and also taste great and promote overall wellness. Look for these trends in the coming months.

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Man Who Caught Listeria-Related Meningitis Sues Blue Bell

May 20, 2015 11:45 am | by Associated Press

A man is suing Blue Bell, saying he contracted listeria-related meningitis after eating ice cream produced by the company in 2013.

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Beech-Nut Is First US Baby Food Company To Reveal Exact Ingredient Amounts

May 20, 2015 11:30 am | by Beech-Nut

Beech-Nut Nutrition Company today announced that it has listed the percentage of each ingredient for all of its jars and pouches on its website. Beech-Nut is the first U.S. baby food company to provide this information to parents.

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Why There's So Much Buzz About Losing Honeybees — By the Numbers

May 20, 2015 11:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info

Honeybees have felt the sting of an environment working against them in recent years. Habitat loss, fungal diseases, mite infestations and — most controversially — pesticide use have all been cited as the biggest factors causing massive declines in the U.S.’s honey bee population.

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