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Listeria Recall: How a Web of Oversight Couldn't Prevent an Outbreak

January 26, 2015 | by MOLLY ROSBACH, Yakima Herald-Republic | Comments

Since the most recent recall, retailers have pulled Queseria Bendita products. While the cheese shop owners maintain that investigators have not found listeria in their cheese, but only in the Third Street facility — implying their products are safe — experts say the evidence is clear.

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Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit in 2014 on Weakening Yen

January 26, 2015 2:55 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer

The Japanese yen has weakened over the past year to about 117 yen to the dollar compared with about 100 yen in early 2014. That raises the value of Japan's exports in yen terms. But it also pushes up costs for imports of fuel and food.  

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Colorado Lawmakers: To Ban or Not to Ban Powdered Alcohol?

January 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press

Lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events. The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form.

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Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy' Groups

January 26, 2015 1:15 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating rapidly. 

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Bird Flu Found at Foster Farms' Turkey Ranch in Central Calif.

January 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Hundreds of turkeys at a central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Federal officials say they found the commercial turkey flock at Foster Farms' Stanislaus County facility to be infected with the H5N8 strain. 

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Experts Agree: Prices, Demand For Beef to Remain High

January 26, 2015 12:25 pm | by Associated Press

High beef prices are here to stay for a while, as recent drought conditions in Texas and around the country have reduced the nation's cattle supply to its lowest numbers in more than 50 years, according to agricultural experts.       

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How Drones Are Flying Their Way Into the Food Industry

January 26, 2015 10:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Drone technology is already being used in various countries worldwide. With the possibility of drones showing farmers exactly where to spray, fewer chemicals could be used. This could easily translate to lower costs for consumers and less of an impact on the environment.

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Post Holdings to Buy Cereal Maker MOM Brands For $1.15B

January 26, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-o-Meal cereals.                    

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Yogurt Founder Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison For Arson

January 26, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Jane Boyle sentenced 56-year-old Edgar Diaz — who formed Three Happy Cows in 2010 — to five years in prison this month on a federal charge of arson and also ordered him to pay $1.5 million in restitution.       

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Report Offers Framework to Analyze Effects of Possible Changes to US Food System

January 23, 2015 3:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

To assist U.S. regulators on decisions about the nation’s food system, the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council issued a new report. The study focuses on assessing the health, environmental, social and economic effects of proposed changes to the system.

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New Video Examines Role of Technology in Raising Animals

January 23, 2015 3:15 pm | by North American Meat Institute

The use of modern technologies to raise animals has come under scrutiny in recent years as some call for a return to "simpler" practices. A new video examines the role of technology in raising animals and challenges the claim that a return to lower tech livestock production and processing would improve our food supply. 

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$300K in Stolen Wine From Famed Restaurant is Found

January 23, 2015 2:35 pm | by Associated Press

More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley, California, restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar in North Carolina. Napa County sheriff's Capt. Doug Pike says it's unclear how the 76 bottles ended up in Greensboro.

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Study: New Rating System Would Be Easier to Digest Than Current Nutrition Labels

January 23, 2015 2:00 pm | by Lois Abraham, The Canadian Press

If labeling on food was easier for consumers to digest it might improve nutrition and curb the obesity epidemic, suggest two McGill University researchers. Two of the authors of the study compared four labeling systems.    

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 12:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report. Author Robert E. Scott tabs the wage premium for manufacturing jobs at $1.78 per hour.

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Calif. Raisin Case Headed to Supreme Court

January 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

For the second time, Melvin Horne will defend his rights as a raisin farmer by arguing to the Supreme Court. Under a government program, raisin producers are forced to hand over nearly half of their annual crop without getting paid.     

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Sustainability is Challenged as Many Renewable Resources Max Out

January 23, 2015 9:45 am | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The days of assuming natural resources can be swapped in and out to solve shortages — corn for oil, soy for beef — may be over. Scientists found that many key resources have peaked in productivity, pointing to the conclusion that "renewable" is not synonymous with "unlimited."

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American Shoppers Unlikely to See Benefit From Euro's Drop

January 23, 2015 8:30 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Business Writers

Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn't rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There's very little to celebrate. There's simply too much demand in the U.S. for any markdowns.       

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Freeland Foods Voluntarily Recalls Spicy Seed Due To Potential Health Risk

January 23, 2015 7:55 am | by FDA

Freeland Foods, Inc. of San Jose, CA is voluntarily recalling the Go Raw Organic Spicy Seed Mix, because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, an organism which can cause serious infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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McDonald's Earnings Fall; Changes Afoot to Woo Customers

January 23, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

The world's largest hamburger chain reported falling earnings and sales for its fourth quarter on Friday and says it is going to take action this year to save money and bring customers back. This includes slowing down new restaurant openings in some markets.

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Starbucks' First-Quarter Profits Soar on Strong Sales, Traffic

January 23, 2015 7:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Starbucks Corp.'s fiscal first-quarter earnings soared 82 percent as the coffee chain attracted more customers around the globe who snapped up an expanded offering of food and drinks over the holidays. Starbucks has enjoyed healthy sales growth, but is seeking to keep its momentum going by expanding on a number of fronts.

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Where Does Your City Stack Up in Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 2:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

A recent report presented to a national mayors' group projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015. Find out where your city ranks!                      

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