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Booming Quinoa Demand Fuels Bitter Feud Between Bolivia, Peru

November 24, 2014 | by FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | Comments

International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed quinoa, the grain is increasingly being smuggled into landlocked Bolivia.

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Finding Hygienic Designs that Work for Equipment Starts With One Voice

November 25, 2014 2:20 pm | by PMMI

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence recently released “One Voice for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.” The guidance document establishes a framework, including risk assessment, to determine equipment design for wet- and dry-clean environments. 

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Photos: How Famous Artists Would Plate Thanksgiving Meals

November 25, 2014 2:00 pm | by Hannah Rothstein, Painter

In this Thanksgiving special, artist Hannah Rothstein portrays through images how famous artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, would plate up their Thanksgiving meals.                   

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Maui GMO Ban Supporters Seek to Dismiss Lawsuit

November 25, 2014 1:25 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

A group of moms and environmental groups are among those who are asking a judge to dismiss a federal lawsuit challenging a new Maui ban on genetically modified organisms. The coalition filed a motion to either dismiss the lawsuit or let a state court decide the issue.

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Vermont Auditor Questions State's Role in Liquor Business

November 25, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

Vermont state Auditor of Accounts Doug Hoffer is questioning the state's role in the liquor business, and says complete privatization likely would have a neutral revenue impact. Hoffer acknowledges that privatization could result in higher liquor prices to consumers.

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Functional Foods Market Increases in Size

November 25, 2014 10:30 am | by Leatherhead Food Research

A new report from Leatherhead Food Research has revealed that the global market for food and drinks offering functional health benefits continues to increase in size.                       

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Photo of the Day: Man Eats 9.35 Pounds of Turkey in 10 Minutes, Wins Contest

November 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Dana Jensen, Associated Press

Joey Chestnut of San Jose, California won first place in the World Turkey-Eating Championship at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Chestnut ate 9.35 pounds of meat off the bone in just 10 minutes.        

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Budweiser Clydesdales Receive Pink Slip For the Holidays

November 25, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press

The country's number three beer brand, Budweiser, says the horses will not appear in its holiday advertising this year. A spokesman for owner Anheuser-Busch InBev was unable to say if the horses would be featured in the Super Bowl advertisements.

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Salmonella in 10 States Linked to Raw Sprouts

November 25, 2014 8:50 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning — again. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts from a supplier in New York City.

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Mobile Processor Helps Washington Turkey Farmers

November 25, 2014 8:25 am | by TAD SOOTER, Kitsap Sun

A custom trailer which contains a mobile poultry processing unit is one of only a few of its kind in the state. A group of partners recently banded together to buy the $20,000 unit, and it's being offered for rent to members of the Western Washington Poultry Farmers Cooperative.

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Commercial Hop Facility Planned in Virginia

November 24, 2014 2:15 pm

Black Hops Farm LLC will invest about $1 million to initially convert 15 acres in Leesburg into a hop farm and build a processing facility, which will allow other Virginia hop growers to efficiently process their crops for market, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced.

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Apparent Settlement Reached in National Beef Case

November 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing. Workers at the southwest Kansas plant are seeking unpaid wages and overtime.

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Infographic: Are Deceptive Food Labels Making America Fat?

November 24, 2014 1:35 pm | by Guiding Star

This infographic from Guiding Stars takes a look at the rising obesity rates in America. While 57 percent of shoppers state that healthy eating is very important, confusion about certain food labels may be causing consumers to unknowingly choose unhealthy choices.

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Hawaii and Alaska Pay Highest Prices For Thanksgiving Feasts

November 24, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

According to an analysis by the personal finance website NerdWallet, residents of Hawaii and Alaska pay the highest amount in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving. Most food has to be flown or shipped into both states. 

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Kids Give Sarcastic Thanks to First Lady For 'Mystery Mush' School Lunches

November 24, 2014 12:05 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. The first lady has become the symbol of healthier school meals as she has pushed standards implemented in 2012 that require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line.

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Construction Begins on North Dakota's Micro-Distillery

November 24, 2014 9:23 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Proof Artisan Distillers, Inc. will use Red River Valley barley, corn and potatoes to make its booze.

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A New Kind of Holiday: Pot-Infused Pumpkin Pies

November 24, 2014 9:07 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Here's a look at how the new recreational marijuana industry is trying to attract holiday shoppers.

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Snack Tax: Navajo Lawmakers OK Price Hike on Junk Food

November 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

The sales tax on cookies, chips and sodas sold on the Navajo Nation is going up. Tribal President Ben Shelly signed legislation Friday to impose a 2 percent sales tax on junk food starting next year. It will remain in effect until 2020. 

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The Fit Foodie's Predictions For 2015

November 21, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mareya Ibrahim

What's in store for 2015? A 20-year natural products industry veteran, chef, author and founder of EatCleaner.com anticipates steep growth in functional nutrition, organics and process-driven products with some surprising, bizarre ingredients getting a foothold that reads right out of a Survivor episode.

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McDonald's Worker Charged in Glass-in-Big Mac Case Wins $437K

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.

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How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken 'Juice' Highlights Need for Hygiene

November 21, 2014 11:36 am | by Norwich BioScience Institutes

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. 

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