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After Lead Scare, Nestlé India to Destroy $50M of Noodles

June 16, 2015 9:05 am | by The Associated Press

Nestle India said it will destroy instant noodles worth 3.2 billion rupees ($50 million) following a sales ban imposed by Indian food safety authorities for unsafe levels of lead.

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Kashi Agrees to Pay $4M Settlement Over All-Natural Label

June 16, 2015 8:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Kellogg Co. could pay nearly $4 million to settle a Florida class-action lawsuit over "all-natural" claims on products under its Kashi brand.

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Bird Flu Likely Spread on Equipment, Workers, Rodents, Wind

June 16, 2015 8:10 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

The bird flu that's devastated some Midwestern farms likely spread by several means — on machinery and workers, by rodents and possibly even on the wind, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a new report released Monday.

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Legislation Would Curb Beer, Wine Taxes

June 16, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Under the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act, the current $7 per barrel excise tax would be cut to $3.50 per barrel for the first 60,000 barrels produced by domestic breweries with an annual output of less than 2 million barrels.

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Barley Research Key to Long-Lasting 'Super' Pita

June 15, 2015 2:15 pm | by Univ. of Adelaide

Researchers in the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine have been investigating different varieties of barley to find ones that have higher levels of Vitamin E and other antioxidants at harvest and after storage.

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CDC: Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Probe Over

June 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Federal officials wrapped up an investigation into a listeria outbreak at Blue Bell ice cream as the Texas-based company identified the source of the contamination at its Oklahoma plant.

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In the News: Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Halts Production After Listeria Again Found in Plant

June 15, 2015 12:35 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

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North Dakota's State-Owned Flour Mill Plans Expansion

June 15, 2015 11:45 am | by The Associated Press

North Dakota's state-owned flour mill in Grand Forks is undergoing a $4.4 million expansion that will include nine new bulk storage bins.

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Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams Halts Production After Listeria Again Found in Plant

June 15, 2015 10:26 am | by MITCH STACY, Associated Press

Listeria was discovered during routine swabbing that is part of the monitoring process, and the Columbus-based company is taking steps to figure out how it got into the plant, CEO John Lowe said in a statement on the company's website.

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Majority of Adults Favor Ban on Powdered Alcohol

June 15, 2015 9:35 am | by University of Michigan Health System

After this year's legalization of powdered alcohol, some states have already banned it — a move that the majority of the public supports, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.

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Authorities Investigate Alleged Abuse at Colorado Dairy

June 15, 2015 9:25 am | by COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press

Authorities are investigating whether any of the workers at a Colorado dairy farm filmed kicking and hitting cows should be charged with a crime. But they could have a hard time finding the workers and prosecuting them if they do.

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Got Pot? San Fran. to Host Medical Marijuana Food Fair

June 15, 2015 9:00 am | by LISA LEFF, Associated Press

Marijuana is only legal for medical purposes in California, but that isn't stopping purveyors of pot-infused cupcakes, nuts and other edible forms of the drug from putting on an outdoor food festival to showcase their wares.

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Calif. Orders Large Water Cuts For Farmers

June 15, 2015 8:45 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

As California grapples with a relentless drought, state regulators on Friday ordered farmers and others who hold some of the strongest water rights in the state to stop all pumping from three major waterways in one of country's prime farm regions.

Maine Lobster Marketers Look to Re-Brand 'Shedders' as Treat

June 15, 2015 8:20 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Newly-molted lobsters, sometimes called "shedders" in New England, are crustaceans that have recently grown out of their old shells. Shedders tend to cost a little less than harder or "old shell" lobsters at restaurants and lobster pounds that sell both.

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Brown-Forman Buys Southern Indiana Mill

June 15, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

 A Kentucky company that's a top maker of whiskey and other spirits is buying a southern Indiana lumber mill that will turn out wooden segments for its bourbon barrels.

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New Bird Flu Cases Slow, Focus Turns to Preventing Repeat

June 12, 2015 3:35 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

No new bird flu cases have been reported in nearly a week on commercial farms in Minnesota and Iowa, giving government officials, scientists and farmers hope that the worst U.S. outbreak of the bird flu is, though not over, winding down.

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EU Regulators: Acrylamide a Public Health Concern

June 12, 2015 2:30 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

European regulators classified a chemical naturally occurring in a wide range of foods as a public health concern.

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New Polymer Could Bolster Food's Texture, Taste, Health Benefits

June 12, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

More than two decades after its discovery, Oregon State University recently began licensing a patented polymer that could transform production of dairy products and other materials.

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US Wholesale Prices Jump in May, Led By Eggs

June 12, 2015 1:40 pm | by MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer

Prices at the wholesale level rose at the fastest pace in nearly 3 years in May, pushed higher by a sharp jump in the cost of gasoline and a record increase in the price of eggs related to an outbreak of avian influenza.

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Milk Proteins May Protect Against Cardiovascular Disease

June 12, 2015 1:15 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences

Researchers have determined that dietary compounds formed in milk-based products lowered serum total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels and triglycerides in mice.

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