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Presidential Task Force Calls to Combat IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud

December 18, 2014 11:00 am | by SeaWeb

IUU fishing is one of the most crucial global threats to the sustainable management of marine fisheries worldwide. It has significant environmental, economic, and social implications and jeopardizes the biological integrity of the ocean.  

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US-Cuba Thaw Could Benefit Farmers, Among Others

December 18, 2014 10:45 am | by PAUL WISEMAN, AP Economics Reporter

U.S.-Cuba trade is poised to resume at last: President Barack Obama announced plans to re-establish diplomat relations with Havana, and economic ties are expected to follow. Among those eager for access to a Cuban market cut off by an economic embargo are U.S. farmers.

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Reading Bakery Systems Expands Oven Manufacturing Facility

December 18, 2014 10:40 am | by Reading Bakery Systems

The expansion, which is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2015, will double the existing Oven Works manufacturing facility to 38,000 square feet. The expanded facility will also include a 480 square foot, environmentally controlled paint booth.

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Perky Jerky Expands Distribution Into Asian Markets

December 18, 2014 10:30 am | by Perky Jerky

Perky Jerky landed in more than 220 high-end specialty retailers and supermarkets across Japan and South Korea in October 2014, with plans to be in China by January 2015. Its American ultra-premium turkey jerky line has experienced strong sales in its first several weeks in both Japan and Korea.

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Massachusetts Couple Sues Whole Foods, Ranch

December 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Associated Press

A Massachusetts husband and wife who blame their 8-year-old son's death on the ground beef they bought at a Whole Foods Market have sued the supermarket chain and the ranch they say produced and processed the meat.     

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Alcohol Calorie Counts to be on Menus by Next Year

December 17, 2014 2:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. The idea is that people often don't know — or even think about — how many calories they are imbibing.

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McDonald's in Japan Limits Serving Size of Fries

December 17, 2014 2:30 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer

McDonald's in Japan began rationing its fries Wednesday. It said prolonged labor negotiations with port workers on the West Coast have made it difficult to meet demand despite an emergency airlift of 1,000 tons of processed spuds and an extra shipment from the U.S. East Coast by sea.

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General Mills Tops Second Quarter Profit Forecasts

December 17, 2014 2:15 pm | by Associated Press

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods posted revenue of $4.71 billion in the period. The Minneapolis-based company said it had profit of 56 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for restructuring costs, were 80 cents per share.

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Georgia Company Issues Cheese Recall

December 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Associated Press

Flat Creek Farm and Dairy officials said in a statement that the company has recalled its Low Country Gouda and Aztec Cheddar after the company was notified in late November that the cheese may have been contaminated. Company officials say no illnesses have been reported.

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US Consumer Prices Fell 0.3 Percent in November

December 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by JOSH BOAK, Associated Press

Core inflation, which excludes volatile energy and food prices, rose 0.1 percent in November. For the past 12 months, overall inflation has risen 1.3 percent while core inflation has increased 1.7 percent. Both annual gains are well below the Federal Reserve's 2 percent inflation target.

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Sausage, Kolbassa Products Recalled Over Listeria Concerns

December 17, 2014 1:30 pm | by The Canadian Press

Federal health authorities in Canada say two meat products sold in Ontario are being recalled due to concerns about possible Listeria contamination. The recall affects Franz's smoked black bean and salsa sausage and Franz's gold medal kolbassa made by Peterborough-based Franz Roessl Holdings Ltd.

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Oregon Certifies Recount Results: GMO Labels Lost

December 17, 2014 11:15 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

Secretary of State Kate Brown has certified recount results showing the defeat of a ballot measure to require labels on genetically modified foods, officially making Oregon the fourth state in the West to reject the idea.       

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'Nut Rage' Gives Hawaii Macadamia Nuts a Boost

December 17, 2014 11:00 am | by Associated Press

A Korean Air Lines executive's tantrum over bagged nuts in a first-class cabin is drawing enough attention to give Hawaii's $38 million macadamia nut industry a boost. Some producers told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser that's also helping Hawaii, home to more than 700 macadamia nut farms and eight processing plants.

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Research: Farmers’ Markets Show Presence of Salmonella, E. coli

December 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Chapman University

Specifically tested were samples of the herbs cilantro, basil and parsley. Of the 133 samples tested from 13 farmers’ markets, 24.1 percent tested positive for E. coli and one sample tested positive for Salmonella.      

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Michigan Approves Grants for Pork Processing Plant

December 17, 2014 10:00 am | by Associated Press

The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved $12.5 million in grants to support the construction of a 550,000-square-foot pork processing facility. The Clemens Food Group operation will be in Coldwater Township. It is expected to create more than 800 jobs and $255 million in total investments.

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Coca-Cola Outlook Falls Short as Consumers Shy Away From Soda

December 17, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola said that it expects earnings growth in 2015 in line with this year's gain, which is short of the company's target. The Atlanta-based company has been struggling with declining soda consumption in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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Ohsho Food Eyes Expansion Into the US

December 17, 2014 8:35 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

Ohsho Food Service Corp., which runs the "Gyoza no Ohsho" dumpling restaurant chain in Japan, plans to expand into the United States in three years after withdrawing from China.                 

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States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol

December 17, 2014 8:00 am | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press

States are moving to ban alcohol in powdered form before the product goes on sale out of concern it will increase underage drinking. The product, called "Palcohol," is touted by its inventor as a convenient way to mix a drink.     

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Study: Consumers Trust Farmers 'Far More' Than Scientists, Nutritionists

December 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Bayer CropScience

More than half of American consumers would like to talk to a farmer even though the vast majority indicated in a recent survey that they have no connection with agriculture or farming. The reason: consumers trust farmers far more than scientists or nutritionists.

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Pure Maple Syrup is Becoming a Staple in American Diet

December 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers

National Maple Syrup Day helps raise awareness of pure maple syrup as a versatile ingredient beyond simply a breakfast topping: from a natural energy booster, to a flavorful ingredient in glazes and rubs, to an unexpected twist in classic cocktails. 

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