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Bill Would Limit Arsenic in Rice

May 28, 2015 8:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration would be required to establish a limit for arsenic levels in rice under a bill introduced in Congress last week.

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In the News: Hormel Buys Applegate Farms

May 28, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

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Police Investigate Two New Cases of Potato Tampering After Nail and Needle Found

May 27, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Canadian Press

Police in separate parts of Atlantic Canada are investigating two possible cases of potato tampering.

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McDonald's Targets Bun Toasting, Burger Searing to Attract Customers

May 27, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

To improve the taste of its food, the chain is toasting its buns longer so sandwiches will be warmer, said McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook at the Bernstein's Strategic Decisions Conference in New York. He also said the company is changing the way it sears and grills its beef so that the patties are juicier.

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Coke Moves Ahead with Monster Deal

May 27, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Coca-Cola Co. is preparing to assume a minority stake in Monster Beverage Corp. despite the energy drink company's ongoing legal issues.

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Hormel Buys Applegate Farms For $775M

May 27, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

Hormel Foods is paying $775 million to add natural and organic meats producer Applegate Farms to its roster of food brands that include Spam canned ham, Dinty Moore stew and Jennie-O turkey.

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Kansas City Sausage to Open Plant, Create 177 Jobs

May 27, 2015 9:00 am | by The Associated Press

Officials say Cumberland County leaders have helped Kansas City Sausage partner with swine powerhouse Smithfield Foods to open a sausage production plant that will create 177 jobs in Sampson County.

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Craft? Micro? Increasingly, 'Nanobrews' Slake Local Thirst

May 27, 2015 8:35 am | by DAVID SHARP, Associated Press

Nimble nanobreweries and other pint-size beer makers are staying small and pushing the boundaries with hopped-up American ales, sour German Gose beers, oak-aged sipping beers and boundary-pushing flavors.

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Report Anticipates Green Packaging Market to Grow 50 Percent by 2021

May 26, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The global market for packaging classified as "green" is expected to increase by more than 50 percent by 2021, according to a recent report from Transparency Market Research. 

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Drenching Rains Bode Well For Cattle Herd Expansion in Great Plains

May 26, 2015 1:35 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Drenching rains recently soaked the Great Plains and have brought welcomed moisture to areas still recovering from droughts. That's good news for consumers, who are seeing record retail beef prices — 14 percent higher than a year ago.

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Distillery Owner, Injured Worker Sue Still-Maker After Fatal Explosion

May 26, 2015 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press

A distillery owner and one of his employees are suing a still-maker after an explosion last month that killed another worker. WPSD-TV reports the explosion left two employees with burns over 80 percent of their bodies.

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Artsy US Coffee Chain Blue Bottle Brews Long Queues in Tokyo

May 26, 2015 10:17 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

Japan, famous for green tea, is welcoming artisanal American coffee roaster Blue Bottle with long lines that have at times meant a four-hour wait for a cup. The company, which began in Oakland, California in 2002, hopes its early popularity is more than a passing fad. Japan's consumer culture is littered with manias for Western food imports: pancakes, popcorn, doughnuts, even Taco Bell.

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Egg Prices Surge to Record on Shortage Caused by Bird Flu

May 26, 2015 9:54 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Officials studying the worst bird flu outbreak in the U.S. say they're learning about the virus that has led to 40 million dead birds — mostly turkeys and egg-laying chickens — either from the disease or euthanized to prevent its spread. Here are some answers to questions about the current status of the outbreak.

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California Farmers Agree to Drastically Cut Water Use

May 26, 2015 9:43 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.

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Hawaii Groups Plant Coconut Trees, Protest Against Monsanto

May 26, 2015 9:39 am | by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press

The protesters over the weekend complained about the effects that companies like the Monsanto Company have on the community when they spray fields with chemical pesticides. They say they want agribusiness companies to stop using Hawaii as a testing ground for pesticides and genetically modified foods.

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Latest in Food-Track Tech: Swipe a Code, Meet Your Fisherman

May 26, 2015 9:34 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat — and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.

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Lee's Sandwiches Recalls 213,000 Pounds of Meat

May 26, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press

Fast-food restaurant Lee's Sandwiches has recalled 213,000 pounds of meat because it bore unauthorized United States Department of Agriculture marks of inspection, despite having not been inspected properly.

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Olive Garden: At Least 1 More Breadstick Creation On the Way

May 26, 2015 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The Italian restaurant chain said earlier this month it would introduce "breadstick sandwiches" as part of a broader menu revamp intended to play up its most popular offerings. The sandwiches don't arrive until June 1, but Olive Garden already has a follow-up act planned with "breadstick crostini" in August.

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Potatoes Recalled in Canada Over Tampering Concerns

May 26, 2015 7:00 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall on some potatoes sold in Atlantic Canada after police received complaints of nails found in some products.

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Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed as Food Industry Game Changer

May 22, 2015 2:18 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.

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