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Anheuser-Busch Converts Trucking Fleet to Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles

September 8, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

The CNG conversion comes as the 2014 football season kicks off one of the company’s busiest shipping periods of the year with 17 million cases of beer shipped by the Houston fleet during the third quarter.               

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Processing Alligators For Food is a Growing Business

September 8, 2014 9:30 am | by CHAD GILLIS, The News-Press

Processing facilities must be certified by the USDA in order to legally sell meat to the public or restaurants. Securing the certification is not the only challenge. The smell produced when skinning and processing alligator meat is somewhat gamey — somewhere between a fish market and a pile of hamburger meat.

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Mars Chocolate Recalls Twix Candy

September 8, 2014 9:22 am | by Mars Chocolate North America

Mars Chocolate North America announced a voluntary recall of its TWIX Brand Unwrapped Bites Stand Up Pouches.                                        

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Photo: Campbell Soup Kicks Off Football Season in a Different Way

September 8, 2014 9:13 am | by Campbell's Chunky Soup

To kick off the NFL season, Campbell’s Chunky soup is celebrating its newest Mama’s Boy — NFL cornerback Richard Sherman — by creating a statue lined with Campbell’s Chunky soup cans and labels. 

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Infographic: Acrylamide in Food

September 5, 2014 2:37 pm | by European Food Safety Authority

EFSA has produced a new infographic on acrylamide to help increase awareness about this public health issue. Find out more about how acrylamide forms and in which foods, and read basic tips from Member States on reducing acrylamide exposure in the diet.

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Survey: Milk Prices Top Concern of Northeastern Organic Dairy Farmers

September 5, 2014 1:30 pm | by Lori Wright, NH Agricultural Experiment Station

This survey is the first to assess the educational needs of organic dairy farmers in the region. While this finding won’t come as news to dairy farmers, it may surprise organic milk consumers who pay considerably more for organic milk than conventional milk at the grocery store.

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Aug. Hiring Was Slowed by Manufacturing, Retail

September 5, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

Several industries basically stopped hiring. Retailers shed 8,400 jobs, led primarily by food and beverage stores. Compare that with the previous five months, when retailers added an average of 28,040.      

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Dietary Recommendations May Be Tied to Increased Gas Emissions

September 5, 2014 12:30 pm | by University of Michigan

Martin Heller and Gregory Keoleian of U-M's Center for Sustainable Systems looked at the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the production of about 100 foods, as well as the potential effects of shifting Americans to a diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Raw Pork Recalled in Alberta for Possible E. Coli Outbreak

September 5, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the two Alberta food companies, V and T Meat and Food in Calgary and Hiep Thanh Trading in Edmonton, are recalling some of their raw pork products due to possible E. coli contamination.       

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Meat, Cheese Maker to Build Indiana Plant

September 5, 2014 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Boar's Head Brand, maker of premium meats and cheeses, announced its plans to build a meat processing plant in central Indiana. The company says the facility will create more than 200 new jobs over the next few years.        

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Experts Report a 'Significant Step Forward in Safeguarding Food Supply'

September 5, 2014 10:00 am | by NSF International Food Division

NSF International food safety experts say challenge will be an effective implementation as food fraud is a global issue that will require international cooperation and action.                    

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Sodexo Pledges to Buy More Vermont Food

September 5, 2014 9:45 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Sodexo, a multinational company, is promising to buy more Vermont-produced food for the schools, colleges and businesses it serves in the state. The company's mission is to help create more local jobs and provide the best-quality food to its customers.

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Infographic: Recreate 36 World Cuisines With 3 Spices

September 5, 2014 9:45 am | by Kit Stone

This infographic has 36 regions of the world and gives you 3 ingredients to add to your cooking to give it an exotic flair. Meatloaf Monday is boring, but Moroccan Meatloaf Monday sounds better.           

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Infographic: Keep Food Safe

September 5, 2014 9:20 am | by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

During National Food Safety Education Month in September, keep food safe and your grocery bill in check with food storage advice from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods' public awareness campaign: Home Food Safety.

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St. Louis Rams Move the Chains on Responsibly-Sourced Meat

September 5, 2014 8:45 am | by Animal Welfare Approved

This football season, the St. Louis Rams are taking a stand on sustainable food production. Football fans at the Rams' stadium will enjoy the first ever high-welfare, sustainable hot dogs and burgers served by stadium concessions.    

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Consumer Trends: 91 Percent of Americans Eat Breakfast for Dinner

September 4, 2014 2:00 pm | by Krusteaz

A variety of factors contribute to the rising popularity of breakfast for dinner, with the main appeal being ease of preparation versus a traditional dinner meal. Today, 91 percent of Americans say they eat breakfast items for an evening meal. 

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Lead, Cadmium Found in Some Chocolate Bought in Brazil

September 4, 2014 12:45 pm | by American Chemical Society

The researchers tested 30 milk, dark and white chocolate products bought in Brazil. Most were Brazilian brands, some of which are also sold in the U.S. They found that dark chocolates had the highest amounts of lead and cadmium.     

USDA to Buy Up to $13M in Canned Pink Salmon

September 4, 2014 12:25 pm | by Associated Press

The USDA has agreed to buy the canned pink salmon to ease a glut that has weighed down prices for Alaska fishermen. Earlier this year, the agency purchased $20 million worth of canned salmon.                 

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Blue Bunny Ice Cream Plant Closes its Doors

September 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by Daily Sentinel, Le Mars, Iowa

The maker of Blue Bunny ice cream, Wells Enterprises, said it would close its ice cream plant in St. George, Utah, and move production to its Le Mars facility. The Utah plant is expected to be closed by the end of 2014.           

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90 Layoffs in Archer Daniels Midland Sale

September 4, 2014 11:30 am | by Standard-Speaker, Hazleton, Pennsylvania

The sale of Archer Daniels Midland's northeastern Pennsylvania plant forced the company to lay off 90 employees. Another 118 workers who make chocolate will transfer to the buyer, Cargill, which has yet to decide what will happen to the Hazleton plant.

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