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General Mills Sets Ambitious Goal for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

August 31, 2015 8:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

General Mills has set an ambitious goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 28 percent by 2025 — not just within its own operations but from farm to fork to landfill.

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Nestle: Forced Labor Has No Place in Our Food Supply Chain

August 31, 2015 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Nestle says "forced labor has no place in our supply chain" following a U.S. class action lawsuit that alleges the Swiss food company knowingly supported a system of slave labor and human trafficking to make its Fancy Feast cat food.

Massachusetts Firm Recalls Macadamias for Possible Salmonella

August 31, 2015 7:55 am | by Associated Press

Random third-party testing found a presence of Salmonella in one-pound packages. No illnesses have been reported.

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Nebraska City Signs Preliminary Agreement for Beef Plant

August 31, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

The city of Minatare has taken a big step toward construction of a beef processing plant that could bring an estimated 600 jobs to the Nebraska Panhandle community.

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In Reversal, Abundant Grain Trains Available for Harvest

August 31, 2015 7:25 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

Just in time for what the U.S. Agriculture Department expects to be near-record corn and soybean harvests, grain train cars are in abundance. The reversal is attributed to unprecedented spending on track upgrades, political pressure from politicians in agriculture-rich states and a drastic decrease in trains hauling crude and freight to and from western North Dakota's oil-producing region.

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USDA to Approve Simplot's Genetically Engineered Potato

August 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved a potato genetically engineered to resist the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine and that still damages crops. Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. says that the Russet Burbank can also be stored at colder temperatures longer to reduce food waste.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

August 28, 2015 1:45 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-popular stories of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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Fast-Food's New Target: The Snack Attack

August 28, 2015 1:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

After years of slinging super-sized servings, some fast-food chains are starting to see the benefits of offering daintier bites. That includes mini-hot dogs, little chicken sandwiches and shakes that are smaller than a small.

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Judge Tosses Lawsuits Over Supermarkets' 'Baked Fresh' Bread

August 28, 2015 12:55 pm | by Associated Press

A judge has thrown out lawsuits filed by New Jersey consumers who said supermarkets fooled them into paying more for bread by advertising it was made fresh in their stores.

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MAPI Report Tempers Expectations For U.S. Manufacturing Sector

August 28, 2015 12:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The latest quarterly forecast from the MAPI Foundation is slightly more pessimistic about the nation's manufacturing sector than three months ago.

Study: Fair Trade Labels Linked To Higher Cost Threshold, Better Taste

August 28, 2015 12:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The study also showed that consumers believed foods labeled as fair trade tasted better than foods with no such label — even though scientists said that the products in the study were identical and that the differences in taste were "pure imagination."

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Kapowsin Meats Recalls Pork From Washington, Oregon, Alaska

August 28, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

Kapowsin Meats is recalling more than 520,000 pounds of pork shipped to Washington, Oregon and Alaska after food inspectors found that it may be contaminated with salmonella.

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Philadelphia Pilot Program Helps Reduce Supermarket Waste

August 28, 2015 8:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A trio of Philadelphia-area universities partnered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help make use of food that would otherwise be discarded.

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Ruling Could Ease Way for Unionizing at Fast-Food Chains

August 28, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

It will be easier for unions to bargain for better pay and working conditions on behalf of millions of workers at McDonald's, Burger King and other fast-food chains after a National Labor Relations Board ruling on Thursday.

Report: Global Organic Food Market to Grow at Over 16% by 2020

August 28, 2015 8:05 am | by TechSi Research

Increasing purchasing power and growing awareness regarding health benefits of organic food to drive global organic food market through 2020.

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Dole Food CEO, Chief Counsel Ordered to Pay $148M

August 28, 2015 8:00 am | by RANDALL CHASE, AP Business Writer

A Delaware judge on Thursday ordered 92-year-old Dole Food CEO David Murdock and a former top lieutenant to pay $148 million in damages for misleading directors and shareholders in a deal that took the company private in 2013.

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Minnesota Company Recalls Beef Products Due to Misbranding

August 28, 2015 7:05 am | by USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Swanson Meats is recalling approximately 20,063 pounds of beef products due to misbranding, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

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America's Schools Make Positive Changes to Create Healthier School Meals, CDC Says

August 27, 2015 5:04 pm | by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Most schools in the U.S. are implementing healthy practices to help meet federal school meal standards by offering whole grains, more fruits and vegetables, and reducing sodium content, according to data published Thursday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

McDonald's, Tyson Cut Ties With Farmer Tied to Abuse Video

August 27, 2015 1:10 pm | by Associated Press

McDonald's and its supplier Tyson Foods say they've cut ties with a chicken farmer after an advocacy group released a video taken with a hidden camera that the group said showed abusive practices at its farm.

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Report: California Farmers Post Record Revenue Despite Drought

August 27, 2015 12:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A report from a California think tank says that the state's farmers received record revenues for their crops in recent years despite a historic drought.

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