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Jurors Told Peanut Salmonella Trial Will Exceed 2 Months

July 30, 2014 2:23 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Jurors of the trial involving Peanut Corporation of America's deadly salmonella outbreak were told it may take at least two months. The Georgia-based plant was charged with shipping tainted peanuts and covering up lab results showing nuts tested positive for salmonella.

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VIDEO: Maple Leaf Foods Sets World Record With Bacon Dance

July 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Maple Leaf Foods has set two world records: the longest BLT sandwich, registering at more than 227 feet long using 2,000 slices of Maple Leaf bacon, and the largest bacon dance. Watch 161 Maple Leaf employees sizzle to the new bacon dance craze in this video.

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Organic Study: One Step Forward in Fight Against Deadly Citrus Disease

July 30, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Organic Center

With concerns rising about the heavy spraying of unhealthy chemicals being used to ward off the deadly citrus disease, or Huanglongbing, the Organic Center has launched a multi-year study to find safe methods to prevent the disease from spreading. 

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Mettler Toledo Introduces Food Productivity Guide

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by METTLER TOLEDO

Mettler Toledo offers an expert food productivity guide with valuable advice on measuring, weighing and inspection for the food industry. Learn how to effectively use filling, batching, checkweighing and inspection techniques for excellent product quality.

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McDonald's Could be Liable for Labor Practices

July 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's, based in Oak Brook, Illinois, could be named as a joint employer in several complaints regarding worker rights. The Board said 181 cases involving the restaurant-chain have been filed since 2012.

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French-Baking Leader Bridor Announces $32M New Jersey Expansion

July 30, 2014 11:30 am | by Bridor USA Inc.

Bridor Inc., a leader in manufacturing of European bread and Viennese pastry, is announcing a $32 million expansion to its Vineland, NJ facility. The expansion will allow the company to enlarge its production capacity, as well as better serve current and future clients. 

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Infographic: Design Dictates Winners in the Beverage Aisle

July 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Affinnova

As America's thirst for soda wanes, competition over these growth areas is becoming fierce. To understand these competitive dynamics, Affinnova conducted an audit of brands in the beverage aisle, examining the impact of package design on consumer appeal.

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Panel to Get Update on Prison Maggot Food Complaints

July 30, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press

Since January, there have been five reports of maggots found inside prison food. At issue is a bigger national debate over privatizing prison services — from food preparation to the running of entire facilities — to save money at a time of squeezed state budgets.

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Former Vending Firm Official Sentenced in Pepsi Scheme

July 30, 2014 9:04 am | by Associated Press

A former official of a New Jersey-based vending company, 65-year-old Joseph Belasco of Cedar Grove, was sentenced to months in prison for his role in a scheme that defrauded the Pepsi Bottling Group of $2.9 million over a 10-year period.

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5 Food Reporters Subpoenaed in $1.2B 'Pink Slime' Lawsuit

July 30, 2014 8:20 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press

Three reporters from the online publication Food Safety News have been asked to supply all communication they had with ABC in 2012. The subpoena comes in lieu of the $1.2 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC's coverage of a meat product dubbed as "pink slime."

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Ocean Spray Worker Dies After Falling Through Skylight

July 30, 2014 8:14 am | by Associated Press

Nevada's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a 53-year-old man after a freak accident. The man fell through a skylight at the Ocean Spray fruit juice distribution center in Henderson, Nevada where he worked.

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Meat Industry Upset With Court's Decision to Uphold Origin Labels

July 30, 2014 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The American Meat Institute, which represents the nation's largest meatpackers, is disappointed with a federal appeals court upholding rules requiring country-of-origin labels on meat packages. AMI argues that the paperwork behind the labels is burdensome.

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Consumer Trends: The Next Greek Yogurt?

July 29, 2014 2:24 pm | by Stonyfield

Stonyfield is encouraging consumers to #CheatOnGreek with its creamy French cousin, Petite Creme. Could this be the next Greek yogurt? Stonyfield is shaking up the yogurt shelves with this new product. The twist? Petite Creme is not yogurt.

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3M Commemorates 30 Years of Petrifilm Plate Innovations

July 29, 2014 12:48 pm | by 3M

The 3M Petrifilm Plate technology has expanded significantly since its launch in 1984. Food safety experts around the world have put their trust in 3M for microbial indicator tests. With 16 patents in its portfolio, the company shows no sign of slowing down.

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Is Carrageenan Safe to Use in Infant Formulas?

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Marinalg International

Carrageenan has been eaten and used as a food ingredient for hundreds of years across the globe. Critics, however, have questioned its safety in infant formulas. Find out what the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives has to say about the additive.

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Craft a Beer Business Plan at Upcoming Workshop

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by Echo Chamber Consulting

It's no secret that the business of craft brewing has been growing at record numbers, but brewing beer and the business of beer are not the same. Learn how to craft a business plan for your beer vision with the "How to Start a Craft Brewery" workshop on Sept. 14-16.

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Jimmy Dean Moves Beyond Breakfast Table for the First Time

July 29, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The maker of iconic breakfast staples, Jimmy Dean, is launching new bowls and sandwiches to lure in eaters for lunch and dinner. Owned by Hillshire Brands, the company is introducing 16 microwavable products, including a pulled pork sandwich and grilled steak bowl.

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Acidity in Alaskan Waters Poses Risk to Crab, Fisheries

July 29, 2014 11:30 am | by BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press

Research by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the ocean waters near Alaska are becoming more acidic from the release of carbon dioxide in the environment. Increased ocean acidification could harm important commercial fisheries in the state.

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1 Dead, 3 Hurt in Miss. Fish Plant Explosion

July 29, 2014 10:05 am | by Associated Press

An explosion at Omega Protein, a fish processing plant on the Mississippi coast, killed one employee and injured three others. The publicly held company produces fish oils and fish meal for human consumption and use in aquaculture and industrial applications.

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Photos: The Always-in-Season Superfruit

July 29, 2014 9:38 am | by Cherry Marketing Institute

Tart cherries were a standout star at the recent Fancy Food Show. The nutrient profile is not the only reason these ruby-red fruits are hotter than ever. Trend experts say tart flavors are on the rise due to consumers' changing palate for less sweet tastes.

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