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Maine Meat Plant to Build Slaughterhouse

August 5, 2014 8:56 am | by Associated Press

Northeast Meats, a meat processing facility in Gardiner, Maine, is planning to open a slaughterhouse a few miles away from its plant. The company bought a lot from Gardiner at Libby Hill Business Park. The facility would slaughter poultry and red meat. 

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'Gluten-Free' Label Regulations Under Way

August 5, 2014 8:39 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A new standard introduced this week requires food manufacturers to ensure that anything labeled gluten-free contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten — ensuring that those products are technically free of wheat, rye and barley, which are often hidden ingredients.

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The Fight Continues Over Proposed Changes to Food Labels

August 4, 2014 2:56 pm | by American Chemical Society

An article in Chemical & Engineering News points out that while the Nutrition Facts label has remained largely the same for 20 years, nutrition science has not. Industry groups argue that because added and natural sugars are chemically the same, the distinction is unnecessary.

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Consumers Can Create Wine on the Internet With Virtual Vineyard

August 4, 2014 2:41 pm | by Columbia Crest

Wine-lovers are invited to become virtual winemakers with the first crowdsourced Cabernet Sauvignon by Columbia Crest winery. Fans join the process of winemaking by determining how the grapes are tended, irrigated, harvested and blended through weekly votes.

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VIDEO: Johnsonville to Host "Bratsgiving Day"

August 4, 2014 2:24 pm | by Johnsonville Sausage, LLC

Johnsonville is celebrating a new holiday by hosting the first "Bratsgiving Day," to recognize the sausage holiday on August 16, known as National Bratwurst Day. The new holiday takes favorite holidays, like Christmas and Thanksgiving, and spices them up with bratwursts.

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Infographic: Fact vs. Fiction on Craft Beer, Cider

August 4, 2014 2:12 pm | by Technomic, Inc.

Is it true that Hispanic consumers don't drink craft beer? Hard cider and craft beer are on the fast track in restaurants and bars today, but Technomic's On-Premise Craft Beer & Cider study reveals that all is not as it seems with these trending beverages. 

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Oscar Mayer Gives Consumers Another Reason to Love Bacon

August 4, 2014 1:53 pm | by Kraft Foods Group, Inc.

Oscar Mayer expands bacon beyond the breakfast table with new Bacon Jerky snacks. As the average American is transitioning from eating full meals to snacking more throughout the day, the company wanted to make the meat available to bacon-lovers all day long.

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Colorado Panel Considers Labeling for Pot Edibles

August 4, 2014 12:00 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Colorado regulators are looking for ways to make sure no one accidentally eats or drinks marijuana edibles. In a panel that included edible makers and pot critics, many seem to agree that pot cookies and candies should come with identifiable markers or colors.

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USDA: Poultry Companies Not Allowed to Speed Up Production

August 4, 2014 9:50 am | by National Council of La Raza

After two years of intense advocacy from workers, the USDA has issued a final rule that will not allow poultry companies to speed up production lines. With line speed being the major factor in injuries among poultry workers, the final rule puts worker safety first.

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Prosecutors: Peanut Plant Faked Salmonella Lab Results

August 4, 2014 9:38 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

Known as one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history, prosecutors say the Georgia peanut plant Peanut Corp. of America shipped products that were untested and products that it knew were tainted to customers, including food giant Kellogg's.    

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Demand for Bottled Water Skyrockets as Toxins Foul Ohio Lakes

August 4, 2014 9:26 am | by JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press

Ohio has been under warning for three days now as toxins possibly from algae on Lake Erie foul the water supply. With no other choice of water to brush teeth or cook food with, residents have been swarming to stores to clear the shelves of bottled water.

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Jersey Shore Reels in Visitors With Major Seafood Business

August 4, 2014 9:05 am | by JACQUELINE L. URGO, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Commercial fishing and its related industries produce about 50,000 jobs in New Jersey, of which about 3,000 commercial fishermen operating about 1,500 vessels are employed to supply the 15 seafood processing facilities and 81 wholesalers operating in the state.

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2 Hurt in NJ Food Lab Explosions

August 4, 2014 8:54 am | by The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger, Newark, New Jersey

A New Jersey food laboratory experienced two explosions from a mechanical failure, leaving two employees injured. Pharmachem Laboratories in Totowa produces ingredients that flavor foods. Workers had just started on a new recipe for eggnog when the blasts occurred.

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Consumer Trends: Millennials Drinking More Wine

August 1, 2014 1:00 pm | by Rabobank

Rabobank studies show in non-traditional wine drinking countries, millennials are drinking more wine than any of the previous generations did at their age, while in traditional wine drinking countries, they are drinking less but better quality wine.

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NACD Comments on FDA's Sanitary Food Transportation Proposal

August 1, 2014 12:45 pm | by National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD)

The National Association of Chemical Distributors submitted comments to the FDA on its proposed rule of the sanitary transportation of food. The proposed rule would require shippers and receivers to use sanitary practices to ensure the safety of the food they transport.

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USDA to Overhaul Poultry Inspections for First Time in 50 Years

August 1, 2014 12:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

From a rule that was originally proposed by the USDA in 2012, the Obama Administration is now overhauling chicken plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years. This move could prevent more than 5,000 foodborne illnesses each year.

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Extra Jurors Take a Seat in Deadly Salmonella Outbreak Trial

August 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

The U.S. District Court trial of the deadly salmonella outbreak traced to a Georgia peanut plant is expected to last at least two months. Because of that timeline, the judge made sure six alternates were selected in addition to the required 12-member jury.

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Kellogg's Sales Thin as Dieters Drop Special K

August 1, 2014 12:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As cereal sales in the U.S. have been sluggish for some time now, Kellogg is also dealing with problems and missteps specific to some of its most popular brands. The movement away from calorie counting in the dieting world has hurt Special K.

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Vitaminwater Fans Complain About New Sweetener

August 1, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press

Coca-Cola's brand Vitaminwater is reversing its course after fans of the popular drink began complaining of the new sweetener. The reversal comes just a few months after the company had changed the sweetener in the drink to a mix of sugar and stevia.

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Soccer World Cup Lifts German Beer Sales

August 1, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

The Federal Statistical Office said German beer sales rose by 4.4 percent in the first half of the year, gaining froth from the country's run to the soccer World Cup title. The increase comes amid a long-term downward trend in German beer sales.

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