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Cargill to Close Missouri Meat Plant, Lay Off More Than 100 Workers

January 12, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost about 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11.            

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US Employment Changes Since 2004, At a Glance

January 9, 2015 2:45 pm | by Associated Press

After 5½ years of recovery, the economy has recovered all the 8.7 million jobs that vanished during the Great Recession — and created an additional 2 million. The unemployment rate hit 5.6 percent in December, its lowest level since June 2008.

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Research Finds Salt Tolerance Gene in Soybean

January 9, 2015 2:10 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

The researchers, at the University of Adelaide in Australia and the Institute of Crop Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences in Beijing, have identified a specific gene in soybean that has great potential for soybean crop improvement.

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Manufacturing Job Growth Up in 2014

January 9, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andrew Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Manufacturing job growth increased dramatically in 2014 compared to the previous year, according to numbers from the federal Labor Department released Friday.                          

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Weekly Recall Roundup: Apples and Pet Treats and Beef — Oh My!

January 9, 2015 1:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

In case you missed any of this week's top recalls, we've got you covered. In Food Manufacturing's first edition of the "Weekly Recall Roundup," you'll learn about the latest food and beverage items that have been pulled off store shelves and why. 

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First Lady Taps New Chief For 'Let's Move' Anti-Obesity Initiative

January 9, 2015 12:10 pm | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

Michelle Obama's anti-childhood obesity initiative is getting a new leader. The White House announced that Debra Eschmeyer has joined the staff in a dual role. She'll be executive director of the "Let's Move" program and senior policy adviser for nutrition policy.

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More Than 30 US Food Companies Push Congress to End Embargo on Cuba

January 9, 2015 11:30 am | by LUIS ALONSO LUGO, Associated Press

At least 30 food and agriculture American companies and associations announced Thursday they will push Congress to end the embargo the United States imposed on Cuba in 1962.                   

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4 Charged Under Utah's Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Law

January 9, 2015 10:40 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

Four animal activists who took pictures of a large southwestern Utah hog farm have pleaded not guilty to charges filed under a controversial law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.      

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Pillsbury Plant Closure to Put 400 Employees Out of Work

January 9, 2015 9:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

General Mills continues its layoffs with another plant closure, this time one of its Pillsbury facilities. The closure comes at a time where some of the food and beverage industry's most well-known companies are laying off workers, moving locations and shuttering entire facilities.

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Calif. Company Recalls More Than 48K Pounds of Frozen Beef, Pork

January 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal.                       

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Obama-GOP Alliance on Trade Brings High Hopes For New Agreements

January 9, 2015 8:50 am | by CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

President Barack Obama wants renewed authority to negotiate complex, multinational trade deals that Congress can approve or reject, but not amend. This "trade promotion" or "fast track" authority is crucial to keep critics on the left and right from attaching killer amendments.

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Frozen Seafood Company to Close Massachusetts Plant

January 9, 2015 8:25 am | by The Canadian Press

High Liner Foods Inc. is moving to reduce excess capacity at its U.S. manufacturing network and cease production at one of its frozen seafood plants in Massachusetts. Some employees will be moved directly to positions at other High Liner facilities and rest will be able to apply for openings.

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Granny Smith, Gala Apples From US Recalled Over Listeria Fears

January 9, 2015 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, California is recalling apples shipped from its Shafter, California packing facility last year, prompted by a federal investigation of 32 listeria illnesses in 11 states.

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Jack Link's Beef Jerky Recognized as Sustainability Leader

January 8, 2015 2:00 pm | by Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has been recognized as a 2014 Green Master in the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program. As a Green Master, Jack Link’s joins a select group of companies scoring in the top 20% of the program.

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Avian Flu Causes Emergency Poultry Quarantine in Washington

January 8, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

The Washington Agriculture Department declared an emergency quarantine for domestic poultry and eggs in the southeast part of the state to contain the highly contagious avian flu. The quarantine prevents the movement of chickens, turkeys and other birds that could carry the virus.

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Photo of the Day: NY to Ban Plastic Food Containers From Restaurants

January 8, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Starting this summer, New York City will join the environmental sustainability trend by banning restaurants and other food establishments from using plastic foam containers.                     

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Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye to 2014 With Job Cuts

January 8, 2015 11:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs over the next few months in an effort to help trim costs. While layoffs in any industry are no surprise in today’s globalized economy, food and beverage companies seemed to take quite a hit in 2014. 

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Metal Piece in Fries Adds to McDonald's Japan Food Safety Woes

January 8, 2015 10:30 am | by Kyodo News Internaional, Tokyo

As McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) reels from a string of food safety incidents, authorities in southern Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture said Thursday they received a report in August last year of a metal fragment found in french fries sold at one of the restaurant chain's stores.

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Mega-Event Announced For Food Processors, Packagers

January 8, 2015 10:25 am | by FPSA

With trending industry issues and innovations related to food packaging design, migration, and expiration, the concurrent events will offer an opportunity for printers, packagers, processors, and converters to intermingle and explore the global scope of these vital facets of the graphic communications and packaging/processing industries. 

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Federal Judge Blocks California's Ban on Foie Gras

January 8, 2015 10:15 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson on Wednesday permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing part of the foie gras ban that took effect in 2012, finding that the federal government's authority to regulate poultry products supersedes the state law.

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