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McDonald's Worker Charged in Glass-in-Big Mac Case Wins $437K

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.

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How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken 'Juice' Highlights Need for Hygiene

November 21, 2014 11:36 am

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. 

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Yum Brands Approve $1B Stock Buyback Plan

November 21, 2014 9:56 am

Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said that its board approved a $1 billion stock buyback plan. The program runs through May 2016 and can help the company boost its earnings per share.             

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Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Bigeye Tuna Fishing Rule

November 21, 2014 9:40 am

Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks. The regulation undermines international efforts to end overfishing of bigeye.

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Kozy Shack Recalls Pudding Over Labeling

November 21, 2014 9:31 am

Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding.           

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Researchers Calculate 'Hidden' Emissions in Traded Meat

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane and nitrous oxide that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed.

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NSF International Partners with American Feed Industry Association to Provide Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification

November 20, 2014 2:30 pm

The SF/SF Certification Program was developed to further enhance consumer confidence in the feed and food supply industry by establishing food safety guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines will help ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply essential for the growth and care of animals.

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Research Reveals Promise For Expanding Hard Cider Industry

November 20, 2014 2:25 pm

Hard cider consumption is trending steeply upward in the region surrounding food-conscious Seattle, and Washington is part of the nation’s hard cider revival. The amount of cider produced in the state tripled between 2007 and 2012.     

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Canada's Food Safety System Ranked World's Best

November 20, 2014 2:15 pm

The ranking highlights Canada's success in a number of areas such as our capacity to respond to food safety emergencies, as well as food safety communication to stakeholders and the public. The report also found that public trust in food safety was the highest in Canada.

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Peanut Company to Sell Mississippi Operation

November 20, 2014 2:00 pm

Texoma Peanut Company will sell its peanut drying facility in Clarksdale, Mississippi, according to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The company is a salted and roasted nut and seed manufacturer located in Madill, Oklahoma.    

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Infographic: Health Not an Issue When Dining Out

November 20, 2014 12:20 pm

An infographic by The Hartman Group shows that when eating out, consumers tend to eat less healthfully. The reasons for not eating as well when dining out include: focusing on things other than health when eating at restaurants and the menu not including enough healthy options.

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General Mills CEO: Water is Critical to Business and Engagement is Key

November 20, 2014 11:00 am

General Mills released a new water policy that provides the necessary framework to guide the company as it engages with stakeholders to improve the health of watersheds, particularly those critical to the company's business. The scope of the policy includes General Mills' supply chain as well as its suppliers.

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Food Giants Hitting Stride on LGBT Workplace Equality

November 20, 2014 10:27 am

Food, beverage and grocery companies continue to set the pace for corporate LGBT inclusion, according to a report issued today by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization.

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Animal Rights Group Releases Chicken Slaughterhouse Abuse Video

November 20, 2014 10:10 am

Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant. The group released a video online that it says was taken at a Koch Foods slaughterhouse. The video shows chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.

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'Booze Traveler' Host Explores How the World Drinks

November 20, 2014 9:52 am

Jack Maxwell drinks for a living. Part travelogue, part drinking diary, "Booze Traveler" takes viewers with Maxwell as he travels to Louisiana, Tennessee and 13 foreign countries, including Armenia and Nepal. Each episode is a quest to distill the essence of a place through its beer, wines and spirits. 

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Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

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Cost of Thanksgiving is Going Up

November 20, 2014 9:37 am

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That's 37 cents higher than in 2013. For that, you can blame dairy products, coffee and marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.

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Foster Farms Thanksgiving Turkey Donations To Feed 84,000 People

November 19, 2014 3:05 pm

The turkeys will be distributed to local communities and families in California, Oregon and Washington to help feed needy families this Thanksgiving. Each food bank received 750 turkeys — or 13,500 pounds of turkey.     

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Sysco and US Foods Teamsters Protest Sysco Shareholders Meeting

November 19, 2014 3:00 pm

Teamsters employed at Sysco and US Foods protested outside Sysco's shareholders meeting Wednesday to demand answers to tough questions from the company's Board of Directors about its proposed purchase of US Foods and the impact on thousands of jobs.

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Fuji Food Products to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Chicago

November 19, 2014 2:55 pm

Set to be fully operational in December 2014, the 40,000 square foot plant will produce and specialize in fresh, refrigerated, and ready-to-eat meals serving the Midwest with national distribution capabilities.      

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