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Colorado Powdered Alcohol Ban Stalls in Legislature

March 10, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Efforts to add Colorado to the list of states with restrictions on powdered alcohol ran aground in the state Legislature last week. Six states enacted regulations regarding the product, known as Palcohol, as of late 2014 even though it hasn't yet received approval from the federal government.

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Michigan Company Recalls Turkey Lunch Meat For Contamination

March 10, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Food safety officials say that a western Michigan company is recalling turkey lunch meat because of bacterial contamination. 

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Deadly Bird Flu Confirmed at 2nd Turkey Farm in Missouri

March 10, 2015 11:30 am | by JIM SALTER, Associated Press

The Missouri Department of Agriculture said that avian influenza has been found at a facility in central Missouri's Moniteau County that houses 21,000 turkeys. On Sunday, the state also said bird flu had been confirmed at a turkey farm in Jasper County.

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ConAgra to Close Batesville Facility; Ozark Mountain Poultry Deal in Works

March 10, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press

ConAgra announced Friday that it will close the plant in July, leaving 250 employees out of work. ConAgra spokesman Dan Hare said the chicken-making operations at the plant will be moved to improve efficiency and competitiveness.

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Soy Sauce Maker Makes 'Miracle' Comeback in Tsunami-Wrecked Japan

March 10, 2015 9:00 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

When the tsunami warning sounded, workers at the two-centuries-old soy sauce maker in northeastern Japan ran up a nearby hill to a shrine for safety, and watched in disbelief as towering waters swallowed their factory.

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Research Shows Consumers Seek Nutrition Benefits of Meat and Poultry Products

March 10, 2015 8:55 am | by North American Meat Institute

The tenth annual Power of Meat report looks at meat and poultry trends through the shopper’s eyes and examined health and wellness trends for the first time. It found that 79 percent of shoppers put some or a lot of effort into making sure they make nutritious and balanced meat and poultry choices.

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Blackmailers Threaten to Poison New Zealand Infant Milk Formula

March 10, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press

An anonymous blackmailer threatened to poison infant formula in New Zealand to protest the country's use of poisonous baits for pest control, and sent dairy giant Fonterra packets of milk powder laced with pesticide.

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RPA Issues Best Practices to Strengthen Safety of Reusable Plastics in Food Supply Chains

March 10, 2015 8:35 am | by Reusable Packaging Association

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) has issued comprehensive and science-based protocols to help ensure the continued safe use of reusable plastic containers (RPCs) for fresh and perishable products in the supply chain. The guidelines encompass the washing, handling, storing, packing, displaying, and collecting of RPCs in the supply chain.

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States Ask Federal Appeals Court to Toss California Poultry Law

March 10, 2015 8:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Six states this month asked a federal appeals court to reject a California law banning eggs that don't conform to its new animal welfare standards.

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Kellogg Company Named One Of World's Most Ethical Companies

March 9, 2015 12:25 pm | by Kellogg Company

According to Ethisphere, an independent research center promoting best practices in corporate ethics and governance, honorees understand the impact ethics has on reputation and their brand. Companies on the list not only promote ethical business standards and practices internally, they exceed legal compliance minimums and shape future industry standards by introducing best practices.

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Juicy Juice Parent Buying American Beverage for $55M

March 9, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

Harvest Hill Beverage Co., which owns Juicy Juice, will become one of the largest independently owned juice companies in the U.S. when the acquisition becomes official.

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U.S. Bank Invests $7.6M to Expand Virginia Snack Foods Plant

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by U.S. Bank

U.S. Bank has invested more than $7.6 million in tax credit equity to enable Monogram Food Solutions to build a 54,000-square-foot addition to its plant and add 200 jobs to the area with Virginia’s highest unemployment rate.

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Farmers Get Creative in Ways to Defraud Federal Insurance Programs

March 9, 2015 12:00 pm | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

The latest case involves two brothers from North Dakota accused of using various techniques to destroy their potatoes, such as adding septic tank chemicals and bringing in a portable heater to turn their warehouse into a spud sauna.

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Food Groups Call on Congress to Reject Fees in Obama Budget

March 9, 2015 11:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Nearly 60 food production groups called on Congress to reject millions in proposed registration and inspection fees included in President Obama's latest budget.

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Vermont Farms Use Cell Phones to Monitor Storage Conditions

March 9, 2015 10:05 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

For years, growers would have to walk into coolers or other storage spots to check the temperature and humidity. Now, some small-scale vegetable producers in Vermont are gaining access to remote monitoring by using their cell phones to provide updates.

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CFIA Says There is 'No Safety Concern' Over Alberta Mad Cow Disease

March 9, 2015 9:30 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press

Canada's chief veterinary officer says some cattle associated with the investigation into a case of mad cow disease in Alberta were slaughtered over the last few years and entered the human food chain.

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Girl Scouts Open Cookie Drive-Thru

March 9, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

If you're looking to satisfy your sweet tooth in a hurry, this just might be a dream come true. A Girl Scouts troop out of Salem, New Hampshire has found a way to boost its cookie sales: a drive-thru option.

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Arizona Meat Distributor Recalls 50K Pounds of Pork, Beef

March 9, 2015 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The USDA said that Premiere Distribution Center in Nogales is recalling more than 22,000 pounds of frozen bulk pork and more than 28,000 beef products.

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McDonald's Global Sales Decline in February

March 9, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press

The world's biggest hamburger chain has been struggling with disappointed sales amid shifting tastes and intensifying competition, including places that position themselves as more wholesome alternatives. 

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Bars, Restaurants Top February Job Gains

March 9, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Bars and restaurants added an estimated 59,000 jobs last month to lead all sectors tracked by the U.S. Labor Department. Officials said those numbers reflected increased consumer spending at dining establishments.

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