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Teen's Death Leads FDA to Inspect Caffeine in Food, Drinks

July 21, 2014 | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, ANN SANNER, Associated Press | Comments

The caffeine overdose of an 18 year old Ohio student has led to investigations by the Food and Drug Administration of the powder's safety in energy drinks and food, as manufacturers have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent years.

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Infographic: What's Behind the Coffee Buzz?

July 22, 2014 10:17 am | by Compound Interest

Coffee is a cornucopia of chemical compounds that influence its taste. One group of compounds about which plenty is known are the chlorogenic acids. In medium to light coffee brews, the main source of bitterness comes from the chlorogenic acids.

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China's Meat Scandal Spreads to Starbucks and Travels to Japan

July 22, 2014 9:53 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

The scandal surrounding meat supplier Husi Food has added to a string of safety scares in China over expired beef and chicken that have left the public wary of restaurants and other suppliers. The meat scandal has tainted popular restaurant chains and spread to Japan.

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What Would You Do For a Klondike Bar? Unilever Closes Florida Ice Cream Plant

July 22, 2014 9:38 am | by Associated Press

Florida ice cream lovers may be crushed to hear a Tampa Bay area ice cream factory, Pinellas Park, will close its doors as the company shifts its production to plants in Tennessee and Missouri. The 55,000-square-foot factory produces Klondike and Popsicle treats.

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Calif. Firm Issues Nationwide Fruit Recall on Listeria Concerns

July 22, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

Wawona Packing, a California fruit company, has issued a nationwide recall of peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots for possible listeria contamination. The company said the recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers, including Costco and Trader Joe's.

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Campbell's Turns to Organic Soup to Boost Struggling Sales

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Campbell Soup Co., based in Camden, New Jersey, is turning to organic ready-to-eat soups in rectangular cartons to help falling soup sales. It's one of the many moves the 145-old company is planning in hopes of driving sales in its flagship unit.

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Beef Produces 5 Times More Gases Than Pork, Eggs

July 22, 2014 8:00 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer

According to a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, beef produces five times the amount of heat-trapped gasses per calorie. Cows are not efficient at converting feed to protein for human consumption. 

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Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? To Get to Your Plate

July 21, 2014 3:05 pm | by National Chicken Council

The National Chicken Council says more consumers are choosing chicken. In a study, the average number of meals or snacks that contained chicken eaten by survey respondents in the two weeks prior to the survey was 6.1, up 17 percent from 2012 findings.

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Report: Russia Lacks Dairy Products Aimed Towards Elders

July 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by Canadean

Currently, the Russian dairy market offers many products targeted at younger generation; at the same time, there is lack of products specifically targeting those aged 55+, who consume dairy due to the habit rather than health and age-aligned reasons.

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Wyo. Issues 39 Citations Against Western Sugar Cooperative

July 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration has issued 39 citations against Western Sugar Cooperative, fining the company $194,000 for numerous fall hazards, inadequate signage and failing to place safety guards around moving equipment.

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NC B. Roberts Foods Recalls 200 Pounds of Chicken

July 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press

B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, North Carolina is recalling 200 pounds of grilled chicken entrees for mislabeling and containing milk, an allergen not declared on the label. Among the products recalled are Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market and Deli-Bakery.

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Ag-Gag Laws Face Challenges in Federal Court

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse in farm organizations and livestock producers is moving from state legislatures to federal courts. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful.

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Peoria Packing Company Recalls Beef Jerky

July 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press

The Peoria, Illinois-based Raber's Packing Company is recalling 21 pounds of beef jerky for improper inspection. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the product was sold in 25-ounce bags labeled "Grand Champion Raber's Beef Jerky."

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Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labels Take Effect Next Month in Canada

July 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

Canadian shoppers will soon be seeing labels on their meat notifying them if it has been mechanically tenderized. The regulations taking effect Aug. 21 are designed to protect consumers after the largest meat recall in the country's history two years ago.  

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First Lady: Healthy Foods Belong in Schools

July 21, 2014 8:05 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama's junior cooks contest was put together to show the nation that if a 10 year old kid can cook and happily eat a healthy meal, then there is no reason why every school in the country shouldn't be including nutritious food into their menus.

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Study Shows Essential Oils Can Extend Shelf-Life of Food

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

According to a recent study in the Journal of Food Science, scientists at the Institute of Food Technologists have found that essential oils — those extracted from plants roots, peels, seeds, etc. — may be used as food preservatives in packaged food products.

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Marijuana Edibles Recalled in Colorado

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The Denver Department of Environmental Health recalled several products from At Home Baked, a popular Colorado brand of pot-infused sweets. Among the recalled products were infused brownie mixes, blondie mixes, rice crispy treats and Stixx candy.

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9 Emerging Pet Food Trends for Man's Best Friend

July 18, 2014 11:45 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Did you know 51 percent of dog owners believe that pet food made in the U.S. is the most important factor in their purchasing decisions? Consumers who consider their pet a member of the family should read on to find out the nine emerging trends in gourmet pet food.

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First Lady Hosts Dinner for Top Kid Chefs

July 18, 2014 11:30 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama is inviting 50 kid chefs to dinner who earned a seat at the table by whipping up healthy meals as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments.

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German Sausage Makers Fined $460M for Price Fixing

July 18, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press

Germany's antitrust authority is imposing fines totaling $460 million on 21 sausage manufacturers, including Nestle subsidiary Herta and Meica, for colluding to push through higher prices and agreeing on price ranges for various products.

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KeHE Buys Nature's Best to Broaden Organic Food Channel

July 18, 2014 10:45 am | by KeHE Distributors, LLC

KeHe Distributors has agreed to purchase Nature's Best — a California-based distributor of natural food products like nutrition bars. KeHE's acquisition of the company is in part to expand its national distribution of natural and organic products.

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