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Chocolate Makeover: Nestle Nixes Artificial Colors in Nesquik Powder

April 13, 2015 11:40 am | by AP Exchange

Nestle says it is cutting some of the sugar from its Nesquik chocolate and strawberry powders and taking artificial coloring out of the strawberry powder. Strawberry Nesquik powder will get its pink coloring from beet juice powder instead of artificial colors.

The Power of the Brand: Store Owners Rely on Big Names to Spur Profits

April 13, 2015 10:15 am | by LA Top Distributor

There's a reason convenience stores that carry alcohol don't simply advertise that they have "beer". Those stores put up large advertisements proudly displaying that they carry specific beers like Budweiser and Coors. 

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Environment, Diet Profoundly Linked

April 13, 2015 9:55 am | by Arizona State Univ.

What we eat has a big influence on our environment, in ways beyond the typical carbon footprint questions of local vs. imported or animal vs. vegetable. Researchers have found that what we choose to eat — and what we excrete as waste — can influence the nutrient cycle on a large scale.

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New Evidence For How Green Tea, Apples Can Protect Health

April 13, 2015 9:00 am | by NORWICH BIOSCIENCE INSTITUTES

In this study, Dr. Paul Kroon and his team at IFR have shown that polyphenols in green tea and apples block a signaling molecule called VEGF, which in the body can trigger atherosclerosis and is a target for some anti-cancer drugs.

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International Space Station About to Get Caffeine High

April 13, 2015 8:35 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

The next space station grocery run will carry caffeine to a whole new level: Aboard the SpaceX supply ship is an authentic espresso machine straight from Italy.

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Egg Executives to be Sentenced Today in Salmonella Outbreak

April 13, 2015 8:00 am | by JOSH FUNK, Associated Press

Two former egg industry executives are scheduled to be sentenced this morning for their roles in a 2010 salmonella outbreak that sickened thousands. 

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Major Food Recalls This Week Both Involved Listeria; What is This Deadly Bacteria?

April 10, 2015 2:20 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press

Listeria is commonly found in unpasteurized cheeses and unpasteurized milk, and it is sometimes found in other foods as well — 30 people died in a 2011 listeria outbreak linked to cantaloupe.

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Are Current Dietary Guidelines For Sodium, Potassium Resonable?

April 10, 2015 12:25 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES/UW MEDICINE

To reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, the World Health Organization recommends we consume no more than 2000 mg of sodium a day -- less than a teaspoon of salt. So how are we doing at hitting the WHO targets?

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Bird Flu Confirmed at 4 More Minnesota Turkey Farms

April 10, 2015 12:10 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

State and federal authorities have confirmed outbreaks of bird flu at four more turkey farms in Minnesota, raising the number of farms affected in the state to 13.

Iowa Officials Seek More Funding for Food Safety Inspections

April 10, 2015 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

Local health officials continue to pressure state lawmakers to increase the budget appropriation for the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals food safety program. Legislation failed to gain traction in both the House and the Senate this year.

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Women in Manufacturing Files as Trade Association

April 10, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

National networking group Women in Manufacturing this week announced its reorganization as a trade association.

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New Broccoli Lowers Cholesterol

April 10, 2015 11:00 am | by Institute of Food Research

Including a new broccoli variety in the diet reduces blood LDL-cholesterol levels by around 6 percent, according to the results of human trials led by the Institute of Food Research.

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First Report of a New Crop Virus in North America

April 10, 2015 10:05 am | by INSTITUTE FOR GENOMIC BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Scientists reported evidence of a new mastrevirus. Other members of the mastrevirus genus, a group of DNA viruses, are known to be responsible for decimating yields in staple food crops (including corn, wheat and sugarcane) throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. It has never been reported in North America before.

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Inspection Found No Issues at Blue Bell Oklahoma Plant

April 10, 2015 9:10 am | by DAVID WARREN, JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances. Although experts said passage of the proposal would likely affect state laws, proponents focused largely on the potential ability of local governments to restrict GMOs.

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Bird Flu Found on at Least 15 Turkey Farms in Midwest

April 10, 2015 7:59 am | by KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press

A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has been confirmed in a second commercial turkey flock in eastern South Dakota and preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of some form of bird flu at a North Dakota farm, bringing to at least 15 the number of Midwest farms infected in the latest outbreak.

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Navajo Junk Food Tax Gets Mixed Reviews

April 9, 2015 3:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The sprawling Navajo Nation in the southwestern U.S. implemented a 2 percent sales tax within its reservation on a wide range of products — including desserts, fried foods and sweetened beverages — beginning in March.

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Is Obesity Inevitable?

April 9, 2015 2:00 pm | by PR Newswire

Most Americans believe they eat a well-balanced diet. But Dr. Ian White, an intensive care specialist, says he finds that laughable. "We eat when we feel like it because food is always available," White said.

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Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement to Northeast Dairy Farmers

April 9, 2015 1:57 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

A judge has rejected a proposed settlement between cooperative Dairy Farmers of America and Northeast dairy farmers over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers.

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European Regulators Find Few Violations of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

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