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Tyson Subsidiary Agrees to Settlement Over All-Natural Labels

July 15, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Van’s Natural Foods agreed to change its product labels and pay up to $9 million to settle a court case involving many of its breakfast foods.

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Study: LEDs Could Prevent Foodborne Bacteria

July 15, 2015 10:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent study suggests that LED lighting could serve as an alternative to chemical preservatives in preventing foodborne illness.

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Scientist Works on Taste, Texture and Color of Lab-Produced Burger

July 15, 2015 9:35 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Using the stem cells from a cow to grow muscle fiber shaped like a donut, Dr. Mark J. Post and his team created what looks like a hamburger patty but missing the fat content that gives it flavor and taste.

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EPA Fines Three Food Companies Over Chemical Violations

July 15, 2015 9:15 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Three food companies in Washington State reached settlements with federal regulators over chemical storage violations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced this week.

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Algae, Quinoa, Legumes Top List of Alternative Protein Choices

July 15, 2015 9:10 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Algae, quinoa and pulses are considered by some food technologists to be the best protein sources and strong alternatives to slow meat consumption, reduce food waste and help feed the world's growing population.

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In the News: Prominent Texas Businessman Invests in Blue Bell Creameries

July 15, 2015 8:25 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out all the details by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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Pet Food Recalls Return Spotlight to Pet Product Safety

July 14, 2015 2:00 pm | by Packaged Facts

Much like the widespread pet food recalls of 2007, these latest recalls have brought the issue of pet food safety into the spotlight, leaving pet food and treat marketers to allay consumer concerns about their products.

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Prominent Texas Businessman Bass Invests in Blue Bell

July 14, 2015 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries has announced an investment by a prominent Texas businessman will "ensure" the return of its ice cream products to the market.

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Survey: New Business and Regulatory Pressures Weigh Heavily on Natural Products Companies

July 14, 2015 12:55 pm | by Sage North America

Regulatory compliance ranks as the top challenge, with half of all respondents uncertain as to how they will comply specifically with the Food Safety Modernization Act.

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Kraft Heinz Hopes to Secure Tax Break While Cutting Jobs

July 14, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

Local officials in Columbia, Missouri last week took steps to approve a tax break that would ultimately lead to the elimination of 150 positions at the city's Kraft Heinz plant.

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Whiskey Maker Templeton Rye Reaches Settlement in Lawsuits

July 14, 2015 11:40 am | by The Associated Press

The makers of Templeton Rye have agreed to settle three class-action lawsuits that disputed claims the company made about the origin and production of its whiskey.

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Starbucks Jumping Into South Africa's Growing Coffee Market

July 14, 2015 9:10 am | by LYNSEY CHUTEL, CANDICE CHOI, Associated Press

Starbucks is jumping into the surging coffee market in South Africa, where the number of cafes has expanded rapidly in recent years.

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Barber Foods Recalls 1.7M Pounds of Chicken Products

July 14, 2015 8:30 am | by Associated Press

Barber Foods of Portland is recalling 1.7 million pounds of frozen chicken products over concerns that they may be contaminated with salmonella. The U.S. Department of Agriculture made the announcement Monday.

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Canada Could OK Low Levels of GMOs in Food Imports

July 14, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Canadian health officials could allow low levels of genetically modified ingredients in imported food under proposed guidelines. Currently, genetically modified organisms — or GMOs — can only enter Canada if explicitly cleared by Health Canada.

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Justice Dept.: Food Companies Risk Prosecution for Outbreaks

July 13, 2015 4:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

 Following a deadly listeria outbreak in ice cream in the U.S. earlier this year, justice officials are warning food companies that they could face criminal and civil penalties if they inadvertently poison their customers.

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Food Prices Lowest in Nearly Six Years

July 13, 2015 2:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Global food prices last month slid to their lowest levels since September of 2009, according to the latest analysis by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization.

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Iowa Businessman Convicted of Fraud Over Halal Beef Exports

July 13, 2015 12:25 pm | by The Associated Press

An Iowa businessman was found guilty Monday of exporting beef products to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' strict religious-based slaughter standards. A federal jury convicted Bill Aossey Jr. of 15 of 19 charges he faced, including conspiracy, making false statements on export certificates and wire fraud. He was acquitted of four counts of money laundering.

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Report Raises Estimate of Kansas Winter Wheat Production

July 13, 2015 12:15 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported it expects this year's wheat production to be 334.4 million bushels in Kansas. That is up from the 314.5 million bushels it had forecast just last month before harvest got fully under way. The estimate is based on July 1 conditions.

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Down 7.9% in 2015

July 13, 2015 12:05 pm | by The Association for Manufacturing Technology

May U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $336.98 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology.

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Whataburger Takes Stand Against Texas' New Gun Law

July 13, 2015 10:55 am | by SETH ROBBINS, Associated Press

Whataburger's decision is expected to pave the way for other restaurants to enact similar policies that will further limit where gun owners can openly carry their firearms when the law takes effect in January.

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