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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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McDonald's, KFC in China Are Supplied Expired Meat

July 21, 2014 8:00 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

McDonald's and KFC in China said a supplier, Husi Food Co., sold them expired beef and chicken. The report added to a series of food safety scares in China that have battered public confidence in dairies and fast food outlets.

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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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Inspection Agency Suspends License of Saskatchewan Beef Plant

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by The Canadian Press

Northern Natural Processing LP, a beef slaughter plant in southeastern Saskatchewan, had its license suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The suspension is due to the operator of the plant failing to use corrective measures to ensure the safety of the meat.

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Munch on This: Pot Edibles Give Rise to Booming Industry

July 18, 2014 9:15 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

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EU's Fear of 'Chlorine Chicken' Complicates US Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

A year ago, President Barack Obama and his European peers sought an agreement to create the trading bloc by the end of 2014. Now, the thought of chlorine-drenched chickens on the dinner table is driving the EU away from the free trade agreement.

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Oregon Sues 5-Hour Energy Over False Ad Claims

July 18, 2014 8:10 am | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

Oregon is sueing 5-Hour Energy for falsely claiming customers get extra energy and focus from a unique blend of ingredients, when in truth the boost comes from a concentrated dose of caffeine. The suit also targets claims that the product is OK for adolescents.

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Infographic: 3 Reasons to Choose Organic

July 18, 2014 8:05 am | by The Organic Center

Analyzing 343 studies in what was the largest research effort of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University found that organic crops are up to 60 percent higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.

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CFIA Investigation Leads to Recall of Podravka Brand Lunch Meat

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Marketwired

The investigations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lead to the recall of Podravka luncheon meat. The product recall is from an undeclared milk ingredient in the meat. Consumers with an allergy to dairy are being advised not to consume the product.

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What's Trending: Summer Fancy Food Show Spots 5 Novelties

July 17, 2014 2:51 pm | by Specialty Food Association

This year's Summer Fancy Food Show was the largest since the trade-only event made its debut in 1955. The exhibit's trendsetters spotted the latest products in food, including oatmeal cookie butter, bourbon smoked sugar and wild salmon jerky. 

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Can Cinnamon Prevent Foodborne Illnesses? Scientists Say Yes

July 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Washington State University

Recent findings by two Washington State University scientists suggest cinnamon oil to effectively work as a natural antibacterial agent in the food industry. The study acknowledges improved food safety and the reduction or elimination of food posioning deaths.

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Ancient Farming Method Makes a Comeback

July 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Lempert Report

Urban Organics, a Minnesota-based company, is taking an ancient farming method and making it trendy. Aquaponics, a technique that grows vegetables in water and uses fish waste for nourishment, is featured in this week's segment of "The Lempert Report" Innovation Series.

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Soda Tax Advances in San Francisco

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A soda tax is making its way forward to San Francisco voters as the Board of Supervisors endorsed the proposed measure. With sugary drinks having been under the fire for years, San Francisco aims to become the first city to pass a per-ounce soda tax.

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Got the Blues? This Fruit's Health Benefits Spur Production

July 17, 2014 11:40 am | by Washington Blueberry Commission

Blueberry growers in Washington are projecting to harvest more than 90 million pounds of the fruit this year, making it the fourth state in total U.S. total blueberry production. Awareness about the health benefits of blueberries has caused the spike in production.

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