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AP Investigation: US Supply Chain Tainted by Slave-Caught Fish

March 25, 2015 | by ROBIN MCDOWELL, MARGIE MASON and MARTHA MENDOZA, Associated Press | Comments

A year-long investigation by the Associated Press has found that seafood caught by slaves in Indonesia is sent to Thailand, where the fish can wind up in the supply chains of Wal-mart, Kroger, Albertsons, and Safeway.

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Oral Benefit of Natural Sweetener is Unproven

March 27, 2015 11:15 am | by Wiley

New research out today concludes that there is limited evidence to show that xylitol is effective in preventing dental cavities in children and adults. Xylitol is a natural sweetener that is widely promoted globally, and can be found in wide range of everyday products including sugar-free chewing gum, toothpaste, gels, lozenges and sweets.

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Raw Milk Dramatically Increases Foodborne Illness Risk

March 27, 2015 10:40 am | by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Researchers determined that raw milk was associated with more than half of all milk-related foodborne illness, even though only an estimated 3.5 percent of the U.S. population consumes it.

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Diet Sodas Fall in US; Pepsi Returns to No. 2 Spot

March 27, 2015 8:35 am | by AP Exchange

 Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

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Monsanto Fined For Not Reporting Idaho Chemical Releases

March 27, 2015 8:10 am | by KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press

Monsanto Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for not reporting hundreds of uncontrolled releases of toxic chemicals at its eastern Idaho phosphate plant.

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Lawmakers: Edible Pot Must Look Different Than Regular Food

March 26, 2015 11:35 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

The rejection means that marijuana-infused cookies, candies and drinks must have a distinct look by 2016 -- and that's for the item itself, not just the packaging. The bill sponsor called the requirement for all foods an example of "micromanagement" because it can't be easily applied to all foods. 

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Founder of 5-Hour Energy Drink is Big Political Donor

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by AP Exchange

The billionaire founder of the 5-hour Energy drink and his Michigan-based companies have given millions to candidates for state office and political groups across the country, but he remains little-known in his home state.

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Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision tasks requiring agility and flexibility. “Sawyer significantly expands the range of tasks that our type of robots can do for manufacturers,” Eckert says.

Meet Sawyer, The One-Armed Collaborative Robot

March 26, 2015 10:00 am | by GE Reports

This week, Rethink Robotics launched Sawyer, a new one-armed robot designed for high-precision tasks requiring agility and flexibility. “Sawyer significantly expands the range of tasks that our type of robots can do for manufacturers,” Eckert says.

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ConAgra 3Q Hurt by Charge; Adjusted Profit Tops Expectations

March 26, 2015 9:25 am | by AP Exchange

ConAgra Foods Inc. moved to a loss in its fiscal third quarter because of a hefty impairment charge, but its adjusted profit beat analysts' expectations. The maker of Chef Boyardee and other packaged foods also boosted its full-year profit outlook.

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Legislator Looks to Cap Scallop Harvest as Maine Fishery Grows

March 26, 2015 8:35 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

The plan has sent waves through Maine's scallop industry, where harvesters wonder what the proposed restrictions would mean for catch and dealers speculate what impact they would have on the price for consumers. Recently, prices at some Maine markets have surged close to $20 per pound, while other scallops are closer to $12.

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Heinz-Kraft Deal: The Stories Behind the Brands

March 26, 2015 8:00 am | by DAMIAN J. TROISE, AP Business Writer

The combination of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group Inc. will bring many of America's oldest and best-known brands under the same corporate roof. Here's a look at the history behind some of those products.

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NAMI Foundation to Host Training on Fundamentals of Meat Specifications

March 26, 2015 7:45 am | by NAMI Foundation

The training features a detailed cutting demonstration of all the major center of the plate protein items, including beef, veal, lamb and pork, as well as sessions highlighting poultry, processed meats and seafood. 

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Bill Would Create Organic-Type Labels for Non-Modified Foods

March 25, 2015 1:15 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The idea is part of an attempt to block mandatory labeling of foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The certification would be voluntary, says Rep. Mike Pompeo, a Kansas Republican who is including the idea in legislation he plans to introduce Wednesday.

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IDFA Applauds Introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | by International Dairy Foods Association

The International Dairy Foods Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that will create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms. IDFA has joined with others to urge Congress to quickly pass the bill.

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Lawsuit: Boy, 11, Died of Allergic Reaction to Publix Cookie

March 25, 2015 12:22 pm | by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press

The family of an 11-year-old boy is suing the Publix grocery chain, saying the child was allergic to nuts and died from a severe reaction after eating a cookie despite a worker's assurance it was safe.

Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 25, 2015 11:30 am | by Kyodo News International

Taiwanese health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and consequent nuclear disaster.

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Heinz Buying Kraft and Building a Food Giant

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer

The Kraft Heinz Co. will own Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida and a large stable of other brands. Eight of those brands have annual sales of $1 billion or more and five others log sales between $500 million and $1 billon every year.

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Professional Help Increases Health Food Consumption in Schools

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by The JAMA Network Journals

According to a recent article published online by JAMA Pediatrics, it was only after schools began hiring chefs to enhance meals that fruit and vegetable consumption began to increase in school aged children.

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Listeria Outbreak Traced to 2nd Blue Bell Production Plant

March 25, 2015 9:00 am | by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press

A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said. He said the cups with pull tab lids are not sold in retail locations and instead are shipped in bulk to "institutional accounts" in 23 states that comprise less than 5 percent of the company's sales.

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3 Organic Food Companies Recall Spinach Products Over Listeria Fears

March 25, 2015 8:10 am | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are aware of the recall. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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