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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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Study: An Apple a Day May Not Be Enough to Keep the Doctor Away

March 30, 2015 3:30 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.

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McDonald's to Test All-Day Breakfast Beginning in April

March 30, 2015 1:45 pm | by Associated Press

The world's largest restaurant chain said the test will include a partial menu and feature some of McDonald's breakfast sandwiches and hash browns. The company didn't say which sandwiches would make the cut.

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Dunkin' Donuts Eyes Shift to All Cage-Free Eggs

March 30, 2015 1:05 pm | by Dunkin' Donuts

As an immediate step, 10% of all eggs sourced for its breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free by the end of next year. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts will source only gestation crate-free pork in the U.S. by 2022.

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Bacardi Acquires Angel's Envy Bourbon

March 30, 2015 1:02 pm | by Bacardi

The deal marks Bacardi’s entry into the bourbon category of the North American whiskey sector.

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Ferrara Candy Enhances Manufacturing Network, Creates More Than 100 New Jobs

March 30, 2015 1:00 pm | by Ferrara Candy Company

Ferrara Candy Company announced a series of enhancements to its manufacturing network, including increasing the manufacturing capacity and capabilities of its Bellwood, Ill. manufacturing facility, and opening a new packaging center in Bolingbrook, Ill.

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Keurig Green Mountain and Reily Foods Company Announce Partnership

March 30, 2015 12:45 pm | by Keurig Green Mountain

With this new agreement, consumers in at-home and away-from-home channels will be able to enjoy their favorite New England brand coffee, French Market brand coffee, and Luzianne brand iced teas at the touch of a button in a variety of Keurig formats. The companies plan to launch the new, licensed K-Cup pods in fall 2015.

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Dairy Farms Asked to Consider Breeding No-Horn Cows

March 30, 2015 9:40 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later.

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Century-Old NYC Matzo Factory to Move to High-Tech Plant

March 30, 2015 8:35 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

The Streit's factory building is the oldest in the nation where the unleavened flatbread that's essential for Jewish holidays is still churned out. About 2.5 million pounds of matzos were baked for April's Passover holiday, and distributed worldwide.

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America Has Entered a New Era of Sports Nutriton

March 27, 2015 3:35 pm | by Package Facts

Among the most popular functional foods are sports drinks and nutrition bars. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 36 percent of all U.S. adults consume sports drinks. Meanwhile, dollar sales in the nutrition bar segment grew an impressive 8 percent last year to reach $2 billion.

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New Video Addresses Myths About Meat Color, Safety

March 27, 2015 1:50 pm | by NAMI Foundation

Many people believe that if their fresh beef has turned brown, that means it has spoiled. In this video, Purdue University professor Brad Kim explains the science of meat color and why a color change doesn't mean meat has spoiled.

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Food Additive May Be Safer, Greener Antifreeze

March 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by ACS

​The sweet taste and smell of antifreeze tempts children and animals to drink the poisonous substance, resulting in thousands of accidental poisonings in the U.S. every year. But today, researchers are describing a new, nontoxic product based on a common food additive that could address this health issue and help the environment at the same time.

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Thai Junta Leader to Fight Forced Labor in Fish Industry

March 27, 2015 12:15 pm | by TODD PITMAN, THANYARAT DOKSONE, Associated Press

Thailand's junta leader has vowed to take legal action against companies using forced labor, after an Associated Press investigation revealed that fish caught by enslaved migrant workers was being exported from Thai ports to global markets.

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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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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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Mental Exam Ordered For Man Accused in Beheading at Food Processing Plant

March 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by AP Exchange

A judge has ordered a mental competency exam for a man accused of beheading a co-worker at a food processing plant in Oklahoma.

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Ohio Businessmen Convicted in Sports Drink Investment Scheme

March 26, 2015 12:00 pm | by AP Exchange

Two Ohio businessmen accused of defrauding their sports drink company's investors and diverting money for personal use have been convicted of federal charges. A jury convicted Preston Harrison and Thomas Jackson of scheming to deceive investors in their Westerville company about the sports drink OXYwater.

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.

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