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'Top Chef' Judge Simmons Joins NY School Nutrition Effort

May 1, 2015 8:05 am | by KAREN MATTHEWS, Associated Press

"Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons is joining anti-hunger advocates and the officials who serve 850,000 New York City school meals a day to raise awareness of child nutrition issues as Congress prepares to reauthorize the federal law that governs school meals.

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Greek Yogurt Coming to a School District Near You

May 1, 2015 7:55 am | by Packaged Facts

The past several years have seen Greek yogurt emerge as a food industry darling due to both its health halo and because the product has spurred growth in the overall retail yogurt segment.

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Cheese, Poultry Facilities to Open in Virginia

May 1, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

Kelly Turkeys USA LLC will invest $1.4 million in its first U.S. poultry processing facility, creating 33 jobs and Ewes Guys LLC will do business as Twenty Paces and invest $321,000 in a cheese facility at Bellair Farms.

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Years-Old Pork Served for Lunch at Schools in East Tennessee

April 30, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press

An East Tennessee school district served years-old pork to students for lunch and is now implementing new food-handling procedures. Local media outlets report that the frozen meat had dates of 2009 to 2011 and was served to students in the Hawkins County district on April 22. No sicknesses have been reported.

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Navajo Pride Flour Mill to Close, 26 Jobs Lost

April 30, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry officials are giving its Navajo Pride flour mill a face lift, but only after shutting it down. The Daily Times reports that the closure, effective today, will last a year and affect 26 employees.

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Labor Organizers Seek Unusual Ally in Fast-Food Franchisees

April 30, 2015 11:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The Service Employees International Union plans to announce Thursday that it is launching a website in hopes of building a national network of fast-food franchisees who want stronger protections for their businesses. The push has the potential to create more unrest within the ranks for companies like McDonald's, which are already dealing with ongoing demonstrations calling for higher pay and a union for workers.

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National Recall Leads Call for New Sanitizing Systems to Eliminate Harmful Bacteria

April 30, 2015 11:10 am | by RGF Environmental

Food safety is a national concern with nearly 50 million Americans becoming ill from eating foods contaminated with Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia Coli and Staphylococcus aureus as well as mold, yeast and viruses.

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Nevada Assembly Panel Considers Ban on Powdered Alcohol

April 30, 2015 7:55 am | by RILEY SNYDER, Associated Press

Nevada lawmakers are considering a ban on the sale and possession of powdered alcohol. Powdered alcohol is a beverage mix that can be blended with a liquid to create an alcoholic drink. It's banned in six states and heavily regulated in several others.

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Jeni's to Destroy 265 Tons of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 30, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

CEO John Lowe says in a statement that the product to be destroyed amounts to 15 tractor-trailer loads on more than 300 pallets. It will cost the Columbus, Ohio-based company more than $2.5 million.

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Oreo Maker Mondelez Says Profit Doubled as it Raised Prices

April 30, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

Mondelez, the company behind Oreo and Chips Ahoy cookies, said its profit in the first quarter nearly doubled as it raised prices for its products and cut costs. The company said it raised prices due to higher costs to make products.

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Record Pollution Fine for McDonald's Supplier in China

April 30, 2015 7:25 am | by Associated Press

A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater, state media reported.

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Apple Slices Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

April 30, 2015 7:20 am | by The Canadian Press

Sliced apples and products containing them produced by Sun Rich Fresh Foods Ltd., of Brampton, Ont., are being recalled because of the possible presence of Listeria. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the recall is based on its test results and there has been one illness linked to the slices.

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Brewers Tasked With Turning Sewage Into Suds

April 29, 2015 11:30 am | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

Some companies boast of making beer with spring water from majestic mountains. They won't be competing in the upcoming Pure Water Brew Challenge, in which an Oregon wastewater treatment operator has asked home brewers to make great-tasting beer from hops, barley, yeast and the key, not-so-secret ingredient: treated sewer water.

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Listeria Concerns Spark Hy-Vee Recall of Pasta Salad

April 29, 2015 11:15 am | by Associated Press

The grocer said this week that the company has learned that frozen vegetables in the salad could be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. The company sold the salad from April 9 to April 27. Hy-Vee has pulled the salad from stores in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska and South Dakota.

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Nearly 400 Organizations Sign Letter Backing Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

April 29, 2015 11:00 am | by Coalition for Safe Affordable Food

In the latest signal that momentum is building behind the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, 373 organizations from 49 states and representing every link of America’s food chain sent a letter to members of Congress urging swift passage of the critical legislation. 

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Export Freeze Sows Bitterness in Venezuela Chocolate Trade

April 29, 2015 10:55 am | by VICENTE MARQUEZ and HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Two weeks after Venezuela's agriculture minister announced that he would make the resumption of cacao exports a priority, piles of beans are still sitting in warehouses.

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Chileans Brace for Volcano's Impact on Livestock, Farming

April 29, 2015 10:50 am | by Associated Press

The eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano threatens to cause widespread and lasting economic damage, turning cattle pastures barren and choking fish with volcanic ash in one of the world's top salmon-producing countries.

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Goya Foods Opening Headquarters Built with Help of NJ Tax Credits

April 29, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press

The new facility is receiving $82 million in state tax credits to help pay for the company's move from nearby Secaucus.

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Ben & Jerry's Founder Backs Push for GMO Labels in NY

April 29, 2015 7:15 am | by Associated Press

One half of the duo that created Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is working to pass legislation in New York to require the labeling of foods with ingredients from genetically modified plants. Jerry Greenfield spoke out in favor of GMO labeling Tuesday at a rally at the Capitol.

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Georgia Education Officials Checking Campuses for Recalled Ice Cream

April 29, 2015 7:00 am | by Associated Press

Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said in a statement Tuesday that the Georgia Department of Public Health is working with schools and school districts to remove Blue Bell products from campuses.

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