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US Investigation of 2007 Peanut Butter Recall Wraps Up

May 19, 2015 4:56 pm | by JOSH FUNK, AP Business Writer

ConAgra Foods is likely to face a criminal charge now that the U.S. government has completed its investigation of the company's 2007 peanut butter recall. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Georgia, Pam Lightsey, said Tuesday that prosecutors plan to reveal details of the investigation Wednesday.


FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.


US Dairy Companies Urge Congress to Act Now to Reform COOL and Protect American Jobs

May 19, 2015 11:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association

The World Trade Organization's final ruling Monday against the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling rule will cause severe economic harm to U.S. manufacturing and agriculture without immediate congressional intervention, said the International Dairy Foods Association.


New Candy, Snack Flavors Evoke Nostalgia

May 19, 2015 9:30 am | by National Confectioners Association

New product launches reveal that candy and snack manufacturers are looking beyond the category for flavor inspiration this year. Breakfast staples like bacon and maple are highlighted, as are classic flavors inspired by childhood memories, like s'mores.


Report: Target Cutting Back on Processed Foods Promotions

May 19, 2015 9:05 am | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter

The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Target informed officials from General Mills, Kellogg, Campbell Soup and other iconic food brands in recent months about its plans to cut back on advertising of their products.


Oregon Growers Say Company Lags on Payments For Seed

May 19, 2015 8:45 am | by The Associated Press

Oregon growers have filed $4.85 million in liens against a Pennsylvania company they say has not paid them for radish seed. Jim Gardner of K&J Farms in Monmouth says his family needs to pay people and has yet to see a penny from seed company Cover Crop Solutions.


Wine Institute Urges Congress to Prevent COOL Retaliation, Damage to US Wine Exports

May 19, 2015 8:20 am | by Wine Institute

U.S. wine producers export more than $500 million of wine to Canada and Mexico annually and Canada is now the single largest export market for U.S. wine. 


Hundreds of Chicago Jobs in Balance as Mondelez Weighs Mexico Upgrades

May 18, 2015 1:55 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Employees at Mondelez's Chicago bakery are girding for hundreds of job losses as the food and beverage multinational consolidates its operations and upgrades its production lines.


World Trade Body Rejects Country of Origin Labels on Meat

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Labels on packaged steaks and other cuts of meat in the United States that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered will have to be dropped or revised after a World Trade Organization ruling. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Monday that the WTO has rejected a final U.S. appeal, deciding that the U.S. "country of origin" labels put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.


Food Scene is #Trending on Twitter This Week

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Trends are a pretty useful feature of Twitter that offer a glimpse of what people are talking about around the world. And this week, people are talking food. More specifically, about the #FutureofFood and #NationalVegetarianWeek.


In the News: Blue Bell Creameries Announces Layoffs After Listeria Problems

May 18, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out the latest developments surrounding this story by browsing this compilation of media coverage.


Dog Food Company Recalls Product over Salmonella Fears

May 18, 2015 11:55 am | by Associated Press

The Food & Drug Administration said last week that California-based OC Raw Dog has recalled its Turkey & Produce Raw Frozen Canine Formulation.


Blue Bell Layoffs Spur Worker Outrage, Gratitude

May 18, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press

Reactions have ranged from outrage to sympathy among the families of workers affected by Blue Bell Creameries' announced plans for layoffs and furloughs, as the Texas-based company is cutting more than a third of its workforce after a series of listeria illnesses were linked to its ice cream.


States Saying 'No' to Cities Seeking to Regulate Businesses

May 18, 2015 8:45 am | by DAVID A. LIEB, Associated Press

Alarmed about cities trying to outlaw plastic bags, the director of the Missouri Grocers Association decided to do something about it. So Dan Shaul turned to his state legislator — himself — and guided a bill to passage barring local governments from banning the bags.


2M More Minn. Chickens to be Destroyed Due to Flu

May 18, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.


Georgia-Pacific Professional and CloudClean Collaborate to Improve Hand Hygiene in Foodservice, Food Processing Industries

May 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Georgia-Pacific Professional

Georgia-Pacific Professional and CloudClean™ LLC have entered into a strategic alliance to offer a unique hygiene compliance solution designed to help improve hand washing participation rates of food workers in the food service, food preparation and food processing industries.


Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.


Post Consolidates Cereal-Making Business in Minnesota

May 15, 2015 12:45 pm | by JIM SUHR, AP Business Writer

Post Holdings says it is merging two of its cereal businesses, moving its headquarters from St. Louis to Minnesota and closing a New Jersey office, affecting about 200 employees.


Crackers Emerge As Fertile Frontier For Snack Food Marketers

May 15, 2015 12:30 pm | by Packaged Facts

As harried, on-the-go Americans increasingly turn to snacks to satisfy their cravings and replace sit-down meals, they are discovering that crackers can offer an exciting and healthy alternative to traditional salty snacks such as chips, popcorn and pretzels.


Blue Bell to Now Inform States of Positive Listeria Tests

May 15, 2015 9:15 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. The requirement comes after the Brenham, Texas-based company failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013.



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