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With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts on Potential Vaccine

April 22, 2015 9:40 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

The USDA is working on a vaccine to counter a deadly strain of bird flu, as losses to poultry producers mount. A pure "seed strain" would target the H5N2 virus — which has already cost Midwest turkey and chicken producers more than 6.7 million birds since early March.

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EU Executive Body Wants Member States to Rule on GM Crop Ban

April 22, 2015 9:15 am | by The Associated Press

The European Union has started legislative work that would allow individual nations to ban the imports of genetically modified crops even if approved by the food safety authority of the 28-nation bloc.

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Coke Profit Tops Expectations, Helped by Price Hikes

April 22, 2015 8:50 am | by The Associated Press

The maker of Sprite, Dasani, Powerade and other drinks said its global volume rose 1 percent, reflecting gains in both soda and non-carbonated drinks.

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Pilgrim's Pride to Cut Antibiotics From 25 Percent of Chickens

April 22, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The nation's second-largest poultry producer expects a quarter of its chickens to be completely free of antibiotics by 2019.

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Sweet Potato Naturally 'Genetically Modified'

April 21, 2015 2:20 pm | by GHENT UNIVERSITY

Sweet potatoes from all over the world naturally contain genes from the bacterium Agrobacterium. Sweet potato is one of the most important food crops for human consumption in the world. Because of the presence of this 'foreign' DNA, sweet potato can be seen as a 'natural GMO.'

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Vermont Adopts GMO Labeling Rules

April 21, 2015 1:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to require companies to clearly label food produced with genetic modification. The office of Attorney General Bill Sorrell formally adopted rules to implement the labeling law this week.

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Hormel Says Bird Flu Outbreak Will Hurt Turkey Sales

April 21, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press

So far the virus has been found at farms housing 2.3 million turkeys, all of which have died of the disease, or have been killed or soon will be in order to stem the spread of avian flu. Most of the birds were in Minnesota, which is the largest turkey-producing state in the U.S.

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US Senator Says School Yogurt Program is Expanding Nationwide

April 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by The Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says the federal program adding Greek yogurt to items available for school lunches is expanding nationwide. The federal Department of Agriculture pilot program began in 2013 with New York, Tennessee, Idaho and Arizona, adding eight more states last year.

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In The News: Blue Bell Creameries Recalls All Products

April 21, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Find out everything you need to know about this story by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

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Environmentalists Contest Broadened Use of New Herbicide

April 21, 2015 11:05 am | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH, Associated Press

Environmentalists are contesting the federal government's decision to allow more widespread use of a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.

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Taco Bell Returns to Japan After 20-Year Absence

April 21, 2015 10:40 am | by Tomoyuki Tachikawa

Taco Bell Corp., a major U.S. fast food chain, opened a restaurant in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Tuesday, returning to the Japanese market ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after an absence of about two decades.

NY Cheese Packing Plant to Close, Putting 53 Workers Out of a Job

April 21, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

The Heluva Good cheese packaging plant and country store in Wayne County are shutting down, 90 years after the company's founding.

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Blue Bell Recalls All Ice Cream Products Over Listeria Concerns

April 21, 2015 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries issued a voluntary recall Monday night for all of its products on the market after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeria, a potentially deadly bacteria.

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Why McDonald's is Still a Powerhouse, Despite Recent Troubles

April 21, 2015 8:55 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's sales have been sputtering for more than two years and the company seems trapped in a cycle of bad headlines that likely won't end soon. But don't write the obituary just yet. McDonald's has many strengths that the rivals biting at its heels can only envy.

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Some Farmers Look to Capitalize on Non-GMO Market

April 21, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Amid record harvests of corn and soybeans last year, some farmers are turning to an unlikely source to increase their bottom lines: non-GMO seeds.

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Rain-Resistant Coating May Get More Cherries to Your Table

April 20, 2015 2:40 pm | by Oregon State Univ.

A tissue-thin, food-grade film developed at Oregon State Univ. acts like a raincoat for sweet cherries, cutting rain-related cracking of the fruit in half and potentially saving a whole season’s crop.

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UK Fish Sticks Maker Taken Over For $2.8B

April 20, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Nomad Holdings Ltd. has agreed to buy Iglo Foods Holding Ltd., the frozen food company that introduced fish sticks to Britain in the 1950s, for 2.6 billion euros ($2.8 billion).

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Authorities Close to Revealing Details of Bourbon Theft

April 20, 2015 12:40 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

The mystery of who's been spiriting away barrels of Kentucky bourbon might soon have a resolution, as authorities seem close to revealing details about a possible theft ring.

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No. 1 Egg-Producing State Aims to Keep Bird Flu Out

April 20, 2015 12:00 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple.

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More Schools Are Offering Breakfast in the Classroom

April 20, 2015 11:25 am | by CHRISTINE ARMARIO, Associated Press

In an effort to increase the number of children eating breakfast, more schools are serving it in the classroom. A national survey by the Food Research and Action Center found that 50 of 62 districts polled offered breakfast in class or had outside carts with food items that children could bring into the classroom.

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