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Unusual Ice Cream Recalls Raise Questions About Cause

April 24, 2015 8:15 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Major recalls from two well-known ice cream companies due to the discovery of listeria bacteria raise questions about how the pathogen could have contaminated multiple ice cream manufacturing plants — and whether the discoveries are related.

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Jeni's Ice Cream Recalled Over Possible Listeria

April 24, 2015 7:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Columbus, Ohio-based Jeni's says contamination was found in a random sample by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. The company said Thursday it was unaware of any related illnesses and was trying to determine the bacteria's source.

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US Announces Plans to Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions

April 24, 2015 7:30 am | by JEFF KAROUB, Associated Press

Federal agricultural officials announced Thursday voluntary programs and initiatives for farmers, ranchers and foresters meant to build on President Barack Obama's efforts to combat global warming — and don't require congressional approval.

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Inventure Foods Recalls Frozen Vegetables, Jamba Smoothie Kits Due to Possible Health Risk

April 24, 2015 6:45 am | by Inventure Foods, Inc.

Inventure Foods, Inc. has issued a voluntary recall of certain varieties of its Fresh Frozen™ line of frozen vegetables, as well as select varieties of its Jamba "At Home" line of smoothie kits, due to the finding of Listeria monocytogenes, in its Jefferson, GA facility.

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Anheuser-Busch Plant in NH Plans to Add Canned Beer

April 23, 2015 3:45 pm | by The Associated Press

The Anheuser-Busch plant in New Hampshire is planning for an addition to produce canned beer. The Merrimack Planning Board has approved construction of a 5,300-square-foot brewing facility and 50,000 square feet in warehouse and packaging buildings.

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Veteran-Owned Distillery Uses New Bottle For Military-Inspired Spirits

April 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by The Associated Press

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the distillery was founded in 2013 by Marine Corps veteran Travis Barnes, his wife, Hilary, and a small group of friends. They use high-quality local ingredients and have the distinction of being the first disabled veteran-owned distiller in the U.S.

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Study: Sugar, Carbs Are the Obesity Culprits, Not Lack of Exercise

April 23, 2015 1:20 pm | by BMJ

Excess sugar and carbs, not physical inactivity, are behind the surge in obesity, say experts in an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine published online today. It's time to bust the myth that anyone -- and that includes athletes -- can outrun a bad diet, they say.

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Dunkin's Profit Jumps on Stronger Sales

April 23, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press

A harsh winter in many of the U.S. regions where it operates didn't keep people away from Dunkin' Donuts over the past three months, helping to boost parent company Dunkin' Brands' quarterly profit.

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Is the FDA's GMO Safety Declaration Misleading the Nation?

April 23, 2015 12:10 pm | by Institute for Responsible Technology

The FDA's declaration that the genetically engineered non-browning apple and potato "are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts" is the second time they have officially declared a GMO safe; but it turns out that it's not really their official position at all and it is misleading consumers.

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Food Babe Blogger Taking Heat Over Health Science

April 23, 2015 11:30 am | by LEANNE ITALIE, Associated Press

The Food Babe blogger has led numerous successful online petitions to persuade food industry giants to rid their products of ingredients she deems unacceptable. But critics say she doesn't a background in related sciences or nutrition. And since starting her blog in 2011, she's made mistakes that have landed her in a feeding frenzy.

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Hershey Says Growth in China Weaker Than Expected

April 23, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press

Hershey's expansion into China hasn't been so sweet. The maker of Reese's peanut butter cups, Twizzlers licorice and other candies and chocolates said sales in China during the country's New Year holiday were weaker than it expected.

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Frito-Lay Helps PepsiCo Crunch Wall Street Expectations

April 23, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press

PepsiCo's profit in the first quarter topped Wall Street expectations, boosted by the popularity of its Frito-Lay snacks and lower costs.

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Forget the Makeup, This Beer Can 'Make You Beautiful'

April 23, 2015 8:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

As someone who hopes to maintain my healthy skin as I age, I have been diligent in slapping on the sunscreen and following a daily skincare routine for years. But what if I told you that a new collagen beer is said to achieve the same results without all that extra effort?

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Belgian Brewery Turns Food Waste into Beer

April 23, 2015 8:20 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A Belgian microbrewery is selling beer that utilizes unsold bread from supermarkets. The result blends ingredients and techniques from modern and ancient brewers.

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135 Meat, Poultry Plants Recognized for Worker Safety Performance

April 23, 2015 8:10 am | by North American Meat Institute

The North American Meat Institute recognized 135 meat and poultry plants for achieving high levels of workplace safety performance as part of the industry’s continuing effort to reduce occupational injury and illness rates

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Officials: Rogue Workers Targeted Big Bourbon Distilleries

April 22, 2015 2:10 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

A bourbon theft ring targeting the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries operated for years as a lucrative business, involving tens of thousands of dollars in whiskey, and the scheme began to unravel only when stolen barrels were discovered behind a shed, officials said.

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Trader Joe's Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage is Recalled

April 22, 2015 1:45 pm | by The Associated Press

The USDA announced that Massachusetts-based sausage maker Kayem Foods is recalling more than 59,000 pounds of Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage. The product is sold at Trader Joe's stores nationwide.

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Hawaii Gets its Own Flavor of Spam

April 22, 2015 1:10 pm | by The Associated Press

To thank Hawaii for being the country's number one consumer of Spam, the brand will add a new flavor to the rainbow of canned meat options available in the state's grocery store aisles.

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The Internet of Things Really is a Thing

April 22, 2015 12:45 pm | by Mitch Maiman

There is tremendous potential for the use of IoT in many unusual and novel ways, as well as continued potential for inclusion of products and technologies which actually pre-date the phrase and formed the basis for its inception. 

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Nestlé USA Announces All 23 Factories Achieve Zero Waste to Landfill

April 22, 2015 12:05 pm | by Nestlé USA

Nestlé USA announced today that all of its 23 factories – spanning confections, dairy, frozen and refrigerated meals, ice cream, baking ingredients, and beverages – are now landfill-free, contributing zero waste for disposal.

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