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With Bird Flu Spreading, USDA Starts on Potential Vaccine

April 22, 2015 | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | Comments

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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Starbucks Extracts More Money With Pricier Drinks, Food

April 24, 2015 3:30 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Starbucks is extracting more money from customers with offerings like a "Flat White" espresso drink and revamped baked goods that cost a little more.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

April 24, 2015 3:16 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 past week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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McCain Foods to Close Wisconsin Plant, Eliminate 120 Jobs

April 24, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

McCain Food president Frank Finn says the decision to close the plant is due to the overall business climate. Food products made in Fort Atkinson will be manufactured in other McCain facilities, including its plant in Rice Lake.

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Bird Flu Cuts Into Egg, Poultry Exports in Iowa, Midwest

April 24, 2015 11:45 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Some international trade partners are declining to buy egg and poultry products from Midwestern states that have been affected by a deadly strain of bird flu, while others are excluding imports only from counties where the virus has surfaced.

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Fishing Regulators Approve Some New England Habitat Changes

April 24, 2015 11:40 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Federal fishery regulators say they will keep much-debated protections for Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine in place as part of a broad effort to alter the scope of New England's fishing grounds.

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Blue Bell Closing All 3 Creameries for Training, Cleaning

April 24, 2015 11:30 am | by Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries says it will close all three of its creameries in Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama for intensive cleaning and employee training in response to listeria illnesses linked to its ice cream. In a statement, the Texas-based creamery said the program comes after a thorough review of its operations and discussions with an expert microbiologist.

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Diet Pepsi Ditching Aspartame on Customer Concerns

April 24, 2015 9:40 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer feedback and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda.

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Photo of the Day: A $100 Donut Made From 24-Carat Gold

April 24, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

If your idea of a delicious donut is a cream-filled Long John covered in chocolate frosting and sprinkles, you're not thinking fancy enough. Customers are shelling out $100 at a Canadian bakery, Dolicious Donuts, for a "Donutopia."

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500 Pounds of Bratwurst Recalled in Illinois

April 24, 2015 8:40 am | by The Associated Press

Roughly 500 pounds of bratwurst is being recalled by a meat packing company in Springfield. The Illinois Department of Agriculture's meat and poultry inspection division announced the recall because the sausages contain milk, which is not declared on the label.

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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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