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Worker Charged With $4M Scheme to Defraud J.M. Smucker Co.

October 17, 2014 | by Associated Press | Comments

An Akron man who worked for 16 years at the J.M. Smucker Co. was charged with hatching a $4 million scheme to defraud his employer by buying and selling aircraft parts through a phony company.               

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Colorado Seeks Ban on Marijuana Edibles

October 20, 2014 2:05 pm | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Colorado health officials want to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies, limiting legal sales of pot-infused food to lozenges and some liquids.               

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Now Serving: 10 Food Trends of 2015

October 20, 2014 12:30 pm | by Technomic

The restaurant industry is evolving faster than ever, according to leading food research. Technomic lays out 10 trends that its consultants and experts believe may be transformative in 2015.              

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Nevada Leads the Nation in School Nutrition

October 20, 2014 12:00 pm | by Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association is thrilled to share that the Nevada Department of Agriculture recently adopted a new and robust School Wellness Policy that provides two key provisions that help our kids grow up healthy.   

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Are You Paying For Health or Disease at the Grocery Store?

October 20, 2014 11:45 am | by The Yum Project

With so many choices people can become overwhelmed and lose sight of the fact that what they put in their grocery cart can directly impact their overall health. Dr. Nimali Fernando, a pediatrician who founded The Doctor Yum Project, names five things you may be putting in your cart when you opt for unhealthy, processed foods.

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Maryland Firm Recalls Nearly 28K Pounds of Lamb Products

October 20, 2014 10:47 am | by FDA

E.&B.’s Natural Way is recalling approximately 27,948 pounds of raw lamb products because they were not presented at the border for USDA-FSIS Import Inspection. Without the benefit of full inspection, a possibility of adverse health consequences exists.  

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Photos: Greek Bakers Encircle Monument With 1.35 Tons of 'Koulouri'

October 20, 2014 10:16 am | by Associated Press

Bakers put the final touches on a giant "koulouri" (bread ring similar to a bagel or pretzel) that encircled the medieval White Tower, in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki. The product weighed 1.35 tons before baking.      

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Nebraska Turkey Producer Branches Out to Raising Chickens

October 20, 2014 10:03 am | by NICHOLAS BERGIN, Lincoln Journal Star

Bill Bevans, one of only three large-scale turkey producers in Nebraska, produces hundreds of thousands of turkeys on two properties, but the market for the birds has reached a limit. So recently, Bevans has decided to expand his operations to include chickens.

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Small Producers Have New Crop Insurance Option

October 20, 2014 9:43 am | by Associated Press

Small and mid-size producers who were once unable to insure their crops, including cattle and other livestock, now have the chance to do so in 2015 under a new insurance program. The provisions come under the new federal Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program. 

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Consumers See More Than 30K Healthier Product Choices in Last Decade

October 20, 2014 9:28 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association

According to a new survey, more than 30,000 healthier product choices have been made available to consumers between 2002 and 2013. Food and beverage companies reported that they collectively have eliminated or reduced trans fat in more than 11,000 product choices.

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Food Labels Can Reduce Environmental Impacts of Livestock

October 17, 2014 2:50 pm | by Washington State University

With global food demand expected to outpace the availability of water by the year 2050, consumers can make a big difference in reducing the water used in livestock production.                     

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Infographic: Common Causes of Factory Fires

October 17, 2014 2:40 pm | by Zurich Insurance Group

To help extinguish factory fire risks, Zurich provided this infographic to determine the top causes of factory fires and ways to prevent them from happening.                         

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As Yogurt's Named NY Snack, Plant Lays Off Workers

October 17, 2014 2:03 pm | by Associated Press

An upstate New York yogurt company says it's laying off more than 30 workers, an announcement made just as yogurt became the state's official snack.                             

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Judge: Ex-Soldier Should Pay Fees to Burger King

October 17, 2014 1:32 pm | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

A federal magistrate judge is recommending that a former soldier suing Burger King for swallowing needles in a sandwich pay attorneys' fees and costs to the defendants for not showing up at a settlement conference.         

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Infographic: Why We Celebrate World Food Day

October 17, 2014 10:20 am | by Rappler

The theme for this year’s World Food Day, which is celebrated on October 16, was “Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth.” According to the infographic, 805 million people worldwide suffered from chronic hunger between 2012 and 2014. 

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Brazilian Pair Boosts Bid For Chiquita

October 17, 2014 9:48 am | by Associated Press

Chiquita already has a merger agreement in place with Irish fruit importer Fyffes. The shareholders would own about 40 percent. If the deal goes through, it would create the world's largest banana supplier.            

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Once-Shuttered Pork Plant Ready to Expand Again

October 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Associated Press

Rantoul Foods, an eastern Illinois pork processing plant, plans to build a 48,000 square-foot expansion. The facility closed in 2009 amid financial troubles and reponed in 2011 with 150 employees.               

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Utah Lawmakers Scrutinize Raw Milk Industry After Outbreak

October 16, 2014 3:11 pm | by Associated Press

Utah lawmakers don't want a raw milk-related bacterial outbreak that sickened 80 people and contributed to one death to shut down the fledgling raw-milk industry. The outbreak was traced to unpasteurized milk from a Weber County dairy.   

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Va. Consumers Are Sour Over Booze Price Hike

October 16, 2014 2:00 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

As part of a plan to close a $2.4 billion gap in the two-year budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe has directed the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to hike the costs of liquor.                 

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Top 50 'Most-Beloved' Brands of Millennials

October 16, 2014 1:30 pm | by Moosylvania

The latest rankings, based on panel studies of 1,500 Millennials — defined as aged 14 to 35 — not only ranks which Top 50 brands continue to earn Millennial love, but why these brands are connecting so strongly with them.        

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No Time to Cook? 'Meal Kit' Services on the Rise

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press

A bevy of new online services is angling to be your virtual kitchen assistant, giving you the chance to outsource the tedious aspects of cooking — the shopping, sorting, washing and prepping — so you can focus on the more satisfying assembling and eating parts.

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