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Diet Pepsi Ditching Aspartame on Customer Concerns

April 24, 2015 | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | Comments

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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Tyson Foods Hopes to Rid US Chicken of Antibiotics by 2017

April 28, 2015 11:00 am | by Associated Press

Tyson Foods says it wants to stop using human antibiotics in its U.S. chicken houses by September 2017 and that it will explore doing the same in its beef, pork and turkey operations


Drones and Dogs Deployed in Battle to Save the Guacamole

April 28, 2015 10:55 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press

On subtropical farmland in South Florida, researchers are doing battle with the deadly fungus, laurel wilt, which is spread by a tiny beetle and has the potential to decimate Florida's avocado crop.


Judge Says Vermont Law on Genetically Modified Food Stands

April 28, 2015 10:55 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss in Burlington on Monday ruled against the Grocery Manufacturers' Association and other industry groups in their request for a preliminary order to block the law from going into effect as scheduled on July 1, 2016. The judge partially granted and partially denied the state's motion to dismiss the industry lawsuit, meaning the case is likely to go to trial.


Entrepreneurs Hatch Hen-Rental Idea for Fans of Fresh Eggs

April 28, 2015 10:45 am | by KATHY MATHESON, Associated Press

Poultry leasing has turned out to be a serious investment as more people want fresh eggs from humanely raised hens, without the responsibilities of ownership. In two years, Pennsylvania-based Rent The Chicken has expanded to three other states, plus Toronto.


World of Wine: China now has More Vineyard Land than France

April 28, 2015 10:30 am | by Associated Press

China now boasts more land dedicated to wine-making vineyards than France as it tries to satisfy a rapid rise in local demand. China's vineyards grew to 800,000 hectares (1.9 million acres) last year, putting it behind No. 1 grower Spain but ahead of France.

Bird Flu Found in 5 More Northwest Iowa Poultry Farms

April 28, 2015 10:25 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

The deadly bird flu virus was found in an egg-laying flock with 3.7 million chickens in northwest Iowa in addition to four more poultry farms, state agriculture officials said. The virus will now cost Iowa egg producers about a sixth of the state's 60 million hens, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said.


Infographic: World Safety Day

April 28, 2015 10:10 am | by UL Workplace Health & Safety

Today marks World Safety Day, and in its honor UL Workplace Health & Safety designed an infographic displaying the staggering amount of accidents in the workplace. 


Tuna Company, 2 Managers Charged in Death of Worker in Oven

April 28, 2015 9:45 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

Bumble Bee Foods and two managers were charged by Los Angeles prosecutors Monday with violating safety regulations in the 2012 death of a worker who was cooked in an industrial oven with tons of tuna.


Food Industry Tries to Block GMO Labeling Law

April 28, 2015 8:05 am | by DAVE GRAM, Associated Press

Food industry lawyers say there's not enough time to implement Vermont's new labeling rules for genetically modified products before the July 2016 effective date and are asking a federal judge to block them.


Critics Take Aim at Nestle Bottled Water Plant in Sacramento

April 28, 2015 7:55 am | by Associated Press

The Sacramento Bee reports that members of a group called Crunch Nestle held a protest last month outside the Nestle Waters North America plant.


Green America Applauds Chipotle's Removal of GMOs from its Foods

April 28, 2015 7:45 am | by Green America

Green America, a national nonprofit organization working to create a green economy, issued a statement Monday applauding Chipotle’s announcement of removing GMOs from its foods.


In the News: Chipotle Finishes Removing GMO Ingredients From its Food

April 28, 2015 6:35 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

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


Appalachian Nonprofit Links Small Farmers With Big Grocers

April 28, 2015 6:05 am | by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

A Virginia-based nonprofit organization has grown to a $1.5 million business that derives only a sliver of its budget from grants while helping farmers in remote areas sell produce to Whole Foods and other grocers.


The Appeal of Being Anti-GMO

April 27, 2015 2:45 pm | by Cell Press

A team of Belgian philosophers and plant biotechnologists have turned to cognitive science to explain why opposition to GMOs has become so widespread, despite positive contributions GM crops have made to sustainable agriculture.


Survey Released to Help Farmers Prepare For Produce Rule

April 27, 2015 1:40 pm | by The Associated Press

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has released a survey to determine how farmers may be affected by the Food and Drug Administration's new produce safety rule.


Russia Tightens Ban on European Food Imports

April 27, 2015 1:15 pm | by The Associated Press

Russia is set to tighten its ban on food imports from Europe by restricting re-exports of fruit and vegetables through European countries.


Burger King Sales Jump, Boosted by a Spicy Whopper

April 27, 2015 11:30 am | by The Associated Press

The home of the Whopper enjoyed its biggest sales jump in nearly a decade during the first quarter, boosted by a new flavor of its signature burger and a popular 2 for $5 promotion.


Wisconsin Egg Company Vows to be Productive After Bird Flu

April 27, 2015 8:40 am | by Associated Press

A Wisconsin facility hit by a highly contagious bird flu virus will become productive again after they euthanize all 800,000 chickens, the company president says.


Ohio Food Safety Testers to Start Checking Ice Cream

April 27, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Ohio food safety testers are adding ice cream to the list of items they pull from store shelves to check for contamination. That change comes as two well-known producers recall frozen treats amid concerns about possible listeria contamination, which is unusual in ice cream.


Recall Review: April 20-24

April 27, 2015 7:30 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Here is a recap of the food industry recalls that were in the news last week.



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