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Bakers Push Congress to Address Grain Shipping Crisis

September 29, 2014 1:30 pm | by American Bakers Association

The American Bakers Association urged the Senate to continue its oversight of the freight rail shipping crisis. Bakers have struggled to receive flour shipments in a timely fashion, which is a major concern for the baking industry.     

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Nestle to Sell 2 German Baby Food Brands

September 29, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

The Swiss-based food and drink company Nestle SA is selling two baby food brands in Germany to an investor consortium for an undisclosed sum. The company says it plans to concentrate its baby food business in Germany and Austria.     

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How Cloud ERP Drives Rapid Growth

September 29, 2014 11:38 am | by Plex

Take part in the upcoming webinar: How Cloud ERP Drives Rapid Growth by Plex. The Wednesday, Oct. 1 conversation will focus on how to build a high-growth, value-added operation.                   

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Infographic: The Story Inside Your Cup

September 29, 2014 10:07 am | by Rainforest Alliance

In honor of National Coffee Day, many restaurants, such as Dunkin' Donuts, are giving away free cups of joe! Check out this infographic from Rainforest Alliance to learn the story behind that steaming hot drink in your mug.       

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Hummus-Maker to Expand Va. Plant, Double Production Capacity

September 29, 2014 9:24 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Sabra Dipping Co. is doubling its production capacity and creating 70 jobs in 2015 by expanding its Virginia operations. Sabra first opened its factory in 2010, making 4,000 tons of hummus monthly.              

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Man Accused of Abandoning 37K Pounds of Rotten Chicken Found

September 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Idaho officials have arrested the driver thought to have abandoned the trailer containing 37,000 pounds of rotten chicken at a western Montana truck stop. Police say the trailer might have been sitting at the Flying J Truck Stop for nearly a month before it was discovered. 

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Charges Expected in Vaughan Foods' Beheading

September 29, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The man suspected of attacking two women, beheading one of them, at Vaughan Foods in Moore, Oklahoma is expected to face charges. The suspect is expected to face murder and other charges from the attack at the food distribution center.     

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North Dakota's Flour Mill to Become Largest Wheat-Grinding Factory in US

September 29, 2014 8:35 am | by JAMES MacPHERSON, Associated Press

North Dakota's state-owned flour mill is currently undergoing a $27 million expansion that will make it the largest wheat-grinding factory in the U.S. The mill's manager said the expansion is necessary to meet growing flour demand.     

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Groups Launch Oregon Campaigns on GMO Labeling

September 29, 2014 8:00 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Pres

If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. It would be effective January 2016.  

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USDA: Unapproved GMO Wheat Found in Montana

September 26, 2014 2:44 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The USDA has found unregulated genetically modified wheat in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana. No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S trade.

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No Charges Will be Filed in Toxic Tea Incident at Utah Eatery

September 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press

The attorney for a Utah woman who nearly died after unknowingly drinking iced tea mixed with chemicals at a Dickey's Barbecue says the family will enter into mediation with the business instead of immediately filing a lawsuit.       

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Police: Woman Beheaded at Oklahoma Food Processing Plant

September 26, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

Oklahoma police say that a man recently fired from a food processing plant in an Oklahoma City suburb beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by the owner of the company.      

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Texas Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons of Meat

September 26, 2014 12:20 pm | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a recall involving Caviness Beef Packers in Hereford, Texas. The meat packer has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination.             

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Salmonella Concern Sparks Sausage Recall

September 26, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says a brand of sausage is being recalled because of possible salmonella contamination. The recall covers four sausage products in various packages.                   

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Study: No Signs of Health Problems From GMO Livestock Feed

September 26, 2014 9:39 am | by Journal of Animal Science

A new review from the University of California finds that the performance and health of food-producing animals consuming genetically engineered feed has been comparable to that of animals consuming non-GE feed.           

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Food Safety Summit Serves Contaminated Chicken Marsala

September 26, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released a report that says the chicken Marsala served at a buffet lunch in April at the 2014 Food Safety Summit in Baltimore caused a gastroenteritis outbreak that sickened 216 attendees.  

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Calif. May Impose Steep Restrictions on Common Pesticide

September 26, 2014 9:22 am | by SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

Regulators are proposing heavy restrictions — but not an all-out ban — on chlorpyrifos, used to treat crops like grapes and almonds. The pesticide, in use since 1965, has sickened dozens of farmworkers in recent years.        

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1 Killed, 1 Injured in Stabbing at Oklahoma Food Company

September 26, 2014 9:16 am | by Associated Press

Two women were stabbed — one of them killed — at Vaughan Foods' distribution center in suburban Oklahoma City. The suspect was said to be an "angry employee."                         

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Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds of Chicken

September 26, 2014 9:05 am | by Associated Press

Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products. The chicken products were produced on Aug. 5 and shipped from the company's plant in Farmerville, Louisiana to warehouse locations in various states.

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Brown-Forman Announces Whiskey Row Project

September 25, 2014 3:45 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

The company revealed its plans to invest about $30 million to transform two historic buildings into the production facility and tourist attraction along a stretch of downtown Louisville that was known as "Whiskey Row" from the city's liquor-making heyday.

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