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Daily Sound Bite: Food Safety Suffers from Shutdown

October 9, 2013 12:51 pm

The government shutdown is slowing down food safety efforts, with the latest example being an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened more than 270 people. The CDC said it was recalling some of its furloughed staff to deal with the outbreak.

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International Dairy Show Coverage: IDFA, FDA Offer Food Defense Workshop

October 9, 2013 12:43 pm

The International Dairy Foods Association, in cooperation with the FDA, will convene a Food Defense Awareness Workshop during the International Dairy Show and PROCESS EXPO. The workshop aims to enhance the food industry’s understanding of food defense.

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Starbucks Promo Asks Lawmakers to ‘Come Together’

October 9, 2013 12:40 pm

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz wants lawmakers to come together to resolve their political gridlock. And he's giving away free coffee to customers who set an example of how to do it. From Wednesday to Friday, the coffee chain is offering a free tall brewed coffee to any customer in the U.S. who buys another person a beverage at Starbucks.

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Sierra Club: Kansas Officials Not Enforcing Odor Control

October 9, 2013 12:33 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

State environmental regulators are defending their oversight of Seaboard Food Inc.'s hog-feeding operation in western Kansas, responding to criticism from the Sierra Club, which says officials are not enforcing an odor-control provision in the permit for the 132,000-hog operation.

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Arkansas’ Claim to Foodie Fame? Cheese Dip

October 9, 2013 12:31 pm | by JEANNIE NUSS, Associated Press

Memphis and Texas have barbecue. Mississippi has fried chicken. Louisiana has, gosh, what doesn't Louisiana have when it comes to food? But the state of Arkansas has tried to stake its claim as the home of a somewhat unlikely dish: cheese dip.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Buying More Specialty Food

October 9, 2013 12:00 pm

Consumers are choosing specialty foods over conventional foods at record levels, according to new research. Close to 75 percent of U.S. consumers report making specialty food purchases this year, a major increase since the economic downturn of 2009.

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Yum Brands 3Q Net Income Falls

October 9, 2013 9:49 am

KFC's parent company Yum Brands says its profit fell 68 percent in the third quarter, as its China unit struggles to recover from a controversy over its chicken supply and the bird flu scare and the company took a write down tied to its Little Sheep chain in China.

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Wash. Farmer Wants to Protect Growers from GMO Seeds

October 9, 2013 9:47 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

An Eastern Washington farmer says he has no idea how genetically engineered alfalfa started growing in his fields. Joseph Peila says the alfalfa seeds were planted in the fall of 2010, and genetically modified seeds were not even approved by the federal government until January 2011.

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Third Public Hearing on Raw Milk Proposal Set in SD

October 9, 2013 9:45 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

South Dakota agriculture officials are holding a third public hearing in Pierre on proposed rules covering the production, testing and labeling of raw milk sold in the state. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture says the regulations are necessary to ensure safety.

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Gov’t Shutdown Impacting Food Safety Efforts

October 9, 2013 9:43 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The government shutdown has slowed or halted federal efforts to protect Americans' health and safety, from probes into the cause of transportation and workplace accidents to tracking foodborne illness. The latest example: an outbreak of salmonella in chicken that has sickened people in 18 states.

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Shutdown Puts New Craft Beers on Hold

October 9, 2013 9:37 am | by CARRIE ANTLFINGER and TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press

"One could think of this shutdown as basically stopping business indefinitely for anyone who didn't have certain paperwork in place back in mid-August," said Paul Gatza, director of the Brewers Association, which represents more than 1,900 U.S. breweries.

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Photo of the Day: Shutdown Means No New Brews

October 9, 2013 9:32 am

The shutdown has closed an obscure agency that quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels, which could create huge delays throughout the rapidly growing craft industry, whose customers expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers.

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Daily Sound Bite: Health Alert Issued Amid Salmonella Outbreak

October 8, 2013 12:47 pm

A public health alert has been issued for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California, as 278 people have been sickened by salmonella linked to the chicken since March. Officials are not planning a recall, but reminded consumers that chicken should be cooked to 165 degrees.

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PROCESS EXPO Coverage: FPSA Adds Track and Trace Course

October 8, 2013 12:41 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) has added the course "Meeting the Need for Electronic Track and Trace" to the PROCESS EXPO educational program. This course takes place during the 2013 PROCESS EXPO trade show from November 3-6 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

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Jamba Tumbles on Lower Outlook

October 8, 2013 12:37 pm

Shares of Jamba plunged in premarket trading Tuesday after the company cut its fiscal 2013 guidance, saying reduced spending by consumers hurt its sales in the third quarter. The operator of Jamba Juice says sales at stores open at least a year will grow no more than 1 percent this fiscal year.

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Saputo May Need to Sweeten Offer for Milk Processor

October 8, 2013 12:34 pm

Dairy and cheese giant Saputo may need to improve its bid to secure its bid to buy one of Australia's largest milk processors. The company has entered into a C$378-million agreement to buy purchasing Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory Company Holdings Ltd.

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Pringles Chips Recalled due to Undeclared Milk

October 8, 2013 12:32 pm

Pringles brand salt and vinegar potato chips are being recalled because they contain milk that is not declared on the label. There have been no reported illnesses linked to the product, which could pose a serious, and even life-threatening risk, to people allergic to milk.

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AB InBev Loses Trademark Battle in Italy

October 8, 2013 12:27 pm | by KAREL JANICEK, Associated Press

The state-owned Czech brewery Budejovicky Budvar NP said on Tuesday an Italian court has banned its bitter rival, beer giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, from using the Budweiser trademark in that country, the latest ruling in their long legal battle over the brand name.

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Consumer Trends: Consumer Confidence in Food Safety Falls

October 8, 2013 12:00 pm

Consumer confidence in the safety of foods and beverages sold in the U.S. has dropped over the past five years according to a new survey. In this survey, one in six express a "great deal" of confidence in food safety. In 2008, approximately one in four adults expressed a "great deal" of confidence.

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Bill Raises Modified Food Debate in Illinois

October 8, 2013 9:45 am | by SARA BURNETT, Associated Press

Illinois Sen. David Koehler, a Democrat from Peoria, has proposed legislation that would require the labeling of food produced with genetic engineering. Koehler convened a panel of lawmakers for three hearings on the bill over the summer to try to educate the public and the committee on the issue.

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