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California Farmers Agree to Drastically Cut Water Use

May 26, 2015 9:43 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER and SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press

California farmers who hold some of the state's strongest water rights avoided the threat of deep mandatory cuts when the state accepted their proposal to voluntarily reduce consumption by 25 percent amid one of the worst droughts on record.

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Hawaii Groups Plant Coconut Trees, Protest Against Monsanto

May 26, 2015 9:39 am | by CATHY BUSSEWITZ, Associated Press

The protesters over the weekend complained about the effects that companies like the Monsanto Company have on the community when they spray fields with chemical pesticides. They say they want agribusiness companies to stop using Hawaii as a testing ground for pesticides and genetically modified foods.

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Latest in Food-Track Tech: Swipe a Code, Meet Your Fisherman

May 26, 2015 9:34 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

After eyeing a piece of haddock on the supermarket counter, a customer scans a code and finds out the fish was caught in the waters of Georges Bank and learns the name of the fishing boat — and maybe even sees a picture of the smiling, rain-slickened fisherman who reeled it in. Welcome to the future of buying New England seafood.

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Lee's Sandwiches Recalls 213,000 Pounds of Meat

May 26, 2015 9:30 am | by Associated Press

Fast-food restaurant Lee's Sandwiches has recalled 213,000 pounds of meat because it bore unauthorized United States Department of Agriculture marks of inspection, despite having not been inspected properly.

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Olive Garden: At Least 1 More Breadstick Creation On the Way

May 26, 2015 9:27 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The Italian restaurant chain said earlier this month it would introduce "breadstick sandwiches" as part of a broader menu revamp intended to play up its most popular offerings. The sandwiches don't arrive until June 1, but Olive Garden already has a follow-up act planned with "breadstick crostini" in August.

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Taco Bell, Pizza Hut: Artificial Ingredients Getting Booted

May 26, 2015 9:24 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut say they're getting rid of artificial colors and flavors, making them the latest big food companies scrambling to distance themselves from ingredients people might find unappetizing.

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Potatoes Recalled in Canada Over Tampering Concerns

May 26, 2015 7:00 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has announced a recall on some potatoes sold in Atlantic Canada after police received complaints of nails found in some products.

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Wal-Mart's Push on Animal Welfare Hailed as Food Industry Game Changer

May 22, 2015 2:18 pm | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.

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Sanderson Farms Stands Firm on Antibiotic Use

May 22, 2015 1:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Some of the nation's largest chicken producers plan to curb their use of antibiotics in farm animals amid rising health concerns from consumers. Sanderson Farms will evidently not be among them. Joe Sanderson, CEO of the Mississippi-based company, this week said that Sanderson would administer antibiotics to chickens due to a lack of alternatives to treat a common disease.

Q&A: Why Are Antibiotics Used in Livestock?

May 22, 2015 12:55 pm | by Associated Press

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest retailer, is the latest company to ask its suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Here's a rundown of what's driving the decision.

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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 22, 2015 12:30 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 week from the Food Manufacturing website.

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France Cracks Down on Food Waste by Supermarkets

May 22, 2015 12:08 pm | by Associated Press

France's parliament has voted to forbid big supermarkets from destroying unsold food, encouraging them to donate to charities or farms instead, as part of a national campaign against food waste.

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Campbell Soup Says 3Q Profit and Soup Sales Declined

May 22, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

Campbell Soup said Friday that its net income and revenue fell in the fiscal third quarter, with U.S. soup sales declining.

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Wal-Mart Presses Meat Suppliers on Antibiotics, Treatment

May 22, 2015 9:30 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer

Wal-Mart, the nation's largest food retailer, is urging its thousands of U.S. suppliers to curb the use of antibiotics in farm animals and improve treatment of them. That means asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their animals, a common industry practice.

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53 People in 9 States Sickened After Eating Raw Tuna

May 22, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press

Most of the cases — 31 — are in California, officials at the California Department of Public Health said. Other affected states include Arizona, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

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Bird Flu Crisis Slows in Minnesota, Focus Now on Recovery

May 22, 2015 8:09 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

The first case of H5N2 in the Midwest was confirmed in early March at a Minnesota turkey farm, and the virus then spread to 88 farms in the country's top turkey producing state, affecting nearly 8 million birds, mostly turkeys. But new cases have fallen off sharply and the focus is turning toward getting poultry farms back into production.

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High-Tech High Balls? New Tech Uncorks Liquor Bottle Intelligence

May 21, 2015 3:30 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

This new use of tech means consumers can customize messages on the bottles they are drinking. Heck, they even can track its exact location. Distributors and bar owners can use the same technology to track purchases and get sales data.

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Report: USDA Won't Investigate Organic Farm Allegations

May 21, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute released springtime aerial photographs of the operations late last year, none of which showed livestock or poultry roaming the grounds. Federal organic regulations stipulate that animals be given access to the outdoors.

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Listeria: FDA Finds Problems at Ohio Ice Cream Plant

May 21, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says there was inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was found in some of its ice cream. The ice cream company recalled all of its products last month.

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ConAgra Plans to Expand Eastern Iowa Plant, Add 55 Jobs

May 21, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

ConAgra Foods says it plans to expand its Waterloo, Iowa plant and add 55 jobs to the local payroll. Officials say Omaha, Nebraska-based ConAgra expects to break ground next month on the 99,000-square-foot expansion, pending approval of state and local incentives.

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