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Booming Quinoa Demand Fuels Bitter Feud Between Bolivia, Peru

November 24, 2014 | by FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press | Comments

International demand for quinoa continues to boom, and that's fueling an increasingly bitter commercial feud between Bolivia and Peru, the two main producers of the Andean "superfood." As Peru boosts production of cheaper factory-farmed quinoa, the grain is increasingly being smuggled into landlocked Bolivia.

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Commercial Hop Facility Planned in Virginia

November 24, 2014 2:15 pm

Black Hops Farm LLC will invest about $1 million to initially convert 15 acres in Leesburg into a hop farm and build a processing facility, which will allow other Virginia hop growers to efficiently process their crops for market, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced.

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Apparent Settlement Reached in National Beef Case

November 24, 2014 2:00 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

An apparent settlement has been reached in the class action lawsuit against National Beef brought by workers at its Liberal, Kansas, meatpacking plant, according to a court filing. Workers at the southwest Kansas plant are seeking unpaid wages and overtime.

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Infographic: Are Deceptive Food Labels Making America Fat?

November 24, 2014 1:35 pm | by Guiding Star

This infographic from Guiding Stars takes a look at the rising obesity rates in America. While 57 percent of shoppers state that healthy eating is very important, confusion about certain food labels may be causing consumers to unknowingly choose unhealthy choices.

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Hawaii and Alaska Pay Highest Prices For Thanksgiving Feasts

November 24, 2014 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

According to an analysis by the personal finance website NerdWallet, residents of Hawaii and Alaska pay the highest amount in the nation for their tasty birds and fixings on Thanksgiving. Most food has to be flown or shipped into both states. 

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Kids Give Sarcastic Thanks to First Lady For 'Mystery Mush' School Lunches

November 24, 2014 12:05 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

School kids are giving thanks to first lady Michelle Obama with a sarcastic Twitter hashtag about unappealing school lunches. The first lady has become the symbol of healthier school meals as she has pushed standards implemented in 2012 that require more fruits, vegetables and whole grains in the lunch line.

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Construction Begins on North Dakota's Micro-Distillery

November 24, 2014 9:23 am | by DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press

Construction has started on a micro-distillery in downtown Fargo that will produce whiskeys, bourbons, gins and vodkas and feature a century-old bar from a small North Dakota town. Proof Artisan Distillers, Inc. will use Red River Valley barley, corn and potatoes to make its booze.

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A New Kind of Holiday: Pot-Infused Pumpkin Pies

November 24, 2014 9:07 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

From new marijuana strains for the holidays to gift sets and pot-and-pumpkin pies, the burgeoning marijuana industry in Colorado is scrambling to get a piece of the holiday shopping dollar. Here's a look at how the new recreational marijuana industry is trying to attract holiday shoppers.

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Snack Tax: Navajo Lawmakers OK Price Hike on Junk Food

November 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press

The sales tax on cookies, chips and sodas sold on the Navajo Nation is going up. Tribal President Ben Shelly signed legislation Friday to impose a 2 percent sales tax on junk food starting next year. It will remain in effect until 2020. 

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The Fit Foodie's Predictions For 2015

November 21, 2014 2:21 pm | by Mareya Ibrahim

What's in store for 2015? A 20-year natural products industry veteran, chef, author and founder of EatCleaner.com anticipates steep growth in functional nutrition, organics and process-driven products with some surprising, bizarre ingredients getting a foothold that reads right out of a Survivor episode.

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McDonald's Worker Charged in Glass-in-Big Mac Case Wins $437K

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges he placed shards of glass into a police officer's Big Mac nearly a decade ago has won a $437,000 settlement from the city after arguing the officer fabricated the story to win money by suing the fast food restaurant.

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How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken 'Juice' Highlights Need for Hygiene

November 21, 2014 11:36 am | by Norwich BioScience Institutes

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. 

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Yum Brands Approve $1B Stock Buyback Plan

November 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press

Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said that its board approved a $1 billion stock buyback plan. The program runs through May 2016 and can help the company boost its earnings per share.             

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Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Bigeye Tuna Fishing Rule

November 21, 2014 9:40 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press

Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks. The regulation undermines international efforts to end overfishing of bigeye.

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Kozy Shack Recalls Pudding Over Labeling

November 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press

Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding.           

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Researchers Calculate 'Hidden' Emissions in Traded Meat

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Institute of Physics

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane and nitrous oxide that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed.

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NSF International Partners with American Feed Industry Association to Provide Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification

November 20, 2014 2:30 pm | by NSF International

The SF/SF Certification Program was developed to further enhance consumer confidence in the feed and food supply industry by establishing food safety guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines will help ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply essential for the growth and care of animals.

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Canada's Food Safety System Ranked World's Best

November 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The ranking highlights Canada's success in a number of areas such as our capacity to respond to food safety emergencies, as well as food safety communication to stakeholders and the public. The report also found that public trust in food safety was the highest in Canada.

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Peanut Company to Sell Mississippi Operation

November 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

Texoma Peanut Company will sell its peanut drying facility in Clarksdale, Mississippi, according to its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The company is a salted and roasted nut and seed manufacturer located in Madill, Oklahoma.    

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Infographic: Health Not an Issue When Dining Out

November 20, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Hartman Group

An infographic by The Hartman Group shows that when eating out, consumers tend to eat less healthfully. The reasons for not eating as well when dining out include: focusing on things other than health when eating at restaurants and the menu not including enough healthy options.

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General Mills CEO: Water is Critical to Business and Engagement is Key

November 20, 2014 11:00 am | by General Mills

General Mills released a new water policy that provides the necessary framework to guide the company as it engages with stakeholders to improve the health of watersheds, particularly those critical to the company's business. The scope of the policy includes General Mills' supply chain as well as its suppliers.

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