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Growers Use Futuristic Farming Techniques to Produce Healthy Food Year Round

December 15, 2014 | by D. RAY TUTTLE, The Journal Record | Comments

John Sulton and his partner, Rob Walenta, operate Scissortail Farms on a 7.5-acre site west of Tulsa. In recent weeks they started growing 50 varieties of lettuce including kale, chard, mustard greens and arugula in their 26,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.

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Update: Keurig Recalling 7 Million Coffee Makers Due to Burn Risk

December 24, 2014 8:45 am | by Associated Press

The recall is for Keurig's Mini Plus brewers that were made between 2009 and 2014. Keurig received about 200 reports of hot liquid spraying from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn-related injuries.       

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Report: Global Beef Supplies Remain Tight Amid Robust Consumer Demand in Q4

December 24, 2014 8:35 am | by Rabobank

Rabobank says that despite tight global cattle and beef supplies, prices tempered from their Q3 highs. The U.S. remains the major global driver, with import demand affecting prices and volumes for other countries.      

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DC Farm Site is Ecological Disaster

December 24, 2014 8:30 am | by BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press

In May 2013, the mayor of the nation's capital announced that the city would partner with a produce supplier to build what the company called "the most productive urban farm in the world." But no one bothered to inspect the site.    

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Kessler International Warns Consumers of the Dangers of Buying Food from Online Retailers

December 24, 2014 8:25 am | by Kessler International

An eight-month investigation by Kessler of counterfeit food products disclosed that some online retailers were selling counterfeit food products. These products included dairy and fish products, condiments, alcoholic spirits, and spices.  

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Snoqualmie Ice Cream Recalled for Potential Contamination

December 24, 2014 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream says it is voluntarily recalling nearly a year's worth of ice cream and related products because of possible listeria contamination.The recall covers products made from Jan. 1 until Dec. 15.     

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Chugging Eggnog Sends Utah Man to Hospital

December 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

A Utah man says he's fully recovered after he was hospitalized for chugging a quart of eggnog so quickly that he inhaled some of creamy holiday beverage into his lungs during an alcohol-free eggnog chugging contest at a holiday office party earlier this month.

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Atlanta’s Diaz Foods Acquires Cuban-American-Owned La Cena Fine Foods

December 24, 2014 7:55 am | by The DAK Group

Diaz will introduce La Cena into its existing 24-state distribution network. Simultaneously, Diaz will introduce 5,000 product offerings throughout the northeast.              

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Good Source Solutions Announces Acquisition of Dori Foods

December 24, 2014 7:45 am | by Good Source Solutions

Good Source Solutions, a national specialty foodservice distributor, has acquired Dori Foods, a member of Frosty Acres Brands. The combined companies create a strong national distribution platform, offering greater value and product selection for existing and new customers.

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FDA Going After Sellers of Pure Caffeine Powder

December 23, 2014 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is building a legal case against companies that sell pure powdered caffeine, which can be fatal even in small doses. Some major retailers have stopped selling it in bulk, but the substance is still widely available on the Internet and in some stores.

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Coming Soon to the US: Cuba Libre, With Real Cuban Rum

December 23, 2014 8:45 am | by JENNIFER KAY, Associated Press

Relaxed limits on what licensed U.S. travelers can bring home mean that Americans will be able to enjoy small quantities of the liquor at home. But, with the embargo still in place, the rum won't be flooding bars or the market.   

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Thai Farm Workers May Not Get Any of $8.7M Award

December 23, 2014 8:10 am | by JENNIFER SINCO KELLEHER, Associated Press

A federal judge has ruled that a California-based labor contractor must pay $8.7 million in damages to Thai workers who were exploited while working at Hawaii farms, but it's not clear whether any of them will get the money.    

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Red Robin Serves Up The Cure Burger for Holiday Hangover Relief

December 23, 2014 8:00 am | by Red Robin

The Cure Burger – a fire-grilled gourmet patty topped with chili, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, mushrooms and a sunny-side up egg on a sesame seed bun and served with Bottomless Steak Fries – is just what the doctor ordered.    

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Keurig Recalls 'Mini Plus' Single-Serve Coffee Makers

December 23, 2014 7:45 am | by The Associated Press

Keurig says its Mini Plus Brewing Systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray water during brewing. Keurig says it had received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn-related injuries.

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US Dairy Industry Praises Outcome of Talks with China on Cheese Name Issue

December 22, 2014 10:45 am | by International Dairy Foods Association

The favorable outcome of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings should facilitate export of products like feta and parmesan cheese to China, which is a particularly large and fast-growing market for U.S. dairy products.

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Senator Says Obama Can Ease Regulations on Wheat Exports to Cuba

December 22, 2014 10:30 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

Republican senator Jerry Moran urged the Treasury Department to immediately rewrite cumbersome regulations that have made it difficult to sell wheat and other farm commodities to Cuba — saying the agency can take that step even before Congress grapples with whether to entirely lift the U.S. trade embargo.

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Longtime Va. Spice Firm, Other Companies Turn to Exports

December 22, 2014 10:15 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

C.F. Sauer is one of more than 200 companies that have participated in the Virginia Economic Development Partnership's Virginia Leaders in Export Trade program, which teaches state businesses how to export their products and services overseas through technical training, market research and trade missions.

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The Future of Agriculture? Indoor Farms Powered by LEDs

December 22, 2014 10:05 am | by GE Reports

A warehouse full of lettuce might not be the first place you would expect to find the next Industrial Revolution. But follow the LED lights and you’ll discover a glimpse of the future of agriculture — industrial-scale, indoor farming.  

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Texas Ranchers Seeking Alternative Incomes

December 22, 2014 10:00 am | by BETSY BLANEY and EMILY SCHMALL, Associated Press

Though limited supplies have prompted a record rise in beef prices, more Texas ranchers are leasing part of their property for hunting or selling water to oil companies or desert plants and mistletoe to nurseries. Some are even taking side jobs to make ends meet.

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Maple Leaf Foods to Close Winnipeg Plant Permanently on Last Day of 2014

December 22, 2014 9:00 am | by The Canadian Press

The company's plant on Panet Road in Winnipeg will be the sixth closure under a multi-year reorganization of the Toronto-based food giant's operations. The remaining two of eight previously announced closures, in Kitchener, Ont., and Toronto, will be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

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Prepackaged Caramel Apples Linked to 4 Deaths, Multiple Illnesses Across 10 States

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Health officials are warning consumers to avoid prepackaged caramel apples because they are linked to four deaths and more than two dozen illnesses in 10 states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it knows of 28 cases in which people were sickened with the same strains of the bacterial illness listeria, and at least 26 were hospitalized.

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