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Gluten Intolerance Expert Applauds New FDA Guidelines

August 8, 2013 12:19 pm

The new FDA ruling is a big step forward in protecting the safety of the gluten free consumer. The FDA law requires any product labeled gluten free to be under 20 ppm which is the level the scientific community has determined is safe and measurable.


Additive Group Touts Effectiveness of Review Process

August 8, 2013 12:16 pm

Recent claims that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) food additive review process is inadequate or fosters conflicts of interest are not supported by evidence and illustrate fundamental misunderstandings of the system according to the International Food Additives Council.


Campbell Completes Acquisition of Kelsen Group

August 8, 2013 12:10 pm

Campbell Soup Company Thursday announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kelsen Group A/S, Based in Denmark, a producer of quality baked snacks, including the Kjeldsens and Royal Dansk brands, sold in 85 countries around the world.


Man Finds Maggots on Sandwich at Atlanta Airport

August 8, 2013 12:07 pm

Weekly traveler Joel Woloshuk told WSB-TV Tuesday that he bought a sandwich from Café Intermezzo at the Atlanta airport and realized the white specks on top of it were maggots — not parmesan — only when they began moving. The restaurant says it has switched vendors.


Daily Sound Bite: Nestle CFO Sees Difficulty Maintaining Growth

August 8, 2013 10:54 am

Today Nestle SA posted its first half profits, up 3.7 percent, but the company warned it foresees difficulty in meeting projected sales targets for the rest of the year. The company's prices have been adjusted downward as it meets demands of value-seeking consumers.


Photo of the Day: The Waffle Taco

August 8, 2013 10:00 am

Fast-food chain Taco Bell says that the waffle taco, which includes scrambled eggs, sausage and a side of syrup, was the top seller during breakfast hours at the five Southern California restaurants where the sweet products were tested earlier this year.


Green Mountain's 3Q Profit Up, Revenue Disappoints

August 8, 2013 9:53 am

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc.'s fiscal third-quarter net income jumped 59 percent, helped by stronger sales in the U.S. and lower coffee bean costs. The company also issued a better-than-expected forecast for its fourth quarter and full year.


Mondelez Beats Expectations, Hikes Buybacks

August 8, 2013 9:51 am

Oreo cookie maker Mondelez International Inc. reported a better-than-expected profit Wednesday and sharply raised its stock buyback authorization to $6 billion. The company also said it's increasing its dividend by 8 percent. Its stock rose 2 percent to $31.99.


WSU Study Finds No More GMO Wheat

August 8, 2013 9:48 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press

A study of over 20,000 individual plots by Washington State University involving dozens of wheat varieties developed at Washington State has found no additional sign of the genetically modified wheat discovered at one Oregon farm this spring.


Nestle Cautions on Challenge of Slowing Sales

August 8, 2013 9:44 am | by JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

Swiss food and drinks giant Nestle SA posted a 3.7 percent rise in first-half profits Thursday, but warned it would not be easy sticking to its sales targets as it tackles slowing markets around the world and "value-conscious" consumers.


Investment Company: Quick Beef Plant Sale Needed

August 8, 2013 9:38 am | by DIRK LAMMERS, Associated Press

An investment company that loaned a troubled South Dakota beef plant $35 million last September says Northern Beef Packers has no cash and a quick sale is needed to preserve the value of the state-of-the-art facility. The Aberdeen plant filed for protection under Chapter 11 last month.


Consumer Trends: Outlook for Canada's Meat & Poultry Industry

August 7, 2013 1:00 pm

The meat, beef and poultry processing industry is a powerhouse behind Canada's food processing sector, representing about 10 percent of total agri-food exports and employing more than 66,500 people. But the industry has struggled for the past five years due to receding per capita meat consumption.


Customer Sues Mexican Restaurant over Foodborne Illness

August 7, 2013 12:28 pm

A customer has filed a lawsuit against a Mexican restaurant in Litchfield Park, Ariz., over an outbreak of bloody diarrhea. The suit filed Monday accuses Federico's Mexican Food restaurant of being negligent by serving tainted food, which has sickened at least 11 people.


Daily Sound Bite: Horse Slaughter Still Stalled in Mo.

August 7, 2013 12:26 pm

Rains Natural Meats has been angling to build a horse slaughtering facility in northwest Missouri. The latest in a string of legal and regulatory entanglements came Monday when a judge blocked a state Department of Natural Resources permit that would allow the site to reuse wastewater.


Botulism Scare Exposes NZ Reliance on Dairy Monopoly

August 7, 2013 12:25 pm | by NICK PERRY,Associated Press

When dirty pipes at a rural New Zealand milk factory put the entire nation on high alert, it was an unsettling reminder for many New Zealanders that their prosperity is tied to a single company. Dairy giant Fonterra, announced that the unsanitary pipes had tainted some of the whey concentrate it sells for use in infant formula.


Recall: Shellfish Contaminated with Bacteria

August 7, 2013 12:23 pm | by STEPHEN SINGER,Associated Press

State agriculture officials announced a first-ever recall of shellfish and the shutting of most shellfish harvest locations due to naturally occurring bacteria that was likely caused by warm water in the Long Island Sound. At least five people who ate area shellfish have been sickened.


Snyder’s-Lance 2Q Profit Falls

August 7, 2013 12:19 pm

Snack food maker Snyder's-Lance said its net income fell 33 percent in the second quarter from results a year ago that included a gain related to the sale of some businesses. The results missed Wall Street expectations. The company declared a quarterly dividend of 16 cents per share on Tuesday.


China Fines 6 Milk Suppliers in Price-Fixing Probe

August 7, 2013 12:17 pm | by JOE McDONALD,AP Business Writer

China has fined six milk suppliers, including Mead Johnson and Fonterra, a total of $108 million for price-fixing after an investigation that shook the country's fast-growing dairy market. The announcement came as China reels from a separate recall of milk supplies from Fonterra this week.


Pa. Liquor Board Reports Record Profits

August 7, 2013 9:50 am | by PETER JACKSON,Associated Press

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board said it enjoyed record profits in the last fiscal year, a time when special interests were spending millions to advance or derail efforts to privatize liquor and wines sales after 80 years of state control.


Fonterra CEO: Botulism Scare Is Over

August 7, 2013 9:49 am

The chief executive of New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra said the risk that people could contract botulism from infant formula made with the company's whey concentrate has ended. Theo Spierings said that all supplies of potentially contaminated infant formula had been removed from the international market.



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