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Researcher Says Crabs Can Feel Pain

January 22, 2013 12:34 pm

The food and aquaculture industries should reconsider how they treat live crustaceans such as crabs, prawns and lobsters, according to a Queen’s University Belfast researcher who has found that crabs are likely to feel pain. The latest study by Professor Bob Elwood and Barry Magee from Queen’s School of Biological Sciences looked at the reactions of common shore crabs to small electrical shocks.

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PROCESS EXPO Partners with Academic Experts

January 22, 2013 12:31 pm

The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) today announced that it will be partnering with a long list of academic institutions in order to develop the educational program for PROCESS EXPO 2013, taking place at Chicago's McCormick Place from November 3-6, 2013.

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Thought of the Day: Organic Farming on the Rise

January 22, 2013 12:29 pm

The Worldwatch Institute reports that organic farming has expanded threefold since 1999, with organic farmers largely centralized in regions like Australia and the Pacific Islands. According to the organization, 84 countries have now implemented organic certifications or regulations.

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Probe of Fish Rulemaking Finds Flaws

January 22, 2013 12:20 pm

The first stage of an investigation into how the federal government makes fishing rules has found flaws in record-keeping and financial disclosure by fishery managers. The report by the Inspector General of the U.S. Commerce Department was released Wednesday.

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EU Court Rules in Favor of AB InBev in Trademark Case

January 22, 2013 12:18 pm

A European Union high court has ruled that only brewing giant AB InBev has the right to use the trademark "Bud" in Europe after rejecting a challenge from Czech company Budejovicky Budvar. After the EU's General Court dismissed Budvar's case, the Czech company said it would consider an appeal at the EU's highest court.

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Consumer Trends: Reaching Consumers on the Web

January 22, 2013 12:00 pm

According to global food advertising network Gourmet Ads, the real challenge is getting out in front of consumers in a compelling way, in order to generate sales and maintain your position in the grocer's aisle.  And the key to doing that these days is the Internet.

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Organic Farming Continues to Expand

January 22, 2013 9:39 am

Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service.

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Nation's Largest Fishery Open in Alaska

January 22, 2013 9:37 am

The harvest season for Alaska pollock, the nation’s largest fishery, opened Sunday, Jan. 20. The 2013 Alaska pollock Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska is 1,387,146 metric tons, 3.8 percent higher than last year’s TAC of 1,335,944 metric tons. Alaska pollock accounts for approximately 30 percent of all U.S. seafood landings by weight.

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Artist Has Sweet Obsession

January 22, 2013 9:33 am | by MARTIN GRIFFITH,Associated Press

Long before Hostess Brands' plan to shut down made Twinkies the rage, Nancy Peppin found something special about the cream-filled snack cakes. No, she doesn't have a sweet tooth for them. But she has featured Twinkies in hundreds of pieces of quirky, satirical artwork because of an obsession with what she calls the "ultimate American food icon."

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McDonald’s Settles Mich. Suit over Islamic Diet

January 22, 2013 9:31 am | by JEFF KAROUB,Associated Press

McDonald's and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law. McDonald's and Finley's Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement.

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Coca-Cola Workers Stage Strikes in Germany

January 22, 2013 9:29 am

Thousands of Coca-Cola employees in Germany are staging short-term warning strikes this week in a dispute over wages. Workers at two Coca-Cola facilities in Bavaria walked off the job on Monday, the dpa news agency reported, and co-workers at some 50 others were to follow in the coming days in a bid to put pressure on the company ahead of the next wage negotiation round with the union.

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Photo of the Day: Remembering Twinkies

January 22, 2013 9:27 am

This undated image shows "Never Forget,'' one of the most recent of dozens of pieces of art Nancy Peppin has created over the years using Twinkies and other Hostess products. A graphic artist by day for slot machine-maker International Game Technology, Peppin doesn't like to eat Twinkies. She uses them to depict popular culture similar to Andy Warhol.

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Thought of the Day: Irene Recovery Continues

January 21, 2013 12:58 pm

A fish hatchery damaged by flooding during Tropical Storm Irene is nearly ready to open again. The fish tanks have been scrubbed and disinfected, and needed electrical repairs are nearly complete. Wade Jodun, a manager for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said operations might be up and running as early as March.

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Pork Checkoff Offers Emergency Tools

January 21, 2013 12:30 pm

The Pork Checkoff recently introduced two new tools to help pork producers in the event of a crisis or emergency on their farm. The Farm-level Crisis Response Plan template and Emergency Action Plan, provide customizable, step-by-step guides to help producers be prepared and stay on track in their commitment to providing a safe, quality product.

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Idaho Company Recalls 33.5K Pounds of Meat Products

January 21, 2013 12:27 pm

A southwestern Idaho company is recalling 33,500 pounds of fully cooked meat and poultry products because of possible bacterial contamination. The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday that Boise-based B and D Foods is recalling a variety of meat products that could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes.

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Japan to Release Controls on Imported Beef

January 21, 2013 12:25 pm

The Japanese government plans to ease controls on beef imports that were imposed to counter mad cow disease, possibly in early February, by allowing meat from cattle aged up to 30 months to be imported, rather than the current 20 months, sources close to the matter said Monday.

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Chefs Salute 'First Foodies'

January 21, 2013 12:24 pm | by BRETT ZONGKER,Associated Press

Some of Washington's top chefs came together to salute the president ahead of the inauguration, in part because of the first family's influence on the culture around food. Chicago-based Chef Art Smith said the Obamas, more than any other first family, have embraced fresh American food and care about where food comes from.

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IPPE Coverage: Natural & Organic Products Highlighted at Conference

January 21, 2013 12:02 pm

As part of the 2013 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) education schedule, the Meat and Poultry Research Conference will focus on the new economic reality presented by natural and organic products, addressing topics from regulatory and animal management challenges to processing and ingredients issues. The registration fee for the program is $150 for all Expo attendees.

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Consumer Trends: Universities Prepare for Gluten-Free Requests

January 21, 2013 12:00 pm

According to US Foods, one of America's largest food companies and a leading distributor, demand for gluten-free foods has increased by 200 percent since 2009.  The NFCA has been working with college and university dining services nationwide to help meet that demand and help the staff provide safe gluten-free options for students with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.

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Chipotle Testing Shredded Tofu

January 21, 2013 9:42 am

As costs for cheese and meat continue to climb, Chipotle is looking to attract vegetarians with a new tofu filling. The Mexican food chain plans to test a shredded tofu filling called "Sofritas" in the San Francisco Bay Area next month, with the test expanding to other markets based on customer feedback.

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