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Calif. Company Recalls Pumpkin Seed Pesto

October 14, 2014 3:02 pm | by FDA

California Olive and Vine, LLC of Sutter, California is taking precautionary measures and recalling Pumpkin Seed Pesto because of its irregular lab results. The pesto may be contaminated with a botulism toxin that can lead to serious illness or death.

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Infographic: Women Will Shape the Adult Beverage Industry

October 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Technomic

The majority of women in the U.S. are of legal drinking age — and they're increasingly engaged, experimental and educated consumers of spirits, wine and beer. Young and ethnic women, in particular, will shape the future of the adult beverage industry, according to Technomic.

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Stomping Out Grape Disease One Vineyard at a Time

October 14, 2014 2:35 pm | by American Society for Microbiology 2014 meeting

Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, fresh grapes, grape-seed extract and oil, vinegar and wine.

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USDA Gives Maine $600K to Invest in Specialty Crops

October 14, 2014 2:23 pm | by Associated Press

The USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant will give Maine $602,679 to invest in ten specialty crop initiatives. The initiatives will help strengthen food products such as potatoes, wild blueberries and maple syrup.           

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New Pickle Processing Plant in Washington

October 14, 2014 2:12 pm | by MARK STAYTON, Skagit Valley Herald

The plant joins Sakuma Bros. Farms as the only Skagit County-based crop processors and will help salvage valuable rotation crops of cucumbers and cabbage. The facility currently produces pickle chips, spears, whole pickles, sauerkraut and pickled cauliflower.

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Real Foods Issues Recall on Mexican Cheddar Dip

October 14, 2014 10:56 am | by FDA

Real Foods of Seattle, Washington is recalling 96 units of its Mexican Cheddar Dip product due to an undeclared allergen. The product was distributed and sold throughout the state.                   

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SunBurst Foods Issues Recall For Nearly 150 Products

October 14, 2014 10:46 am | by FDA

SunBurst Foods of Goldsboro, North Carolina, is voluntarily recalling all of its SunBurst, Fresh Bites and Private labeled products which are currently in the market because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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Moms Agree: Food and Happiness Go Hand in Hand

October 14, 2014 10:04 am | by Chr. Hansen

Leading food ingredient company, Chr. Hansen, Natural Colors Division, commissioned the "Thought for Food" survey to learn what U.S. moms look for in food labels and gauge their perceptions of natural ingredients.          

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Salt Reduction: Challenges vs. Opportunities For the Food Industry

October 14, 2014 9:57 am | by UBM Live

Salt reduction has been one of the most prevalent topics in the food industry for many years, with a recent study by the Harvard School of Public Health regarding salt intake as one of the major health issues of today's population.   

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Ebola Could Have Significant Impact on Global Food Security

October 14, 2014 9:39 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

One example of how the health care crisis more than 5,000 miles away could affect food production in the United States is the potential impact on the production and distribution of cocoa beans used in making chocolate.     

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Oregon's GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money

October 14, 2014 9:34 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press

With ballots going out to Oregon voters this week, the two opposing camps combined have reported contributions of more than $12 million and expenditures of more than $11 million. Labeling opponents have reported cash and in-kind contributions of $7.3 million thus far.

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Photos: World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off

October 14, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press

Entrants in the prettiest pumpkin category were lifted into the air for the crowd at the 41st Annual Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off in Half Moon Bay, California. A 2,058 lb. pumpkin grown by John Hawkley took first place and set a new North American record. 

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Book Looks at Costs of Pork Production

October 13, 2014 3:33 pm | by JERRY HARKAVY, Associated Press

When the recession took hold six years ago and consumers stopped eating high on the hog, the giant meatpacker Hormel Foods began ratcheting up production to meet a surge in demand for Spam, its low-cost processed pork product in the familiar blue tins.

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Consumer Trends: Edible Label for Cannabis Products

October 13, 2014 3:26 pm | by CannaBadge

CannaBadge has introduced an all-natural frosting label that goes directly on a cannabis infused product, such as cakes, cookies, brownies and cupcakes.                           

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Mars Chocolate Facility Celebrates 50 Years

October 13, 2014 2:56 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America

Mars Chocolate, known for its Snickers bars, M&M's candies and Twix candy bars, is celebrating 50 years at its Albany, Georgia-based facility. Today, the facility employs approximately 175 associates who roast high-quality peanuts for a variety of Mars' iconic brands.

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McDonald's Invites Unappetizing Questions About its Food

October 13, 2014 2:31 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood. The push comes as McDonald's fights to boost its performance in the U.S.     

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OSHA Launches Dialogue on Workplace Safety

October 13, 2014 12:00 pm | by United States Department Of Labor Newsroom

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced it is launching a national dialogue with stakeholders on ways to prevent work-related illness caused by exposure to hazardous substances.       

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Researchers: Large Number of Fish Will Disappear From Tropics by 2050

October 13, 2014 9:55 am | by University of British Columbia

A study by the University of British Columbia examined the impact of climate change on fish stocks. Researchers say the tropics, among other areas, will see a loss of fish populations that are important to fisheries and communities.    

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Hog Farms Rebound From Virus That Killed Millions of Piglets

October 13, 2014 9:17 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Thanks to warmer weather and farmers' efforts to sterilize their operations, the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has waned. As pig numbers increase, steep prices on things like bacon should ease.            

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Ute Mountain Ute Tribe to Open $4M Corn-Mill Facility

October 13, 2014 9:09 am | by JIM MIMIAGA, Cortez Journal

"Value-added agriculture" is a popular phrase in rural areas for locally processing a raw crop into a more profitable, packaged food item. The mill will produce and package several varieties of food-grade cornmeal under the Bow and Arrow brand name.

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