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Michigan State Recalls Cookie, Ice Cream Products

November 17, 2014 10:15 am | by Associated Press

Michigan State University is recalling some cookie and ice cream products because malfunctioning equipment may have contaminated them with metal shavings. The products also were ordered pulled from store shelves. No injuries have been reported.

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Wisconsin Marketing Campaign Plays Off Love of Beer, Cheese

November 17, 2014 9:44 am | by SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press

Wisconsin's love of beer and cheese will feature in ads that will run on websites geared toward entrepreneurs and investors. The ad campaign that launched this month is the third phase of a multi-year effort begun by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation in 2012.

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Marijuana Edibles May Face Scrutiny By Colorado Health Officials

November 17, 2014 9:32 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Marijuana-infused foods and drinks have been a booming sector in Colorado's new recreational marijuana market. But lawmakers feared the products are too easy to confuse with regular foods and drinks and ordered regulators to require a new look for pot edibles.

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McDonald's Refuses to Buy USDA-Approved GMO Potato

November 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co.'s new genetically modified potato. But one of the company's oldest business partners — McDonald's — has not. The fast-food giant says it does not use genetically modified potatoes. 

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18 Killed, 13 Injured in Chinese Carrot-Packaging Plant

November 17, 2014 9:09 am | by Associated Press

A fire in a carrot-packaging plant has killed 18 people in eastern China. An additional 13 people were injured in the fire Sunday night at the Longyuan Food Co. facility in the Shandong province city of Shouguang.          

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Kansas City Stadium Food Areas Criticized as 'Dirty'

November 14, 2014 5:06 pm | by Associated Press

Cockroaches, mouse feces and unsafe food temperatures; Oh my! Fans at last month's World Series and recent Kansas City Chiefs games were endangered by filthy conditions in food-service areas at the city's two professional sports stadiums.   

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5 Facilities Win 2014 IPM Partner Awards For Pest Management

November 14, 2014 2:56 pm | by Orkin, LLC

With the ever-evolving audit standards, it is crucial to keep pest management at the forefront of facility operations and audit preparation. These five companies have successfully done so and were named winners of the 2014 IPM Partner Awards.

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Consumer Trends: Slice Off a Shot of Pie-Flavored Whiskey

November 14, 2014 2:46 pm | by Diageo

Warm baked apples, toasted pecans, the taste of the graham cracker crust on Grandma's homemade pies: all these loveable flavors are hot out of the oven in PIEHOLE — a blend of Canadian Whiskey and pie-flavored liqueur.        

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What Did Ancient Romans Eat? Archaeologists Find Clues to Varied Diet

November 14, 2014 2:03 pm | by FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press

Archaeologists picking through latrines, sewers, cesspits and trash dumps at Pompeii and Herculaneum have found tantalizing clues to an apparently varied diet there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed those Roman cities in 79 A.D.

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Cod Restrictions Will Cost Consumers Who Buy Local

November 14, 2014 1:49 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Supply from countries like Iceland and Norway, as well as Alaska, is steady enough that a lack of Gulf of Maine cod is unlikely to affect prices overall. But customers who prefer locally caught fish will probably soon have to pay more at markets and restaurants.

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Petition Filed to Protect Yellowstone Bison

November 14, 2014 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

Wildlife advocates have filed a formal petition to protect the wild bison herds. They say the Yellowstone animals face numerous threats; that includes a capture and slaughter program that has killed more than 3,600 bison since 2000 to prevent the spread of disease carried by many bison.

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Cold Front Helps Wake Up Wheat, Corn Prices

November 14, 2014 10:49 am | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press

The price of wheat for December delivery climbed 11 cents, or 2 percent, to $5.54 on Thursday, taking its gains for the week to 7.6 percent. If the crop holds its current level it will be the biggest weekly price surge since March.     

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Pinnacle Foods to Buy Canadian Protein Foods Maker, Garden

November 14, 2014 10:43 am | by Pinnacle Foods Group Inc.; Garden Protein International Inc.

Pinnacle Foods Inc., maker of Birds Eye frozen brands, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Canada-based Garden Protein International Inc., the rapidly-growing manufacturer of the plant-based protein brand gardein.

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Photos: Chef Aims For Gingerbread House World Record

November 14, 2014 10:13 am | by VERENA DOBNIK, Associated Press

Special materials are going into the most colorful New York real estate development: 3,550 pounds of royal icing, 700 pounds of candy and 600 pounds of dough. That's what Manhattan chef Jon Lovitch needs to build the world's largest collection of gingerbread houses.

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Monsanto Sues Hawaii County Over GMO Ban

November 14, 2014 10:00 am | by Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press

The lawsuit filed by Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit in federal court in Honolulu asks a judge to immediately prevent a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms from taking effect.       

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Lawsuit Against Capital Brewery Dismissed

November 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Associated Press

Dane County Judge Peter Anderson has dismissed a lawsuit by minority shareholders against Capital Brewery which claimed misconduct by company executives. Anderson says the minority shareholders haven't shown they had standing to sue.    

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Mass. Regulators Probe State's Beer Industry

November 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Associated Press

Investigators for the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission have issued subpoenas to several breweries, distributors and retailers for records to determine whether they are paying for, or demanding payments for, access to taps and shelf space. 

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Nutrition Guidelines: Pitfalls of Focusing on Nutrients Instead of Whole Foods

November 14, 2014 8:15 am | by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC)

The "Straight Talk about Nutrition Guidelines" symposia will look at the challenges posed by the "nutrient-focused" approach used in dietary guidelines, which has largely ignored the impact of real, whole foods on health.     

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New York Loosens Rules For Craft Beer, Spirits

November 14, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

New York is eliminating some restrictions on craft beer, wine and spirits producers to encourage the growing interest in locally made alcoholic beverages.                           

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Minneapolis' Grain Belt Sign Could Shine Again

November 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by August Schell Brewing

August Schell Brewing Company, the Minnesota-based brewer of Grain Belt Beer, has reached an agreement to purchase one of Minneapolis' most-recognized landmarks — the iconic Grain Belt Beer sign on Nicollet Island.          

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