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Munch on This: Pot Edibles Give Rise to Booming Industry

July 18, 2014 9:15 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

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EU's Fear of 'Chlorine Chicken' Complicates US Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

A year ago, President Barack Obama and his European peers sought an agreement to create the trading bloc by the end of 2014. Now, the thought of chlorine-drenched chickens on the dinner table is driving the EU away from the free trade agreement.

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Oregon Sues 5-Hour Energy Over False Ad Claims

July 18, 2014 8:10 am | by STEVEN DUBOIS, Associated Press

Oregon is sueing 5-Hour Energy for falsely claiming customers get extra energy and focus from a unique blend of ingredients, when in truth the boost comes from a concentrated dose of caffeine. The suit also targets claims that the product is OK for adolescents.

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Infographic: 3 Reasons to Choose Organic

July 18, 2014 8:05 am | by The Organic Center

Analyzing 343 studies in what was the largest research effort of its kind, an international team of experts led by Newcastle University found that organic crops are up to 60 percent higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally grown crops.

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CFIA Investigation Leads to Recall of Podravka Brand Lunch Meat

July 18, 2014 7:45 am | by Marketwired

The investigations of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has lead to the recall of Podravka luncheon meat. The product recall is from an undeclared milk ingredient in the meat. Consumers with an allergy to dairy are being advised not to consume the product.

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What's Trending: Summer Fancy Food Show Spots 5 Novelties

July 17, 2014 2:51 pm | by Specialty Food Association

This year's Summer Fancy Food Show was the largest since the trade-only event made its debut in 1955. The exhibit's trendsetters spotted the latest products in food, including oatmeal cookie butter, bourbon smoked sugar and wild salmon jerky. 

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Can Cinnamon Prevent Foodborne Illnesses? Scientists Say Yes

July 17, 2014 12:20 pm | by Washington State University

Recent findings by two Washington State University scientists suggest cinnamon oil to effectively work as a natural antibacterial agent in the food industry. The study acknowledges improved food safety and the reduction or elimination of food posioning deaths.

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Ancient Farming Method Makes a Comeback

July 17, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Lempert Report

Urban Organics, a Minnesota-based company, is taking an ancient farming method and making it trendy. Aquaponics, a technique that grows vegetables in water and uses fish waste for nourishment, is featured in this week's segment of "The Lempert Report" Innovation Series.

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Soda Tax Advances in San Francisco

July 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

A soda tax is making its way forward to San Francisco voters as the Board of Supervisors endorsed the proposed measure. With sugary drinks having been under the fire for years, San Francisco aims to become the first city to pass a per-ounce soda tax.

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Got the Blues? This Fruit's Health Benefits Spur Production

July 17, 2014 11:40 am | by Washington Blueberry Commission

Blueberry growers in Washington are projecting to harvest more than 90 million pounds of the fruit this year, making it the fourth state in total U.S. total blueberry production. Awareness about the health benefits of blueberries has caused the spike in production.

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Minn. Creates Coalition to Protect Food Industry

July 17, 2014 10:50 am | by A Greater Minnesota

To help ensure sustainability in the farm and food production industry, a new coalition called A Greater Minnesota has been created to inform Minnesota residents about the issues surrounding food production and the economic impacts to the state. 

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The Snack Italians Are Nutty For

July 17, 2014 9:36 am | by Canadean

A new report by Canadean says Italian consumers choose savoury snacks to accompany their moments of relaxation, with nuts and seeds being their top choice. The demand for on-the-go packaging will rise as consumers turn to this popular snacking option.

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Mars Food Recalls 2K Cases of Uncle Ben's Rice

July 17, 2014 9:21 am | by Mars Food North America

Uncle Ben's Ready Rice Garden Vegetable with Peas, Carrots and Corn products were voluntarily recalled by maker Mars Food North America. The company is taking approximately 2,000 cases off store shelves for including an ingredient that is not listed on the packaging.

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Yum Brands Hurt by KFC, Pizza Hut Sluggish Sales

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

While Yum Brands Inc, a Kentucky-based company who operates KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, reported a 19 percent increase in its second-quarter profits from its rebounding business in China, sales in the U.S. continue to drop as much as 4 percent.

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Health Advocates: Nutrition Labels Are Not Enough

July 17, 2014 9:00 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

Health officials say the nutrition facts on food labels do not provide enough information to help consumers make healthy choices. They would like to see labels on the front of products with a clear statement of which ingredients are good and which should be avoided. 

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Infographic: Grocery Prices Skyrocket as Beef, Fruit Costs are Up

July 17, 2014 8:08 am | by Labor Department USDA

The rise in prices of certain foods, like beef and fresh fruits, is outpacing overall inflation. With the pricey costs of eating, there has also been a hike in consumer-price indexes for food at home, more commonly known as groceries. 

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Product Imaging in Russia Likely to Open Doors for Food Companies

July 17, 2014 7:45 am | by Canadean

Research from Canadean predicts that the new amendments on using product images on packaging proposed by Russia's Federation Council will change the FMCG market rules in Russia by creating better conditions for smaller businesses and new entrants.

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Research Shows Sucralose as a Healthy Alternative for Diabetics

July 16, 2014 3:29 pm | by SPLENDA

With summer comes desserts, and who wants to skip out on delicious treats? Recent research offers encouraging news that some desserts made with sucralose — in place of added sugar— may help with maintaining blood sugar and insulin levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

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Americans More Concerned About Food Waste Than GMOs

July 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by Sealed Air

As populations skyrocket, global demand for food has never been higher. But in the U.S., more than one-third of the food produced is never eaten and a new survey shows that food waste is near the top of the list of consumers' environmental concerns.

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Infographic: What's the Buzz in #Food Trends on Social Media?

July 16, 2014 12:00 pm | by Microsoft Social Listening

When it comes to food, everything from on-the-go to here-and-gourmet is on the table. What was popular last week might not be the cool item next week. Social media is always abuzz with what's on the world's menu. So what's trending now?

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