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Mich. Allows Sale Of Offensively-Named Beer

July 1, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan liquor regulators have switched their position and will allow sales of a Maryland-based beer with a name that’s offensive to some people. Flying Dog Brewery has received approval to promote and sell a popular India pale ale called Raging B---- in Michigan.

Processors Ramp Up Security For Food Safety

July 1, 2011 4:42 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SALEM, N.M. (AP) — Walk through the office door and be prepared to sign in on a clip board. And don't forget the security badge. No, you're not in a federal office. Nor an elementary school, where such measures might be a given. Rather, it's an onion-packing and shipping shed in Salem, about 40 miles north of Las Cruces.

PepsiCo To Buy Rest Of Russian Food Co.

July 1, 2011 4:38 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc. said Friday it will buy the remaining 23 percent stake in Russian dairy and juice company Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods. Soft drink and snack maker PepsiCo acquired a 77 percent stake in the company in February for $3.8 billion. Wimm-Bill-Dann produces dairy products, juices, mineral water and baby food.

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Photo Of The Day: Ice Cream Maker Closes Afer 80 Years

July 1, 2011 4:36 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — Yarnell's Premium Ice Cream containers are displayed in a Little Rock, Ark., grocer's freezer shelf Thursday, June 30, 2011. The ice cream maker announced Thursday that it will shut its doors after nearly 80 years because of a decline in ice cream sales and rising prices.

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Animal Welfare Group Pressures Grocers With Videos

June 30, 2011 5:10 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An animal welfare group that has used undercover videos to generate public outrage over the treatment of livestock said it now plans to use secret recordings to pressure large grocery chains to stop buying from farms that use practices it considers abusive.

Study: Children Who Eat Candy Weigh Less

June 30, 2011 5:07 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(PRNewswire) — Children and adolescents who eat candy tend to weigh less than their non-consuming counterparts, according to a new study(1) published in Food & Nutrition Research, a peer-reviewed journal .   This is potentially important news given the current state of the childhood obesity epidemic.

Acid, Chlorine Caused Deadly Tyson Gas Mixture

June 30, 2011 5:00 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — A solution of chlorine was poured into a drum of acid inside a Tyson Foods Inc. chicken processing plant in Arkansas this week, creating chlorine gas that sickened more than 170 people, authorities said in a report obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press.

Europe's E. Coli-Tainted Seeds Traced To Egypt

June 30, 2011 4:56 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LONDON (AP) — Health experts warn there could be more E. coli cases across Europe and elsewhere after finding that recent deadly outbreaks were probably linked to contaminated Egyptian fenugreek seeds. They say the fenugreek seeds are likely to blame for a massive food poisoning outbreak in Germany in May that killed at least 47 people and infected over 4,000 people, as well as a much smaller outbreak in France in June.

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Worker Crushed To Death At Bottling Plant

June 30, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore fire spokesman says an employee was crushed to death at a bottling plant. Fire spokesman Kevin Cartwright says the identity of the employee and other details surrounding the accident Wednesday morning were not immediately available. The fire spokesman says investigators were at the scene trying to determine how the accident occurred.

Photo Of The Day: Facebook Protest Leads To 'Cottage Cheese Victory'

June 30, 2011 4:47 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this June 17, 2011 file photo, a consumer picks up a tub of cottage cheese inside a supermarket in Jerusalem. A high-profile Facebook protest has scored a victory for consumers in Israel: Their threats of a boycott forced a dramatic drop in the price of cottage cheese.

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Nestle Purina Recalls Cat Food

June 29, 2011 4:59 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(FDA) — Nestlé Purina PetCare Company (NPPC) is voluntarily recalling approximately 870 bags of dry cat food shipped to Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. This is being done as a precautionary measure, as the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella . Only the following products with both the "Best By" date and production codes shown are included in this voluntary recall: Product Name Bag Size "Best By" Date & Production Code* Bag UPC Code Cat Chow Naturals Dry Cat Foot 6.

Nestle Wins Battle Over Coffee Capsules

June 29, 2011 4:56 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

GENEVA (AP) — Food and drinks giant Nestle has won a legal battle in its war with Swiss rival Denner over the distribution of coffee capsules made to fit its best-selling line of Nespresso coffee machines. Switzerland's Federal Tribunal in Lausanne on Tuesday ruled that Nestle had unjustly been denied the right to be heard by a lower court when it asked for supermarket chain Denner's capsules to be banned for infringing the Vevey-based company's intellectual property.

Producer Accused Of Unfair Hiring Practices

June 29, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Justice Department has filed a complaint against Farmland Foods Inc., accusing the food producer of asking for unnecessary documents when considering non-U.S. citizens for employment. The complaint accuses Farmland Foods, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc.

Dr Pepper Snapple Sues Bottler

June 29, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PLANO, Texas (AP) — Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. filed a lawsuit against one of its bottlers Tuesday over what it says are license agreement violations. The beverage maker said Dr Pepper Bottling Co. of Dublin, Texas, is selling Dr Pepper beyond the six-county territory allowed under its license agreement.

Campbell To Cut 770 Jobs, Close Russian Operations

June 29, 2011 4:47 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

TRENTON, New Jersey (AP) — The Campbell Soup Co. said Tuesday that it would eliminate 770 jobs around the world and shut down its fledgling soup-selling operation in Russia as part of a restructuring plan announced just before a new CEO takes charge of the company. The cuts and other changes offer hints at which way Denise Morrison may steer the company when she takes over as CEO and president from Douglas Conant on Aug.

Photo Of The Day: General Mills 4Q Profit Up 51 Percent

June 29, 2011 4:43 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — A shopper picks out General Mill's Haagen-Dazs ice cream at Piazza's grocery store in Palo Alto, Calif., Tuesday, June 28, 2011. General Mills Inc.'s fiscal fourth-quarter net income rose 51 percent on stronger sales but was hampered by higher ingredient costs. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) 173 Hospitalized After Tyson Gas Emergency Supreme Court To Review Rules On Slaughtering Downed Pigs Sprouts Linked To 20 Salmonella Cases In U.

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Sprouts Linked To 20 Salmonella Cases In U.S.

June 28, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration is issuing a rare warning to consumers, asking diners to avoid Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts because they may be linked to 20 cases of salmonella poisoning. The Idaho-based company has not recalled the sprouts though the FDA says they are possibly linked to illnesses in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington state.

Supreme Court To Review Rules On Slaughtering Downed Pigs

June 28, 2011 4:46 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether the state of California can block the slaughter of sick pigs. The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from the National Meat Association. California strengthened regulations against slaughtering so-called "downer" animals after the 2008 release of an undercover Humane Society video showing workers abusing cows at a Southern California slaughterhouse.

173 Hospitalized After Tyson Gas Emergency

June 28, 2011 4:43 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Approximately 300 people at a Tyson Foods chicken processing plant in northwest Arkansas were evacuated and 173 sent to local hospitals after an accidental mixture of chemicals created a chlorine gas inside part of the facility Monday morning. The workers were forced from Tyson's Berry Street plant in Springdale, company spokesman Gary Mickelson said.

USDA Launches Food Safety Campaign

June 28, 2011 4:39 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Clean. Cook. Chill. Separate. That's the message of a new U.S. government campaign to raise awareness of safe food handling in the wake of a European E. coli outbreak that has killed almost 50 people. The campaign, launched just before the barbecue-heavy Fourth of July holiday, hopes to remind busy home chefs to clean off surfaces and utensils, wash hands, separate raw meats from other foods and cook meat to the right temperature, among other safety precautions.

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