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Former Beverage Exec Heads To Trial

July 7, 2011 4:40 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The trial of a former executive of bankrupt beverage maker Le-Nature's Inc. has begun in U.S. District Court. Robert B. Lynn, 67, the former president of the bankrupt company, is the only one charged in the case who hasn't plead guilty. His trial began Wednesday. Prosecutors claim Lynn was a conspirator in a complex scheme, but the defense says he was a dupe betrayed by Chief Executive Gregory Podlucky.

Egypt Denies Seeds Caused E. Coli

July 7, 2011 4:38 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian fenugreek seeds suspected by European food inspectors to have caused a deadly E. coli outbreak were not contaminated, the Egyptian agriculture minister said Wednesday, citing lab tests. The European Food Safety Authority has said one lot of fenugreek seeds from Egypt was probably the source of the recent food poisoning outbreaks in Germany and France.

Photo Of The Day: The Power Of Tequila

July 7, 2011 4:34 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — This April 2011 photo shows workers at Destileria la Fortaleza, the last distillery in Tequila that still uses a tahona, a giant lava stone, to crush the juices from the baked agave, in Mexico. Here the juice is being pumped into a wooden fermentation vat, where it will spend about a week as the sugar ferments into alcohol.

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FDA Issues Anti-Smuggling Strategy, Guidance On Dietary Ingredients

July 6, 2011 5:01 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(FDA) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced that it has completed two tasks required by the new Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). FDA has issued an anti-smuggling strategy, and issued draft guidance clarifying agency expectations on new dietary ingredients.  The FDA issued an anti-smuggling strategy developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that will help to identify and prevent smuggled foods from entering the United States and posing a threat to national security and consumer safety.

UN Calls For Greener Food Production

July 6, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

GENEVA (AP) — World food production will have to increase by up to 100 percent by 2050 and focus on greener methods to sustain an expected 9 billion population, the U.N. said Tuesday in its annual survey of economic and social trends. The U.N.'s annual World Economic and Social Survey called for governments to invest nearly $2 trillion (about 1.

18,416 Pounds Of Ham Recalled For Listeria

July 6, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(USDA) — Carolina Pride Foods, Inc., a Greenwood, S.C. establishment is recalling approximately 18,416 pounds of boneless, fully cooked ham products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes , the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Researcher Uses Light To Grow Bigger Crawfish

July 6, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana researcher looking into ways to produce more and bigger crawfish in the same space said she's had success with lighting the ponds at night and believes her work could pave the way for expanding crawfish farming in cooler areas. Crawfish is one of the nation's biggest aquaculture crops, with the number of pounds harvested second only to catfish in most years.

GOP Resists Efforts To Limit Kids' Food Ads

July 6, 2011 4:46 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans are siding with food companies resisting the Obama administration's efforts to pressure them to stop advertising junk food for children. Some food companies say the government is going too far with guidelines proposed earlier this year by several government agencies.

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Photo Of The Day: A Virtual Feast

July 6, 2011 4:42 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — Public relations representatives Alix Leonard-Morgan, left, and Andea Smuts use the interactive menu projected onto the table in an Inamo restaurant in central London, Monday, July 4, 2011. Want a virtual bite of what you'll eat before ordering from the menu? An Asian-themed restaurant in London's theater district is giving its customers just that, projecting images of dragon rolls, black cod, and other dishes directly onto diners' plates.

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Processor Cited For Drug-Contaminated Veal

July 5, 2011 5:04 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(FDA) —The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California, Sacramento Division, entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against John C. Virtue, doing business as Virtue Calves, and Shannon L. Virtue for selling veal calves for use as food that contain illegal drug residues in violation of federal law.

Bayer To Pay $750M In Genetic Crop Settlement

July 5, 2011 5:01 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) — German conglomerate Bayer CropScience agreed Friday to pay up to $750 million to settle several lawsuits with U.S. farmers who claimed a strain of the company's unapproved genetically modified rice contaminated the food supply and hurt their crop prices.

Udi's Rides Gluten Free Trend

July 5, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DENVER (AP) — According to company lore, Udi's Gluten Free Foods' master baker Chadwick White has gotten at least two marriage proposals based on his recipes that have helped launch the rapidly-growing business. If trends from the first half of the year continue, the company is poised to have $70 million in sales this year, up from $5.

Nestle May Buy Chinese Candy Maker

July 5, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nestle SA, the world's largest food and drink company, is in talks to buy a Chinese candy maker in a deal that would cost roughly $2.6 billion, according to a published report. A deal to purchase Hsu Fu Chi International is in the works but has not been finalized, Bloomberg News reported.

Seeds Blamed For Europe's E. Coli Still For Sale

July 5, 2011 4:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LONDON (AP) — Egyptian sprout seeds blamed for Europe's massive and deadly E. coli outbreak are still on the market and were shipped to more countries than was previously believed, including Austria, Britain and Spain, officials said Tuesday. The European Food Safety Authority confirmed in a report that one lot of contaminated fenugreek seeds from Egypt was probably the source of the recent food poisoning outbreaks in Germany and France, but the number of European countries that received parts of the suspected lot is "much larger than previously known.

Photo Of The Day: Barcoding Beef

July 5, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this June 27, 2011 photo provided by Dan Buskirk, a Michigan State University tag and barcode is seen on meat at a processing plant in Byron Center, Mich. A small herd of cattle from MSU was recently slaughtered with two goals: boosting the amount of locally-produced food on campus and creating a system of tracking beef from the farm to the plate.

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Constellation Brands Posts $75M Profit In 1Q

July 1, 2011 4:51 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

ROCHESTER, New York (AP) — Constellation Brands Inc., maker of Robert Mondavi wine and Svedka vodka, said Thursday its first-quarter profit jumped 52 percent to $75 million on improved wine and spirits sales in North America. The company, which also sells imported beers such as Corona, said its revenue dropped 19 percent to $635 million largely because it sold the bulk of its struggling Australian and British wine business.

6 Remain Hospitalized After Tyson Gas Leak

July 1, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Six people remain in the hospital after an accident caused chlorine gas to fill part of a Tyson Foods Inc. plant in northwest Arkansas. Company spokesman Gary Mickelson said Thursday that none of the six are in intensive care. More than 170 were taken to the hospital Monday morning after someone accidentally poured a chlorine solution into a drum of mixed acids.

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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