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Radioactive Beef, Feed Found In Japan

July 11, 2011 4:57 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Kyodo) — High levels of radioactive cesium were detected in straw fed to cattle at a farm in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, local officials said Monday, fueling suspicion it was the source of the radioactive contamination found in the meat of cows shipped from there.

Former Sardine Cannery Gets New Life With Lobster

July 11, 2011 4:52 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The billboard-sized aluminum fisherman standing outside what was the last full-time sardine cannery in the U.S. no longer holds an oversized tin of Beach Cliff sardines. The hulking fisherman is now grasping an old-fashioned wooden lobster trap in his arms.

Photo Of The Day: Shrimping Success

July 11, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this photo taken July 1, 2011, Darryl Brown holds some of the Pacific white shrimp he, his wife and son raise at their farm in Fowler, Ind. Brown, who sells the shrimp live for $15 a pound to restaurants, at farmers’ markets and to visitors to his northern Indiana farm, began raising the shrimp last year in an old barn he converted into a nursery for young shrimp.

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Hog Farm Owner Faces Prison Term

July 8, 2011 4:48 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say the owner of a Columbus County hog farm faces up to a year in prison after he pleaded guilty in federal court to violating the Clean Water Act for discharging hog waste directly into a stream that leads to the Waccamaw River. Federal authorities say Freedman Farms Inc.

7-Eleven Meals Recalled For Listeria

July 8, 2011 4:44 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

HONOLULU (AP) — About 1,550 pounds of packaged meals sold in Hawaii 7-Eleven stores are being recalled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Wednesday Honolulu-based Warabeya U.S.A is recalling the meals that may be contaminated with listeria. The recall includes fried chicken and teriyaki chicken boxed meals, known in Hawaii as bentos.

Sara Lee Names New CFO

July 8, 2011 4:41 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp. has named Maria Henry as its chief financial officer of the company's North American operations. Henry, 44, will also serve as chief financial officer for the entire company after Sara Lee completes a spinoff of its international coffee and tea business in spring 2012.

Egg Producers, Humane Society Propose Cage Laws

July 8, 2011 4:39 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatened with a series of state laws cracking down on cramped cages, the egg industry on Thursday said it would agree to seek federal regulation to improve conditions for egg-laying hens. In an unusual move, the United Egg Producers announced the effort in a joint appearance with the Humane Society of the United States.

Japanese Restaurant Closes After Fatal Food Poisonings

July 8, 2011 4:35 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

KANAZAWA, Japan (Kyodo) — Food Forus Co., operator of a "yakiniku" barbecue restaurant chain involved in a string of food poisoning cases, including fatal ones, began to dissolve itself Friday, a lawyer representing the company said. The amount of damages Food Forus needs to pay victims in the cases is believed to be at least 500 million yen, while its total debts excluding the compensation payments are estimated to reach 1 billion yen.

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Photo Of The Day: Fishing For Sharks

July 8, 2011 4:32 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this photo taken July 5, 2011, A fisherman cuts a hammerhead shark in Puerto Lopez, Ecuador. Thousands of young sharks in danger of extinction are regularly caught by fishing boats along the Ecuadorian coast to be sold mainly to Asian markets. A 2007 presidential decree authorized fishermen to sell shark meat and fins as long as the animals were caught by accident in fishing nets.

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Jamaica Bans Citrus Sales To Control Pest

July 7, 2011 4:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica has shuttered all citrus nurseries across the tropical country to try and check an invasive pest that carries a fast-spreading bacteria capable of devastating its $43 million commercial industry, officials said Tuesday. Jamaica's ministry of agriculture announced that all nurseries were closed until further notice and the sale of plants were prohibited to control the spread of the incurable "citrus greening" disease, which has hobbled citrus production in parts of China and infested millions of dead and dying trees in Florida and Brazil.

3D Chocolate Printing: Creating Custom Confections

July 7, 2011 4:50 am | by Manufacturing and retail could get a boost from a newly-developed 3D chocolate printer.

In the long term, the technology could be used by customers to design many different products themselves – tailor-made to their needs and preferences. The project is being led by the University of Exeter in collaboration with the Brunel University and software developer Delcam.

Food Companies Get Sneaky With Veggies

July 7, 2011 4:44 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

It looks like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, and Kraft says it tastes just like the original. But a new ingredient is lurking inside this version of the American family dinner staple — cauliflower. Don't tell the kids! Kraft Foods Inc. is the latest large food manufacturer to try hiding additional veggies in packaged foods, an effort to ride a renewed interest in healthy eating to fatter profits.

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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