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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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