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Study: Yogurt Can Protect Against Metal Poisoning

October 9, 2014 8:47 am | by American Society for Microbiology

Yogurt containing probiotic bacteria successfully protected children and pregnant women against heavy metal exposure in a recent study. Researchers distributed a special yogurt containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus bacteria and observed the outcomes.

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Price Gap Between More and Less Healthy Foods Grows

October 9, 2014 8:42 am | by University of Cambridge

A recent study tracked the price of 94 key food and beverage items from 2002 to 2012. Its findings show that more healthy foods were consistently more expensive than less healthy foods, and have risen more sharply in price over time.    

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New at the Pot Shop: Milder Edibles For Inexperienced Customers

October 9, 2014 8:38 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

New on the shelves in Colorado's recreational pot shops is the "Rookie Cookie," a marijuana-infused confection that contains 10 milligrams of marijuana's psychoactive ingredient. That's a low enough dose that most adults wouldn't be too impaired to drive a car.

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Pepsi Sales Expected to Rise in Q3

October 9, 2014 8:29 am | by Associated Press

The world's largest snack maker posted earnings of $2.01 billion for the period ended Sept. 6. That compares with $1.91 billion a year earlier. The company has been able to strengthen its pricing to boost gross margins, even with economic growth stagnating overseas.

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Infographic: FDA Warning Letters Study

October 9, 2014 7:17 am | by Sparta Systems

As of June 30, 2014, there has been 267 Warning Letters issued, which suggests a downward trend for the total amount of warning letters for the year. Among the letters received through June, 44 percent were in the Food and Beverage industry. 

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Food Companies Spend Heavily to Defeat GMO Food Labeling Votes

October 8, 2014 3:27 pm | by Cornucopia Institute

Citizen initiatives on the November 4 ballots in both Colorado and Oregon would mandate clear labeling of genetically engineered ingredients on food packages. The pending votes have sparked a high-priced battleground pitting consumer and farmer advocates against multi-billion-dollar agribusiness corporations.

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Getting the Most Out of Aquaculture: Pearls of Wisdom

October 8, 2014 2:48 pm | by American Physiological Society (APS)

As global populations rise, so does the demand for seafood. In developing nations, fish and seafood often comprise a large portion of the diet. Aquaculture is a booming business and the fastest growing form of global food production.     

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Daughter of Oklahoma Beheading Victim is in 'Utter Shock'

October 8, 2014 2:27 pm | by Associated Press

Kelli Hufford, daughter of the woman beheaded at the Oklahoma food plant last week, says she felt "complete and utter shock" when she learned how her mother had been killed. The plant employee who attacked her mom will face the death penalty. 

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Mars Chocolate to Launch Wide Range of New Products

October 8, 2014 2:17 pm | by Mars Chocolate North America

Mars Chocolate North America announced a wide range of new products that will hit store shelves in the coming months, and two of the items are back by popular demand. Fan favorites M&M'S Brand Crispy Chocolate Candies and SNICKERS Xtreme Bar will join newcomers.

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Minn. Firm Recalls 62K Pounds of Meat Products For Possible Listeria

October 8, 2014 1:55 pm | by Food Safety

A Burnsville, Minnesota establishment is recalling approximately 62,488 pounds of meat and poultry products due to possible contamination with Listeria. The products were produced on various dates between July and September, and then shipped nationwide.

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Snack Food Manufacturer Expands, Creates More Than 250 Jobs

October 8, 2014 10:33 am | by Associated Press

Snack food manufacturer Calbee North America will set up a factory in a former BMW warehouse in Senatobia, Mississippi. Officials say the company will invest $51.1 million and will create 254 jobs over the next five years.      

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Big Name Restaurants Reduce Calories in Their Menus

October 8, 2014 9:57 am | by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Researchers say this could herald a trend in calorie reduction in anticipation of expected new federal government rules requiring large chain restaurants — including most fast-food places — to post calorie counts on their menus.      

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Pumped About Pumpkins: Just a Health Hype, or the Real Deal?

October 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Baylor University

Pumpkin spice cake donuts, pumpkin ice cream and pumpkin lattes. While pumpkin has many health benefits, how much are consumers truly benefiting from pumpkin-laced candy? Afterall, it's still just candy...right?           

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Regulators Consider Options For Maine's Elver Fishing

October 8, 2014 9:29 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Elvers, also called glass eels, are sold overseas as seed stock for Asian aquaculture companies that raise them to maturity and sell them as food. Prices topped $1,800 per pound in 2012 and 2013, and the fishery is Maine's second most valuable, behind only lobsters.

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Pepsi Sells Artisanal Soda 'Caleb's Kola'

October 8, 2014 9:22 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that will come in a glass bottle. The name is a nod to a pharmacist from North Carolina who is credited with creating Pepsi's formula in the 1890s.       

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October is 'Get to Know GMOs' Month

October 7, 2014 2:15 pm | by GMO Answers

This month GMO Answers invites the public to "Get to Know GMOs."  With consumers' conscious efforts to know more about how their food is grown, GMO Answers provides an online resource for information on GMOs and how food is grown.   

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Report: Rising Demand for Natural Sweeteners

October 7, 2014 2:04 pm | by Canadean

The food trend towards whole foods and natural products has also meant a growing demand for natural sweeteners made from herbs. In 2013, approximately 20 percent of new non-caloric soft drinks were based on natural sweeteners.      

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Consumer Trends: Growing Interest in Cold 'Ready to Drink' Coffee

October 7, 2014 1:57 pm | by Multi-sponsor Surveys, Inc.

According to Multi-sponsor Surveys' newly released 2014 U.S. Coffee Study, frequent consumption of RTD canned/bottled cold coffee drinks (including espresso and cappuccino)  increased over the past two years, particularly among Millennials and Hispanics.  

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Cargill's Illinois Pork Plant Reaches 6 Million Work Hours With No Injuries

October 7, 2014 1:50 pm | by Cargill

Cargill's pork processing facility in Beardstown, Illinois employs more than 2,000 workers and produces more than 1 billion pounds of pork annually. It was April 2013 when the most recent lost-time injury took place at the plant.     

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3 Lawsuits Pending, Whiskey-Maker Responds to Allegations

October 7, 2014 1:44 pm | by Associated Press

Whiskey maker Templeton Rye has been under scrutiny after revealing they use a stock rye whiskey from an Indiana distillery before blending it with more ingredients in Iowa. At least three lawsuits claiming the company deceived customers are pending. 

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