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Meat Industry Fires Back at Federal Dietary Recommendations

March 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. meat industry is fighting back against proposed federal dietary guidelines that recommend eating less red and processed meat, which trade groups said go "outside the purview" of nutrition research.

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McDonald's Workers Allege Numerous Injuries, Unsafe Conditions

March 16, 2015 3:35 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.

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US Dairy Producers Not Yet Out of the Woods

March 16, 2015 2:55 pm

Despite a recent rally in dairy commodity prices, up from January lows, Rabobank’s Q1 2015 report on the dairy industry finds that suppliers are not out of the woods yet.

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George Dickel Whiskey is Losing Master Distiller

March 16, 2015 2:30 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

A central figure in the public dispute between Jack Daniel's and George Dickel distilleries over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey is leaving to head up a brand named after a legendary moonshiner.

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Archaeologists Find Ancient Pretzels

March 16, 2015 2:05 pm | by Associated Press

Archeologists say two pretzels unearthed during a dig on the banks of the Danube in the German city of Regensburg could be more than 300 years old.

Cuba Requests 20-Year Sentences For Egg Thieves

March 16, 2015 11:40 am | by Associated Press

 Cuban prosecutors are seeking prison terms of eight to 20 years for nearly two dozen people suspected of conspiring to steal millions of eggs for sale on the black market, official media reported Friday.

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GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop on Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture convened a recent "coexistence" workshop in North Carolina in an effort to bridge the wide gulf between proponents and critics of genetically modified crops.

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Officials: Listeriosis Linked to Ice Cream Not Cause of 3 Deaths, May be Factor

March 16, 2015 9:15 am | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

A foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products might have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients in Kansas, health officials said Saturday. But listeriosis didn't cause the deaths, according to a Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman.

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Coca-Cola Teams Up With Nutritionists to Push Coke as Healthy Treat

March 16, 2015 8:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest beverage maker is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.

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New Bird Flu Strain Has Poultry Farmers Scrambling

March 16, 2015 8:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states — and to stop it from spreading.

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In The News: Powdered Alcohol

March 16, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Palcohol has been a popular topic of late, and the powdered alcohol product received approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau last week. Find out more about Palcohol by taking a look at a compilation of media coverage on the topic.

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Consumers Will Pay More For Safer Potatoes

March 13, 2015 4:00 pm | by Iowa State University

New research from an Iowa State University economist found consumers were willing to spend more for genetically modified potato products with reduced levels of a chemical compound linked to cancer.

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Sugar Industry Played Role in '70s Dental Program

March 13, 2015 3:20 pm | by UC San Francisco

A newly discovered cache of industry documents reveals that the sugar industry worked closely with the National Institutes of Health in the 1960s and '70s to develop a federal research program focused on approaches other than sugar reduction to prevent tooth decay in American children.

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Mountain Dew Creates New Craft Soda

March 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Mountain Dew is joining the craft craze with its new DEWshine, expected to hit the store shelves on March 23. But even though the product has yet to hit store shelves, the beverage giant is taking some grief for going craft.

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What Happens to Grain During Cooking?

March 13, 2015 1:55 pm | by ACS

Researchers, trying to understand wheat-related health problems, have found new clues to how the grain’s proteins, including gluten, change when cooked and digested.

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Flavor is Encoded in Your Brain

March 13, 2015 1:35 pm | by German Institute of Human Nutrition

The ability to taste is crucial for food choice and the formation of food preferences. Now, a team of researchers has revealed how taste is encoded in patterns of neutral activity in the human brain.

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5 Barrels of Stolen Bourbon Found in Backyard

March 13, 2015 9:10 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

Another iconic bourbon brand in Kentucky has been targeted in a heist, but this time authorities say they have arrested a suspect caught with the stash of pricey whiskey in his backyard.

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Got the Munchies? Snack Delivery Services Have a Box For That

March 13, 2015 8:25 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press

Meal delivery services have been a booming business for a while. But what about between meals? During the past five years, a growing number of companies have rushed to help snackers who want their afternoon and midnight munchies satisfied by mail.

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Regulators Say Powdered Alcohol is Illegal in Massachusetts

March 13, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

The Alcohol Beverages Control Commission issued the advisory two days after a federal regulatory agency, the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, approved Palcohol, a condensed form of alcohol that is intended to be mixed with water into drinks.

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Poultry Stocks Mixed Amid Avian Flu Fears

March 13, 2015 8:05 am | by Associated Press

Shares of poultry producers were mixed Thursday, a day after falling sharply on fears that new cases of avian flu could impact U.S. poultry exports. Authorities in Arkansas and Missouri said that avian flu was detected in turkey flocks at farms in the two states this week.

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