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Photo Of The Day: All About Pesticide Residues

February 17, 2012 9:46 am designed this infographic as a commentary on the FDA's handling of a fungicide scare in orange juice imports.


U.S. And China Sign Food Agreement

February 16, 2012 1:07 pm

The United States and China have agreed to sign a five-year agreement that will guide discussions on food security, food safety and sustainable agriculture.


New England Shrimping Season To End Friday

February 16, 2012 1:05 pm | by CLARKE CANFIELD,Associated Press

Over the objections of fishermen and shrimp processors, regulators on Wednesday voted to shut down the New England shrimp fishery after Friday because fishermen have reached their catch limit for the season.


Dean Foods Issues Healthy Outlook

February 16, 2012 1:02 pm

Shares of Dean Foods soared Wednesday, after the dairy distributor announced an adjusted fourth-quarter profit that beat Wall Street predictions and issued a healthy outlook for the current quarter and full year.


Kellogg Looks To Expand With Pringles

February 16, 2012 12:58 pm | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN,AP Business Writers

The food giant is best known for its lineup of sweet breakfast items, including Frosted Flakes and Eggo frozen waffles. But on Wednesday, it became the world's second-biggest savory snack maker behind PepsiCo Inc.'s Frito-Lay with a $2.7 billion deal to buy the potato snack brand from Procter & Gamble.


Tainted Sprouts Again Linked To Jimmy John's

February 16, 2012 12:53 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that 12 cases of E. coli poisoning in five states are linked to raw clover sprouts eaten at Jimmy John's restaurants. The outbreak comes a year after raw alfalfa sprouts from one of the chain's suppliers were linked to 140 salmonella illnesses.


Consumer Trends: Organic Food Sales Hit Record In 2011

February 16, 2012 12:35 pm

For the first time in four years since undertaking its Annual Organic Product Survey, TABS Group found a significant increase in American consumers reporting they purchased organic products and a jump in overall sales.  Specifically, the percentage of all consumers stating they purchased organics rose from 39.8 percent in January 2011 to 41.8 percent in January 2012, a 5 percent increase, according to Dr. Kurt Jetta, TABS Group CEO.


2011 Beef And Pork Prices Hit Record Highs

February 16, 2012 10:15 am

A government report says U.S. beef and pork exports hit record highs last year because of stronger demand, particularly in Asian countries.


Trinidad Moruga Scorpion: The Hottest Pepper On The Planet

February 16, 2012 10:10 am | by SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN,Associated Press

There are super-hot chile varieties. And then there's the sweat-inducing, tear-generating, mouth-on-fire Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. With a name like that, it's not surprising that months of research by the experts at New Mexico State University's Chile Pepper Institute have identified the variety as the new hottest pepper on the planet.


Organic Milk Market Surges Faster Than Supply

February 16, 2012 10:07 am | by MICHAEL HILL,Associated Press

As the milk — which federal regulations require be from cows fed organic feed and free from production-boosting synthetic hormones — rose in popularity during the past decade, there haven't always been enough farmers to meet demand (it can take three years to transition a conventional dairy farm to organic).


Dr Pepper Snapple 4Q Rises 48 Percent

February 16, 2012 10:04 am

Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income climbed 48 percent, helped by higher prices and strong performances from its new Dr. Pepper TEN as well as its Sun Drop citrus-flavored beverage.


Obama's Budget Cuts Pathogen Testing In Produce

February 16, 2012 9:58 am | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

President Barack Obama's proposed budget would eliminate the nation's only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.


Photo Of The Day: Running Low On Organic

February 16, 2012 9:54 am

Even as more consumers are willing to pay premium prices for organic milk, supermarkets are having trouble keeping it on the shelves as high feed and fuel prices have left some organic dairy farmers simply unable to keep up with demand.


University Develops Software To Rapidly Analyze Foodborne Pathogens

February 15, 2012 1:09 pm

From 2008 to 2010, a team of Bioinformatics graduate students at Georgia Tech University, led by School of Biology Associate Professor King Jordan, worked in close collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create an integrated suite of computational tools for the analysis of microbial genome sequences.


U.S. And EU Sign Organic Food Agreement

February 15, 2012 1:06 pm

American and EU officials say they've signed an agreement that will allow products certified as organic in Europe or the U.S. to be sold as organic in both regions.


Consumer Trends: Functional Drinks Are Fastest Growing Beverage Segment

February 15, 2012 1:04 pm

The fastest growing drinks category from 2010-2015 will be functional drinks, which will grow at 5.0% per year to reach $61 billion. Bottled water will grow at 4.8% driving the total market to $125 billion, while concentrates will be the third-fastest-growing category at 3.3%.


Delay Of $650M Agro-Defense Lab A 'Huge Food Safety Issue'

February 15, 2012 1:00 pm | by JOHN MILBURN,Associated Press

The $650 million lab is to be built near Kansas State University and replace an aging facility at Plum Island, N.Y. Kansas officials said Tuesday they're uncertain when the administration changed its mind on the project, but they will be seeking answers.


Hawaii Considers Taxing Sugary Drinks

February 15, 2012 12:55 pm

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are united in opposition of a proposal that would assess a surcharge on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Hawaii.


Analyst Sees Solid Year For Food Makers

February 15, 2012 12:53 pm

Morgan Stanley analyst Matthew Grangier sees a solid year ahead for food makers. As he initiated coverage of the industry with a research note Tuesday, he noted that food makers and sellers typically benefit during a weak economy because consumers still need to eat — and they tend to do so at home more often.


Corn Products International To Change Name

February 15, 2012 10:14 am

Food ingredient maker Corn Products International Inc. plans to change its name to Ingredion as part of a strategy to present itself as a maker of several ingredients for the food, beverage and brewing industries.



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