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3,243 Cases Of Avocados Recalled For Listeria

September 15, 2011 4:57 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — Fine Mexican Food Products, Inc. (FMP) located in the City of Ontario in California is recalling 1,423 Cases of 12/2 lb. Frozen Avocado Pulp and 1,820 Cases IQF 8/3 lb. IQF Avocado Halves as distributed since June/2010 because of the possibility to be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

FDA Official Slams Corn Syrup Rebranding

September 15, 2011 4:53 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A recent attempt by the corn industry to change the name of a widely used but increasingly controversial sweetener was misleading and could have robbed consumers of important information, a top official at the Food and Drug Administration said in documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Gas For Soda Fountain Caused McDonald's Illnesses, Death

September 15, 2011 4:50 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Carbon dioxide piped through gas lines to a soda fountain leaked in a McDonald's Corp. restaurant in Georgia and sickened 10 people, including a woman who later died after being found unconscious in a restroom, police said Wednesday. Investigators determined a leaky gas line between the walls caused the gas, used to pump carbonation into sodas, to build up a week ago to the point where people inside were unable to breathe.

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PepsiCo Beverage Chief To Leave

September 15, 2011 4:47 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

PURCHASE, N.Y. (AP) — PepsiCo Inc.'s North American beverage chief, who joined the company last year when it bought its two biggest bottlers, will step down late this year, the soft drink company said Wednesday. Eric Foss will be replaced by Al Carey, a 30-year PepsiCo veteran who now runs the Frito-Lay North America snacks unit.

Photo Of The Day: USDA Looks To Feed More Kids In Summer

September 15, 2011 4:27 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — School food service worker Alina Mendoza stands in the kitchen of Scott Elementary School in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011. Mendoza was excited this summer when a federal grant provided money for her daughter and other children to pick up backpacks full of food each Friday from a local elementary school.

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Senator Backs Bill To End Horse Slaughter Ban

September 14, 2011 5:03 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Max Baucus says Congress is moving closer to allowing U.S. horses to be slaughtered primarily for their meat with a move that allows inspections of the facilities. The Democratic senator has been backing an idea to allow the U.S. Department of Agriculture to again start inspecting horse slaughter plants.

ConAgra Issues Deadline For Ralcorp On Buyout Bid

September 14, 2011 4:58 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — ConAgra Foods Inc. on Tuesday gave Ralcorp Holdings Inc. a week to start talking about its takeover proposal. The ultimatum sent Ralcorp's shares down $7.68, or 9 percent, to $77.46 in aftermarket trading. ConAgra, which owns brands like Chef Boyardee, Orville Redenbacher's and Healthy Choice, repeated its latest bid for $5.

Food Anti-Terror Programs Costly, Poorly Managed

September 14, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the deepest fears sweeping a shattered nation following the Sept. 11 attacks was that terrorists might poison the country's food. Hoping to ease people's anxieties about what they were eating, President George W. Bush vowed to draw a protective shield around the food supply and defend it from farm to fork.

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FDA: Apple Juice Is Safe

September 14, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SILVER SPRING, Md. (FDA) — There has been a lot of publicity recently over the amount of arsenic in the apple juice that many children drink. But the Food and Drug Administration has every confidence in the safety of apple juice. Donald Zink, Ph.D., senior science advisor at FDA's Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, explains that arsenic is present in the environment as a naturally-occurring substance or as a result of contamination from human activity.

Deadly Listeria Outbreak Prompts Cantaloupe Warning

September 14, 2011 4:45 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DENVER (AP) — Health officials have issued a warning for cantaloupes from a revered melon-producing area of the U.S. state of Colorado amid a bacteria outbreak blamed for four deaths in the state and New Mexico, troubling farmers who depend on sales of the fruit. The warning from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came after numerous cases of a strain of Listeria were reported in six states, including at least 11 from Colorado, 10 from New Mexico, two from Texas, and one each from Indiana, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Photo Of The Day: 12,000-Pound Chocolate Bar

September 14, 2011 4:20 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

(AP) — In this photo provided by Chicago-based World's Finest Chocolate, Garry Hine, left, and Gary Wychocki help move a giant chocolate bar to a scale Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, in Chicago. The chocolate bar weighs 12,000 pounds and measures 3-feet high and 21-feet long. It includes 1,200 pounds of almonds, 5,500 pounds of sugar, 2,000 pounds of milk powder, 1,700 pounds of cocoa butter and 1,400 pounds of chocolate liquor.

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Clemson's Shopper Research On Display At PACK EXPO

September 13, 2011 4:55 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

A Clemson University project that tracks shoppers' eyes as they browse the aisles of a simulated grocery store will be featured this month at a packaging and processing trade show in Las Vegas as a way to determine what draws customers to buy a product. The exhibit uses digital technology to track what participants look at and find persuasive as they walk through the mock store named C U Shop.

Sara Lee's North American CEO Resigns

September 13, 2011 4:49 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (AP) — Sara Lee Corp., preparing to split into two companies, is shaking up its management ranks. The company said Monday that C.J. Fraleigh, CEO of its North American division, has resigned. The company has started searching for his successor. Chairman Jan Bennink said Fraleigh had "played an important role" and improved his unit's profitability and operations, but "we now believe that a different approach is needed.

Chinese Police Seize 100 Tons Of 'Gutter Oil'

September 13, 2011 4:46 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese police have detained 32 people in a nationwide crackdown on "gutter oil," or old kitchen oil that has been illegally recycled, authorities said Tuesday. The campaign is part of an effort to clean up China's food safety record following several embarrassing scandals, including deadly infant formula and pork tainted with clenbuterol, a banned chemical that makes pork leaner but is harmful to humans.

USDA Bans 6 E. Coli Strains From Meat Supply

September 13, 2011 4:44 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is expanding its testing of E. coli in meat, a move that will hasten recalls and help authorities identify more foodborne illnesses. The meat industry has been required for 17 years to test for the common O157:H7 strain of the pathogen. Now it will test for six more.

Corn Syrup Battle Heads To LA Court

September 13, 2011 4:41 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The setting sun splashes warm hues across a ripening cornfield as a man and his daughter wander through rows of towering plants. Like any parent, the dad says in the television commercial, he was concerned about high fructose corn syrup. But medical and nutrition experts reassured him that in essence, it's the same as cane sugar.

Photo Of The Day: USDA Expands E. Coli Testing

September 13, 2011 4:24 am

(AP) — In this Sept. 29, 2006, file photo, an E. coli screening test for "O" antigens is seen in the Gastroenteric Disease Center at Pennsylvania State University's Wiley Lab in State College, Pa. The USDA is expected to announce Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011, that it is expanding its testing of E.

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Del Monte Posts 1Q Loss

September 12, 2011 4:56 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Food maker Del Monte Corp., which was bought by private investors in March, said Friday that it lost $27.6 million in the most recent quarter as revenue fell and its new owners worked through expenses related to the purchase. Spending more on marketing for new products also weighed on Del Monte's profit, while higher prices and sales of new products gave it a boost.

Southern Comfort Mixes In Tabasco

September 12, 2011 4:54 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Southern Comfort is adding a splash of Tabasco sauce in hopes of stirring some sizzle for the struggling brand. The result is Southern Comfort Fiery Pepper, a spicy spirit reaching bars and liquor stores this month. The brand's parent company expects the concoction infused with original Tabasco brand pepper sauce to especially make a splash with young adult men.

American Crystal Says No Issues With Fill-Ins

September 12, 2011 4:51 am | by Follow Food Manufacturing On Twitter

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A spokesman for American Crystal Sugar Co. says there have been no issues with inexperienced replacement workers hired to take over harvesting duties this week. About 1,300 regular workers have been locked out since Aug. 1 after the union and management could not agree on a contract.

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