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4 Charged Under Utah's Controversial 'Ag-Gag' Law

January 9, 2015 10:40 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

Four animal activists who took pictures of a large southwestern Utah hog farm have pleaded not guilty to charges filed under a controversial law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.      

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Pillsbury Plant Closure to Put 400 Employees Out of Work

January 9, 2015 9:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

General Mills continues its layoffs with another plant closure, this time one of its Pillsbury facilities. The closure comes at a time where some of the food and beverage industry's most well-known companies are laying off workers, moving locations and shuttering entire facilities.

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Calif. Company Recalls More Than 48K Pounds of Frozen Beef, Pork

January 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Unibright Foods of Bell Gardens is recalling more than 48,000 pounds of frozen beef and pork that may be contaminated with metal.                       

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Obama-GOP Alliance on Trade Brings High Hopes For New Agreements

January 9, 2015 8:50 am | by CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press

President Barack Obama wants renewed authority to negotiate complex, multinational trade deals that Congress can approve or reject, but not amend. This "trade promotion" or "fast track" authority is crucial to keep critics on the left and right from attaching killer amendments.

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Frozen Seafood Company to Close Massachusetts Plant

January 9, 2015 8:25 am | by The Canadian Press

High Liner Foods Inc. is moving to reduce excess capacity at its U.S. manufacturing network and cease production at one of its frozen seafood plants in Massachusetts. Some employees will be moved directly to positions at other High Liner facilities and rest will be able to apply for openings.

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Granny Smith, Gala Apples From US Recalled Over Listeria Fears

January 9, 2015 8:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that Bidart Bros. of Bakersfield, California is recalling apples shipped from its Shafter, California packing facility last year, prompted by a federal investigation of 32 listeria illnesses in 11 states.

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Jack Link's Beef Jerky Recognized as Sustainability Leader

January 8, 2015 2:00 pm | by Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council

Jack Link’s Beef Jerky has been recognized as a 2014 Green Master in the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council’s Green Masters Program. As a Green Master, Jack Link’s joins a select group of companies scoring in the top 20% of the program.

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Avian Flu Causes Emergency Poultry Quarantine in Washington

January 8, 2015 1:30 pm | by Associated Press

The Washington Agriculture Department declared an emergency quarantine for domestic poultry and eggs in the southeast part of the state to contain the highly contagious avian flu. The quarantine prevents the movement of chickens, turkeys and other birds that could carry the virus.

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Photo of the Day: NY to Ban Plastic Food Containers From Restaurants

January 8, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Starting this summer, New York City will join the environmental sustainability trend by banning restaurants and other food establishments from using plastic foam containers.                     

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Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye to 2014 With Job Cuts

January 8, 2015 11:45 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs over the next few months in an effort to help trim costs. While layoffs in any industry are no surprise in today’s globalized economy, food and beverage companies seemed to take quite a hit in 2014. 

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Metal Piece in Fries Adds to McDonald's Japan Food Safety Woes

January 8, 2015 10:30 am | by Kyodo News Internaional, Tokyo

As McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan) reels from a string of food safety incidents, authorities in southern Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture said Thursday they received a report in August last year of a metal fragment found in french fries sold at one of the restaurant chain's stores.

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Mega-Event Announced For Food Processors, Packagers

January 8, 2015 10:25 am | by FPSA

With trending industry issues and innovations related to food packaging design, migration, and expiration, the concurrent events will offer an opportunity for printers, packagers, processors, and converters to intermingle and explore the global scope of these vital facets of the graphic communications and packaging/processing industries. 

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Federal Judge Blocks California's Ban on Foie Gras

January 8, 2015 10:15 am | by BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press

U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson on Wednesday permanently blocked the state attorney general from enforcing part of the foie gras ban that took effect in 2012, finding that the federal government's authority to regulate poultry products supersedes the state law.

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Brewery Seeks to End Uproar Over Gandhi Beer Name, Label

January 8, 2015 10:00 am | by Associated Press

A Connecticut brewery that drew condemnation in the U.S. and India for its beer that carries the name and likeness of Mohandas Gandhi says it has received threats and is seeking a way to end the uproar.        

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Organic Egg Farm Planned for Michigan Township

January 8, 2015 9:35 am | by ROSEMARY PARKER, Kalamazoo Gazette

The northwest corner of Otsego Township is zoned for agriculture, and an egg producer hopes to bring half a million laying hens to produce organic eggs there. The proposed $8.2 million project has raised interest but also concerns among neighbors of the proposed facility.

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Dunkin' Donuts Strikes Deal to Open 1,400 Stores in China

January 8, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Dunkin' Donuts said Wednesday it struck a deal to open more than 1,400 locations in China over the next 20 years. Dunkin' Donuts ended the most recent quarter with about 3,200 international locations. In the U.S., it had about 8,000 locations, giving it more than 11,100 locations worldwide.

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5 Notable Changes to Look Out For in the USDA's 2015 Dietary Guideilnes

January 8, 2015 8:30 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Whether consumers choose to follow the recommendations or not, the new guidelines will more than likely affect nutritional patterns throughout the country. From school lunches to labels on food products, the Dietary Guidelines are sure to pose an impact in American lives.

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Photo of the Day: 3D Systems and Hershey Team Up

January 8, 2015 8:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

3D Systems has announced the CocoJet, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company.                                       

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Scientists Successfully Grow Onions Overwintered in Low Tunnels

January 7, 2015 2:00 pm | by UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In response to high demand for year-round local produce, researchers with the University of New Hampshire report they have successfully grown bulbing onions planted in fall for a spring harvest with the aid of inexpensive low tunnels.   

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VIDEO: Natural Ice Cream Future Awaits as Vanillin Compound Isolated

January 7, 2015 12:40 pm | by Reuters Plus

Producing vanillin — the major compound in vanilla flavoring — is an inefficient and mostly polluting process. But a Danish researcher wants to change that, having identified the compound's biosynthetic pathway in the vanilla orchid.    

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