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Frozen Bread-Maker Fined $47K For Exposing Workers to Electric Shock Hazards

November 12, 2014 9:54 am | by OSHA

Service and maintenance machine workers at Good Old Days Foods Inc. are being exposed to amputation and electric shock hazards due to a lack of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures. These violations, 14 in total, are being cited by OSHA along with a $47,600 penalty.

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Port Problems Endanger Apple Exports

November 12, 2014 9:28 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, The Associated Press

Labor woes at major West Coast sea ports have slowed the export of a record crop of Washington apples and endangered big Christmas season shipments of the fruit to Central American nations.                 

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Chobani Launches Incubator For Emerging Food Startups

November 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Chobani

Chobani plans to open the Chobani Food Incubator, a first-of-its-kind program to invest in and cultivate emerging food entrepreneurs. The Incubator will invest in, support and scale young and growing companies inspired by Chobani's belief in making nutritious food.

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Challenges, Opportunities For Nontraditional Food Retail Channels

November 11, 2014 3:11 pm | by Technomic

While online and nontraditional grocery shopping options proliferate, research shows that shoppers, including the 25 percent who already shop for groceries online, rate traditional "brick-and-mortar" retailers significantly higher on a large number of key attributes. 

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Former CEO of Artificial Sweetener Plant Sentenced to 7 Years For Theft, Fraud

November 11, 2014 3:02 pm | by Associated Press

A California man who talked a small Missouri community into issuing $39 million in bonds for an artificial sweetener plant was sentenced Monday to seven years in prison for stealing more than $700,000 from the project, which never got off the ground.

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Growing Number of Pot Shops Face Antagonism From Neighbors

November 11, 2014 2:54 pm | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press

From crime fears to smell complaints, new marijuana retailers and growers face suspicion and sometimes open antagonism from their commercial neighbors, especially in Denver, which now has 200 marijuana retailers and dozens of pot growing and manufacturing facilities.

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Open Farm is First Canadian Pet Food Company to Receive Certified Humane Label

November 11, 2014 1:59 pm | by Humane Farm Animal Care

Open Farm, a Canadian-based pet food company, launches its Certified Humane dog food products in stores across Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. The company plans to expand its pet food product line into the United States in 2015.

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Baltimore: Forget the Crab, Try Afghan Food

November 11, 2014 12:36 pm | by BETH J. HARPAZ, AP Travel Editor

I don't care who owns the place. I just want good food. And as guilty as I felt about passing up those famous Maryland crabs, a certain delicacy offered at The Helmand, called aushak, was calling my name.             

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Pros vs. Cons of Mobile-Payment Systems

November 11, 2014 10:34 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer

Apple Pay, Google Wallet and a few other services use a wireless technology called near-field communication, or NFC. With Apple Pay, the phone unlocks automatically when you hold it near the NFC reader on the merchant's payment system.    

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First Lady Announces New Commitments to Help Service Members

November 11, 2014 10:19 am | by STACY A. ANDERSON, Associated Press

On the eve of Veterans Day, First Lady Michelle Obama announced new commitments from online networks LinkedIn and Coursera in partnering with the government to help service members, veterans and wives of veterans.         

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EU Nations Could Get Power to Block GMO Crops

November 11, 2014 10:09 am | by Associated Press

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc.                 

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Mondelez to Buy Control of Vietnamese Snack-Food Business

November 11, 2014 9:55 am | by Associated Press

Mondelez is buying an 80 percent stake in a Vietnamese snacks business for $370 million as it seeks to offset flagging U.S. sales in Asia. The deal is targeted to close in 2015's second quarter.               

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Hellmann's Seeks Justice vs. 'Just Mayo'

November 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Associated Press

Unilever is suing a California company that uses the word "Mayo" in its sandwich spread name, saying that federal regulators and dictionaries define mayonnaise as a spread that contains eggs. The suit claims false advertising for labeling its egg-free product "Just Mayo."

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Manufacturing Technology Orders Are Up 5.2 Percent This Year

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology (AMT)

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology. With a year-to-date total of $3,738.72 million, 2014 is up 5.2 percent compared with 2013.     

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Improving the Taste of Alcohol-Free Beer With Aromas of Regular Beer

November 11, 2014 8:20 am | by FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology

Researchers from the University of Valladolid (Spain) have developed a technique to improve the taste of alcohol-free beer. The alcohol in beer acts as a solvent for a variety of aromatic compounds; therefore, when it is eliminated, the final product loses aromas and some of its taste.

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Dean Foods Soars on Strong Results

November 10, 2014 2:39 pm | by Associated Press

Dean Foods Co. shares soared Monday after the dairy company reported a much smaller loss than expected for its third quarter and projected a profit for the fourth quarter and a smaller loss than expected for the full year.       

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Pumpkin Spice 101

November 10, 2014 2:09 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists (IFT)

Food scientist, Kantha Shelke, PhD, CFS answers questions behind the science behind the popular fall drink, the pumpkin spice latte. Shelke shares how the drink and the spice mix is made, explains any safety concerns involving the ingredients, and the science behind why we love it so much.

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Professor Developing Wearable Device to Track Diet

November 10, 2014 2:03 pm | by University of Alabama

Sensors and software used to track physical activity are increasingly popular, as smart phones and their apps become more powerful and sophisticated, but when it comes to food, they all rely on the user to report meals. A University of Alabama professor hopes to change that. 

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PACK EXPO Event Raises $34K For K9s For Warriors

November 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by PMMI

PMMI's PACK gives BACK™ at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 raised over $34,000 for K9s for Warriors, a charitable organization dedicated to providing service dogs to military veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress as a result of their service since 9/11. 

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Curry Crust? Pizza Hut Unveils Huge Changes

November 10, 2014 11:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The reworked menu is one of several major moves at old-standby restaurant chains as they try to adjust to changing tastes. Many customers, especially millennials, have turned their backs on chain restaurants and are demanding more exotic flavors and higher-quality food.

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