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First Report of a New Crop Virus in North America

April 10, 2015 10:05 am | by INSTITUTE FOR GENOMIC BIOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN

Scientists reported evidence of a new mastrevirus. Other members of the mastrevirus genus, a group of DNA viruses, are known to be responsible for decimating yields in staple food crops (including corn, wheat and sugarcane) throughout Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. It has never been reported in North America before.

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Inspection Found No Issues at Blue Bell Oklahoma Plant

April 10, 2015 9:10 am | by DAVID WARREN, JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances. Although experts said passage of the proposal would likely affect state laws, proponents focused largely on the potential ability of local governments to restrict GMOs.

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Bird Flu Found on at Least 15 Turkey Farms in Midwest

April 10, 2015 7:59 am | by KEVIN BURBACH, Associated Press

A bird flu strain that's deadly to poultry has been confirmed in a second commercial turkey flock in eastern South Dakota and preliminary tests have confirmed the presence of some form of bird flu at a North Dakota farm, bringing to at least 15 the number of Midwest farms infected in the latest outbreak.

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Navajo Junk Food Tax Gets Mixed Reviews

April 9, 2015 3:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The sprawling Navajo Nation in the southwestern U.S. implemented a 2 percent sales tax within its reservation on a wide range of products — including desserts, fried foods and sweetened beverages — beginning in March.

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Is Obesity Inevitable?

April 9, 2015 2:00 pm | by PR Newswire

Most Americans believe they eat a well-balanced diet. But Dr. Ian White, an intensive care specialist, says he finds that laughable. "We eat when we feel like it because food is always available," White said.

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Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement to Northeast Dairy Farmers

April 9, 2015 1:57 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

A judge has rejected a proposed settlement between cooperative Dairy Farmers of America and Northeast dairy farmers over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers.

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European Regulators Find Few Violations of Pesticide Standards

April 9, 2015 1:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The European Food Safety Authority's latest analysis examined nearly 81,000 samples from 27 EU member nations as well as Iceland and Norway, including apples, cabbage, leeks, lettuce, milk, peaches, pork, rye, oats, strawberries, tomatoes and wine.

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Mountain Dew Brings Back 'Baja Blast' and Introduces New 'Sangrita Blast'

April 9, 2015 12:20 pm | by Mountain Dew

You begged for it, you dyed your hair blue for it, you even bathed in it – and Mountain Dew heard you loud and clear. The tropical lime flavored beverage — which was introduced 11 years ago exclusively at Taco Bell — will hit shelves nationwide starting on April 20.

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Bacardi to Lay Off 10 Percent of North American Workforce

April 9, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Bermudan spirits giant Bacardi indicated it would lay off about 10 percent of its employees in North America this week, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

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Jennie-O Turkey Farm in Minn. Hit By Deadly Bird Flu

April 9, 2015 10:35 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

A ninth Minnesota turkey farm has been hit by a form of bird flu that's deadly to poultry, this time in a large Jennie-O-Turkey Store operation that has 310,000 turkeys, federal authorities and company officials said.

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Pinnacle Foods Plans to Double Workforce at Illinois Factory

April 9, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press

New Jersey-based Pinnacle Foods Inc. has completed a $50 million expansion at its plant in the Fayette County town. On Wednesday company officials announced they were adding 90 jobs at the facility. That's more than twice the current 85 employees.

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Consumer Group Asks FDA, FTC to Investigate Soda Giants For False Advertising

April 9, 2015 9:15 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

How can diet sodas be advertised as "diet" products when artificial sweeteners are linked to weight gain? That's what one consumer advocacy group is eager to know.

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Sabra Recalls 30K Cases of Hummus Over Listeria Concerns

April 9, 2015 8:25 am | by The Associated Press

About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

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Number of People Sickened by Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

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Illinois Company Recalls Ham Loaf Over Allergy Concerns

April 9, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says a routine inspection at Dutch Valley Meats in the village of Arthur found that the loaves were mislabeled because they didn't indicate they contain wheat, a known allergen

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 8, 2015 3:45 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US.

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Specialty Food Sales Top $100B For First Time

April 8, 2015 2:20 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Retail sales of specialty food sales grew 19 percent from 2012 to 2014 versus a tepid 2 percent increase for all food. The industry, fueled by small businesses, now boasts 15 segments that exceed $1 billion in sales, including cheese; coffee; meat, poultry and seafood; chips, pretzels and snacks; candy; and yogurt.

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FDA Proposal Would Exempt Certain Farm Sales From Registration Requirements

April 8, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced proposed regulatory changes that would explicitly exempt direct-to-consumer farm sales from federal registration requirements.

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Rye is on the Rise: A New Whiskey Trend That Goes With the Grain

April 8, 2015 12:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

A little bit lighter and spicier tasting than bourbon, rye whiskey is made, obviously, from rye, a grass related to wheat. Where bourbon has to be made from at least 51 percent corn, rye must be at least 51 percent rye.

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