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Tracing Chicken Flu Virus Yields Insight Into Origins of Deadly H7N9 Strain

January 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened more than 375 people since 2013.       


Long Island Brand Beverages to Merge With Cullen Agricultural Holding

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Business Wire

The ready-to-drink tea category has grown at a strong 6.1 percent annually from 2009 to 2014, and is forecast to grow more than 10 percent annually during the next five years, according to IBISWorld’s January 2014 market research report titled RTD Tea Production in the US.

Caramel Apple Recall Expanded to Kroger Brand

January 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by FDA

Happy Apple Company of Washington, MO, is expanding its recall of caramel apples to include Kroger brand caramel apples produced by Happy Apple Company with a best use by date between Sept. 15 and Nov. 18, 2014.   


Photo of the Day: Study Reveals Causes of Apple Skin Spotting

January 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A newly released study, published in the American Society for Horticultural Science, found that “skin spots,” a disorder commonly found in Elstar and Golden Delicious apples, usually appear on the apples’ skin after the fruit has been transported or moved from storage.


No More French Fries? More Than 100 McDonald's Franchises Run Out

January 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Venezuela's more than 100 McDonald's franchises have run out of potatoes and are now serving alternatives like deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca. McDonald's franchisers are blaming a contract dispute with West Coast dock workers for halting the export of frozen fries to the country.


Despite Resolutions, Study Says People Buy More Food After New Year

January 6, 2015 10:15 am | by University of Vermont

Despite New Year's resolutions to eat better and lose weight, people buy the greatest amount of food and calories after the holidays, finds a study led by a University of Vermont researcher.                 


Petco Pulls Chinese Treats Amid Fears They Sickened Pets

January 6, 2015 9:26 am | by SUE MANNING, Associated Press

Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.    


Report Names the Best Diets of 2015

January 6, 2015 8:45 am | by U.S. News & World Report

As Americans resolve to become more invested in their health and wellness in the New Year, U.S. News & World Report today released its Best Diets of 2015, featuring rankings and information on 41 diet plans.           


Despite Pressure, EU's Sanctions Against Russia Could Last

January 6, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press

France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are trying to set up talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, toward easing the tensions behind sanctions that have hit Russia's economy, sent the ruble sinking and affected European companies such as food giants.   


Connecticut Brewery Apologizes For Using Gandhi on Beer Can

January 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

A Connecticut brewery is apologizing to Indians offended that the company is using Mohandas Gandhi's name and likeness on one of its beers. New England Brewing Co. in Woodbridge apologized over the weekend on its Facebook page for the India pale ale it calls Gandhi-Bot.


McDonald's Campaign Looks to Rekindle 'Lovin' '

January 5, 2015 1:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers, the company on Friday unveiled a new marketing strategy and ads it says will emphasize the "love" in its long-running "I'm Lovin' It" slogan.      


Figures Show US-Cuba Trade Likely Hit Decade Low Last Year

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

The statistics show that U.S. farmers sold slightly more than $253 million worth of food and agricultural products to Cuba in the first 10 months of 2014. If the last two months of the year reflect similar levels of sales, 2014 could be the worst year for U.S. exports to Cuba since 2004.


Little Change Seen in Fast Food Portion Size, Product Formulation Between 1996 and 2013

January 5, 2015 12:30 pm | by Tufts University

Researchers analyzed the calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of popular menu items served at three national fast-food chains between 1996 and 2013. They found that average calories, sodium, and saturated fat stayed relatively constant, albeit at high levels. 


Study: Fructose Proves More Toxic Than Table Sugar

January 5, 2015 10:43 am | by University of Utah

When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents.


Healthy Eating Guidelines May Consider Environmental Impact

January 5, 2015 9:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A new focus on the environment would mean asking people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — possibly at the expense of meat. The beef and agriculture industries are crying foul, saying an environmental agenda has no place in what has always been a practical blueprint for a healthy lifestyle.


Photo of the Day: 11-Year-Old Takes the 'No Pop Challenge'

January 5, 2015 9:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

What would you do for $500? Jonathan Sarisky, 11, successfully completed a year of the "No Pop Challenge" in exchange for the cash. Sarisky, from Livingston, Mont., avoided soda, hot chocolate, milkshakes and any other sugary beverages for the year.     


Calif. Citrus Braves the Bitter Cold

January 5, 2015 9:10 am | by Associated Press

Citrus growers in California say their crops survived the freezing temperatures of the last three days. California Citrus Mutual President Joel Nelson said that citrus growers put in place frost protection measures to protect their crops. The last critical freeze for the industry was December 2013. 


Bad Malt Barley Crop in 2014 is Not Likely to Affect Beer Prices

January 5, 2015 8:40 am | by LISA BAUMANN, Associated Press

This year, farmers and maltsters have been scrambling to salvage a large portion of the crop hit by heavy rains in August, especially in Montana and Idaho, the top two barley-growing states in the U.S. Growers in North Dakota and Alberta, Canada, faced similar issues.


US to Resume Beef Imports From Ireland For First Time Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 8:15 am | by Associated Press

Ireland says the United States will permit imports of beef from the country — the first European state allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago. Mad cow disease is fatal to cows and can cause a fatal human brain disease in people who eat meat from infected cows. 


Fast-Food Companies Look to Transform Negative 'Junk Food' Image

January 2, 2015 9:15 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As people express distaste for food they think is overly processed, McDonald's and other chains are trying to shed their reputation for serving reheated meals that are loaded with chemicals. That includes rethinking the use of artificial preservatives customers find objectionable.



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