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Picturing Peanut Contamination With Near Infrared Hyperspectral Imaging

March 31, 2015 12:30 pm | by IM PUBLICATIONS LLP

Study the label of almost any food product and you're likely to see the rather vague warning "May contain peanuts" somewhere on there, unless of course it's a product that definitely does contain peanuts. These warnings of peanut contamination could soon lose much of their uncertainty, thanks to a novel form of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy.

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Meat Company Specializing in Bacon Coming to Missouri

March 31, 2015 12:09 pm | by Associated Press

Daily's Premium Meats, which offers "sliced-to-order" naturally smoked bacon, will build a 100,000-square-foot plant in St. Joseph, Mo.

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USDA: Record Soybean Acres Expected, Corn Acres to Drop

March 31, 2015 12:08 pm | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's first report of the new crop season says farmers will plant 84.6 million acres in soybeans, up 1 percent from last year's previous record of 83.7 million acres.

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First Lady Asks Kids to Step Up For Healthy Lunch Challenge

March 31, 2015 11:35 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor

The first lady once again is challenging the nation's children to dream up healthy lunch recipes, a now annual component of her Let's Move! campaign to reduce childhood obesity through diet and exercise.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 10:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

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Amid Bird Flu Outbreak, Turkey Farmers Increase Security

March 31, 2015 9:30 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Poultry producers in the nation's top turkey state are taking extra steps to protect their flocks after a devastating strain of bird flu was confirmed at two Minnesota farms in as many days last week, a disease that had already slammed the doors shut on some key export markets.

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'Kids Eat Right' Logo Dropped From Kraft Singles After Uproar

March 31, 2015 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

A program to put a dietitian group's "Kids Eat Right" logo on Kraft Singles has reached an early expiration date. Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics decided to end the partnership because "misperceptions are overshadowing the campaign," Kraft said in a statement.

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Michigan Entrepreneuer Claiming Idea For Heinz Dip & Squeeze

March 31, 2015 8:40 am | by JOE MANDAK, Associated Press

A Michigan food entrepreneur claims the "Little Dipper" condiment package he patented in 1997 led H.J. Heinz Co. to develop its Dip & Squeeze ketchup packets, which it rolled out in February 2010, lawyers in opening statements told a federal court jury in Pittsburgh on Monday.

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EU Dairy Farmers Rally to Protest Removal of Milk Quotas

March 31, 2015 8:15 am | by LORNE COOK, Associated Press

Dairy farmers hit the streets of Brussels Tuesday to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas, fearing that the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk.

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Distillers: Stiff Whiskey Law Stifles Tennessee Town's Boozy Revival

March 31, 2015 8:12 am | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Booze, bikes and rock 'n' roll. That's the plan for economic development in this otherwise sleepy town of Trimble, Tenn. The only thing standing in the way, say distillers Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree, is the state's stuffy law restricting how spirits must be made so they can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey."

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Jury Awards $38.5M in Fatal Shooting at Kraft Foods Plant

March 31, 2015 8:00 am | by AP Exchange

The families of two women killed by a co-worker at a northeast Philadelphia plant 4½ years ago were awarded $38.5 million in punitive damages from a security guard firm on Monday.

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Study: An Apple a Day May Not Be Enough to Keep the Doctor Away

March 30, 2015 3:30 pm | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer

An apple a day doesn't necessarily keep the doctor away. That's according to proverb-busting research that found daily apple eaters had just as many doctor visits as those who ate fewer or no apples.

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McDonald's to Test All-Day Breakfast Beginning in April

March 30, 2015 1:45 pm | by Associated Press

The world's largest restaurant chain said the test will include a partial menu and feature some of McDonald's breakfast sandwiches and hash browns. The company didn't say which sandwiches would make the cut.

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Dunkin' Donuts Eyes Shift to All Cage-Free Eggs

March 30, 2015 1:05 pm | by Dunkin' Donuts

As an immediate step, 10% of all eggs sourced for its breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free by the end of next year. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts will source only gestation crate-free pork in the U.S. by 2022.

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Bacardi Acquires Angel's Envy Bourbon

March 30, 2015 1:02 pm | by Bacardi

The deal marks Bacardi’s entry into the bourbon category of the North American whiskey sector.

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Ferrara Candy Enhances Manufacturing Network, Creates More Than 100 New Jobs

March 30, 2015 1:00 pm | by Ferrara Candy Company

Ferrara Candy Company announced a series of enhancements to its manufacturing network, including increasing the manufacturing capacity and capabilities of its Bellwood, Ill. manufacturing facility, and opening a new packaging center in Bolingbrook, Ill.

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Keurig Green Mountain and Reily Foods Company Announce Partnership

March 30, 2015 12:45 pm | by Keurig Green Mountain

With this new agreement, consumers in at-home and away-from-home channels will be able to enjoy their favorite New England brand coffee, French Market brand coffee, and Luzianne brand iced teas at the touch of a button in a variety of Keurig formats. The companies plan to launch the new, licensed K-Cup pods in fall 2015.

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Nearly 100 Get Food Poisoning; Health Officials Won't Say From What

March 30, 2015 10:10 am | by AP Exchange

A "food source" sickened nearly 100 restaurant patrons in Philadelphia last month, but city and state health officials say Pennsylvania law bars them from disclosing what the food was or how it was contaminated.

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Dairy Farms Asked to Consider Breeding No-Horn Cows

March 30, 2015 9:40 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later.

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Bird Flu Found in Top Minnesota Turkey Producing County

March 30, 2015 9:00 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

An outbreak of a deadly bird flu strain spread to one of the top poultry producing counties of the nation's top turkey producing state of Minnesota, government officials confirmed on Saturday, raising fears that the that the highly contagious disease could seriously damage the industry.

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