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Slaughterhouse Owner Pleads Guilty in Tainted Beef Case

February 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that Jesse Amaral Jr., owner of the defunct Rancho Feeding Corp. based in Petaluma, California, admitted guilt to distributing adulterated, misbranded and uninspected meat. Amaral is the third person to plead guilty in the conspiracy that sparked beef recalls.


CFIA Says Alberta Mad Cow Disease Born 2 Years After Feed Ban

February 19, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press

Canada's food safety organization says a cow discovered on an Alberta farm with mad cow disease was born two years after the government imposed a tougher ban on animal feed to guard against the disease.


Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 2:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter,

A chemical long known to cause rapid, severe lung damage remains unregulated by federal labor officials, according to a recent report. Diacetyl, usually used in its liquid form, is used to flavor an array of food products, including candy, chips and popcorn.


Angry Orchard Releases First Hopped Hard Cider

February 18, 2015 2:15 pm | by Angry Orchard

The cider makers at Angry Orchard experimented with a variety of hops when crafting the recipe for Hop'n Mad Apple and ultimately chose a blend of Strisselspalt and Galaxy hops for their unique flavor profiles. The hops complement the cider's bright apple aroma, allowing the fruit to shine through.


1 Dead, 1 Hurt in Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant

February 18, 2015 1:50 pm | by Associated Press

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead another injured. Officers say two men were involved in a fight outside the facility, and both were left with stab and slash wounds.


Study: Consumers More Mindful of Sweeteners, Yet Purchase Behavior Isn't Changing

February 18, 2015 12:52 pm | by Corn Refiners Association

The 2015 Sweetener360, an annual research study completed in part by Nielsen and Mintel Consulting and commissioned by the Corn Refiners Association, revealed six distinct segments of consumers who purchase sweetened products, ranging from bachelors who say they have no health concerns to “all-natural” moms who say they’re avoiding all sweeteners and GMOs.


Photo of the Day: Grainger Says Safety Impacts Everybody, Every Industry

February 18, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

The 2015 Grainger Show, held in Orlando, Fla., welcomed more than 17,000 attendees this week, and I had the good fortune of being one of them! As my first time attending, it was not what I expected; it was even better!


4.3K Pounds of Pork Sausage Products Recalled in Michigan

February 18, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press

Officials say a business is recalling about 4,300 pounds of pork sausage products in Michigan due to mislabeling and an undeclared allergen. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall late Tuesday by Bay City-based Michigan Brand Inc.


Barefoot Contessa Files Lawsuit Against California Company Over Frozen Dinners

February 18, 2015 8:55 am | by Associated Press

The Barefoot Contessa says in a lawsuit that a California company sold unauthorized look-alikes of her frozen dinners. The host of the Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa" cooking show filed the suit after she says the company declined to stop the sales.


Nestle to Remove Artificial Flavors, Colors From All Chocolates By End of 2015

February 18, 2015 8:00 am | by Nestle USA

Nestlé USA announced this week its commitment to removing artificial flavors and FDA-certified colors, like Red 40 and Yellow 5, from all of its chocolate candy products. By the end of 2015, more than 250 products and 10 brands will be free of artificial flavors and certified colors.


Golden State Foods Corp. Planning New Alabama Plant, 173 New Jobs

February 18, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press

Golden State Foods Corp., headquartered in Irvine, California, is planning to build a meat processing facility at a cost of between $40 million and $45 million.


World's Most 'Famous' Frank Unveils New Product, New Look in 2015

February 18, 2015 7:00 am | by Nathan's Famous

Nathan's Famous is now making it easier for health-conscious consumers to enjoy the great taste of its original frankfurters by introducing a new 50-percent reduced-fat variety. The company unveiled the new product this week along with a first look at updated packaging featuring bold, high-impact graphics and easy-to-read product labeling.


Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 17, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given its approval for two types of apples genetically modified to resist turning brown after they're bruised or sliced. The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses.


American Lobster: The New Chinese New Year Delicacy

February 17, 2015 1:30 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Exports of U.S. lobster to China have rocketed in the past few years, largely to satisfy the appetites of the communist country's growing middle class, to whom a steamed, whole crustacean — flown in live from the United States — is not just a festive delicacy and a good-luck symbol but also a mark of prosperity.


Gildan Activewear CFO Resigns to Take Same Post at Kraft

February 17, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

Gildan Activewear Inc.'s chief financial officer, James Kehoe, has resigned after about a month with the clothing company in order to take the same position at his former employer, Kraft Foods Group Inc. Kehoe, who also served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer at Gildan, had joined the company in January.


Water, Air Quality Concerns Heighten Conflict with Pig Farms

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

From Washington state to North Carolina, federal lawsuits are challenging the efficient, profitable livestock industry to change its ways. The arguments found in the suits are based on studies that increasingly show the impact phosphorous, nitrate and bacteria from fertilizer and accumulated manure have on lakes and rivers as well as air pollution that may be harmful to respiratory health.


Burger King, Tim Hortons Parent Reports Loss on Deal Costs

February 17, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press

Burger King and Tim Hortons parent company Restaurant Brands International reported a loss for its fourth quarter, dragged down by costs related to the deal to combine the two chains.


Mondelez International Acquires Enjoy Life Foods

February 17, 2015 8:05 am | by Mondelez International

Mondelez International on Monday announced the acquisition of Enjoy Life Foods, a private U.S. snacking company and the market-leading brand in the fast-growing "free from" segment. Enjoy Life offers more than 40 great-tasting products, including cookies, chocolate, snack bars, and savory snacks that are allergy-friendly and gluten-free


Michele Ferrero, Maker of Nutella, Dies on Valentine's Day

February 17, 2015 7:15 am | by NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

Michele Ferrero, the world's richest candy maker whose Nutella chocolate and hazlenut spread helped raise generations of Europeans and defined Italian sweets, died on Valentine's Day, the company said. He was 89.

Colleges Start to Embrace Sustainable Seafood Label

February 17, 2015 7:00 am | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

The Portland-based Gulf of Maine Research Institute is targeting colleges and universities to carry its label that promises seafood products are harvested locally and sustainably. The institute offers a "responsibly harvested" label to food vendors that can source products back to the Gulf of Maine



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