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Food Safety Experts: Health Risks Higher from Packaged Greens

August 5, 2013 12:45 pm | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

The outbreak of a stomach bug which two states have linked to bagged salad came as little surprise to food safety experts, who say the process of harvesting, washing and packaging leafy greens provides numerous opportunities for contamination.


Taste Testers: Lab-Made Burger Lacks Flavor

August 5, 2013 12:42 pm | by MARIA CHENG,AP Medical Writer

Lab-grown meat hailed as the food of the future could do with a pinch of seasoning — and maybe some cheese. Two volunteers who took the first public bites of hamburger grown in a laboratory gave it good marks for texture but agreed there was something missing.


Judge Blocks Planned Horse Slaughter at 2 Plants

August 5, 2013 12:35 pm | by JERI CLAUSING,Associated Press

A federal judge temporarily halted plans by companies in New Mexico and Iowa to start slaughtering horses this week. The judge issued a restraining order in a lawsuit brought by The Humane Society of the United States and other groups in a case that has sparked an emotional national debate.


Daily Sound Bite: FDA Defines 'Gluten Free'

August 5, 2013 12:22 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has imposed new rules that would normalize the definition of "gluten free" on food and beverage packaging labels. The new definition of gluten free includes products that contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten.


Post to Buy Protein-Drink Maker

August 5, 2013 9:59 am

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. has agreed to acquire Premier Nutrition Corp., a distributor of protein drinks and nutritional supplements, for about $180 million. The move allows Post to expand into the fast-growing nutrition and supplement arena.


Kraft Profit Rises But Revenue Falls Short

August 5, 2013 9:57 am

Kraft Foods Group Inc. said its revenue slipped in the second quarter as it lowered prices on some products, got rid of others and saw weak sales of some items. But CEO Tony Vernon expressed confidence that Kraft would be able to start delivering stronger results once it stepped up its advertising.


Stomach Bug in Iowa, Neb. Linked to Mexican Farm

August 5, 2013 9:55 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

An outbreak of stomach illnesses in Iowa and Nebraska has been linked to salad mix served at local Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants and supplied by a Mexican farm. The outbreak of cyclospora infections has sickened more than 400 people in 16 states.


Court: Tyson Workers Must Be Paid for Donning Gear

August 5, 2013 9:52 am | by M.L. JOHNSON,Associated Press

Workers at a the Tyson Prepared Foods Inc., plant in Jefferson, Wis., must be paid for time spent putting on and taking off protective clothing, an appeals court ruled. The lawsuit is one of several filed nationwide by meat and poultry workers, who say they spend significant time putting on and taking off gear.


FDA Defines the Meaning of ‘Gluten Free’

August 5, 2013 9:48 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

Under a new rule, products labeled "gluten free" will have to contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. That amount is generally considered by the medical comunity to be low enough so that most people who have celiac disease won't get sick if they eat it.


Photo of the Day: Defining 'Gluten Free'

August 5, 2013 9:44 am

The Food and Drug Administration is at last defining what a "gluten free" label on a food package really means after more than six years of consideration. Until now, manufacturers have been able to use their own discretion as to how much gluten they include.

Consumer Trends: Consumers Crave Burgers

August 2, 2013 1:00 pm

The overwhelming majority of consumers say they eat burgers at least once a month — and cravings are driving this high consumption. Half of consumers cite cravings as one of the top reasons they purchased a burger on their most recent occasion.


GOP Bill Would Cut Food Stamps up to 5 Percent

August 1, 2013 2:03 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK,Associated Press

House Republicans are preparing legislation that would cut the food stamp program by as much as 5 percent. Rep. Frank Lucas of Oklahoma, says a small group of Republicans have agreed to try to advance the legislation as early as next month.


USPS Eyes Alcohol Deliveries

August 1, 2013 2:02 pm | by ANDREW MIGA,Associated Press

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has a wish list for raising cash for his financially ailing agency. High on it is delivery of beer, wine and spirits. The Postal Service says mailing alcoholic beverages is currently restricted by law.


Value-Menu Items Not As Fattening

August 1, 2013 2:00 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

If you're trying to watch calories while keeping your meal under $5 at a fast-food restaurant, sticking to the value menu might not be a bad idea. Items on value menus generally aren't as fattening simply because they tend to be more basic.


Maine Moms Urge Governor to Back BPA Disclosure

August 1, 2013 1:49 pm

A number of Maine mothers are urging Gov. Paul LePage to support the disclosure of bisphenol-a in food packaging. The group asked LePage to send letters to Maine's 10 largest food companies, asking them to disclose which products have packaging made with BPA.


Miss. Company Recalls Frozen Chicken Meals

August 1, 2013 1:47 pm

A Mississippi distributor of frozen chicken has recalled nearly 2,500 pounds of meals because of misbranding and an undeclared allergen. Traditions Meal Solutions said the 2,486 pounds of recalled frozen chicken meals contain milk but that it is not on the label.


Daily Sound Bite: Company Behind Cyclospora Outbreak Kept Shielded

August 1, 2013 1:38 pm

Due to an Iowa law that allows officials to withold the name of people and businesses impacted by an outbreak, the name of the company responsible for the cyclospora parasite outbreak that sickened possibly hundreds of consumers across 15 states has yet to be released to the public.


Consumer Trends: Vanilla Ice Cream Tops with Americans

August 1, 2013 1:00 pm

According to a survey, vanilla wins the popular vote among Americans as the favorite ice cream flavor for a second year in a row. The top three flavors are vanilla, chocolate and butter pecan, with coffee, Neapolitan and Rocky Road tied for fourth place.


Photo of the Day: Breaking Down PepsiCo's 2nd Quarter Earnings

August 1, 2013 11:37 am

"We're pleased with our performance in the second quarter and for the first half of 2013.  PepsiCo delivered another quarter of mid-single-digit organic revenue growth, driven by our balanced food and beverage product portfolio and global geographic footprint," said Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi.

Boston Beer 2Q Income Jumped 37 Percent

August 1, 2013 11:26 am

Second-quarter net income jumped 37 percent at the Boston Beer Company Inc. as it shipped more of its Samuel Adams beer and other beverages. The company has ramped up its marketing efforts and is benefiting from increased sales, prompting the brewer to lift its outlook for the full year.



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