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Obama's Budget Cuts Pathogen Testing In Produce

February 16, 2012 9:58 am | by GARANCE BURKE,Associated Press

President Barack Obama's proposed budget would eliminate the nation's only program that regularly tests fruits and vegetables for deadly pathogens, leaving public health officials without a crucial tool used to investigate deadly foodborne illness outbreaks.

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Photo Of The Day: Running Low On Organic

February 16, 2012 9:54 am

Even as more consumers are willing to pay premium prices for organic milk, supermarkets are having trouble keeping it on the shelves as high feed and fuel prices have left some organic dairy farmers simply unable to keep up with demand.

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University Develops Software To Rapidly Analyze Foodborne Pathogens

February 15, 2012 1:09 pm

From 2008 to 2010, a team of Bioinformatics graduate students at Georgia Tech University, led by School of Biology Associate Professor King Jordan, worked in close collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create an integrated suite of computational tools for the analysis of microbial genome sequences.

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U.S. And EU Sign Organic Food Agreement

February 15, 2012 1:06 pm

American and EU officials say they've signed an agreement that will allow products certified as organic in Europe or the U.S. to be sold as organic in both regions.

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Consumer Trends: Functional Drinks Are Fastest Growing Beverage Segment

February 15, 2012 1:04 pm

The fastest growing drinks category from 2010-2015 will be functional drinks, which will grow at 5.0% per year to reach $61 billion. Bottled water will grow at 4.8% driving the total market to $125 billion, while concentrates will be the third-fastest-growing category at 3.3%.

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Delay Of $650M Agro-Defense Lab A 'Huge Food Safety Issue'

February 15, 2012 1:00 pm | by JOHN MILBURN,Associated Press

The $650 million lab is to be built near Kansas State University and replace an aging facility at Plum Island, N.Y. Kansas officials said Tuesday they're uncertain when the administration changed its mind on the project, but they will be seeking answers.

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Hawaii Considers Taxing Sugary Drinks

February 15, 2012 12:55 pm

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are united in opposition of a proposal that would assess a surcharge on all sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Hawaii.

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Analyst Sees Solid Year For Food Makers

February 15, 2012 12:53 pm

Morgan Stanley analyst Matthew Grangier sees a solid year ahead for food makers. As he initiated coverage of the industry with a research note Tuesday, he noted that food makers and sellers typically benefit during a weak economy because consumers still need to eat — and they tend to do so at home more often.

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Corn Products International To Change Name

February 15, 2012 10:14 am

Food ingredient maker Corn Products International Inc. plans to change its name to Ingredion as part of a strategy to present itself as a maker of several ingredients for the food, beverage and brewing industries.

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Anheuser-Busch To Invest Up To $80M In Subsidiary

February 15, 2012 10:12 am

Anheuser-Busch says it will invest between $70 million and $80 million to increase production capacity at its Metal Container Corp. subsidy in the St. Louis suburb of Arnold.

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Florida Only State With Official Chef

February 15, 2012 10:08 am | by TAMARA LUSH,Associated Press

Justin Timineri is part culinary ambassador, part farm expert and part cheerleader for Florida-grown food. Technically, he's a state employee working for the Florida Department of Agriculture — and he's the only full-time state chef in the nation.

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Peanut Company Seeks Another $1M In State Aid

February 15, 2012 10:05 am | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Birdsong Corp. wants another $1 million from Mississippi to expand its peanut processing plant in Aberdeen. The Mississippi Development Authority, though, is cool to the idea. Kathy Gelston, MDA's chief financial officer said that the proposed $2.2 million expansion offers no new jobs and that the company refused a loan offered by the authority. Earlier the state gave the company $1 million.

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Kellogg Buys Pringles; Diamond Deal Falls Through

February 15, 2012 9:57 am

Kellogg has popped up to buy the Pringles chip brand from Procter & Gamble for $2.7 billion after a similar deal with Diamond Foods was derailed by accounting problems and an executive shakeup at Diamond. The addition will help Kellogg with its goal of becoming as big globally in snacks as it is in cereal. The Pringles business will add to Kellogg's stable of snack brands that include Keebler, Cheez-It and Special K Cracker Chips.

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Photo Of The Day: Florida's Official Chef

February 15, 2012 9:52 am

Justin Timineri, Florida's State chef, grills Star Melon Shrimp Kebabs at a tailgating party before the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Fla. Timineri travel through Florida showing people how to use the state’s produce and seafood in recipes.

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Mexican-American Youth Add Pounds, Lose Native Dining Habits

February 14, 2012 1:03 pm

A University of South Carolina study shows that Mexican-American youth gain pounds as they move away from the dietary habits of their native country, a move that is putting them at risk for serious health problems.

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FDA Requests $4.5 Billion To Support Food Safety & Public Health

February 14, 2012 12:59 pm

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requesting a budget of $4.5 billion to protect and promote the public health as part of the President’s fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget – a 17 percent increase over the FDA enacted budget for FY 2012. Industry user fees would fund 98 percent of the proposed budget increase. The FY 2013 request covers the period from Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept 30, 2013.

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The Psychology Of Downsizing

February 14, 2012 12:52 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD,AP Medical Writer

Call it the alter-ego of super-sizing. Researchers infiltrated a fast-food Chinese restaurant and found up to a third of diners jumped at the offer of a half-size of the usual heaping pile of rice or noodles — even when the smaller amount cost the same. 

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Sazerac Seeks To Douse SinFire Whiskey's Flame

February 14, 2012 12:48 pm | by BRETT BARROUQUERE,Associated Press

SinFire Cinnamon Whiskey is marketed as a "sinful spirit." Sazerac Inc. thinks it's an idea that's sinfully close to its own brand of cinnamon flavored alcohol, Fireball Whiskey. Sazerac has sued the makers of SinFire, Hood River Distillers, in federal court in Louisville, asking a judge to declare that the Hood River, Ore., company violated its trademark in trying to sell the booze in the U.S. 

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U.S. Food Recalls Skyrocketed At End Of 2011

February 14, 2012 12:45 pm

Food recalls across the nation increased 50 percent in the fourth quarter of 2011 and affected over 80 percent more units compared with the previous three-month period.

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Consumer Trends: Shoppers Say Retailer-Prepared Food Is Restaurant-Quality

February 14, 2012 12:38 pm

Recent consumer research by food industry consultants Technomic indicates that retailers' prepared food offerings have evolved to the point that they are viable alternatives to all types of restaurants. Forty percent of consumers surveyed in Southern California agreed that "prepared foods from retailers are restaurant-quality foods at better prices." Nearly two-thirds say they've seen significant improvements in the quality and variety of retailer prepared foods over the past five years.

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