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LED Lights Extend Meat Shelf Life

February 14, 2012 10:04 am

A switch to LED lights in refrigeration units could save the retail meat industry millions of dollars each year, according to research from Kansas State University. Kyle Steele, recent master's graduate in animal sciences and industry, Silver Lake, Kan., found that using light-emitting diode, or LED, lights in refrigeration units both saves energy for meat retailers and extends the shelf life of some beef products.

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McDonald's Tells Suppliers To Stop Using Hog Crates

February 14, 2012 10:00 am | by DAVID PITT,Associated Press

McDonald's Corp. said Monday it will require its U.S. pork suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out crates that tightly confine pregnant sows, a move that one animal rights group predicted would have "a seismic impact" on the industry.

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SPX Awarded Contract To Create Dairy Plant In China

February 14, 2012 9:54 am

SPX Corporation today announced that its Flow Technology segment has been awarded a contract worth approximately $40 million by Bright Dairy & Food Co., Ltd. to establish a new dairy processing plant in Shanghai, China capable of producing pasteurized fresh milk, ultra-high temperature (UHT) long shelf life milk and yogurt.

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Seven Sweet Secrets Of Chocolate Making

February 14, 2012 9:50 am

Valentine’s Day is one of chocolate’s biggest days of the year, so IFT took the opportunity to reveal seven secrets about how the sweet confection is made. 

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Photo Of The Day: McDonald's Embraces Humane

February 14, 2012 9:46 am

McDonald's Corp. said Monday, Feb. 13, 2012, it will require its U.S. pork suppliers to provide plans by May to phase out the use of stalls that confine pregnant sows. Smithfield Foods had already announced plans to phase out the stalls.

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Flowers Foods Posts Weak 4Q Results

February 13, 2012 1:50 pm

Flowers Foods Inc.'s shares fell in trading Friday after the bakery company delivered disappointing fourth-quarter results and full-year guidance.

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Food Safety Researchers Comment On Raw Milk Dangers

February 13, 2012 1:48 pm

Martin Wiedmann and Rob Ralyea, Cornell University researchers and experts on food safety, comment and the danger presented to farmers and consumers by the raw milk movement.

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Mayo Clinic: Overeating May Double Risk For Memory Loss

February 13, 2012 1:44 pm

A new study from Mayo Clinic supports the idea that “what’s good for your heart is good for your brain.” The study, released today, suggests that eating too much may double the risk for memory loss in people age 70 and older. This research will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 21 to April 28.

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Tenn. And Ky. Beef Profits Hit Record Highs

February 13, 2012 1:41 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER and RANDALL DICKERSON,Associated Press

There's reason for optimism down on the farm, providing that's a beef cattle operation in Tennessee or Kentucky. The mid-South states are the center of cow-calf beef production east of the Mississippi River. Kentucky ranks eighth nationally and Tennessee is ninth. 

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Unions Expect Right-To-Work To Cost Them

February 13, 2012 1:38 pm | by Tom LoBianco, Associated Press

After losing their fight against right-to-work legislation, labor organizers are making a desperate bid on shop room floors and at union halls to persuade members to keep paying their union dues and avoid crippling labor's influence in Indiana.

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Consumer Trends: Boomers More Likely Than Gen Y To Purchase Food Online

February 13, 2012 12:46 pm

Shoppers ages 50-54 lead the charge when it comes to purchasing health and beauty products online (52 percent), and shoppers ages 45-49 are purchasing more food and beverage products online (29 percent) than any other age group. This was revealed in the latest issue of The Checkout, an ongoing shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C Research.

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Study: Drinking Tea May Help Lower Blood Pressure

February 13, 2012 10:06 am

A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that drinking three cups of black tea daily over several months may help lower blood pressure. Research participants—male and female, ages 35 to 75—were split into two groups. One group drank three cups of tea that contained 1,493 milligrams of powdered black tea solids with 429 milligrams of polyphenols and 96 grams of caffeine. The other group drank three cups that contained a placebo with the same taste and caffeine levels but no tea solids.

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CSPI Comments On Food Safety Reform Deadlines

February 13, 2012 10:02 am

Feb 4 marked the "one-year-and-one-month" anniversary of the day that President Obama signed the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Rules that would make our food supply significantly safer are apparently stalled at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The administration is now over 30 days late on meeting several deadlines mandated by Congress.

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Cargill To Invest Millions In German Cocoa Facilities

February 13, 2012 9:59 am

Cargill has unveiled plans to invest close to EUR20 million in its newly acquired cocoa and chocolate facilities in Berlin, Germany. This investment will enable Cargill to upgrade, strengthen and expand its cocoa and chocolate capabilities in Germany in order to offer customers superior choice, quality and market reach.

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First Lady Celebrates Second Anniversary Of Let's Move!

February 13, 2012 9:54 am

First Lady Michelle Obama joined students, Top Chef chef'testants and the Dallas Cowboys at the Kleberg-Rylie Recreation Center today to highlight the Dallas Independent School Districts efforts to foster healthy, nutritious school environments as part of her three-day nationwide tour celebrating the second anniversary of Let's Move!

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Whole Foods Recalls Cakes

February 13, 2012 9:50 am

Whole Foods is recalling its Pumpkin Bundt Cakes because they contain undeclared milk. No illnesses have been reported. But the Emeryville-based company says people who have milk allergies run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the cake.

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Photo Of The Day: Hearts & Doughnuts

February 13, 2012 9:46 am

Kristpy Kreme is featuring heart-shaped Valentine Doughnuts to celebrate this year's Valentine's Day. Doughnuts are available through Feb. 14 at participating Krispy Kreme U.S. and Canada locations, as well as select grocery stores, mass merchants and convenience stores.

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Music Mogul Wants N.Y. To Pull The Plug On Milk

February 10, 2012 1:02 pm

Music mogul Russell Simmons wants New York's governor to pull the plug on milk from cows. The hip-hop impresario writes in a letter to Andrew Cuomo that milk should no longer be the state's official beverage.

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China-Based Candy Maker Opens S.C. Plant

February 10, 2012 12:59 pm

The firm announced in January that it would invest $6 million and bring 120 jobs to its first and only North American manufacturing plant in the central South Carolina site. The plant is scheduled to open Friday with 20 employees on the job.

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Ga. Ag Commissioner Calls For Guest Worker Reform

February 10, 2012 12:57 pm | by KATE BRUMBACK,Associated Press

Georgia's agriculture commissioner traveled to Washington on Thursday and urged members of Congress to reform a federal agricultural guest worker program to make it easier for farmers to use. Commissioner Gary Black told a House subcommittee that Georgia farmers are struggling to find workers, and the current guest worker program is too cumbersome to make it viable. Black, a Republican, said he was encouraged to see interest on the issue from federal lawmakers from both parties. 

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