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Report: Russia Lacks Dairy Products Aimed Towards Elders

July 21, 2014 1:00 pm | by Canadean

Currently, the Russian dairy market offers many products targeted at younger generation; at the same time, there is lack of products specifically targeting those aged 55+, who consume dairy due to the habit rather than health and age-aligned reasons.

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Thirsty for Growth: US Craft Brewers Flourish Overseas

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

The U.S. craft beer scene is so fresh and dynamic, Europeans are becoming as excited about it as Americans. Many large American craft breweries are setting up businesses in Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom in hopes to make the industry grow.

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Halifax-Area Meat Market Recalls Beef, Pork for Metal Filings

July 21, 2014 12:30 pm | by The Canadian Press

The Gateway Meat Market in Dartmouth, near Halifax, is advising its customers to avoid eating any ground beef and pork sold by them. The Agriculture Department says the products might look OK to eat, but doing so could be a health risk.

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Teen's Death Leads FDA to Inspect Caffeine in Food, Drinks

July 21, 2014 12:04 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, ANN SANNER, Associated Press

The caffeine overdose of an 18 year old Ohio student has led to investigations by the Food and Drug Administration of the powder's safety in energy drinks and food, as manufacturers have added caffeine to candy, nuts and other snack foods in recent years.

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Wyo. Issues 39 Citations Against Western Sugar Cooperative

July 21, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The Wyoming Occupation Safety and Health Administration has issued 39 citations against Western Sugar Cooperative, fining the company $194,000 for numerous fall hazards, inadequate signage and failing to place safety guards around moving equipment.

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NC B. Roberts Foods Recalls 200 Pounds of Chicken

July 21, 2014 10:37 am | by Associated Press

B. Roberts Foods of Charlotte, North Carolina is recalling 200 pounds of grilled chicken entrees for mislabeling and containing milk, an allergen not declared on the label. Among the products recalled are Harris Teeter, Fresh Foods Market and Deli-Bakery.

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Ag-Gag Laws Face Challenges in Federal Court

July 21, 2014 10:19 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

Laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse in farm organizations and livestock producers is moving from state legislatures to federal courts. Half of U.S. states have attempted to pass so-called ag-gag laws, but only seven have been successful.

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Peoria Packing Company Recalls Beef Jerky

July 21, 2014 10:06 am | by Associated Press

The Peoria, Illinois-based Raber's Packing Company is recalling 21 pounds of beef jerky for improper inspection. The Illinois Department of Agriculture says the product was sold in 25-ounce bags labeled "Grand Champion Raber's Beef Jerky."

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Mechanically Tenderized Beef Labels Take Effect Next Month in Canada

July 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Rob Drinkwater, The Canadian Press

Canadian shoppers will soon be seeing labels on their meat notifying them if it has been mechanically tenderized. The regulations taking effect Aug. 21 are designed to protect consumers after the largest meat recall in the country's history two years ago.  

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First Lady: Healthy Foods Belong in Schools

July 21, 2014 8:05 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama's junior cooks contest was put together to show the nation that if a 10 year old kid can cook and happily eat a healthy meal, then there is no reason why every school in the country shouldn't be including nutritious food into their menus.

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McDonald's, KFC in China Are Supplied Expired Meat

July 21, 2014 8:00 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer

McDonald's and KFC in China said a supplier, Husi Food Co., sold them expired beef and chicken. The report added to a series of food safety scares in China that have battered public confidence in dairies and fast food outlets.

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Study Shows Essential Oils Can Extend Shelf-Life of Food

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

According to a recent study in the Journal of Food Science, scientists at the Institute of Food Technologists have found that essential oils — those extracted from plants roots, peels, seeds, etc. — may be used as food preservatives in packaged food products.

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Marijuana Edibles Recalled in Colorado

July 18, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

The Denver Department of Environmental Health recalled several products from At Home Baked, a popular Colorado brand of pot-infused sweets. Among the recalled products were infused brownie mixes, blondie mixes, rice crispy treats and Stixx candy.

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9 Emerging Pet Food Trends for Man's Best Friend

July 18, 2014 11:45 am | by Institute of Food Technologists

Did you know 51 percent of dog owners believe that pet food made in the U.S. is the most important factor in their purchasing decisions? Consumers who consider their pet a member of the family should read on to find out the nine emerging trends in gourmet pet food.

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First Lady Hosts Dinner for Top Kid Chefs

July 18, 2014 11:30 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

First Lady Michelle Obama is inviting 50 kid chefs to dinner who earned a seat at the table by whipping up healthy meals as part of a nationwide contest sponsored by the food magazine Epicurious and the Education and Agriculture departments.

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German Sausage Makers Fined $460M for Price Fixing

July 18, 2014 11:05 am | by Associated Press

Germany's antitrust authority is imposing fines totaling $460 million on 21 sausage manufacturers, including Nestle subsidiary Herta and Meica, for colluding to push through higher prices and agreeing on price ranges for various products.

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KeHE Buys Nature's Best to Broaden Organic Food Channel

July 18, 2014 10:45 am | by KeHE Distributors, LLC

KeHe Distributors has agreed to purchase Nature's Best — a California-based distributor of natural food products like nutrition bars. KeHE's acquisition of the company is in part to expand its national distribution of natural and organic products.

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Inspection Agency Suspends License of Saskatchewan Beef Plant

July 18, 2014 9:29 am | by The Canadian Press

Northern Natural Processing LP, a beef slaughter plant in southeastern Saskatchewan, had its license suspended by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The suspension is due to the operator of the plant failing to use corrective measures to ensure the safety of the meat.

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Munch on This: Pot Edibles Give Rise to Booming Industry

July 18, 2014 9:15 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.

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EU's Fear of 'Chlorine Chicken' Complicates US Trade Talks

July 18, 2014 9:04 am | by JUERGEN BAETZ, Associated Press

A year ago, President Barack Obama and his European peers sought an agreement to create the trading bloc by the end of 2014. Now, the thought of chlorine-drenched chickens on the dinner table is driving the EU away from the free trade agreement.

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