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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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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Craft Beer Breweries Starting to Boom in Arkansas

February 17, 2015 6:45 am | by Associated Press

Craft beer breweries are gaining popularity in central Arkansas, as the state catches up with a national obsession with craft beers. A 2012 study done for the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association, indicated that the craft-beer industry contributed about $34 billion to the U.S. economy, said Bart Watson, the association's chief economist.

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T. Marzetti Co Issues Allergy Alert on Undeclared Milk and Egg in Single-Serve Larosa's Creamy Garlic Salad Dressing due to Label Issue

February 17, 2015 6:35 am | by FDA

The dressing was manufactured correctly and has always contained milk and egg; however there was an error in labeling. People who have an allergy to milk and eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

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Mexico, Wal-Mart Act to Improve Farmworkers' Lives

February 17, 2015 6:30 am | by Associated Press

The Mexican government has formed an alliance of produce industry groups that will work on enforcing wage laws and improving housing, schools and health care for laborers at export farms following a newspaper's investigation of abuses at agribusinesses supplying major U.S. supermarket chains and restaurants.

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Two Top Food Trends Converge in February

February 13, 2015 2:50 pm | by Cherry Marketing Institute

Snack makers are clamoring to create healthier options and have discovered tart cherries can help deliver on both taste and nutrition. About 90 percent of Americans say they snack daily, with snacks now accounting for more than half of all eating occasions and nearly 25 percent of our daily calories. 

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New Study Sheds Light on Characterizing Global Food Trade to Include Nutritional Value

February 13, 2015 2:15 pm | by University of Minnesota

Growing global trade is critically important for providing food when and where it's needed — but it makes it harder to link the benefits of food and the environmental burden of its production. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Institute on the Environment propose to extend the way we characterize global food trade to include nutritional value and resource consumption.

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced to Prison For Stealing $4.1M

February 13, 2015 1:23 pm

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4 million from the company over a 16-year-period. The employee was accused of creating a fraudulent billing scheme that led him to submit false invoices for parts and services for which he would receive payment.

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Mad Cow Disease Reported in Alberta; First Case in Canada Since 2011

February 13, 2015 12:45 pm | by Associated Press

A case of mad cow disease has been confirmed in a beef cow from Alberta, Canadian officials announced today. Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said Canada's first case since 2011 will not affect the country's international beef trade.

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