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FDA Issues Guidance on Food Allergens Labeling Exemptions

June 18, 2015 1:40 pm | by FDA

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued final guidance to help food manufacturers provide adequate data to support exemptions from the labeling requirements for ingredients derived from major food allergens.

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Infographic: Foodborne Diseases Cost the US $15.5B Per Year

June 18, 2015 1:10 pm | by Business Pulse

Approximately 1 in 6 Americans will get sick this year from eating contaminated foods, according to the CDC. These food outbreaks, like Listeria and Salmonella, can produce a domino effect on business, communities and the U.S. economy.

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Grocers: Vermont GMO Law Could Lead to Fines of $10M a Day

June 18, 2015 12:40 pm | by WILSON RING, Associated Press

The industry group suing to block Vermont's first-in-the-nation law requiring the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms says the law could cost the nation's grocers fines of up to $10 million a day.

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Lobster Prices Rise as Summer Season Gets Off to Slow Start

June 18, 2015 12:15 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press

Maine lobstermen and retailers say the summer staple is selling in the $6 or $8 per pound range to consumers. That is an average increase of about $1 to $2 over last year. Lobstermen are also getting about a dollar more per pound for lobster at the dock.

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Federal Competition Bureau Allows H.J. Heinz-Kraft Foods Merger Deal

June 18, 2015 9:15 am | by The Canadian Press

The Competition Bureau has given its OK to the proposed merger of H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group.

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Update: Foster Farms Suspends 5 After Undercover Video Shows Abuse

June 18, 2015 9:00 am | by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

Poultry producer Foster Farms suspended five employees Wednesday after an animal-rights group released undercover video showing live birds being slammed upside-down into shackles, punched and plucked.

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McDonald's to Shrink in US, 1st Time in Decades

June 18, 2015 8:45 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The burger chain that put "supersize" into the American vernacular is slimming down: For the first time in more than 40 years, and perhaps ever, McDonald's says the number of U.S. restaurants it has is shrinking.

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Russia Won't Lift EU Food Embargo if Sanctions Stay

June 18, 2015 8:20 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

Moscow will lift its embargo on European and U.S. foods only when the West scraps its sanctions against Russia, a top Russian official said on Thursday.

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Report Questions Nutrition Group's Ties to Food Companies

June 18, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A prominent food industry critic recently slammed the American Society for Nutrition over its ties to large food companies, while ASN officials defended the group's research efforts and disclosure practices.

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Wine-Making Shortcut Gives Bubbly a Fruitier Aroma

June 17, 2015 3:00 pm | by American Chemical Society

In recent years, many winemakers have turned to commercial yeast products to give the fermentation process a boost. How they ultimately affect bubbly has been an open question, but now scientists have stepped in to find out.

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Dairy Index Reveals Opportunities to Revitalize Milk Through Innovation, Communication

June 17, 2015 2:40 pm | by Tetra Pak

Consumers worldwide remain overwhelmingly positive about the goodness of milk, understand its nutritional value, but feel variety and convenience are not keeping pace with modern lifestyles and expectations.

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First Lady Promotes Healthy Eating Overseas

June 17, 2015 1:15 pm | by COLLEEN BARRY, Associated Press

Michelle Obama took her campaign for healthy eating overseas on Wednesday, but let it slip that she still has work to do at home.

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Morton Salt to Move Headquarters to Downtown Chicago

June 17, 2015 12:15 pm | by Morton Salt, Inc.

Morton Salt, Inc. today announced it has signed a lease agreement to relocate its Chicago headquarters office to the new River Point tower currently under construction in the West Loop. 

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Health Groups Laud Trans Fat Ban as Potential Litigation Looms

June 17, 2015 11:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's long-expected move to ban trans fat drew raves from public health groups and litigation concerns from some representing the food industry.

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Bird Flu Leads to Cheaper Chickens in US

June 17, 2015 9:10 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press

A bird flu outbreak in the Midwest that's boosted prices for eggs and roasting turkeys has actually resulted in cheaper chicken in the U.S., as many countries restrict imports of poultry products, the Department of Agriculture said in a report released Tuesday.

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Starbucks Closing La Boulange Shops by September's End

June 17, 2015 8:45 am | by The Associated Press

The company said there has been strong growth in food sales since the $100 million acquisition three years ago, but that running the 23 La Boulange restaurants, which are mostly found in San Francisco, is no longer sustainable.

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Police Investigate Foster Farms After Undercover Video Found

June 17, 2015 8:20 am | by AMANDA LEE MYERS, Associated Press

Police are investigating poultry producer Foster Farms after an animal-rights group shot undercover video showing some chickens being slammed upside-down into metal shackles, punched and having their feathers pulled out while they were still alive.

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Coke Acquires Stake in Monster Beverage Corp.

June 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Coca-Cola Company last week officially acquired a minority stake in energy drink maker Monster Beverage Corp.

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What is Trans Fat? A Look at the Different Kinds of Fat

June 16, 2015 4:20 pm | by The Associated Press

The FDA is phasing out artificial trans fats from the food supply, but people should limit their intake of saturated fats, too, which can also cause heart disease. There are three main types of fat: unsaturated, saturated and trans fats.

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Infographic: How Sustainable Water Use Can Boost Food Security Worldwide

June 16, 2015 2:30 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists

Amid growing public awareness that water is not an unlimited resource, scientists and policy makers alike are working to reduce the water footprint of food production and ensure a safe ocean habitat for future supplies of fish and seafood.

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