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Factory Worker Sentenced to 3.5 Years For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 9:28 am | by Kyodo News International, Tokyo

A former contract worker for the subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. in Japan was sentenced to time in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide. Toshiki Abe was working at Aqlifoods Co. when he sprayed products with the pesticide malathion.

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Utah Judge Refuses to Block Lawsuit Challenging 'Ag-Gag' Law

August 8, 2014 9:03 am | by LINDSAY WHITEHURST, Associated Press

A federal judge ruled that animal rights activists can continue their lawsuit seeking to overturn Utah's 'ag-gag' law — a law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms. Activists say the law is designed to silence them.

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Consumer Group Asks Food Facilities to Accurately Label Sugars

August 8, 2014 8:30 am | by Citizens for Health

One of the country's oldest consumer action groups, the Citizens for Health, has filed a petition with the Food & Drug Administration to compel food manufacturing facilities to spell out the type of sweeteners they add to products.     

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Infographic: Food Industry Worth $2.45T by Next Year

August 8, 2014 8:10 am | by Clean Rental

Discover the opportunities for growth in the food industry and where the challenges lie. This infographic by Clean Rental shows that poultry product manufacturing has room to grow by exporting, utilizing feed research and increasing production speed lines.

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Indiana Meat Plant to Begin Operations Next Year

August 8, 2014 7:50 am | by Associated Press

Sugar Creek Packing Co. in eastern Indiana is expected to begin operations in July 2015. The meat packing plant will invest $100 million in construction, equipment and land acquisition near Cambridge City. The food facility is expected to bring 400 jobs to the state.

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Calif. Collector Who Sold Bogus Wine Gets 10-Year Term

August 7, 2014 2:37 pm | by LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press

A California collector convicted of making fake vintage wine in his kitchen and selling it for millions of dollars was sentenced for a decade in prison.  The judge said the public needs to know that food and drinks are safe and "not some homemade witch's brew."

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Bad Bite: A Tick Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

August 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by MARILYNN MARCHIONE, AP Chief Medical Writer

This bizarre problem was only discovered a few years ago but is growing as the ticks spread from the Southwest and the East to more parts of the United States. In some cases, eating a burger or a steak has landed people in the hospital with severe allergic reactions.

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J.M. Smucker Co. to Acquire Nut, Fruit Snacks Brand

August 7, 2014 12:29 pm | by The J. M. Smucker Company

The J.M. Smucker Company, popular for its Folgers, Pillsbury and Smuckers brands, has agreed to acquire Sahale Snacks, a Seattle-based company. Sahale is a manufacturer of branded nut and fruit snacks, which are primarily sold in the United States.

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Chobani Partners With IMG to Increase Brand Awareness

August 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Chobani

Chobani will increase its presence and products to students and fans by leveraging IMG College's access to school decision makers and its partner schools' intellectual property on campus, in local retail locations, food service, at athletic facilities and more.

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Nestle Profit Falls on Stronger Swiss Franc

August 7, 2014 12:11 pm | by DAVID McHUGH, AP Business Writer

Nestle SA, maker of the Haagen-Dazs brand, experienced decreased sales in the first half of the year as a stronger Swiss Franc weighed on the bottom line. A stronger franc shrinks earnings in dollars and other currencies when those earnings are restated in francs.

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Consumer Trends: Cheese-Eaters Want Specialty Flavors

August 7, 2014 12:02 pm | by Packaged Facts

A new report says consumers are looking for cheese products that are more indulgent, with new tastes and experiences. Consumers are broadening beyond traditional favorites, such as cheddar and mozzarella, and are now looking for higher priced specialty cheeses.

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Photo: Getting Sweet With Apple Fries

August 7, 2014 10:31 am | by Sweet Apple Pie Fries!

It all started with an addictive twist on an America classic that became a local sensation. Nine years later, Niki Durig of Portland, Ore., has her eyes on creating a national franchise that would share her dessert and opportunity with the country.

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Canada Officials Recall Food Products Over Listeria, E.coli Concerns

August 7, 2014 10:08 am | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling two products due to concerns about listeriosis and a third recall due to possible E.coli. The products include Genoa Salami, Sliced Crimini Mushrooms and certain brands of French cheeses.

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Russia Bans US Food Imports in Retaliation to Western Sanctions

August 7, 2014 9:57 am | by VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin has banned all imports of meat, fish, milk, milk products, fruit and vegetables from the United States, the European Union and other countries. Russia depends heavily on imported food, particularly in the largest city of Moscow.

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Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:25 am | by Associated Press

A Coca-Cola plant in Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles. Although distribution companies are frequent targets for gang extortion in Southern Mexico, firms have seldom been attacked.

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Anheuser-Busch to Tap First Mexican Beer

August 7, 2014 9:18 am | by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Business Writer

Anheuser-Busch, a subsidiary of AB InBev, is hoping to tap into the fast-growing Hispanic market by importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S. The move comes as both the Hispanic population and the market for Hispanic foods continues to grow in the U.S.

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FDA Rules Ga. Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' to Produce Food

August 7, 2014 9:09 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

A food safety inspector for the FDA was sent to investigate conditions at the Georgia peanut plant that was linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak for its tainted peanuts. The agent said the plant was not fit to produce food for human consumption. 

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Report: Tea Makers Need to Market to Millennial Moms

August 6, 2014 2:34 pm | by Packaged Facts

According to a recent report, food manufacturers in the tea market need to connect with children and their parents more than any other consumer. More than two-thirds of shoppers agree that their kids' preferences influence which groceries they buy.

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Consumer Trends: Soda Drinkers Want Healthier Soft Drinks

August 6, 2014 2:24 pm | by Mintel

When it comes to choosing a particular soda, health plays a role. A study shows 29 percent of consumers say that low/no calorie content would make them choose one type of soda over another and 14 percent would prefer natural ingredients.

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CRA Continues to Fight 'False Health Concerns' About Corn Syrup

August 6, 2014 2:16 pm | by Corn Refiners Association

A federal judge denied the Corn Refiners' request to amend a counterclaim against The Sugar Cooperative. CRA President John Bode said The Sugar Association purposely misled the public to create false health concerns and fear about high fructose corn syrup.

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