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Specialty Food Sales Top $100B For First Time

April 8, 2015 2:20 pm | by Specialty Food Association

Retail sales of specialty food sales grew 19 percent from 2012 to 2014 versus a tepid 2 percent increase for all food. The industry, fueled by small businesses, now boasts 15 segments that exceed $1 billion in sales, including cheese; coffee; meat, poultry and seafood; chips, pretzels and snacks; candy; and yogurt.

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FDA Proposal Would Exempt Certain Farm Sales From Registration Requirements

April 8, 2015 1:40 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday announced proposed regulatory changes that would explicitly exempt direct-to-consumer farm sales from federal registration requirements.

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Rye is on the Rise: A New Whiskey Trend That Goes With the Grain

April 8, 2015 12:00 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE, Associated Press

A little bit lighter and spicier tasting than bourbon, rye whiskey is made, obviously, from rye, a grass related to wheat. Where bourbon has to be made from at least 51 percent corn, rye must be at least 51 percent rye.

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International Food Safety Community to Convene at Annual Food Safety Summit in Baltimore

April 8, 2015 11:05 am | by Food Safety Summit

Later this month, thousands of food safety professionals are expected to convene in Baltimore, MD for the 17th  Annual Food Safety Summit, taking place April 28-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

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Groups Challenge Major USDA Change to Organic Rule

April 8, 2015 9:35 am | by Beyond Pesticides

Organic stakeholders have filed a lawsuit in federal court, maintaining that the USDA violated the federal rulemaking process when it changed established procedures for reviewing the potential hazards and need for allowed synthetic and prohibited natural substances used in producing organic food.

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Russia May Consider Lifting Food Ban on Imports From EU

April 8, 2015 9:00 am | by NATALIYA VASILYEVA, Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday hinted that Moscow could lift its embargo on food imports from Greece, which has been hurt by the ban and is embroiled in crucial talks with its European creditors.

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Q&A: How Bird Flu Outbreaks Are Playing Out

April 8, 2015 8:25 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

A deadly strain of bird flu has reached the Midwest, killing or requiring hundreds of thousands of turkeys to be euthanized. Here are some common questions and answers about the outbreak.

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Blue Bell Recalls More Products After Testing Positive For Listeriosis

April 8, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press

Blue Bell Creameries says it's expanding its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. 

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Calif. Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 7, 2015 3:25 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

In response to a historic drought affecting nearly all of California, Gov. Jerry Brown last week announced the state's first-ever limits on water use. Although the restrictions mostly target homeowners and businesses — and leave the state's massive agricultural sector alone — farmers are still likely to feel some impact.

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North Dakota Getting $2.3M to Boost Specialty Crops

April 7, 2015 3:00 pm | by BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press

North Dakota will see another large infusion of federal money this year to boost the development of specialty crops in a state that's already among the nation's leading producers of dry peas, lentils, honey and confection sunflowers.

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Jack Daniel's Turns Back 2nd 'Tennessee Whiskey' Challenge

April 7, 2015 1:45 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

Jack Daniel's has turned back the latest challenge to a state law that determines which spirits can be marketed as "Tennessee Whiskey." Republican state Sen. Ed Jackson withdrew without debate his bill that sought to repeal the law passed at the behest of Jack Daniel's in 2013.

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Where's the Beef? McDonald's is Bringing Back Bigger Burgers

April 7, 2015 1:10 pm

Bigger burgers will be back on the menu at McDonald's, at least for a while. McDonald's says it's introducing a trio of "Sirloin Third Pound" burgers for a limited time starting later this month, the latest sign the chain is pushing to improve perceptions about the quality of its food.

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FDA: Partnering For a Safe Food Supply

April 7, 2015 12:00 pm | by U.S. Food and Drug Administration

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared April 7 as World Health Day, and this year's theme is Food Safety. Currently, 15 percent of our food is imported from other countries – but this includes 80 percent of our seafood, nearly 50 percent of our fresh fruit, and 20 percent of our fresh vegetables.

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Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers Get Best Marks in Dieters' Review

April 7, 2015 10:15 am

Trying to slim down? Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig scored the best marks for effectiveness in a review of research on commercial diet programs, but many other plans just haven't been studied enough to evaluate long-term results.

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US Wants Egg Executives Punished For 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

April 7, 2015 9:30 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press

Jack DeCoster, 80, of Turner, Maine, and 51-year-old Peter DeCoster, of Clarion, Iowa are scheduled to be sentenced April 13 by U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in a federal courtroom in Sioux City, Iowa. Both pleaded guilty last year to introducing adulterated eggs into interstate commerce and face up to one year in jail.

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Burger King to Pay For the Wedding of Man Named Burger, Woman Named King

April 7, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press

Burger King is paying the expenses and providing gifts for the wedding of an Illinois couple with an interesting connection to the fast food restaurant chain. Joel Burger and Ashley King accepted the company's proposal Monday.

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Consumers Want 'Natural' Foods, But What Does That Even Mean?

April 7, 2015 8:40 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Consumers are increasingly turning to healthier food choices by avoiding food dyes and additives and instead choosing "natural" foods. But after years of debate, there is still no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product.

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Meat Processor Sentenced to 30 Months For Horse Meat Fraud

April 7, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

A Dutch court has sentenced a meat processor to 30 months imprisonment for a massive fraud operation in which he illicitly sold horse meat as more expensive beef. 

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Exporting Philly: Cheesesteaks, Ices and Pretzels Go Global

April 6, 2015 4:00 pm | by MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

The hoagie-making, coffee-brewing convenience and gas chain from the Philadelphia area is pushing hard into the Sunshine State, opening more than 60 stores since 2012 with another 25 planned by the end of the year.

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50 Year-Old Man Drinks 10 Diet Cokes a Day For Science

April 6, 2015 3:15 pm | by George Prior

The 50 year-old Los Angeles dad who drank 10 Cokes a day for 30 days and gained 23 lbs is once again testing the health effects of soda, as he consumes 10 Diet Cokes a day, also for 30 days.

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