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Kraft Recalls 6.5M Boxes of Mac and Cheese

March 18, 2015 8:10 am | by Associated Press

 Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.

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America Has Entered a New Era of Sports Nutrition

March 17, 2015 4:05 pm | by Packaged Facts

Among the most popular functional foods are sports drinks and nutrition bars. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 36 percent of all U.S. adults consume sports drinks. Meanwhile, dollar sales in the nutrition bar segment grew an impressive 8 percent last year.

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Brown-Forman Descendant First to Run Old Forester in Nearly 100 Years

March 17, 2015 3:15 pm | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press

 Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. is putting a descendant of its founder in charge of its original whiskey, the latest sign that it intends to rejuvenate the long-struggling Old Forester bourbon brand.

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More States Targeting Microbeads

March 17, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Personal care products that contain tiny plastic pellets are increasingly in the crosshairs of state lawmakers amid concerns over their environmental impact.  In addition to pollution concerns, scientists said the microbeads' resemblance to fish eggs could lead other animals to eat them, thus introducing them to the food supply.  

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Canada's Food Safety Watchdog Suspends Costco Fish Import License

March 17, 2015 12:50 pm | by The Canadian Press

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the retail giant is not following food safety controls on a consistent basis. The agency says Costco is in violation of federal fish inspection regulations and the suspension of its license went into effect on Feb. 26.

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2 Dead at Napa County Vineyard in Apparent Murder-Suicide

March 17, 2015 12:35 pm | by Associated Press

Two men are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in a Napa County vineyard following a bitter business dispute. Napa County sheriff's deputies are still investigating Monday's shooting in the famed wine region of Northern California.

Battle of the Coffee Pods: Keurig vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 11:00 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press

Keurig, the single-serve coffee industry's leader, produced enough plastic coffee pods last year to circle the earth more than 10 times, according to one analyst's estimate, often cited by Keurig's critics.

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Minn. Senator Wants to Train Correctional Facility Inmates to be Butchers

March 17, 2015 10:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor

Warmer temperatures means grilling season is back! But instead of heading over to your local grocery store, you can now pick up some fresh cuts at the Minnesota correctional facility.

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EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances.

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Hunt Brothers Rules Rural Pizza Market from Gas Stations

March 17, 2015 8:05 am | by JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

Hunt Brothers Pizza is quietly winning over the rural South by slipping into places big-name pizza chains probably couldn't survive. It has installed its pizza ovens at so many gas stations and convenience stores that it has more U.S. locations than either Domino's or Pizza Hut.

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Meat Industry Fires Back at Federal Dietary Recommendations

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

The U.S. meat industry is fighting back against proposed federal dietary guidelines that recommend eating less red and processed meat, which trade groups said go "outside the purview" of nutrition research.

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McDonald's Workers Allege Numerous Injuries, Unsafe Conditions

March 16, 2015 3:35 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

McDonald's workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.

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US Dairy Producers Not Yet Out of the Woods

March 16, 2015 2:55 pm

Despite a recent rally in dairy commodity prices, up from January lows, Rabobank’s Q1 2015 report on the dairy industry finds that suppliers are not out of the woods yet.

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George Dickel Whiskey is Losing Master Distiller

March 16, 2015 2:30 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

A central figure in the public dispute between Jack Daniel's and George Dickel distilleries over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey is leaving to head up a brand named after a legendary moonshiner.

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Archaeologists Find Ancient Pretzels

March 16, 2015 2:05 pm | by Associated Press

Archeologists say two pretzels unearthed during a dig on the banks of the Danube in the German city of Regensburg could be more than 300 years old.

Cuba Requests 20-Year Sentences For Egg Thieves

March 16, 2015 11:40 am | by Associated Press

 Cuban prosecutors are seeking prison terms of eight to 20 years for nearly two dozen people suspected of conspiring to steal millions of eggs for sale on the black market, official media reported Friday.

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GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop on Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. Department of Agriculture convened a recent "coexistence" workshop in North Carolina in an effort to bridge the wide gulf between proponents and critics of genetically modified crops.

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Officials: Listeriosis Linked to Ice Cream Not Cause of 3 Deaths, May be Factor

March 16, 2015 9:15 am | by HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press

A foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products might have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients in Kansas, health officials said Saturday. But listeriosis didn't cause the deaths, according to a Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman.

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Coca-Cola Teams Up With Nutritionists to Push Coke as Healthy Treat

March 16, 2015 8:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The world's biggest beverage maker is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.

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New Bird Flu Strain Has Poultry Farmers Scrambling

March 16, 2015 8:15 am | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Animal health experts and poultry growers are scrambling to determine how a dangerous new strain of bird flu infected poultry flocks in four states — and to stop it from spreading.

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