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South Koreans Crave Fish That Smells Like Garbage

April 9, 2014 10:13 am | by FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

The aroma of one of South Korea's most popular delicacies often is compared to rotting garbage and filthy bathrooms. The unusual dish is typically made by taking dozens of fresh skate, a fish that looks like a stingray, stacking them up in a walk-in refrigerator and waiting.

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A Buyer’s Perspective on FSMA at the Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 9:51 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor

Regulatory compliance and business practices can meld under the Food Safety Modernization Act in the practice of food safety quality assurance, Jorge Hernandez, senior vice president for food safety & quality assurance at US Foods, said Tuesday at the Food Safety Summit.

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Industry-Wide FSMA Concerns Arise at Food Safety Summit

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

An ongoing, open dialogue between food manufacturers and the FDA is vital as FSMA regulations are forged, a vice president of the International Dairy Foods Association said at the Food Safety Summit Tuesday. Key points are the FSVP, auditing and records.

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Cargill 3Q Earnings Fall 28 Percent

April 8, 2014 12:39 pm

Cargill said Tuesday its net income dropped 28 percent in the fiscal third quarter because of increased electricity prices and other problems. The Minneapolis company said its net income fell to $319 million and revenue held steady at $32 billion.

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Airlines Drop Limes from Drink Service amid Price Spike

April 8, 2014 12:36 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer

Airline passengers might notice something missing these days from their vodka tonics or Diet Cokes: the lime. A recent shortage and spike in price has caused some airlines to temporarily stop offering the fruit in their beverage service.

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FDA Cracks Down on ‘Honey’ with Added Sweeteners

April 8, 2014 12:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

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King’s Hawaiian Bread to Expand Georgia Plant

April 8, 2014 12:28 pm

King's Hawaiian Bread plans to expand its production facilities in northeast Georgia. The bakery opened its local production line in the Oakwood community in 2010 as part of its East Coast operations designed to meet growing customer demand.

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Yum Brands Tests New Chicken Restaurant

April 8, 2014 12:23 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As KFC struggles in the U.S., parent company Yum Brands is testing a new chicken restaurant called Super Chix. The restaurant's menu seems positioned as a more premium offering than KFC, catering to people looking for higher quality food.

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Consumer Trends: Fruit & Veggie Consumption Increases Wellbeing

April 8, 2014 12:00 pm

A study based on more than 65,000 randomly selected adults who were participating in the Health Survey for England reports that the higher a person’s intake of fruit and vegetables, the lower their risk of death from diseases like cardiovascular disease and cancer.

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Mich. State Joins Food Industry to Start Safety Center

April 8, 2014 11:03 am

Michigan State University is joining food and drink makers and sellers to create the Center for Research on Ingredient Safety. The ingredients safety center will look at the safety of foods, drinks, cosmetics and household consumer products.

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Idaho Asks Judge to Toss Lawsuit on ‘Ag Gag’ Law

April 8, 2014 10:24 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press

Attorneys for Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter are asking a federal judge to toss a lawsuit challenging a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities. A coalition sued Idaho last month, asking that the so-called "ag gag" law be stricken down.

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Taco Bell Continues Assault Against McDonald’s in Latest Ad

April 8, 2014 10:20 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

Taco Bell will begin airing a TV spot set to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" that shows a man who has been eating Egg McMuffins since 1984. After trying Taco Bell's breakfast, the man trims his mullet, switches to tighter pants, gets a smartphone and takes down his "Loverboy" poster.

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PETA Wants to Transform Dahmer's Home into Vegan Restaurant

April 8, 2014 10:14 am

Jeffrey Dahmer's childhood home in Akron, Ohio, is for sale, and PETA is interested in opening a vegan restaurant called Eat for Life: Home Cooking on the site. PETA says that opening a vegan restaurant at Dahmer's former home is "one way to turn evil into good." 

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EU Seeks Restrictions on Meat Names Like 'Bratwurst' and 'Bologna'

April 8, 2014 10:08 am

The European Union is looking to restrict the use of common meat names, such as "bologna," "bratwurst" and "black forest ham." U.S. senators sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, asking them to defend these names.

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Infographic: The Impact of Climate Change on the Future of Farming

April 8, 2014 9:59 am

According to this infographic provided by The Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, climate change in the 2030s will affect food and farming more strongly, especially small producers located in poor countries.

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Groups Strategize to Ensure Food Security amid Climate Change

April 8, 2014 9:55 am

Representatives from the research community, civil society, farmers organizations, donor agencies and the private sector gathered last week to identify actions the world must take to help farmers adapt to climate change and help deliver a more food-secure world.

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USDA Provides Funding for Pest, Disease Management

April 7, 2014 1:05 pm

The USDA has allocated $48.1 million provided by the new farm bill to projects across the country that will help to prevent the introduction or spread of plant pests and diseases that threaten America's agriculture economy and the environment.

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Schreiber Foods Plans New Facility to Meet Yogurt Demand

April 7, 2014 12:55 pm

Schreiber Foods will begin construction of a distribution center this month in Richland Center, Wis., to meet the growing demand for yogurt. The dairy giant has spent more than $100 million in the last five years on its two Richland Center yogurt plants.

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Grocery Price Wars May Hurt Food Industry in Canada

April 7, 2014 12:46 pm | by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press

The grocery price wars that have pushed a kilogram of bananas below the price of a chocolate bar may be good news for consumers' wallets, but those who watch the food industry see a race to the bottom that may leave shoppers with less selection.

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Farmers Face New Conservation Rules Under Farm Bill

April 7, 2014 12:42 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press

Wildlife and environmental groups are claiming victory for conservation practices in the new farm bill. Farmers will be required to use good conservation practices on highly erodible lands and protect wetlands to qualify for crop insurance subsidies.

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