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Human Tooth Found in McDonald's Japan Fries

January 7, 2015 9:40 am | by YURI KAGEYAMA, AP Business Writer

McDonald's Corp. officials in Japan bowed deeply Wednesday to apologize for a human tooth, plastic pieces and other objects found in the burger chain's food, highlighting how consumers here are both loving and hating the fast-food eatery. 

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Idaho, Texas Companies to Build $100M Meatpacking Plant in SW Idaho

January 7, 2015 9:15 am | by Associated Press

Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co. and Texas-based Caviness Beef Packers plan to build a $100 million meatpacking plant in southwestern Idaho. Simplot officials in an announcement yesterday said the plant near Kuna will employ 600 workers.    

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Anheuser-Busch: The Return of the Puppies and the Clydesdales

January 7, 2015 8:50 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Regardless of the two teams that actually end up playing, the new ads always seem to be a top reason for watching the game. And this year, Anheuser-Busch — one of the top advertisers for Super Bowl XLIX — has announced the return of the puppies and the Clydesdales.

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Keurig Brews Deal With Dr Pepper Snapple Group For Cold-Drink Machine

January 7, 2015 8:25 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

If you are anything like the typical consumer of today, anything that is quick and convenient is at the top of your list. Keurig Green Mountain struck a deal with Dr Pepper Snapple to start making single-serve capsules for use in its soon-to-be-released cold beverage system.

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Monsanto Earnings Fall on Lower Corn Seed Sales

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

U.S. farmers harvested record crops of soybeans and corn last year, sending prices on those foodstaples to their lowest levels in years. That has resulted in farmers in South America and elsewhere reducing the number of acres they dedicate to corn. 

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Tracing Chicken Flu Virus Yields Insight Into Origins of Deadly H7N9 Strain

January 6, 2015 1:50 pm | by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

An international research team has shown how changes in a flu virus that has plagued Chinese poultry farms for decades helped create the novel avian H7N9 influenza A virus that has sickened more than 375 people since 2013.       

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Long Island Brand Beverages to Merge With Cullen Agricultural Holding

January 6, 2015 1:25 pm | by Business Wire

The ready-to-drink tea category has grown at a strong 6.1 percent annually from 2009 to 2014, and is forecast to grow more than 10 percent annually during the next five years, according to IBISWorld’s January 2014 market research report titled RTD Tea Production in the US.

Caramel Apple Recall Expanded to Kroger Brand

January 6, 2015 1:00 pm | by FDA

Happy Apple Company of Washington, MO, is expanding its recall of caramel apples to include Kroger brand caramel apples produced by Happy Apple Company with a best use by date between Sept. 15 and Nov. 18, 2014.   

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Photo of the Day: Study Reveals Causes of Apple Skin Spotting

January 6, 2015 12:30 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

A newly released study, published in the American Society for Horticultural Science, found that “skin spots,” a disorder commonly found in Elstar and Golden Delicious apples, usually appear on the apples’ skin after the fruit has been transported or moved from storage.

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No More French Fries? More Than 100 McDonald's Franchises Run Out

January 6, 2015 12:00 pm | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press

Venezuela's more than 100 McDonald's franchises have run out of potatoes and are now serving alternatives like deep-fried arepa flatbreads or yuca. McDonald's franchisers are blaming a contract dispute with West Coast dock workers for halting the export of frozen fries to the country.

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Despite Resolutions, Study Says People Buy More Food After New Year

January 6, 2015 10:15 am | by University of Vermont

Despite New Year's resolutions to eat better and lose weight, people buy the greatest amount of food and calories after the holidays, finds a study led by a University of Vermont researcher.                 

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Petco Pulls Chinese Treats Amid Fears They Sickened Pets

January 6, 2015 9:26 am | by SUE MANNING, Associated Press

Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.    

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Report Names the Best Diets of 2015

January 6, 2015 8:45 am | by U.S. News & World Report

As Americans resolve to become more invested in their health and wellness in the New Year, U.S. News & World Report today released its Best Diets of 2015, featuring rankings and information on 41 diet plans.           

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Despite Pressure, EU's Sanctions Against Russia Could Last

January 6, 2015 8:20 am | by Associated Press

France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are trying to set up talks in Astana, Kazakhstan, toward easing the tensions behind sanctions that have hit Russia's economy, sent the ruble sinking and affected European companies such as food giants.   

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Connecticut Brewery Apologizes For Using Gandhi on Beer Can

January 5, 2015 2:00 pm | by Associated Press

A Connecticut brewery is apologizing to Indians offended that the company is using Mohandas Gandhi's name and likeness on one of its beers. New England Brewing Co. in Woodbridge apologized over the weekend on its Facebook page for the India pale ale it calls Gandhi-Bot.

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McDonald's Campaign Looks to Rekindle 'Lovin' '

January 5, 2015 1:20 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

As the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to hold onto customers, the company on Friday unveiled a new marketing strategy and ads it says will emphasize the "love" in its long-running "I'm Lovin' It" slogan.      

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Figures Show US-Cuba Trade Likely Hit Decade Low Last Year

January 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Associated Press

The statistics show that U.S. farmers sold slightly more than $253 million worth of food and agricultural products to Cuba in the first 10 months of 2014. If the last two months of the year reflect similar levels of sales, 2014 could be the worst year for U.S. exports to Cuba since 2004.

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Little Change Seen in Fast Food Portion Size, Product Formulation Between 1996 and 2013

January 5, 2015 12:30 pm | by Tufts University

Researchers analyzed the calorie, sodium, saturated fat and trans fat content of popular menu items served at three national fast-food chains between 1996 and 2013. They found that average calories, sodium, and saturated fat stayed relatively constant, albeit at high levels. 

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Study: Fructose Proves More Toxic Than Table Sugar

January 5, 2015 10:43 am | by University of Utah

When University of Utah biologists fed mice sugar in doses proportional to what many people eat, the fructose-glucose mixture found in high-fructose corn syrup was more toxic than sucrose or table sugar, reducing both the reproduction and lifespan of female rodents.

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Healthy Eating Guidelines May Consider Environmental Impact

January 5, 2015 9:45 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press

A new focus on the environment would mean asking people to choose more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — possibly at the expense of meat. The beef and agriculture industries are crying foul, saying an environmental agenda has no place in what has always been a practical blueprint for a healthy lifestyle.

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