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Prisoners Complain of Maggots 'Falling Out of Food'

July 15, 2014 11:00 am | by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, Associated Press

Since January, there have been five reports of maggots found inside prison food. At issue is a bigger national debate privatizing prison services — from food preparation to the running of entire facilities — to save money at a time of squeezed state budgets. 

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Infographic: Modernization in Poultry Inspection

July 15, 2014 8:45 am | by National Chicken Council

Since 1999, a pilot program in 20 chicken plants, called HACCP-Based Inspection Models Project, has been studied and reviewed in depth for more than a decade to assure its effectiveness as to how best modernize chicken inspection while improving food safety.

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Canada's Health Minister Proposes Changes to Food Nutrition Labels

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Health Canada

Canadian Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, proposed changes to the format of the Nutrition Facts table, the list of ingredients, the list of nutrients and the Daily Values. The changes are hoped to improve the way nutrition information is presented on labels.

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Maplehurst Bakeries Plans $78M Expansion

July 15, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press

Maplehurst Bakeries, located in central Indiana and known for their distribution and manufacturing operations for cakes and cupcakes, is planning a $78 million expansion. The renovation will include a 180,000 square-foot plant in Lebanon to house its operations.

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School Personnel Experiment with Healthier Lunchroom Options

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by PHILIP MARCELO, Associated Press

School lunchroom officials from around the country experimented with healthier options as the search for nutritious innovations to meet the stricter health mandates continues. This fall, new requirements from the USDA will alter the makeup of school meals.

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Dippin' Dots Owner Agrees to Buy Crumbs Bake Shop

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Lemonis and Fischer Enterprises, the company behind Dippin' Dots ice cream, has agreed to buy Crumbs Bake Shop out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The investor group hopes to close a sale in about 60 days pending approval from the bankruptcy court.

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Dairy Farmers of America Reaches $50M in Dean Foods Antitrust Settlement

July 15, 2014 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press

The cooperative Dairy Farmers of America will pay $50 million to settle antitrust allegations filed against them in 2009. Thousands of Northeast dairy farmers filed suit against Dallas-based Dean Foods and DFA for working together to monopolize the market for raw milk.

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From Farm to Fromage: Cypress Grove Chevre

July 15, 2014 7:45 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Cypress Grove Chevre in Humboldt County, Calif., constructs a state-of-the-art facility to carry on a legacy of producing specialty goat cheese. The company was purchased by Swiss cheesemaker Emmi in 2010, but operates quite autonomously from the dairy to the creamery.

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Consumer Trends: Gum Manufacturers, Chew on This!

July 14, 2014 12:31 pm | by Rabobank

Young adults, especially teenagers, are traditionally the hard-core chewers of gum, but this key demographic is losing interest quickly. The major driver behind gum's decline is the ascendancy of mints, according to a new report by Rabobank.

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Study: Organic Crops Have More Antioxidants Than Conventional Foods

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Washington State University

In a study by Washington State University research team, when comparing the nutritional quality and safety organic and conventional plant-based foods, including fruits, vegetables and grains, organic foods have more antioxidants than their conventional counterparts.

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ConAgra Buys Chinese Potato Processor for $93M

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press

ConAgra Foods, famous for its Hunts and Healthy Choice brands, bought TaiMei Potato Industry, a Chinese processor, for $93 million. ConAgra said the purchase will help the company sell more frozen potato products, like french fries and mashed potatoes, throughout Asia. 

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Enfamil Bottles Found Opened, Resealed with Tape

July 14, 2014 12:00 pm | by Canadian Press, Ontario

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling bottles of Enfamil A+ Ready-to-Feed Infant Formula from Ontario Walmarts in Brampton and Mississauga after customers found some bottles with the tamper-proof seals broken and the formula replaced with water.

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Cargill Plans $45M Grain Handling Facility

July 14, 2014 11:45 am | by Associated Press

Cargill plans to open a $45 million grain handling facility in West Memphis, the first in Arkansas, that will handle the increased production of corn and soybeans. Approximately 70 million bushels of grain are produced and harvested within an hour's drive of West Memphis.

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Indiana Plans 60- Acre Aquaculture Park

July 14, 2014 11:30 am | by The Star Press, Muncie, Indiana

Indiana is working on developing the state's first aquaculture park, a 60-acre facility, in hopes of attracting more business to build up the fish production in the area. The proposed park would be near the Delaware County town of Albany.

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Infographic: What Consumers Want in a Wine

July 14, 2014 9:25 am | by Technomic

In a report by Technomic, consumers, especially millenials, are becoming more knowledgeable about the wine they drink. The wine industry growth is decelerating as cost-conscious consumers seek value. Domestic table wine, for example, is appealing more to consumers.

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Mass. Wine Lovers Welcome New Direct Shipping Law

July 14, 2014 9:08 am | by BOB SALSBERG, Associated Press

A provision in the Massachusetts state budget lifts a long-standing prohibition on direct deliveries from wineries to consumers. Although the law won't take effect until Jan. 1, wine lovers in the state are anxious to enjoy the convenience.

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A New Berry Joins the Superfood Club

July 14, 2014 9:01 am | by MARGERY A. BECK, Associated Press

Packing more antioxidants than the "superfoods" blueberries and acai berries, Aronia berries are making its foothold in the US market. New to consumers, they're native to North America, but are only recently showing up in everything from juices to baby food. 

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Chicken Fat Litters NY Roads, Stinks up Motorists' Cars

July 14, 2014 8:51 am | by Associated Press

More than 35 people flocked to Hoffman Car Wash in upstate New York after dozens of chunks of chicken fat fell off a truck heading from a farm to a rendering plant, littering the roads and stinking up motorists' vehicles. Police said no one has yet claimed the meat.

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Lindt & Spruengli Buys Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 8:36 am | by Associated Press

Lindt & Spruengli, a Swiss chocolate maker, is purchasing Russell Stover Candies, Inc for an unknown amount. The CEO of the Swiss company says the purchase will provide the company with a unique opportunity for them to expand in North America. 

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Trial Delayed for 3 Charged in Deadly Peanut Salmonella Outbreak

July 14, 2014 8:28 am | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press

The 2009 salmonella outbreak of a Georgia peanut plant, Peanut Company of America, will be put on trial two weeks later than planned. Authorities traced salmonella that killed nine people and sickened more than 700 people to the peanut company in Blakely, Georgia.

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