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IDFA Applauds Introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

March 25, 2015 12:59 pm | by International Dairy Foods Association

The International Dairy Foods Association applauded the introduction of bipartisan legislation that will create a national, science-based labeling standard for foods containing genetically modified organisms. IDFA has joined with others to urge Congress to quickly pass the bill.

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Lawsuit: Boy, 11, Died of Allergic Reaction to Publix Cookie

March 25, 2015 12:22 pm | by SHEILA BURKE, Associated Press

The family of an 11-year-old boy is suing the Publix grocery chain, saying the child was allergic to nuts and died from a severe reaction after eating a cookie despite a worker's assurance it was safe.

Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 25, 2015 11:30 am | by Kyodo News International

Taiwanese health authorities have ordered a recall of all food products illegally imported from five Japanese prefectures affected by the 2011 earthquake and consequent nuclear disaster.

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Heinz Buying Kraft and Building a Food Giant

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writer

The Kraft Heinz Co. will own Kraft, Heinz, Oscar Mayer, Ore-Ida and a large stable of other brands. Eight of those brands have annual sales of $1 billion or more and five others log sales between $500 million and $1 billon every year.

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Professional Help Increases Health Food Consumption in Schools

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by The JAMA Network Journals

According to a recent article published online by JAMA Pediatrics, it was only after schools began hiring chefs to enhance meals that fruit and vegetable consumption began to increase in school aged children.

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Listeria Outbreak Traced to 2nd Blue Bell Production Plant

March 25, 2015 9:00 am | by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press

A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said. He said the cups with pull tab lids are not sold in retail locations and instead are shipped in bulk to "institutional accounts" in 23 states that comprise less than 5 percent of the company's sales.

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3 Organic Food Companies Recall Spinach Products Over Listeria Fears

March 25, 2015 8:10 am | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are aware of the recall. Listeria can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

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Alabama Agriculture Officials Checking for Recalled Ice Cream

March 25, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press

Alabama agriculture officials said in a statement Tuesday that single-serving cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla have been recalled across 23 states after a cup in Kansas tested positive for Listeria. Officials say they're checking whether any of the recalled products are being served in Alabama.

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Prosecutors Demand 5-Year Sentence For Horse Meat Fraud

March 24, 2015 3:05 pm | by AP Exchange

Prosecutors are seeking a five-year prison sentence for the owner of a Dutch meat processing plant who is accused of selling horse meat as beef.

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Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Birds in Nevada

March 24, 2015 2:25 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

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Fast-Food Ban in LA Fails to Cut Obesity

March 24, 2015 1:30 pm | by Rand Corp.

A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or reduce obesity rates in the targeted neighborhoods.

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FDA: Recall Expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

March 24, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press

Blue Bell is recalling 3-ounce cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream that have tab lids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the cups could be contaminated with the bacteria, which can cause fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems.

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Healthier, Tastier Chocolate a Possibility

March 24, 2015 10:40 am | by ACS

Just as chocolate connoisseurs thought it couldn't get any better, there's this tasty new tidbit: researchers have found a way to make the treat even more nutritious — and sweeter.

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Arizona Meat Company Recalls Misbranded Roast Beef

March 24, 2015 10:15 am | by Associated Press

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the product was mistakenly labeled as corned beef on the label.

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Taco Bell Launches Biscuit Taco

March 24, 2015 9:30 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer

The newest weapon in the breakfast wars is a biscuit shaped like a taco. Taco Bell is launching a "biscuit taco" this week and ditching its "waffle taco," which got widespread attention last year when it was included in the rollout of the chain's breakfast menu.

J.M. Smucker Co. Completes Acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands

March 24, 2015 8:45 am | by The J.M. Smucker Company

Big Heart Pet Brands is a leading producer, distributor, and marketer of premium-quality, branded pet food and pet snacks in the United States.  Its brands include Meow Mix, Milk-Bone, Kibbles 'n Bits, 9Lives, Natural Balance, Pup-Peroni, Gravy Train, Nature's Recipe, Canine Carry Outs, and Milo's Kitchen.

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Feds Worry About Contamination of Calif. Winery's Sea-Aged Wine

March 24, 2015 8:10 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press

 It seemed like a worthwhile experiment to a small winery: Submerge bottles of wine in sea water to see how they age. But a federal agency is concerned that ocean water could contaminate the wine.

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Infographic: Bigger Not Necessarily Better For Restaurants

March 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by Technomic

The 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States accelerated their cumulative sales growth in 2014 to a 4 percent increase, totaling an estimated $274.4 billion. But some of the biggest brands among them, namely Subway and McDonald's, lost ground to focused-menu competitors and emerging fast-casual chains and reported overall sales decreases for the year.

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Ramen: Not Just For Eating Anymore

March 23, 2015 12:45 pm | by LINDA LOMBARDI, Associated Press

In Japan, ramen isn't just for eating: There are entire museums devoted to it. Yokohama, a short train ride from Tokyo, has one museum for instant ramen and another for handmade ramen, and both offer samples to taste or take home.

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Farmers Fund New Research to Breed Gluten-Free Wheat

March 23, 2015 12:00 pm | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press

New research funded by farmers aims to breed a wheat variety for people who can't eat wheat and other grains, an endeavor that comes as wider consumer interest in gluten-free foods is booming.

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