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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

April 17, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Do you want to stay on top of what's in the news and find out what's trending? Here's a recap of Food Manufacturing's most-viewed stories of the week

Infographic: How America Eats Fruit and Yogurt

April 16, 2015 2:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

To honor the upcoming Fruit 'n Yogurt Day holiday, the Welch's Fruit Snacks team conducted a...

Washington Dairy Recalls Cream Amid Listeria Scare

April 16, 2015 12:30 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver reports that no illnesses have been reported, but routine...

Survey Says Grilled Cheese Lovers Have More Sex, Are More Generous

April 16, 2015 10:35 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Did you know 88 percent of grilled cheese lovers define themselves as adventurous? Read on to...

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Inspection Found No Issues at Blue Bell Oklahoma Plant

April 10, 2015 9:10 am | by DAVID WARREN, JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report.

Judge Rejects Proposed Settlement to Northeast Dairy Farmers

April 9, 2015 1:57 pm | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A judge has rejected a proposed settlement between cooperative Dairy Farmers of America and Northeast dairy farmers over an alleged effort to drive down prices paid to farmers.

Number of People Sickened by Blue Bell Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An outbreak of a foodborne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products has grown to include three people in Texas who became ill, according to federal health authorities.

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Study Suggests Cheese is What Keeps the French Heart-Healthy

April 8, 2015 12:35 pm | by American Chemical Society | Blogs | Comments

Figuring out why the French have low cardiovascular disease rates despite a diet high in saturated fats has spurred research and many theories to account for this phenomenon known as the "French paradox." 

Blue Bell Recalls More Products After Testing Positive For Listeriosis

April 8, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries says it's expanding its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis. 

A Cheese Cave in NYC?

April 7, 2015 10:50 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Murray's Cheese in New York City is aging cheeses in its very own cheese caves. CNNMoney's Vanessa Yurkevich goes inside to see if it makes a difference to your taste buds, and your wallet.

US Wants Egg Executives Punished For 2010 Salmonella Outbreak

April 7, 2015 9:30 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Jack DeCoster, 80, of Turner, Maine, and 51-year-old Peter DeCoster, of Clarion, Iowa are scheduled to be sentenced April 13 by U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett in a federal courtroom in Sioux City, Iowa. Both pleaded guilty last year to introducing adulterated eggs into interstate commerce and face up to one year in jail.

VIDEO: Blue Bell Plant Temporarily Shuts Down Due to Listeria

April 6, 2015 9:25 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

Blue Bell announced its decision to halt operations at its Oklahoma plant due to listeria concerns. The decision comes after five other listeria cases were reported at a Kansas hospital.

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Starbucks, Dannon Partner on Yogurt Products

April 1, 2015 11:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Starbucks on Tuesday announced a new yogurt partnership with Danone SA as part of efforts to double food sales at the iconic coffeehouse chain.

New Va. Tech Dairy Science Facilities Under Construction

April 1, 2015 8:10 am | News | Comments

Virginia Tech is moving its dairy farm to a new $14 million off-campus facility. Officials say the Blacksburg school's 500-head dairy herd and production facility will be relocated to the university's Kentland Farm in Montgomery County.

Judge to Hear Arguments in Chobani Lawsuit

March 31, 2015 3:35 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

'Kids Eat Right' Logo Dropped From Kraft Singles After Uproar

March 31, 2015 9:25 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

A program to put a dietitian group's "Kids Eat Right" logo on Kraft Singles has reached an early expiration date. Kraft Foods and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics decided to end the partnership because "misperceptions are overshadowing the campaign," Kraft said in a statement.

EU Dairy Farmers Rally to Protest Removal of Milk Quotas

March 31, 2015 8:15 am | by LORNE COOK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dairy farmers hit the streets of Brussels Tuesday to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas, fearing that the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk.

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Dunkin' Donuts Eyes Shift to All Cage-Free Eggs

March 30, 2015 1:05 pm | by Dunkin' Donuts | News | Comments

As an immediate step, 10% of all eggs sourced for its breakfast sandwiches in the U.S. will be cage-free by the end of next year. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts will source only gestation crate-free pork in the U.S. by 2022.

Dairy Farms Asked to Consider Breeding No-Horn Cows

March 30, 2015 9:40 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Food manufacturers and restaurants are taking the dairy industry by the horns on an animal welfare issue that's long bothered activists but is little known to consumers: the painful removal of budding horn tissue from calves so farm workers or other animals don't get gored later.

Raw Milk Dramatically Increases Foodborne Illness Risk

March 27, 2015 10:40 am | by Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future | News | Comments

Researchers determined that raw milk was associated with more than half of all milk-related foodborne illness, even though only an estimated 3.5 percent of the U.S. population consumes it.

IDFA Applauds Introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

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

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.

Listeria Outbreak Traced to 2nd Blue Bell Production Plant

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

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.

Alabama Agriculture Officials Checking for Recalled Ice Cream

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

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.

FDA: Recall Expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

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

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.

Prison Sentences for Egg Theft Scheme in Cuba

March 20, 2015 12:15 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

More than a dozen people in Cuba have been sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison for conspiring to divert millions of eggs to the black market.

US Dairy Producers Not Yet Out of the Woods

March 16, 2015 2:55 pm | News | Comments

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.

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 | News | Comments

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.

Egg Industry Orders Up Kevin Bacon Ad Campaign; Will it Work?

March 12, 2015 12:10 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The American Egg Board plans to launch an advertisement campaign later this week featuring "Footloose" actor Kevin Bacon. The Board will use puns involving his last name to help push eggs as a top staple in the American diet. 

France Fines Yogurt Makers For Price-Fixing

March 12, 2015 8:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The decision announced Thursday targets 11 companies — including Yoplait and Lactalis — that represent 90 percent of the French market in yogurt and related products.

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