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April Producer Prices Rise, Food Prices Remain Volatile

May 15, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Prices that U.S. companies receive for their goods and services rose in April by the most in 19 months, boosted by higher food prices. Some see this as a sign of rising inflation, but others caution that it will take more evidence to establish a growth trend.

Poor Safety, Bad Mozzarella Leads To 13 Arrests

May 13, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

Police have shut down a mozzarella factory and arrested 13 people after finding that prized local buffalo milk was being cut with cheaper imported cow milk. The probe leading to these arrests began after a worker lost some of his fingers because of safety flaws.

Idaho Milk Processing Plant Faces Heavy Fines

May 13, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Idaho Milk Products said in a statement that it has taken steps to make sure future discharges meet standards. Improper acidity levels can cause corrosion, reduce the ability of bacteria to break down sewage, and lead to potential leaks. Between March 2009 and July 2012 the company exceeded its acidity limit 138 times.


Letterman, Stewart Mock Lengthy Snack Debate

May 12, 2014 10:28 am | by David Klepper, AP | News | Comments

The New York Senate's debate about declaring yogurt the state's official snack was intended to teach a fourth-grade class about government. Instead, it became a lesson on legislative silliness as the Senate spent 45 minutes debating the merits of the legislation.

Grocery Association Fights Back Against Demonizing Documentary

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, a leading trade association in retail food, renewed its campaign to discredit a film that blames the American obesity epidemic on food manufacturers. "Fed Up" was directed and narrated by journalist Katie Couric.

What Does 'Made in America' Actually Mean?

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | News | Comments

"Made in America" is a label typically associated with durable goods, but food products are coming under increasing regulation and labeling restrictions, such as Country of Origin Labeling. The National Retail Foundation delved into a topic that applies to food.

VIDEO: Molecular Sensor Gadget Reports Nutrition Facts

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | by SCiO | Videos | Comments

SCiO, a handheld molecular sensor, scans the molecular fingerprint of an object and relays that data, including nutrition information. Users can log, record and share the information digitally. The gadget could be a new frontier in science and foodie-ism.

PHOTOS: NFL Draft Prospect Immortalized in Sandwich Sculpture

May 8, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

Sub sandwiches are a popular snack for football fans gathered to watch a game. But what if the sandwich was in the form of a player? Subway constructed a larger-than-life food sculpture of NFL draft prospect Anthony Barr. No word as to if it was eaten.


Comments Sought on International Food Safety Standard

May 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Sandrine Tranchard Communication Officer, International Organization for Stardards | News | Comments

The International Organization for Standardization is revising its food safety standard, originally published in 2005. If you represent industry, consumers, governments, regulators, laboratories or any food industry organization, they'd like to hear from you.

The Future of Human Civilization Depends on Cutting Food Waste

May 7, 2014 9:26 am | by by Selina Juul, Founder of Stop Wasting Food movement Denmark and Winner of Nordic Council Nature and Environment Prize | Articles | Comments

Food industry efforts to reduce food waste and loss grow more fervent as data exposes the shockingly large amount of food that is wasted worldwide on a daily basis. Developed and developing nations show varying points where waste occurs, but the loss is real.

Court Rules for Utah Dairy Farmers in Electricity Suit

May 7, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

A court ruled that Utah dairy farmers could investigate whether an advesary electric company prevented a fair trial by forewarning of a plant closure and layoffs if they lost the case. The suit claimed that the company's coal-burning plant was sickening herds.

China May Block New Zealand Baby Formula

May 6, 2014 8:03 am | by JOE McDONALD, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

In the wake of China's 2008 melamine scandal, the country is strictly regulating imports of infant formula. Only milk products from foreign sources that are registered with the government can be imported. Fewer than half of New Zealand exporters are eligible.

Video: A Love Letter to Food

May 5, 2014 10:43 am | Videos | Comments

A video by MinuteEarth vividly shows just how much food Americans waste on a daily basis. Forty percent of the nation's food supply is wasted for largely unnecessary reasons. This personal love letter to anthropomorphized food apologizes for the waste. 


Wells' Dairy Recalls Ice Cream

May 5, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Iowa-based Wells' Dairy is voluntarily recalling one of its Blue Bunny ice cream products because of inaccurate labeling. The ice cream in question was sold at retail grocery stores in Kansas, Indiana and Iowa. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Report: Corn and Soy Yields May Plummet by 30 Percent

May 2, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

An article published in the journal Science estimates that drought conditions in the U.S. Midwest could push corn and soy yields 15-30 percent lower in the next 50 years. Even genetic modifications to crops aren't as useful when there is not enough water.

Land O' Lakes to Close Wis. Cheese Plant, Expand Another

May 2, 2014 11:01 am | News | Comments

Minnesota-based Land O' Lakes plans says the provolone and mozzarella semi-soft Italian cheese products made at its Denmark plant have not been profitable in recent years. However, the company announced a multi-million dollar expansion to its Kiel facility.

FDA Shuts Down NY Cheese Maker for Listeria Contamination

May 1, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

Under a consent decree, Finger Lakes Farmstead Cheese Company cannot receive, prepare, process, pack, hold or distribute food until it demonstrates that it has developed a control program to eliminate listeria from its production facility and products.

Recall: Stonyfield YoBaby Cups May Be Tainted with Coliform

April 28, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Organic yogurt producer Stonyfield is voluntary recalling a small portion of its YoBaby cups that were shipped to Target and Walmart stores. The company said internal testing revealed the possibility that some product may be affected by coliform contamination.

Dean Foods to Close Colorado Dairy

April 25, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Dean Foods says it's closing is Meadow Gold milk-processing plant in Delta, citing a decision by grocery store chain City Market to open its own dairy. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported Thursday the closure means the loss of about 38 jobs.

La. Raw Milk Fight Pits Choice Against Public Safety

April 25, 2014 12:54 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Arguments of choice versus public safety are heated in a fight over whether to let Louisiana farmers sell raw milk. The full state House will consider a bill that would allow sales of unpasteurized milk, after it was advanced in a 9-6 vote Thursday by the House Agriculture Committee.

Photos of the Day: FDA Backs Off Grain Safety Rule

April 25, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

FDA Will Revise Animal Feed Rule Affecting Brewers

April 25, 2014 9:36 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

Chobani Secures $750M from Investment Firm

April 24, 2014 10:17 am | News | Comments

Greek yogurt maker Chobani has secured a $750 million investment from investment firm TPG Capital to help fund its growth. The food maker said Wednesday that as part of the deal, TPG will have representation on the the company's board.

Consumer Trends: Dairy Market Trends in France, Spain and Germany

April 22, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments reports on consumer trends and drivers of behavior in the dairy market in France, Spain and Germany. According to the reports, health, convenience and a desire to indulge are key factors driving dairy consumption in these countries.

Idaho Dairy Group Seeks to Join Farm Video Lawsuit

April 22, 2014 10:10 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Idaho Dairymen's Association is asking a federal judge to allow it to join Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden as a defendant in a lawsuit against a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

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