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Chicago Company Recalls Herring Products

March 31, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

Vita Food Products, Inc. of Chicago is recalling 2,280 individual plastic jars of 12-ounce Elf Herring Fillets in Wine Sauce that actually contain herring fillets in sour cream. The recalled products include milk not declared on the label.

Greek Bakers, Milk Producers Oppose Trade Reform

March 31, 2014 10:14 am | by DEREK GATOPOULOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Greek associations of bakers and milk farmers expressed angry opposition to plans to overhaul trading rules, fearing they will wipe out independent stores and producers — as unions and opposition parties readied new anti-austerity protests.

Saputo to Close Maryland Cheese Plant

March 31, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Canadian cheesemaker Saputo Inc. says it is closing its plant in Hancock, Md., eliminating 60 jobs in a tiny town that has lost three other big manufacturers in the last decade. Saputo also will close plants in Wisconsin and Canada's Alberta province.

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La. Lawmakers Give Wine Ice Cream Sales the Cold Shoulder

March 28, 2014 12:42 pm | by MELINDA DESLATTE, Associated Press | News | Comments

Efforts to add wine-infused ice cream to supermarket shelves got a frosty reception Thursday from Louisiana lawmakers, who were confounded by how to shelve and sell pints of Cherry Merlot and Red Raspberry Chardonnay sold by Mercer's Dairy of New York.

Consumer Trends: Functional Foods Drive Dairy Market

March 28, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

According to the report published by MarketsandMarkets, the dairy ingredients market was valued at $42.2 billion in 2013 and is estimated to grow. In 2013, Europe led the global market with the largest share, followed by North America and Asia-Pacific in terms of market value.

Butter Tales and Saturated-Fat Stories

March 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged | Blogs | Comments

For the last 15 years or so, my family and I have teased my father about his love for dairy, particularly butter. But a recent meta-analysis of health studies shows that saturated fats don't have the deleterious effects on heart health that were preached for decades. So now, along with butter, I’m eating crow.

FDA Warns Consumers of Dark Chocolate Recall

March 27, 2014 1:37 pm | News | Comments

The FDA is warning consumers that it has found milk protein in some 3-ounce bars of Simply Lite brand 50% Cacao Low Carb Sugar Free Dark Chocolate. Milk is not declared as an ingredient on the label. Simply Natural Foods has agreed to recall these products.

Maryland Committee Delays Plan to Allow Raw Milk Sales

March 25, 2014 12:11 pm | by NICK TABOR, Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposal to legalize raw milk sales in Maryland has been pushed back another year. The bill's chief sponsor hopes a report from Johns Hopkins University will give it the necessary push in 2015. Del. James Hubbard withdrew his bill on Monday.

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Swiss Emmentaler Named 2014 World Championship Cheese

March 25, 2014 9:52 am | News | Comments

An international panel of judges has named a Swiss Emmentaler as the 2014 World Championship Cheese. Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger from Kaserei Sinnesberger in Gams, Switzerland, took top honors out of 2,615 entries for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler.

BeBevCo Launches Cheech and Chong Relaxation Ice Cream

March 24, 2014 12:40 pm | News | Comments

Bebida Beverage Company (BeBevCo) announced that its subsidiary, Relaxation Solutions, Inc., has secured a licensing agreement to brand its new line of Relaxation Ice Cream using Cheech and Chong. The ice cream treats are infused with hemp and supplements.

Calif. Company Recalls Frozen Treats for Listeria

March 20, 2014 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Helados La Tapatia, Inc. of Fresno, Calif., voluntarily recalled all ice cream products, popsicles, fruit bars and cups, and bolis due to a possible health risk from listeria. A routine inspection revealed the presence of the bacteria on certain food processing equipment.

Photos of the Day: Touring 'Big Food' in Indiana

March 20, 2014 9:50 am | News | Comments

The mammoth industrial farms that produce most of the food Americans eat remain largely off-limits. An exception is Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana, where tourists can visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets born on a hog farm.

Visitors Can Tour ‘Big Food’ in Indiana

March 20, 2014 9:45 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

The mammoth industrial farms that produce most of the food Americans eat remain largely off-limits. An exception is Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana, where tourists can visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets born on a hog farm.

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The Strict Control of Tennessee Whiskey

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

In a story similar to the European Union’s cheese naming rights, Jack Daniel’s is fighting proposed changes to the distilling processes of Tennessee whiskey. In both cases, consumers and their pocketbooks may get to decide if any of it matters.

ACLU, PETA Join Suit Against Idaho over 'Ag Gag' Law

March 18, 2014 9:42 am | by REBECCA BOONE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of animal activists, civil rights groups and media organizations on Monday sued Idaho over a new "ag gag" law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Idaho are among the plaintiffs.

Scraped Surface Heat Exchanger

March 18, 2014 1:00 am | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | Product Releases | Comments

The Terlotherm Delta range scraped surface heat exchanger features new sizes, upgraded certified USDA hygienic design and increased heat transfer surface area.

Group Calls for Common Sense in EU Cheese Name Talks

March 17, 2014 12:56 pm | News | Comments

Cheese is in the spotlight with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership currently under negotiation. The American Cheese Society is calling for a common sense approach to cheese names, saying that many European names have become generic in the minds of consumers.

Dannon to Slash Sugar Content in Kids' Yogurt

March 14, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

Dannon will cut the amount of sugar in its yogurts for children, as part of a variety of measures the company is taking to improve the nutritional content of its yogurts by 2016. One of the goals is to have all its yogurts for kids contain 23 grams or less of sugar per 6-ounce serving.

Too Much Meat and Cheese May Cause Cancer

March 14, 2014 9:00 am | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

A new medical study reports that eating high amounts of animal protein can increase your risk of cancer by a factor of four. But Dr. Richard Besser, Chief Health & Medical Editor for ABC News, notes that the research is confusing because its results varied based on age group.

Fonterra Pleads Guilty to Food Safety Violations

March 13, 2014 9:51 am | by NICK PERRY, Associated Press | News | Comments

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra pleaded guilty Thursday to four food safety violations after a botulism scare last year. The company faces a maximum fine of $426,000. The botulism scare sparked a global recall of infant formula, but turned out to be a false alarm.

The Parmesan Showdown

March 13, 2014 9:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

The European Union wants the names of its cheeses back in a move to purify its products and increase sales. While it’s understandable that tradition is a powerful force in EU companies, at what point does the whole idea become ridiculous and fall flat?

U.S. Senate: EU Attempt to Restrict Food Names Is Unacceptable

March 12, 2014 12:55 pm | News | Comments

The U.S. Senate sent a letter saying it will not tolerate the European Union's efforts to restrict U.S. production and exports through use of overly restrictive protected food names. The letter comes as the EU looks to ban the use of European cheese names in the U.S.

Margarine Rejects FDA’s Trans-Fat Rap, Says Butter Isn't Better

March 12, 2014 12:40 pm | by Lindsey Jahn, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The margarine industry has submitted comments to the FDA, urging the agency to “stop inaccurately classifying margarine products as a category high in trans fat.” Margarine consumption has taken a hit in recent years as more consumers turn to butter.

EU Looks to Ban U.S. from Using European Cheese Names

March 12, 2014 9:51 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The EU wants to ban the use of names like Parmesan, feta and Gorgonzola on cheese made in the United States, arguing that the American-made cheeses are shadows of the original European varieties and cut into sales and identity of the European cheeses.

FDA Halts Production at Cheese Plant Linked to Deadly Outbreak

March 12, 2014 9:46 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA has halted operations at Roos Foods after a listeria outbreak linked to the company's cheese killed one person and sickened seven others. This is only the second time the agency has used its authority to close a plant since the Food Safety Modernization Act became law in 2011.

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