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VIDEO: Organic, Free-Range Tofurkey Farms

November 21, 2014 3:30 pm | by Team Coco | Videos | Comments

Many people this Thanksgiving will be making the ethical choice of eating Tofurkey. This week on "Conan," McClellan Farms reminds consumers of the importance of making sure your Tofurkeys come from organic, free-range Tofurkey farms.           

Metal Detection: Staying in Tune With Your Plant's Needs

November 21, 2014 3:14 pm | by Lawrence Roos, Group Product Development Manager, tna | Articles | Comments

Metal contamination represents one of the most...

Snack Tax: Navajo Lawmakers OK Price Hike on Junk Food

November 21, 2014 2:26 pm | by FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The sales tax on cookies, chips and sodas sold on...

McDonald's Worker Charged in Glass-in-Big Mac Case Wins $437K

November 21, 2014 2:08 pm | by JAKE PEARSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former McDonald's worker acquitted of charges...

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Most US Unemployed Don't Get Benefits: Here's Why

November 21, 2014 1:45 pm | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Fewer than 25 percent of those out of work are signed up for weekly unemployment benefits, a near-record low since the government began tracking this data in 1987. That's a sharp turnaround from just after the recession, when as many as three-quarters of those out of work received help, a record high.

How Campylobacter Exploits Chicken 'Juice' Highlights Need for Hygiene

November 21, 2014 11:36 am | by Norwich BioScience Institutes | News | Comments

A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter's persistence in food processing sites is boosted by 'chicken juice.' Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, 'chicken juice,' provides these bacteria with the perfect environment to persist in the food chain. 

Are HEPA Filters the Most Valuable Choice for Your Plant?

November 21, 2014 11:30 am | by Don Stroud, Senior Design Engineer, Stellar | Articles | Comments

Because billions of particles lace unconditioned air with dust, dirt, bacteria and pathogens, your plant’s air filters are crucial to preventing contamination and ensuring food safety. But when it comes to filtration, more isn’t necessarily better.

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Yum Brands Approve $1B Stock Buyback Plan

November 21, 2014 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Yum Brands, which owns KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, said that its board approved a $1 billion stock buyback plan. The program runs through May 2016 and can help the company boost its earnings per share.             

Environmental Groups Sue Feds Over Bigeye Tuna Fishing Rule

November 21, 2014 9:40 am | by AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Environmental groups on Thursday sued the National Marine Fisheries Service to challenge a new rule for fishing bigeye tuna, a popular species for sushi and fish steaks. The regulation undermines international efforts to end overfishing of bigeye.

Kozy Shack Recalls Pudding Over Labeling

November 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Pudding maker Kozy Shack Enterprises is recalling some of its puddings because they are not labeled as containing milk. The recall involves 4-ounce cups of Foodservice Kozy Shack Simply Well Chocolate Pudding.           

Researchers Calculate 'Hidden' Emissions in Traded Meat

November 20, 2014 2:43 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

An international team of researchers has, for the first time, estimated the amount of methane and nitrous oxide that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed.

NSF International Partners with American Feed Industry Association to Provide Safe Feed/Safe Food Certification

November 20, 2014 2:30 pm | by NSF International | News | Comments

The SF/SF Certification Program was developed to further enhance consumer confidence in the feed and food supply industry by establishing food safety guidelines. Adherence to these guidelines will help ensure continuous improvement in the delivery of a safe and wholesome feed supply essential for the growth and care of animals.

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Canada's Food Safety System Ranked World's Best

November 20, 2014 2:15 pm | by Canadian Food Inspection Agency | News | Comments

The ranking highlights Canada's success in a number of areas such as our capacity to respond to food safety emergencies, as well as food safety communication to stakeholders and the public. The report also found that public trust in food safety was the highest in Canada.

Animal Rights Group Releases Chicken Slaughterhouse Abuse Video

November 20, 2014 10:10 am | by TRAVIS LOLLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mercy for Animals says it has secretly documented abuse at a Chattanooga chicken processing plant. The group released a video online that it says was taken at a Koch Foods slaughterhouse. The video shows chickens that survive the slaughter process and then are scalded alive.

Country of Origin Label For Meat Cuts Endangered

November 20, 2014 9:47 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. is running out of options in its effort to tell consumers where fresh cuts of meat originated after a successful challenge to package labeling by Canada and Mexico. A 2008 farm law requires that packages of steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identify where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.

Cost of Thanksgiving is Going Up

November 20, 2014 9:37 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

The price for putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table for 10 people is expected to rise slightly this year, clocking in at $49.41. That's 37 cents higher than in 2013. For that, you can blame dairy products, coffee and marshmallow-topped sweet potato casserole.

Researchers Challenge Common Views on Fat, Salt and Sugar

November 19, 2014 10:35 am | by Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) | News | Comments

Nutrition recommendations and guidelines have been based on studies largely focused on the effect of specific nutrients on specific risk factor. However, this "nutrient-focused" approach and "single risk factor" approach to dietary guidelines has largely ignored the true impact on actual health of nutrients.

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If Milk Can be Made in a Petri Dish, Do We Need Cows?

November 19, 2014 10:00 am | by TakePart | Articles | Comments

Traditionally, cooking is a bottom-up process where we take raw ingredients from nature, throw them together however we see fit, add some heat and consume. But advances in technology and changing attitudes toward the food we eat are breaking down that process even further. 

VIDEO: A Fast-Food Thanksgiving?

November 19, 2014 9:45 am | by ABC News | News | Comments

Rachel and Ryan of BuzzFeed craft a holiday feast using items found at fast-food restaurants. This Thanksgiving feast may not be the norm, but it's affordable and still quite tasty. The meal contains items like Potato Medley and a Green Bean and Onion Ring Casserole.

Food Books of 2014: A Year For the Geeks and Grains

November 19, 2014 9:30 am | by J.M. HIRSCH, AP Food Editor | News | Comments

We're always searching for the new "it" food. This year, wacky grains got their moment. And since ethnic is the new mainstream, cookbooks that help us grasp global cuisines — all the while making them feel familiar — hit a splendid pace in 2014.

Smoked Salmon Sold in mid-Atlantic Area Recalled

November 19, 2014 8:46 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A New York City company is recalling 564 pounds of Imported (Product of Denmark) Acme smoked salmon that was sold to Giant supermarkets in the Mid-Atlantic region because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.       

Syngenta Faces Dozens of Lawsuits Over GMO Seed

November 19, 2014 8:30 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is facing a growing number of lawsuits challenging its release of a genetically modified corn seed that China had not approved for import, with losses to farmers estimated to be at least $1 billion.     

Cost of Booze Set to Rise in Virginia After Board Vote

November 19, 2014 8:10 am | by LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Virginians will pay at least 24 cents more on average for a bottle of booze starting Dec. 8 as a result of action taken by the board that oversees the state liquor monopoly. The increase is a part of a broader plan to plug the $2.4 billion gap in the budget. 

Study: Sugar Substitutes Don't Overstimulate Taste Buds

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by SPLENDA | News | Comments

A new study from scientists at Penn State University shows that low calorie sweeteners, when used in amounts typical for preparing foods and beverages, do not overstimulate a person's sweet taste buds. Among the sweeteners used in the study was sucralose.

Dairy Foods: Stronger Than the Alternative For Children

November 18, 2014 1:38 pm | by National Dairy Council | News | Comments

By the time many children reach kindergarten they consume fewer nutrient-rich dairy foods than recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Further magnifying the problem, they increasingly turn to less nutritious beverage choices.

Gluten-Free Foods Surge 63 Percent in Last 2 Years

November 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Mintel | News | Comments

It seems these days, grocery shelves are exploding with gluten-free choices. All gluten-free food segments increased in the past year, though the snacks segment increased the most. Gluten-free snacks increased 163 percent from 2012 to 2014. 

Calif. Restaurant Owner Pleads Guilty to Serving Endangered Whale Meat

November 18, 2014 9:55 am | News | Comments

The parent company and owner of a now-closed Southern California restaurant have pleaded guilty to serving meat from an endangered whale. Typhoon Restaurant Inc. and owner Brian Vidor were charged with serving meat from the Sei (say) whale. 

VIDEO: When Fake 'Super Meat' is Better Than the Real Thing

November 18, 2014 9:36 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Beyond Meat, maker of plant-based "chicken" and "ground beef," will aim for the heart of the carnivorous market with a soy-protein-based hamburger patty called the Beast Burger. Beyond Meat Founder Ethan Brown says their meatless products taste and feel like the real thing.

Bad Weather Takes a Bite Out of Europe's Olive Harvest

November 18, 2014 9:22 am | by BARRY HATTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

If your favorite bottle of Mediterranean olive oil starts costing more, blame unseasonable European weather. The shortfall could translate into higher shelf prices for some olive oils and is dealing another blow to southern Europe's bruised economies as they limp out of a protracted financial crisis.

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