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California Firm Recalls Chicken Stew Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection

January 30, 2015 1:20 pm | by FoodSafety.gov | News | Comments

Korean Farm Inc., a Santa Fe Springs, Calif., establishment, is recalling approximately 14,610 pounds of chicken stew products produced in the Republic of Korea that were not presented at the U.S. point of entry for inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

IBM Research, Mars, Incorporated Launch Effort to Drive Advances in Global Food Safety

January 30, 2015 1:10 pm | News | Comments

Scientists from IBM Research and Mars, Incorporated this week established the “Consortium for...

Washington Company Recalls Beef Produced in 2012

January 29, 2015 3:08 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Washington Beef...

UCI Chemists Discover a Way to Unboil an Egg

January 29, 2015 2:50 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

A team of chemists from the University of California Irvine and Australia have figured out...

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Industry Groups, Companies Criticize Proposed EPA Chemical Rule

January 29, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Numerous industry groups and manufacturers have taken issue with a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the use of 15 chemicals. The groups argue those chemicals have been used by manufacturers for decades.

Winning the War on Pizza Means Healthier, 'Kid-Friendly' Options

January 29, 2015 1:20 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Despite the prevalence of pizza on kids' menus, there is a war brewing. The nationwide shift towards health and wellness has put an unflattering spotlight on these circular receptacles of cheesy deliciousness. And with good reason.     

Lower Oil Prices to Make Big Impact on Food Prices

January 29, 2015 9:15 am | by Rabobank Group | News | Comments

The price declines of both oil and agri commodities will contribute to lower costs for food production, and in the current global macro-economic climate, Rabobank expects this will eventually lead to lower consumer food prices.     

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Once a Niche, Local Foods Are Now Big Business

January 29, 2015 8:50 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Like organic products before them, locally produced foods are stepping out of the shadow of their once "quirky niche" designation to claim a much more prominent — and permanent — place in the U.S. food and beverage retail-scape.      

Inside the Kitchen, Cooking Apps Are All the Rage

January 29, 2015 8:25 am | by MICHELE KAYAL, Associated Press | News | Comments

Kevin Yu is the founder of SideChef, a cooking app that supplements recipes with social media. It's one of many apps that offer recipes, step-by-step videos, measurement conversion, timers, shopping lists and other elements meant to simplify our lives in the kitchen.

USDA Revises Maple Syrup Grading With Descriptive Terms

January 29, 2015 8:00 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA is revising the grading standards for maple syrup to match international standards so that consumers have a better understanding of what they are buying. The move comes in response to petition from the International Maple Syrup Institute.

Earlier Assumption About BPA Exposure Confirmed

January 28, 2015 2:35 pm | by DOE/PACIFIC NORTHWEST NATIONAL LABORATORY | News | Comments

Coating the mouth with BPA-containing food, like soup, does not lead to higher than expected levels of BPA in blood, a new study in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology shows. The study authors conclude that oral exposure does not create a risk for high exposures.

What Can We Learn From EU's New INCO Regulation and its Impact on Business?

January 28, 2015 12:10 pm | by Jean-Christophe Calmejane, VP, Lascom Solutions | Articles | Comments

The U.S. is in the process of establishing its own changes to labeling laws. While the the FDA and European labels are different, both are focused on better legibility, more comprehensive information, and specific nutrient information (fats and added sugars, etc.).

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5 Key Functional Food Ingredients to Know For 2015

January 28, 2015 10:45 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

As a result of ingredient innovation, enhanced ingredient understanding and recent and proposed regulatory changes, functional food marketers are now able to target a wider range of consumers and their more diverse and pressing nutritional and health needs in 2015.

Humane Certification of US Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent in 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:10 am | by American Humane Association | News | Comments

Reasons for the trend are apparent in a new national survey of 5,900 Americans released in November by the American Humane Association showing overwhelming popular support for the humane treatment of farm animals and humanely raised foods.  

VIDEO: Innovations in the Food World Often Start With Technology

January 28, 2015 9:45 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

From agriculture to production, innovations in the food world often start with technology. Where better to find a mass of these innovative ideas than in the epicenter of entrepreneurs and tech startups: Silicon Valley.        

Fishermen Fear Monopoly By Pacific Seafood Group

January 28, 2015 8:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Some commercial fishermen have won a temporary court order blocking Pacific Seafood Group from taking over Westport, Washington-based Ocean Gold Seafoods. The fishermen fear the acquisition would give Pacific Seafood monopoly power in the fish market.

McDonald's Reveals List of Chemicals in French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 28, 2015 8:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

A few months ago, the mega food chain began rolling out videos as part of a “Our Foods. Your Questions” marketing push that cleverly showcases former “MythBusters” co-host, Grant Imahara, doing some myth-busting about how their food is made.

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Fish Catch Break on World Stage at Global Conference

January 27, 2015 1:00 pm | by MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY | News | Comments

More than 60 million people in low-income nations rely on inland fisheries for their livelihood, which has left the inland fishery industry a poor competitor for water against agriculture, energy, commercial development and industry.    

Water Wars: Nestle, Cascade Locks Try New Tack For Bottling Plant

January 27, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Cascade Locks City Council voted to seek the Oregon Water Resources Department's permission to swap a portion of its well water right for .5 cubic feet per second of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's right to draw 10 cubic feet per second from Oxbow Springs.

VIDEO: Hershey's Blocks Cadbury Chocolates From Entering the US

January 27, 2015 11:15 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Cadbury chocolate fans in the U.S. are up in arms about how these British treats will no longer be available across the pond. Hershey's says the chocolate that Cadbury is making for the U.S. market is "too similar" to its own confectionery products.

Proposed Illinois Legislation Would Ban Powdered Alcohol

January 27, 2015 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed Illinois law would ban the sale of powdered alcohol before it hits store shelves. The bill defines powdered alcohol as "any powder or crystalline substance containing alcohol produced for human consumption."         

Fueled by Oil, Agriculture Sector Welcomes Low Diesel Prices

January 27, 2015 9:55 am | by ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Livestock producers in the Midwest and vegetable growers in the Sun Belt alike are reaping the immediate benefits. And with average retail gas prices for 2015 forecast to be about $1 lower than last year, farmers this spring may end up planting more energy-intensive crops.

Thirst For Craft Beer Fuels Large Crop of Hops

January 27, 2015 9:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A new report from the Hop Growers of America shows a 10 percent increase in acres harvested between 2013 and 2014. The thirst for craft beer helped hop growers produce their largest crop of hops in five years.           

China Moves to Accept Imports of All US Apple Varieties

January 27, 2015 8:45 am | by NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS, Associated Press | News | Comments

For the first time in several years, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China. A deal was reached between officials for the U.S. and Chinese governments to grant access to all U.S. apple varieties.     

Japan Logs Record Trade Deficit in 2014 on Weakening Yen

January 26, 2015 2:55 pm | by ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Japanese yen has weakened over the past year to about 117 yen to the dollar compared with about 100 yen in early 2014. That raises the value of Japan's exports in yen terms. But it also pushes up costs for imports of fuel and food.  

Consumer Trends Continue to Evolve in 2015

January 26, 2015 2:20 pm | by Technomic, Inc. | Blogs | Comments

It's difficult to anticipate the next shift in consumers' preferences and needs, but operators can count on one thing heading into 2015: Consumers will expect more from their brands, especially in the areas of technological amenities and food quality.

Colorado Lawmakers: To Ban or Not to Ban Powdered Alcohol?

January 26, 2015 1:50 pm | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers will consider whether to ban powdered alcohol before the product arrives in stores amid worries that its convenience will make it easy to sneak into schools and sporting events. The product called "Palcohol" is an ounce of rum or vodka in powdered form.

Milk Industry Fights Back Against 'Anti-Dairy' Groups

January 26, 2015 1:15 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

As Americans continue turning away from milk, an industry group is pushing back at its critics with a social media campaign trumpeting the benefits of milk. The association says it needs to act because attitudes about milk are deteriorating rapidly. 

Bird Flu Found at Foster Farms' Turkey Ranch in Central Calif.

January 26, 2015 12:50 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Hundreds of turkeys at a central California ranch are being killed to prevent the spread of avian influenza. Federal officials say they found the commercial turkey flock at Foster Farms' Stanislaus County facility to be infected with the H5N8 strain. 

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