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Where You Live May Be a Factor in Foodborne Illnesses

August 29, 2014 1:00 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Improving education about risky food handling behaviors would reduce the amount of foodborne illness and help improve food security around the world, according to Kansas State University research.             

Exploring Advances in Sustainable Manufacturing

August 29, 2014 10:30 am | by Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies | News | Comments

Experts from a range of disciplines explore the latest research on sustainable manufacturing and...

How to Prevent Organic Food Fraud

August 29, 2014 10:00 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Researchers note that the demand for organic food is growing at a rapid clip. ...

Infographic: The Value of Traceability

August 29, 2014 8:20 am | by Brady Corporation | News | Comments

Being able to track a part, product or component through a manufacturing process can go a long...

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Researchers Discover Why Listeria Bacterium is So Hard to Fight

August 28, 2014 2:00 pm | by Nucleic Acids Research | News | Comments

The harmful and potentially deadly bacterium Listeria is extremely good at adapting to changes. Now, research from the University of Southern Denmark uncovers exactly how cunning Listeria is and why it is so hard to fight. The discovery can help develop more efficient ways to combat the bacteria. 

Chiquita Brands Sued For Deceptive Advertising

August 28, 2014 12:45 pm | by WASH | News | Comments

The lawsuit, filed by Seattle-based Water and Sanitation Health (WASH) claims that Chiquita "advertises that its bananas are farmed in an ecologically friendly and sustainable manner."               

Are South Korea's Dog-Eating Days Over?

August 28, 2014 12:00 pm | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The long tradition of eating dog meat in South Korea is such that a respected 17th century book on Korean medicine extols its health benefits. But today it is an increasingly tough sell and a less attractive dining option for young South Koreans.

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Bait Dumping Offers Invaders Path to Great Lakes

August 28, 2014 11:00 am | by JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer | News | Comments

Researchers with Central Michigan University and the University of Notre Dame tested water samples from tanks containing small fish for sale as bait at more than 500 shops across the eight states on the lakes and found that 27 tested positive for invasive species' DNA.

GMA to Assess the Safety of Ingredients Used in Food Products

August 28, 2014 10:21 am | by Grocery Manufacturers Association | News | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association announced a five-part initiative that will advance the procedures used to assess the safety of ingredients used in food products. Read on to find out what steps they plan to take.       

Infographic: Scary Facts About Food Security

August 28, 2014 10:02 am | by CGIAR | News | Comments

What are we doing to help our world food situation? Here are some startling facts about food production and what that means for us globally.                              

NJ Company Recalls Chicken Cutlets Over Listeria Concerns

August 28, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal officials announced Tnuva USA, a Fairfield-based company, is recalling more than 8,300 pounds of chicken cutlets because of possible listeria contamination.                      

Wheat: What Are We Really Eating?

August 28, 2014 8:57 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

Wheat today is not the same grain our forebears ground into their daily bread. While wheat has naturally evolved, the drastic changes have come in the past 50 years from agricultural scientists. Has no one stopped to ask whether these features are compatible with human health?

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Farmers Fuel Energy Through Coffee Wastewater

August 27, 2014 2:19 pm | by UTZ Certified | News | Comments

Latin America produces around 70 percent of the world's coffee and is the continent where 31 percent of the world's freshwater resources are located. Yet, coffee production generates a great amount of wastewater that is regularly released untreated into rivers.

Bad Catch: FDA Investigating Large Maine Processor

August 27, 2014 2:02 pm | by PATRICK WHITTLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA in February sent a letter to Rockland-based Linda Bean's citing the firm for "significant violations" in the way it processed seafood. As one of Maine's largest lobster processors, the company is now under investigation by the federal agency.

Calif. Firm Recalls 93K Pounds of Caesar Salad Kits

August 27, 2014 8:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says a Southern California food firm has recalled nearly 93,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken Caesar salad kits sold at Sam's Club stores over concerns of possible listeria contamination. 

VIDEO: Is Antibiotic Overuse to Blame for Food Allergies?

August 26, 2014 1:30 pm | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Researchers at the University of Chicago say that the overuse of anti-bacterial soaps and medications might be linked to food allergies caused by destroying good bacteria.                     

Seafood of the Future May Come From Unexpected Sources

August 26, 2014 1:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

The Institute of Food Technologists FutureFood 2050 initiative talks with an oceanographer, a chef, a biochemist, an advocate and an entrepreneur about new and innovative ways to address the global challenge of feeding the world healthfully with limited resources.

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The Chemistry Behind BBQ

August 26, 2014 12:30 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) | News | Comments

With tailgating season not far ahead, many people are firing up the grill to make some barbecued food. With only one goal in mind, most consumers aren't thinking about the science behind the barbecue. An IFT spokesperson provides some insight.

The Benefits of Proper Air Balance in Food Processing Facilities

August 26, 2014 7:45 am | by Luke Facemyer, Director, Refrigeration Engineering, Stellar | Blogs | Comments

Achieving the optimal air balance within the different areas of a food facility is important for maintaining room temperatures, eliminating the potential for contamination and for worker productivity. Here are some key benefits of proper air balance. 

New Gluten-Free Ingredient May Cause Allergic Reaction

August 25, 2014 2:40 pm | by Kansas State University | News | Comments

Lupin, a legume belonging to the same plant family as peanuts, is showing up as a wheat replacement in an increasing number of gluten-free products. But now, the USDA is issuing an alert to consumers to actively read food labels before buying these products.

North Dakota Winter Wheat Crop Hurt by Disease

August 25, 2014 2:17 pm | by Minot Daily News, Minot, North Dakota | News | Comments

The North Dakota winter wheat crop is showing high levels of vomitoxin — a toxin associated with scab disease that can make grain unsafe for people and animals to eat.                        

Calif. Co-Owner Pleads Guilty to Processing Cows With Cancer

August 25, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Co-owner of Petaluma-based Rancho Feeding Corp., a Northern California slaughterhouse, has pleaded guilty to the criminal charges accusing him of processing cows with cancer. Operations were halted in February after a series of recalls.   

Calif. Earthquake Shakes Famed Wine Country

August 25, 2014 10:11 am | by KEN SWEET, ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake. Napa is California's best-known winemaking region. The earthquake adds to what has already been a difficult year for the state's winemakers.  

Infographics: What Happens When Baby Boomers Retire?

August 25, 2014 9:34 am | by Adecco | News | Comments

Baby boomers occupy the majority of skilled trade positions, while younger workers are mostly employed in other professions. So while baby boomers are aging out of the manufacturing industries, what will happen to the once booming industry?

Invasive Insect Threatens Iconic Florida Citrus

August 25, 2014 9:22 am | by TAMARA LUSH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida has always been well known for its oranges. But now the $9 billion industry is facing its biggest threat yet, putting at risk the state's economy and very identity. Blame a mottled brown bug no bigger than a pencil eraser and a disease called "the yellow dragon."

Venezuela Proposes Fingerprinting Grocery Shoppers

August 25, 2014 8:50 am | by HANNAH DREIER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has implemented a mandatory fingerprinting system at grocery stores to help combat food shortages by keeping people from buying too much of a single item. He calls it an "anti-fraud system."     

Ice Cream: Now With More...Okra?

August 22, 2014 1:00 pm | by Institute of Food Technologists | News | Comments

A study by the Institute of Food Technologists shows how okra extracts can be used as a stabilizer in ice cream. Scientists found that water extracts of okra fiber can be used to maintain ice cream quality during storage — thereby extending the shelf life.

Lawyer: Dickey's Barbecue in Utah Had Another Chemical Burn

August 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by BRADY McCOMBS, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a woman nearly died unknowingly drinking tea laced with a chemical cleaning compound at a Utah restaurant, a second victim has come forward. The woman's attorney said an employee at Dickey's Barbecue burned her tongue on the same substance. 

Lawyer Wants Seized $125K Wine Collection Back

August 22, 2014 12:10 pm | by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | News | Comments

A Pennsylvania lawyer, Arthur Goldman, convicted of selling high-end wine from his home despite state liquor laws is hoping to win back the seized collection. Goldman's collection is estimated to be worth $125,000 or more.      

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