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Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 22, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

53 People in 9 States Sickened After Eating Raw Tuna

May 22, 2015 9:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the cases — 31 — are in California, officials at the California Department of Public...

Report: USDA Won't Investigate Organic Farm Allegations

May 21, 2015 2:15 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Wisconsin-based Cornucopia Institute released springtime aerial photographs of the...

Jamie Oliver Wants to Start a Food Revolution

May 21, 2015 1:20 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver wants to start a food revolution, recruiting music stars for a new...

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Listeria: FDA Finds Problems at Ohio Ice Cream Plant

May 21, 2015 1:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government investigation of Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says there was inadequate testing and cleaning in its Columbus plant before listeria was found in some of its ice cream. The ice cream company recalled all of its products last month.

Calif. Decision on Farmer Water Cuts to Apply Broadly

May 21, 2015 9:15 am | by FENIT NIRAPPIL, SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

Water Resources Control Board Director Tom Howard said that whatever he decides will apply to the entire basin of the Sacramento River, which supplies most of the surface water in the food-producing Central Valley.

Hormel Beats 2Q Profit Forecasts Despite Bird Flu Outbreaks

May 20, 2015 2:15 pm | by STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hormel reported a record second-quarter profit of $180.2 million Wednesday despite the impacts of bird flu that has killed more than 8 million birds in Minnesota.


ConAgra to Pay $11.2M to Settle Salmonella Criminal Case

May 20, 2015 2:00 pm | by RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods agreed Wednesday to pay $11.2 million to settle a federal criminal charge that the company shipped Peter Pan peanut butter tainted with salmonella from a plant in Georgia more than eight years ago, triggering a massive recall and food-safety investigation after more than 600 people got sick.

Brainstorm: Conveying Trends in the Food Industry Pt. 3

May 20, 2015 1:30 pm | by Jill Batka, President, Dynamic Conveyor | Articles | Comments

The latest trends with conveyors in the food processing industry revolve around food safety and saving processors money.

Why There's So Much Buzz About Losing Honeybees — By the Numbers

May 20, 2015 11:00 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, | News | Comments

Honeybees have felt the sting of an environment working against them in recent years. Habitat loss, fungal diseases, mite infestations and — most controversially — pesticide use have all been cited as the biggest factors causing massive declines in the U.S.’s honey bee population.

Consumer vs. Industry Perspectives on a Partnership in Food Safety

May 20, 2015 9:10 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

“Today, we talk to our kids about stranger danger and Internet safety,” Darin Detwiler said. “But somehow when it comes to food, we have this sense of ‘It’s gotta be fine.’ We trust too easily.” Detwiler lost his son, Riley, in the 1993 Jack in the Box E. coli outbreak.

Ex-Security Guard Indicted in Kentucky Bourbon Theft Scheme

May 20, 2015 7:45 am | by BRUCE SCHREINER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The alleged head of a bourbon theft ring recruited a security guard and paid her $800 to look the other way as thieves spirited away thousands of dollars' worth of whiskey from a Kentucky distillery, prosecutors said Tuesday.


FDA Proposes to Know More About Antibiotic Use in Animals

May 19, 2015 2:20 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is moving to collect more information on antibiotics used in animals that become meat. It's an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

New Law Affects Chicken Farms in Calif.

May 19, 2015 10:30 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

A new law that took effect this year requires farmers to house hens in cages with enough space to stretch their wings. The new standard is backed by animal rights advocates, but there had been worries about higher egg prices.

Wine Institute Urges Congress to Prevent COOL Retaliation, Damage to US Wine Exports

May 19, 2015 8:20 am | by Wine Institute | News | Comments

U.S. wine producers export more than $500 million of wine to Canada and Mexico annually and Canada is now the single largest export market for U.S. wine. 

Dairy Alternative Segment Does Milk Market Good

May 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Got almond milk?  Fact is, more and more refrigerators nationwide are being stocked with almond milk and other assorted dairy alternatives.  As a result, there has been clear a shift in the U.S. beverage market with momentum clearly favoring milk alternatives.

Food Scene is #Trending on Twitter This Week

May 18, 2015 12:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Trends are a pretty useful feature of Twitter that offer a glimpse of what people are talking about around the world. And this week, people are talking food. More specifically, about the #FutureofFood and #NationalVegetarianWeek.


In the News: Blue Bell Creameries Announces Layoffs After Listeria Problems

May 18, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Find out the latest developments surrounding this story by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

The Facility That's Trying to Save the Future of Chocolate

May 18, 2015 10:20 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Chocolate may not technically be considered a natural resource, but for millions of people it’s a treasure, and one that is to be protected at all costs. Charlie D’Agata reports from a research center in London that may be responsible for ensuring the world’s chocolate fix.

Blue Bell Layoffs Spur Worker Outrage, Gratitude

May 18, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Reactions have ranged from outrage to sympathy among the families of workers affected by Blue Bell Creameries' announced plans for layoffs and furloughs, as the Texas-based company is cutting more than a third of its workforce after a series of listeria illnesses were linked to its ice cream.

2M More Minn. Chickens to be Destroyed Due to Flu

May 18, 2015 8:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the nation's largest egg producers says it will destroy 2 million egg-laying hens in Minnesota due to a deadly bird flu virus.

Georgia-Pacific Professional and CloudClean Collaborate to Improve Hand Hygiene in Foodservice, Food Processing Industries

May 15, 2015 2:35 pm | by Georgia-Pacific Professional | News | Comments

Georgia-Pacific Professional and CloudClean™ LLC have entered into a strategic alliance to offer a unique hygiene compliance solution designed to help improve hand washing participation rates of food workers in the food service, food preparation and food processing industries.

Food Manufacturing: The Week in Review

May 15, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

Stay on top of the biggest stories in the news and find out what is trending by taking a look at the most-viewed content of the week from the Food Manufacturing website.

Blue Bell to Now Inform States of Positive Listeria Tests

May 15, 2015 9:15 am | by JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries signed agreements with health officials in Texas and Oklahoma on Thursday requiring the company to inform the states whenever there is a positive test result for listeria in its products or ingredients. The requirement comes after the Brenham, Texas-based company failed to tell federal or state health officials of repeated findings of listeria at its Oklahoma plant that date back to 2013.

Jeni's Resumes Ice-Cream Making After Cleaning Since Recall

May 15, 2015 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio-based Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams says it has restarted production after a massive recall triggered by the discovery of listeria in some pints. The company traced the source to a machine in its Columbus kitchen. It decided to destroy $2.5 million worth of ice cream, then cleaned and reworked production to prevent future contamination.

Wisconsin Company Recalls Chicken Over Disinfectant Concerns

May 15, 2015 7:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The recall covers roughly 2,191 pounds of whole and cut chicken and 21 pounds of turkey pieces produced by Ridgeland-based AA Poultry Processing LLC between May 4 and May 11. The company's recall was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

NAMI: CDC FoodNet Data Highlights Significant Reductions in Key Pathogens of Concern

May 15, 2015 7:30 am | by North American Meat Institute | News | Comments

The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) was pleased at the release of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s FoodNet data showing significant declines in Shiga-toxin producing E. coli O157 and Salmonella Typhimurium, while also noting that there is more work to do to decrease foodborne illness rates from all foods.

A Food Poisoning Report with Good News: Fewer E. coli Cases

May 14, 2015 11:17 am | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

While some diseases decreased, overall infections from foodborne illness remain the same, according to the CDC.

USDA Rules Will Require Safety Labels on Tenderized Beef

May 14, 2015 9:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Agriculture Department said Wednesday the labels will be required starting in May 2016. Mechanically tenderized meat is poked with needles or blades to make it tender, a process that can transfer bacteria from the outside of the cut of beef to the inside. Since many people eat cuts of meat that aren't fully cooked in the center, that bacteria can pose a safety hazard.

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