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VIDEO: World Cup Team Hotels Raided Over Food Safety

June 3, 2014 8:30 am | by The Guardian | Videos | Comments

A Brazilian consumer defense agency found past-expiration food in the hotels where national soccer teams from Italy and England are staying during the World Cup. The agency said the inspections were an effort to enforce food safety codes.

Quality Egg Agrees to Pay $6.8M Fine for Selling Tainted Eggs

June 2, 2014 2:18 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A plea agreement by federal prosecutors calls for Quality Egg to plead guilty Tuesday to charges of bribery, selling misbranded eggs and introducing adulterated food into interstate commerce. The tainted eggs caused a nationwide salmonella outbreak in 2010.

Malaysia: No Pork in Cadbury Chocolates

June 2, 2014 1:22 pm | by EILEEN NG, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department said new tests on Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Dairy Milk Roast Almond bars as well as other Cadbury products showed no traces of pork. Under Islamic Shariah law, halal products should not contain pork or alcohol.

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Photo: Malaysian Cadbury Chocolates Free from Pork

June 2, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

The Malaysian Islamic Development Department said new tests on Dairy Milk Hazelnut and Dairy Milk Roast Almond bars from Cadbury's factory showed no traces of pork. Indonesia is also testing Cadbury chocolates, although the products at issue aren't sold there.

VIDEO: Food Fight! Merger Mania in the Kitchen

June 2, 2014 9:00 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Many big company food manufacturers are buying and selling their rivals. Pilgrim's Pride wants to buy Hillshire Brands, but the complications begin when Hillshire already has plans to buy rival Pinnacle Foods. So what happens to Pinnacle Foods?

FDA Advises Pregnant Women of Mercury Levels in Seafood, Won't Require Labeling

June 2, 2014 8:30 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press LAURAN NEERGAARD, Associated Press | News | Comments

For most people, accumulating mercury from eating seafood isn't a health risk. But the FDA warns that pregnant women, those who may become pregnant, and young children avoid high-mercury fish because of concern that too much could harm a developing brain.

Foster Farms Sues Pest Control Company for Cockroach Infestation

June 2, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

The Livingston, Calif. Foster Farms plant filed a lawsuit last month against Orkin LLC seeking damages for the failure to fulfill a cockroach-control contract. The USDA closed the plant in January after finding cockroaches five seperate times in four months.

VIDEO: Cattle Health and Food Safety

May 30, 2014 8:15 am | by Veterinarians On Call | Videos | Comments

Veterinarian Dr. Tom Noffsinger talks about the interaction between cattle and people. Once the cattle understand and have confidence in their caregivers, they can be honest with us on how they feel. In order to evaluate cattle health, it is important to ask them to play. 

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Huron Contractor Seeks $2.1M from Failed Beef Packing Plant

May 29, 2014 1:32 pm | News | Comments

Following the Northern Beef Packers bankruptcy from last summer, a Huron contractor that did dirt work for them seven years ago is now seeking $2.1 million from the failed beef packing plant in South Dakota. Court documents show submitted invoices for more than $5M. 

Consumer Trends: Study Finds Eating Organic Food Will Not Decrease Cancer Rate

May 29, 2014 1:17 pm | News | Comments

Researchers looked at the relationship between the eating organic food and subsequent cancer incidence in a study of middle-aged women in the United Kingdom. The women who ate organic food reported a 1.37 percent increase in the risk of breast cancer. 

Five Things to Know About the Foster Farms Salmonella Outbreak

May 29, 2014 12:41 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there were 50 new reported illnesses linked to Foster Farms of Livingston, California, in the past two months, bringing the total number of cases to 574. Here are five things you should know about the outbreak.

Tyson Foods Chemical Spill May Be Linked to Fish Kill

May 29, 2014 12:22 pm | News | Comments

Investigators wonder if there is a link between the fish kill in southwest Missouri and the chemical spill caused by a Tyson Foods plant in Aurora on May 16. A chemical called Alimet, a feed ingredient, disrupted a wastewater treatment plant and fouled a stream.

Texas Tech Expert: Expect Rising Food Prices Throughout Summer

May 29, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

In the last year, the U.S. pork supply has decreased by about 10 percent due to Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. The Texas Tech food expert explains that the beef herd is at its lowest levels since the 1940s, thanks, in part, to the California drought. 

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Eva Longoria's Lady Steakhouse Shutters Soon after Health Violations

May 29, 2014 10:31 am | by MICHELLE RINDELS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Actress Eva Longoria's Morton's-sponsored steakhouse closed for the second time in a little over a month, but this time for good. Trouble last month at the female-focused steakhouse on the Las Vegas Strip forced the restaurant to close its doors.

Hudson Sturgeon Surgery Protects Spawning Potential

May 29, 2014 10:16 am | by JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electronic tracking devices are being inserted into sturgeons to see if the construction of a new bridge in the New York City suburbs, right in the middle of its habitat, will effect them. The shortnose sturgeon and the Atlantic surgeon are endangered species.

Tyson Foods Rivals for Hillshire Brands with $6.2B Bid

May 29, 2014 10:05 am | News | Comments

Two days after Pilgrim's Pride bid for Hillshire Brands, Tyson Foods makes a $1 billion higher bid for the maker of Ball Park hot dogs and Jimmy Dean sausages. Hillshire said it strongly belives in its deal with Pinnacle Foods, but are reviewing the offers. 

Expired Food Found at World Cup Teams' Hotels

May 28, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

No one wants to eat expired food, and it's tantamount to sabotage for world-class athletes. Officials from a Brazilian consumer defense agence found nearly 60 pounds of expired foods at hotels where athletes were supposed to stay for the World Cup.

Woman Sues Wolverine Packing Company for E. Coli Infection

May 28, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

A woman is suing Wolverine Packing Co. for $25,000 in damages after she was hospitalized with an E. coli infection linked to the Detroit company's recall. There has been little public information released about the 1.8 million pounds of beef recalled.

Natural Grocers Claim Grazing Improves Cow Health

May 27, 2014 2:39 pm | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press, COLLEEN SLEVIN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage claims grazing improves the health of cows and consumers alike. The American Grassfed Association, which helped Natural Grocers develop its rules, said it is the first retail chain to carry only pastured dairy products.

Will Eating Destructive Fish Rid Them From the US?

May 27, 2014 2:27 pm | by RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI, Associated Press | News | Comments

Damage from invasive species extends beyond the environment. A Cornell University study concluded that they caused more than $120 billion in economic harm annually. The idea of eating them has gained momentum after the Gulf of Mexico success of marketing lionfish.

Starbucks-Owned Chain to Sell Burgers, Beer and Wine

May 27, 2014 1:14 pm | News | Comments

Starbucks-owned restaurant La Boulange will add burgers, beer and cocktails to the menu. The test restaurant, purchased by Starbucks in 2012, are based in San Francisco Bay Area and primarily focus on breakfast, lunch sandwiches and baked goods. 

Pilgrim's Pride Extends Offer to Buy Hillshire Brands for $5.58B

May 27, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

Major chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride offered to buy meat maker Hillshire Brands in order to create a more "protein-based" company. The deal is contingent on Hillshire, maker of Jimmy Dean sausages, scrapping plans to buy Pinnacle Foods.

VIDEO: Building a Better Egg (Without the Chicken)

May 27, 2014 9:58 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Hampton Creek, a San Francisco-based startup developing plant-based replacements for eggs, is working on a replacing the scrambled egg. Their goal isn't necessarily to replace the eggs, but to cut back on the use of eggs that work their way into every other product.  

Pink Slime Lawsuit to Proceed Against ABC

May 23, 2014 10:45 am | by REGINA GARCIA CANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

The South Dakota Supreme Court will allow Beef Products Inc. to sue ABC News for defamation to the tune of $1.2 billion. The lawsuit originated in with an ABC newscast that dubbed their product as "pink slime." The coverage led to many plant closures and layoffs.

Brainstorm: Labeling Pt. 2

May 22, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jack Rubinger, Public Relations Specialist, Graphic Products | Articles | Comments

The Food Manufacturing Brainstorm features industry experts sharing their perspectives on issues critical to the food industry marketplace. In this issue, we ask: Which innovations in food labeling should food manufacturers be paying attention to, what benefits do they offer and how are they best implemented?

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