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Lawmakers: Edible Pot Must Look Different Than Regular Food

March 26, 2015 11:35 am | by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press | News | Comments

The rejection means that marijuana-infused cookies, candies and drinks must have a distinct look by 2016 -- and that's for the item itself, not just the packaging. The bill sponsor called the requirement for all foods an example of "micromanagement" because it can't be easily applied to all foods. 

Professional Help Increases Health Food Consumption in Schools

March 25, 2015 10:00 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | News | Comments

According to a recent article published online by JAMA Pediatrics, it was only after...

Listeria Outbreak Traced to 2nd Blue Bell Production Plant

March 25, 2015 9:00 am | by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press | News | Comments

A 3-ounce cup of ice cream contaminated with listeriosis was traced to a plant in Broken Arrow,...

3 Organic Food Companies Recall Spinach Products Over Listeria Fears

March 25, 2015 8:10 am | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials are aware of the recall. Listeria can cause serious...

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Alabama Agriculture Officials Checking for Recalled Ice Cream

March 25, 2015 8:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Alabama agriculture officials said in a statement Tuesday that single-serving cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla have been recalled across 23 states after a cup in Kansas tested positive for Listeria. Officials say they're checking whether any of the recalled products are being served in Alabama.

Fast-Food Ban in LA Fails to Cut Obesity

March 24, 2015 1:30 pm | by Rand Corp. | News | Comments

A Los Angeles ordinance designed to curb obesity in low-income areas by restricting the opening of new fast-food restaurants has failed to reduce fast-food consumption or reduce obesity rates in the targeted neighborhoods.

In The News: Arsenic in Wine

March 24, 2015 12:30 pm | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

A lawsuit filed in California last week alleging that high levels of arsenic were found is some California-made wines resulted in plenty of headlines. Find out more by taking a look at this compilation of media coverage.

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FDA: Recall Expanded for Blue Bell Ice Cream Products

March 24, 2015 12:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell is recalling 3-ounce cups of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla ice cream that have tab lids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says the cups could be contaminated with the bacteria, which can cause fatal infections in young children, the elderly and others with weakened immune systems.

Orkin Seasonal Pest Control Series: Think of Pests With Your Landscaping Plans This Spring

March 24, 2015 9:00 am | by Zia Siddiqi, Ph.D., B.C.E., Director of Quality Systems, Orkin, LLC | Articles | Comments

During the early spring, pests emerge from overwintering and begin actively looking for sources of food, water and shelter they need to survive. Their search may bring them to your facility, and certain aspects of your landscaping plan could be providing an open invitation for them to come inside.

Feds Worry About Contamination of Calif. Winery's Sea-Aged Wine

March 24, 2015 8:10 am | by BRUCE SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

 It seemed like a worthwhile experiment to a small winery: Submerge bottles of wine in sea water to see how they age. But a federal agency is concerned that ocean water could contaminate the wine.

Infographic: Bigger Not Necessarily Better For Restaurants

March 23, 2015 1:50 pm | by Technomic | News | Comments

The 500 largest restaurant chains in the United States accelerated their cumulative sales growth in 2014 to a 4 percent increase, totaling an estimated $274.4 billion. But some of the biggest brands among them, namely Subway and McDonald's, lost ground to focused-menu competitors and emerging fast-casual chains and reported overall sales decreases for the year.

Sugar vs. High Fructose Corn Syrup

March 23, 2015 10:05 am | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

It seems like it's in just about every product on store shelves: High fructose corn syrup. What is it and how is it different from regular old sugar? Reactions is here to answer those sweet questions. 

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Why Food Will Continue to Get Safer

March 23, 2015 8:45 am | by Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) | News | Comments

From E. coli to salmonella, the headline-grabbing pathogens that can contaminate our food supply are meeting their match, thanks to an array of technology advancements that will impact both food producers and consumers, say food safety research and policy leaders.

Popular Weed Killer Deemed 'Probable Carcinogen' by UN

March 20, 2015 2:45 pm | by MARIA CHENG, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

One of the world's most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

Food Service Companies Vow to Go Cage-Free For Liquid Eggs

March 20, 2015 9:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Three of the largest food services companies each announced in recent weeks that they would purchase liquid eggs exclusively from cage-free poultry facilities by 2020.

Lawsuit Alleges High Levels of Arsenic in Some Vino — Should We Drink On?

March 20, 2015 8:50 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to a story reported by CBS News, a researcher named Kevin Hicks analyzed 1,300 bottles of wine and found that almost a quarter of them had arsenic levels higher than what's considered safe for water.

Chicago Wholesaler Recalls Possibly Tainted Beef Products

March 20, 2015 7:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced the recall Thursday of meat that may be tainted with a dangerous type of E. coli bacteria. The recall affects beef cheek products distributed to stores and restaurants in Chicago by El Cubano Wholesale Meats.

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Consumer Reports: 85 Percent of People Are Concerned About Pesticides

March 19, 2015 10:00 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Consumer Reports is peeling back the mystery of the chemicals in your produce. The magazine looked at pesticides in 48 fruits and vegetables. Urvashi Rangan, director of safety and sustainability at Consumer Reports, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss chemical risks in your food.

In The News: Kraft Mac and Cheese Recall

March 19, 2015 8:00 am | by Jesse Osborne, Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The news of Kraft recalling 6.5 million boxes of macaroni and cheese because some may contain small metal fragments was a popular topic for Food Manufacturing readers Wednesday. Find out more by browsing this compilation of media coverage.

The Impact of Online Pest Management

March 18, 2015 1:00 pm | by Chad Gore, PhD, Rentokil Regional Technical Director | Articles | Comments

At the heart of an effective integrated pest management program is the interaction and cooperation that takes place between the food manufacturer and the pest control provider, which is one of the main reasons that moving from a paper-based logbook to an online pest management system can deliver huge benefits.

Maryland Bill Would Restrict Ingredients, Chemicals in School Meals

March 18, 2015 11:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Legislation under consideration in Maryland would ban a wide range of ingredients and chemicals from meals served in the state's public schools.

Kraft Recalls 6.5M Boxes of Mac and Cheese

March 18, 2015 8:10 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

 Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.

America Has Entered a New Era of Sports Nutrition

March 17, 2015 4:05 pm | by Packaged Facts | News | Comments

Among the most popular functional foods are sports drinks and nutrition bars. According to market research publisher Packaged Facts, 36 percent of all U.S. adults consume sports drinks. Meanwhile, dollar sales in the nutrition bar segment grew an impressive 8 percent last year.

More States Targeting Microbeads

March 17, 2015 2:50 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Personal care products that contain tiny plastic pellets are increasingly in the crosshairs of state lawmakers amid concerns over their environmental impact.  In addition to pollution concerns, scientists said the microbeads' resemblance to fish eggs could lead other animals to eat them, thus introducing them to the food supply.  

Eating Red, Processed Meats: A Dietitian's Thoughts on the US Dietary Guidelines

March 17, 2015 1:15 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Food Manufacturing sat down with Jennifer Christman, Registered Dietitian and Clinical Nutrition Manager at Medifast, to discuss her thoughts on the dietary guideline suggestions of meat intake.

Canada's Food Safety Watchdog Suspends Costco Fish Import License

March 17, 2015 12:50 pm | by The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the retail giant is not following food safety controls on a consistent basis. The agency says Costco is in violation of federal fish inspection regulations and the suspension of its license went into effect on Feb. 26.

EPA, FDA Sign Data Sharing Agreement

March 17, 2015 9:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration signed an agreement to share data relating to pesticides and toxic substances.

Meat Industry Fires Back at Federal Dietary Recommendations

March 17, 2015 8:00 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. meat industry is fighting back against proposed federal dietary guidelines that recommend eating less red and processed meat, which trade groups said go "outside the purview" of nutrition research.

McDonald's Workers Allege Numerous Injuries, Unsafe Conditions

March 16, 2015 3:35 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's workers in 19 cities have filed complaints over burns from popping grease, a lack of protective equipment and other workplace hazards, according to labor organizers.

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