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Georgia Company Issues Cheese Recall

December 17, 2014 2:05 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Flat Creek Farm and Dairy officials said in a statement that the company has recalled its Low Country Gouda and Aztec Cheddar after the company was notified in late November that the cheese may have been contaminated. Company officials say no illnesses have been reported.

Research: Farmers’ Markets Show Presence of Salmonella, E. coli

December 17, 2014 10:10 am | by Chapman University | News | Comments

Specifically tested were samples of the herbs cilantro, basil and parsley. Of the 133 samples...

States Move to Ban Powdered Alcohol

December 17, 2014 8:00 am | by IVAN MORENO, Associated Press | News | Comments

States are moving to ban alcohol in powdered form before the product goes on sale out of concern...

Study: Consumers Trust Farmers 'Far More' Than Scientists, Nutritionists

December 16, 2014 2:15 pm | by Bayer CropScience | News | Comments

More than half of American consumers would like...

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Pure Maple Syrup is Becoming a Staple in American Diet

December 16, 2014 1:40 pm | by The Federation of Quebec Maple Syrup Producers | News | Comments

National Maple Syrup Day helps raise awareness of pure maple syrup as a versatile ingredient beyond simply a breakfast topping: from a natural energy booster, to a flavorful ingredient in glazes and rubs, to an unexpected twist in classic cocktails. 

US Says Halal Food Supplier Misled Muslims on Beef

December 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

A food supplier for several years falsely marketed beef to Muslims as meeting strict halal standards. Midamar Corp., based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, sold at least $4.9 million in beef to customers in Malaysia, Kuwait and United Arab Emirates.

Poultry Report: Avian Flu Looks to Shake Up 2015

December 16, 2014 10:25 am | by Rabobank | News | Comments

In a report published by Rabobank's Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory group, the bank says that global issues such as avian flu and trade restrictions remain on the horizon for 2015 and will have a big impact on global poultry trade. 

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VIDEO: Is Organic Here to Stay?

December 16, 2014 9:40 am | by The Lempert Report | Videos | Comments

Shoppers may love their favorite organic food and beverage brands, but this love may quickly dissolve if their go-to brand is scooped up by a major non-organic corporation. Recent data indicates the potential for major financial implications for the acquiring companies.

Study Shows a 'Stronger' Chickpea May Fight Malnutrition

December 16, 2014 8:00 am | by Genome | News | Comments

Malnutrition affects more than 2 billion people. Researchers working at the University of Saskatchewan are seeking long term solutions to help to alleviate the increasing micronutrient malnutrition problem by enriching food grains with essential micronutrients.

Woman Who Drank Toxic Tea Settles With Restaurant

December 15, 2014 1:45 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A Utah woman has reached a settlement with a Dickey's Barbecue where she unknowingly drank iced tea mixed with chemicals and nearly died. A worker had inadvertently mixed an industrial cleaning solution into an ice tea dispenser at the barbecue chain restaurant. 

European Food Allergen Rule Causes Confusion Among Consumers

December 15, 2014 12:45 pm | by LORI HINNANT, Associated Press | News | Comments

A European rule requiring restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets — or anyone else mass-producing meals — to list any of 14 allergens that might appear on their menus is being met with confusion.               

Growers Use Futuristic Farming Techniques to Produce Healthy Food Year Round

December 15, 2014 11:50 am | by D. RAY TUTTLE, The Journal Record | News | Comments

John Sulton and his partner, Rob Walenta, operate Scissortail Farms on a 7.5-acre site west of Tulsa. In recent weeks they started growing 50 varieties of lettuce including kale, chard, mustard greens and arugula in their 26,800-square-foot, state-of-the-art greenhouse.

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Consumer Trends: Top Dishes of the Year

December 15, 2014 8:00 am | by Urbanspoon | News | Comments

Which dishes resonated most with Americans this year? From the classic filet to the bacon-topped donut, the list reveals American's favorite meals of this year. Read on for Urbanspoon's most popular dishes and cuisines of 2014.   

Avian Flu Continues to Spread Across British Columbia Poultry Farms

December 12, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The outbreak began last week when turkeys and chickens at two farms in the Fraser Valley east of Vancouver tested positive for the H5N2 strain of the disease. Its origin is unknown, and more farms could be affected, officials said. The outbreak has now spread to seven farms. 

Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat

December 12, 2014 9:10 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods are conceding defeat. The proponents say they drew strength after coming close to victory but stopped short of promising another attempt in the 2016 election.

Am I Being Poisoned By Eating the Fish On My Plate?

December 12, 2014 8:00 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

Food traceability is an important factor in determining where I source my food from. And although I already know the Earth’s waters are littered with various garbage, I will admit I was surprised to learn just how much.         

Big US School Districts Plan Switch to Antibiotic-Free Chicken

December 11, 2014 1:10 pm | by Urban School Food Alliance | News | Comments

Serving nearly 2.9 million students daily, Alliance members procure more than $550 million in food and supplies annually. The coalition aims to help drive down nationwide costs, while setting higher standards for the quality of food served in its schools. 

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Infographic: Consumers Increasingly Want to Know What's in Their Food

December 11, 2014 9:30 am | by Technomic, Inc. | News | Comments

Today's healthy food tells a story, and consumers want to hear it. Recent research by Technomic shows that most consumers want restaurants to be more transparent about menu-item ingredients. Further, two in five consumers cite a rising concern over food additives. 

Washington Firm Recalls Chef Salads For Undeclared Allergens

December 11, 2014 9:05 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Real Foods LLC, a Kent, Wash., establishment, is recalling approximately 308 pounds of Chef Salad with Ham and Turkey due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

Chinese Demand For Dairy Products Spurs US Exports

December 10, 2014 1:15 pm | by Suley Muratoglu, Vice President,Tetra Pak Inc. | Articles | Comments

What’s behind this trend, and how can U.S. processors benefit? Milk and cheese are relatively new to the Chinese diet, says Todd Shilk, dairy category manager at Tetra Pak U.S. and Canada, but consumers’ taste for them is growing.   

Can Organic Crops Compete With Industrial Agriculture?

December 10, 2014 12:50 pm | by University of California - Berkeley | News | Comments

A recent study at the University of California finds a smaller than expected gap in yields between organic and conventional farming. The researchers found the yields depend upon the type of crop being grown.           

Study: Control Obesity With Potato Extract

December 10, 2014 12:25 pm | by McGill University | News | Comments

Take a look in your pantry: the miracle ingredient for fighting obesity may already be there. A simple potato extract may limit weight gain from a diet that is high in fat and refined carbohydrates, according to scientists at McGill University.

VIDEO: Meet a Sommelier...For Water

December 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Martin Riese is the only certified water sommelier in America. Who knew water could be described as sweet, fruity, earthy, salty, bitter, smooth, etc.? As a water sommelier, Riese gets to use his palate to try out the many different waters of the world. 

Congress Eases Whole Grain Standards For School Lunches

December 10, 2014 11:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

A massive year-end spending bill released Tuesday doesn't allow schools to opt out of healthier school meal standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama, as House Republicans had sought. But it would ease standards that require more whole grains in school foods.

Lawmakers to Review Genetically Modified Labeling

December 10, 2014 10:00 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The FDA typically has shied away from the subject, leaving the issue of labeling GMO's to the states. But Congress has weighed in as the food industry has faced a potential patchwork of state laws requiring the labeling.  

Parents of Teen Killed by Caffeine Overdose Seek Ban on Stimulant

December 10, 2014 9:45 am | by HOPE YEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Because caffeine powder is sold as a dietary supplement, it's not subject to the same federal regulations as certain caffeinated foods. Users add it to drinks for a pick-me-up before workouts or to control weight gain, but it is almost impossible to measure with common kitchen tools.

Consumer Trends: How Americans Are Enjoying Their Wine

December 9, 2014 2:00 pm | by E. & J. Gallo Winery | News | Comments

As a whole, the survey told us that Americans are enjoying wine more often than ever before by bringing it into dining, entertaining and even the most casual experiences — all while demonstrating an eagerness to experiment with various flavors and formats.

Food Company Fined After Nebraska Worker's Death

December 9, 2014 1:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulators found five safety violations after a 23-year-old worker died earlier this year at Michael Foods Inc.'s operation in Wakefield, Nebraska. The Labor Department has proposed fining the MInnesota-based company $30,900 for violations found after the June 19 death.

How Fresh Produce Companies and Bloggers Produce Fresh Results

December 9, 2014 1:00 pm | by Wendy Hirschhorn, CEO, Wendy's Bloggers | Articles | Comments

Food and Mom Bloggers provide produce companies access to new audiences, encourage consumer engagement, create recipes and authentic content along with quality videos and photographs, and truly understand how difficult it is to get kids to eat green. 

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