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House Considers GOP Bill to Waive School Meal Rules

June 12, 2014 11:59 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The GOP spending bill on the House floor would allow schools to waive the school lunch and breakfast standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama for the next school year if they lost money on meal programs over a six-month period. 

Canadian Meat Processors Call for Temporary Foreign Workers

June 12, 2014 8:33 am | by John Cotter, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

Canada's meat industry is concerned the changes to the federal program won't help it fill hundreds of vacant jobs. The Canadian Cattlemen's Association said the labor shortage is affecting Canada's two main beef plants in southern Alberta.

Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

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Tenn. Drops Diageo Storage Investigation

June 11, 2014 12:27 pm | by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcohol regulators ended the investigation into whether Diageo PLC violated state laws by storing whiskey made in Tennessee inside Kentucky warehouses. Distiller John Lunn testified that the liquor stored in Kentucky would be blended with other Diageo spirits.

Cheese Society Refutes FDA Law on Wood Aging Shelves

June 11, 2014 12:05 pm | by American Cheese Society | News | Comments

The American Cheese Society is strongly against the FDA's ruling of discontinuing wooden boards in the cheese making process due to unsanitary surfaces. The ACS says no foodborne illness outbreak has been found to be caused by the use of wood as an aging surface.

VIDEO: Should Food Stamps Buy Soda, Sugary Drinks?

June 11, 2014 8:20 am | by HLN | Videos | Comments

Louisiana lawmakers are trying to put restrictions on how welfare recipients can spend their money. Researchers found that 140,000 kids and 240,000 adults would avoid obesity if the state were to ban people from buying soda or sugary drinks with food stamps. 

FDA: Wooden Boards in Cheese Aging Are Unsanitary

June 11, 2014 8:00 am | by Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, Wisconsin | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says the use of wooden boards in the the aging process of cheese is unsanitary, despite the integral part wooden boards have played in a cheesemakers operations. Will this be the end of artisan cheeses as we know it?

Air Pressure Regulator

June 10, 2014 10:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Air pressure regulator system is designed with die cast aluminum housings. The housings are also finished with a weather-resistant vinyl paint. Each air regulator is fully pressure and leak tested prior to factory shipment.

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Majority of US Households Have Someone With Diet Restrictions

June 10, 2014 9:19 am | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Six in ten American adults say they restrict at least one nutritional component from their diet. Sugar and sodium/salt top the list of ingredients American households have at least one person restricting or monitoring, followed by carbohydrates and dairy.

Top Manufacturers Urge Action on Immigration

June 10, 2014 8:30 am | by ERICA WERNER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives of Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Tyson Foods, Cargill and other national companies write that without action to overhaul ineffective immigration laws and allow lower-skilled workers into the U.S. legally, their businesses cannot ensure the workforce they need.

Oregon Grocers Drop Liquor Privatization Measure

June 6, 2014 8:15 am | by JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Grocers who sponsored ballot measures to end Oregon's liquor monopoly have given up for this year, saying there is not enough time left for to round up signatures. They will continue seeking privatization of liquor sales through the legislature or the 2016 ballot.

Has Liquor Privatization in Washington Brought Negative Repercussions?

June 2, 2014 1:11 pm | by DAVE GALLAGHER, The Bellingham Herald | News | Comments

June 1 marked the second anniversary of Initiative 1183 going into effect, turning over sales of liquor from state-run stores to retail businesses. Despite the jump in prices, the number of liters sold increased by 1.1 million in the 16 months.

Adams Produce Official No. 7 Indicted in Fraud Case

May 30, 2014 11:47 am | News | Comments

A grand jury indicted Adams Produce Company's former chief financial officer on charges of conspiracy and wire fraud. Five other company officials have since pleaded guilty. The jury charged a seventh official, Steven Finberg, for defrauding the government.

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Institute of Food Technologists to Debut Innovation Center at Annual Meeting, Food Expo

May 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo features the latest food products, the hottest food trends, and the most important developments in the science of food. This year, IFT will debut a special "Innovation Center" to celebrate IFT's 75th Anniversary.

Utah Liquor Board Considers Oktoberfest Beer Ban

May 29, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

What's an Oktoberfest with no beer? The Utah Oktoberfest festival, held at the Snowbird Ski Resort, may not have the permit to serve alcohol this year. The Utah liquor commission is trying to reevaluate who should be approved for alcohol permits. 

2013 Salmonella Outbreak Creates 50 New Illnesses

May 28, 2014 1:51 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

After over a year, the salmonella outbreak linked to a California chicken company still continues to sicken. The Agriculture Department says it is monitoring Foster Farms and that measured rates of salmonella in the company's products have gone down.

First Lady Slams Critics of Healthier School Meals Program

May 28, 2014 10:26 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

How healthy are school lunches? Michelle Obama says any effort to roll back the guidelines set forth by Congress and the administration over the last few years to increase fruits, vegetables and whole grains and set limits on sodium, sugar and fat is unacceptable.

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.

Drug Rehab Experts: Limit Access to Marijuana Edibles

May 22, 2014 2:22 pm | News | Comments

Experts from the Suncoast Rehab Center in Florida say access to marijuana-infused foods should be reduced for the good of the public health. They say eating these edibles can trap consumers into overdosing on THC, the active chemical in marijuana.

VIDEO: Bad Beef

May 21, 2014 12:08 pm | by ABC News | Videos | Comments

It’s a food manufacturer’s greatest fear: a product recall that causes consumer illnesses. ABC News looks into the Wolverine Packing Co. recall and interviews the USDA’s chief medical officer about a lack of public info surrounding the case.

Czech Liquor Makers Get Life in Prison for Methanol Poisonings

May 21, 2014 9:47 am | News | Comments

A judge sentenced ten men to jail for the rest of their lives for a 2012 wave of methanol poisoning, which was introduced via alcohol, in the Czech Republic that left dozens dead. Methanol is cheap and impossible for consumers to distinguish from drinking alcohol.

Chipotle Requests No Guns in Texas Location

May 20, 2014 10:33 am | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Denver-based restaurant chain Chipotle has asked patrons in one Texas location to kindly leave their military-style assault rifles at home when coming in for a burrito in order to avoid other intimidating patrons or making them uncomfortable.

Sabra Wants Hummus to be Federally Regulated

May 19, 2014 2:38 pm | News | Comments

Sabra, a major US hummus manufacturer, filed an 11-page petition to define hummus by its ingredients and the percentage of those elements in the final product. The FDA has established standards of identity for a range of categories popular in the American market.

House GOP: Schools Can Opt Out of Unprofitable Healthy Food Programs

May 19, 2014 12:31 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican representatives announced a plan to let schools apply for waivers for the healthier food programs if they show losses for six consecutive months. The programs, which have been phased in over the last two years, were championed by the First Lady.

GMO Labeling Campaign Incited by Oregon Activists

May 16, 2014 10:06 am | by GOSIA WOZNIACKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

If adopted, the initiative by Oregon GMO Right to Know would require food manufacturers, retailers and suppliers to label raw and packaged foods produced entirely or partially by genetic engineering. The measure would not apply to food served in restaurants.

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