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Wal-Mart Presses Meat Suppliers On Antibiotics, Treatment

May 22, 2015 8:06 am | by Anne D'innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Wal-Mart's moves won praise from various groups.

Report: USDA Won't Investigate Organic Farm Allegations

May 21, 2015 2:27 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Feds won't investigate 14 farms accused of violating organic agriculture standards.

Listeria: FDA Finds Problems At Ohio Ice Cream Plant

May 21, 2015 2:13 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

A government investigation of Jeni's found inadequate testing and cleaning.

Man Who Caught Listeria-Related Meningitis Sues Blue Bell

May 20, 2015 12:07 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The lawsuit says he suffered respiratory failure and septic shock after eating Blue Bell.

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U.S. Investigation Of 2007 Peanut Butter Recall Wraps Up

May 20, 2015 9:36 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ConAgra recalled its peanut butter in 2007 after it was linked to a salmonella outbreak.

FDA Proposes To Know More About Antibiotic Use In Animals

May 19, 2015 3:31 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

The move to gather more information is an effort to stem antibiotic-resistant diseases.

Report: Target Cutting Back On Processed Foods Promotions

May 18, 2015 5:48 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Target also singled out ways to cater to younger, more diverse customers.

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World Trade Body Rejects Country Of Origin Labels On Meat

May 18, 2015 2:19 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a victory for the U.S. meat industry, which said the labels are burdensome.

Massive Blue Bell Layoffs Spur Worker Outrage, Gratitude

May 16, 2015 6:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 37 percent of the workforce will be laid off; many more will be furloughed.

Jeni's Resumes Ice Cream Making After Cleaning Since Recall

May 15, 2015 2:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Jeni's plans to reopen by Memorial Day weekend.

USDA Develops First Government Label For GMO-Free Products

May 14, 2015 4:05 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

USDA's move comes as some consumer groups push for mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Keurig Starts To Backpedal On DRM As Sales Tank

May 12, 2015 3:16 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain promises to bring refillable K-Cups to its Keurig 2.0 system as customers reject DRM. 

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Oregon Wine Industry Wants In On Obama's Trade Agreement

May 11, 2015 2:45 pm | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oregon's wine industry has come into its own in recent years, spurring the growth of wineries and newly planted acres of vineyards from the California border to the Columbia River.

FDA Not Aware Of Listeria At Blue Bell Plant Before Outbreak

May 9, 2015 4:12 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The outbreak — and the FDA's lack of knowledge of the bacteria found in the plant — is a stark illustration of gaps in the nation's food safety system. Food contamination often isn't discovered until people get sick or die.

Syngenta Rejects Monsanto Takeover Bid

May 8, 2015 2:54 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Syngenta AG announced on Friday that it declined a $45 billion takeover offer from American rival Monsanto that "fundamentally undervalues" the Swiss agribusiness giant.

Recalls Of The Week: FDA Says Blue Bell Knew About Listeria Contamination Since 2013

May 8, 2015 9:41 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

AP writer Mary Clare Jalonick writes, “The FDA listed 17 separate positive tests for listeria on equipment from March 2013 through February 2015.”

Jeni's Traces Listeria To Ice Cream Pint-Filling Machine

May 6, 2015 8:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

CEO John Lowe says in a statement Wednesday that the company will never be sure how the bacteria got into the machine, which filled a portion of the pints for retail sales.

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Fast Food Pushes Into Delivery

May 6, 2015 3:16 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's said Monday that it was starting the test and teaming up with Postmates, a service that is also working with Chipotle and Starbucks.

USDA Report: Labeling Requirement Costs Producers Without Benefit To Consumers

May 5, 2015 3:11 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Federal officials reported that country-of-origin-labeling requirements cost the agricultural sector billions without any measurable benefit to consumers.

Panera CEO On Push To Banish Artificial Ingredients

May 5, 2015 2:14 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

By the end of the next year, the chain says the dozens of ingredients on its "No No List" will be banished from its menu.

McDonald's CEO Announces Turnaround Strategy

May 4, 2015 3:08 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

CEO Steve Easterbrook, who previously headed up the U.K. business, has described himself as an "internal activist" and says he wants to turn McDonald's into a "modern, progressive burger company."

Q&A: How To Properly Address A Food Recall

May 4, 2015 10:37 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Food Manufacturing had the chance to sit down with Sonal Sinha, the associate vice president at MetricStream, about the impacts of the hummus recall from a supply chain perspective.

Growers Hoping To Build Strawberry Picking Robot

May 4, 2015 9:58 am | by Kevin Bouffard, The Ledger | News | Comments

"It's well documented the labor force has been shrinking over the last decade. It's a trend that's not likely to reverse itself," said Gary Wishnatzki, CEO of Wish Farms, a member of the third generation of his family's Florida produce business.

Ben & Jerry's Founder Backs Push For GMO Labels In NY

April 30, 2015 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

One half of the duo that created Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream is working to pass legislation in New York to require the labeling of foods with ingredients from genetically modified plants.

Jeni's To Destroy 265 Tons Of Ice Cream After Listeria Found

April 29, 2015 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company said last week that it had recalled all its products from retailers and closed ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination.

Integration In Food Safety: The Time Is Now

April 29, 2015 2:38 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor | News | Comments

“No one agency can protect our nation’s food supply alone,” Pat Kennelly of the California Department of Health said. “Unification of public health is the strength that drives us together to solve these issues."

Tyson Hopes To Rid Chicken Of Antibiotics By 2017

April 28, 2015 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The move comes as restaurants demand more natural produce and amid concerns that widespread antibiotic use can lead to drug-resistant germs.

Food Industry Tries To Block Vermont's GMO Labeling Laws

April 27, 2015 2:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The legal skirmish comes a year after Vermont passed a law aimed at making it the first state in the country to require labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients.

Chipotle Transition To Non-GMO Ingredients Complete

April 27, 2015 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The chain said it was the first national restaurant chain to disclose the presence of GMOs in its ingredients in 2013.

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