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Recalls Of The Week: A Bad Week For Cars And SUVs

January 30, 2015 2:22 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

The recalls of the week were centered on the automotive and food manufacturing industries. It was a particularly bad week for cars and SUVs. Nissan announced two major recalls on Wednesday. The first Nissan recall covers over 552,000 Rogue SUVs from 2008 through 2013. The reason for the recall is a possible leak...

Dean Foods Announces Closing Of Century-Old Sheboygan Plant

January 29, 2015 8:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 

Dean Foods says it will close its dairy plant in Sheboygan. The plant has been in...

McDonald's CEO Steps Down As Sales Continue To Decline

January 28, 2015 8:27 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's CEO Don Thompson is stepping down as the world's biggest hamburger chain fights to...

Pabst Owner Considers Returning To Milwaukee

January 28, 2015 3:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pabst Brewing Co. could return to the city of its 19th century birth. Pabst shut down its...

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Humane Certification Of U.S. Farm Animals Jumps 1000 Percent In 4 Years

January 28, 2015 10:07 am | by American Humane Association | News | Comments

One of the most dramatic new trends in U.S. agriculture is the move by farmers, ranchers and producers to humane certification. American Humane Association, by far the nation's largest humane certifier, revealed today at the 2015 International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta that the number of...

McDonald’s Reveals List Of Chemicals In French Fries. Will Anyone Care?

January 27, 2015 2:37 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

As much as we love our fries, those twin golden arches have long been the target of criticism — from health concerns about the high caloric content of McDonald’s menu to the unsavory rumors about chicken nuggets made from “pink slime” and chemical-ridden meats that never spoil...

Unmanned Drones Could Play Key Role In Food Supply

January 26, 2015 3:21 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Herding cattle. Counting fish. Taking an animal's temperature. Applying pesticides. When it comes to drones, "your imagination can go pretty wild in terms of what would be possible," says Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union. This month, the Federal Aviation Administration...

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Report Says BPA is Safe: Will This Change The Game?

January 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | Blogs | Comments

To BPA or not to BPA? That is the question … no one can exactly agree on. But maybe that’s about to change. In a just-released report, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that bisphenol A poses “no consumer health risk” to anyone at any age.

Food Industry Executives Should Look Out: The Gov't Might Come A 'Knocking

January 21, 2015 3:33 pm | by Angela T. Puentes-Leon, Marissel Descalzo, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt | Articles | Comments

Given this new era of enforcement, the food industry needs to be weary when investigators come knocking on their door. The tell tale signs of an investigation are FDA investigators asking questions or subpoenas from the FDA, which traditionally only signaled a civil investigation. 

Standards Aim to Cut Down on Salmonella in Poultry

January 21, 2015 3:00 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

The proposed standards announced Wednesday by the Agriculture Department apply to the most popular poultry products — chicken breasts, legs and wings, and ground chicken and turkey. They are voluntary but designed to pressure companies to lower rates of salmonella and campylobacter, another pathogen that can cause symptoms similar to salmonella, in their products.

Monsanto Gets U.S. Approval For New GMO Seeds

January 16, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agriculture business giant Monsanto Co. said Thursday it received approval from the Department of Agriculture for new cotton and soybean seeds designed to be used with a new herbicide formula.Monsanto's business is built on genetically modified seeds and herbicide. The company's seeds...

Chipotle: Pork Pulled From A Third Of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 3:13 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards. Chris Arnold, a spokesman for the Mexican food chain, told The Associated Press it's the first time the company stopped serving a topping for its burritos...

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CA Unveils Strictest Rules On Pesticide

January 14, 2015 12:46 pm | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

California farmers now must abide by the nation's strictest rules for a widely used pesticide in a change designed to protect farmworkers and people who live and work near agricultural fields but is likely to raise prices on produce. The restrictions announced Wednesday target chloropicrin, a...

Can Manufacturing Learn A Lesson From Farm-To-Table?

January 14, 2015 10:39 am | by Andrew Anagnost, Senior Vice President of Industry Strategy & Marketing at Autodesk | Articles | Comments

There’s a lot of talk about manufacturing’s “New Industrial Revolution.” But the way we interpret “industrial” — and its definition moving forward — is going to change dramatically. Fewer smokestacks, more 3D printers, more choices. When industries turned to machines and away from...

Poll Shows Support For Labeling Foods With GMOs

January 13, 2015 2:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Real Time Digital Reporter, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Nearly two-thirds of participants in a recent national poll favored requiring labeling of food products that contain genetically modified organisms. According to the December Associated Press-GfK poll, 66 percent of a respondents favored requiring labels for GMOs, while only 7 percent opposed such...

The Future Of The Frozen Foods Market And How 'Natural' Products Could Save It

January 12, 2015 2:45 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

It's no surprise that today's food industry is learning to cater to what consumers want. And what do they want? Food marked as fresh, all-natural and healthy, of course. But with shoppers carefully choosing food items labeled as such, frozen food makers may wonder if their...

Justices Will Not Question California Delta Smelt Protections

January 12, 2015 10:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court has left in place restrictions on water deliveries from California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to protect a tiny, threatened fish. The justices on Monday rejected appeals from farmers in California's Central Valley and urban water districts who had challenged a plan...

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Cargill To Close MO Meat Plant, Lay Off Over 100 Workers

January 12, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cargill Inc. says it plans to close its Springfield meat slicing and packaging plant and move the work to two other states. The move will cost 118 people their jobs when the plant closes on March 11. Cargill said in a news release that workers were informed of the move Friday. The work in...

Recalls Of The Week: From Leaky Cars To Poisoned Apples

January 9, 2015 12:45 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | News | Comments

This week kicked off 2015 well, with only a few major recalls in the automotive and food manufacturing industries. Yesterday, the AP reported that Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs to fix an issue with the brake line. The brake line can rust, which could cause fluid leaks...

NYC Will Begin Banning Restaurant Plastic Foam In July

January 9, 2015 10:19 am | by Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City will move to the forefront of a growing environmental trend by banning food establishments from using plastic foam containers starting this summer, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced Thursday. De Blasio's mayoral ban will fulfill an initiative begun by his predecessor, Michael Bloomberg, who...

Food Industry Leaders Wave Goodbye To 2014 With Job Cuts

January 9, 2015 10:12 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

As you sip that ice-cold Coca-Cola, the workers who helped manufacture it are worrying about losing their jobs. Just this morning, Coca-Cola announced it will be laying off between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs throughout the next few months in an effort to help trim costs. The Atlanta-based company, which...

Coca-Cola Cutting Up To 1.8K Jobs

January 8, 2015 11:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola says it will cut between 1,600 and 1,800 jobs in coming months to trim costs. The Atlanta-based company says it began notifying workers in the U.S. and some international locations Thursday. The company said job types are across all parts of its business and include about 500 at its...

Monsanto Earnings Fall 34% On Lower Corn Seed Sales

January 7, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto said Wednesday that its earnings fell 34 percent in its first fiscal quarter as South American farmers cut back on planting corn, reducing demand for the company's biotech-enhanced seeds. U.S. farmers harvested record crops of soybeans and corn last year, sending prices on those food...

U.S. To Resume First Beef Imports From Ireland Since Mad Cow

January 5, 2015 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States will permit imports of beef from Ireland, the first European Union country allowed to resume sales since the mad cow disease scare over 15 years ago, officials said Monday. Simon Coveney, Ireland's minister for agriculture, food and the marine, issued a statement announcing that access to the...

Should The 2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines Include An Environmental Agenda?

January 5, 2015 12:13 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

As 2015 hits, it is officially time for a new edition of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s report Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Updated every five years, the guideline provides recommendations for better overall health, including information on food intake, exercise, and reducing the risk of...

Do 2015 Beer Prices Depend On Bad Barley Crop?

January 3, 2015 11:41 am | by Lisa Baumann, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Problems with the 2014 malt barley crop in the western United States have resulted in the worst year for malting production in the nation, but beer drinkers likely won't have to shell out an extra couple dollars for their favorite brews. Much of the nation's large-scale brewing is done in the...

How Food Package Manufacturers Keep Pace With Today's Market

December 30, 2014 10:17 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.info | News | Comments

By all indicators, manufacturing in the U.S. has been on the upswing and is expected to keep building momentum into the next  year. For chemical manufacturers, employment is rising after years of decline, capital spending is up, and overall, U.S. chemical output...

Farmers Brace For Labor Shortage Under New Policy

December 29, 2014 9:44 am | by Scott Smith, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farmers already scrambling to find workers in California — the nation's leading grower of fruits, vegetables and nuts — fear an even greater labor shortage under President Barack Obama's executive action to block some 5 million people from...   

VA Agriculture Grants Sprout Jobs, Development

December 26, 2014 11:15 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A Virginia grant program started in 2012 to support the agriculture and forestry industries is sprouting job growth and economic development across the state, particularly in rural areas. Growing the state's two largest private economic drivers is...

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