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Food Poisoning Report Shows Decline In Salmonella

April 17, 2014 2:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Last year, salmonella cases fell 9 percent, compared to the previous three years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that's the largest drop in a decade.              

Post Buying Michael Foods For $2.45B

April 17, 2014 8:19 am | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2....

Coke Sells More Drinks, But Soda Falters

April 15, 2014 2:48 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest beverage maker said Tuesday that its global sales volume for soda fell for...

New Heinz Owners Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the...

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Toyota Replaces Robots With Humans; GM Puts Engineers On Leave

April 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from the fallout from GM's massive recall to Toyotas' latest innovative move.                   

Lindt Wins Latest Round In Gummy Bear Battle

April 11, 2014 11:21 am | News | Comments

A Cologne appeals court ruled Friday that the Swiss company's gold-foil wrapped chocolate teddy doesn't violate Haribo's copyrighted "Gold Bear" name for its gummy bears.                

Subway Phasing Out 'Yoga Mat' Chemical From Bread

April 11, 2014 8:46 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The ingredient is approved by the Food and Drug Administration and can be found in a variety of products. But the blogger said she targeted Subway because of its healthy food image.             

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Food Makers Follow As Dieters Move Past Calories

April 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients.                  

Sriracha Maker Declared A Nuisance

April 10, 2014 7:46 am | News | Comments

The Irwindale City Council's action Wednesday night gives the factory 90 days to make changes to stop the spicy odors that prompted complaints from some residents last fall.              

Defendant: Food Poisoning Was Easy Under Loose Security

April 9, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

A man who was indicted earlier this year for lacing frozen food products with pesticide at a factory in Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo, says he had no trouble doing so because of loose security.                

Mars Buys Some P&G Pet Food Brands For $2.9B

April 9, 2014 10:51 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Mars is buying some of Procter & Gamble's pet food brands for $2.9 billion to help strengthen its pet care business.                           

Officials Sentenced For Tomato Price-Fixing Scam

April 9, 2014 8:43 am | News | Comments

Randall Rahal of Nantucket, Mass., was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison. Prosecutors say the former SK Foods broker bribed buyers at food giants such as Kraft Foods, Safeway Inc. and Frito-Lay.          

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Bacon Prices Rise After Virus Kills Baby Pigs

April 9, 2014 8:38 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A virus never before seen in the U.S. has killed millions of baby pigs in less than a year, and with little known about how it spreads or how to stop it, it's threatening pork production and pushing up prices.       

FDA Defines Honey

April 8, 2014 11:01 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

New guidance issued Tuesday would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."                      

EU Opens Case Over Russia's Pork Import Ban

April 8, 2014 8:57 am | News | Comments

The European Union is opening a case against Russia before the World Trade Organization to protest a pork import ban which it calls disproportionate and illegal.                 

Decoding Germs' DNA To Fight Food Poisoning

April 7, 2014 8:37 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The nation's disease detectives are beginning a program to try to outsmart outbreaks by routinely decoding the DNA of potentially deadly bacteria and viruses.                

Heineken Investing $100M In Haiti Brewery

April 7, 2014 8:15 am | by Trenton Daniel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The relatively large investment is significant because many international companies have been reluctant to spend money in Haiti because of a business climate hampered by red tape, allegations of corruption and a flimsy infrastructure.    

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Milwaukee Group Wants To Bring Pabst Blue Ribbon Home

April 4, 2014 11:50 am | by Carrie Antlfinger, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of that proud history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. from a California executive in hopes of returning the brand to its birthplace, possibly as a city-owned brewery.        

Mondelez CEO On Kosher Cadbury Eggs

April 3, 2014 2:25 pm | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

If there's kosher for Passover Coke, could Cadbury Creme Eggs be a possibility as well?                              

German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

April 2, 2014 10:54 am | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.             

Maple Syrup Makers Go High-Tech

April 1, 2014 8:07 am | by Holly Ramer and Lisa Rathke, Associated Press | News | Comments

The data is transmitted to a computer or smartphone, where it shows up as a map with green dots indicating lines with good sap flow and red dots indicating leaks. Users can even get text messages alerting them to problems.        

Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                      

ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 9:38 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting.                           

Groups Want More Humane Chicken Slaughter

March 31, 2014 8:15 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two animal welfare groups and dozens of lawmakers are citing statistics that show hundreds of thousands of chickens being accidentally dropped alive into scalding tanks every year.             

Appeals Court Allows Meat Labels

March 28, 2014 11:35 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court is allowing labels on meat products that say where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered.                       

Nearly 1M Jars Of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico

March 28, 2014 7:55 am | by Jeri Clausing, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.             

Judge Won't Dismiss 'Pink Slime' Suit

March 28, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."            

$270M Chocolate Plant Highlights U.S.'s Sweet Tooth

March 27, 2014 7:37 am | by John Hanna, Associated Press | News | Comments

The plant, built south of Topeka, will be able to produce 14 million bite-sized Snickers each day, as well as 39 million M&M's, enough to fill 1.5 million fun-sized packs.                     

Amy's Kitchen To Open $100M Orange County Plant

March 26, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is expected to break ground on the 500,000-square-foot organic food-manufacturing plant early next year and open by the end of 2016.                                

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