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Defense Grills Plant Manager In Salmonella Trial

August 19, 2014 11:31 am | by Kate Brumback - Associated Press | News | Comments

A defense attorney grilled a key prosecution witness in the trial of three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak. Attorney Tom Bondurant on Tuesday questioned Samuel Lightsey, the former manager of a Peanut Corporation of America plant in ...

Cianci Sauce Made No Money For Charity In 4 Years

August 18, 2014 1:35 pm | by Michelle R. Smith - Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Mayor Buddy Cianci's face beams from the label of his Mayor's Own Marinara Sauce, which...

Bourbon Production Reaches Highest Point Since 1970s

August 18, 2014 10:14 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big...

Coca-Cola Bets On Energy Drinks With Monster Stake

August 15, 2014 12:46 pm | News | Comments

Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7 percent stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15 billion, with...

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Chiquita Rejects New $611M Takeover Bid

August 15, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Banana distributor Chiquita Brands says it is rejecting the $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and the Brazilian agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group. Chiquita says ...        

Ex-Peanut Plant Head Says He Lied About Salmonella

August 15, 2014 12:33 pm | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | News | Comments

A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after ...      

Kansas Plant Reopening After 'Pink Slime' Dispute

August 13, 2014 12:23 pm | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A shuttered Kansas processing plant that produced a treated ground beef product critics dubbed "pink slime" plans to reopen next week with limited operations amid rebounding sales, the company said Tuesday. Beef Products Inc. said ...    

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Photos: OREO Surprises 50 Of America's Smallest Towns With Deliveries

August 13, 2014 12:09 pm | by OREO | News | Comments

OREO Mini is treating 50 tiny towns across America (one town in each state) to a mini delivery featuring the world's favorite cookie…only smaller ...                  

The $2B Lawsuit Against PepsiCo, Pinnacle Foods, And Quaker Oats

August 13, 2014 10:07 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Anna Short Harrington became the face of Aunt Jemima in 1935. Quaker Oats, which owns the brand, used her likeness for the Aunt Jemima logo, while her recipes were also used for product offerings. Now, 59 years after her death, two of her great-grandsons are ...

Kellogg Wants Suppliers To Report Carbon Emissions

August 13, 2014 7:29 am | by John Flesher - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Kellogg said Wednesday it will step up efforts to reduce planet-warming emissions in its supply chain as part of a broader initiative designed to be more environmentally friendly. Under the plan, the Battle Creek-based food products manufacturer will ...

Chiquita Gets Buyout Offer

August 12, 2014 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands has received an approximately $611 million buyout offer from investment firm Safra Group and agribusiness and juice company Cutrale Group. Safra and Cutrale are offering $13 per share, a 29 percent premium to ...    

FDA Rules May Jeopardize Black & Mild Cigar Name

August 11, 2014 1:06 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Plans to regulate cigars and other tobacco products the same as cigarettes may threaten one of the nation's top-selling cigar brands — Black & Mild. Under the Food and Drug Administration proposal ...        

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Old-Fashioned Food Company Courts The Web

August 11, 2014 2:25 am | by John Magsam - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Associated Press | News | Comments

At the House of Webster, it's all about the jams, jellies, apple butter, syrups, mustard and relish — all things that can be packaged in a Mason jar. The privately held company turned 80 this year and is ...         

High Interest In Minnesota Medical Pot Production

August 8, 2014 5:28 pm | by Kyle Potter - Associated Press | News | Comments

Want to grow a few plants for Minnesota' new medical marijuana program? It's not so simple. The state is looking to register just two manufacturers to cultivate the drug for severely ill patients. They'll need to ...      

Judge Won't Block Utah 'Ag-Gag' Challenge

August 8, 2014 12:12 pm | by Lindsay Whitehurst, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has refused to toss out the country's first lawsuit challenging an "ag-gag" law that criminalizes undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and factory farms.              

Factory Worker Sentenced For Lacing Foods With Pesticide

August 8, 2014 8:18 am | News | Comments

A former contract worker at a subsidiary of seafood company Maruha Nichiro Holdings Inc. was sentenced Friday to three and a half years in prison for lacing frozen food products with pesticide last fall.                 

FDA Says Georgia Plant Waited To Disclose Salmonella

August 8, 2014 8:06 am | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officers at a Georgia peanut plant took five days to disclose that lab tests found salmonella in some of their products, despite repeated questioning from on-site inspectors rushing to find the source of a deadly national outbreak, a federal investigator testified.          

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Poultry Firms: Russia Ban Has Little Impact On U.S.

August 8, 2014 7:45 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

Poultry producers say Russia's decision to ban imported U.S. meat won't lead to a glut of the product because other countries are clamoring for inexpensive meat.                    

FDA Agent Says Peanut Plant 'Not Fit' To Produce Food

August 6, 2014 3:56 pm | by Russ Bynum, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal food safety inspector who investigated a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to a Georgia peanut plant says the company was "not fit to produce products for human consumption."                 

Anheuser-Busch To Import Montejo From Mexico

August 6, 2014 3:07 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Hoping to tap the fast-growing Hispanic market, Anheuser-Busch is importing its first Mexican lager to the U.S.                           

Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 6, 2014 2:41 pm | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola distribution plant in southern Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles, the company said.                  

Study Says Oceans Tainted With More Man-Made Mercury

August 6, 2014 2:36 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

In much of the world's oceans, levels of the metal mercury are double to triple what they were before the industrial revolution, a new study says.                     

Mondelez: Price Hikes Scared Off Customers

August 6, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

Mondelez said price increases scared off some customers in its second quarter, and the company trimmed its sales forecast for the year.                    

China: No Evidence Spoiled Meat Made It To Japan

August 6, 2014 11:59 am | News | Comments

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts.     

'Gluten-Free' Labeling Standards Kick In

August 5, 2014 8:14 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

Starting this week, "gluten-free" labels on packaged foods have real meaning. Until now, the term "gluten-free" had not been regulated, and manufacturers made their own decisions about what it means.          

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain said in a regulatory filing that there's been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up about 10 percent of McDonald's Corp.'s revenue.           

Official Says Mechanical Failure Caused Food Lab Blast

August 5, 2014 7:40 am | News | Comments

A fire official says a mechanical failure apparently caused two explosions at a food laboratory in northern New Jersey, leaving two workers with cuts and bruises.                 

Japan, China Eye Meeting Over Food Safety

August 4, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.

USDA Overhauls 50-Year-Old Poultry Inspections

August 4, 2014 11:29 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is moving to cut down on the thousands of foodborne illnesses linked to chicken and turkey each year with an overhaul of poultry plant inspection rules that are more than 50 years old.             

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