With 2009 but a distant memory, Food Manufacturing brings you our requisite top ten list, complete with 2009's most-viewed stories and videos. Without further ado:
10. Man Settles 'Popcorn Lung' Lawsuit: A man believed to be the only consumer to develop "popcorn lung" from regularly eating microwave popcorn and its artificial butter flavoring has settled his claims against a flavor developer.
9. Inside A McDonalds Meat Processing Plant (VIDEO): Rare access inside a meat packing facility where McDonalds hamburger patties, and sausage patties are made.
8. Costco Dumps Coke Over Pricing Dispute: Costco customers may have to look elsewhere for Coca-Cola products now that the retailer has stopped carrying them because the pair are fighting over prices.
7. FDA Cites Unsafe Conditions At Tyson Foods: U.S. health regulators have warned Tyson Foods about unsanitary conditions at a Texas plant that makes seafood soups.
6. Why Cadbury Hates Kraft (VIDEO): John Briggs, co-chair of the antitrust practice group at Axinn, Veltrop and Harkrider LLP, says the backlash against Kraft may be as much about culture as it is about price.
5. Slaughterhouse Closed After Animal Abuse Allegations: Federal and state officials closed a Vermont slaughterhouse Friday after an animal rights group produced a video depicting days-old calves being dragged, kicked, and repeatedly shocked with electric prods.
4. 1,400-Pound Bull Drags Officers Down NJ Street: Police say a 1,400-pound bull that escaped from a northern New Jersey slaughterhouse dragged officers with a lasso down a street.
3. Food-Poisoned Pallets: Wood pallets used to ship food in the Washington Metropolitan Area tested positive for three types of deadly food poisoning bacteria, raising new concerns about the risks wood pallets pose to the nation's food supply.
2. Two Executed After Tainted Milk Scandal (VIDEO): China executed a dairy farmer and a milk salesman last Tuesday, the only two people sentenced to death in a scheme to water down infant formula, which left at least six children dead.
1. McDonald's Debunks Internet Hoax: McDonald's Canada and the president of the Canadian Cattlemen's Association are trying to counter what they say is false information being spread by an Internet hoax.