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Study: 'All-Natural' Preservative Includes Synthetic Ingredients

April 16, 2015 5:08 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Alberta and Saginaw Valley State University tested a preservative based on kimchi, a traditional Korean combination of fermented cabbage and radish.

TSU Professor Gets $500K USDA Grant

April 16, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The research will aim to enhance the scientific discipline of food safety, with an overall goal...

Pics of The Day: Would You Eat This?

April 15, 2015 5:10 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Articles | Comments

Creepy crawlies are a growing craze in the food industry. Because of its eco-friendly edge, the...

A Look at Listeria, Pathogen Found in Ice Cream And Hummus

April 10, 2015 4:44 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be...

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Inspection Found no Problem at Oklahoma Ice Cream Plant

April 10, 2015 12:04 pm | by DAVID WARREN, JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press | News | Comments

Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report.

Number of People Sickened by Listeria Outbreak Grows

April 9, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blue Bell Creameries also announced a third product recall as a result of the contamination.

Consumers Want 'Natural' Foods, But What Does That Even Mean?

April 8, 2015 9:39 am | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Articles | Comments

After decades of debate, there is still no generally accepted definition of a "natural" food product.


Texas Grocery Chain H-E-B Pulls All Blue Bell Products

April 6, 2015 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

H-E-B, with more than 300 stores in Texas and northern Mexico, said the decision Saturday was a "precautionary measure due to food safety concerns."

McDonald's Revamps Grilled Chicken to Cut Chemicals

April 1, 2015 4:38 pm | by CANDICE CHOI, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

McDonald's says it's simplifying its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognize, marking the latest sign the company is rethinking its menu to keep up with changing tastes.

Next-Generation GMOs: Pink Pineapples And Purple Tomatoes

April 1, 2015 10:35 am | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.

Japanese Food Imported From Nuclear Disaster Areas Recalled in Taiwan

March 26, 2015 10:26 pm | by Kyodo News International | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration told reporters at the legislature that they ordered a recall of 294 food products illegally imported from the five prefectures after health investigators inspected over 3,000 questionable items.

Ethanol Exports Reach Highest Level in Four Years

March 26, 2015 3:05 pm | by U.S. Energy Information Administration | News | Comments

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33 percent more than exports of fuel ethanol in 2013.


Feds Under Fire For Mass Killings of Starlings in Nevada

March 24, 2015 3:33 pm | by MARTIN GRIFFITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman said a pesticide was used to destroy the birds to prevent the spread of disease to dairy cows.

Recalls Issued Over Listeria Linked to Frozen Spinach

March 24, 2015 3:16 pm | by KRISTIN J. BENDER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Organic food company Amy's Kitchen has voluntarily recalled about 74,000 cases of frozen and prepackaged products containing spinach.

$50 Million Plastic Plant Headed to South-Central Idaho

March 23, 2015 5:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is the latest plastics manufacture clustering in southern Idaho, including Solo Cup Co., Hilex Poly and Spears Manufacturing.

US Agency Approves Genetically Engineered Potatoes, Apples

March 20, 2015 3:14 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK and KEITH RIDLER, Associated Press | News | Comments

Potatoes that won't bruise and apples that won't brown are a step closer to U.S. grocery store aisles.

Lawsuit Alleges High Levels of Arsenic in Some Vino — Should we Drink On?

March 20, 2015 10:26 am | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

A researcher named Kevin Hicks analyzed 1,300 bottles of wine and found that almost a quarter of them had arsenic levels higher than what's considered safe for water. But is there more to the story?


Craft Beer Chemistry

March 19, 2015 3:51 pm | by Reactions | Videos | Comments

Drink up to this fun video about the chemistry that gives craft beers their many distinctive flavors.

Maryland Bill Would Restrict Ingredients, Chemicals in School Meals

March 18, 2015 3:37 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The bill targets artificial sweeteners, colors and flavorings, along with additives such as monosodium glutamate and azodicarbonamide and preservatives including butylated hydroxyanisole.

General Mills Completes Plan to Cut About 800 Jobs

March 18, 2015 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Cheerios cereal, Yoplait yogurt and other packaged foods also reported mixed results for its fiscal third quarter as a stronger dollar pressured sales.

Metal Pieces Found in Kraft Mac And Cheese Packaging Prompts Massive Recall

March 18, 2015 9:29 am | by CBS This Morning | Videos | Comments

Kraft is recalling more than 6.5 million boxes of its original flavor of macaroni and cheese. Some customers found small pieces of metal in the packaging. The recall reaches into the Caribbean and South America in addition to the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

In Battle For Coffee Pod Market, It's Keurig vs. Recyclables

March 17, 2015 10:38 am | by ELLEN KNICKMEYER, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Keurig, the single-serve coffee industry's leader, produced enough plastic coffee pods last year to circle the earth more than 10 times, according to one analyst's estimate, often cited by Keurig's critics

GMO Divide Continues Despite USDA 'Workshop on Coexistence'

March 16, 2015 11:10 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Supporters said modified plants are safe and have the potential to feed a growing population; opponents questioned their potential impact on both the environment and on public health.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Recalled After 3 Die From Listeria

March 16, 2015 9:26 am | by TERRY WALLACE and NICHOLAS CLAYTON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Five people, in all, developed listeriosis in Kansas after eating products from one production line at the Blue Bell creamery in Brenham, Texas, according to a statement Friday from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Powdered Alcohol Gets Federal Approval

March 12, 2015 10:00 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Intended to be mixed into drinks, the approval is an about-face from the bureau’s previous stance.

Dunkin' Donuts to Remove Chemical From Its Powdered Sugar

March 10, 2015 4:23 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

An environmental group originally filed a shareholder request over the coffeehouse chain's use of titanium dioxide and other nanomaterials; the group alleged those substances haven't undergone sufficient safety testing and could be linked to DNA damage and other health concerns.

FDA Study Finds Little Evidence of Antibiotics in Milk

March 6, 2015 3:08 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In response to concerns, the agency in 2012 took samples of raw milk from the farms and tested them for 31 drugs, almost all of them antibiotics.

Federal Report Identifies Sources of Recent Foodborne Illnesses

March 6, 2015 3:02 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration used data from nearly 1,000 outbreaks between 1998 and 2012 to analyze foods most responsible for causing sickness.  

McDonald's to Switch to Chicken Raised Without Antibiotics

March 4, 2015 2:27 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The announcement comes as the fast-food giant struggles to shake its junk-food image amid intensifying competition from smaller rivals positioning themselves as more wholesome alternatives.

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