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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...

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...

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...

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$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?

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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

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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.

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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.

How Recalls Can Affect Your Business

March 3, 2015 3:20 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

While the reasons for food recalls can vary, one thing is for certain: traceability throughout the supply chain continues to be extremely important.

Researchers Call For Licorice Limits After Boy Develops Seizures

March 3, 2015 3:13 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

University researchers in Italy said candy producers should set recommended limits on daily consumption of licorice after a local boy developed seizures.

Are Emulsifiers Making People Fatter?

March 2, 2015 4:28 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

A recently published study by university researchers links common food additives to gastrointestinal problems and obesity in mice.

Researchers: Monitor Oat Facilities For Mold Toxin

March 2, 2015 11:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

Food scientists reported that oat-based breakfast cereals were more likely than other cereals to contain elevated levels of ochratoxin A, a common mold-related toxin linked to kidney cancer in animal studies.

Ag Secretary: Smartphones Could Tell Buyers What's in Food

February 26, 2015 4:43 pm | by MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

In the ever-complicated debate over labeling of genetically modified foods, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offers this idea: Use your smartphone.

When Consumers Trump Science: Food Dyes Become The Front Line For ‘All Natural’

February 26, 2015 4:16 pm | by Meagan Parrish, Editor, Chem.Info | Blogs | Comments

Consumers’ appetite for seeing “natural” on food labels is clearly here to stay — even if "natural" doesn't necessarily mean "safer."

Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid On Factory

February 26, 2015 3:51 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

Stabbing at Meat Processing Plant Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Hurt

February 18, 2015 4:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say a stabbing outside a suburban Philadelphia meat processing plant has left one employee dead and another injured.

Report Chronicles Dangers of Flavoring Chemical

February 18, 2015 9:21 am | by Andy Szal, Chem.Info | News | Comments

The report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel concerns diacetyl, which is used in its liquid form to flavor an array of food products, including as candy, chips and popcorn.

Apples Modified to Resist Browning Receive Federal Approval

February 16, 2015 10:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The development could boost sales of apples for snacks, salads and other uses.

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