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What's Really Inside That McRib?

November 5, 2014 1:48 pm | by McDonalds | Videos | Comments

Is it real pork? Why is it that shape? Some of the biggest questions about McDonald's food revolves around the McRib, so Grant Imahara and a McDonald’s skeptic are going to Lopez foods, one of its U.S. pork suppliers, to find answers. Watch to see what goes into a McRib patty.

Salty Potatoes Spur Food Revolution

November 5, 2014 1:38 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Dutch farmer is using diluted sea water to successfully grow crops, a breakthrough that could potentially minimize the impact of increasingly salinated fresh water reserves due to climate change, as well as save thousands of coastal farms around the world.

Duck Farming Fading Away on New York's Long Island

November 5, 2014 9:48 am | by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Once as synonymous with Long Island as Gatsby mansions, the Long Island duck is quietly fading into the history books. By the end of this year there will be only one duck farm left on Long Island; that's down from a high of more than 100 in the early 1960s that produced up to 7.5 million succulent birds annually.

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Not So Sweet: Chocolate Prices Set To Rise

October 30, 2014 2:09 pm | by Steve Rothwell, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The cost of ingredients in chocolate bars is rising, and the nation's biggest candy makers have already warned of price hikes next year. And it's not just costs that are pushing up prices. A growing sweet tooth around the world means more demand for chocolate.

Fireball Whisky Dispels Internet Rumors

October 29, 2014 9:44 am | by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky | News | Comments

Fireball Cinnamon Whisky assures its consumers that the product is perfectly safe to drink. There is no recall in North America, and Fireball fans can continue to enjoy their favorite product as they always have.         

New Jersey Firm Recalls Packages of Cashews

October 28, 2014 10:53 am | by FDA | News | Comments

Chetak New York L.L.C.  is recalling packages of deep raw cashew pieces because they have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.                               

Food Giants Spend Big Money to Defeat GMO Labeling

October 27, 2014 9:56 am | by Kristen Wyatt, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Farms and fields dominate Colorado ads opposing a ballot measure to require labels on some foods that have been genetically modified, with farmers telling voters the labels will damage their businesses.             

U.S. Halal Food Supplier Indicted Over Beef Exports

October 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Ryan J. Foley, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The founder of a popular brand of food for observant Muslims has been indicted on charges that he shipped beef to Malaysia and Indonesia that didn't meet those countries' import requirements.                 

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GMO Ban Advances in L.A.

October 22, 2014 2:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Los Angeles has backed a plan for a ban on cultivating or selling genetically modified plants.                                             

WTO Rejects U.S. Country-of-Origin Labels

October 21, 2014 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Trade Organization rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at an unfair disadvantage.

Mass. Firm Recalls 115K Pounds of Chicken Products

October 17, 2014 10:08 am | by USDA | News | Comments

Shop Packaging LLC, a New Bedford, Mass. establishment, is recalling approximately 115,505 pounds of chicken wing products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.                       

Brazilian Pair Raises Bid for Chiquita

October 15, 2014 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Brazilian companies are raising their bid for banana company Chiquita to approximately $658 million.                                         

Whole Foods is Creating Produce Rankings

October 15, 2014 9:49 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whole Foods plans to start rolling out a system that ranks fruits and vegetables as "good," ''better" or "best" based on the supplier's farming practices.                            

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GMO Labeling Measure Attracts Big Money in Oregon

October 14, 2014 11:47 am | by Gosia Wozniacka, The Associated Press | News | Comments

An Oregon ballot measure on the labeling of genetically modified foods is starting to attract big money.                                         

McDonald's Invites Questions About its Food

October 14, 2014 10:11 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain is confronting unappetizing questions as part of a U.S. campaign to beat back perceptions that it serves Frankenfood.                            

Mexico's Junk Food Taxes Hitting Pepsi, Coke

October 10, 2014 9:11 am | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Recent declines suffered by Pepsi and Coke in Mexico underscore why the beverage industry is fighting tax proposals on sugary drinks in San Francisco and nearby Berkeley.                      

Pepsi Selling 'Craft' Soda To Win Back Customers

October 8, 2014 1:44 pm | by Candice Choi, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pepsi is hoping to keep up with the times with a soda called "Caleb's Kola" that comes in glass bottles reminiscent of a bygone era.                                  

Texas Company Recalls 91K Pounds of Beef

October 6, 2014 1:35 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says a Texas company is recalling nearly 91,000 pounds of ground beef products that might be contaminated with pieces of metal.                         

New Label Could Change the Food Packaging Industry

October 3, 2014 12:26 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

An award-winning perishable label that reacts to protein decomposition could herald a change in the way the freshness of food is measured, according to its London-based designer, raising the prospect of reducing consumable wastage and even improving organ transportation. 

Lawsuit Against Templeton Rye Allowed to Proceed

September 30, 2014 3:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawsuit alleging Iowa-based whiskey maker Templeton Rye misled consumers can proceed, according to the state attorney general's office.                                 

Texas Beef Packer Recalls 12 Tons Of Meat

September 29, 2014 2:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A meat packer in the Texas Panhandle has recalled nearly 12 tons of beef trimmings products due to possible E. coli contamination.                                   

Foster Farms Recalls Nearly 40K Pounds of Chicken

September 29, 2014 9:31 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Foster Farms is recalling approximately 39,747 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken products due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.                 

Chiquita, Fyffes Alter Merger Agreement

September 26, 2014 9:34 am | by The Assocated Press | News | Comments

Changes to the proposed merger between Chiquita and the Irish fruit importer Fyffes will give Chiquita shareholders a larger stake in what would become the world's largest banana supplier.                  

NutraSweet To Cease Aspartame Production

September 25, 2014 12:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NutraSweet says it will no longer make the artificial sweetener aspartame as a result of foreign competition.                                         

Wisconsin Rep. Takes Stand for Consumers, Food Safety

September 25, 2014 10:11 am | by The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food | News | Comments

Tom Petri is cosponsoring the bipartisan Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which will establish national labeling standards for food and beverage products and eliminate the potential confusion and bureaucratic, costly red tape stemming from a 50-state patchwork of laws and regulations that could raise the could cost of food.  

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