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Minnesota And Wisconsin Farmers Can Rest Easy After Failed California Vote On Genetically-Modified Foods Fails

It was a win for the food industry along with farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin as California voters rejected a vote to mandate labeling for food products that have been genetically modified. Part of the reason that the election went the way it did was an investment from the food industry to lobby potential voters;  Those investments included money from local companies

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Source: Kraft Foods Website
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Kraft Foods Voluntarily Recalls Jalapeno Variety Of Kraft String Cheese

A voluntary recall of Kraft Foods jalapeno-variety of string cheese has issued - with concerns that a thin layer of plastic film from the package may remain adhered to the product, resulting in a choking hazard.

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Changes are Coming to the Nutrition Labels on the Foods You Buy

The Food and Drug Administration is making changes to the nutrition labels you see on the products you buy at the grocery store.  The alterations are aimed at helping customers make "health choices".

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Reported Bacon Shortage Might Be A Big Fat Lie

Earlier this week, news reports from Europe and Great Britain were calling for a "worldwide bacon shortage" - brought on by a combination of the drought in the United States and new farming regulations overseas.  American pork producers are telling fans of the smoky meat to stop panicking.  They say they domestically, we should be okay.

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Kroger Recalls Bagged Spinach Due To Listeria

More Listeria concerns have caused Kroger to recall their bagged spinach products.   The products in question were sold in 15 states - none of which include Minnesota or Wisconsin at this time.  However, Michigan stores are included.

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Arsenic Found In Majority Of Rice Products Sold In The United States

Whether you eat the long grain variety, the Arborio "risotto" style, a baby-style cereal, or even the infamous Rice Krispies - chances are your rice has some arsenic in it.  Arsenic is a known human carcinogen.

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All Is Not Sweet In The Sugar Industry: Battle Rages Between Natural Sugar And Corn Syrup Labels

Sugar is sugar is sugar -- right?  Not exactly, and that - along with millions of dollars in profit - is what's at stake in  the current sugar versus corn syrup debate.

A lawsuit was recently filed by a group of corn syrup producers alleging that a sugar trade group is allowing their product to be short-changed in the hearts and minds of both consumers and industry relationships

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Chicken Soup For The Soul To Give Fans Chicken Soup For Their Bowl

Fans of the inspirational book series "Chicken Soup For The Soul" can rejoice:  They're about to get chicken soup for their bowl(s) - as the company gets ready to launch a line of actual soups that will hit grocery stores soon

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Lead Scare Causes Recall Of Red Vines Black Licorice

High levels of lead have caused the recall of Red Vines black licorice products.  American Licorice Company - the manufacturer of the Red Vines brand has begun  the voluntary recall for their product sold in one-pound bags

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Microwave Popcorn Ingredient A Respiratory Hazard For Workers

A new research study that was recently released shows a correlation between an ingredient in the butter-flavoring in microwave popcorn and respiratory ailments.

The ingredient 2,3-pentanedione (PD), used to impart the flavor and aroma of butter in microwave popcorn, is a respiratory hazard that can also alter gene expression in the brain of rats

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New Owner For Bertolli And P.F. Chang’s Frozen Foods

As Unilever looks to get out of the frozen food market, two of their signature brands have found a new owner.  ConAgra has agreed to buy the venerable meal makers for $265 million dollars.
ConAgra said it is acquiring the Bertolli and P

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The Changing Business Model Of Greek Yogurt

For a product category that wasn't even around a year and a half ago, Greek-style yogurt has run away with the dairy case in most grocery stores.  It seems like everyone has jumped on the Greek yogurt bandwagon

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