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Caramel apples kill 5, sicken 28 in multistate outbreak
Tech Times
Health officials are warning consumers not to eat commercially produced caramel apples after the products were linked to a Listeria outbreak that sickened more than two dozen individuals, five of whom died.

Related: Advice from FDA during caramel apple Listeria outbreak (Food Poison Journal)

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FoodNavigator's top industry drivers for 2015
Food Navigator
It's time to get out our crystal balls and predict the hottest trends in the European food and drink sector for the year ahead. What's in store for 2015?
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Unilever withdraws Just Mayo lawsuit
Food Business News
Unilever United States on Dec. 18 said it had withdrawn its lawsuit over the labeling of Just Mayo, a product that competes with Unilever's Best Foods and Hellmann's brands of mayonnaise, so that "Hampton Creek can address its label directly with industry groups and appropriate regulatory authorities."
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Clinton and Bush 2016: The tortoise and the hare
Politico
For months, Hillary Clinton's allies viewed one Republican as posing a bigger threat to her in a 2016 presidential general election matchup than any other: Jeb Bush. But they believed Bush wouldn't ultimately take the plunge.

Related articles:
  • Will Jeb Bush stumble in Iowa? (The Hill)
  • Jeb Bush's ties to donors put rivals in a bind (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Little crossover appeal for Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush (The Wall Street Journal)

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    Ready for Joe?
    The Hill
    Vice President Joe Biden has made sure to keep the door wedged open for a possible 2016 run, but it looks less likely by the day that he will walk through it.
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    Dixie rising: How the Deep South is trying to game the GOP primary
    Politico
    The Deep South has elected Republicans to every top office in the region. Now it wants to be sure that clout extends to the choice of the GOP's 2016 presidential nominee.
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    NLRB issues complaints against McDonald's
    Meat & Poultry
    The National Labor Relations Board has found that 89 of 291 cases filed against McDonald's and the company's franchisees since November 2012 have merit. The charges stem from an NLRB investigation into claims that McDonald's and its franchisees violated the rights of employees during pro-labor rallies for higher wages for fast food workers.
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    Maine lawmakers push for feds to buy blueberries
    The Associated Press via WABI
    U.S. Sen. Angus King and Rep. Chellie Pingree of Maine are urging the federal government to buy 18 million pounds of frozen Maine blueberries for use in school lunch and food assistance programs.
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    Sugar buyers slam NAFTA sugar pact, shift focus to Australia, Canada
    Reuters
    A U.S. sugar buyers' group has slammed a U.S.-Mexican government pact announced late Friday, saying the deal has increased the importance of broadening access to the domestic market through other trade agreements and the need for greater reform of a government sugar support program.
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    US food shipments face 'havoc' over delays at port
    just-food
    Delays at some of the busiest port complexes in the U.S. are seriously delaying food shipments, according to food industry organizations.
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    Food litigation trends on the horizon
    Food Navigator-USA
    With class action lawsuits still filed almost weekly over "all-natural" claims, the Supreme Court casting a slide rule over Coca-Cola's juice labels and all eyes on Vermont as the legal row over GMO labeling heats up, 2014 was another bumper year for lawyers.
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    USDA report says pesticide residues in food nothing to fear
    Reuters
    More than half of food tested by the U.S. government for pesticide residues last year showed detectable levels of pesticides, though most were within levels the government considers to be safe, according to a report issued Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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    USDA scraps checkoff plan
    Meat & Poultry
    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack tabled his proposal for a second beef checkoff plan. A USDA spokesperson said the beef industry agrees more resources are needed for research and promotion, but was unable to agree how best to achieve that goal.
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    Will Kraft's new CEO cut marketing?
    Crain's Chicago Business
    The surprise CEO shift at Kraft Foods Group could signal major changes at the packaged-foods marketer, possibly including less emphasis on marketing and more focus on cost cutting.
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    Wal-Mart leads charge to improve poultry safety
    Food Production Daily
    To better protect its customers against foodborne illnesses, Wal-Mart announced it is beefing up its poultry safety guidelines for U.S. suppliers. In this two-part series, find out what the retailer is doing and how government and industry groups are supporting it.
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    How the cold food industry can prepare for FSMA changes
    Refrigerated & Frozen Foods
    The new FSMA deadlines are Aug. 30, 2015. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration, Washington, D.C., outlines what cold food processors should be doing now to comply with these new rules and regulations.
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    Canada: Food prices growing at fastest pace in 3 years
    The Huffington Post Canada
    Inflation slowed down in November, thanks primarily to plummeting gas prices, but the rapid rise in meat prices that has stalked consumers this year showed no signs of slowing.
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    Flurry of recalls for the holiday season
    USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service
    Pathogens, allergens and misbranding have forced a flurry of recalls in December, including:
    2,719 pounds of misbranded spicy sausage products from Katadyn North American Foods, LLC;
    Soybean sprouts and mungbean sprouts from Kkot Saem Sprouts Inc., after routine testing uncovered potential contamination by Listeria monocytogenes;
    Peanut butter and cranberry nutrition bars from After Perfect Bar, following Salmonella indications during routine testing.

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    Windsor Foods launches frozen food training program on YouTube
    Digital Journal
    Windsor Foods has launched Windsor University (WonSource), an industry-first, comprehensive training program on YouTube that provides videos with a wide variety of information on the company's frozen food products.
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    Warm fuzzies over cold-storage expansion
    Long Island Business News
    After leasing an additional 20,000 square feet of production space in Calverton, New York, Satur Farms has transformed the now-40,000-square-foot space into a cold-storage center that boosts the farm's capacity to process its baby-leaf salads and leafy greens.
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    Thai Union Frozen Foods to acquire Bumble Bee Seafoods
    Food Business News
    Thai Union Frozen Products, a processor of shelf-stable tuna products and marketer of the Chicken of the Sea brand in the United States, has entered into an agreement to acquire Bumble Bee Seafoods for $1.51 billion.
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    From farm to freezer: Liquid nitrogen expands local markets
    Valley Advocate
    Western Mass Food Processing Center has expanded its production capacity with help from Franklin County Community Development Corp.'s investment — and an IQF fast-freezer.
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    Palm oil modeling study may offer benefits for producers
    Food Navigator
    A new oil palm cultivation model published by Australian researchers could help maximize yields while reducing environmental impacts.
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    Researchers create robot that pulls breast fillets from poultry
    Food Production Daily
    Researchers at SINTEF, an independent research organization in Scandinavia, have built a robot called Gribbot to extract breast fillets from chickens, normally done by human hands.
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    H5N8 avian influenza confirmed in Oregon
    Meatingplace
    USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in guinea fowl and chickens from a small backyard poultry flock in Winston, Oregon.
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