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Improving social media’s role in food safety

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In the interest of public health, researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a set of guidelines on how to use social media to communicate about food safety.


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USDA releases annual Expenditures on Children and Families report

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Today, USDA released the annual Expenditures on Children and Families report, also known as the Cost of Raising a Child, which projects a middle-income family will spend $245,340 to raise a child born in 2013.


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Coca-Cola purchases stake in Monster

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The Coca-Cola Company will purchase a 16.7 percent equity stake in Monster Beverage Corporation, the second largest producer of energy drinks in the US, the company said Friday.


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Guinness goes blonde with new American lager

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Manufacturers of the iconic Guinness Stout have stepped outside their traditional dark past and launched the new Guinness Blonde American Lager.


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Chiquita declines offer from Cutrale Group, Safra Group

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After consideration, Chiquita Brands International, Inc. confirmed Thursday it will decline the unsolicited cash offer it received from the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group to acquire all outstanding common stock of the company at $13 a share.


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USDA bolsters procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef

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USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) launched new expedited tracing procedures that will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce and find the root cause of the incident.


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GE fruit flies could save crops

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Releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild could be a cheap, effective and environmentally friendly way to control pests according to new research from scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Oxitec Ltd.


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McCormick issues voluntary recall of ground oregano

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McCormick & Company, Incorporated issued a voluntary recall of its ground oregano 0.75 oz. bottles because of a possible Salmonella contamination.


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BPI to restart operations at Kansas facility

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A Garden City, Kansas meat processing plant owned by Beef Products Inc. (BPI) will begin to collect beef trimmings next week and resume operations after controversy surrounding the company’s lean, finely textured beef product forced the facility to close in 2012.


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Pennsylvania liquor control board urges alcohol price increase

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The finance director of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has proposed to raise the price of wine and liquor, upping the markup from 30 percent to 35 percent in response to increases in pension and health care expenses, according to an internal memo obtained by the Associated Press.


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