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Food & Beverage

The food & beverage industry specializes in the conceptualization, making of and delivery of foods. The food industry is a complex, global collective of diverse businesses that supply much of the food energy consumed by the world’s population. Beverage processing includes soft drinks and bottled water manufacturing, wineries, breweries and distilleries. Within food & beverage markets, better management of batch processing is needed as food distribution channels have become more complex. In addition to wholesalers, grocers and food-service providers, manufacturers see new customers in alternative retail formats and the tremendous growth in private-label goods. Their challenge is maintaining product consistency amidst increasing variation in raw ingredients, recipes and packaging.

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FDA revises proposed rules on food safety

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Four proposed rules intended to help prevent foodborne illness have been updated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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Pork sausages, beef jerky recalled over labeling errors

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Two meat products produced in the United States have been recalled because they contain known allergens that are not declared on the product label.
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Raw chicken products recalled after processing error

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Chicken, turkey and pork producer Perdue Foods is recalling approximately 720 pounds of raw, fresh chicken products because of concerns that they may have been subject to a deviation in temperature during production.
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PepsiCo unveils water monitoring tool

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PepsiCo has partnered with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to develop a tool that can be used to forecast the availability of freshwater in water-scarce regions.
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ADM sells chocolate business to Cargill in $440 million deal

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Food processing company Cargill is to acquire the global chocolate business of Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM).
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Kraft recalls 8,000 cases of cheese singles

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International food major Kraft Foods Group is voluntary recalling almost 8,000 cases of selected varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese.
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Chinese police seize 30,000 tons of contaminated chicken feet

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Chinese authorities have detained 38 people and seized over 30,000 tons of contaminated chicken feet, which are a popular dish in the country.
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Canada introduces mandatory labeling of mechanically tenderized beef

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The government of Canada announced last week that all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) sold in the country now has to be clearly labeled and the new labels will have to include instructions for safe cooking.
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Peanut butter, almond butter recalled for possible Salmonella risk

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Concern about possible Salmonella contamination has led to the recall of six brands of peanut butter and almond butter.
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Unsafe beef products to be removed from sale sooner under new procedures

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The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is taking steps to make it quicker to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source.
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