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Local teen's petition changes how PepsiCo makes Gatorade

HATTIESBURG — When PepsiCo Inc. announced it would stop putting an obscure vegetable oil in its Gatorade right before the Super Bowl, one of the loudest cheers came from a high school student who had made it her mission to get rid of the ingredient. “I was like, ‘Whoa,'” said Sarah Kavanagh, a 16-year-old from Hattiesburg, who wanted to know ...

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Indiana farm linked to salmonella-tainted melons

OWENSVILLE, Ind. — A southwestern Indiana cantaloupe farm is the source of at least some of the salmonella responsible for an outbreak that sickened people in 21 states and killed two Kentucky residents, the Food and Drug Administration said yesterday. Salmonella collected from Chamberlain Farms in Owensville, Ind., matches the “DNA fingerprint” of the salmonella strain responsible for sickening 178 ...

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Johnsonville recalls sausage; may contain pieces of glove

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Sheboygan Falls, Wis.-based Johnsonville Sausage is recalling some packages of turkey sausage with cheddar cheese because the product may include pieces of glove. The company is recalling select 13.5-ounce vacuum packages of Johnsonville “Turkey Sausage with Cheddar Cheese” with a “Best By” date of Aug. 20, 2012, and the establishment number “EST. P-34224.” Nearly 49,000 pounds of ...

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Catfish Institute: FDA refusals of imported fish soaring in 2012

JACKSON — Citing banned drugs and “unsafe additives,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused more shipments of imported catfish during the first half of 2012 than for all of 2011, according to The Catfish Institute. An analysis of FDA data by The Catfish Institute found 25 catfish import refusals during January 2012 through June 2012, compared to 19 ...

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Processors 'condemn' U.S. companies for allegedly mislabeling shrimp

BILOXI — The American Shrimp Processors Association (ASPA) has released a statement regarding reports that two U.S. companies have been packaging and selling shrimp as domestic-raised when the shrimp were actually imported. The ASPA said news media recently reported several plea agreements regarding alleged Lacey Act violations involving an Illinois wholesale company and a Louisiana processing company that allegedly mislabeled ...

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MDAC takes Korean oysters off shelves following FDA ruling

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) has placed off sale several packages of frozen Korean oysters, because the product was from an unapproved source and considered to be adulterated by the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). MDAC’s consumer protection inspectors found the product this morning at small, Asian retail establishments in Biloxi, Hattiesburg and ...

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REILY: Finely textured beef the fault of the media? MSU researcher cannot be serious

A story released by Mississippi State University blames the media for the shadow cast over lean, finely textured beef, which has been more commonly referred to as pink slime. An MSU meat scientist, Byron Williams, describes recent media reports as “irresponsible journalism that casts a shadow over established practices that he contends make certain ground beef products healthier and safer.” ...

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MSU scientist takes exception to media reports of 'pink slime'

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University meat scientist is describing recent media reports as irresponsible journalism that casts a shadow over established practices that he contends make certain ground beef products healthier and safer. >> Finely textured beef the fault of the media? MSU researcher cannot be serious … Byron Williams, assistant Extension and research professor in the department of food ...

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Cochran questions Vilsack on progress of imported catfish inspections

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday again stressed to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack the importance to U.S. food safety and the economy of implementing a program to more thoroughly inspect imported catfish. Cochran addressed the issue at Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget request for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Cochran asked Vilsack about the ...

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Beef recalled due to possible E. coli contamination

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A Nebraska meatpacker has recalled more than 40,000 pounds of ground beef products distributed in 16 states after a test confirmed the presence of E. coli, the Agriculture Department said Friday. The products were shipped to institutions and distributors in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, ...

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