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Lawyers: ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit An Uphill Climb

September 14, 2012 9:39 am | by CHET BROKAW and GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Beef Products Inc. will face a steep climb in its "pink slime" defamation lawsuit against ABC News as the South Dakota-based meat processor works to rebuild its public image, legal experts say. BPI sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime."

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Photo Of The Day: Bourbon Warehouse Blamed For Black Fungus

September 14, 2012 9:34 am | News | Comments

A worldwide liquor conglomerate has been ordered by Louisville officials to cut down on vapors coming from warehouses where it stores bourbon because residents are complaining about odors and a black fungus accumulating on houses. The black fungus does not present any health problems, said Thomas Nord, an air district spokesman.

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Vibratory Feeders

September 14, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

The line of small vibratory feeders for hazardous locations boasts a unique Hi-Vi electromagnetic drive circuit that provides a straightforward yet powerful solution to address customers’ feeding, screening and conveying application needs.

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Perforators and Scoring Devices

September 14, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Company offers several options and accessories designed to enhance the shape and taste of finished products.

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High Performance Doors

September 14, 2012 2:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

High speed roll-up doors are designed around the special door needs of specific industries.

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Thai Brewer Challenges Heineken With $7.2B Offer

September 13, 2012 1:01 pm | News | Comments

Thai Beverage said Thursday it is offering $7.2 billion for control of Asian drinks conglomerate Fraser & Neave Ltd., stepping up a battle with Heineken NV for ownership of Tiger Beer and other popular regional brews. The Thai company, controlled by billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is offering to pay Singapore dollars 8.88 a share for the 70 percent of Singapore-listed Fraser & Neave it doesn't already own.

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Hershey School Settles AIDS Bias Case

September 13, 2012 12:58 pm | News | Comments

A 14-year-old boy and his mother will receive $700,000 from the settlement of an AIDS discrimination lawsuit against a private boarding school that refused to enroll him because he's HIV-positive. The settlement was announced Wednesday by the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania and the Milton Hershey School, which is financed by a trust that holds the controlling interest in The Hershey Co. candy manufacturer.

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Chamberlain Farms Pulls Watermelons

September 13, 2012 12:57 pm | by KEN KUSMER,Associated Press | News | Comments

An Indiana farm linked to a deadly outbreak of salmonella in cantaloupes said Wednesday it had voluntarily withdrawn its watermelons from the market and was working with state and federal officials to find the source of the foodborne illness in the larger fruits.

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NYC Board Passes Big Sugary Drink Ban

September 13, 2012 12:55 pm | by DAVID B. CARUSO and JENNIFER PELTZ,Associated Press | News | Comments

New York City's Board of Health opened up a new, experimental front in the war on obesity Thursday, passing a rule banning sales of big sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The regulation puts a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other calorie-packed beverages.

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ABC News Named As Defendant In 'Pink Slime' Suit

September 13, 2012 12:52 pm | by GRANT SCHULTE and KRISTI EATON,Associated Press | News | Comments

Beef Products Inc. sued ABC News, Inc. for defamation Thursday over its coverage of a meat product that critics dub "pink slime," claiming the network misled consumers into believing it is unhealthy and unsafe. The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based meat processor is seeking $1.2 billion in damages for roughly 200 "false and misleading and defamatory" statements about the product.

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Consumer Trends: Women's Health Names 125 Best Packaged Foods

September 13, 2012 12:48 pm | News | Comments

Women's Health has compiled its annual list of the "125 Best Packaged Foods for Women," the ultimate guide to the best-tasting and healthiest packaged foods available on the shelves today. These supermarket finds are not only convenient and time-saving, they also won't compromise your abs or taste buds.

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Photo Of The Day: Big Vote Against Big Soda

September 13, 2012 12:35 pm | News | Comments

One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings. 

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Aurora Organic Dairy Settles Marketing Claims

September 13, 2012 9:53 am | News | Comments

While the courts confirmed Aurora’s organic certifications have always been valid and the company is confident it would prevail in trial on the remaining marketing claims, Aurora Organic Dairy says it reached the settlement to avoid the cost and distraction of protracted litigation.

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NYC Health Board To Vote On Big Soda Ban

September 13, 2012 9:48 am | by DAVID B. CARUSO and JENNIFER PELTZ, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings.

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7 Killed By Bootleg Liquor

September 13, 2012 9:46 am | News | Comments

At least four more people have died in the Czech Republic after drinking bootleg alcohol tainted with toxic methanol, bringing the death toll to seven in the worst such poisoning in three decades, officials said on Tuesday. Police spokeswoman Miluse Zajicova said a 45-year-old man died in a hospital in the eastern town of Prerov, and a 21-year-old woman was found dead in nearby Osek nad Becvou.

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BPI Plans ‘Pink Slime’ Defamation Suit

September 13, 2012 9:44 am | by GRANT SCHULTE,Associated Press | News | Comments

Beef Products Inc. plans to file a defamation lawsuit in the wake of a publicity storm over a meat product that critics have dubbed "pink slime." The Dakota Dunes, S.D.-based company said Wednesday that it will announce a lawsuit Thursday. A company executive and lawyer refused to name the defendant.

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UPDATE: At Least 1 Dead In Tainted Cheese Outbreak

September 13, 2012 9:42 am | News | Comments

U.S. health officials say imported Italian ricotta cheese tainted with listeria bacteria is linked to 14 illnesses including at least one death.The ricotta salata cheese distributed by Forever Cheese Inc. of New York is linked to illnesses in 11 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Photo Of The Day: Big Vote Against Big Soda

September 13, 2012 9:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

 One of New York City's most ambitious efforts to prod residents to live healthier appears poised to pass as a health panel takes up a plan to cut down sales of big sodas and other sugary soft drinks. The Board of Health was set to vote Thursday on the proposal, which would bar sales of sugar-heavy drinks in more than 16-ounce cups or bottles in restaurants, movie theaters and some other settings. 

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Campbell's Soup Is HOT: Is The Economy Cooling?

September 13, 2012 8:00 am | Videos | Comments

Shares of Campbell's Soup Company are up sharply. While this is certainly good news for the company and its investors, the fact that more people are buying the company's inexpensive soups and other products — presumably in lieu of more expensive items — may signal bad news for the economy.

Organic Milk Processor Packs A Punch

September 13, 2012 8:00 am | by Krystal Gabert, Editor | Articles | Comments

WhiteWave Foods’ processing facility in City of Industry, Calif., is employing unique packaging systems to produce an array of organic milk, plant based beverages, coffee creamers and iced coffee to meet a broad range of consumer needs.

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