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Consumers, Food Inspectors Deliver Poultry Petitions

April 24, 2012 12:58 pm | News | Comments

Consumer watchdogs, concerned citizens and federal food inspectors represented by the American Federation of Government Employees delivered nearly 150,000 petitions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture opposing proposed changes to the poultry inspections process they say will impact the health and safety of the American public.

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Feds Accuse Wash. Farm Of Rehiring Illegal Immigrants

April 24, 2012 12:54 pm | by MANUEL VALDES,Associated Press | News | Comments

A Washington state herb farm that was forced to fire nearly 90 illegal immigrants because of a government audit rehired some of those workers, paid them cash and asked them to work at night because production began to drop, according to court documents filed Monday.

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Consumer Trends: U.S. Organic Market Passed $31 Billion In 2011

April 24, 2012 12:52 pm | News | Comments

Driven by consumer choice, the U.S. organic industry grew by 9.5 percent overall in 2011 to reach $31.5 billion in sales. Of this, the organic food and beverage sector was valued at $29.22 billion, while the organic non-food sector reached $2.2 billion, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association's (OTA's) 2012 Organic Industry Survey.

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Where Does Kobe Beef Come From?

April 24, 2012 12:10 pm | by Nigel Harbott, Reporter, The RFID Network | Articles | Comments

It may be time to think or even rethink about that delicious Kobe beef burger you recently ate. Kobe beef is produced in the Hyogo prefecture in Japan and is available in and only in Japan and Macau. Sadly this means that whatever it was you ate, the one thing it was not is Kobe beef.

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U.S. Sen. Says Whole Foods Policy Hurts Fishermen

April 24, 2012 10:00 am | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is asking Whole Foods to reconsider a decision to no longer sell seafood it doesn't consider sustainable. In a letter to Whole Foods co-CEOs John Mackey and Walter Robb Monday, Brown said the decision has more to do with political correctness than sound reasoning.

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Shrimp Processors Object To BP Settlement Terms

April 24, 2012 9:58 am | by MICHAEL KUNZELMAN,Associated Press | News | Comments

A group of Gulf Coast shrimp processors asked a federal judge Monday to hold off on giving his preliminary approval to portions of BP's proposed class-action settlement of economic damage claims spawned by the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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U.S. Asparagus Industry Sees Slight Recovery

April 24, 2012 9:55 am | by SHANNON DININNY,Associated Press | News | Comments

Asparagus farmers crushed for decades by a flood of South American imports have begun to expand production again in the hope that healthy eating trends and demand for homegrown vegetables will help bolster prices and sales of their stalks.

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Skim Milk: Does A Body Good

April 24, 2012 9:52 am | Videos | Comments

New research reveals that skim milk may significantly lower the risk of stroke in adults. Adults who consumed low-fat dairy products reported a 12 percent reduction in stroke occurrences compared with adults who consumed full-fat dairy products.

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Kellogg's Bleak Outlook Raises Stakes On Pringles

April 24, 2012 9:51 am | by CANDICE CHOI and MICHELLE CHAPMAN, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Kellogg's lowered forecast for 2012 is raising the stakes on the breakfast food giant's purchase of Pringles earlier this year.

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Muscatine Residents Sue Corn Plant Over Pollution

April 24, 2012 9:47 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press | News | Comments

A Muscatine plant that manufactures corn-based products emits so much pollution that it has damaged homes, cars and property across the city, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.

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Photo Of The Day: Asparagus Resurges

April 24, 2012 9:44 am | News | Comments

U.S. asparagus growers are replanting fields following a decades-long downturn.

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Handling Workplace Complaints, Concerns And Issues

April 24, 2012 9:38 am | by Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D., Author, Publisher, Majorium Business Press | Articles | Comments

Leaders in the workplace hear several complaints every day. Some are minor and easily resolved; others are more complex, requiring complicated solutions. Leaders should have a specific procedure or decision tree set up to guide them through the resolution process fairly and consistently.

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Rotary Chamber Machine

April 23, 2012 4:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The RC-300 Rotary Chamber Machine features a 304L stainless steel modular frame with the ability to accept a multitude of chamber configurations and sealing profiles.

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Bulk Mixing System

April 23, 2012 4:23 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The integrated mixing system is designed for fully automated introduction, transfer, mixing and blending of multiple, sluggish materials. Company's lift-and-seal gaylord discharge system, with a dust-tight, custom discharge hood, introduces the material to the transfer bin.

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Supply Chain Software

April 23, 2012 4:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Users of myCreations software can immediately access reliable data on product ingredients, ingredient sources and manufacturing processes to ensure a high level of product quality and to meet all regulatory compliance and quality standards.

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Beam Buys Pinnacle Vodka For $605M

April 23, 2012 1:08 pm | News | Comments

Beam Inc. said Monday that it has agreed to buy the Pinnacle Vodka and Calico Jack rum brands, along with other related assets, for $605 million in cash, from White Rock Distilleries.

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Pepsi Plant To Close

April 23, 2012 1:06 pm | News | Comments

A Pepsi-Cola franchisee says it's closing its soft drink plant in Huron. The Huron Plainsman reports that the last day of production will be May 17. Ten full-time employees are affected.

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Starbucks To Open At Disney

April 23, 2012 1:04 pm | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Starbucks is about to perk up "the happiest place on earth." The Seattle-based coffee chain on Monday is announcing a partnership to open a store inside each of the six Disney properties in California and Florida.

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Watchdog: Mexico Should Probe Wal-Mart Bribery Scandal

April 23, 2012 1:02 pm | by GALIA GARCIA-PALAFOX,Associated Press | News | Comments

Government officials declined on Sunday to comment on the allegations contained in a New York Times report that said Wal-Mart Stores Inc. failed to notify law enforcement after its own investigators found evidence that millions of dollars in bribes had been paid in Mexico to spur the company's rapid expansion there.

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Blast Kills 1 At Norway Dairy Plant

April 23, 2012 12:57 pm | News | Comments

An explosion ripped through a Norwegian dairy plant building in the country's southeast on Monday, killing at least one person and wounding three others, a Norwegian broadcaster reported. Rescuers also sought five people believed to be missing.

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