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Mo. Bill Would Criminalize Undercover Farm Videos

April 18, 2012 12:53 pm | by DAVID A. LIEB,Associated Press

The Missouri House endorsed legislation Tuesday that would make it a crime for undercover activists to produce videos portraying poor conditions at livestock farms or other agricultural facilities.


Court Sides With Hormel Over Food Lost In '08 Flood

April 18, 2012 12:51 pm | by RYAN J. FOLEY,Associated Press

A federal court on Tuesday ordered an Iowa warehouse operator to pay Hormel Foods Corp. more than $4 million to cover losses to its products caused by flooding in 2008, one day after a jury ruled in favor of the food processing company.


Consumer Trends: 15 Percent Of Dieters Concerned About Salt Intake

April 18, 2012 12:47 pm

Consumers are interested in healthy eating more than ever, and Mintel's research reveals that approximately half (52%) of American adults are currently "watching" their diet. And while 60% report dieting because they want to lose weight, some 15% of dieters claim to be doing so at least in part because of concerns about "salt intake."


Ocean Spray Breaks Ground On Juice Plant

April 18, 2012 10:06 am

Ocean Spray broke ground Tuesday on a new $110 million juice bottling plant outside Allentown, which will replace its aging plant in Bordentown, N.J. Officials from Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. and Pennsylvania's economic development agency participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the 315,000-square-foot plant in Upper Macungie Township.


Danone's Sales Grow To $6.6 Billion

April 18, 2012 10:03 am

French dairy company Danone says its revenue grew 7.6 percent in the first quarter of the year, driven by strong sales in Asia.


Court Blocks Gov't Rule On Union Posters

April 18, 2012 10:01 am | by SAM HANANEL,Associated Press

A federal appeals court on Tuesday temporarily blocked the National Labor Relations Board from making millions of businesses put up posters informing workers of their right to form a union.


Seafood Mislabeling Widespread In LA

April 18, 2012 9:59 am

Widespread mislabeling of fish in the Los Angeles area may mean sushi lovers aren't biting into a piece of snapper when they order it at restaurants, according to a report released Monday by an environmental advocacy group.


Nestle Recalls Lasagna

April 18, 2012 9:57 am

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. is voluntarily recalling some of its Stouffer's brand lasagna because of an allergy risk. The company launched the recall after two customers reported finding stuffed peppers in lasagna product packaging. The recipe for the peppers includes Worcestershire sauce, which has anchovies in it. People with an allergy to fish could get sick if they eat it.


Photo Of The Day: Blue Diamond Breaks Ground In Calif.

April 18, 2012 9:52 am

Blue Diamond Growers, a cooperative owned by more than half of California’s almond growers, officially launched Phase 1 of its new manufacturing plant in Turlock at an onsite groundbreaking ceremony. The 88-acre property is located at N. Washington and Fulkerth Roads.


More Women Embrace Beer Making

April 17, 2012 1:07 pm | by MICHELLE LOCKE,For The Associated Press

The emergence of women as both beer-lovers and brewers happened as the craft beer scene grew overall by leaps and bounds, and that's no coincidence, says Lisa Morrison, Oregon-based writer, blogger and author of "Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest."


McDonald's Appoints New COO

April 17, 2012 1:05 pm

McDonald's Corp. said Monday that Tim Fenton will take over as chief operating officer of the world's largest restaurant chain this summer.


Drought Sparks Texas, Mexico Water Wars

April 17, 2012 1:02 pm | by CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN,Associated Press

Mexico wanted a traditional early release from reservoirs so spring planting wouldn't be delayed. Texas farmers, fearing a historic drought could tighten its grip again this summer, wanted to delay the release for a couple of months to ensure enough water was left to help crops survive the hottest, driest part of the year.


Miss. Settles Failed Beef Plant Case For $3.9M

April 17, 2012 1:00 pm | by JEFF AMY,Associated Press

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Monday that he's settled the state's 2007 lawsuit against the firms that built a financially disastrous beef plant in the Yalobusha County town of Oakland.


Former Ingredients CEO Charged With Fraud

April 17, 2012 12:57 pm

The former chief executive of Scottsdale-based NutraCea has been criminal charged with orchestrating a scheme meant to inflate the firm's stock price and defraud investors, auditors and regulators.


Consumer Trends: Moms Prefer Nutritional Choices At School

April 17, 2012 12:54 pm

For many moms, a key ingredient on the new school lunch menus is choice. Four out of five moms (79%) believe kids need healthy choices at school including chocolate milk, according to a recent survey,while three in four (77%) say they think their children should be able to choose which beverage to drink at school.


Family Dollar To Sell Pepsi Drinks

April 17, 2012 10:06 am

Family Dollar Stores Inc. said Monday it agreed to a multiyear partnership with PepsiCo Inc. to sell its beverages effective immediately.


Study: Meat Consumption Must Be Slashed To Curb Greenhouse Gas

April 17, 2012 10:04 am

Meat consumption in the developed world needs to be cut by 50 percent per person by 2050, and emissions in all sectors – industrial and agricultural – need to be reduced by 50 percent if we are to meet the most aggressive strategy, set out by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to reduce the most potent of greenhouse gases, nitrous oxide (N2O).


Coca-Cola Sees More Worldwide Beverage Sales

April 17, 2012 10:00 am | by CANDICE CHOI,AP Food Industry Writer

Although growth came from all regions, the increases were far greater in emerging markets such as China, India and Russia. Overall, international volumes grew 6 percent, compared with 2 percent in North America. Expansion overseas has become an increasing focus for the company as sales have slowed in the U.S.


USDA Addresses Poultry Inspection Myths

April 17, 2012 9:54 am

According to USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service Administrator Alfred Almanza, there has been a lot of misinformation in the media about a proposal by USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) to modernize inspection at poultry slaughter plants.


Photo Of The Day: Herbal Tea For Dogs

April 17, 2012 9:51 am

California Tea House, a gourmet tea company, has formulated the first ever herbal tea blend dedicated to dogs called Machu's Blend Tea for Dogs, named after their Great Dane and company mascot, Machu Picchu.



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